Samsung SGH-T119 (T-Mobile) review: Samsung SGH-T119 (T-Mobile)

The SGH-T119 has a 300-contact phone book with room in each entry for four phone numbers, an e-mail address, and notes. You can save callers to groups and you can pair them with one of 15 polyphonic ringtones. The handset also supports photo caller ID, but keep in mind it doesn't have a digital camera.

Features are slim but functional. The SGH-T119 has a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a task list, a calculator, a world clock, a currency and unit converter, a timer, as stopwatch, and a tip calculator. You'll also find a speakerphone, support for T-Mobile's contact syncing, and a voice memo recorder.

You can personalize the SGH-T119 with a variety of background colors, greetings, and wallpaper. You can download more options and additional ringtones from T-Mobile's t-zones service. You also can use your own recorded sounds as ringtones. The SGH-T119 does not come with any games.

We tested the SGH-T119 in San Francisco using T-Mobile service. Call quality was agreeable on the whole. The volume level was loud--even if adjusting the level wasn't convenient--and we enjoyed a clear signal with little static or interference. Voices sounded natural for the most part, but at times we noticed that the audio sounded a tad hollow.

On their end, callers said we sounded fine. A few said that the phone picked up a fair amount of background noise, but they could hear and understand us in most situations. We had some trouble communicating with automated calling systems if we were outside or in a noisy room. Speakerphone calls were loud and pretty clear on our end, though we had to speak very close to the phone in order to be heard.

Of course, we're disappointed that the SGH-T119 is only dual-band (GSM 850/1900). That means that the handset won't work outside of North America.

The SGH-T119 has a rated battery life of 7 hours talk time and 16.6 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 7 hours and 43 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, it has a digital SAR of 0.958 watt per kilogram.

What you'll pay

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