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Samsung E715 Review

Highs

  • Good reception
  • loud speaker
  • excellent integrated camera
  • very customizable

Rating

Our Score 8
User Score 5

Lows

  • No Bluetooth
  • poor battery life
Surpassing any other camera phone on the market, the E715 has the clearest shots of them all.

Summary

If you are looking for a camera phone, the Samsung E715 is a perfect choice. It offers everything you need in one package, except Bluetooth technology, and is definitely a great catch. Surpassing the Siemens S56 and any other phone currently on the market, this stylish flip phone can impress any consumer who is willing to strike a deal with T-Mobile. If Bluetooth is a definite must for you then we would recommend checking out the Motorola V600 which is also supported on the T-Mobile network.

This review has been provided by EarthV.com

Introduction

As we all know, the once praised Samsung V205 remained for a short period of time on the T-Mobile market and was then replaced by the Samsung E715. Samsung made a decision to drop the V205 a while back and we think it was an excellent move, since E715’s functions clearly surpass those of the V205. Although this phone does not have Bluetooth wireless technology, it can still compete handily with many of its Sony Ericsson counterparts. One distinctive feature of this phone is the camera functions, which we will discuss in detail later in the review. Let us look at all the goodies that come in the package first.

The e715 retail package contains:


  • Handset
  • Travel adapter
  • Battery
  • Hand strap
  • Ear-microphone
  • Holster

Samsung E715 Camera Phone

Samsung E715 Camera Phone

Design and Appearance

The sleek and sophisticated design of the Samsung E715 is just absolutely gorgeous. The cell phone’s dimensions are 3.54″x1.77″x0.94″ and it weighs a mere 3.35 oz. This tiny foldable Clamshell phone has a second display on the exterior of the front cover with a monochrome OLED of 80×64 pixels. It shows the current time, reception and incoming caller data or message alerts. There is also a service light that flashes when signals are present and the user can switch it off if he or she so desires. The camera is also located on the front cover and works great for taking good quality snapshots.

Samsung E715 Camera PhoneThe interior display is a color LCD that measures 128×160 pixels and features a TFT of 65,000 colors. The keys are separated by little metallic bars for easy access. There are two soft keys located on the left and right to browse the menu, change settings and manipulate the icons shown at the bottom of the display. The idle mode key in between the soft keys launches the WAP (wireless Internet) Browser directly. Unlike some of the other phones currently on the market, the Samsung E715 does not feel flimsy when you press on the keypad. It is solid and the color of the LCD is remarkably bright and clear.

Features

The Samsung E715 is a worldwide phone with 900/1900 dual band modes and an internal antenna, great for traveling. It does not feature Bluetooth technology, which is disappointing. However, it does have Infrared for transferring ring tones, graphics and games. The polyphonic ring tones can hold up to forty chords and the phonebook holds about 1000 entries. The E715 is packed with common features we use everyday, including a voice memo and other features that most people would consider relevant to their daily life style with the exception of the high-speed built-in digital camera.

Feature Summary


  • GSM 900/GSM 1900
  • Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, To-Do List
  • Built-in camera – VGA resolution (640×480 pixels)/self-timer flash/ multi-shot/CMOS sensor
  • Custom wallpaper
  • Custom ring tones
  • Data-capable
  • EMS – enhanced text messaging including picture messaging
  • Games
  • Headset jack
  • High-speed data GPRS – for fast Internet and data connections
  • Infrared
  • MIDP 2.0/CLDC 1.04 Java version
  • MMS – extends messaging size to 50KB
  • PC Sync – synchronize Calendar or phonebook, etc.
  • Polyphonic ring tones
  • Predictive text entry (T9)
  • Side keys and soft keys
  • Text messaging
  • Vibrate
  • Voice memo
  • WAP 2.0 – wireless Internet

Performance

Now that we have considered its numerous features and attractive appearance, let us test out the internal performance of the Samsung E715. The battery life supports up to 4 hours of talk time and can last 300 hours (12.5 days) on standby. That is probably the main downside of this phone. Individual users will have to charge it daily and keep in mind that the battery life can vary depending on usage. For example, taking pictures or playing ring tones or games excessively, can significantly decrease the battery life.

