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      06.03.2009 13:11
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      A really good no frills phone

      I really loved this phone until the battery gave up on me. The trouble with Samsung phones is that the battery is an integral part of the design and so to buy a replacement battery ends up being expensive. The phone cost me £100 about 7 years ago and at that time was one of the smallest phones on the market and was of the "clam" design.

      This design was one of the things that attracted me to the phone as I was fed up with finding that my Nokia phone kept ringing whoever was first on my contacts list because I had forgotten to lock the keypad (it didn't have an automatic feature for this). With this phone the key pad is protected as soon as you shut the top of the phone down.

      Even at the time it was quite a basic phone - no camera, no bluetooth, no music as such, however it was really easy to use and wonderfully compact. It was easy to slip into a jeans pocket if I didn't want to take a bag.

      the buttons were well spaced and the predictive text was fairly user friendly. I know that some people found the flashing light on the front a bit annoying but at least it told you that teh phone was on and if you wanted it was easy to configure so that you could turn it off. I also liked the clock on the front display when closed so that you could tell the phone was still alive (unlike my current samsung). I really didn't want to get rid of this phone but the battery started to go downhill quickly so that if I made a call it would end up flat. I looked into a new battery but it would have cost about £40 - this didn't seem worth it when a new pay as you go phone would only cost me £20 more.

      I keep looking to see if one is available cheaper but to no avail because I think I prefer this one over my new one just for ease of use and knowing when it is flat!!

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      14.12.2005 15:00
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      Cheap and light

      If you're after a small phone that's easy to use and are'nt bothered by hi tech gadgetry then this is the one for you.
      I bought this phone to replace my Nokia 3310 and was amazed by the difference in weight and size. I can easily fit this phone into my handbag and trouser pockets and not worry about dialling 999 (as i did on several occasions with my nokia).
      It doesn't have a colour screen (but it is blue) and the games are pretty awful, but if like me, you want a phone for making phone calls then i would definately recommend this phone. If you're after a small flip phone then you will find that this is one of the cheapest on the market. I paid £89.99 for Pay as You go on line from the Orange shop.
      The phone may not 'do' a lot but it does have a few nice touches. The screen on the front will tell you who is calling so you can decide whether to 'open' the phone and answer the call or press the little button on the side and reject it.
      There is a small light on the front of the phone, which flashes when the phone rings, you receive a text etc. There are a choice of colours which can be designated to different people in your phone book, this allows you to know who is calling depending on what colour the light is flashing. The light can also be left on permanantly so that you know the phone is switched on, although i find this uses up the battery quite a lot.
      The menus were quite difficult to use to start with, but only because i was used to a Nokia, but find these really easy to use now.
      You can even set up your own short cuts on the phone to go directly to a certain function with one press of the button.
      There are some great little animations on the phone which tell you when you have sent a message etc.

      There is enough memory to hold 100 messages, and an option to delete all your messages with one button, rather than delete each one separately.
      The phone enables you to set up voice dialling, but i have never actually used this.
      The phone is WAP enabled, but again i never have need to use this.

      The only drawback that I have found is the silly little tune and witch on broomstick animation (??????) that you get when you turn the phone on and off.
      I've had this phone for about 6 months now and the only damage i can find is a couple of scratches. I was a bit worried that the hinge would fall apart after a few uses, but as yet I have had no problems.
      All in all, a great little phone

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        05.05.2005 12:36

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        Simple n sophisticated! - Advantages: small, easy to use, clamshell means you dont sit on the keys and accidently make calls!! - Disadvantages: not colour, no camera

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        01.04.2005 17:38

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        Samsung A800, cool phone! - Advantages: Small & Compact, Superb Sound Quality, Reliable Operation - Disadvantages: Battery Life Is Short

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        23.02.2005 02:11
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        This phone is one of the most sound and practical devices I have ever used. The design of the phones exterior is the same as many of Samsungs many innovate phones are new to the market. Because of this I believe the phone to be great value for money! The fact that this phone, although older than a lot of the models produced by Samsung, looks exactly the same if not smaller than some of the video and camera versions Samsung currently sell is a great feature for me.

