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I am the clumsiest man in the world when it comes to mobile phones and this is not helped by my natural reaction to throw and try and catch the thing. I constantly drop them and destroy them. This is why I have gone so many of the cheaper varieties of phones. The Samsung E1170 was another of these cheap phones and it only cost me ten pounds.
What the mobile essential had to offer was phone calls and texts. This was supported by a staggering 600 minute talk time and 648 hour stand by time. I am actual amazed at how good the battery was. I would use my mobile constantly for up to 3 days without it even being pushed for a re charge.
The phone was rather basic. It had a the usual applications such as a calculator, convertor, timer and stopwatch. It also included a torch light which I found quite handy when trying to put my keys in the door at night.
Navigating around the phone was simple. You used the big button in the middle to select from the functions in the menu: call log, phonebook, calendar, memo, messages and games. There is a tetris game (classic) and a jewel game that was rubbish.
When making calls the sound quality was good. You received a clear and projected voice and you could adjust the sound with the directional buttons on the phone.
I am clumsy with my phones and I did actually crack the screen on this one. I did drop it on concrete so you can't really blame the quality of the phone. All though there was a crack on the screen the phone still worked fine.
The memory is ok on the phone being able to hold 200 contacts and 250 messages. Although this was ok for me I would've preferred more room to hold messages.
All in all the phone is basic that makes clear calls and is easy to text with. For under ten pounds I cannot fault it.
Ps. I actually lost this phone before I had the chance to drop it one last time.
INTRO - HOW WE MET....
This phone was bought during a short notice emergency (involing dropping my former phone during a cross country hike that went wrong when we were stampeded by cows. The old phone remains lost, presumed face down in a cow pat somewhere.) and on a tight budget. Due to my job at the time, I needed a new, easy to use phone the next day, so I popped down to argos and ordered the cheapest one they had. This phone was it....
MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS
It ticked the boxes I urgently needed at the time: cheap, able to send texts and make phone calls. As I soon found out however - that's pretty much all this phone is capable of. It really is basic as you get. It does all of the above, has functions such as a calculator, very basic calendar and alarm capacities, it even has one game! But that's it. No camera, no internet, no radio or even varied ringtones. This will instantly put a lot of people off. Also, back to the basic calendar and alarm - thesse functions work well, however with the calendar you can literally just set memos for specific days (without any kind of alarm time setting) and with the alarm, there's no way to set which days it goes off on which can be rather annoying - Though if you simply need a reminder of the days and a regular straight forward alarm this might not be problem for you!
However, all that said, I still have the thing! There are a number of reasons for this:
1) first and foremost, a thing blessed these days, its battery life is IMMENSE. I mean it literally keeps its charge for about 2 weeks. As much as I secretly hanker after a nice shiney smartphone, the prospect of having to plug in every night does not appeal one bit!
2) It's very un-pinchable. Ok, so it's a very cynical mindset to have, but I personally feel very uncomfortable with the idea of flashing about a very easily lifed piece of kit worth £££. If having an expensive phone matter to you, then you probably think I'm bonkers saying that, but then I guess if you're reading a review for this phone....?
3) Cheap n' cheerful - super cheap handset and for me on a pay as you go contract means I owe nothing for on it and find I spend about £10 a month. A lot to be said for that these days!
OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT?
See all the above reasons - I personally like this phone. But I suspect those after something more than texting and phoning will disagree strongly!
The samsung gt e1170 is a good basic phone that is durable, I have been using it for the past 3 years and it is still fully functioning, the battery life is long which is useful for people who like to call for long/businessmen. On the other hand the phone is slow, hard to type/text and has a small screen. The phone also does not have apps as it is very old and it is quite large and heavy.
I used this phone for secondary use and it served its purpose( to phone people when my primary phone battery died). The phone does not have many functions either, just the basic calculator and so on. This however makes the phone very easy to work with. The fact that the phone does not have a camera nor a decent music player is a big disadvantage. But do not let this put you down, if you simply want a phone to call people and nothing else, go for it! its cheap and cheerful.
It is a bar design, it does not have bluetooth nor does it have WIFI. Its about 72 grams and the screen size is 1.52 inches which is very small for my liking.
