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Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone

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Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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One of the top phones Sprint has to offer...

Samsung has done an excellent job with M520.First of all you will notice that the phone is a slide-up model.  The screen, although 176x220 in size is exceptionally large on this...Read complete review

Samsung has done an excellent job with M520.First of all you will notice that the phone is a slide-up model.  The screen, although 176x220 in size is exceptionally large on this phone, and has very good quality and brightness.On the front of the phone below the screen, you will notice the navigational pad, the Talk/End buttons, and the Speakerphone/Back buttons.  When the phone is closed, these buttons are locked so that you don't accidentally start dialing while the phone is in your pocket.Once you slide the phone up, the rest of the keypads are revealed, and all the buttons are unlocked.  The act of sliding the phone up is very simple to do, and the phone even has a small indentation that allows for your thumb to "catch" on that in order to slide the phone in a fluid motion.Other great features I love about the M520 are as followed:The **most important feature** I love about the M520 is the ability to send applications to the background.  This phone is limited on memory, but you are still able to multi task easily.  While a program is open, simply hit the End button, and you will be given multiple options as how to close, or not close, the application.  Sending a program to the background is quick and easy, and even easier to switch back to later.  I have not had more than 3 programs running at once, so I honestly do not know how many apps can be running until you hit a memory limit.Some programs such as the Sprint Music application work great while in "Background mode".  Sending the Music program to the background will display a *Music Playing* message on your main home screen.  The volume buttons on the side still control the volume of the music, and the quality of playing music is the same having the program active, as it is while in the background.  The Music player is lacking a bit in features, but it does support playlists and grouping by artist/album/genre/etc.The Micro-SD slot is great, and from what I've heard supports up to 4GB.  I have only tried 2GB, so I can't say for sure.  You are not able to load applications or games onto the Micro-SD card and run them, but for music and saving pictures to, the memory card is a nice feature that some phones such as the A900 from Samsung lacks.The built in GPS is nice too.  I installed the Garmin program which you do have to pay a monthly fee to use, and have had no problems with it, other than the voice navigation is a bit low in volume, even on the highest setting.Pretty much any JRE2 game with the resolution of 176x220 works on this phone.  I've never encountered an error with any that I've installed, so that is a plus.The ringers still need to be purchased from Sprint, or uploaded to your phone over the air using third party uploading websites.  Same goes with Screensavers (wallpapers) and Themes.One subtle difference I've noticed on this phone that I really enjoy is the dark background when navigating the menus.  I'm not sure if the default interface was made to save battery life, or just there to be different but I really like it compared to the usual white background with black text.  The color scheme is very pleasing to the eyes whether you are in bright areas, or low-light situations.Overall, this is an excellent phone with great features that I've noticed are missing on a few other top of the line Samsung phones.  With Sprint's limited selection of "standout" phones, the M520 is deffinately one of them.  It will certainly turn a few heads next time you are showing it off to your friends

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Disaster

Sprint has a wonderful service, but this phone doesn not provide one. It breaks down so much.

Even before breaking down, it has very weird, poor, unreasonable trait....Read complete review

Sprint has a wonderful service, but this phone doesn not provide one. It breaks down so much.

Even before breaking down, it has very weird, poor, unreasonable trait. When I am calling, and someone else calls me at the same time, it just crashes. it does not let me to asnwer the phone, or nothing else. It just crashes.

Well, that wouldn't be at least a major issue, yet, the arrows sometime will not work. and option button as well.

So when you try to read all the contents of your text, it doesn't let you. so the half of the message remains as a mystery. and try to find a phone number of your contact becomes impossible, let alone sometimes texting or calling is impossible as well. I am very frustrated with this malfunction of the button. sometimes it wokrs ok, but many many times it doens't...so i guess this is just useless. so those ones with 2 year contract and doesn't want to upgrade stuck with it. 

One recommendation is that you might want to buy at costco which offers another year or warranty from a manufacturer or use the credit card which offers double the coverage of orignal warranty for your convenience.

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2.0

The M52 is a good phone offset by poor hands-free convenience.

