The Samsung Monte Slider is a solid, intuitive little phone that shouldn't have bothered trying to add Internet features. Buy it because it's cheap and makes calls, not because it tries to do all this fancy modern stuff.
Typical price: £40.00
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Samsung has done a good job of packing just about every feature you could want into a compact, nimble device. It's not perfect but, with intuitive menus, a host of widgets and a decent browser, the Monte will satisfy hardcore social-networking fans. It's a well-rounded phone that we enjoyed using
Typical price: £150.00
The Monte is a touch-screen phone with a 3.2-megapixel camera, a Web browser, and messaging.
The Samsung Monte is a budget touchscreen phone that looks the business, thanks to a vivid screen and high-end features such as Wi-Fi and GPS
The Samsung Monte is a budget touchscreen that puts the spotlight on social networking with a bundle of widgets for Facebook, Twitter and more
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