The Samsung E1170 is as basic a mobile phone as you can probably get these days. When my dearly departed old Sony Ericcson (itself a hand-me-down from my husband) I was not a happy bunny. I do not really have much interest in mobiles, seeing them as a necessity rather than a useful tool. I do not really use it an awful lot and as such only have a PAYG agreement and a Blackberry which is supplied by my work for emails and other work related bumpf. I also wanted a phone which did not cost a lot.
Having had £9 in my Orange Phone fund, I toddled along to my local Orange store to make this purchase. I thought that it looked surprisingly sturdy for such a cheap phone, the other ones that they had at around this price range were really cheap and flimsy looking. Yes, this phone is small but it has a nice sleek finish and looks better quality than you would expect.
As I am also pretty useless at remembering to charge my phone I was also pretty impressed at the touted battery life - 600 mins talk time and 648 hours stand-by time which to be honest is pretty phenomenal. Whilst in an ideal world I might have liked a camera, I really did not want to put out the necessary £20 extra for one which would have been of poor quality anyways.
I will give you a run-through of its features, but in essence - all it does really is make and receive calls!
The menu is accessed but the largeish button in the middle and the silver casing around this provides the directional buttons. Via the menu, you can access a call log, phonebook, calendar, memo, messages, 1 Tetris type game called Jewel Quest, Applications including a calculator, convertor, timer, stopwatch and torch light, alarms and settings (which of course include display and ringtone settings.) The phone has quite a powerful vibrating alert. It also has a function that I have never seen before called 'fake call' which means that by pressing a combination of buttons, and after a gap to make it seem feasible, it will appear to ring, thereby getting you out of any awkward situation.
The phone itself has in-built settings to ensure that it saves as much power as possible. For example, after just 10 seconds of not being used, it will immediately lock itself and the backlight will disappear which I appreciate will be irritating to some people. However, when you do unlock it it will take you back to where you were.
The sound quality when making or receiving a call cannot be faulted in my opinion and you can adjust the volume by using the directional buttons. It also has a loudspeaker function.
The phone comes with a short instruction manual (it only needs a short one!) and a charger as you would expect.
The phone is extremely easy to use. The only thing which can be a bit fiddly is that it is quite easy to accidently change it to/from predictive text and then not so easy to work out how you revert it back!
Transferring numbers from my old SIM to my new one was relatively simple and did not really take any intervention from me.
After 4 months of using this phone non-stop I can truly vouch for the fact that the battery life is exceptional. I am finding that with the amount that I use my phone - which is normally 1 short phonecall and a few texts a day, it is lasting for 3-4 weeks without needing to be charged. Even when the battery indicator starts flashing the vibrating alert starts going I have found that I can have up to a day before it goes completely. To charge back to full usually takes around 2 hours.
For something so basic, it is quite slick looking and light weight. For the most part, I have found it quite sturdy - in particular the backing which protects the battery and SIM card is very secure. However, I have experienced some slight cracking of the screen early on in its usage, not enough to obscure the visuals, but enough to be quite irritating. It has not cracked any further to my knowledge since it initially happened, but I have to say that I do not think that I have treated it any differently than any other phone that I have had in the past and none of them have ever had screens that cracked.
In conclusion, I am really happy with this phone ; of course it will not convert anyone who needs all the mod cons, but the energy efficiency and sheer effectiveness make it as good as a bog standard basic mobile phone could possibly be, in my opinion.
This mobile phone is fine if you intend to only use it for calls/texts. It comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty, and feels pretty solid in the hand, suggesting it will last that long. Call quality is good, and texts are fine too. There is only Super Jewel Quest on the games, and there is no camera, but there are alarms, timers, memos etc. It also has a 'fake call' feature, if you want to get out of a tricky situation! The torch light isn't the best, and screen isn't the easiest to read in the sun. I also think that some of the automatically installed short-cuts are a little annoying as I keep on managing to call my recent contacts - I can't switch some of these automatic features off unfortunately. Overall though it is a good phone for the money, and ideal as a backup, or indeed a phone for someone who doesn't want all the latest gizmos in a phone.