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What’s a phone without a camera? Apparently nothing, according to Samsung, which has upgraded their best selling e105 model and are now calling it e315. (Its $199 with a new activation, or Amazon.com for $25 with special offers and all!) They are two “fit in fifth […]

315samsung.jpgWhat’s a phone without a camera? Apparently nothing, according to Samsung, which has upgraded their best selling e105 model and are now calling it e315. (Its $199 with a new activation, or Amazon.com for $25 with special offers and all!) They are two “fit in fifth pocket of my jeans” phones which weight next to nothing, have great battery power and are a great compromise between features and price. I got my dirty paws on this phone and after two days of use, I am ready to declare it a “worthy upgrade.” For starters, RF functions are better than its predecessor. The screen is much brighter, and outside LCD is now a color screen. The icons have improved, and overall the phone OS is more brisk. Text messaging and thumbing emails is so much better, and there are more options for “text input” including the impossible to use T9. The VGA camera is not the greatest, but does the job well. The Video Camera features are good, but without an option for memory card, it is pointless to really shoot anything longer than a few seconds. Video quality is well… lets say worse than the mood in Kerry HQ these days. What truly sucks is that you cannot download the photos without sending them over the air, which means spending extra dollars on bandwidth. No wonder T-Mobile loves this phone! What I don’t like it the new nasty habit Samsung has picked up from Apple. It changed the headset-port and now you cannot use your old handsfree with it. Samsung E105 has been my default phone for months now, and if I was going to upgrade, I wouldn’t mind e315.

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  1. Other than being annoyingly slow, OTA’ing the photos shouldn’t cost you much in data transfer. (unless you MMS them of course) My T-Mobile plan has unlimited data for ~ $5.00/month.

    That might be steep for average joe, but for a phone geek it’s a pretty good deal!

    Todd

  2. There is an engineering bug in the current e315 model phone. You cannot go to an existing name in your phonebook and “add entry” placing more than one number under the same name. You can painstakingly do it by going to menu, add entry, find name to add an entry to, then put in your info. You just can’t use the “add entry” option by scrolling to a name and adding an entry. A bug that needs to be fixed.

  3. i just baught this samsung e315 aand i love it! all my friends at school say what a great phone it is..i got this phone with pre-paid service because my other phone that i had just baught (motorola v300) would get very hot when charging and then never turn on again..overall i think this is a great phone!

  4. I just got my e315 and I really like the bright screen and grid menu. The phone is sleek and light weight. I don’t really need the camera much, though it’s always good to have an extra just for sending on the fly. The only thing I don’t like is the hands free set. I really want a one of those that sits on your ear not in it. I move around so much that it’s always falling out. Does anyone know where I can get one that will work with this new connection?

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