Samsung t528g Review Index

by Samsung t528g Review on November 21, 2011

Please use the links below to jump to the various parts of this Samsung t528g Review.
Part 1 - Intro and Overview
Part 2 - External Features and Appearance
Part 3 - General Phone Functionality
Part 4 - Display and Touch Screen
Part 5 - Connectivity
Part 6 - Camera
Part 7 - Browser and Apps
Part 8 - Review Conclusion

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Samusng T528g Review Conclusion

by Samsung t528g Review on November 20, 2011

I really have some mixed feelings about Straight Talk’s Samsung t528g. Signal reception was good, and battery life and voice quality were both adequate. I like the flexibility offered with the ringtones, and the browser offered a pretty good experience. Overall, I do think the phone looks attractive, and it’s comfortable to carry.

WiFi and 3G are both definite pluses, as is the possibility to install apps. In particular, I think a GMail app and Google Maps were my favorite apps. And speaking of email, the ability to set up this phone to automatically check your email is something that many people will definitely enjoy. The voice command is an excellent feature, especially when used over bluetooth. I also liked the mp3 player and the ability to put it in the background and continue using your phone for other tasks.

In spite of all these positives, however, I can’t confidently recommend the t528g. The negatives, while relatively few, were significant in my opinion. First, I would expect a better camera on a $100 phone. 2.0 megapixels on this device is somewhat disappointing. This isn’t that big of a deal, though.

The widgets are more aggravating, though. I found it very hard to change the widget layouts on the home screens, and it simply shouldn’t be this difficult!

Far and away, though, the biggest problem with I had with it was the touch screen. I tried for a long time, but simply could not get comfortable with the input. It slowed me down to the point that I didn’t want to use the phone to compose even a text message, let alone an email of even a sentence or two. And considering the popularity of texting these days, I would imagine that others will agree that it’s important to be able to enter text quickly.

If you fall into this category, I’d suggest one of two options. If you plan to get Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited plan, I still recommend the Nokia E71. It’s got all the app, email, and music player capabilities of the t528g, but the physical keyboard is MUCH easier to type on. And as far as apps and email, it can do quite a bit more. That phone will cost $179 new from StraightTalk.com.

You’ll also see an option for a “reconditioned” E71 on Straight Talk’s site. I’ve never personally had any problems with any reconditioned phones from Straight Talk or it’s sister companies Net10 and TracFone. But I’ve heard from enough people who complained specifically about this phone that I suggest, if you buy the reconditioned model, to proceed with caution.

If you don’t want to commit to the $45 monthly plan, I then recommend the LG 900g, which I reviewed here. That phone also has a physical qwerty keyboard for easier text input, and will be comparable to the t528g in terms of voice quality and signal reception, with better battery life.

If you have your heart set on a touch screen phone from Straight Talk, I guess the Samsung t528g is the phone for you. Just be aware that if you do a lot of texting, it will definitely take some time to get used to the touch screen. In fact, I think it’s possible that you might never come to actually like it.

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Samsung t528g Apps, Extras, and Web tools

November 20, 2011

One feature that I found to work surprisingly well is the built-in email app with “push” capability. This means that you can set it up to check an email account (or several) regularly, and the phone can let you know when you have a new message. I found this to be a handy feature when […]

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Samsung t528g Camera Review

November 19, 2011

The camera offers reslutions up to 2.0 megapixels.  At this resolution, you MIGHT be able to produce a decent 3 x 5 print, but nothing larger than that. And even at 3 x 5, you’ll need to have great conditions (outdoor, little to no motion in the shot), to get a printable picture. Make no […]

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Samsung t528g Review: Connectivity

November 18, 2011

I had no trouble connecting by USB to a computer for file transfers, including pictures and videos captured with the Samsung t528g. Similarly, I was able to send pictures back and forth via Bluetooth when paired with another phone. As always, I don’t have any vehicles with bluetooth systems to link up with this phone. […]

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Samsung t528g Display and Touch Screen Interface

November 17, 2011

Screen resolution is very good. I was very impressed with how good pictures look when displayed on this screen. I was also pleasantly surprised with the function of the display in direct sunlight. I had no trouble navigating the menus even in full sun, with the sun shining over my shoulder onto the screen. This […]

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How well does the Samsung t528g work as a phone?

November 16, 2011

I was not disappointed, but also not overly impressed with the audio quality of calls on the Samsung t528g. Compared to other Straight Talk phones, I definitely preferred the Nokia E71, which I think has exceptional voice quality. In my opinion, the t528g is very comparable to the LG 900g in this category. If I […]

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Samsung T528g Review part 2: External/Appearance

November 16, 2011

As I hinted at during the intro segment, I find the appearance of the t528g to be aesthetically pleasing, especially when putting it up against the LG 800g and Motorola EX124g, which are recent touch-screen offerings from Straight Talk’s sister companies.  While it’s clearly a feature phone as opposed to a more expensive smart phone, […]

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General Overview of the Samsung t528g

November 15, 2011

The Samsung t528g, a new phone from Straight Talk, operates on the AT&T and T-Mobile network, and is capable of using 3g data where those networks support the 3g protocol. Additionally, it has wi-fi built in as well, which will provide for very fast data transmission if you are in range of an open hotspot. […]

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