I bought this phone second hand. I have been using it for a year now and I haven't experienced any major major problem. I love this phone so much. It's so easy to use. It's so durable I've dropped it so many times but I don't see any damage on it. Its battery life is quite long. I've downloaded hundreds of songs and I listen to music at least 2 hrs a day. I usually send 100 to 200 txts and calls at least 30 minutes a day and the battery lasts for at least 4 days..if i don't listen to music it can probably last for at least a week.
Tip: use a silicon case to protect it from scratches and damages by daily use..
help me.. how to save and open documents (word/excel formats) on this phone?
i can only open PDF file..
I've had this phone for a year, it's been ok, I don't complain at all, it restarted itself a couple of times, but that ever since I dropped it on a hard cold floor, all in all, it's a really good phone for those who are not into smart and complicated phones
Sai, 15 Sep 2010They are al same..! only the software is different.. get the latest from samsung service centr... moreThere is basically no difference between the 5230 and 5233, apart from some minor retail packaging..
amjad.shafiq020@gmai, 08 Sep 2010i just purchased this phone and i want to know by which format we can play videoz on this phon... morecan also play mp 4 videos. Get a program called video converter and you can convert any full length movie to abt 120megs and watch on your phone. THe samsung Pc studio also can do this but takes up about 400megs.
Have fun! :)
Quick Review if you'd like to Buy the Phone..
I've had the phone for a year now and have just done the software upgrade.. You will get an added menu interface and some super cool games with it including a great soccer game, A great Facebook widget which can update automatically. The only part I missed from the old version is that the widget bar now expels the menu item selected to the screen instead of opening it..
For the price, and the features it provides, this is the best phone I've had! IT can do tasks that some very expensive phones barely just manage. It has e mail facility (multiple accounts) which can attach, save and open documents, and I mean all documents in pdf and word/excel formats. Expensive android phones can't even do this as well - I have a Sony ericsson x10 mini and the samsung is my more reliable phone. You can even get the e mail set so that you mail comes through automatically every 30 min. Who says you need a blackberry... ;)
Also with the numerous profile settings, you can be sure never to miss a call or sms, Samsungs repeat sms and memo reminder is just so handy.... it pops up on the screen like a mini window.. The interface is modern and cool..even after a year!
As for the battery Life, Samgsung has outdone even Nokia here, switch off phone at night and you will get 4 -5 days of GOOD use of the phone!
Camera: Yes I know its not auto focus and doesnt have a flash.. Here's a tip: Set the camera to landscape mode, and select fine instead of super fine, and your pics will outdo many 5mp Camera phones in terms of quality, lighting and adaptability in light. You can do amazing Sunset Pics etc. I have takien pics which I use as Laptop/PC Screensavers and always get complimented on.. However, you can't do close up pics of text etc. Use portrait mode when taking pics of ppl and the Samsung will even make you look quite good in pics! And you can crop, edit and resize pics and store anywhere you choose.. create folders, move files, simply do anything.
IN SA, it works better with the MTN network because it connects with EDGE - Vodacom only has GPRS in most areas and the phone doesnt have 3G, even so the speed of connectivity is not that bad..
For those who use mxit, the phone works very well with it, supporting sending and receiving of files etc. A Tip, Download the older version 5.9.2, its much easier to use. There have been few instances of freezing, but nothing too serious, just remove battery and restart phone.
Sound quality with earphones is not that good tho, so don't expect too much there. HOwever, you can store and watch full length movies on the phone if you have a memory card and the wide screen is a pleasure to watch even if its not the best in terms of smoothness of the picture. Movie Sound is however very clear.
All in All, for the price, its a fantastic phone which provided more than I expected.
If your budget only allows you what this phone is priced at, there is no competition.. Check out other phones if you like, but if you are unsure or don't have the time, simply buy this phone, you wont be disappointed.. :)
I want to know how's i change the settings of answering machine this phone?
Hey there, looking to get this phone... But from previous experience, Touch screen phones or high GUI phones usually freak out pretty quickly, Has any1 had this phone for an extended period and has the touch remained constant aswell as no freezing etc in programming... Any response will be appreaciated...
i have to say.. i have samsung S5230 and sony ericsson satio and for too many reasons i love my S5230 more then my satio.. this phone only needs flash and wifi to be perfect (:
Farhan, 14 Sep 2010will this phone be good?does it have flash?if i buy it how long will it go?i'm totally eccited... moreyes its good fone farhan it has no flash but picture quality excellent.u should by it........
Farhan, 14 Sep 2010will this phone be good?does it have flash?if i buy it how long will it go?i'm totally eccited... moreIts not that good, bought mine in march this year and already i have software probs
muzaffar, 13 Sep 2010i purchased my samsung star but i could found his booting name like i have booting screen tell... moreThey are al same..! only the software is different.. get the latest from samsung service centre it is s5233s, which is better than the previous versions
A best phone i hav ever used!! I hav upgraded the software to S5233S from the samsung service center. This new software allows third party applications and an additional 3 page menu screen which makes even more user friendly. The latest firmware for this phone also allows blue tooth synchronization with the PC Studio. Screen sensitivity is the best among the similar range of phones i guess and the battery backup is excellent. The drawback is capacity for storage of SMS is jus 200 in the inbox!! Im jus in luv wit dis fone
Stay away! this was a total waste of money.. if you have low blood presure and would like it to rise to the point where your vaynes is going to pop.. this fone is just what you need, it'l have your blood boiling in seconds.. aka it sux
will this phone be good?does it have flash?if i buy it how long will it go?i'm totally eccited.it's great by look.it has a big display so i like it.is it good compared to f480?give the answers correctly please.thankyou.
i purchased my samsung star but i could found his booting name like i have booting screen tells model number gt-s5233a and i need gt-s5230 and it has no include the hand writing pen but samsung star is one of the best phone for peoples does not afford the expensive phones samsung star is has low price and better looks than the nokia phones.
brendan, 10 Sep 2010me fone keeps freezen up wat do i do better throw your phone. ;p