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I took a while to get over my loyalty to Nokia, but I managed to jump ship shortly before I got pulled down with it and got stuck with a lumbering behemoth of a phone. This may not be the fanciest and most high-spec of Samsung's current stable, but it's still a sizeable upgrade on Nokia's offerings.
At the entry-level end of the Smartphone range, this isn't quite the all-singing, all-dancing affair that more high-profile and heavily-promoted handsets might be, but for someone who wants the basic functions of a modern phone with simple, clean-cut stylings to match, this makes for a good buy.
With a 3" screen, this is one of the pokier models available, but even with my mammoth fingers (which made using a Blackberry a chore), I've had little difficulty using the phone. The touch-screen is generally quick and responsive, and has a good, solid "feel" to it. Texting isn't the easiest; holding the screen in portrait mode makes the qwerty keyboard squish up to such an extent that it's almost luck if you manage to type something intelligible. In landscape mode, the process is easier, and there's a handy voice-to-text feature, which is also surprisingly accurate - so it's only a minor issue.
A 3mp camera sits in line with the rest of the phone's features - plenty impressive enough for a casual user, although the owners of top-end models will likely gag in horror at the idea. For me, the photos seem pretty sharp - but it's a question of what you need the phone for. I'm a pretty undemanding user, and I'm satisfied.
Internet access can be erratic - and when you do get connected, the screen is again an issue. With its modest dimensions, scanning websites for information can be a bit of a challenge; all the zooming and scrolling and searching becomes pretty tedious pretty quickly. On the upside, the interface is good and clear - in general, navigating through the menus of this phone is quick, easy and intuitive. You can add widgets to the homepages with a couple of flicks and clicks, and customising the options to your preference is simply done.
I'm not a particularly frequent user of apps, so can't comment in any great depth or detail on this aspect of the phone - it has Facebook and Twitter functionality already set up, and these run pretty smoothly, issues with screen size notwithstanding.
As a whole, the phone's pretty visually appealling. Although it lacks the features of the top-end Galaxy phones, the styling reflects Samsung's big boys pretty well. It's all clean, stripped-down good looks and no-fuss operation, and it works nicely.
All in all, you get what you pay for here - it's a budget smartphone, and it doesn't do anything too ambitious. That said, what it does do, it does well enough. As a step-up from the clumsy, slow-witted Nokia I had before, it's exactly what I was after. Given the chance of an upgrade, I'm sure I'd take it, but I would stick with Samsung, so that says something. As an entry-level phone for someone who wants to take their first steps in the wide and wonderful world of smartphones, this is a winner. Don't expect too much from it, and you'll be satisfied.