CNET First Look
Samsung :) Smiley (T-Mobile)If you don't mind the small keyboard and can get past the cringe-inducing name, T-Mobile's Samsung Smiley is an easy-to-use messaging phone.
^M00:00:00 [ Background music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Ken Sherman: Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, Senior Editor here at CNET.com to have our first look at the Samsung :). Apparently there's one employee of Samsung that actually sits around and comes up with these phone names so this is the Smiley, and I'm not too happy about this name at all mainly because Samsung didn't call it S-M-I-L-E-Y, they actually used the emoticon. I think they could come up with something just a little more creative and not something that doesn't require us to use a colon and parenthesis So, it actually is a decent phone; just not a fan of that name. It's got the same overall slider design with a keypad that's exposed by the sliding face. Despite it it's pretty decent for this type of phone you actually see that emoticon right there. We're really glad that they didn't actually print it on the side or the back of the phone. It's fine on the display because you can take that off. Below that is navigation toggle. The toggle has actually raised some of the service of the phone so that's pretty good. You have a couple of buttons here. This feels a tiny bit scrunched, just a little bit. We got used to it after a while. Keypad, it's fine. It does feel a little cramped. Of course, I have sort of larger hands so I find a lot of things like this cramped, but other users may not find it that way. You do find most of what you need. There's a space bar down in the middle and you guessed it, there's a dedicated emoticon key so Samsung has really taken that theme to all the extremes. You'll see the camera lens and the self-portrait mirror behind on the back of the front slider so you will have to have the phone open to use it. Inside you'll find largely messaging options. You've have Instant Messaging, you can get some Outlook email, you can get regular Pop3, Yahoo!, HotMail whatever it might be. As I said, it is a decent messaging phone. It's only about $19 with contract and the call quality is quite good, but I'm just not a fan of that name at all, but this is the Samsung :) and it's available for T-Mobile. I'm Ken Sherman here with the Samsung :) for T-Mobile. ^M00:01:44 [ Background music ] ^M00:01:48