The Good The Samsung SGH-T539 Beat offers decent call quality and great battery life. It also comes with a solid feature set including Bluetooth, voice dialing, and an external memory slot.
The Bad The Samsung SGH-T539 Beat's music player and overall design was uninspiring. Also, its flat keys hampered usability.
The Bottom Line The Samsung SGH-T539 Beat does its primary job well, but it's not the most exciting music phone in T-Mobile's stable.
Samsung Beat - SGH-T539 (T-Mobile)
Samsung and T-Mobile have been firmly joined at the hip the last two months. We've seen the Samsung SGH-T729 Blast and the SGH-T429, and now we've set our sights on the Samsung SGH-T539. Also called the Beat, the SGH-T539 is a middle-of-the road flip phone with a relatively ordinary design and a feature set that centers on music. It's no Nokia 5300 Xpress Music to be sure, but it's still a decent phone for playing some tunes and making calls. The Beat is $99 with service. To find accessories for this phone, see our cell phone ringtones and accessories guide.
For the most part, there's not much about the SGH-T539 to distinguish it from other flip phones. It's compact (3.54 by 1.8 by 0.7 inches; 2.7 ounces) and is clad in basic black. Though it has its share of sharp angles, the Beat also has two circles on its front face. The first circle surrounds the external display while the second circle encloses the music player buttons. You might think the latter is a scroll wheel but actually it's a well-positioned speaker. Also, it has a bright green hue that definitely catches the eye.
This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X's notch problem
Why have a notch when you can put holes directly into the display?
'Awesome' Nokia phone or home device launching Feb. 25
A tweet teases something "awesome", but it's the official invite that lays on the hints.
Buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8, get a free pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones
Samsung's latest phone promotion includes a free pair of wireless headphones.
Sprint says Verizon customers aren't very smart
Commentary: In a new ad, the carrier claims that staying with Verizon shows a lack of intelligence.
Bad news: A Spectre-like flaw will probably happen again
Our devices may never truly be secure, says the CEO of the company that designs the heart of most mobile chips.
All the phone news from CES 2018 in one place
The scandal, the intrigue, the devices and what it all means for the coming year.
LG shakes up its smartphone launch strategy
LG's vice chairman says it will launch phones when it is needed, leading to a lot of speculation.
Samsung tells people something they've never heard before
Commentary: To launch its new Galaxy A8 and A8+ phones, Samsung remakes a famous YouTube video. To moving effect.
Samsung Galaxy S9 unveiling confirmed for MWC in February
The 2018 flagship phone from Samsung will see light of day in Barcelona at the end of next month, ZDNet reports.
LG V30 arrives at CES 2018 in 'Raspberry Rose'
The V30 dons a new vibrant pink shade at the annual tech show.
Tim Cook failed to sell me on iPhone, says Warren Buffett
Commentary: One of Apple's biggest shareholders says he's sticking with his Samsung flip phone.
Vivo phone shows off first in-screen fingerprint scanner
The tech was rumored to go in the iPhone and Samsung phones, so it's kind of a big deal.