A 3.6Mbps HSDPA-capable mobile phone exclusive to Telstra's Next G network.
- Gloss black finish, light, comfortable keypad and controls, good value for money
- Fingerprint magnet, screen difficult to see in sunlight, interface a little slow
Samsung's C5220 certainly represents good value for money. It's not a mobile phone that will blow you away in terms of features, but this is a solid package that should serve most users well.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
A stylish flip mobile phone available exclusively on Telstra's Next G network, the prepaid Samsung C5220 certainly looks impressive. This mobile phone is also Blue Tick rated, meaning it is recommended for use in rural and regional areas of Australia.
A successor to the Samsung A411 mobile phone, the C5220 has a standard flip design. The exterior is finished in gloss black plastic (the phone is also available in a wine red colour). The front of the Samsung C5220 mobile phone features a mirror-style surface — it looks attractive but is almost impossible to keep clean as it collects plenty of fingerprints. A handy external display shows the clock, as well as caller ID information.
Flipped open, the mirrored finish continues and surrounds the internal display and keypad. It certainly helps give the mobile phone a sense of quality. However, the glossy nature of the screen does have its negatives — under florescent lighting and in bright sunlight, the reflection off the display makes it almost impossible to see at times.
The Samsung C5220's keys are quite flat, though they are large and well spaced, so they're easy to press. A five-way pad handles most menu navigation. The interface is easy to grasp and it uses a familiar 3x4 grid of icons for the main menu and a simple list format for submenus, so it shouldn’t pose too many problems. Unfortunately, the interface is a little slow. Slight keystroke lag is evident when quickly typing text messages or scrolling through menus.
The Samsung C5220 is an HSDPA-capable mobile phone and supports a maximum download speed of 3.6Mbps. As this is a Telstra Next G handset, it provides access to a wide range of content including BigPond TV, Mobile Foxtel and various news and weather coverage; keep in mind, however, that these are all subscription services and cost extra. The included Web browser is handy but it doesn’t render pages particularly well on the small display. You'll also need to ensure you attach a data pack to your prepaid plan, as mobile browsing costs are expensive.
The Samsung C5220 includes an MP3 player and a microSD card slot for extra storage, but the lack of A2DP Bluetooth or a regular 3.5mm headphone jack is disappointing. Rounding out the package is a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for photos, a VGA camera inside for video calling and a reasonable number of PIM features consisting of alarms, calendar, memos, tasks, a calculator, a voice recorder, stopwatch and world clock.
Telstra exclusively offers the Samsung C5220 for $199 outright on its Next G network. You can also select one of four prepaid offers that include extras like free talk and text to any Australian network, one cent text messages to other Telstra mobiles, bonus talk time and longer credit expiry periods. For more information about these offers, see Telstra's online prepaid mobile store.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 3 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 4 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- OnePlus 5 rumors: Everything we know about the upcoming budget flagship
- Google makes the best Android apps easier to find with Android Excellence
- Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods
- Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector
- Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is finally here and it's weird
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Ring Video Doorbell review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCMultiple Project Managers - Networks - TelcoVIC
- FTIT PMO OfficerOther
- FTDigital Content ProducerOther
- FTFixed Broadband SMEOther
- FTNetwork Engineer - IP routing & switchingOther
- FTSoftware Licensing and Contract AnalystOther
- CCJunior Resource AnalystNSW
- TPTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- FTProject OfficerSA
- FTService Implementation Manager BIMOther
- FTMicrosoft Azure Cloud EngineerQLD
- FTTechnical Business Analysts, Banking, LendingOther
- FTSolution ConsultantVIC
- FTTechnical Business Analyst - Data AnalyticsOther
- FTBusiness Systems Analyst (Cognos/TM1)Other
- FTProject Manager - ERPQLD
- FTProject Manager-Rail/ Telecommunication /Electrical engineeringOther
- FTEPAS Technical Support OfficerOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTClient Onboarding ManagerNSW
- FTEnterprise Transformation ArchitectOther
- FTOffice & Operations AdministratorNSW
- CCSenior Drupal DeveloperNSW
- FTClient Onboarding ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA