The Samsung SGH-T349 is the latest messaging phone from T-Mobile, and you'll be forgiven if you thought this looked more like the RIM BlackBerry Pearl thanks to its partial QWERTY keyboard, also known as a 20-key keyboard. Each key has two letters, similar to the SureType keyboard on the BlackBerry Pearl. Our own Bonnie Cha has voiced her disdain for the keyboard, and while I agree that it's not as easy as using a full QWERTY, I still found it easy to use--easier than a regular number keypad anyway. This is because of the T349's XT9 predictive … Read more
Bonnie Cha, CNET's smartphone reviewer, has not hidden her disdain for the SureType keyboard. So, call it a hunch, but I'm guessing that she won't be thrilled with Samsung's newest messaging phone for T-Mobile.
Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard, the SGH-T349 features a "partial keyboard" with two letters of the alphabet sharing the same button. It's not exactly a SureType keyboard (that's Blackberry's domain), but you won't notice any differences apart from the name. The candy-bar design is standard silver with a touch of lime green.
Besides the obvious … Read more