Digitalnerds blog is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. we never accept free products from manufacturers.Learn more.
T-Mobile’s smartphone lineup gained a new member last year with the introduction of the Samsung Dart T499. This is an entry-level Android-running smartphone that is clad in gray lightweight plastic and has a compact size, measuring 4.09 x 2.39 x 0.48 inches and has a curb weight of 3.8 ounces. Its back cover adopts a matte textured surface that makes the device be more pleasing to grasp.
It has been fitted with a 3.14-inch display that has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA). By smartphone standards, this is quite a small screen which means that you will be doing a lot of scrolling in large web pages. The good news is that it offers support for up to 16.7 million colors so it can offer some vibrant graphics. The user can fiddle with the brightness level, backlight timer and the window animations.
Under the screen are the four usual Android keys for menu, home, back and search – all of which are touch sensitive. Located on the phone’s left spine is the volume rocker, while on the right side sit the power button and the microSD card slot. On top of the Samsung Dart T499 sit the microUSB port and the 3.5mm headset jack.
The smartphone is running on Android 2.2 and on top of that is Samsung’s popular TouchWiz user interface which compared to other manufacturer skins is not that intrusive. The phone comes with the usual array of Android goodies, including here Gmail, Maps, Latitude, Google Talk, Google voice search and YouTube. We are glad to report that the handset doesn’t have a lot of bloatware installed as you get only good stuff like Google Music, Android web browser and a voice recorder, along withThinkfree Office for creating, viewing and editing Office documents. Needless to say, you can always download more apps from the Android Market.
Let’s not forget that this still is a phone so it comes with features like a speakerphone, vibrate mode, along with text and multimedia messaging. Also on board are GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with support for tethering and the possibility to work as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
The three megapixel camera at the back takes some decent and sharp photos that are bright enough. However, grabbing a shot in a low light environment will result in photos that have a grainier texture. The camera can also record videos up to a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA).
The Samsung Dart T499 is powered by a modest 600 MHz processor and has a rated batter life of up to 8 hours of talk time or up to 13.8 days in standby mode.