Samsung D840

Samsung’s D840 is an Ultra Edition that looks very like the D900 … except that it’s mostly a bit thinner (though the camera sticks out to give the D840 a maximum 14mm thickness), has less impressive software (no sorting by first name in the phonebook, no profiles, no searching through videos or song lists), and sports a 2mp camera rather than the D900’s 3mp snapper.

It’s still a good looking slider phone with great build quality, very good reception, a big crisp display, and some good extras – the voice recognition stands out, the web browser is good, and the finish is impressive at resisting dirt and grubbiness. The MP3 player is accompanied by a decent 80MB of user memory, and you also get a hot-swappable microSD memory card slot.

The slider has an easy one-handed auto-opening mechanism. The keypad is unexceptional, though the click feedback is better than the very similar D830 key layout and soft keys are big and comfortable to use. And as with most mid- to top-range Samsungs you get Picsel’s viewer for MS Office documents plus a TV-out facility (you’ll need your own cable).

• Ok, but is it sufficiently different to the E900 or the D900?

FEATURES 80%
SALEABILITY 80%

 
 
SPECIFICATION
Size    
Length 99mm
Width 51mm
Depth 11.9mm
Weight    
100g
Main display    
TFT, 256K colours, 240×320 pixels
Camera    
2MP, video, flash
Connectivity    
Triband GSM, USB 1.1, Bluetooth 1.2
Battery    
Standby 250h
Talk time 2h30
Features    
microSD card slot, music player, document viewer, TV out
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