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Samsung Highlight t749 Phone, Fire Orange/Red (T-Mobile)
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Samsung Highlight t749 Phone, Fire Orange/Red (T-Mobile)

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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.1 inches, 4.1 inches, 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.04 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Phone Book Capacity: 500 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 240 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 100 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002GU7I9I
  • Item model number: Highlight
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Experience the freedom of on-the-go email, instant messaging and web browsing with the Samsung Highlight for T-Mobile, which features a full touch-screen display, 3-megapixel camera with video capture, music player, and MicroSD slot for up to 16 GB of removable memory. It comes fully equipped with a virtual, landscape QWERTY touchpad and multiple messaging options, including built-in support for email and instant messaging, as well as text and multimedia messaging.

The 3G-enabled Samsung Highlight features a 3-inch touchscreen with auto-rotation and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The phone supports T-Mobile's HSDPA 3G network (in select markets), which provides fast web downloads and multimedia messaging, and it will also keep you connected to your closest friends and family members with T-Mobiles myFaves. Other features include Assisted GPS (a-GPS) for location services, Bluetooth for handsfree devices and stereo music streaming, full HTML web browsing with RSS reader, personal organizer tools (including tasks and memo), voice-activated functions, and up to 6.5 hours of talk time.

T-Mobile Services
The Samsung Highlight operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and is compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web or downloading content from the T-Mobile Web2go content portal. T-Mobile is currently rolling out its 3G network, and it expects by year's end that its high-speed data network will be available in those cities where a majority of its subscribers currently use data services.

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.

While this phone is optimized for use with T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, many of its functions will also work well on the moderate-speed EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.

Activities that work well on EDGE or 3G networks:

  • Email, instant messaging, and texting
  • Downloading ringtones, CallerTunes, wallpaper, light data files
  • Sending photographs via e-mail or picture messaging
Activities that work best on a 3G network:
  • Viewing content-heavy websites (lots of images or videos playing)
  • Viewing YouTube and other video files (they will play on EDGE, but require loading time)
  • Uploading large files (photos, videos, presentations) to sharing websites
  • Downloading large files from an e-mail or a website

It's compatible with T-Mobile's myFaves service, which allows you to call up to five of your most common contacts--on any network, even landlines--without using any of your minutes. Learn more about myFaves from T-Mobile.

Other features include a 3-megapixel camera, GPS location services, Bluetooth for optional stereo headsets, and MicroSD expansion to 16 GB.
T-Mobile's web2go intuitive web browsing service makes it easy to view and navigate the web from your phone with features including Yahoo! oneSearch, a customizable home page and a simplified shopping and download experience. You can create a personalized home page for easy, one-click access to your favorite Web sites.

With access to the web2go marketplace included at no additional charge, you can also browse and purchase the latest ringtones, games, wallpaper and mobile optimized applications and services to customize their phone. Providing access to the latest news, information and content, Yahoo! oneSearch intuitively returns results grouped around your intended search. For instance, when you search for a sports team, Yahoo! returns the latest scores, schedules, team profiles, roster, news, images and a link to the team's Web site.

Phone Features
A great choice for those new to touchscreen phones, the easy-to-use Samsung Hightlight provides quick access to your favorite features through Samsung's innovative TouchWiz user interface, which has specially designed widgets to customize and personalize your phone. The simple and intuitive drag-and-drop feature provides instant access to your favorite functions, such as the clock, music player, instant messaging and photos and a custom widget for myFaves. The Highlight's full-touch virtual QWERTY keypad and multiple messaging capabilities--including text, multimedia messaging, instant messaging and email--make staying connected quick and easy while on the go.

The Highlight's 3-inch screen has a 240 x 400-pixel resolution and support for a 16-million color depth. Below the screen you'll find standard send/end keys and a single touch control button that accesses the main menu as well as selects functions (such as web browser, phone book, etc.). It comes with both a virtual alpha-numeric keypad as well as a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and the phone's accelerometer automatically switches you from one to another when you change the phone's orientation from landscape to portrait.

