Samsung GT-E1390 MP3 Mobile Phone
S$79 (U.P. S$108)
Imagine in the middle of night, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" tore through silence, so loud that it woke your whole company. That makes this the most powerful MP3 phone for the local men who need and can only use a non-camera phone for National Service. This phone is also great for those working the the government sector where camera phones are also disallowed. I did considered this when I got this phone, but the GT-E1390 is meant for mum who needs to downgrade to a simple, easy-to-use phone that playbacks her favourite MP3 ringtones loud and clear.
Specs in brief
Dual Band (GSM 900 / 1800) support 3G SIM cards
CSTN, 65K colors
128 x 128 pixels, 1.63 inches
Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Stereo Dual Speakers
1000 entries phonebook
5MB internal memory
microSD support (up to 2GB)
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
WAP2.0 / xHTML
FM radio with RDS, FM recording
Chinese support and Pinyin input
SMS & MMS
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1000 mAh
Size: 108 x 46 x 15.3 mm
Contents include: Instruction manual leaflet, Music Download Guide, Warranty Papers, Charger, Headset and Phone.
Note: 1GB microSD card is given free by the dealer.
Note: USB cable is not included.
Music controls is preset in the 4-way navigation cursor with Enter button.
Individual soft keys are used for the numerical keypad.
Hidden beneath the battery compartment is the microSD card slot and SIM slot.
Dual speakers with noise buffering cushions inside.
Removing the back cover is as easy as push and slide.
Port for headset and USB.
Super light-weight plastic phone that slips into the pocket easily.
Compared to HTC Tattoo and LG KS20.
I had to be cautious not to get a no-contract phone that cannot support 3G SIM card. Apparantly, as I was told, only the Nokia's have that issue. Since, I must choose one that does not have a camera, that cuts down the list to maybe 10 models. But still a lot to pick. One that plays back MP3 and has microSD suppport, filters the list to 2 or 3 models. But one that is below S$100, there is only Samsung GT-E1390. At S$79, it is probably the cheapest MP3 (with external memory support) no-contract phone in Singapore! This deal came with a free 1GB microSD card from the dealer.
I do not expect too much out of a CSTN screen, which made picture viewing and browser viewing quite redundant. This phone does not support video format playback. High resolution pictures are also no supported. But it delivers all my MP3 and WMA files through the Dual Speakers, loud, crisp and clear! It is the loudest from any phones that I have tried.
Apparantly, the phone is made of cheap and light plastic. Why do I say so? I accidentally dropped my adaptor on the phone, and resulted in a small ding on the edge of the shell. Nothing to cry about though, its only S$79!
It is the best phone for army! But it is also a perfect stand-in phone for my mum's cranky Nokia 5610 XpressMusic. It fulfills her criteria of playing back MP3 ringtones, super loud, Chinese support and excellent battery life.