Excerpt: Samsung, like other manufacturers, is trying to create music phones that are more user friendly. The new Samsung Beat isn’t as physically robust or as musically pleasing as other recent phones, but the light weight, easy music transfer and low price definitely make it a contender.
Pros: Low price; easy music transfer; light weight
Cons: No frills; occasionally confusing controls; less memory than other music phones
Conclusion: I'll have to imagine myself in 2007 and having the T539 in my hand so I can give a fairly opinion about the clamshell. Even though it was tagged as a music clamshell, after using it for three weeks, I feel that multimedia features are rather limited. I would have expected more from a Beat series device, besides design. I think the phone could be a great choice for impaired people or for persons on a budget that are looking for a low-featured music phone.
Pros: Probably the most appealing trait of the clamshell is the low price and the fact that it includes more than just basic features. EDGE connectivity, as well as the 1.3-megapixel camera make a fine addition to the device' fact sheet. I could also emphasize the clamshell as a whole, for not being so bad even after two years since launch.
Cons: The bad side of the phone is the simple fact that it lived to be used in 2009. Unfortunately, by today's standards, it is ugly, under-equipped and not so great value for money. Its cheap look won't attract buyers, as the market features better looking alternatives, for almost the same price.
Summary: If you’re on T-Mobile and like Beat’s styling and price tag, it’s certainly worth a look. Just make sure you can try it out for a few days to make sure you get a signal where you’ll most often be using it. But there are other easy to use musicphones out there that offer more in the way of style and usability at prices on par with Beat. If you’re not wedded to T-Mobile, the LG Muziq (Sprint) and Sony Ericsson w580i (AT&T) come immediately to mind.
Pros: Compact, solid flip phone with front-mounted music controls/speaker, stereo Bluetooth support and straightforward music player; Includes 1GB memory card; Good IM support; Inexpensive.
Excerpt: The Samsung Beat is a sleek clamshell with an onboard music player, quad-band GSM/EDGE support, and a 1.3-megapixel camera for a reasonable $99. A music-friendly accessory bundle and external playback controls make the Beat a capable music phone. It also has useful extras, including a Web browser (despite its lack of 3G), instant messaging, and over-the-air contact sync, but the interface could use a lot more polish, and the keypad is tricky for thick fingers.
Pros: Over-the-air contact synching and media uploading to Web, Handy external playback controls, Lots of e-mail options including BlackBerry Connect, Good accessory bundle, Music sounds good through headphones
Cons: Doesnt offer over-the-air music downloads, External speaker is lousy for music, Subpar call reception, Weak camera
Excerpt: Today Samsung and T-Mobile announced the availability of the new Samsung SGH-T539, which will be known to T-Mobile customers as the 'Beat'. We have had the Beat music phone for a couple of days and have put together a short review for your reading pleasure.