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Don't see any problems if you want a plain flip phone.
on March 28, 2012
I have had a new M370 for five days now, after my previous aging flipphone (katana) died. First, it's a plain flip phone, no music, etc, so it has to be judged by those standards.
The screen is very bright and sharp. The sound is good. It has better reception than my Katana had (no complaints). It paired quickly and easily with a bluetooth earpiece. Speakerphone seems fine. I haven't drained the battery: at least several one hour calls don't seem to hardly dent the battery bar. (Rating is for 5 hrs). I gather (but haven't bought and confirmed) that it uses a kind of standard samsung battery, which you can spend anywhere from $5 to $40 for, depending where you shop. [$40 on M370 page at samsung website and called a "AB553446BABSTD".) It has plenty of built in ring tones for my purposes (about 10) - I use one tone for wife & for home, and another tone for anybody else. I couldn't remember more tone variety than that. When you push the "menu" button it gives you 9 squares on the screen which are the 9 accessible functions (e.g. TOOLS).
For the category of plain jane flip phone, I would therefore give it a 5 star except for the several minor gripes mentioned below.
* The touchkeys for texting seem touchy, that is, easy to get wrong letters. (To get "n" on the MNO key you have to push twice, neither too slow NOR too fast! Odd.) But personally I only text two to four words using a flipphone so not a deal killer.
* If you start on bluetooth earpiece the "speakerphone" option becomes a submenu (from Options, 1 to: Options, 1, Options, 2).
* It's several menus down to just see the calendar: I'd rather see it all the time on the home screen, or at least via a hotkey. Also too many menus down to set a quick alarm reminder for myself. (How to see calendar: MENU, SETTINGS TOOLS, TOOLS, CALENDAR, SCHEDULE. Yeesh. Or: Menu, 8, 2,2,2.)
* Depending if it is an advantage or disadvantage for you: It uses a 3.5 mm headset (Blackberry, iPhone) not the traditionally 2.5 mm one for cell phones. If you keep a spare backup headset in the car, be sure it's 3.5mm.
Remarks regarding the prior review of another customer:
Other reviewer said "won't text to an email address" but mine does so just fine. Other reviewer said "limited contacts" - it's 600 contacts - well, enough for me. Re: Lack of many built in screen pictures, I don't personally need more than one (blue sky). Amazon incorrectly says the box has "quick start guide + user manual" but it's only quick start guide - you can find a 120p user manual pdf on line.