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Samsung SGH-T539 Beat review

5.6/10 AVG.
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5.6/10
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The Samsung SGH-T539 Beat currently has an Informr score of 5.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


CNET

The Samsung Beat DJ benefits from a lovely screen, unique appearance and a good range of features. The DJ app surprised us with its innovative use of gestures and the touch-sensitive area below the screen, but the rest of the phone doesn't exploit this potential and feels poorly thought-out. The sou...

- Flora Graham , CNET
Phonedog

At a GlanceAt a Glance:What’s Good: Compact, solid flip phone with front-mounted music controls/speaker, stereo Bluetooth support and straightforward music player; Includes 1GB memory card; Good IM support; Inexpensive. What’s Not Good: Signal strength issues; Low-res display and less-than-pretty UI...

- Noah Kravitz, Phonedog
MobileBurn

Overall I have enjoyed my time with the Beat. It has a nice feature set in a compact and light body. I certainly would have hoped for a better performance from the internal antenna, but that is the only major problem with the device. For those that live in rural areas where coverage is already spott...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn


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Samsung released the SGH-T539 Beat on October 1, 2007.


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Screen Size
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Processor
Unknown

There is a 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
30 MB

Internal memory is 30 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

SGH-T539 Beat Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 30 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.99 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.0 x 4.6 x 1.8 cm (3.5 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 77 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 Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD
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 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 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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
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 Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


CNET

Music phone with DJ feature

from CNET

The Samsung Beat DJ benefits from a lovely screen, unique appearance and a good range of features. The DJ app surprised us with its innovative use of gestures and the touch-sensitive area below the screen, but the rest of the phone doesn't exploit this potential and feels poorly thought-out. The...More

The Samsung Beat DJ benefits from a lovely screen, unique appearance and a good range of features. The DJ app surprised us with its innovative use of gestures and the touch-sensitive area below the screen, but the rest of the phone doesn't exploit this potential and feels poorly thought-out. The sound quality also isn't as good as it should be. But the Beat DJ's not expensive, so it could be a good option if you're seeking a funky-looking touchscreen phone.

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Phonedog

Samsung Beat-SGH-T539 | Review

from Phonedog

At a Glance

At a Glance:


What’s Good:

Compact, solid flip phone with front-mounted music controls/speaker, stereo Bluetooth support and straightforward music player; Includes 1GB memory card; Good IM support; Inexpensive.

What’s Not Good:

Signal strength issues; Low-res display and less-than-pretty UI; Wired headphones require use of proprietary adapter....

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At a GlanceAt a Glance:


What’s Good: Compact, solid flip phone with front-mounted music controls/speaker, stereo Bluetooth support and straightforward music player; Includes 1GB memory card; Good IM support; Inexpensive.

What’s Not Good: Signal strength issues; Low-res display and less-than-pretty UI; Wired headphones require use of proprietary adapter.

Bottom Line: Beat is a simple flip with a pretty good music player and low price tag.  The phone’s design didn’t do much for me, and the display is low-res, but for a basic phone with music player, Beat’s not bad.  Just make sure you can get good reception with it where you live and work.

Specs:

Make/Model: Samsung Beat (SGH-T539) Network: GSM Quad-Band Data: EDGE (2.5G) Carrier: T-Mobile USA (Locked) Size: 90 x 46 x 17.8 mm Weight: 77 g Form Factor: Clamshell Display: (Main) Color LCD, 128 x 160 Resolution, 65,000 Colors; (External) Color LCD, 96 x 96 Resolution Memory:  18 MB built-in, microSD card slot, 1 GB microSD card included Notable Features: Music player with background play and equalizer; Front-mounted music controls and speaker; myFaves support; AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ Instant Messaging support
IntroductionIntroduction
Not everyone wants a smartphone, a phone with 30 buttons on it, or a phone that costs $400.  But lots of folks want phones that play music and handle text and IMs, or so it would seem from a glance at the major carriers’ current handset lineups.  The Samsung Beat for T-Mobile caters to folks who want a compact, easy to use phone with a good music player and pretty comprehensive messaging support — all at a low price. 

You won’t find hi-res displays, high-speed Web access, or fancy touchscreens on Beat.  But you will get a handset with a better than average music player with a speaker, display, and media controls on the outside of the flip and stereo Bluetooth support.  You’ll also get myFaves and IM software built-in.  And you might even think Beat is stylish.  I didn’t, but I did appreciate its lightweight and solid (if kind of cheap feeling) build.  Unfortunately, I ran into a few issues with signal strength and the internal keypad while testing Beat.  Read on ...

