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Manufacturer: Samsung / Display: Colour (65.536 oder mehr) / Picture Messaging: Yes / Weight: 101 to 150g

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      04.06.2004 07:48
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      Although I was fairly happy with my old Nokia 3310 there comes a time when a mobile phone upgrade becomes a necessity. I wanted a high spec phone that had WAP access so that I could check travel reports and football results while out and about, I also fancied some snazzy polyphonic ringtones and I?d always liked the look of flip phones that close to form a more compact unit. After much research on the internet I decided on the glorious looking Samsung P400, and I?m thrilled that I did. I have always had pay and go phones as I like the fact that I only pay for the time I use the phone with no contracts and monthly fees to worry about. I tracked down a Samsung P400 in Littlewoods on the network I wanted, O², and paid the £330 necessary to make the phone mine. What?s in the box Well quite a lot actually, obviously the phone itself along with not one but two batteries, this is a good idea as you can have one battery charged at all times for quick changeover and minimal fuss. Of course both batteries need recharging so a charger is also present as is a data cable and computer software to run it, this is another bonus as all important information stored on the SIM card can be uploaded for safe storage on your computer, ringtones and wallpapers can also be downloaded from a computer as long as they are in MMF format. An earpiece and finger strap are next on the list with a plethora of manuals, instruction leaflets and warranty brochures the last items included in the box. A SIM card is also included from your chosen network provider, but I was able to use the SIM card from my Nokia 3310 and thus keep the same phone number. What are the main features of the phone The features of the Samsung P400 are many, including: - World W
      ;ide Triband: -which enables the phone to be used anywhere in the world thanks to band selection technology. The Samsung P400 will work on GSM 900, 1800, 1900 or a combined 900 / 1800. The phone simply searches for the best available band to use when it is switched on in a new country. Rotating Large Colour Screen: - The Screen on the P400 is 3cm by 4cm and displays 65,000 colours in crystal clear LCD. It rotates and flips in any direction to optimize viewing for the inbuilt Java games or the camera. CCD Rotating Digital Camera: - The CCD (charge-coupled device) rotating camera means that images are crystal clear and can be captured from any angle. The 180` rotating lens means you can also take pictures of yourself and save or send them as required. Up to 100 352 x 288 Pixel pictures can be saved on the phone itself and used as wallpaper or in photo messages. 2x zoom and brightness adjustment ensure the pictures you take are of the very highest quality. Polyphonic Ringtones: - Twenty-five of them to be exact, and the option to download a further fifteen. All of the ringtones are crisp and clear to add a little personality to the P400 WAP: - A real selling point for me, WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) allows the user to access special WAP designed websites to find out a wealth of information from travel bulletins to sports results. The cost of WAP access on the P400 with O² pay and go costs about six pence a minute. The Phone itself The Samsung P400 itself is silver in colour and weighs in at a nimble 105 grams, with dimensions of 90.5 x 47.5 x 23(mm) this makes it an extremely small and thin phone. Talk time is between three and five hours with standby bat
      tery power at an acceptable one hundred to one hundred and twenty hours. The memory of the P400 is large with the capacity for one thousand phone book entries, one hundred MMS text messages and up to five Java games up to a total of one hundred kilobytes each, add to this the one hundred picture storage outlines earlier in the review and the P400 is a master at keeping plenty of your information on tap. The Samsung P400 also has plenty of ?Personal information Management?, including a Calendar, a Scheduler, a to do list, Once/Daily/Weekly alarm, Vibration alert, World time, Calculator and a converter. Call management features record the last twenty missed calls, the last twenty dialled numbers as well as cost per call and call time in minutes and seconds. Add to the mix some animated wallpapers and easily navigated menus and the Samsung P400 is peerless in the world of mobile technology. A Brief Look at the Menus The menus on the P400 are pretty self explanatory and are accessed with a single button push and the up and down keys on the phone. The first menu is titled ?Text Messages? and consists of the inbox and outboxes as well as templates that can be pre-saved to save time. The next menu is called ?Picture Messages? and has exactly the same sub categories as the text messages menu except they deal with pictures instead of words. Next up is ?Call Records? and this menu deals with missed calls, recent calls, dialled calls and call time, basically all of the information you could want regarding your recent phone calls is here. ?Camera? is next on the list and this menu is a lot of fun. The user can decide whether to take and send a photo or just take it for storage on the phone. A My Photos option allows the user to browse all of the photos stored on the phone in a thumbnai
