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Samsung SGH-T639 (T-Mobile)Though it's not 3G quite yet, the Samsung SGH-T639 is a satisfying midrange phone in the meantime.
^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi I'm Kent German, Senior Editor here at CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a First Look at the Samsung SGH-T639. This is a new phone for T-Mobile service. The interesting thing about this phone that it is equipped for 3G; we all know that T-Mobile does not yet have a 3G network. When I inquired to T-Mobile about that they said the phone is optimized for future 3G network so we'll have to see where that goes. A somewhat different design, vertical display is becoming a little bit more popular; I've seen that on more phones. It does show the time and everything but you have to flip it on its side to see it horizontally. Here on the top we have a camera lens, a self-portrait mirror, there's no flash. Here on this side we have a volume rocker with a jack for the headset and charger; and on this side we have a dedicated camera button and a micro SD slot. Also it manages to keep a somewhat slim profile for people that like that. Inside it has an internal display; you can see it has T-Mobile's My Fave service but you can take that off if you want; just simple animated icons; a little cleaner than Samsung used to be. Navigation buttons, they are flat with the surface of the phone, but they're pretty large, giving a lot of space, so that's nice, doesn't have a lot of misdials. We have a couple of soft keys, dedicated button for T-Zone so that's T-Mobile's internet service. Keypad buttons, they're also flat with the surface of the phone, not much texture, maybe tiny raised ridges between the individual rows so if you are dialing by feel it's not the easiest thing to do; but the keys are large and they have backlighting and the numbers are big as well. This phone does have big bottom lip sort of thing but overall pretty standard shape and also it has a couple of speakers just below the screen here. I'm Kent German and this is the Samsung SGH-T639. ^M00:01:36 [ Music ] ^M00:01:38