Slightly too light for its size and shape: too much plastic and not enough metal involved? Certainly it lacks the hand appeal of the D600/E350 styling, though it does look pretty good.
Usual navigation and function keys available when closed, Camera control switches and battery charger/USB port on one edge; volume rocker and microSD port on the other. Small video camera lens on front, main camera on rear of slider.
Keypad is over-styled – flat keys in a curving layout, little texture or differentiation between key tops. Fast texting is tricky, though you can get used to it. Backlighting is too dim.
Another good screen from Samsung: rich, vibrant colours, does pretty well in bright sunlight, lots of adjustable settings.
30MB probably isn’t enough for a mix of 3G stuff like video recordings and downloads. There’s a microSD slot but it’s empty.
Looks like the excellent 2mp camera from D600. Video works well (no jerkiness) considering maximum resolution is only 176×144.
Music player, stereo speakers (distort sound easily), stereo headset (and Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio profile too). Average games.
Synchronises with PC via PC Studio (very limited). Readers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF documents; usual email and web options.
No problems with reception or call quality. Maximum volume is a
bit too quiet though.
USB 2.0 with headphone profile.
Camera and video quality
Samsung’s user interface
Useful application extras like Office document readers
We don’t like:
Poor onboard speakers
Some reservations about plastic feel
It’s not a D600 (or even an E900) with 3G, and it does have some largely unnecessary (cost-saving?) quirks, but it has grown on us.
- Size Length 97mm, Width 48mm, Depth 19.2mm
- Weight 107g
- Main display TFT, 30x40mm, 240×320 pixels, 256K colours
- Camera 2mp, 1600×1200 pixels, video; secondary VGA video call camera
- Connectivity 3G, tri-band GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth, USB 1.2
- Memory 30MB plus microSD slot
- Battery Standby 400 hours, Talk time 5 hours