Advantages Looks Great
Disadvantages Keys Slightly Too Close and Small
You know you've stepped across a right little gem when you slide the phone open and it makes a Star Trek like noise, and proceeds to do another similar sound upon closure (you can change the sound or turn it off). Although I myself aren't a fan of the popular series I am happy to accept the novelties that the show seems to have brought into out technological lives…. and especially onto this phone. So why the Monica Bellucci of the phone world, I hear you ask? Well, like the aforementioned Italian beauty; it is sexy; it will leave you drooling; and, if I could have sex with it, I would. In all seriousness, however, and stepping aside from my evidently testosterone driven madness which has probably alienated the female readers at such an early stage, it's a damn fine phone that in all my selfishness, I wish only I could own: let me tell you more.Having tracked this phone for a while on the Samsung international website, waiting patiently for Orange to admit it to their league of upgrade available phones, it finally arrived and, through the seemingly devious ploy of telling Orange I was thinking of quitting (now the only way to get what you want with companies), the phone arrived on my doorstep for a zero sum. Looking at the fact that it costs £280 sim-free from The Carphone Warehouse, I think it's a pretty good deal. Otherwise this phone is more than worth the £280 to pay for its unattached services, which is the way I'd quite like my Bellucci…(unattached that is, for I am no kerb-crawler!!!)
Given the fact that the Siemens SL55slide-up design was so popular, Samsung decided it would be a good idea to provide the world with one of their own. The Siemens model was quite problematic as the build wasn't the best but Samsung appear to have mastered the slide-up design, which should last the life of the phone. It is semi-automatic, which generally means it is spring-loaded and only really requires a little nudge in order to open it. Don't worry, it won't open of its own accord or when placed in a bag.
Look and Build (9/10)
The keys all look fairly sturdy but one major problem with their placement and, given the size of the phone, is that anyone with fingers larger than the average person will have difficulty using the phone to its true potential. That said, a little readjustment of hand positioning from time to time and anyone with the desire to own this superb phone could easily manage with a small amount of practice.The actual look of the phone is superb. It weighs in at a light 86g; looks compact and pretty stylish as far as phones go. Even my brother, who is a firm advocate of mobile phone abolishment, agrees that it looks the part. Even when slid open the phone continues to appeal.
The screen size is fairly large (128x160 pixels) and supports 65k colours, which is about the norm as far as current mobiles go (the Samsung D410 supports 252k colours but suffers from being a larger and heavier model). In my opinion the screen is adequate for my needs and any colour photo shines with the brilliance with which it was taken.
Usability and Screen Size (8/10)
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