My First SmartphoneMy First SmartphoneToday we have an interesting mix of smartphone meets slimphone, brought to us by those stylish engineers at Samsung.
Please WaitPlease WaitOkay, so I've started this review off by saying the phone is pretty mediocre. Let's now look at some redeeming features.Charging it up and turning it on, we are greeted by the greenness that is WinMo 6.1 and when it boots into the home screen I have to admit the layout is nice and functional.
Smile for the cameraSmile for the cameraGetting into some of the features of the phone now, we can see that there is a lot of potential to expand with the WinMo OS.Booting into the camera mode, you simply hold down the camera side button until the application loads. Once into the camera application you can play with options until your heart is content. There seems to be an option for just about everything; colours, white balance, zoom, size, quality etc.So let's take some pictures and see how it shapes up in this dept. - Setting the resolution to highest and the quality to superfine; aim... and... nothing... Press the camera button again... nothing... interesting.A HA! - You have to double click the button like you would on a mouse! What a strange feature, but then again, it is Windows...
Documents on the goDocuments on the goOne of the features that Samsung try to push on this handset is the ability to support Office 2007 documents, so I loaded a few quick examples on and had a play with the Office features.Excel provides the ability to view and change cells so that you maintain most of the functionality of excel on your desktop on your phone, this, however, is slightly hampered by the aspect change to a tall screen from a wide screen, so you will find yourself scrolling sideways a lot.
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsLooking now at the standard features, the call clarity is good. The ability to text is fine thanks to the broad buttoned numeric keypad that we are all used to now. Incoming email and SMS are given a preview display on the home screen so you don't have to get into the phone menus to see if a message you received is important or not.Email support on the phone is really great; you can either sync your emails with outlook or pull them over the air so you are really never away from your desk. This is one aspect of the phone that is going to be the most appealing to the Office crowd; a phone that you can take your email away on without feeling like you are carrying a brick or addicted to your crackberry.The phone itself is light and easy to handle, it doesn't feel bulky or obtrusive in the pocket and with typical Samsung styling it looks very nice indeed.Support for 3G video calling is good too, though the feature has never really taken off in the U.K. - it's more about the data speeds for us tea drinkers.The onboard web browser is Internet Explorer and I have to say is a bit hit and miss. Some pages looked fine and some were re-rendered into obscurity due to the small screen size. If you just want to find out what's on at the cinema or what time the train to Scarborough is then it's more than adequate. Proper web-addicts will want something with a bigger screen, though.But a good reason to love it right now is the deal over at Expansys for our U.K. readers where you can get this handset and free 3 PAYG sim card with 30 quid top-up for just a penny shy of 100.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm CDT
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