Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe review: Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe has an appealing design with user-friendly controls. It also offers a decent feature set including Bluetooth and a speakerphone.

The Bad The Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe had patchy sound quality and lacks true world phone capability.

The Bottom Line Though the Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe offers Bluetooth and an appealing design, sound quality wasn't reliable.

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Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe

Just a few weeks after we first saw it at CES, the new Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe is now available with T-Mobile. Styled in grey and silver with appealing curvy lines, the Stripe barely looks like its predecessor but it sports many of the same features including a VGA camera, a speakerphone, and instant messaging. And this time you also get Bluetooth. Sound quality was serviceable though patchy at times. You can get it for $49 with service.

Design
As we said above, the SGH-T329 Stripe looks quite different from T-Mobile's Samsung SGH-T309. It's a tad taller at 3.3x1.7x0.9 inches but it's also a bit lighter at 3.3 ounces. What's more, instead of the SGH-T309's black, the SGH-T329 features a cool silver color scheme with a grey stripe (of course) that is both simple and appealing at the same time. We also like the curved shape, yet we have one tiny complaint. Since the rear face is beveled, the phone won't rest fast on a surface with the flip open.

The vertical external screen is a nice change from the standard square display. It shows the time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID. You can change the contrast but not the font size or the backlight time. Also, the monochrome resolution means it doesn't support photo caller ID, and it won't work as a viewfinder for self-portraits. The Stripe's camera lens sits just above the external display but there's no flash or self-portrait lens. A volume rocker sits on the left spine while a camera shutter, and the charger port/headset jack sits on the right spine.


The SGH-T329's camera lens sits just above its cool vertical display.

The 1.75-inch (128x160 pixels) internal display on the SGH-T329 supports 65,000 colors and is about average as Samsung phones go. It's perfectly serviceable for browsing the user-friendly menus but photos and games won't look as rich as they would on a 262,000-color display. You can change the brightness, backlighting time, the background color, and the font style, size, and color.

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Samsung SGH-T329 (T-Mobile)

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