        Below is the spec given by samsung:

        Polyphonic ringtones (40-voice) and customisable ringtones
        High-resolution screen (128 x 128 pixels) plus external display
        WAP 1.2.1
        Voice dialling and speed dialling
        Voice memo (10 minutes)
        EMS
        Predictive text messaging (T9)
        Phone memory (200 names)
        Caller display
        3 games
        Downloadable screensavers
        Clock, alarm, calculator
        Size: 80 x 40 x 22 mm
        Weight: 68g
        Battery standby: 150 hours
        Battery talktime: 3 hours
        Vibration alert
        Dual band

        Because it is not the newest of models you can probably pick the phone up for a very reasonable price. The exterior design means if you worry what other people think of you based on your phone and do not want to buy a brand new version every 6 monthes it is perfect for you!! The design is standard throughout most of Samsungs range and to this day looks modern. The standby battery time is around 2-3 days after you've being using the phone for quite a while but the standby time when just new is closer to 4 days although I believe many phones differ just depending on individual batteries. If using the phone to talk a lot the battery life is around 2-3 hours so it drains it quite a bit. If your after a pay as you go phone and If it's affordability and functionality you're after this is the phone for you!

        The sound is very good and reception has never been a problem... in my experiece this phone picks up signal that many newer versions would not (although it also depends on the sim-card you have). The A800 is polyphonic, but does not have a camera or video. I think it may have WAP capabilities but I myself have never used this function. The style does not detract from the durability of the phone; I have dropped mine on concrete plenty of times and it has not made any difference.

        The phone does have a few downsides, mainly as with all Samsungs T9 txt in default and you cannot change this to my knowledge, you can however set it the ABC mode each time with 1 or 2 button presses which I do without even realising now. Also, any time the phone comes up with 'information', such as deleting a text or changing a setting, a tune plays. You can by-pass it, if you're quick enough, by cancelling the information screen or if the phone is in silent, but you can't turn it off. I don't mind this but I can see how some people would.

        Overall a long lasting companion that is great value for money.

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          24.08.2004 23:06
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          These are my personal views regarding the Samsung A800. This phone was my fourth mobile before I purchased the new E 700-the newer version to this phone. The two phones run virtually the same, just a few little differences in the way things are displayed. The Samsung A800 was the best phone I had the pleasure of having until I got the newer version. I had no problems with it whatsoever-never scratched (unlike the new phone) and signal quality was brilliant. The phone is also very small and easily fits in the smallest of pockets, because of its sleek design. There are also numerous other features that make it a worthwhile purchase. These include flashing coloured signal indicator, Dynamic memory allocates memory according to your needs, 16-bit polyphonic ring-tones, voice control, bright aqua-blue high resolution dual screen display, enhanced messaging, personal organiser, games with vibrate, 16-bit polyphonic sounds, WAP Access amongst others. Overall I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone wanting to purchase a durable but small and stylish mobile phone, which cannot afford the extortionate prices that are been charged for new phones.

