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Review: Samsung SGH-T809

Samsung SGH-T809

Samsung’s sights seem to be firmly set on the wildly popular Motorola RAZR with the SGH-T809 (not to mention the mm-a900). But how does it stack up on performance?

Testing indicates that the SGH-T809 is Samsung’s best effort to date.


PC Magazine: “At $299, the Samsung T809 is a formidable competitor to the Motorola RAZR. It looks almost as good and packs in more features.”

Gizmondo: “Overall, this phone is a hit. It’s made me lose the Blackberry and become a phone-a-holic. Samsung crammed everything you could ever hope for inside a phone the size of a RAZR, and they did it right most importantly.”

Infosync: “Add an all-black and sleek design to a slider handset and it’ll be a definitive hit – and even more so if you throw in an impressively bright and clear 262K screen to act as the viewfinder for a Megapixel camera snapping high-quality stills. Still, its slim form factor has led the SGH-T809 to make some compromises, including a mediocre navigational pad and battery life. For those who don’t mind these slight bumps in the road, however, the Samsung SGH-T809 comes highly recommended.”

Product Information:

GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
2005, 4Q

Dimensions: 97 x 52 x 14.9 mm
Weight: 103 g

Type: TFT, 256K colors
Size: 240 x 320 pixels

Type: Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3
Vibration : Yes
– Dual speakers (3D sound)

Phonebook: 1000 x 12 fields, Photo call
Call records: 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls
Card slot: microSD (TransFlash)
– 73 MB total shared memory
– 4 MB for Java apps

OS: –
GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots) 236.8 kbps (EDGE)
Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
Clock: Yes
Alarm: Yes
Infrared port: No
Games: download, order now
Colors: Black, Silver metal
Camera: 1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024 pixels, 180 deg rotating lens, video(CIF) ,put your photo on your mobile
– Bluetooth v1.2
– TV output
– Java MIDP 2.0
– WAP 2.0
– MP3/AAC/AAC+ music player
– Picsel viewer
– MPEG4 video recording & playback
– SyncML
– T9
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Built-in handsfree
– USB port

Standard battery, Li-Ion 800 mAh
Stand-by: Up to 180 h
Talk time: Up to 3 h


Excellent screen, sleek design, good camera


Mediocre navigational buttons, average battery life

Bottom Line: The Samsung SGH-T809 is a winner. It is certainly worth the money (around $300 WSA) when you consider all of the features that are packed into this stylish phone. (Available from T-Mobile.)

Posted by Sean


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