Specs summary

Screen
2.1"

The Samsung Slyde m540's screen is 2.1 inches with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
24 MB

Internal memory is 24 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
960mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 960 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 336 minutes (2G).



Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)


MobileBurn

It does work well overall

from MobileBurn
The Rant is not one of those high profile type devices that attracts stares. It's just not that flashy (at least not in black, the red and purple versions are another story completely). But it does work well overall, and has a very usable full QWERTY keyboard. For most people that's going to be more than enough. As such, we give the Samsung M540 Rant a solid "Recommended" rating... Full review
Phonedog

Samsung Rant Red | Review

from Phonedog
Samsung RantAt a Glance
What’s Good: It's a godsend for mobile text/IM/email addicts; slide-out QWERTY is comfortable and requires about 60 seconds of adaptation; it's Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store capable; music plays in background; stereo Bluetooth; camera with video capture and night shot; photo caller ID; GPS; comes with extra back cover, complete with curly doodles; loads of fun.
 
What’s Not Good: Web browsing is low-priority; no dedicated music controls; background noise on Rant end can be problematic; more SD storage out of the box would be nice.

Bottom Line: I... Full review

The Best QWERTY keyboard I have ever used.

KEYBOARD: I bought this phone instead of a BlackBerry and HTC product, simply because the keyboard was the nicest one I had ever tried. It has spaces between the keys for fewer mess ups, easily pressed and comfortable for quick texting. Fantastic. I realised I was buying a cheaper product, so the... More
KEYBOARD: I bought this phone instead of a BlackBerry and HTC product, simply because the keyboard was the nicest one I had ever tried. It has spaces between the keys for fewer mess ups, easily pressed and comfortable for quick texting. Fantastic. I realised I was buying a cheaper product, so there had to be some drawbacks. CAMERA: Zooms in only on low quality picture setting. Does well in daylight. No Flash. Makes a sound when taking picture EVEN WITH SOUND SET TO "MUTE". VIDEO CAMERA: Setting takes a few menu options to find. Can Zoom in and out before filming only. Pretty basic function. Pretty limited sound recording range. TEXTING: Fast and easy to use keyboard. The best I have ever used. Flaws in the programming, sends as picture message if msg is more than 100 or so characters in length. Can glitch after you have selected recipient, and prompt you to select a second recipient. INBOX/OUTBOX: Does not save messages as threads, but as seperate messages one must access one at a time. With Inbox, one may scroll through the messages with ease, whether opened or looking at a list. 100 messages stored max. In Outbox, one must open every single message on it's own, scrolling only in list menu. 100 messages stored max. Date & time are not displayed with message. In "Saved" and "Drafts" folder, can only store 20 messages each. SOUNDS: Makes sounds seperately from muted volume settings: When sending texts, makes beep, When receiving texts, makes beep IF ANY OTHER APPLICATION IS OPEN INCLUDING ANOTHER TEXT. When browsing the internet, makes beeps after pages load. Camera/Videocamera, while taking pictures, adjusting lighting and zoom, makes sounds. Impossible to take pictures quietly. MEMORY SETTINGS: Even though the Memory for Messaging is 4.0MB, The maximum messages saved is 100 in and 100 out. One NEVER EVER uses more than 2MB for messaging. Inefficient usage of memory capabilities. PHONE CALLS: Fine. Better reception than Blackberry and HTC phones. Longer battery usage too. I'm very happy with this. CALENDAR: Glitches when it comes to erasing items, will often erase item just above or below it instead of the item actually selected. Inefficient use of memory kicks in here, with a maximum of 50 events being saved at once. 32 characters maximum per event description.. finicky date and time setting. FRONT NUMERICAL KEYS: Tiny .. too tiny. I hardly use it, kind of a waste of space. WEB BROWSING: Does not play videos. Often displays yahoo searches with 1 sentence per page. Tiny pictures. Often requires extra security to be "Ok"'d 3 or 4 times before loading a simple google search page. Generally capable for text and picture pages. SUMMARY: I love the keyboard so much that I bought the cheaper phone, which had larger limitations in other areas. Less

Great at first.....

The Samsung Slyde was great for around 6~8 months but then it starts to go weird. I've had problems like the screen not rotating when i slide the phone,White screen during start up,and it restarting itself periodically. Overall i would recommend this phone for prepaid users but not for Month to Mont... More
The Samsung Slyde was great for around 6~8 months but then it starts to go weird. I've had problems like the screen not rotating when i slide the phone,White screen during start up,and it restarting itself periodically. Overall i would recommend this phone for prepaid users but not for Month to Month users. Pros: Good battery~better than my current phone Great keyboard~ Personally its better than the rumor 2 Loud speaker~It's really loud Durable~ Dropped it a few times on concrete and it didn't break. Cons: Poor screen~ the resolution is very bad YouTube is almost UN-viewable Glitches~Often happening once or twice a day Size~ It's very thick, A case doesn't help it either Less

This phone was good, but now it's awful

I dropped my Samsung Slyde once, from a super short distance, like from my bed to the floor. The LCD screen on this phone is both crap and VERY delicate. It's been a downward fall for this phone and myself. Before it was when you touch the screen it went brighter, then it turned white, and now it's... More
I dropped my Samsung Slyde once, from a super short distance, like from my bed to the floor. The LCD screen on this phone is both crap and VERY delicate. It's been a downward fall for this phone and myself. Before it was when you touch the screen it went brighter, then it turned white, and now it's permanently white but when you touch it SOMETIMES it goes back to normal. The entire phone is just crap. My numbers and words sometimes go backwards. (?!) And sometimes when I touch the screen it goes all zig-zaggy and weird. Do not get this phone, please! I'm going to get a Blackberry in March. Less