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from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Comments about Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone:

Although the Samsung M520 is a quality phone I find its bluetooth features make me want to go back to my A500. I use my phone daily, 8+ hours. I am active both outside and at my computer, therefore a hands-free connection is a major plus. As comfortable as my headset is I really don't enjoy wearing it non-stop 8-10 hours per day, every day. If sitting in my office at the keyboard I like to pull the bluetooth out of my ear and set it on the desk, ready for a quick plug into the old ear and answer. However, this phone lacks any feature to allow it to ring both at the headset and handset simultaneously. Therefore I either have to wear the headset constantly or go into the setup menu multiple times throughout the day turning the bluetooth on and off. This then also precludes using both hands from continuing to type while I converse on the phone. Although the sound and construction quality of the phone are up what I expect of Samsung, the convenience of using it hands-free is deplorable.

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3.0

SPH-M520 is to Samsung Phones as George Lazenby was to Bond.

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from Aldan, PA

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Ok, for those unfamiliar with Geaorge Lazenby, let me clarify: he played James Bond in one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service which was sanwiched between 2 Sean Connery ones in the 60's.  The Samsung/Sprint SPH-M520 is much like Mr. Lazenby's acting in the film; Not the best in delivery of speech (I often have problems getting a clear signal), underpowered (Bond did not have a lot of gadgets in this film, and the camera in this phone is poor compared to its' predecessor, the SPH-M500), but very attractive looking.

It is bluetooth-capable, which does make up for the tremendous design flaw of the proprietary combination power-jack/earpiece jack.  Still it annoys me, because it's not easy to get a DC car adapter for them, compared to most other phones.  I'm a fan of Samsung products, I have loads of them.  This one just didn't live up.

 

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5.0

Geat for beginners.

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from Lincoln, NE

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I didn't want a cell phone but I drive over 2 hours each day, commuting from home to work.  It is open highway and not having a cell phone, well it would just be not smart.  I had one before and really didn't like it.  It was hard to use and I would end up locking myself out of it or freezing the thing up. 

I went to my local Sprint store and asked for something idiot proof.  They showed me this phone and took the time to show me how easy it could be.  I took right to it.  It is simple and seems to have an endless battery life.  I have never ran my battery dead. 

I can text with ease, (something I never thought I would do) I surf the web and check my email.  I am completely happy with this phone. 

The slide model is even a plus.  I put it in my pocket and go.  It has a strong buzzer and even in loose pants, you feel the buzz. 

I am hard on a phone,  I broke the screen on my last and was always afraid of snapping the flip up.  The slide up is perfect for me.

Last but not least, I can see the buttons.  A huge thing as you get a bit older.

I recommend it with 5 stars!

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3.0

Decent phone Samsung M520

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from Glen Oaks, NY

Comments about Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone:

I have owned this cell phone since July of 2008 using Sprint service. The phone i bought used from a local guy who used it for less than a month he had said at the time.

I chose this phone because i really like the sliding style of the phone. I prefer phones where the keypad is hidden and can be hidden while talking as well. Its a pretty simple phone with Java features, bluetooth, internet browsing functionalities, etc. battery life so far seems reasonable unlike my previous samsung which couldn't hold a charge for more than 30 minutes but then again it was about 7 years old.

As for negatives, i am having dead pixels on the screen starting earlier this year. it was just a few at first but now has spread like a spidercrack on glass. its not too bad but i dont like that my phone has this. Also the music app just abruptly stopped working. if i were to open the music app, it starts loading but then goes back to the home page.

There are better phones out there, dont get this one.

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1.0

Disaster

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from Eugene, OR

Comments about Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone:

Sprint has a wonderful service, but this phone doesn not provide one. It breaks down so much.

Even before breaking down, it has very weird, poor, unreasonable trait. When I am calling, and someone else calls me at the same time, it just crashes. it does not let me to asnwer the phone, or nothing else. It just crashes.

Well, that wouldn't be at least a major issue, yet, the arrows sometime will not work. and option button as well.

So when you try to read all the contents of your text, it doesn't let you. so the half of the message remains as a mystery. and try to find a phone number of your contact becomes impossible, let alone sometimes texting or calling is impossible as well. I am very frustrated with this malfunction of the button. sometimes it wokrs ok, but many many times it doens't...so i guess this is just useless. so those ones with 2 year contract and doesn't want to upgrade stuck with it. 

