Specs summary

Screen
3"

The Samsung Highlight's screen is 3 inches with 240 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
60 MB

Internal memory is 60 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 390 minutes (2G).



The Samsung Highlight doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before, but it works quite well as an entry-level touch-screen phone.

- Kent German , CNET 

Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

You can tell when the novelty of a new technology has passed its “use by” freshness date when inexpensive, entry-level versions start popping up. In this case I’m referring to touchscreens and the new candy bar from Samsung called the Highlight (UMTS/GSM).

The Samsung Highlight is a little bi-polar in design and feature set. It starts out well, with an attractive 3-inch, 400 x 240 pixel resolution display which, combined with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, lays the groundwork for what could be an impressive phone. It also boasts an excellent 3 megapixel camera with zoom and video recording.

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But then it takes a turn into the “entry-level bin” with a rather stock set of features. You get an MP3 player, an alarm clock, calendar, calculator, Bluetooth and a 2,000 capacity phone book. Instant messaging services include Yahoo Messenger and AIM. Talk time is rated at 390 minutes and standby time is rated at up to 450 hours.

Call quality is good, however the call volume is too low, as is the speakerphone. The build materials are sufficient, but the phone is light in the hand and one may get the impression that it may not stand up to extensive use.

While you won’t find anything here that breaks new ground, the Samsung Highlight may find a following among the young, who don’t have a need for demanding applications, but simply want to text, take pictures, instant message and enjoy the fun interface.


Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


MobileBurn

Great multimedia experience in a small form factor

from MobileBurn

Samsung's SGH-T749 Highlight, from T-Mobile, offers a great multimedia experience in a small form factor. The 3-inch WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) resolution touchscreen display is responsive and offers a fun user experience, though the TouchWiz homescreen is slightly frustrating, thanks to oversized icons and confusing widgets. The contacts application is robust, and the internet browser is quite nice, as well. The 1200mAh battery on the Highlight makes extended use possible, and T-Mobile's 3G network keeps the data connection snappy. Based on these factors, and an overall fun experience, we at... Full review

CNET

Works quite well as an entry-level touch-screen phone

from CNET
The Samsung Highlight has an easy-to-use design with satisfying call quality. It supports T-Mobile's 3G network and a functional feature set with a camera and music player. The Samsung Highlight doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before, but it works quite well as an entry-level touch-screen phone... Full review

Close to a Smartphone Without the Price

I believe the Samsung Highlight (SGH-T749) offered by T-Mobile in the US is essentially the same device as the Samsung Impact (SGH-T746) offered by Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile in Canada. I was looking for a cell phone with smartphone-like features. I think I found a great option in the Samsung... More
I believe the Samsung Highlight (SGH-T749) offered by T-Mobile in the US is essentially the same device as the Samsung Impact (SGH-T746) offered by Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile in Canada. I was looking for a cell phone with smartphone-like features. I think I found a great option in the Samsung Impact/Highlight. It has a really rich feature-set for a non-smartphone and the fact that it doesn't require a data plan (at least with Bell) should save you a lot of money over the life of your agreement. To read my in-depth review of the Samsung Impact/Highlight, go to http://www.valuecanuck.com Less
Amazon

horrible.

from Amazon
Ok well ive had this phone for like not even a year and the battery is already pretty bad. i charged it during the whole day and take it of the charger for an hour and its already on low battery. on top of that my unlock button wouldnt work most of the time and my touch screen is not doing anything... More
Ok well ive had this phone for like not even a year and the battery is already pretty bad. i charged it during the whole day and take it of the charger for an hour and its already on low battery. on top of that my unlock button wouldnt work most of the time and my touch screen is not doing anything it just shows the home page. this phone sucks i highly recommend that you dont waist your money on this phone Less
Amazon

My samsung highlight

from Amazon
I have this phone and so far so good. I would recommend this phone to anyone, and don't forget to go to the samsung site and download the samsung pro studio three, then you could only imagine what you can do with your samsung. Its awesome.....
I have this phone and so far so good. I would recommend this phone to anyone, and don't forget to go to the samsung site and download the samsung pro studio three, then you could only imagine what you can do with your samsung. Its awesome..... Less
Amazon

Great simple phone

from Amazon
If you understand that this is not an iphone or blackberry, then it's a great phone. Camera is surprisingly good and buy a cheap mini SD card for $10 and you have pretty much unlimited 3,0 megapix photos. Great for snapping random pictures. Keyboard rotates with your phone as you type and touchs... More
If you understand that this is not an iphone or blackberry, then it's a great phone. Camera is surprisingly good and buy a cheap mini SD card for $10 and you have pretty much unlimited 3,0 megapix photos. Great for snapping random pictures. Keyboard rotates with your phone as you type and touchscreen is really good (I own a ipod touch). Calendar is kinda lacking but overall a good (cheap) simple phone for calling, texting, taking quick pictures and watching short movie clips. Less
Amazon

Very nice phone, but...

from Amazon
I got this phone to replace an LG flip phone. I made sure to read all reviews and decided to go with this. I'm very happy with all the features, I basically got the best phone around without having to pay anything for it, or sign a data plan. But there are 2 minor problems I have with it; the Touch... More
I got this phone to replace an LG flip phone. I made sure to read all reviews and decided to go with this. I'm very happy with all the features, I basically got the best phone around without having to pay anything for it, or sign a data plan. But there are 2 minor problems I have with it; the Touch Screen mode turns off after 30 seconds - which is normal, and can be adjusted - but to turn it back on, you have to press the button on the right side on top and for some reason it doesn't go easy, especially if you keep it in a rubber case like I do. The other issue I have is that you can't search your contacts by the last name, only with the first, so if you know 10 people named Joe but only 1 named Joe Namath, you would want to search by the last name. Overall I'm very happy with it and would still recommend it to anyone who is not looking to spend for a phone like me. Less
Amazon