      l gallery with the option to set any picture as the wallpaper for the P400. ?Sound Settings? is where the polyphonic ringtones are stored and chosen by the user. Other sub menus such as ring volume, alert type (vibrating, ringing or silent), keypad tone and incoming message tone are also here. ?Phone Settings? deals with the behaviour of the P400 itself, with greetings message, language and security issues such as PIN numbers all available for modification from within this menu. ?Organiser? is fairly self explanatory with the options contained therein to set the date and time, to use the calculator and to work out currency exchange rates. An alarm and to do list is also available. ?Network Services? enables the user to select how a network is searched for (either automatically or manually) as well as call barring settings and caller ID information. As its name suggests ?Funbox? is where all of the frivolity is to be found, the WAP browser is accessed from here with its favourites and home settings. The games are also here with the four included (Bubble2smile, Fun2link, Ultimate Golf Challenge and MobileChess) all fun to play once the controls have been mastered. Any and all downloaded ringtones and wallpapers are also stored here for easy access. Last but not least the ?My Services? Menu lets the user know which network provider(s) the phone is connected to. All of the menus are smooth scrolling and brightly coloured with animated pictures to compliment them, a real pleasure to navigate through. My Personal Opinion of the Samsung P400 Well, to put it simply I love it. The Samsung P400 is a pleasure to use; it is small enough to fit comfortably in the pocket yet loud enough to hear in a noisy room when it rings. The polyphonic ringtones are crisp and clear and the la
      rgeness of the screen in comparison to the overall phone size is beautiful in its clarity. The buttons are easy to press even with my large fingers with single button access to both the camera and the WAP service. The open and shut mechanism feels strong with a warble emitted upon opening or closing of the phone. The camera is easy to use with clear pictures the like of which I have never seen from a camera phone. Battery life is good, with the two batteries included taking a mere three hours to fully charge. Finally, the inclusion of a data cable is inspired; it enables me to back up important SIM card details like phone numbers or texts to my computer, the software that enables this to happen is quick to load and easy to use. Would I recommend the Samsung P400 then? You bet I would, I recommend it like I have never recommended anything before, I urge you to go and get one, it really is a dream mobile phone. www.samsungmobile.com www.O2.co.uk

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        26.03.2004 19:32
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        INTRODUCTION ----------------------- Everybody has a mobile phone nowadays. Nobody can remember what life was like without one, or how they coped. Did we really have to make solid arrangements with people and turn up on time? How did we know if somebody was going to turn up late? How did we let somebody know how we felt without having to talk to them at all? The mobile phone is a revolution that has completely changed the way we live and work. It is a highly personal device used solely by you, chosen by you and adapted the way you want it to be. You have your own ringtones, wallpaper, covers and contact numbers. It says who you are, so it makes sense that you would want to make an informed choice when picking a new phone. I am a serial gadget-fiend and I want my phone to be more than just a phone. I am also a student with very little money, so an O2 XDA is a little out of my price range! When O2 online offered me the Samsung SGH-P400 for £29.99, who was I to refuse, especially seeing as it seemed to be £150+ everywhere else at the time? MAIN FEATURES (QUICKLY!) -------------------------------------------- A gimmicky flip phone with a gimmicky flashing light on the front, a 180 degree rotating camera, a 180 degree swiveling screen, polyphonic ringtones and a big, bright colour screen (all gimmicky). I love gimmicks! Also: SMS, MMS, EMS, irDA port, no bluetooth :-(, 2 supplied batteries (different sizes and capacities), data cable, hands-free microphone and ear-bud, finger strap (a girly ring with a tiny plastic diamond to stop those darn thieves snatching your new toy!). Supplied software: GPRS stuff that I haven't used (
        9;asyGPRS ver. 2.1.6 in my box). ERGONOMICS ---------------------- The phone is well built to high tolerances, with very little backlash from any of the parts. It opens and closes how it should, and the swiveling screen is a lot sturdier than I thought it would be. I've had mine for a couple of months and there are no signs of it getting loose as some other reviewers suggested it might. The screen swivels into position with just the right amount of resistance and locks home with a discreet but satisfying click. The camera rotates by 180 degrees, but to be honest you'll only ever have it pointed in one of two directions - away from your face or straight into your face (so you can send a self-portrait MMS to that long-distance boy/girlfriend! Aaaah...). The phone feels OK in your hand, although I've held more comfortable phones. Texting can be slightly slow when compared to the best. The buttons tend to be in the right place intuitively, including the volume control buttons on the side which I find are perfectly below my fore and middle finger when in a call. They're not so sensitive that you change the volume unknowingly either, they need a good press! The swiveling screen is a gimmick, pure and simple. I can't think of a single occasion when you'd want to leave the screen open to damage, and it doesn't even look right when it's shut. The Samsung logo is upside down for a start! It might be useful when you're taking photos, but its use really is limited. It is a head turner though! The phone feels nicest with the smaller battery attached in my opinion, but it's a close run thing because there's not really a huge difference between the battery sizes or weights. 4/5 MEMORY <
