SAMSUNG D800

The successor to the D600? Not really; the D800 is a top-end slider with a few odd omissions, while the D600 is largely free of such quirks and generally provided with superior equipment. Still, the D800 is worth looking at in its own right.
The build quality is superb, the black and chrome finish is sleek and luxurious, the screen is excellent, the camera is ok on stills and very good on video, and Samsung’s PC synchronisation software is as good as ever. It has Picsel’s file viewers. It’s also remarkably thin for a two-part phone – just 14.9mm. The number pad is flat, but raised horizontal chromium lines cleverly and effectively differentiate the keys.
But someone has opted for a distinctly unfriendly joypad, the MP3 player is very basic, and there’s no memory card slot. The phonebook could have more fields per contact. The D820 (better camera and a memory card) will make a better replacement for the D600; in the meantime, think of the D800 as a competitor for the Nokia 8800 – It feels that good.

• Looks and feels better than it is.

SPECIFICATION

Size
Length 97mm
Width 52mm
Depth 14.9mm
Weight
98g
Main display
TFT, 256K colours
240×3200 pixels
Camera
1.3mp,
1280×1024 pixels,
flash,
video
Connectivity
Bluetooth, USB,
EDGE
Battery
Standby 220h
Talk time 3.5h
Features
Music player, Picsel
file viewer

 

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