I finally got my Samsung r451c for Straight Talk late last week (It’s also available as a Net10 phone). I will review it soon, but it was a crazy weekend so I didn’t have time to put together much info about this model yet. I promise I’ll get to it throughout this week, but for now I wanted to share with you my first impressions of this CDMA handset. To follow along as I post more info about the r451c, please refer to the r451c review index page. I will post links to all new content there.
Before I get into the details, I’d like to note it is also available for Net10, though it seems to be VERY hard to find a Net10 version right now – hopefully we’ll see more soon. And I’ll also point out right off the bat that I have no evidence to indicate that this phone will ever be available for TracFone, despite the fact that many TracFone users are hoping for a model with similar features. I hope I’ll be proven wrong, but for now it doesn’t look like TracFone will be adding the r451 to their menu.
I recently finished up my review of the Net10 T401g from Samsung, and the r451c is very similar in many ways. Both include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera, mp3 player, mp3 ringtones, microSD memory card slot for extra storage, unrestricted bluetooth, and the ability to transfer data to a PC using a USB cable.
They share a similar glossy black finish, and are also nearly identical in the size of the device as well as the size of the screen size. In my T401g, I commented on how heavy that phone was. The r451c, in fact, is even a little heavier, at 4.6 oz for the r451c compared to 4.4 for the T401g. If you’re used to a compact, lightweight phone, something of this size will take some getting used to.
The r451c is also different from the T401g in a few ways. First, the r451c is a CDMA phone, meaning it uses the Verizon/Alltel networks. In most areas, coverage for the T401g will be very similar to the r451c. However, there will be some areas where the r451c will have coverage that the T401g does not, and fewer areas where the T401 can connect to a network but the r451c will be out of coverage.
The other major difference is that the Samsung r451c lacks a video recording option. Despite the fact that the T401g camcorder doesn’t produce good quality video, it at least has the option. The r451c has both a camera and voice recorder, but no camcorder.
The Samsung r451c DOES have voice-activated dialing, which is a feature that I love. For those who opt to use their phone in the car occasionally, I believe it’s a big safety feature to be able to dial with your voice rather than having to take your eyes off the road to dial a call. It’s not as safe as staying off the phone completely while driving, but it helps.
The other differences between the r451 and the T401g are rather minor, and are as follows:
- QWERTY keyboard on r451c has four rows of keys, while T401g has three
- minor difference in numeric keypad layout
- small differences in menu layout
- r451c has a 2.5mm headset jack for voice calls (though stereo music listening will still require use of the Samsung proprietary port, as with the T401g)
- r451c has a shortcut key for the mp3 player – press and hold the camera key to launch the music player (functions only when the keypad is unlocked)
I’ll be activating my own Samsung r451c this afternoon, and putting it through my voice call testing routine. This will also be my first experience with Straight Talk, so I’ll also be learning about that service as I go. I hope to be able to put together a nice Straight Talk review sometime soon, too, taking a look at the overall experience with this new wireless provider.
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