The Samsung R355c is one of the “higher end” models of phones offered through Straight Talk. Currently, there is only one phone that ranks higher and is more expensive than this model. We’ll take a look at some of the features this cell phone offers and give a list of the pros and cons to help consumers make an educated purchase. Straight Talk offers a limited description of the phone on their website but continue reading for a more detailed discussion on the features, benefits and downfalls of this phone.
1. Full QWERTY Keyboard – The Samsung R355c features a full QWERTY keyboard on the front of the phone. Texting is easy with this phone as it features every letter, number and even the function keys all in one location. They’ve made it easier to use function keys and number keys by eliminated the need to search for the function you need. All you have to do is hold down the letter associated with the function you need, and it is displayed. No searching; no need to find a function key. For example: If you need to type a “5”, simple hold down the “F” key. If you need to type a “$” simply hold down the “Y” key. It’s that easy! The phone is also set up so that you can search for what you need, or switch to the function mode, if you prefer.
2. Fully Customizable – The phone has a fully functioning MP3 player and can take any size microSD card. What I’ve found to be especially cool with this phone is that you can take any song from your card, or one you’ve saved onto the phone and use it as your own personal ringtone. No editing needed. What’s more is that you can take any song and also use it to personalize your text alert as well as picture message alert; each can be a different song or sound.
3. Hands-Free Speaker – The hands-free speaker function of the phone works great…once you figure out how to use it. The manuals included with the phone say little about this feature. However, it is simple to use and can be used once a call is in progress. Simply hold down the small silver button that sits within the “Send” button and voila!
4. Voice Service – This Samsung phone features a really cool voice service. Simply push the Voice SVC button, which is in the bottom right corner and tell the phone what you want to do. You can say “Call Chad” and as long as “Chad” is programmed in the phone, it will call him. If there are more entries for “Chad” it will verbally ask which one do you want to call and wait for your voice command. Another feature with this option is to say “Text Chad.” Again, if there are more options for “Chad”, the phone will ask you which one you want to use and wait for your voice command before bringing up the text screen. You can also command it to send pictures, search, check and other things.
1. Backlit Keyboard – The phone does feature a full backlit QWERTY keyboard but the backlighting doesn’t last but for a couple of seconds. If a text is received while the phone is key-locked, you are able to read it and reply, but if the room is dark, you may have some trouble. In order to light the keyboard, you must then escape from the message back to the home screen, unlock the keyboard, and find the message again in your Inbox to reply. It’s not a huge pitfall, but does tend to be an annoyance at times.
2. Mobile Web – It’s great that this phone is mobile web enabled. You can easily check emails, do a little social networking, search via Google and more at the touch of one button. However, internet access is hit or miss depending on the time of day, with evenings being more difficult. Connection can take some time and many websites are prohibited from being displayed.
3. Camera/Video – This Samsung phone does come equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera. It functions. The resolution is not great, obviously and the time that elapses between pushing the button to take the picture and when the picture is actually taken can be long enough to prevent great ones from being taken. And if you want to take videos, find a different phone. This one isn’t equipped to take or watch videos of any kind.
The Samsung R355c has many more features such as a phonebook capable of holding up to 1,000 entries, voice mail, call waiting, hearing aid compatible, Bluetooth, long battery life, a large LCD color display and vibration alert. It also has a handy feature with the caller ID. You can set the phone to verbally tell you when a call comes in and who is calling so you never even have to look at the phone.
You can purchase the phone wherever Straight Talk phones are available or via their website. It can be had for around $160 with the Unlimited Plan.
Overall, it is a great phone and has been easy to use. Never having had a call dropped or trouble with reception, this phone gets great service and is ranked high in my book.