Samsung Factor review: Competent communicator

The Samsung Factor is one simple cell phone that nevertheless takes its telephonic duties seriously.

Samsung Factor SPH-m260
It's got a smooth body that feels good in the hand, but tends toward the slippery side. Josh Miller/CNET

At first glance, the Samsung Factor is a sturdy and attractive little flip phone that looks like nearly every other appealing Samsung flip phone to predate it.

While it's true that the specs are deliberately modest--an e-mail app and browser are its only software trills--the Factor does a few things right.

Call quality was good enough in our tests to add the Factor to the ranks of simple phones with strong call quality, and the dial pad is very nice to use.

The Factor does elicit one major complaint, however. Find that, plus a video and other details and photos in our Samsung Factor review.

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