[EDIT 7/08/11: This phone is now available from Straight Talk.]
The Samsung t528g is another new phone for Straight Talk. In the past we’ve seen phones from the same manufacturer released together, such as
with the LG 100c, 220c, and 290c in the fall of 2009, Nokia E71 and 6790 in November 2010, and LG 800g and 500g last month (for TracFone and Net10). Following this pattern and coming on the heals of the Samsung t340g, the Samsung t528g is also now available for Straight Talk.
And thankfully, it’s another touch screen. I consistently get questions from people about where they can buy the Samsung Finesse, which was a touch-screen device that came out from Straight Talk in the fall of 2009. Unfortunately, that model went out of stock in early 2010 and for some reason Straight Talk never came up with more stock. This always surprised me since it seemed to be a popular model, even for the $300 price point.
Perhaps Straight Talk has finally heeded the call of thousands of users asking for a touch-screen device. The Samsung t528g (also referred to as the Samsung SGH-t528g) is finally available. It has been very popular since its release, with many people jumping at the opportunity to own a touch-screen prepaid phone for around $100.
I’ll soon be publishing a full, in-depth review, but for now here is a run-down of the feature list along with a few comments on those features:
- Style: Touch-screen, no slider
- Network: GSM (uses AT&T and T-Mobile Networks)
- WiFi – this way you can save on your web access when you are within range of hotspots
- Size: 4.3 x 2.0 x 0.5 inches, 3.24 ounces (pretty light-weight)
- 2.0 megapixel camera with video recorder
- Capable of add-on applications – hopefully the same type of Java programs people have been able to add to the Samsung t401g and t404g as well as the LG 900g, 800g, and 500g.
- Mp3 player
- MicroSD card slot
- Phonebook with capacity for 2000 entries (huge capacity here!)
- Voice Command*
* Straight Talk’s site indicates that the 528g will support voice commands, although I have to say “I’ll believe it when I see it” with this model. I have yet to see a GSM model from Straight Talk, or sister companies TracFone and Net10, that supports voice commands. Hopefully, though, there’s a first time for everything!
All in all, I think this looks like a very promising phone from Straight Talk. People have waited a long time for another touchscreen, and hopefully they won’t be disappointed.