The phone has a 60 MB internal memory, which can be expanded via optional MicroSD memory cards (up to 16 GB in size). The internal phonebook can store up to 2000 contact entries, each with multiple numbers per contact and support for caller groups as well as picture/ringer ID. You can download MP3 real-music and 72-chord polyphonic ringtones, and the phone also includes a vibrate function for when you need to keep things silent.

Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone provides the latest version of Bluetooth connectivity--version 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)--that makes pairing with a headset as well as other Bluetooth devices a snap, and it includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The 3-megapixel camera can capture still images in four resolution options (from 2048 x 1536 to 400 x 240 pixels), and you can also choose from four quality settings. Other features include white balance and brightness adjustments, multiple scene settings (including night, landscape and action), a self-timer, and four color effects. It also includes three shooting modes--panorama, continuous and mosaic. You can also share them with family and friends by sending them to any e-mail address, T-Mobile camera phone, or MyAlbum. You can also capture video clips in two resolutions (320 x 240 and 176 x 144 pixels), with videos meant for sending via messaging capped at approximately 1 minute. For videos to save to your PC, you can shoot for as long as you have available memory.

Other features include:

  • Assisted GPS navigation via TeleNav subscription with a free 14-day trial period
  • Digital audio player compatible with MP3 files
  • Send and receive instant messages with AOL Instant Messenger; also compatible with Yahoo!, Windows Live and Google Talk
  • Conference Calling: Three way conference calling allows you to conduct a call with two other parties at the same time. This feature only works if the second call is outgoing.
  • Organizer tools: Calendar, Alarm, Voice Recognition, Tasks, Memo, Calculator, World Clock, Converter, Timer, Stop Watch, RSS Reader
  • Currency converter: Easily calculate how much something costs in your currency or check the math of the exchange bureau.
  • Vibrating alert: Phone vibrates to let you know you have a call or message without disturbing anyone.
  • Voice-activated functions: Control your phone with your voice.
  • 72-note polyphonic and MP3 ringtones
  • USB connectivity and PC synchronization
  • Download new games, sounds and voices from hot artists, instrumental versions of songs, and wallpapers.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung Highlight weighs 3.7 ounces and measures 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.5 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 432 hours of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.

Tips and Tricks

  • Customizing Widget Bar
    Widgets allow quick access to applications that you use often. You can drag the widgets to the Home screen and drag widgets you do not want back to the Widget bar. Touch the folder tab on the left-hand side of the screen to open the Widget Bar; touch it again to close. To choose what applications appear on the Widget Bar, touch Menu > Settings > Widget Manager. Touch the box beside the desired widgets to place a checkmark; "uncheck" the unwanted widgets.

  • Using The Magnifier In The Phonebook
    Touch on the Phonebook icon on the Main screen. Drag the Magnifi er along the side of the screen to scroll through the letters of the alphabet. Release when the desired letter is reached. This allows you to easily locate a contact.

  • Increasing The Size Of A Web Page
    While in the Browser mode, increase the size of the web page by using the Volume key.

  • Camera Shortcuts
    Press the button with the camera icon on the right side phone. Aim and take the picture using the same button (top side if you're holding the camera horizontally). To use the camera's 3x digital zoom feature, press the volume control buttons to zoom in or out, then snap your photo.

Product Description

This finger-touch phone has a respectable feature set, including 3-megapixel camera with video capture, GPS, 3G data, widget home screen, memory card slot, and stereo Bluetooth.

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One major flaw ruins this phone August 14, 2009
By W. Fong
I had this phone for about 2 weeks now and I've began to notice one major flaw that completely ruins this phone. That major flaw would be DROPPED CALLS. I would estimate about 10 to 20% of the calls I have made dropped. And many of those times I wouldn't even know the call was dropped until the person on the other end wouldn't respond. When the call drops, the screen does not even turn on. It kinda just resets. You would have to unlock the phone again and see the home screen.

