After my 5 year old cell phone decided to never turn on again, I set out for my neighborhood Sprint store. I spotted this cherry red phone in the display case. I like shopping in the stores rather than online because you can actually pick up the phones and try out some of the features. I really wanted something basic in a cell phone. I don't do texting or use the internet on my cell phone. I did have a request that my new phone have a speakerphone on it as well as a camera.
This Samsung Cell Phone, model M300, was just what I wanted. It is a speakerphone and it has a camera. I thought the speakerphone was a feature that I really wanted, that is until I tried it on my new phone. I don't think that the speakers, or maybe it's the volume controls, are set correctly. I have the volume all the way up to the 8 level and I can barely hear the caller when I use this feature.
The camera...well, it leaves alot to be desired. I can not take a picture without it being blurry. My old camera was also a Samsung and it took crisp, clear photos. This is a feature of the phone I probably will never use again. Very disappointing.
The best features of my cell phone are:
Black keyboard ~ very easy to read in daylight or dark
Flip phone ~ no accidentally dialed numbers
Light weight ~ 3 oz.
Easy to use menu
Long lasting battery ~ 3 hours
External display ~ Time/Date/Day
Voice Kit ~ Voice Command and Voice Memo
Driver's Mode ~ Listen to the caller's name instead of the ringer
Free Demo Games ~ Tetris, Midnight Bowling, Ms Pac-man, Brain Juice World Series of Poker
Ear Mic port
Besides the speakerphone and the camera issues, there are a couple of attached, plastic covers to ports that seem to be a bad design. The tiny covers that protect the port for the headset and the charger are very flimsy. They flip open and swing to the side allowing access to the ports. The salesman told me that most people just tear those off because they are in the way. It will probably break off anyway with a few uses.
The cost of the phone was $70.00, with a $50.00 mail in rebate, making the end cost of the phone only $20.00! A great price for a basic phone. I just wish the two features I wanted the most worked better.