Design & FeaturesDesign & Features
Beat is a small, thick-ish clamshell handset built out of plastic.  It’s glossy black with a green ring around the front-mounted, circular speaker, and feels amazingly light when you first pick it up.  Though the all-plastic build doesn’t exactly scream “Luxury,” the phone actually felt pretty solid throughout my testing.  I didn’t worry about breaking the hinge or otherwise damaging Beat during normal use including the occasional drop.

The dual-display, internal dialing keypad is pretty standard fare for a flip phone, as is the circular array of music player controls located beneath the external display.  Beat’s eye-catcher is that green, circle-shaped grill beneath which resides a pretty loud, pretty so-so quality speaker.  Side-mounted controls for volume, access to the rear-mounted 1.3MP camera, and a dual-function Hold/Music Shortcut key, along with the internal and external keypads, provide plenty of handy shortcuts without overwhelming the user.  On the negative side, the internal keypad is so smooth to the touch that it was a bit wonky to use.  And I had a little trouble with the external media controls during music playback, running into occasional, seemingly random lags after keypresses.

Beat’s calling card is its music player, which supports mp3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ files so long as they’re not DRM-protected.  The included 1GB memory card, wired stereo headset, and 3.5mm headphone adapter mean Beat’s ready to be loaded up with music and play it back right out of the box.  It’s amazing how many “music phones” require the separate purchase of a memory card or some other accessory before they’ll actually play music - score one for Beat in that regard.  The music player is easy to use and includes a preset equalizer and “3D” effect for sound-shaping.  There’s no support for over the air download or streaming of music - you’ll have to “sideload” tracks from your computer onto Beat’s memory card (use a card reader - it’s faster than connecting to the handset via USB cable).

T-Mobile routinely does a good job of making the most of its messaging and family plan features (it has to, at least until its 3G network finally rolls out), and Beat comes pre-loaded with myFaves support and a nice instant messaging client.  I was easily able to connect to AIM and Yahoo! IM accounts, and ICQ is also supported out of the box.  T-Mob’s EDGE network is plenty fast enough for text chat, and the T-Zones WAP browser is handy for getting the occasional news/weather/sports update or movie time, even if you can’t really browse the Web on it.

Usability & PerformanceUsability & Performance
Beat worked very well as a phone provided that I could get a signal.  Its quad-band GSM radio had some trouble pulling down strong signals, but when calls connected they sounded very good over the internal earpiece and not bad at all over speakerphone.  Actually, the external speaker is much more useful as a speakerphone than boom box.  On the other hand, music sounded surprisingly good over the included earbuds (with in-line mic for voice calls), and when I wired up my Etymotic earphones via the included 3.5mm adapter, audio quality was excellent. 

Despite the fact that Beat’s internal display is shockingly low-res, the music software was easy to read and navigate with the phone open - though the keypad was overly smooth and didn’t offer much in the way of separation between buttons.  Nobody’s going to win style points for Beat’s “Retro in a bad way” menus and graphics, but they get the job done, and the internal display was bright enough to read in all but the brightest direct sunlight. 

Getting the external controls to navigate through my music collection was a little tricky, though my review handset may have just suffered from some glitches.  The music player also seems to offer a few more options when accessed via the internal display, and while the wired headset has a single button remote control, it’s only for accepting and ending calls, not playing/pausing music.  Music does pause automatically, though, when an incoming call is detected.

ConclusionConclusion
Beat isn’t my favorite phone, but it does offer a quality music experience at a low price.  The inclusion of a 1GB memory card, stereo earbuds, and a headphone adapter make Beat ready to rock right out of the box.  Unfortunately, between the low-res displays, signal strength issues, and somewhat wonky keypad, Beat’s got a few issues to overcome.

If you’re on T-Mobile and like Beat’s styling and price tag, it’s certainly worth a look.  Just make sure you can try it out for a few days to make sure you get a signal where you’ll most often be using it.  But there are other easy to use musicphones out there that offer more in the way of style and usability at prices on par with Beat.  If you’re not wedded to T-Mobile, the LG Muziq (Sprint) and Sony Ericsson w580i (AT&T) come immediately to mind.

