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Straightforward, compact

Wide but narrow

Subtle flair

Sparse sides

Flush keyboard

The shooter

If you're looking for a prepaid phone, you could do worse than the Samsung T369 with T-Mobile. The phone conveys a sense of compact efficiency with its rounded edges and QWERTY keyboard.

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Though we like the phone's portability, the dialpad keys on the T369 are long and narrow, which makes them harder to press than keys on other phones.
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The Samsung T369 is mostly black with gray and orange accents. We like the subtle hexagonal design on the back cover. However, we don't particularly like having to remove the cover to get at the phone's microSD card slot.
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A volume rocker, camera button, and MicroUSB charging port make up the hardware buttons on both spines. We're disappointed that there's no separate standard headphone jack.
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We generally liked the phone's QWERTY keyboard. Although the keys are flush, they're also responsive. However, we have typed a bit better on other keyboards.
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The T369's 1.3-megapixel camera is rimmed in orange. Photos are fine, but naturally not as clean as those taken on mobile phones with higher megapixel cameras, flash, and so on. The camcorder is a nice bonus, however.

There's much more to learn; read our review for more details about what's inside the Samsung T369 for T-Mobile.

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