Phone Scoop

printed October 7, 2015
See this page online at:

Home  ›  Reviews  ›

Review: Samsung Blast

Form Basics Extras Video Wrap Up Comments  25  

Is It Your Type? Body Three S's  

Aug 21, 2007, 4:10 PM   by Eric Lin

The Blast is the smallest in T-Mobile's armada of messaging phones. Does Samsung manage to make a big impact or is this a dud? With video review.

If there's one type of person T-Mobile seems pay more attention to than any other national carrier, it's the texter - the oft-ignored user who constantly sends messages of all types but never touches a corporate email account. The Blast is yet another weapon in T-Mobile's vast arsenal for these people.



This forum is closed.

This forum is closed.


Aug 24, 2007, 7:14 PM

What type of memory card is compatible with this phone?

The phone does not come with a USB cable or memory card. I bought a Kingston 2G micro SD memory card and reader. However, the phone inconsistently reads the card. The files appear initially and I may be able to listen to a song, but the next thing I know it says the memory card is empty. If I turn the phone off and turn it back on, the files re-appear on the memory card. Do I have the wrong type of card or is there something wrong with this phone? It also froze up when playing music from the memory card. I really like the design of the phone, but it has been frustrating me when it comes to trying to use the memory card.
I have the same issue as well, I even purchased the same SD card. It is disappointing because I just got the phone. Let me know if you found out the problem, please, that would be much help.

Aug 25, 2007, 4:09 AM

Is it recommended for basic phone functionality?

Hi, folks.

I'm not a very technical type of guy. I primarily use my cellular phone as a cellular phone. I do moderate text messaging, I rarely exceed my 400/mo limit, and I don't have much opportunity to listen to personal music devices.

Currently, I have the MotoRazr V3 (basic model) and have had it for two years. The only problem I've ever had with it is the dust particles that get trapped in the screen and make it completely impossible to view in direct light (I've had it replaced twice). Now that I've decided it's time for an upgrade, I'm considering a slider. I figure the Rizr would have about the same functionality as the Razr, and was just about set on that when I saw the fuss over the Samsung Blast. It's definitely sexier than...
I would say they are just about equal, the RIZR would be easier to transition to, but with moderate use, they both serve the funtion as well as any other phone.

Aug 28, 2007, 12:48 AM

Adding to dictionary?

Anyone know how to add entries to the T9 dictionary? Can't seem to find a way to do it, and that'd be a pretty big deal-breaker...



Aug 22, 2007, 5:14 PM

Two major problems for heavy text users

1. Like all other T-Mobile Samsungs, I am pretty sure I verified (while at a store) that this model does not allow you to use downloaded sounds for text alerts. The included message alerts are all childish and annoying.

2. You can't escape t-mobile's SMS-based IM system because of their infamous java-blocking. Otherwise you could install an internet-based Java messenger.
Both of these are really not that big of a deal to general people.

1. If you hate the limitation of sounds, a. turn them off, or the more popular b. vibrate.

2. SMS based Java messaging for download is less of a deal on a SureType keyboard. ...

Aug 21, 2007, 10:05 PM

I'm not sure...

...I understand you, Eric.

You say:

"The Blast is yet another weapon in T-Mobile's vast arsenal for these people (texters)."

But also:

"But unfortunately the Blast is not - a blast - to use. You should still check out the full range of T-Mobile's messaging armada if you're considering this phone."

Is it a good messaging phone or not?
Eric can give you a proper answer, but my interpretation is:

It's a good messaging phone, but UI quirks and a poor music player make it less of a Blast than it should have been.
to further clarify my stance, which rich already did a pretty good job of...

just because the blast is in t-mobile's lineup, or arsenal, doesn't mean it's a great phone or that it's fun to use. i'm not sure what i said there caused you to think tha...

Aug 21, 2007, 9:58 PM

Just don't like...

...the slider format. Too fragile for me, and it's just awkward.
the original flip format of last year's t719

Aug 22, 2007, 3:03 PM

well can u dowload music if u send the mp3 file thru email

i wanted to noe cuz if it does im gonna for sure get yo

Aug 22, 2007, 10:34 AM

SureType Questions

I want a little more detail on using the SureType pad on this phone:

    Does it work well with the T9?

    Is the T9 adaptive/does it learn words easily?

    How does it compare with the BB Pearl's pad?

    Does it address word dialing, i.e. can I dial 800-GOOG-411 easily?

    You said the pad lends itself to two thumb typing, but is the pad large enough to do so, and can one-hand be done as effectively with a little practice?
the t9 on it is pretty advanced. not only does it learn words but it also quickly learns which words you type most often and will offer to complete them for you. for example, the first time we used the Blast, we immediately gave it the phone scoop tes...

Aug 21, 2007, 10:46 PM

making calls

You said

"However making calls works slightly differently, at least from the home screen, because of the MyFaves application. Instead of the green send key opening up a list of recent calls, it dials the person currently in front on the MyFaves application."

The Blast has a new myfaves feature that allows you to minimize the myfaves by pressing the disconnect key and they will reappear by pressing the ok key. When they are minimized, the green send key DOES bring up the recent calls list.

Aug 21, 2007, 5:36 PM

consumer friendly

the consumer email is pretty amazing. i mean using email through text was ingenious.

it also uses T-mobiles new Network Address Book service, which stores your contacts on their server, for free.
Page  1  of 1

Subscribe to Phone Scoop News with RSS Follow @phonescoop on Twitter Phone Scoop on Facebook Subscribe to Phone Scoop on YouTube Follow on Instagram


All content Copyright 2001-2015 Phone Factor, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Content on this site may not be copied or republished without formal permission.