Austin_70794
:o i have the same phone and the same problem mines all white and wont go back to normal anymore. fuck this sucks gonna have to buy a new one :(

This phone is awful

The screen always freezes, and it shuts itself off all the time. Everyone I know who has it hate it. The camera doesn't have zoom, but the video option does. I find the number buttons on the front much to small. The only thing I like is the QWERTY keyboard.
The screen always freezes, and it shuts itself off all the time. Everyone I know who has it hate it. The camera doesn't have zoom, but the video option does. I find the number buttons on the front much to small. The only thing I like is the QWERTY keyboard. Less

I Love this phone

I have had this phone for two and a half years and i LOVE it. Great to text with, mine seems unbreakable.I accidentally dropped in over a ledge and it fell 2 stories and didn't even turn off. It has a great camera and it has a nice appearance. The ONLY thing I don't like is that it doesn't put pictu... More
I have had this phone for two and a half years and i LOVE it. Great to text with, mine seems unbreakable.I accidentally dropped in over a ledge and it fell 2 stories and didn't even turn off. It has a great camera and it has a nice appearance. The ONLY thing I don't like is that it doesn't put pictures or music in any order but you do get used to it. I LOVE this phone and would recommend it. Less

I love it too! It's a tank. It's waterproof too just so ya know ;)
Okay, I've had this phone since June of 2009. The first couple of months, it was great. East to text with, simple to use, perfect for my. But that only lasted for about 6 months. It's not a touch phone, so dropping it a few times shouldn't completely screw it up! It randomly turns off, freezes ever... More
Okay, I've had this phone since June of 2009. The first couple of months, it was great. East to text with, simple to use, perfect for my. But that only lasted for about 6 months. It's not a touch phone, so dropping it a few times shouldn't completely screw it up! It randomly turns off, freezes every couple minutes, webpages take FOREVER to load, texts often don't get sent, and Add On features with Pay and Talk don't work. I wasted 50 bucks in a month on this phone. DO NOT GET IT!!!!! Less

Has its ups and downs

My sister and I each got one of these phones about a year and a half ago. At first, it was great, but it started to have a lot of problems. First of all, my sister's phone was stuck on vibrate for a couple of weeks and she couldn't switch it back. Secondly, the screen seems to get damaged pretty q... More
My sister and I each got one of these phones about a year and a half ago. At first, it was great, but it started to have a lot of problems. First of all, my sister's phone was stuck on vibrate for a couple of weeks and she couldn't switch it back. Secondly, the screen seems to get damaged pretty quickly. I have been very careful with my phone, and the screen has at least three very noticable flaws. This phone also fails to send text messages sometimes, pocket dials, and doesn't sort pictures in chronological order. In addition to that, adding/listening to music is confusing, you can't put your pictures on the computer unless you purchase a memory card, setting an alarm means turning up the volume, so if you get a call it'll wake you up since there is no separate option, and it freezes from time to time. Another really big problem with this phone is that when you're watching videos, the screen just goes black after a little while and sometimes it's impossible to get it back to normal without turning it off and back on. However, I do love texting on this keyboard, the camera is pretty good in my opinion, and I like its appearance. This might be a good short-term phone, but if you plan to have it for over a year, I wouldn't recommend buying it; too many problems will arise. Less

I have had this phone for two and a half years and i LOVE it. Great to text with, mine seems unbreakable.I accidentally dropped in over a ledge and it fell 2 stories and didn't even turn off. It has a great camera and it has a nice appearance. The ONLY thing I don't like is that it doesn't put pictures or music in any order but you do get used to it. I LOVE this phone and would recommend it.
Amazon

Great phone.

from Amazon
Love this phone. Every phone I've had, I grew to hate it, except for this one. I didn't have any problems with it whatsoever. :]
Love this phone. Every phone I've had, I grew to hate it, except for this one. I didn't have any problems with it whatsoever. :] Less
Amazon

To Many Problems

from Amazon
I got this phone because I like texting and it looked like a good choice. It seemed like a good phone for a while but as days past it gets worse and worse. The screen freezes a lot. Also, It has to many issues! I sometimes send somebody a text and it stops and asks "Would you like to send this now?"... More
I got this phone because I like texting and it looked like a good choice. It seemed like a good phone for a while but as days past it gets worse and worse. The screen freezes a lot. Also, It has to many issues! I sometimes send somebody a text and it stops and asks "Would you like to send this now?" I click yes and it says some stupid message to a number I've never heard of. Also it butt dials people ALL THE TIME. When I say all, I mean ALL the time. Personally, spend your money on a better phone. Less

Not satisfied at all

When the phone was on silent, it would often beep at random. For example, when done charging it will let you know with 3 loud beeps even when on silent. Because I charged my phone at night this would wake me up in the early hours of every morning. It would only save a select few of my outbox message... More
When the phone was on silent, it would often beep at random. For example, when done charging it will let you know with 3 loud beeps even when on silent. Because I charged my phone at night this would wake me up in the early hours of every morning. It would only save a select few of my outbox messages and "fail to read" most of my inbox messages. There were no preset pictures, no good ringtones. No auto-erase option for scheduled events on the calendar. The entire top row on the keyboard showed up different letters when searching for contacts. Very inconvenient and malfunctioning phone. I would not recommend it to anyone. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 10, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
24 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.45 W/kg
Body: 0.56 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 960 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:
336 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Pink, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.2 x 1.8 cm
(4.4 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 139 grams
(4.9 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 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
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 Standard / 12-key Numeric, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
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 600 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 6 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0
Browser No
Javascript Unknown
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN, Yahoo)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
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 Yes
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
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 Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Rant, TAAG

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