Samsung Z400

Look and feel:
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.

7/10.

Externals:
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.
8/10.

Keyboard:
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.
7/10.

Display:
Another good screen from Samsung: rich, vibrant colours, does pretty well in bright sunlight, lots of adjustable settings.
8/10.

Memory:
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.
6/10.

Camera:
Looks like the excellent 2mp camera from D600. Video works well (no jerkiness) considering maximum resolution is only 176×144.
8/10.

Entertainment:
Music player, stereo speakers (distort sound easily), stereo headset (and Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio profile too). Average games.
7/10.

Applications:
Synchronises with PC via PC Studio (very limited). Readers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF documents; usual email and web options.
8/10.

In use:
No problems with reception or call quality. Maximum volume is a
bit too quiet though.
7/10.

Extras:
USB 2.0 with headphone profile.
7/10.

We like:
Camera and video quality
Samsung’s user interface
Useful application extras like Office document readers

We don’t like:
Poor onboard speakers
Undifferentiated keytops
Some reservations about plastic feel

Overall:
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.

Specification

  • 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