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Cutting-edge design: the sleek and thin Samsung t809 slider phone comes packed with features including a 1.3-megapixel camera, video capture and playback on the color screen, Bluetooth® wireless technology, and an MP3 player with removable memory so you can keep your music with you. Stay in touch using AIM, ICQ®, and Yahoo!® instant messaging, or send text, picture, or video messages. You can even use t-zones to customize your t809 with HiFi Ringers® and MegaTones®.

This flagship quad-band phone from Samsung combines a super-slim slider design with the latest technologies, making it a must-have tool for those who demand the best. Goodies include Bluetooth, support for EDGE high-speed data, a swiveling megapixel camera, a music player, and a microSD memory card slot. The Samsung SGH-t809 is the perfect way to take advantage of all that T-Mobile service has to offer.

Take a closer look at the t809's functions.
The t809's sliding design hides the phone's number pad under the display until you need to make a call. The massive, 240 x 320 display supports up to 262,000 colors -- plenty of resolution and color depth for your videos and photos. A five-way center control button is positioned below the display, as are shortcut and selection keys. The phone's 1.3 megapixel camera is housed on the top of the phone and it swivels to face in or out. USB data and charging ports are located on the phone's bottom edge. There's also a connector for a stereo 2.5 mm headset on the left side, while the microSD slot resides on the right.

Calling Features
With 70 MB of internal memory, the t809 is designed to hold all the contacts, phone numbers and addresses you can throw at it. A call list remembers your most recent missed, received and dialed calls, and in addition to a vibrating alert, the t809 supports polyphonic ringtones and MP3-based music ringtones. You can also download additional MP3 music ringtones from T-Mobile's t-zones service. A speakerphone lets you talk hands-free while you're doing other things, and picture caller ID lets you assign a photo to specific callers. Similarly, a ringer ID lets you assign ringtones to callers. Like all T-Mobile phones, the t809 also supports voicemail, caller ID, conference calling, call forwarding, call waiting, call hold, built-in paging, and access to T-Mobile's 411 service. Lastly, the phone's Bluetooth connectivity means that your favorite Bluetooth headset is fully compatible.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The t809 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. Messaging clients for AOL, Yahoo!, and ICQ are included.

Getting on the Internet is easy with the t809, too. It supports the GPRS protocol, as well as the new, high speed EDGE data protocol. When used with a T-Mobile data plan and the phone's USB or Bluetooth data capability, the phone can be used as a wireless modem for laptops and PDAs. There's also a built-in browser for t-zones downloads and mobile Web browsing. T-Mobile's t-zones service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile text messaging users.

A number of handy productivity tools are bundled with the t809 including a voice memo recorder, an alarm clock, a calculator with currency converter, a calendar, and a to-do list.

Imaging and Entertainment
The t809's built-in 1.3 megapixel camera captures stills and video to the phone's internal memory, or to an optional microSD memory card. The camera captures video at 352 x 288 resolution, and it features white balance and brightness controls. Meanwhile, the phone's powerful still camera sports a self-timer, a multi-shot mode, a night mode, brightness and white balance controls, ISO controls, and spot metering.

Into music? You're in luck with the t809. Store your favorite MP3-based music on the t809 and listen whenever the feeling strikes you on the built-in stereo speakers. Simply upload the songs from your PC via the phone's USB interface (the phone supports USB mass storage mode), then organize and play your songs with the t809's music management software. And when you want to jam out in private you can hook up a stereo headset. Lastly, if you want to dress up the t809, picture effects, custom screensavers, backgrounds, and themes can be set to fit your personality.

Java support is built into the t809, making it a powerful gaming companion. Games are downloadable via the t-zones service or you can use the handset's USB data connection to load more games and files onto the phone.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung SGH-t809 weighs 3.35 ounces and measures 3.9 x 2.0 x 0.58 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 130 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B000E84CQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,795 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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242 of 271 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 14, 2006
I've had Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, and Motorola phones - and each has had features that I found to be incredibly useful. I've heard a lot about Samsung phones in the international community and I was excited when I saw that T-Mobile began offering this phone. I was hoping it would be a combination of all that I ever wanted in a phone - but I was disappointed.