        br>-------------- SMS: 20 on SIM card, 200 on phone, 80 on CB (Cell Broadcast - traffic and such) = 300 total MMS: 700Kb of storage space Phonebook entries: 250 on SIM card, 1000 on phone = 1250 total Games: 512Kb of storage space Sounds and pictures: 1945Kb of storage space Generally speaking, there's enough room on this phone for all except the most demanding or most popular of users. I haven't, and don't think I ever will, get close to filling any of the allocations (bar the SMS memory, but I'm used to having just 20 on my previous phone!). Java applications can be downloaded, but this isn't a smartphone so don't expect massive amounts of cross-compatibility. 4.5/5 SCREEN AND CAMERA ------------------------------------ The screen is large and bright, and with 65000 colours it looks brilliant. It's as sharp as a knife, and only limited by its low-ish resolution (compared to PDAs or good smartphones). The animations it displays when you are making or receiving a call or sending a message are very nice! The camera produces reasonable quality JPEGs with good colour and exposure. Pictures are higher res than the resolution of the screen (about twice the size, I think), and as a result they look sharp on the phone screen. The viewfinder updates smoothly, something my old phone struggled with. The results are among the best I've seen on ANY camera phone. I haven't hooked it up to my PC yet, and don't feel the need to - the camera, despite what anybody says, is a fun gimmick but it will not replace your usual digital camera yet. There is an excellent viewing menu in the phone,
        which displays the pictures in a neat thumbnail format, and they are accessed quickly too. Alternatively you can just flick through one by one. 4/5 MEDIA (RINGTONES, WALLPAPER, GAMES) -------------------------------------------------------------------- The supplied ringtones are pretty standard polyphonic affairs, as you would expect, although they do sound a lot nicer than on many other phones. The P400 is TrueTone ready, which means the phone can play the latest type of ringtones that include speech/singing. I'm a loyal football fan and I just had to download my team's running-out tune, but my friends tell me it's the worst ringtone they've ever heard (Mike Post's "The Rockford Files" from the TV series)! Samsung could have done a lot better with the wallpapers. The analogue and digital clock backgrounds are useful and reasonably smart, and the calendar background makes it look like a smartphone. The rest are low-framerate animations (an eagle, a ship and a Windows XP style field complete with growing flowers, plus a couple of others) that are frankly poor in my opinion. Costly downloads to ensue... The games are also pretty dull affairs. BubbleSmile is a colourful and fun little puzzle game that's evolved from Tetris, and is the best of the bunch. There is a poor quality golf simulation, where I would have preferred a top-down crazy-golf game like those found on some Sony Ericsson phones, and a Chess game. There is also a game called Fun2Link, which is identical to an old Windows game called Pipe, if anybody remembers it? JAVA downloads seem pretty limited for some reason, and I could only find
        compatible games on the Samsung website. Not sure why this is, and I hope it's a problem that gets sorted out because BubbleSmile doesn't have much lasting appeal! Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough... 3/5 AESTHETICS -------------------- Mixed opinions on this one. This is definitely a phone designed with blokes in mind, being slightly bigger than some phones I've seen. Saying that, it's no brick either and it fits nicely in the pocket. The phone is finished to a high standard in silver plastic and some chromed parts. There's no screen on the outside of the flip section, meaning you can't see who's calling until you open the phone. Not too big a problem, because it doesn't answer automatically when you do this. In the screen's place is a little flashing light called the service light. The service light is a small row of coloured LEDs behind frosted plastic on the front of the phone. They flash periodically in colours of your choice, or more rapidly when you have an incoming call or message. I found it annoying at night when I didn't have a call or message because it is quite bright, but it can be turned off. The phone looks very 'gadget-y', if you see where I'm coming from! This tends to split opinion, but I really like how it looks. There are plenty of pictures online for you to make your own mind up - read the first lines of my second paragraph again before you worry what other people will think! As has been said before, the screen is bright, colourful, sharp and certainly looks the part. The people looking over your shoulder will be impressed! 4/5 OTHER FEATURES AND WAP -----------------
        ---------------------------- The WAP browser is simple enough to use, and the pages appear quickly enough. The screen helps, as it is nice and clear. Nothing overwhelming here, pretty standard stuff in all. The supplied hands-free kit is quite good quality, especially considering the price of third-party sets, although it can sound slightly muffled at both ends. Overall though, it is entirely usable and a welcome addition to the package. The organiser functions nicely, and there is a hotkey that takes you straight to the calendar from the wallpaper screen. Various alarm options are available, making it more functional than your typical alarm clock! Standard To Do lists and voice memos can be made. A ring is supplied which is slightly too small for my fat fingers, but prevents your phone being snatched out of your hand while texting. A nice idea from Samsung, and one that I haven't seen before. The lack of Bluetooth is annoying. I've seen the amount of fun my friends have hijacking, sorry, connecting to other bluetooth devices! Surely this will become a standard feature in all new phones sooner or later? 4/5 I can't think of anything else to write about. Overall, this phone is a very attractive and usable device, and can now be found at very reasonable prices (or even free) on contract. Pay as you go customers will have to fork out £400+, the poor souls. Wholly recommended, but check the other phones available before you decide whether it's for you or not. Happy shopping!

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