JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -The Samsung GT-E1500 Pusha 2SIM was released as an affordable dual-SIM solution with just basic features, and it will be examined in this review keeping that in mind.
The original model in this Pusha series costs R 139, while the FM version goes for R 169, but the addition of the dual-SIM increases this to a strange R 299, almost double of the FM’s price.
This is supposed to be one of the cheapest handsets Samsung sells, and such as, it comes with a 1.52″ colour screen, MP3 ringtones, microSD memory card slot, FM radio, torch light, and a 800 mAh battery.
It’s a light phone, and even though its plastic material is apparent, it doesn’t feel fragile. Its rubber keys are easy to press, and Samsung has given the “ok” key a music function if long-pressed.
The software feels responsive and there are several animations throughout the user interface that give the device a semi-modern feel. What ruins the experience is the extremely-low-resolution 128 x 160 display.
In terms of dual-SIM features, it’s very easy to switch active SIM cards, as well as to customize them in terms of names, icons, switching between SIM cards automatically at a certain time, and even wallpapers, so that they’re easy to distinguish and manage. Voice call quality is decent, but it lacks in volume when in loudspeaker mode.
The speaker at the back is reasonably loud, making itself useful to playback MP3s loaded on the phone. The music interface itself doesn’t separate albums or artists, but allows the creation of playlists, and there is a “shuffle” mode – Samsung even included a health notice for when the earphones are set to the maximum volume. The latter double as an FM antenna – automatic tuning of stations is a feature that comes with the FM radio program.
A memory card is not supplied, even though the Samsung Pusha 2SIM has support for microSD cards. The phone unfortunately can’t be used as a flash drive – it would have been an advantage to low-income users, as it already has a microUSB port available.
The usual features on every handset – contacts, call logs, alarms, calendar, stopwatch, calculator and converter – have all been included with additional functions in them: contacts can be grouped according to their category; call logs are categorised and divided into tabs; and alarms and calendar can have repetitions, for example.
Samsung also bundled in Opera Mini, a Facebook app, GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and four Java trial games – Gorilla Rampage, Pac-Man, Pizza Shop Mania, and Star Invasion; the full version of each game costs R 30, that’s 10% of the phone’s price! There is a Samsung Apps option in the phone’s menu, but it only shows ringtones and images, no additional apps or games for download.
Email hasn’t been integrated into the phone, but there is a Gmail website shortcut under the Applications menu.
Extra functions, such as torch light, Qibla direction and prayer times were also pre-loaded onto the device. The latter two, aimed at Muslim consumers, are limited in the number of locations they work in.
The Samsung Pusha 2SIM is a low-end phone from which not much can be expected, but it’s strange to see such a high price that is justified only by the addition of dual-SIM. I would like to have seen a slightly-higher-resolution screen, and a memory card supplied in the box. Other than, it’s a decent handset, one of the few with this quality at this price range.