Reception is very good on this phone and is similar to the Sony Ericsson T610. Both have almost a full 5 to 6 bars, but they come from the T-Mobile service provider, so if T-Mobile does not have good reception at your location, most likely getting a different phone will not help.

We just love the ring tones on this phone. Unlike the Sony Ericsson and Siemens models where the sound gains in gradual intensity, the E715 has that crystal, clear-cut, loud quality sound almost like the ringing of bells. In addition, the phone comes with four pre-installed games: Bubble Smile, Fun2Link, Ultimate Golf Challenge and Mobile Chess. You can also download a variety of sounds, images, and games with Java (J2ME). The maximum memory available for games is 512KB and you can download at most 600KB worth of sounds and images.

There are four language options available: English, French, Spanish and an automatic language system. The automatic language system selects the language automatically according to the language of the SIM card that is used. Moreover, the Samsung E715 has a multi-party calling function which up to several people can use to communicate at the same time by simply pressing one of the soft keys and selecting the join option.

Besides lacking Bluetooth functionality, another downside of the Samsung E715 is that the Infrared does not work as well as we had expected. It cannot be used to transfer data between the E715 and other phones by competing brands like Sony Ericsson and Nokia. However, connecting the E715 via Infrared with another Samsung mobile, a PDA or a computer works well. Overall, it would probably be better to use a data cable for transferring images, ring tones and games to and from computers and other electronic devices. Samsung also offers free GPRS software downloads on its website, where individuals can get free ring tones, images, games and more.

Camera

If you like taking pictures with your digital camera, most likely you will like taking images with the Samsung E715. Remember how we all once said that digital cameras on wireless phones aren’t any good? Well this phone is about to prove us all wrong. Surpassing any other camera phone on the market, the E715 has the clearest shots of them all.

Located on the exterior of the front cover, the built-in digital camera has a VGA resolution of 640×480 pixels. It can store up to 500 pictures and has a maximum internal memory capacity of 4096KB. The camera features five different kinds of visual effects: gray scale, negative, sepia, sketch and emboss. There are nine sets of frames to play with and a rotational head used for the mirror and vertical flip effects. A self-timer integrated into the phone makes it possible to snap pictures automatically every 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Also, the multi-shot function supports high and low speed picture taking, letting you choose from 6, 9 or 15 consecutive shots. Users can change the photo size from VGA (640×480) to Mobile (128×120) and select from four kinds of photo quality (economy, normal, fine and super fine). There are also My Photo, My Album and My Journal folders to store the images and with an automated night mode and a flash, it feels just like a good quality digital camera. Another bonus on this phone is that you can take snapshots while the flip cover is closed.

Samsung E715

The Samsung E715 features advanced camera features

After taking some fine facial images, you can use them as your picture ID. If that is not enough, use the data cable to upload images taken consecutively with the multi-shot function to your computer, and put them together with the GIF animation editor. You’ll get a small video clip with no sound.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a camera phone, the Samsung E715 is a perfect choice. It offers everything you need in one package, except Bluetooth technology, and is definitely a great catch. Surpassing the Siemens S56 and any other phone currently on the market, this stylish flip phone can impress any consumer who is willing to strike a deal with T-Mobile. If Bluetooth is a definite must for you then we would recommend checking out the Motorola V600 which is also supported on the T-Mobile network.

Pros:


  • Worldwide phone
  • Polyphonic ring tones
  • Supports data transfers via cable and Infrared
  • PC sync
  • EMS/MMS/GPRS/WAP
  • Voice memo
  • Can store up to 1000 phonebook entries
  • Good reception
  • Multi-party calling function
  • Excellent built-in camera that stores up to 500 images 

Cons:


  • Battery life not long enough
  • Infrared cannot be used to transfer data between the E715 and phones by competing brands

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