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Samsung Highlight T749 Review – Capable entry-level Touchscreen

The Samsung Highlight T749 is available exclusively through T-Mobile.
Never use a touch screen? This is the perfect phone for you. The Samsung Highlight T749 is a cellphone that does basic features really well.
Tons of friends and contact information? Highlight’s perfect for you.
You can save up to 2,000 contacts in the Samsung Highlight T749’s contact book. Yes, that’s not a typo, you can actually save 2,000 contacts. Why would you need that many? Who knows, but that’s not all. You can also save four numbers, four emails, three IM tags and a bunch of other information for each contact. That’s the biggest and most detailed Contacts in any standard phone. This is perfect for both the agent with tons of clients and the prom queen in a high school class of 3,000.

The Samsung Highlight is a great entry-level touchscreen from T-Mobile.

The Samsung Highlight is a great entry-level touchscreen from T-Mobile.

When it comes to standard cell phones, cameras usually are lacking. However, the Samsung Highlight T749’s camera is 3.0 megapixels and has pretty decent quality. You can capture stills and videos, then send the videos (one minute max) upload them to a T-Mobile album. The bad part about having a good camera is when the phone sticks you with a low amount of memory. The Highlight has just 60 MB of memory, which is really almost nothing (maybe some of that contact memory could have been used for other stuff) when it comes to snapping photos, especially higher quality pictures. Better grab a microSD, as the Highlight handles up to a 16 GB card.

A few annoying issues

The Samsung Highlight T749 offers a full HTML browser, but when it comes to zooming you have to deal with that “magnifying glass” zoom setting. For what it’s worth, it does have a beautiful looking screen. The Highlight has a pretty good music player, but with T-Mobile’s lack of a music downloading service you’re kind of short-changed on that one. Also, the call quality is relatively quiet which means you might not be able to have conversations in noisy areas.

The Samsung Highlight from T-mobile may be entry-level, but is still a great phone

The Samsung Highlight from T-mobile may be entry-level, but is still a great phone

Good camera, bad memory

Battery Life

The Highlight T749 actually has some awesome battery power with right around six hours of life. It doesn’t have a lot of interactive features that will drain the power either, so you’re pretty much set with those six hours.

Phone Specs:
Manufacturer: Samsung
Product Type Cellular phone With digital camera / digital player
Service Provider T-Mobile
Width 2.1 in
Depth 0.6 in
Height 4.3 in
Weight 3.7 oz
Body Color Ice
Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Phone Design Candy bar
Antenna Internal
Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Call Timer Yes
Conference Call Capability Yes
Voice Recorder Yes
Caller ID Yes
Wireless Interface Bluetooth
Additional Features aGPS
Communicator Features
User Memory 60 MB
Phone Memory
Phone Book Capacity 2000 names & numbers
Missed Calls Memory 90
Dialed Calls Memory 90
Received Calls Memory 90
Messaging & Data Services
Short Messaging Service (SMS) Yes
Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger , AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM)
Mobile Email Yes
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Yes
EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution) Yes
Internet Browser Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Messaging / Data Features RSS feeds
Ring Tones
Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty 72
Multimedia Features
Playback Digital Video Formats 3gp , MPEG-4 , WMV (Windows Media Video)
Downloadable Content Games
Digital Camera
Camera highlights With a resolution of 3 megapixels, this camera phone will give you better pictures than other phones.
Sensor Resolution 3 megapixels
Digital Zoom 3
Features Multi-shots , Video recording
Alarm Clock Yes
Calendar Yes
Reminder Yes
Calculator Basic
Conversion Currency
Additional Timer Functions Stopwatch , Countdown timer
Type LCD display
Technology TFT
Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Color Support Color

Color Depth Up to 16.2 million colors
Display Illumination Color White
Multi-language Menu Yes
Features Wallpaper , Screensaver
Digital Player (Recorder)
Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC , MP3 , WMA
Included Accessories Headset
Cables Included USB cable
Type Power adapter
Technology – Lithium ion
Capacity 1200 mAh
Talk Time 390 min
Standby Time 450 h

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