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MobileBurn

Nice feature set in a compact and light body

from MobileBurn

Overall I have enjoyed my time with the Beat. It has a nice feature set in a compact and light body. I certainly would have hoped for a better performance from the internal antenna, but that is the only major problem with the device. For those that live in rural areas where coverage is already sp...More

Overall I have enjoyed my time with the Beat. It has a nice feature set in a compact and light body. I certainly would have hoped for a better performance from the internal antenna, but that is the only major problem with the device. For those that live in rural areas where coverage is already spotty, though, that could very well be a deal breaker. But as long as the T-Mobile signal in your area is decent, I think the Samsung Beat is a nice enough device to deserve your consideration, and as such give it a "Recommended" rating.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Extremely Unhappy With This Phone

from Amazon
I needed to purchase a new phone when the California "hands-free" law went into effect. I called T-Mobile to see about upgrading from my Nokia, explaining to the representative what features I was most interested in (Bluetooth capabilities and a clamshell style) and asked what he recommended. His imm...More
I needed to purchase a new phone when the California "hands-free" law went into effect. I called T-Mobile to see about upgrading from my Nokia, explaining to the representative what features I was most interested in (Bluetooth capabilities and a clamshell style) and asked what he recommended. His immediate response was the Samsung Beat. He spoke very highly of the features and claimed that ALL of his customers absolutely LOVED this phone. Well, this is one customer who absolutely HATES this phone. The first issue I had was the short battery life. I only use my phone to make phone calls, of which I make very few, but even on stand-by I need to recharge it every couple of days. When I complained about the extremely short battery life, T-Mobile gave me a new battery. When that didn't solve the problem, they gave me a new phone. Unfortunately, the problem persists. After reading what others have experienced, I realize it is the fault of the phone design; not the battery, not the charger, nor the individual phone. My next biggest complaint is the terrible call quality. The reviewer who said it sounded like the caller was "speaking through a pillow" really hit the nail on the head. I can hear a little better when using my Bluetooth because I can increase the volume a bit more, but it is still impossible to get nice, clear reception. My other complaint is that it takes a ridiculous number of steps to send a simple text message. I have yet to send a second text message after experiencing a great deal of frustration trying to send the first one! I hope my experience will prevent others from making the same mistake I made. Less
Amazon

Don't buy this phone!

from Amazon
I have return of this phone to T Mobile hoping to get a longer Battery life but the conclusion is the Battery only last for less than 2 days. I talk less than 10 mins & don't use the MP3 player. The specs says it last for 10 Days on Standby. But last only 2 days or less. Also, very low volume speaker...More
I have return of this phone to T Mobile hoping to get a longer Battery life but the conclusion is the Battery only last for less than 2 days. I talk less than 10 mins & don't use the MP3 player. The specs says it last for 10 Days on Standby. But last only 2 days or less. Also, very low volume speaker phone and too small to really get a comfortable grip on it. This is a crappy phone, period! Less
Amazon

Good range of features, terrible phone

from Amazon
As the Samsung employee (M. Sanchez--go look at his reviews, they read like a marketing campaign) who gave the Beat a glowing review states, this phone does pack a surprising breadth of functionality for what is now a free phone with a service contract ($18 "upgrade fee" if you extend your existing con...More
As the Samsung employee (M. Sanchez--go look at his reviews, they read like a marketing campaign) who gave the Beat a glowing review states, this phone does pack a surprising breadth of functionality for what is now a free phone with a service contract ($18 "upgrade fee" if you extend your existing contract). However, after use, it skips a Beat (AHAHAHAHA...whatever. You guys suck as an audience anyways). The Samsung Beat is woefully underpowered. Everything from the music player to scrolling through your MyFaves contacts suffers from a delayed response. Get used to hitting the Play button about 8 times before you finally figure out that you have to press it and wait 15 seconds to be sure the Beat noticed you pressed a button. The Beat is a horrible, horrible telephone. As the other users have been nearly unanimous in decrying, the sound quality of the microphone will surely elicit complaints from your callers. The headphones do indeed hurt like the dickens after about an hour (and I have big ears). Worst of all, the internal antenna loses signal constantly. While my Nokia 6103 had no trouble around my house (3-4 bars of signal strength), the Beat loses connection repeatedly near any large object. I had to switch to the Nokia yesterday to continue a conversation because the Beat kept dropping the call when I'd get near the washer and dryer. I have the same trouble standing at the counter washing dishes, with a flippin' window right in front of me. The phone desperately needs a second connector. It uses one proprietary connector for everything: USB, power, and headset. T-Mobile should have also streamlined some of the menu options. For example, setting the ringtone from the main menu does not affect calls from your MyFaves contacts, although nothing indicates that there is a separate setting for those contacts (there is: you have to click around in the Options menu while hovered over a MyFaves contact, and each contact has a different ringtone that must be set). If it didn't hold and play a sizable chunk of music, I'd huck it out the window and leave a stylish imprint on some unsuspecting passerby's face. Look for something else! Less
I just got this phone and overall it is a nice phone, but the outside LCD display is completely blank and dark until you press a button on the side. This is very inconvenent for me as I don't wear a watch and have my phone sitting on my desk at work to use as my clock, and to have to press the side bu...More
I just got this phone and overall it is a nice phone, but the outside LCD display is completely blank and dark until you press a button on the side. This is very inconvenent for me as I don't wear a watch and have my phone sitting on my desk at work to use as my clock, and to have to press the side button every time to get it to light up so I can see the time is a pain. Everything else seems to be fine, easy to load music onto it, good call quality, but this one thing with the outside display is making me consider returning it. Less
Amazon

