Specs summary

Screen
2.2"

The Samsung Magnet A257's screen is 2.2 inches with 220 x 176 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 300 minutes (2G), 0 minutes (3G).



In terms of multimedia capabilities, the Magnet has little to offer. The VGA resolution camera takes photos of decent quality, but the resolution alone means that printing is never going to be an option.

- Michael Oryl , MobileBurn 

Reviews (5.1/10 Avg. rating)


CNET

A functional and easy-to-use texting phone

from CNET

The Samsung SGH-A177 offers a simple design with a comfortable keyboard. Its practical feature set centers on texting.

If you can live with its variable call quality, the Samsung SGH-A177 is a functional and easy-to-use texting phone. It's affordable and it doesn't require a contract.

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The Samsung SGH-A177 offers a simple design with a comfortable keyboard. Its practical feature set centers on texting.

If you can live with its variable call quality, the Samsung SGH-A177 is a functional and easy-to-use texting phone. It's affordable and it doesn't require a contract.

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MobileBurn

Very low price and nice physical design

from MobileBurn

Considering its very low price and nice physical design, the Samsung SGH-a257 Magnet appears to be a real winner. The email support is a bit weak, but it offers good IM and text/MMS messaging clients that are backed up by a pretty nice QWERTY keyboard. Multimedia fiends will have to look elsewhere, though, since this phone's feature set is focused pretty tightly on messaging and call tasks.

In the end, the Samsung Magnet offers a lot of value and functionality at a very entry-level price point. It earns a "Highly Recommended" rating from MobileBurn.com, and is worthy of consideration by the young and old alike....

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Considering its very low price and nice physical design, the Samsung SGH-a257 Magnet appears to be a real winner. The email support is a bit weak, but it offers good IM and text/MMS messaging clients that are backed up by a pretty nice QWERTY keyboard. Multimedia fiends will have to look elsewhere, though, since this phone's feature set is focused pretty tightly on messaging and call tasks.

In the end, the Samsung Magnet offers a lot of value and functionality at a very entry-level price point. It earns a "Highly Recommended" rating from MobileBurn.com, and is worthy of consideration by the young and old alike.

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Amazon

I'm glad I didn't spend money on it

from Amazon
I got this phone because I needed to upgrade from my last one, and it was free on AT&T's website. It is impossible to text on this beast. My camera broke after a few days. There is no flash on it anyways. And no way for me to get the data from my phone to anything else, unless I send it in a text to...More
I got this phone because I needed to upgrade from my last one, and it was free on AT&T's website. It is impossible to text on this beast. My camera broke after a few days. There is no flash on it anyways. And no way for me to get the data from my phone to anything else, unless I send it in a text to a friend that has a phone that connects to the internet or a computer. The only good thing I like about this phone is the multiple settings for alarm clocks. Works pretty nice for college class schedules because you can set it for whatever days in a week you want. I think there are about five profiles... Save yourself some money. Don't buy this piecer. Less
Amazon

Shoddy and feature-lite

from Amazon
I moved to this phone after owning/loving my LG CU500 for years. I needed something that I could text on for work, and this seemed the cheapest alternative. I glanced at the tech specs, but it did not really sink in when I ordered it just how lame this phone really is. -First and foremost, the phone...More
I moved to this phone after owning/loving my LG CU500 for years. I needed something that I could text on for work, and this seemed the cheapest alternative. I glanced at the tech specs, but it did not really sink in when I ordered it just how lame this phone really is. -First and foremost, the phone has randomly been shutting off in the middle of the day. It has nothing to do with battery life (which isn't bad), it simply shuts off for some reason. The battery appears to be in the slot tightly, so I can't figure out what's going on here. This started after owning the phone for 2-3 months. -Second, there is no expansion memory outside of the SIM card. NO MicroSD slot! This means that you can only hold about 300 messages before you will stop pulling new ones down (until you delete some). It also means no music, and not many pictures. -Third, the camera is terrible. I don't expect great pictures out of a phone, but the shutter speed is slow enough that nothing short of still life will stay in focus, and even pictures taken in broad daylight look bad. Those are the big gripes. The rest are quibbles. The keyboard was surprisingly easy to use, though it's a bit harder in the days immediately after I trim my fingernails. The sound quality is fine, and I never got any complaints about people trying to hear me. The function buttons are pretty terrible, though. The center button cannot be reassigned, and launches the web browser. If you don't have a data plan, this could be disastrous, especially if you forget to lock your phone before you put it away. Also, and this may be due to my relative inexperience with texting, but the keyboard is a bit confusing/clunky whenever you need to enter capital letters or special characters. To sum up, this phone was mediocre when I got it, but has become nigh useless since it started cutting out in the middle of the day. If you're looking for a phone that comes free/cheap with contract, there are better ones out there. If my CU500 hadn't been dying when I got this one, I would go back to it. Instead, I plan on shelling out some money on one of the lower-end unlocked smart phones. Less
Amazon