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            28.07.2004 20:36
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            I?ve had this phone now for 9 months and it has served me well. I love it suits me perfectly. As its so small it fits neatly into the small zip compartment of my bag, it even fits into my purse without a struggle. It also helps with my busy lifestyle, organising my day and making sure I wake up on time. And a big plus is that it comes with the ring tone 'Under the sea' from The Little Mermaid, a little childish but a lot of fun. When I bought it came in a tiny, red box along with a charger, a hands free kit, a handle, two booklets and a sim card. The two booklets were the phone manual, which tells you how to use the phone, such as how to insert the sim card, how to charge the phone, how to enter phone numbers, e.t.c. Secondly was the tariff information booklet, which gives you information on the tariff your phone is on. Once registered the phone was automatically credited with £5. The phone is a very small, lightweight, silver flip phone. It had a small screen on the front which tells you the time and the date, how much signal you have, and how much battery you?ve got left. It also tells you if you've missed any calls, if you've received any messages and most importantly who is calling you. Then if you want to answer you simply flip the phone open and talk away. When I first had the phone it was my first flip phone and it made my feel very sophisticated so whenever I had a call I couldn?t help posing as if i was some star receiving an very important call. Unfortunately the majority have a flip phone now so it doesn?t have the same effect. There is also a small flashing light on front, which flashes when you have signal or a message. This is a very annoying little light. When i go to bed i always keep my phone near me and unless i tuck it under my pillow my whole room lights up aqua blue every 5 seconds. When the phone is opened its length almost doubles, but this is still very small. The inside screen is larger than the one
            on the outside, it displays the same information as well as displaying a graphic. My phone has a little doggy, playing with a ball on it. The background light is a very vivid electric blue. The phone ways only 68g, is 80mm in length, 40mm in width and 22mm in height. This is a very small phone therefore I don?t recommend it to people who easily lose their phones. The phone is simple to use and offers a wide variety of functions: 1) Messages ? Here you can read messages you've received, view messages you've sent, write new messages, and listen to your voice mail along with a few other options. You can also store up to 220 messages in the phones inbox , outbox and preset messages. 2) Call records ? With this option you can few the last 30 call missed, received and dialled, as well as the call times. 3) Voice functions ? Here you can record your voice in order to use it to perform functions. For example if you wanted to phone home you could record your self saying 'home' set it up with your home number and then using the active folder say 'home' and the phone will automatically call it for you. You can also do the same things with functions in the phone such as 'messages' or 'phonebook'. 4) Sound settings ? Basically everything to do with the sound of your phone you can do it here. Everything from choosing which ring tone you want down to setting up a minute minder to beep every minute your on the phone. (very annoying) 5) Phone settings ? Everything to do with your phones image is here. You can set up a greeting message to appear every time you switch your mobile on, decide which graphics you want on your internal screen and all pick what colour you want your service light to flash, as well as a lot of other options. 6) Organiser ? In this option you've got pretty much everything you need to organise your life. Memos, a calendar, a to-do list, an ala
            rm clock, a calculator even a converter. There?s also a stopwatch and a countdown function. 7) Network services ? Here you can control everything to do with your calls, such as call waiting, barring and caller ID. 8) Fun box ? In this option you've got the www browser, games and a media box. Allowing you to get online, store images and get addicted to one of the games, fortress, space war and X ? fighter. For some reason I cant seem to get my head round fortress or X-fighter, but space wars is addictive, I go through stages where I cant stop playing it. As you can see this phone has a lot to offer. Not only can you do the usual things such as make calls, send text messages and go online, you've also got a whole section on organising. You'll never be late again, never miss anyones birthday and if like me you get confused when abroad working out how much it is in pounds you can use the converter to work it out. Easy. A separate button takes you to the phonebook menu. Here you can find a number stored in your phone, you can add an entry, set up a speed list and a voice list. You can also view your own number and the phones memory status. When entering a number is possible to set it up in a group, add an image to appear when the person is calling you, select a melody for each number, and also add their email address. The phone can store up to 2000 numbers in its own memory and 200 in the sim card memory. The only down side to this phone is that it scratches easily and isn?t very robust, you also have to be very careful when opening the phone, you don?t want to brake the flip screen. When I bought this phone 9 months ago I paid £130, from virgin megastores. It is around £100 at the moment and you can purchase one from any good mobile phone company such as phones4u, carphone warhouse, e.t.c.

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              23.09.2003 01:29
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              When I went to buy this phone a few days ago this was the first one which caught my eye. Probably because of the size and the look of the phone compared to all the others. It's small, smart and dare I say it...cute! Once I had got home and charged it up it was time to play. I was very impressed with the blue screen and the different colours which light up in time to the polyphonic ring tones. I also liked the fact that there was a little witch on the front which said hi and bye to me...ok so it's the small things that make all the difference. Browsing around the phone is fairly easy when you get the hang of it. I strongly recommend reading the handbook especially if you're like me and this is your first mobile phone purchase in a while! The buttons are easy to press and reach if you're just using one hand. First things first...it's comfortable to hold when you're talking into it which is a must. It's easy to get the numbers from your phone book and even possible to do that while you're on the phone to somebody! Texting is very easy on this phone...I was firstly annoyed when I tried to write a message and different words kept appearing (mainly because I hadn't read the manual) but once I worked out the T9 ability I have been texting long messages to everyone I can think of just because I can. There is also an organiser ability which is great for me as I'm very liable to forget things if I don't write them down. Also with an alarm means I shouldn't miss any more meetings which I'm liable to if not reminded. This also means I can never forget anybodies birthday again so no excuses! The games are also good and very addictive once you start. I would have thought that there might have been more than just three games on such a new phone but alas not. So what else do I have to say? This phone is neat, looks good and seems to do most things except the washing up after dinner
              ! Shame it doesn't come with a colour screen and camera but at the reasonable price for it you can't really expect much more. P.S. Sorry I can't comment on the WAP ability as I unfortunately can't get that service yet.