Terrible phone

from Amazon
Please do not think this is a rant: there really IS so much wrong with this phone. -Very short battery life (about 5-6 hours at full charge). I end up charging my phone twice a DAY when I charged my old phone (a very cheap phone that cost me 10 dollars) once every 3 days. Another negative is that,... More
Please do not think this is a rant: there really IS so much wrong with this phone. -Very short battery life (about 5-6 hours at full charge). I end up charging my phone twice a DAY when I charged my old phone (a very cheap phone that cost me 10 dollars) once every 3 days. Another negative is that, when the phone is on low battery, it vibrates and lights up every 2 minutes...Like you'd think it would be trying to conserve battery life? I guess not this phone: that would be too OBVIOUS. Oh, and if you're on the phone with somebody and its on low battery, it WILL just vibrate right in your face. Incredibly stupid design. -Awful touchscreen/key design. The keys on the screen are small and my thumb (which isnt that big) covers at least 2 when I press a key. This is frustrating in itself, but the most baffling part is how they put the "send" key RIGHT BELOW the "backspace" key. They are also the smallest keys in the whole keyboard. I have wasted so many text messages by sending half-finished texts because of this other incredibly stupid design. -Pictures always come out sideways no matter what you do. This is kind of funny to me, because when you take a picture, it will come out sideways every time. When you try to turn your phone to view it normally, the phone detects that you're turning it and it FLIPS THE PICTURE AGAIN SO THAT ITS STILL SIDEWAYS. WOW. -Miscellaneous annoyances: Phone gets very hot while its charging. Not user-friendly (I've had it for a month and I still can't change the background.) Expensive. Piece of trash. Please do not buy this phone, PLEASE I BEG OF YOU. Less
Amazon

More of a phone for the younger set

from Amazon
In an effort to save money, I ordered this phone when I renewed my contract with T-Mobile. I had been using a Blackberry Curve for some time now, but the discounted data plan I got with the phone originally no longer existed, so all the bells and whistles it would cost me nearly $35 in comparison to... More
In an effort to save money, I ordered this phone when I renewed my contract with T-Mobile. I had been using a Blackberry Curve for some time now, but the discounted data plan I got with the phone originally no longer existed, so all the bells and whistles it would cost me nearly $35 in comparison to the $20 I had been paying along with my calling plan and text messaging services. With the Samsung Highlight, access to the web only costs $10 and so does the unlimited texting. With it being a touch phone, I was intrigued by it, so I decided to give it a try. Also financially, I came out of it pretty well. However, using the Highlight turned out to be more frustrating than anything. First and foremost, texting is a pain in the neck. The phone is not very large; it's a junior version of Samsung's Behold. This particular phone must've been designed with a child's hands in mind because each time I attempt to send a text, I end up tapping a different key. My hands are relatively small, but even with that being a fact, the virtual keyboard didn't leave much room for me to strike the keys I wanted. I never had to go back and delete as many messages before I sent them as I have with this phone, because the texts end up looking like someone just banged on a keyboard indiscriminately if I try to type with my fingers. In order to send a legible message, I have to use a stylus or a pen. I also dislike how IMs are displayed on the phone. Instead of being threaded messages, they come through as if they are separate emails and plus I had to tap the screen multiple times before I could even view one of them. The camera doesn't have a flash, so pictures come out very dark unless you happen to be outside in sunlight or have lots of lighting indoors. On the plus side, I haven't had a problem with hearing the person on the other end, and ringtones are pretty audible. You can set the phone to give you repeated notifications for text messages or emails, just in case you might not have heard it the first time. I haven't experienced any dropped calls, either. I don't use the music player; I have an Ipod for that. Web browsing is okay. This phone has many of the functions that most smartphones have, but it also is missing ones that I frequently used with my Curve. The Samsung Highlight is a good choice if you're looking for a cellphone for a child or a preteen, and because a data plan is not necessary for the phone to operate, it's definitely a money saver. As it stands, chances are I will go back to using my Blackberry in the near future. It has been the best phone I've ever used, so I guess the extra costs really are worth it. The Highlight is not a bad phone - it's just not the phone for me. Less
Amazon

samsung highlight cell phone

from Amazon
Got this for my son. He loved the phone. Almost cried when we had to send it back. We didn't like the coverage that T-mobile provided so we returned new phones and cancelled contract.
Got this for my son. He loved the phone. Almost cried when we had to send it back. We didn't like the coverage that T-mobile provided so we returned new phones and cancelled contract. Less

i love this phone

it is the first phone i havent got tired of with in a week after buying lol
it is the first phone i havent got tired of with in a week after buying lol Less
Amazon

Great phone!

from Amazon
I absolutely love my phone and have had no problems with it so far. I keep a full battery charge all day long and have never had any dropped calls! I used to have the Samsung Behold before a terrible car accident, and I replaced it awhile later with this one. I like it even better than the first gen... More
I absolutely love my phone and have had no problems with it so far. I keep a full battery charge all day long and have never had any dropped calls! I used to have the Samsung Behold before a terrible car accident, and I replaced it awhile later with this one. I like it even better than the first generation Behold. Only think I do not like on this phone is that there seems to not be a flash on its camera. Maybe I need to play around with it more, but so far, I don't have a flash on this camera which may make some pictures come out very dark if you are not in adequate light. Overall, great phone! Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 15, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
60 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 1.13 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
390 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Fire, Ice
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5.4 x 1.4 cm
(4.3 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 105 grams
(3.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 2000 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser NetFront
Javascript No
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, Yahoo)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T749

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