Samsung M220 - blue (Sprint) review: Samsung M220 - blue (Sprint)

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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Samsung SPH-M220 has a simple, easy-to-use design, Bluetooth, and decent call quality.

The Bad The SPH-M220 plastic skin feels a tad cheap and it lacks caller groups.

The Bottom Line The SPH-M220 isn't for the danger-prone, but it offers acceptable call quality in an easy-to-use design.

As Reviewed: $29

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6.3 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0

Think of the Samsung SPH-M220 as the low-end alternative to the already basic Samsung SPH-M320. While both handsets are designed primarily for communication, the SPH-M220 ditches all frills except for Bluetooth. Yet, the result is a simple and easy-to-use handset with decent call quality. This isn't a handset for extreme lifestyles but it should be fine for occasional callers. Offered by Sprint, the SPH-M220 is $29 with service.

The SPH-M200 perfectly fits the mold of a basic Samsung flip phone. The minimalist shape and clean lines invoke the memory of countless other Samsung handsets before it. At 1.57 inches by 1.25 inches by 0.7 inch, it's a bit smaller than the SPH-M320 and it replaces that handset's brick red hue and mirrored panel with a simple black and blue color scheme. As it weighs just 2.6 ounces, the SPH-M320 is extremely portable but we had mixed feelings about its construction. The hinge seems sturdy enough but the phone's plastic skin felt rather flimsy. This is not a handset for taking blows and bumps.

The SPH-M220 has an extremely simple design.

The external display is no bigger than a postage stamp, but it is appropriate for a phone like this. It's monochrome so it won't show photo caller ID, but that's not really an issue on a phone without a camera. On the other hand, it does display the time, battery life, signal strength, and battery life. You can adjust the clock style and the contrast. Completing the exterior of the phone are a volume rocker on the left spine and a 2.5mm headset jack and a micro USB charger port.

The SPH-M220 has a 2.5mm headset jack and a micro-USB charger port.

The internal display measures 1.75 inches and supports 65,000 colors (145x128 pixels). On most phones, we'd complain about such a low-resolution display, but on a basic model like the SPH-M220, we don't mind. Graphics won't jump out but colors looked fine and the menus are easy to use. You can change the brightness, the contrast, the dialing font size and color, and the backlighting time.

The SPH-M220 shows nothing from behind.

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