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              28.08.2003 17:40
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              The Samsung A800 comes across as a small and stylish phone but once you leave the store the likelyhood is that you will regret getting it. I would definately not recommend it to pay as you go users as because it is over priced. For the same money you could buy a much better quality phone. Also if you get in on contract it will be free but you are better off either paying a bit more money for a better phone or getting an alternative. The A800 is buy no means a disaster because in some ways it is a good phone. Its compact as has plenty of features for a phone its size. Its also the perfect Samsung for those who are not concerned about photo-messenging/colour screens etc. The highlight of the phone is its ringtones that are modern and funky! However, what it has gained on its predesessor, the A300, it loses equally. For example the battery life has improved but the reduction in size means that the phone is harder to use and the material the phone is made of is now very 'plasticy'. I have had my A800 for 4 months and the buttons are starting to come apart and the phone feels like its about to fall to pieces. The main disadvantage about the A800 is that the signal is significantly worse than other Nokia's i have used in the past. I find myself without signal in areas i would normally have a signal. Sometimes i can rectify the problem by turning the phone off and on but this can become tiresome when you want to make a quick call or send an SMS.

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                09.08.2003 05:56
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                Well where do I start? This phone is just fantastic, I bought it today and I am amazed with what it can do! It is certainly the best phone that I am ever likely to ever have. I bought this phone for £119.99 at C O M E T and it is fantastic for the price! I suggest SJ 1986 that you go for this phone! You get a 12 month warranty if the phone brakes! 40 poly-16 ringtones Wap enabled Voice activated calls The blue background is amazing too There is always something new to explore with this phone, and It is fantastic! You can download Polyphonic ringtones to suit your music taste! It has dual display and have a lovely colour plastic ring on the front so when your phone rings it lights up and looks lovely and sexy! It has a lovely loud ringing volume! Easy to navigate Menu! GO FOR IT, IT'S THE BEST PHONE EVER!

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                  03.08.2003 06:52
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                  I bought the A800 after reading good reviews for it, and needing a new phone after my Sendo started to pack up. I was originally torn between an Xelilbri phone, for it's originality and the fact that few other people would have it, and the Samsung, which is good, but pretty common. The original reasons I picked the phone were the polyphonic ringtones, the look of the phone, and the organiser features, which my last phone didn't have. Shallow, I know, but isn't that why we all pick our phones? It's pretty easy to pick up the gist of things after a cursory glance at the manual - the symbols are straight forward enough once you get used to them, although having the nine different keys in the circular set-up at the top was initially a little awkward. The ring-tones were pleasing enough - you can download more via text at www.o2.co.uk, or by registering at www.samsungmobile.com where you get 300 free credits for their own ringtones (between 0 and 20 credits each, although all but three Matrix tunes are Samsung's own - no chart songs or TV themes). However, if you want a simple 'beep' or something less fancy for the message alert, you'd have to download one. One particularly annoying feature is the fact that, any time the phone comes up with 'information', such as deleting a text or changing a setting, an irritating tune plays. You can by-pass it, if you're quick enough, by cancelling the information screen, but you can't turn it off. There is also supposedly a 'media box' feature for saving pictures you have downloaded or been sent, and yet neither Samsung nor o2 offer pictures to download...? You can organise numbers into caller groups (although the symbols for each are pretty naf), and assign one of seven service light colours to flash. Another plus is that you don't need to set up the WAP capabilities for the phone - I bought mine handset-only, and it came with the presets for
                  each different network already stored. Texting is easy with T9, although there is only the most basic symbol set - not even any brackets, and certainly no £ symbols or the like - so no smiley faces! Overall a good phone, smart enough for either the business-like or the fashion concious, the only down-sides being a few, in my opinion needless - niggles that Samsung shouldn't really have overlooked.

