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Feb 1, 2006, 10:00 AM   by Jesse Lewin

In-depth review of the razor-thin Samsung T809 slider for T-Mobile.

The Samsung t809 is T-Mobile's gorgeous new fashion phone, and it certainly is the light around which people will crowd. The t809's display is hands-down one of the best we've seen, and particularly in such a svelte phone. If you find yourself texting occasionally, sharing photos and video, or just using your phone as a flashlight, the t809 will surpass your expectations. However if you plan on using the t809 as heavy texting tool or a camera replacement, it won't stand up to the job.

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Feb 1, 2006, 12:53 PM

Build Quality


Great comments on the 809's build quality. This is an issue that has prevented me from purchasing any type of slider format handset. Not only to I find them cumbersome, but they're just itching to be broken. Having not seen your name before in these pages...welcome!
My A800 has lasted for a year and weared fine. I have dropped it many times and it is scratched extensively, but it still works with nice action.
Jesse actually did the review on the LG vx8100. Here's the link:

http://www2.phonescoop.com/articles/review_lg_8100/ »

I think he does a good job and will be a great fit here at PhoneScoop
I think the build quality isn't as bad as is being portrayed. The sliding mechanism has loosened slightly in my use. However all in all i think it a very well put together phone. Now I've only had it for a little over a month as stated in my review, s...
zero worry whatsoever about the physical quality of my T809. solid and good. anyway, a slider is less worrisome than a clamshell with regards to "itching to be broken!" ... you want a candy bar phone if that's your worry

Mar 11, 2006, 5:58 PM

Nice, but Disapointing for the money


After less than a week of use, I had to return the phone. I loved it, but couldn't live with it's shortcomings. A phone in this class without voice dialing is DISAPOINTING. The cumbersome interaction between phone functions of answering/placing a call when using a bluetooth headset is also disapointing.


Stunning Design and very good to look at. I loved it!
Stunning Display
Great PC software, although no sync
Great call quality.
Excellent phonebook functions allowing multiple numbers to be stored per contact.


Poor OEM choice of ringers! I hate music as ringtones!

Poor Bluetooth Interaction

No Voice Dialing

DIFFICULT if not impossible to download mp3 and assign ringtones from the PC. It is using DRM ...
I've had my T809 for a few months now and I agree with a lot of what you're saying. The battery life leaves something to be desired and you couldn't be more right about the ringtones.

However, saying it's disappointing for the money is a little mi...

Feb 6, 2006, 12:06 PM

I love it

I've been using the phone for a little over a month now. I love samsungs. I was using the E 715 for a long time. When the Razr was launched in the states I grabbed that. The razr is a good phone dont get me wrong, but i don't think it can hold a candle to the 809. In the main review of this phone its mentioned that the Razr is a better built phone, and that the 809 doesn't age well. This I cannot dis-agree with. Although i have had no real issues with its physical design, the sliding mechanism is seeming to wear out rather quickly. Again something about the main review. I have to dis-agree with the comments on the battery life. Now i suppose its possible i have a defective battery. It could also be that i am a relatively high user when it co...

Feb 1, 2006, 2:14 PM

My review...

I researched this phone throroughly and then bought it. My 1st thoughts were that it felt like a POS in my hands. build quality is horrible. feels like a kid's toy. I have owned a se 700i for the past year, so nost comparisons are made from it, but I have also tested other phones.

I would disagree mostly on the speakerphone/mp3 quality. It is definitely the worst ive had. I transferred ther same mp3 from my old phone so I was truly comparing apples to apples. 1st, there is no range(highs or lows) plus the volume was low.

I thought the user interface was quite poor. I especially had trouble with the clear ("c") button b/c it was positioned too close to the directional pad.

bluetooth: Maybe I had a defective phone, but the ra...
As far as build quality goes, it has been said that there are two different versions of the phone. The initial batch didn't slide as well and the doors for the memory card were very flexible rubber. The newer ones (the one I have) have more solid door...
This phone lacks stereo surround. It has 2 speakers, but its not surround. The market right now is towards mp3 phones, with stereo surround, which this one lacks.

Another thing about this phone is it feels cheap in the hand. Unlike the samsung a90...

Feb 1, 2006, 3:07 PM

The mp3 player

The review said that the mp3 player was limited to mp3's only, but I use .m4a files on mine and they work just as well as mp3's do.
Yes, most Samsung phones (ableit Verizon) will play MP3/AAC/AAC+ files. It should have also been mentioned that you can sync music onto the phone over Bluetooth.
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