Don't get this phone

from Amazon
My husband and I both got this phone a month ago. For the first 3 weeks it was awesome, then I started getting a screeching noise when I would talk on it. I changed the sim card and it stopped, but then it just stopped working. I would turn it on and start to make a call, and it would turn off. My...More
My husband and I both got this phone a month ago. For the first 3 weeks it was awesome, then I started getting a screeching noise when I would talk on it. I changed the sim card and it stopped, but then it just stopped working. I would turn it on and start to make a call, and it would turn off. My husband's phone wasn't even receiving the calls. I would call and it would ring and ring on my end and he would have nothing. Then his just stopped working. It did the same as mine. It would turn off. The batteries were charged fully and we had even reset the phone, but it wouldn't work. Don't buy this phone. Less
Amazon

Bad Battery Life

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My old Samsung (don't know the model) could go for 4 days without charging. Granted I only used that as a phone and not a music player. Still, listening to music on this phone for less than 2 hours a day (maybe more like 1 hour) and talking for less than 30 minutes, the phone dies after a day and a h...More
My old Samsung (don't know the model) could go for 4 days without charging. Granted I only used that as a phone and not a music player. Still, listening to music on this phone for less than 2 hours a day (maybe more like 1 hour) and talking for less than 30 minutes, the phone dies after a day and a half. So basically, when used properly, this phone needs to be charged nightly. No other complaints so far, but haven't had it a month yet. Less
Amazon

where do i begin...

from Amazon
ive had this phone since it came out in november 2007 i have had a crap load of problems with this phone from aim to calling to texting on aim sometimes it doesnt recieve what the ppl send me and doesnt send what i say and thats not because i dont have any bars of service either it can be full and n...More
ive had this phone since it came out in november 2007 i have had a crap load of problems with this phone from aim to calling to texting on aim sometimes it doesnt recieve what the ppl send me and doesnt send what i say and thats not because i dont have any bars of service either it can be full and not work on texting sometimes it freezes and i have to take the battery out especially when music is playing and the music makes everything freeze when its playing no matter what it is sometimes when people call my phone it doesnt ring and it goes strate to voicemail and it tells me i have a missed call...and it never rang! sometimes when texting it wont send my message and picture messages dont always send or come in either and when i call people and they hang up sometimes it will freeze or if they dont answer and i decide to end the call...and leaves it to me taking the battery out. oh and when you talk to people the voice quality sucks...sometimes when i call people i cant hear a thing there saying unless i put it on speaker phone the only good thing bout this phone is the camera and it came with a 1gb sd card and tmobile sucks to i emailed about all this stuff... and they said they couldnt help me...and they thought i had a sidekick...it was really messed up but yeah i wouldnt buy this phone Less
Amazon

Poor call quality...

from Amazon
I've had this phone for about a week and will be sending it back. It's really too bad because it seems like a neat little phone. However, the call quality is a deal breaker. As another reviewer said, the calls sound muffled. People sound to me like they are talking through a pillow, and my friends have...More
I've had this phone for about a week and will be sending it back. It's really too bad because it seems like a neat little phone. However, the call quality is a deal breaker. As another reviewer said, the calls sound muffled. People sound to me like they are talking through a pillow, and my friends have reported that I sound the same to them. I put my sim card back in previous Nokia 5300 (replacing due to a cracked LCD) and the calls are crystal clear on the Nokia. It may be that only some of the Beat's have poor quality, but I'm not sure. Less
Amazon

Beg To Differ

from Amazon
I beg to differ regarding this phone. The most noticeable downfall for me was the sound quality of the internal mic. My callers all said that I sounded muffled to them and I often had to repeat myself because they couldn't understand me. The second thing was the text messages received didn't save in...More
I beg to differ regarding this phone. The most noticeable downfall for me was the sound quality of the internal mic. My callers all said that I sounded muffled to them and I often had to repeat myself because they couldn't understand me. The second thing was the text messages received didn't save in date received order. They were all over the place after I closed the flip. Yes it's cute but other than that I sent it back after a week. Less
Amazon

Great phone (once you learn how to use it)

from Amazon
This phone is a great deal for a good price. I am a satisfied customer.
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