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                    18.07.2003 20:47
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                    what a dilema!! i am soo confused as to which mobile i should buy!! i am torn between the nokia 8310 and the samsung a800. i like my nokias and have owned 3 over the past 3 years!i like the nokias as they are easy 2 use but i was wonderin if i should go to something new, i,e, the samsung A800. i would like this phones as i have always wanted a 'flip' one! the only thing that is changing my mind is the fact that my friend has got it and id feel like i was copying! reading through many reviews on both of these models the samsung leads the way! so if ne1 would like 2 try and help me decide which phoine 2buy then i would be VERY grateful! plz reply to this review thanks very much!!

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                      04.07.2003 05:18
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                      ‘The Samsung A800- Sophistication at your fingertips’ is the slogan Orange use to promote this rather stylish phone. Sophistication is just what the phone acquires. I warn you that this phone takes time to adapt to. The phone is one of the smallest on the market, when folded. There isn’t much you can’t do with this phone. You can: - Assign ring tones and pictures to callers - Access Orange WAP services - Enjoy screen savers. - Use speed dialling to get in touch quickly - Control phone with voice features - Send and receive ring tones and pictures via text messages. The manual, which accompanies the Samsung A800, will vary with networks. The manual provided with my phone was from Orange and is concise although will need reading before you explore the phone as the A800 is not a phone you will adapt to easily. This is not because of the buttons, which are actually neatly laid out, but because of the menu navigation. The menu is mapped out as so: - Messages (inbox, out box, new messages etc) - Call record (missed calls, Received calls etc) - Voice Functions (Voice dial, Voice command, Voice memo) - Sound Settings (Incoming calls, Messages etc) - Phone Settings (Greeting Message, Display etc) - Organiser (New memo, Calendar, to-do-list etc) - Network services (call diverting, Call barring etc) - Fun Box (www browser, Games etc) - Information (Sport, Lifestyle, finance. Dependant on network) The A800 comes equipped with great entertainment. Firstly it is wap enabled, allowing access to mobile Internet. The adaptability of this is highly dependant on your network. However Orange have very good, direct links to Sport, Lifestyle and Finance pages. Secondly there is a great selection of games. Fortress, Space War and X-Fighter are all fun to play. Unfortunately there is not the option to download extra games but there is the ability to play games on-line, using WA
                      P. The tones pre-programmed into the phone are excellent and you will spend hours choosing your preferred tone (then again you can use all of them, assigning to different callers). There is also the option of adding to ring tone choices by receiving (and sending) ring tones (and pictures) by text message. Unfortunately the phone does not have a ring tone composer, such as many Nokia phones. The Samsung A800 is a typical businessperson’s phone. It’s small and compact and has a specific section for this stereotype; titled ‘Organiser’ this section of the phones menu has memos, a calendar, a to-do-list, a clock, an alarm, a conversion, a timer and a stopwatch. Text message creation can get some getting used to, especially if you have never used a Samsung before. Typically I’ll compare it with a Nokia. A Nokia phone uses ‘1’ as a space, the Samsung uses # as a space. ‘*’ Is used for punctuation on a Nokia, it is ‘1’ for Samsung. The phone is programmed to offer predictive messaging which becomes really annoying. You have to resort to the users manual to switch this off. Overall the Samsung A800 is a stylish, well-built phone. It does take some getting used to but once you have you’ll have hours upon hours of fun with it. The Samsung A800- Sophistication at your fingertips.