Frustrating

from Amazon
I had great success with the Samsung Propel Slider and thought I would try out the Magnet. It has the looks of the Blackberry and even though I read some average reviews I figured I'd give it a try. Almost 3 months to the day I got the phone the battery kept going out and I would have to constantly che...More
I had great success with the Samsung Propel Slider and thought I would try out the Magnet. It has the looks of the Blackberry and even though I read some average reviews I figured I'd give it a try. Almost 3 months to the day I got the phone the battery kept going out and I would have to constantly check on the phone to make sure it didn't shut off. I took it to the At&t service center and they immediately gave me a new phone. I agree with a previous review that you are automatically sent to the WAP and it can be difficult to text with the small keys (and I have little fingers). Proceed with caution. Less
Amazon

Great phone for what it is

from Amazon
I have had this phone for about 2 weeks and have mostly good things to say about it. My experience with this phone has been remarkably different than many of the other reviewers here. Let's start with some negatives. First, I do agree that the keys are tiny. Serious texters with high-speed thumbs...More
I have had this phone for about 2 weeks and have mostly good things to say about it. My experience with this phone has been remarkably different than many of the other reviewers here. Let's start with some negatives. First, I do agree that the keys are tiny. Serious texters with high-speed thumbs could have some problems with this. But average texters (like myself) can use it with ease. Second, the image quality is mediocre and the camera only does photos (no video). Then again, people who are even remotely serious about pictures won't be relying on their phone to take them, so this wasn't an issue for me. Third, no 3G, so if you plan on surfing the web, this isn't the phone for you. The good. It was free after rebate. Size and weight really cannot be beat. Sound quality for me has been fantastic in every respect. Outdoors where its noisy, windy, etc. I could hear just fine and others could hear me. Same with talking in my loud car on the highway, no problems at all. Sound quality on speaker phone is also quite good. Battery life has also been impressive. Granted, I don't talk for hours and hours every day, but I was able to go over 3 days without a charge. So, I don't know what other users have been using their phone for, but average talk times will still get you several days without charging. The verdict: Just know what you're getting. This is a solid phone with a full keyboard. No more, no less. I was looking for a phone that looked good, had good sound quality, good battery life, and a QWERTY keyboard. I didn't need to surf the web. I didn't need to shoot video or take Pulitzer Prize winning photos. This phone is for people who use their cell phone mainly for talking and some texting. If that sounds like you, this phone would be a good choice. Less
Amazon

Another reason to hate AT&T

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- Recently upgraded my service plan for a new SIM card because my service was bad (they dont reissue new SIM cards for old att users), and was informed that my unlocked blackberry could not be used without a dataplan. Needed a new phone, so I searched around for the least silly looking phone that would...More
- Recently upgraded my service plan for a new SIM card because my service was bad (they dont reissue new SIM cards for old att users), and was informed that my unlocked blackberry could not be used without a dataplan. Needed a new phone, so I searched around for the least silly looking phone that would handle my texting/basic pda functions. - Fails at texting: the conversations are not threaded, which is annoying. The keypad is horrible because the keys need alot of force to register. So if you're used to texting very quickly, messages will come out with random letters missing for example, if you try texting "probably" too fast, you may end up with "prbbly" because the keys are too slow to respond to successive taps - Fails as a PDA: the calendar is horrible because it does not set appointments under the times listed under each day. For example, if I click under 5pm on monday, it still brings up 8am on monday. This is obviously annoying to correct. In addition, the alarm for each appointment needs to be manually set (what is the use of setting an appointment that doesn't give a reminder?). Worst of all, sometimes the phone starts pranging out and saying that i missed appointments from days past. I then have to go back and delete all the past appointments in order to keep the phone from draining its own battery out like an emo kid in a bathtub. - Fails as a phone: horrible speakerphone/reception. No quick way to turn up the volume on the phone if there is trouble hearing. - Overall pretty frustrated at the lack of decent PDA phones available without data plans. The reason why this phone still gets 2 stars is because it is very cheap and has very sturdy construction. Less
Yahoo

