Samsung SGH-T139 Brings Nice Input Controls, Basic Features


An entry-level clamshell phone, the Samsung SGH-T139 doesn't offer much to begin with.  Sporting an easy-to-use design, good call quality and functional feature set, however, it's also not bad - not bad at all.

Physically, it looks like a generic flip phone.  In many ways, it is.  The gray outside panel is about as industrial as you can get, punctuated by smooth lines and a compact shape.  Everything about it is as basic as you can get, both inside and out.  To its credit, the overall build, including the clamshell mechanism, feels sturdy.

It comes with two screens - a 1-inch external panel and a 1.75-inch internal display.  Do both of those sound particularly small?  Well, they are - even for a phone this size.   The external monochrome display only shows the most basic details, while the larger colored one is a little more decent.  As a saving grace, the keypad and controls are excellent, with spacious layouts and rubbery keys.

As a phone, the SGH-T139 manages above average call quality.  There's a hint of sharpness, but nothing to overly distract you, and plenty of volume.  Battery life is rated at four hours of talk time.  With this thing sipping too little power, expect at least two days or more of normal use.

Features, of course, are basic.  There's a 300-contact phone book, a slew of productivity tools and the usual messaging options (SMS, MMS and IM).  Samsung also threw in some of the most essential niceties, such as a VGA camera (with a decent amount of options), a WAP browser (strictly GPRS data, though) and  Bluetooth.

Overall, the Samsung SGH-T139 keeps things ridiculously simple and basic.  At the price ($59 without a contract), it's good enough, although I've seen cheaper.

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9 Responses

  1. Mike

    Excellent handset designed by SAMSUNG. It is very easy to use especially its keypad is quite smooth. Great phone and it definitely is worth its price.

  2. Philip

    I really like its design. Its has a sturdy look and is very handy. The external display is very useful. The only shortcoming I feel is the VGA camera which I think could have been upgraded to 1.3 Megapixels.

  3. John

    I really liked this handset. It is very light and easy to handle. The battery backup is really good and can work for 2 days when used on average normal basis. I love this phone.

  4. David

    The design looks simple and elegant. Sometimes, all you want is simple phone to make calls, and this looks just the ticket.

  5. Gavin

    It looks a pretty good phone for the price, although I’ve never really taken to the flip design. Oh well guess you can’t have everything.

  6. Amy

    I like the two tone color design and overall the functionality is good for the price you pay. A thumbs up from me!

  7. Clayton Bonacci

    Exactly the type of phone I like, basic and simple, with a good price. One detail: the camera is really bad. But the other details are OK.

  8. Ericka Lopiccolo

    It’s a very good phone, if it would have a better camera it would be perfect. However, it’s only $59 so what can we ask for that price?… For basic functions it is super-OK.

  9. Gareet Brown

    Here are my impressions about this Flip phone:-
    Well it is a simple to use phone ,hope it records video also. It has
    dual displays for conference call which is awesome. It is for those who dnt want too much complications in your phone, serves basic neccesities from a Cell phone..


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