One recommendation is that you might want to buy at costco which offers another year or warranty from a manufacturer or use the credit card which offers double the coverage of orignal warranty for your convenience.

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3.0

It gets the job done

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from Canton, NC

Comments about Samsung - SPH- Cell Phone:

I bought the Samsung M520 about a year and a half ago when I first signed on with Sprint.  It was the hottest thing on the market at the time.  Of course, any technology gets outdated quickly these days.  When I first got the phone, I had no problems with it.  I got the Everything Data plan that includes unlimited data.  The plan includes TV, music, GPS, internet, the whole nine yards.  The screen size is a bit small for my liking, but does the job.  One of the things that really annoys me about the phone is the fact that it doesn't have a QWERTY keypad.  The T9 keypad is not the quickest way to send text, and if you accidently skip past the letter you need, you have to go through the whole list again.  The GPS is Telenav, and it leaves a lot to be desired.  It takes forever to load up, and half the time doesn't work properly.  The TV is nice though, and the quality of it has improved since I bought the phone.  The music works great too.  I like the Samsung phone, but the M520 is not the best one out there. 

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4.0

A reliable phone without all the unecessary whistles

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from Falling Waters, WV

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We received this phone from Sprint after my husband's old phone had died and they no longer carried it. At first the sliding affected how he answered the phone as he often forgot to slide it up and missed calls. However, that was quickly over come. We have not had any difficulties with the phone except that it doesn't want to hold a charge for very long. I have a Samsung as well but a different model and my phone holds a charge for two to three days longer than my husband's phone. For my husband who loses or kills cell phones on a regular basis, this phone does the trick. We do not surf the internet on our cell phones but we do text. The buttons are large enough to text without hitting fifteen other buttons in the process but it can still be cumbersome at times. Without using the GPS features and internet capabilities this phone does very well. We haven't used those features so we cannot attest to their performance.

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4.0

Samsung takes a licking, and keeps on ticking.

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from Atlanta, GA

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My Samsung phone from sprint is a red phone which is very visually appealing.  I've dropped it several times and it has a couple nicks and chips but it still works fine.  The service sucks most of the time, I don't know if I should blame Sprint for that or the phone.  Other than that, the pictures are not the best, it does not have a flash, so night pictures don't come out at all.  The speaker phone is not the best either.  The person you called will not be able to hear you.  You can choose your screensaver from pictures you have taken or pre stored pictures that come with the phone.  It is a sturdy phone, so if you tend to drop things, but you still want a cute phone this might work for you.  I have even dropped it on concrete and it still works.  It was one of the freebies from Sprint for extending my contract, however now I do not have direct connect service any longer.  All in all, it is a pretty good phone to be free.

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5.0

Great cell phone

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from Rochester, NY

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The samsung M520 cell phone is great. I've had it for about a month month and really like it. It has great sound quality and is very easy to use. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles but is great for a busy mom who needs to stay in touch with the kids. It has a camera, recoder, instant messaging, internet, alarm, memo pad, voicemail and memo pad, calculator, bluetooth and all other features one might need with a cell phone. This is the first phone I've with texting capabilities and I just love. it's a quick and easy way to get ahold of someone. I'm glad I picked this phone. This is my second Samsung phone. I've had great luck with this brand. The phone is also very light weight and sleek looking. It's a shiny silver and very small and easy to carry around in purse or pocket.

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5.0

Great Cell Phone Easy to Use

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from Wichita, KS

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I bought my Samsong M52 Cell Phone as it is sleek and small and fits in my pocket or purse easly.  I like how it opens and texting is very easy to use.  I have taken lots of pictures with my phone and sent them onto alot of my friends and family.  I have also received alot of pictures.  The color and contrast is very good and very clear.  Experience Sprint Speed the phone has everything you want right in your hands. It is a device that everyone should own.  It lets you connect with friends and family at just a touch of a button. Listen to your favorite songs or watch TV see a movie and more. This phone let you get what you want right when you want it. The music is in the air.  You can preview purchase and download tracks right to your phone.  GPS Navigaton finds all the right or left turns and gets you to where you need to be.  On demand gives you up to the minute news, sports, money. and weather when you need it.  My phone is my buddy.  Hope you get one soon.  

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