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I chose this phone about 3 months ago when getting a new contract. I was drawn to it because it really is a 'pretty' phone - silver edgeing and a blue trim made it stand out on the shelf for me. Also, when i read about it, i saw that the audio was by Bang and Olufsen (ICEpower), and having a dying mp3 player, it seemed a good idea! The sound quality is far better than that of most mobile phones. If you play it out directly through the phone the volume is surprisingly loud, and there is none of the distortion you get with most phones. I haven't yet worked out an easy way to sync playlists onto it, but it does have a playlist feature, and you can just drag and drop music onto it using the micro SD card slot. The DJ feature allows you to scratch records and add effects to the music as you are playing it. This is a good bit of fun, but with a bit more development i feel this could have been so much more. The screen is quite small compared to alot of internet friendly touch screens around, but still i find it perfectly adequate for internet browsing, especially simple sites like email and facebook. The touch screen is responsive to a finger, and buttons are not so small that you need a fiddly pen - definate advantage for me, but i have small fingers. If you have chubby fingers then this may be a problem. I have a few issues with the model (using apostrophe's in predictive text, and not being able to read a text whilst in a call) but on the whole it is a good model, can do everything i'd want it to do! If only it came with a couple of silly games on it to keep me amused.... still this isn't so bad when you have unlimited internet. It was the best phone available on the tariff i am on, and i think its a good sturdy, young persons phone.
With this phone, the clue is in the name here as this is a music phone with a dj-ing application built in. I like the Beat DJ's round design, it is a nice change from normal candy bar phones and it feels solid and very well made. A full touch screen is included and the round bit underneath the screen is also touch sensitive. I really like the roundness of this phone especially when I use it in the interface, e.g. you can scroll through albums by running your finger around the bottom touch area and then drag a cd into a virtual player. Also the DJ-ing application also has some nifty features you can scratch a picture of a cd on the screen. However the DJ app isn't really useful for most people and many innovations that I liked in the interface don't get used in the rest of the phone. E.g. you can seek thorough a song by running your finger over a round progress bar, but in the music player it just has normal fast forward and rewind buttons and the touch sensitive area is eventually ignored, also the rest of the phone is just standard. I also found that the music quality wasn't great as I thought it really lacked the quality, width and depth of an mp3 player and the 5.1 surround sound effect made most music sound harsh except for mainly dance/electronic music. The sound quality isn't awful but to me, I would expect better from a music phone. However call quality is good as you would expect and battery life I would say is above average with up to 7 hours talk time and 400 hours standby time. However the Beat DJ has a 3.5mm jack so it is compatible with own headphones and there are shortcut keys to lock the phone, launch the music player and fm radio. The touchscreen I would say is OK, it is not the most responive I have used but it's bright & vivid so photos and videos look fantastic. The 3 megapixel camera is average for a phone so it will be great for snapping. There is an alpha-numeric keyboard to type with but there isn't a landscape function so there isn't a standard QWERTY keyboard. It was ok for slow typing but when I typed faster it became less responsive and missed out letters. You will need to get a memory card for this phone as it only has 50mb internal memory. the slot is on the outside so it is easy to get to and had no trouble recognising files i had on the memory card. The Beat DJ is not expensive as u can purchase this for free on a £25 monthly contract so no wonder that it is missing some top class features like GPS and wi-fi. But it is a nice looking change from ordinary candybar phones and it has a great vivid screen.
Maybe it is the fact it is aimed at the young teenage crowd. Or maybe it is the fact this phone is just plain rubbish! I will make this review as balanced as I can but there are some phones that should just plain never see the light of day until ready and this is a plain example. I bought this phone a few weeks ago to show I'm a bit different to my friends who all have the I-Phone. It looks sexy, different and has a 'revolutionary' touchscreen. There's also a chance to DJ on it with it's own DJ package so you can remix songs downloaded on to it. "Great," I thought, "New, shiny and something quirky about it"... Once the phone was out of the packagin and charging, the problems started. I got it working ok but the touchscreen wasn't as responsive as was advertised. Things had to be double pressed or pressed for a few seconds to work. Uploading music to it was easy (thankfully) but when I played around with the DJ software in it, again it did nothing. No quick response, no nothing... The one quirk which stood out for this and it doesn't work properly. Finding contacts on the phone is easy so calling isn't a problem but texting is. In fact, anything that needs the touchscreen to work just doesn't work as it is touted. This got me annoyed. After returning the phone TWICE, I just gave up and went for a Nokia. Far more reliable and revolutionary. Samsung still haven't learnt their mistakes from previous versions of this phone so avoid it at all costs if you want your phone experience simplified, not made harder.
Full touch music evolution - DISC UI / spin wheel touch / BEAT DJ application
Poly 72 / SP-Midi / MP3 / AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / WMA
Powerful stereo speaker / 3.5F ear jack / motion sensor
Audio by B&O ICEpower technology / SRS Virtual surround sound 5.1ch / DNSeTM
Find similar / find music (Music Recognition), find tag
FM radio with RDS / FM radio recording
Bluetooth stereo headset profile
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, EDGE / GPRS Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
2.6" 16M full touch WQVGA AMOLED (240 x 400)
3 megapixel CMOS / auto-focus / geo-tagging / smile shot / face detection