The music player's interface is archaic and unlike the rest of the phone's menus, it's unintuitive. Changing artists or albums is a slow and often laborious process. In addition, while the sound is okay, the Slider doesn't have a standard headphone input. If you want to listen to music you have to use Samsung's earphones.
While this isn't disastrous, it does make it inconvenient if you ever have to replace the headphones. On top of that, if you want to get any kind of real storage past the phone's piffling 13MB, you'll have to invest in a microSD card.
The Slider also contains several pre-installed social-networking applications. The apps allow you to link directly to your email, Facebook and Twitter pages. Make no mistake, while these applications do work, they're no replacement for a smart phone.
The Slider doesn't have Wi-Fi or 3G and is insanely slow to connect to the Web. In the time it took just to get on to the Internet, let alone load a page, we had managed to make and drink a fairly sizeable cup of tea. Worse still, even when we loaded the pages, they weren't that useful. Sadly, the 2-inch screen just wasn't large enough to read an email or check a Facebook post.
Despite the fact that the Slider's Internet features are all but useless, it's still a pretty decent phone -- after all, what do you expect for £40?
The Slider is a tough, light phone with an intuitive interface that covers all your basic mobile telephony needs. While we would advise any and all who want even a modicum of extra features to avoid it, we would recommend it as a good unit for those who are immune to the smart phone virus and just want a solid working mobile.
Edited by Nick Hide