Samsung E1360 review:

Samsung E1360

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Typical Price: £70.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Bluetooth is included;. Feels solidly built;. GPRS lets you access the Web.

The Bad Blurry screen;. Average battery stamina;. Low internal memory and no card slot.

The Bottom Line With Bluetooth and GPRS on board, the Samsung E1360 is better connected than its low-cost mobile rivals, although these bonuses are mitigated by underwhelming battery life.

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6.5 Overall

Fear not, you haven't stepped into a time warp and emerged back in 2005. The E1360 may look like a chubby reincarnation of the D600, but it's actually one of Samsung's latest budget blowers, and comes with a few surprises under the bonnet -- including Bluetooth data transfer. Unfortunately, it's also saddled with the usual litany of shortcomings, which is to be expected when you consider the astonishingly low asking price.

You can buy the E1360 handset SIM-free for £70, or nab one on Orange pay as you go for around £20.

Slip-slide away

Samsung's budget offerings have already covered the candybar (E1170) and flip (E1150) formats, so it shouldn't come as a massive shock to discover the Korean manufacturer is putting out a cut-price slider variant, too. The E1360 shares many similarities with the aforementioned pair of cheap and cheerful handsets, but also comes with a handful of its own tricks.

The shell of the E1360 is pretty bare, with only the charging port/headphone socket breaking the otherwise featureless exterior.

In purely cosmetic terms, the E1360 calls to mind the company's creative ethos from about half a decade ago. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the popular D600 and D900 slider phones, from 2005 and 2006 respectively. This observation certainly isn't intended as a criticism -- both of these devices are iconic design classics -- but it does make the E1360 seem a little out of touch when placed alongside Samsung's more recent releases, such as the Galaxy S and Monte.

With a thickness of 18mm, the E1360 isn't exactly what you'd call svelte, but it feels incredibly robust and sturdy nonetheless. This impression of strength carries through to the slider mechanism, which displays the bare minimum of wobble and is accompanied by an appealing 'click' sound when you open and close it.

Plenty of grip

Like the E1150, the E1360's battery compartment is covered with tiny raised dots, which enhance grip when the device is cradled in your sweaty palm. Combined with the rounded corners and aforementioned girth, these intriguing little pimples mean the E1360 is unlikely to slip from your hand during use -- not that an impact with terra firma would have much of a detrimental effect on the phone's burly exterior.

The bobbles on the back of the phone are there to increase overall grip.

Unsurprisingly with a sub-£30 phone, there are caveats to consider when approaching the E1360. Like its stablemates, it has a disappointing screen, with a resolution of just 128x160 pixels. The usual ghosting issues remain, with swift movement between menus causing an unsightly blurring effect. Although the display is capable of creating some pleasingly bold colours, when placed alongside the latest AMOLED screens, it looks tremendously washed-out.

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