I live in San Francisco, so I doubt it's the area I'm in. I've had many cells phones in the past, and never really had this problem before. With this phone, it really becomes troublesome having a call dropped every so often. And it wasn't like I was going through a tunnel. That being said, this is a really nice phone. It was great features, a bright responsive screen, simple controls and navigation, and really good battery life. For me, dropped calls completely ruins the phone for me. I'll go back to t-mobile to exchange phones to see if this problem still persist.

- Easy to use
- Bright responsive screen
- Excellent battery life
- Feels sturdy


Everything else seems to be on par with all the other phones that I've in the past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great web-phone for the non-snobs... January 5, 2010
Hmm, smartphone, dumbphone, what's the difference? This phone can email, text, get RSS feeds, browse web, etc. etc. Runs any/all mobile websites + can run Mini Opera.

Big plus: only requires T-Mobile's $10/month dataplan. Yes, the snobs may lust over their "smartphones", but they also have to shell out $200 more per year for their dataplan. What's so "smart" about that?

CONCLUSION: A great phone if you want to be connected and email-enabled on the go. Works great on $10/mo dataplan, quick response w/ pretty much any mobile website out there. Great (relatively) cheap phone to hold you over while newer/greater smartphones are introduced in 2010.

4 STARS: hey, nothings perfect. No flash on the camera. Can't turn keytones off unless in silent mode. Headphone jack is proprietary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a phone for the younger set February 12, 2010
In an effort to save money, I ordered this phone when I renewed my contract with T-Mobile. I had been using a Blackberry Curve for some time now, but the discounted data plan I got with the phone originally no longer existed, so all the bells and whistles it would cost me nearly $35 in comparison to the $20 I had been paying along with my calling plan and text messaging services. With the Samsung Highlight, access to the web only costs $10 and so does the unlimited texting. With it being a touch phone, I was intrigued by it, so I decided to give it a try. Also financially, I came out of it pretty well.

However, using the Highlight turned out to be more frustrating than anything. First and foremost, texting is a pain in the neck. The phone is not very large; it's a junior version of Samsung's Behold. This particular phone must've been designed with a child's hands in mind because each time I attempt to send a text, I end up tapping a different key. My hands are relatively small, but even with that being a fact, the virtual keyboard didn't leave much room for me to strike the keys I wanted. I never had to go back and delete as many messages before I sent them as I have with this phone, because the texts end up looking like someone just banged on a keyboard indiscriminately if I try to type with my fingers. In order to send a legible message, I have to use a stylus or a pen.

I also dislike how IMs are displayed on the phone. Instead of being threaded messages, they come through as if they are separate emails and plus I had to tap the screen multiple times before I could even view one of them. The camera doesn't have a flash, so pictures come out very dark unless you happen to be outside in sunlight or have lots of lighting indoors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed until.... September 19, 2009
I got this phone because I broke my G1. I didn't want to shell out 400 dollars to get a new one so I asked for phones that had real web browsing. I was in love with this phone. It's cute and small compared to the G1. The on screen keyboard is actually very easy to use which was nice because I'm used to a solid keyboard. It's touchscreen, which is great, is a bonus, I don't know if I could even use a phone without a touchscreen again. It's pretty easy to navigate as well. I was seriously thinking this phone was "the one". Until I got online. I know that comparing this phone to a G1 is probably just asking too much anyway, but what I see on this phone I would not call real web browsing. Its like mobile web with the capability of viewing real websites in a crappy resolution. If you view a real website it starts to lag and struggle. Smartphone? probably not. I haven't used the music player but what I've heard about playing songs in alphabetic order makes me not want to. It deeply saddens me that this phone doesn't have better music playing and web browsing capabilities. I think that does it for me though because I'm paying more money a month for "smartphone" web browsing and this just does not qualify for me. *tears for my G1* This is just a fully touchscreen cellphone to me.
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