Samsung T100 Review – A Colour Flip Mobile Phone

Samsung T100 Review: Released in 2002, the Samsung T100 added something new to the mobile phone market. At this stage, Samsung were not the major players in the market that they are today. Most of their early handsets were more functional based and on a design sense not challenging the market leaders. This changed somewhat with the release of the Samsung A300 in 2001. This was a flip-screen mono phone that came in a smaller size than had been seen before. It also usefully built a second LCD display, which allowed information to be displayed. This gave users the option to see their notifications or the time without opening the phone.

The Samsung T100 was not an official successor to this (the Samsung A800 was next), but rather a new family of phone which would go on to influence many others. The phone was aimed at the higher end of the market, and had the honour of featuring an active matrix LCD display. This produced a much superior picture intensity and at better resolutions. The 128 x 160 resolution screen is still used among entry-level handset today, not a bad achievement considering the age.

The T100 also sought to modernise the design. Whilst the A300 had many straight lines and was largely blocky, the Samsung T100 featured many more curves in a slimline shape. The increased size of the phone allowed a larger screen. Common to phones at the time, the T100 shipped with two batteries: a slimline one and a extended life one (which was heavier).

Full specifications here.

The Samsung T100 was a massive success. By the end of the year, it had sold 12 million phones – a substantial achievement considering the Nokia 3510 managed just 3 million more. The success of this phone was a springboard for Samsung. In the coming years there were many variants which began to also feature latest technology such as cameras.


Samsung T100 Review Pros:

  • The look of the phone was vastly improved over the Samsung A300. The phone was more curved and slim. It gained some size and a little weight, but for the larger colour screen and enhanced keypad layout, it was worth it.
  • The screen of the phone was the selling point. The active matrix LCD produced bright and intense colours – great for images and also very useable even in bright light.
  • Internet was a feature of the phone, via the WAP browser. The large keypad layout allowed for a dedicated hardware key which brought you to the homepage.
  • Applications on the operating system corresponded to the Nokia phones at the time, and had compatible ringtones.

Samsung T100 Review Cons:

  • The price of the phone was high, especially compared to the likes of the Nokia 3510. There was a high premium to pay for the design.
  • Unlike many of the Nokia phones, there was little customisation of the handset possible. Lanyards were marketed, but these were mostly useless.
  • Data synchronisation was lacking: a poorer version of Data Suite existed, and the phone lacked infrared.
  • An annoyance was a rather large aerial relative to the handset size, although this could be replaced with an aftermarket smaller one.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

There are quite a few models which look like the T100, but only one T100 (or maybe two, considering the T108 variant). As a notable handset in history, good condition, working phones already attract a premium. This trend should continue into the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Samsung T100 Disassembly Instructions

For some further instruction on how to take apart the Samsung T100 for repair purposes, please see this page.

Samsung T100 Video Review

For a demonstration of the phones features, see this interesting video:

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