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 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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