Decent hardware, poor programming.
Reviewed on Monday June 11, 2007 by Eli, Vancouver,BC
The first thing you'll notice about the Samsung u510 is its size. It's very small and pocket-friendly, it's also fairly light. Unfortunately that's about the end of the desirable features.
If you want a small phone and you don't txt message, this is an excellent choice. If you plan on using this phone for any type of txt message/email, chose something else.
Txt messaging: 0.5/5
-Size (Thinner than the LG Chocolate - this thing really is small - shoulder-holders beware)
-Expandable to 2GB with memory card
-Touch buttons. I'm not sure who decided that touch-buttons were good or useful in any way. For Pete's sake, stick with mechanical buttons, there's a reason for the *click* feeling when pressing them - it's so you know they've been pressed. Other than preventing any possible dirt from getting in the front of the phone, I see absolutely no point. I challenge any provider to justify this.
-No slide lock/bump. There is nothing to keep this phone open or closed - normally the slide should get tight at either extremity to keep it open or closed - no such luck here. I would LOVE to see a slide lock on this phone that involves manual intervention to keep it open or closed.
-Interface. [service provider] has a poor interface, there's really no getting around that. I actually had to go back to the store to figure out where my save-to-memory-card pictures had gone and how to access them.
-You can't take a photo and set it to be fullscreen wallpaper. What gives? This is just a stupid decision.
-The reception is only OK on this phone. Too bad, considering what phones are for.
-Txt messaging on this phone is hideous, the forward/back buttons are the insanity-inspiring touch-buttons. In Alpha mode, there is no way to indicate that you're finished with a letter, e.g. if you want to type 'ghi' the sequence should be 4,forward,44,forward,444, unfortunately the only way to do this is 4,wait,44,wait,444 which takes about 5 times as long.