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Samsung T159 review

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The Samsung T159 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Is it necessary to spend a lot of money on a new handset if you only plan on using it mainly for phone calls and text messages? Of course not, and that is why affordable models like the Samsung T159 can be purchased without giving up the proverbial arm and leg.

The T159 is a basic flip phone with excellent calling and texting features that make it great for mobile messaging. It also has a number of useful extras such as a 1-megapixel camera and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. It even comes with a built-in music player for convenient music playback on the go.

If there’s one thing that the T159 is extremely good at, it’s call quality. According to online reviews, the voice quality during phone calls is superb. If you want to spend as little as possible on your next phone without sacrificing call quality, this model is getting high recommendations.

Need to Know: Samsung T159

1. Very good call quality. (The Good)

2. Small and very pocketable. (The Good)

3. Small low-resolution screen. (The Bad)

4. Battery life could be longer than just 5 hours per charge. (The Bad)


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
1.77"
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

Sometimes you just need a good, solid device for making calls, and the Samsung t159 is it. The humble flip phone doesn't offer much in the way of style, but it gets the calling basics right, and for the right price. (It also makes you wonder why every phone doesn't sound this good.) Although extra f...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet


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Samsung released the T159 on August 8, 2012.


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Samsung backs up the T159 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
1.77"

The Samsung T159's screen size is 1.77 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a ST Ericsson DA6809-L processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. 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 11 days standby time.

Samsung T159 Specs

Overview
Release date August 8, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor ST Ericsson DA6809-L
Internal Storage No
RAM 125 MB
ROM 256 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.63 W/kg
Body: 0.589 W/kg
Languages English
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
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 4.8 x 9.7 x 1.5 cm (1.9 x 3.8 x 0.6 in)
Weight 82 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 x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 1.77 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 96 x 96 pixels, 1.07 inches
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
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 Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
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 Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T159, Samsung Denim

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Cnet

An example of excellent call quality at a dirt-cheap price

from Cnet

Sometimes you just need a good, solid device for making calls, and the Samsung t159 is it. The humble flip phone doesn't offer much in the way of style, but it gets the calling basics right, and for the right price. (It also makes you wonder why every phone doesn't sound this good.) Although extr...More

Sometimes you just need a good, solid device for making calls, and the Samsung t159 is it. The humble flip phone doesn't offer much in the way of style, but it gets the calling basics right, and for the right price. (It also makes you wonder why every phone doesn't sound this good.) Although extra features like T-Mobile's visual voice mail and voice commands give the phone more verve, Samsung stopped short of some other helpful mainstays, like a separate headset jack, a larger, higher-resolution screen, and a more nuanced OS menu.

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