To begin with, this phone looks great. Well-built, sturdy, and with a high-gloss finish that screams class it received many compliments every time I brought it out. The screen is bright and delivers detailed images and video. By far, this is the nicest screen I've seen on any portable product - including the iPod Video. It slides open and closes smoothly, and the keypad it reveals is backlit and easy to see in the dark. As an MP3 player, it delivers crisper sound than I heard from my Nokia 6600. The Bluetooth worked flawlessly and instanly hooked up with my other phones and my laptop. The camera is as good as any other cell phone camera that promises 1.3MP. In short, what this phone promised ... it delivered.

However, I was disappointed mainly because it appeared that the user interface was not as cleverly designed as the physical package. The phonebook only allows three phone entries per name. Looking up names, you can only search by typing the first letters of the last name. For example, suppose you have an entry for "John Smith" - if you use the search feature and type in "Jo" it will NOT list all the Johns. You have to search for "Sm..". Why? Sure you can sort the phone by either the first or last name, but you can only search using one or the other. Not both. My Nokia and Ericsson could do both.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By IKL on January 26, 2006
I just got this phone a few days ago. It is absolutely amazing. I wasn't planning on getting this phone until I actually saw one in person. I wasn't too impressed with the pictures of this phone on the internet but when I saw one in person, I couldn't close my mouth. I just had to get it.

The LCD screen is very big and bright (you can change the brightness level of course). You'll be amazed by the rotating camera/camcoder feature of this phone. You can zoom in/out in camera mode and it has the best video recording mode out of any cell phone out there. You can download mp3s and set them as your ringtones or play full mp3s. You can even download video clips and watch TV shows. The phone came with a music video and the video quality was exceptional. The phone has 70MB built in memory but it comes with a 32MB transflash card which is one half the size of your fingernail. You can buy a bigger transflash card if you need more storage space. The fact that this phone is quad band means it will work almost anywhere in the world, which is a big plus. The phone is roughly the same size as Motorolla Razr but it is lighter and has superior features not to mention it's a SLIDER PHONE!

However, no phone is perfect.
-I wish the phone had a small hole for cell phone straps or keychain.
-Camera does not have a flash.
-You cannot set MP3's that aren't DRM (Digital Rights Movement) protected as ringtones. You will need to change the MP3 file extention to .3GP to be able to set them as ringtones, which is a little annoying. You can still play all the MP3's on the phone, but only the ones with DRM protection can be set as ringtones (unless you change the file extention to .3GP).

I suggest you go to one of the Tmobile stores and actually see the phone for yourself.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bes Pantheos on March 5, 2006
Having read the other reviews, I notice two points that should be addressed and corrected.

1. The video camera feature of the t809 is outstanding- it is the main reason I went with this model. To begin, it has the highest video resolution available right now on a cell phone (352 x 288)- in fact it has nearly DOUBLE the resolution of Microsoft's SDA handset! In addition, videos are saved in Quicktime's mp4 format, which my experience has shown to be far superior to Windows' wma. With regard to the amount of video you can record, an earlier review suggested that only a few seconds of video could be saved. This is completely incorrect. The phone's built in 70MB memory can store approximately 30 MINUTES of continuous video, at the highest resolution. When you factor in the optional 512 MB transFlash expansion card, you are talking about a couple of HOURS worth of video. If that's not enough storage, then you should probably invest in an actual video camera... As far as the quality of the movies, the images are quite crisp and clear, and the sound is unusually rich, with nice bass tones and distinct highs. All in all, the t809 serves as a perfect solution for, say, recording your favorite band live in bar somewhere. Once you have your footage, simply dump it onto your computer via the included USB cable. Obviously you aren't going to get the same quality as a full-blown digital video camera, but as far as cell phone video capture goes, the t809 can't be beat.

2. A previous reviewer stated that you have to use DRM mp3's downloaded from T-Mobile's website. This is also incorrect. Any MP3 file can be transferred to the phone and used as a ring tone- all you have to do is change the .mp3 extension to .3gp. That's it. No conversion software necessary, no fancy computer skills needed.
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