Back in 2011, when phones were just beginning to become "smart", I considered this phone to be mid-tier, at least compared to the iPhone 4 (which I considered to be pretty revolutionary at the time). The pull-out keyboard and physical button were pretty sweet and some features that I kind of miss in today's smartphones.
I liked this phone for a basic use (texting, calling and other basic functions). But battery life was not very good, and it's very bad to go on the internet and not compatible with a lot of apps. It's sad that they don't make smartphones with physical keyboards like this today. My phone has stopped working in 2015 after 3 years of use because the screen has stopped working (I think that the electric link between the tho parts of the phone is broken. I would like to have this kind of smartphone again.
I've has this phone for over four years now and have not had any problems . Basic phone that's only good for talk and text , so so pictures .
This has been the greatest phone I have ever had and will probably ever have. It makes calls, sends and receives texts and has wifi and bluetooth. It fits in the hand very comfortably, heavy eough to know its there but not be a burden, all functions can be done with a simple thumb or finger swipe and it has amazing battery life; I charge(d) mine once a week.
Sadly, after 4 years of using it around the US, CAN and the EU and being less than careful with it in the car, home and office, I dumped it on the cement garage floor from three stairs up at a 30 degree arc; it landed about 6 feet away. Except for the vibrate function, it survived without a scratch. Because I primarily use vibrate over audio I now have to spend $300-600 to buy a replacement behemoth that I won't use any of the features on (I even stripped stuff from the Q), won't fit in my hand, need bigger pockets for, won't have a useable keyboard (hate tiny touch screens), more fragile than the Q, etc... all for the sake of "having to be connected", blech. Too bad the only small qwerty phones left are antiques models which companies will not update. I would have bought one last year if they did; even BB got bigger.
For someone who needs a phone to send messages and make calls, this fits the bill perfectly (so far).
One of this phones weakest point's is it's software & it should be taken into consideration before you buy this. It's not the smoothest (or the newest) android experience today, but it's still MILES ahead of the dreaded and now almost extinct symbian OS on older devices; They don't even compare in terms of functionality. The OS is definitely oudated in terms of application compatibility.
Hardware wise, things are a little better, but not perfect. The touch screen is capacitive which is a godsend for a phone purchased at this price, but the dpi is rather average, no retina displays or fancy HD screens here. Call clarity is good, the keyboard is a bit oddly spaced and shaped however; my biggest gripe being the space key; it's just 2 small keys with a bit of rubber connecting them together to form a "bar". It feels odd to press as a result. It takes some getting used to but the quirks of it are easily overlooked with repeated consistent use.
The phone feels solid for the most part but be warned; bar phones are definitely a lot more durable than most if not all sliders & flip phones. It just... wont. No questions. The chrome painted plastic rim (which will predictably wear off over time) and plastic housing definitely isn't doing the phone any favors.
The camera is also surprisingly decent for a 3.2 megapixel camera anyways, no graininess and very clear shots in good light conditions, but cameras on phones today can definitely outshine this one in terms of picture fidelity and definition, I'd be hard pressed to call this camera terrible though, I've used much worse before. It does start to get washed out, blurry & grainy in lower lighting, but a flash is present to compensate for that.
The worst part about the hardware is probably the actual specifications, and I'd say this is probably the weakest point of the phone; the small amount of ram coupled with the single core CPU is capable enough for basic phone tasks and a little more, but not much else. The internal memory is laughably tiny. The only thing huge about it is how much of a joke & disappointment it is. You'll definitely require an SD card to use most of the phone's memory-specific features, such as taking and saving pictures for instance.
I may be somewhat critical of the device, but the way I see it, you get what you pay for, bottom line. I bought this new & unlocked off of Newegg.com for a mere $99, and I was well aware of pretty much all of the above, even caught by surprise by the phone for exeeding my somewhat lower expectations of it. Currently satisfied so far.
I have had the Samsung Galaxy Q T589R for less than a year. Loved the phone except that when a text or call came in, if you missed the ring it would not ring again!!! So I had to constantly check my phone to see if I had missed a text or call. Pain in the a$$!!! Lately the screen had been freezing up on me and today it totally froze. I could only navigate using my keypad. So I bought a new iPhone. Then began the ordeal of trying to get a program so I could download my contacts to my laptop, as the SIM card for my Samsung was not compatible with the iPhone. Spent hours trying to get it to work to no avail. The program recommended by Samsung would not work so I spent another couple hours MANUALLY inputing all my contacts. Thank God I could still navigate my Samsung using the keypad!!! So not impressed. This seems to be a common problem with this phone. I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND this phone at all. Hoping I will like my iPhone 5S longer!!!
This phone is okay, for minor users looking for a simple QWERTY-layout smartphone, but by downloading apps and loading it up, is where it hits the crapper, it starts to have performance issues with more apps, Facebook app is laggy and much more, only good for texting or doing calls, and BASIC usage, but medium-heavy usage, is bad for this phone, only 800MHz CPU, low RAM, I would recommend using avast! Mobile Security and ES Task Manager to make phone faster and free up some space, also the phone only has 150MB of app storage.
I really relied on my Galaxy, which I thought was a pretty well put-together smart phone (with it's great slide out keyboard). That was up until after 20 months of ownership when everything fell apart. The touch screen stopped working (which you can mostly get around by using the keyboard). Soon after the display started to fail (first the greens, then the yellows, now I'm just left with red). It's a bit of a disaster now, so at roughly 23 months, the phone is more-or-less unusable. Too bad, it was a good ride while it lasted; just another example of disposable electronics.
Csmee, 27 Aug 2013Terrible,and I absolutely TERRIBLE.The memory is terrible, the charging is bad. I've had mine ... morehey i have the exact problems this phone is a piece of bullcrap and also did anyone have a problem where it did not charge?? well i have that and i dont know why its like that screw this phone DONT GET THIS PHONE!!!
Anonymous, 03 Jan 2014My wife and I both had these phones and both screens stopped working causing both phones to be... morejust bad luck i guess. Who knows where to get areplacement battery for this phone....thanks
Anonymous, 31 Aug 2013DO NOT GET THIS PHONE i had it for less than 6 months and the touch screen stopped working for... moreMy wife and I both had these phones and both screens stopped working causing both phones to be unusable.
Very let down as they were not even a year old and we have to replace them at full price.
I can not recommend that phone for anyone.
Don't blame the over charge, it is not true that charging it over the night kills the battery. It is lithium battery technology and it stops charging when its full, so it doesn't start a new cycle and a phone battery is good for 500-1000 recharging cycles, after this, change your battery and no, this battery doesn't last very long
I've had it since June of 2012, and it still works fine. But then again, storage is awful, the battery life is awful AND LIES TO YOU, it's freaking 2.2, meaning next to no apps are compatible with it, and the stupid thing is slower than a snail in a coma. Plus, it's so old it's basically impossible to find a decent looking case for it that's not pink or black. Also, the keyboard, one of my once favourite features, makes mistakes constantly. At least the phone is durable. Like, I've dropped it over 10 times and nothing more than some scratches on the back. One last thing, the camera can't take pictures to save its life.