microphone/mouthpiece

from Yahoo
Pro: No surprises. Features are what I expected. Con: person receiving your call can't hear you! Phone is nice through and through but.........the mic/mouthpiece sux! It doesn't pick up your voice and people have a very, very hard time hearing you speak!
Amazon

Scagnet

from Amazon
3 things: The battery depletes like a bad race horse. Never, ever go anywhere without a charger. The full qwerty keyboard: you will love this if your fingers are the size of pencil leads. Lastly -- be sure you have an unlimited data plan, because the phone's center button automatically connects you to...More
3 things: The battery depletes like a bad race horse. Never, ever go anywhere without a charger. The full qwerty keyboard: you will love this if your fingers are the size of pencil leads. Lastly -- be sure you have an unlimited data plan, because the phone's center button automatically connects you to the WAP browser. Depending on how you carry your phone, you will be accidentally connecting at least twice a day, for who knows how long until you notice. Other than the above, the Scagnet is a marvel of technology. Less
Amazon

More of a toy...

from Amazon
My personal opinion is that this phone is more of a toy than a phone. If all you want to do is text and have a QWERTY keyboard, it's fine, I suppose. There is no memory expansion, it feels a bit clunky in use (not in actual feel... it's pretty sleek/slim) and it just seems really cheap. Nowadays, yo...More
My personal opinion is that this phone is more of a toy than a phone. If all you want to do is text and have a QWERTY keyboard, it's fine, I suppose. There is no memory expansion, it feels a bit clunky in use (not in actual feel... it's pretty sleek/slim) and it just seems really cheap. Nowadays, you can get so much more for next to nothing. I'd not recommend this for anything but giving your 12 year old. Less
Amazon

Good, unique little phone, especially for basic calls and texting

from Amazon
I was looking for a phone I could easily slide right into financially after the 4th Moto Razr I blew through and I found that in the Samsung Magnet. It's not 3G but I didn't need that nor the added cost AT&T plugs on your bill per month to have it. The Magnet was the perfect new phone to replace my Raz...More
I was looking for a phone I could easily slide right into financially after the 4th Moto Razr I blew through and I found that in the Samsung Magnet. It's not 3G but I didn't need that nor the added cost AT&T plugs on your bill per month to have it. The Magnet was the perfect new phone to replace my Razr and won't cost me more per month in my plan. I like the qwerty keyboard and I find texting much easier than before. Sure, you have to get used to the smaller keys but are raised convenience and overall, I like it. Also, I typically use two hands to text on this one (yes, you can use one hand), but it discourages me from using while driving and that's a plus as we all need not text while driving. I was very guilty of that. Sound volume great on the phone, just be careful on speaker not to have the volume up to high if you're on hold. I almost blew an eardrum when the person came back on. Yikes. Phone tones are cool and different and all the menu keys are pretty straight forward. I didn't pick up the manual once to figure anything out. Phone looks and responds like a PDA and I get comments all the time on the cool color. It's like a rich & vibrant beachy burnt orange which is so different than any phone out there. Great color for girls and guys. Picture quality on the camera not the best but it's not bad either. The only other thing is that I initially kept hitting the WAP (browser) center button which was a kind of a pain, but getting more used to it. I think that had to do more with the fact that my old Razr's center button acted as main menu button. Pros - looks, sound quality, texting easy, querty keyboard, uniqueness, cost sensible Cons - picture quality, no 3G offered, keyboard keys are small but effective, center button not menu button - might take alittle getting used to Less
Amazon

Cute phone but not practical

from Amazon
I just received this phone yesterday. I was excited to get a "real" phone that I could do some serious texting on. This isn't it. The keys are really tiny (even for my small fingers) and I kept hitting the wrong keys. It's being returned for a full-length slider keyboard. Keep trying, Samsung.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 30, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM 16 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.23 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 300 minutes
3G Talk Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm (4.3 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 88 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 220 x 176 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A257, Samsung SGH-A177

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