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Review: Samsung T259

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Browser

The T259 offers T-Mobile's web2Go services via the browser. The browser loads mobile and WAP sites fairly quickly via T-Mobile's 3G network. Full HTML sites take a lot longer to load. The CNN mobile site popped up in a snap, even though it is sodden with images, advertisements and tons of text. T-Mobile's web2go portal has been well-designed for easy-to-navigate access to web sites with the minimal amount of pecking in web addresses. If you want to leave the realm of all things T-Mobile, you have to break out the URL bar and go through the painstaking process of typing in URLs manually. The browser itself offers enough tools to optimize the experience, but it will take some work to set up the browser with enough shortcuts and other tweaks to make it worth using.

 

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Customize

Users can adjust many of the T259's settings easily through the settings menu. Ringers, alert tones, wallpapers, themes and such are quickly manipulated. I really like that the T259 offers ringer profiles, each of which can be customized to suit user needs. Dialing fonts can be changed, as well as made smaller or larger. It's not as insanely flexible as many smartphones are, but users can at least make the handset feel more their own.

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