Samsung continues to feed the market's mania for svelte handsets with its new model for T-Mobile, the SGH-T619. While the company's SGH-T629 showcases the trendy slider form, the T619 sticks to a simple flip design. Yet the SGH-T619 is no simple cell phone--it's packed with a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth capability, a speakerphone, and world-phone support. Unfortunately its performance doesn't live up to its specs, as sound and photo quality could be better. Yet the SGH-T619 is still a solid mid-range phone, particularly at $49.
If you're looking for thin and sexy, you'll only find the former with the SGH-T619. At 3.9 by 2 by 0.6 inches, it's compact but not necessarily comely. We liked the phone body's rounded edges, but its silvery color and overall exterior is dull. It's easy to hold, and at just 2.8 ounces, it's also easy to carry. The SGH-T619's hinge mechanism felt slightly loose, but this wasn't bothersome.
The SGH-T619's camera lens sits just above the display. We were disappointed that there's no flash; granted, while tiny flashes aren't always useful on camera phones, they can still be a nice touch on a megapixel camera. A covered headset jack and a volume rocker sits on the left spine of the phone, while a camera shutter sits on the right. The charger port is located on the bottom of the SGH-T619.
The internal display measures 1.8 inches (176x220 pixels) and shows 262,000 colors. Similar to many other Samsung displays, the SGH-T619's display is very bright with vibrant colors, yet can be difficult to read in direct light. You can customize font size, color and styles, as well as screen brightness and backlighting time. We continue to enjoy Samsung's simple menu design, which typically features colored icons on a black background. The phone's navigation controls and keypad buttons, however, weren't as warmly received. The controls are adequately sized for larger fingers, but they're flush with the surface of the phone and very slippery. While we didn't misdial, we still struggled with the controls. A four-way toggle doubles as shortcut to four user-defined functions, while the OK button sits at its center. The SGH-T619 sports two soft keys, a clear key, and Talk and End/Power buttons. The keypad buttons are also brightly lit for dialing in poor light.
The phone book holds a generous 1,000 contacts with room in each entry for five phone numbers, an e-mail address, and notes (the SIM card holds an additional 250 names). You can assign callers to groups, as well as pair them with a photo or one of 24, 40-chord polyphonic ring tones. Other basics include: vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, voice recording, instant messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a calculator, a unit converter, a timer, a stop watch, and a tip calculator. The SGH-T619 comes with a few extras that should please more demanding users, such as voice dialing, a speakerphone, and full Bluetooth capability. The SGH-T619 is also equipped for T-Mobile's new MyFaves service.