Recommended For: Basic Needs, Low Price
Not Recommended For: Advanced Users
The new Slash by Samsung knows it’s no iPhone. It’s not trying to be all things to the most hardcore technophiles.
Instead, the Slash for Virgin Mobile “cuts right to the core” for all our basic cell phone needs without muddying itself up with advanced features its youthful users won’t use.
The cheap price point is designed to be especially friendly for the youthful Virgin Mobile spender. Don’t expect the Slash, though, to knock your socks off with the latest and greatest technologies.
There’s no touch screen. Its screen size doesn’t make it a prime candidate to watch a full-length mobile movie. It doesn’t have iPod-like software for music on the go. There’s no full keypad for fast mobile emailing.
At a retail price of $69.99, though, the slider phone – which initially hides its basic, 12-button keypad until you slide the phone open – is designed to “slice through the wireless monotony” by featuring:
Unless you actually have eyes in front of your head and behind like your mother always told you, though, you can’t see the mirror when you have it pointed at what you’re photographing.
At 3.5 hours of talk time, the Slash’s standard battery neither screams out as an industry leader nor underwhelms. The talk time satisfactorily fits nicely in the middle of the industry’s current average. The Slash’s battery has a standby life of about 170 hours or seven days.
At 3.8 inches by 1.8 inches by 0.7 of an inch, the Slash’s size is just right. The cell phone fits snug as bug in your hand and in your pocket. It’s neither too large nor too small. At a weight of 3 ounces, it’s perfectly light as well.
The phone can be coupled with various prepaid calling plans from Virgin Mobile with no contract as well as several monthly payment plans. As Virgin Mobile is an authorized Sprint reseller, all calls on its phones use the Sprint network.
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