Samsung phone has partial keyboard--Bonnie Cha shall not be pleased

The SGH-T349 is a messaging phone, but it offers a partial alphabetic keyboard.

The Samsung SGH-T349 is a messaging phone, but with a twist. Samsung

Bonnie Cha, CNET's smartphone reviewer, has not hidden her disdain for the SureType keyboard. So, call it a hunch, but I'm guessing that she won't be thrilled with Samsung's newest messaging phone for T-Mobile.

Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard, the SGH-T349 features a "partial keyboard" with two letters of the alphabet sharing the same button. It's not exactly a SureType keyboard (that's Blackberry's domain), but you won't notice any differences apart from the name. The candy-bar design is standard silver with a touch of lime green.

Besides the obvious messaging capabilities, the SGH-T349 offers a 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording, a personal organizer, stereo Bluetooth, an MP3 player, a speakerphone, and a microSD card slot. But in a disappointing move, the SGH-T349 is only tri-band (GSM 850/1800/1900) compatible and data support is limited to EDGE networks.

The handset is available now for an affordable $14.99 with a two-year contract. We'll have a review when we can get our eager hands on a model.

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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