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                        I am supposed to be saving money up for various things such as furnishing my flat, getting some savings built up and various ?grown up? things like that. However, I have been a grown up since moving into my flat six months ago with my money and decided I was bored and wanted to be a little frivolous. So I treated myself to a brand new mobile phone. Yeah yeah I?ll hang my head in shame later. But first let me tell you about my new phone!!! Prior to this I have only ever used Nokia phones and my second phone is actually an 8310 so I did have some trepidation about using this phone as I had little beyond Nokia to compare it to. However, I need not have worried as, although I still believe Nokia cannot be beaten for ease of use the Samsung system is not far off and in looks is way way sexier. The phone itself is the now familiar Samsung ?clamshell design? in silver. This phone features a dual screen so that with the phone closed up you can still see the time and date, the amount of reception you are receiving and the battery life left on the phone. You can also see who is calling you prior to opening the phone so if you are feeling antisocial you can screen those calls out. The screen itself is set into a slight raised oval section in the centre of the top clamshell and under this oval is a small flashing light. On the left hand side is a single key which can be pressed up or down during a call to adjust the microphone volume, or can be used to reject incoming calls. At the base of the phone is a port for plugging in the charger, when you get the phone this has a protective rubber coating you can remove when charging and replace after. This seems like a pretty good idea but if you are anything like me you will put that little 1cm piece of rubber down somewhere and lose it ? at present I believe mine is on my bookcase somewhere. (Samsung do say you can throw this dust cover away but I figure it could be useful for travelling.) On the top of th
                        e phone is a small hole you can thread a carrying handle through and another rubber covered hole you can plug your hands free into. Unlike the rubber piece at the base though this one is actually secured to the phone so at least I still know where that one is. The phone also has an ariel which is a little over a centimetre long and coated in grey plastic. As a Nokia user I have had non ariel phones for a few years now but am sure that like the A300 it will not be long before stubby versions of this are available on the market and, in the meantime, this ariel seems remarkably sturdy and quite hard to damage ? just as well as I have a bad habit of keeping my phone in the back pocket of my jeans. The battery itself is very slim line with a small rubber covering over the clip securing the battery to the phone. Closed the phones dimensions are 80mm tall (inclusive of ariel) by 40mm wide at it?s widest point and 22mm measuring from the front of the phone to the back of the battery. It weighs only 68 grammes. This makes it pretty much the smallest phone Samsung make today with the S300 edging it out in depth by a measly 2mm. Apart from a Siemens I have seen it is just about the smallest phone I have seen on the market so far so if you are a tiny-phone-o-phile like myself this is one for you. So enough about the outside lets open ?er up. As you open it up the phone is bathed in a pale blue light ? as with the Nokia 8310 Samsung have elected to move away from that dingy green backlight in favour of the much more aesthetically appealing blue backlight which, to my mind, not only makes the phone look nicer but makes the characters easier to read. The inner screen sits below the earpiece receiver on the upper clamshell and is about 2cm across by about 2.5cm down so its not a huge screen which could cause problems if your site is not great although when lit up it is all pretty clear. On the lower clamshell are two ?soft? keys set on either side of a c
                        ircular ?navigation? key (I will move onto this feature shortly) and under the circular key is a clear key as well as the traditional green and red keys for beginning and ending calls (the red key also acting as a power key). The keys themselves are the traditional alphanumeric keypad but in keeping with the size of the phone are a bit on the small side and set flush into the phone rather than raised. This may represent problems for some people who have problems with their eyes or fingers. But enough about it?s sexy looks, after all it takes more than looks to build a successful relationships! I mentioned earlier the soft keys and the navigation key. These are the secret to moving around your menus. In the main screen the left soft key accesses your menu system whilst the right soft key accesses your phone book. Once in the menu system the left soft key is for entering menus or accepting settings whilst the right soft key is to reject settings or step back out of the menu. Above the on the screen is always the action you are about to do by pressing the key (shown as a pointing finger for the left key or a circular arrow for the right key). The navigation key as I have mentioned is circular and can be pressed in four directions. In the main menu this can be set up for quick access to certain settings on the phone ? for example on mine if you press the navigation key to the right I immediately enter the screen for writing an SMS. Once in the menu system the navigation key is used to scroll sideways through the different menus or up and down through each menu?s individual options. But what sort of options come with it did I hear you shouting at me? Or perhaps it was ?Get a bloody move on!? Either way I don?t blame you. The easiest way to tell you about it is probably to run you quickly through each menu but will hopefully without sounding like a dry technical manual. I will try and give my opinion at the end of each menu or I would have
                        a hell of a lot of summing up to do at the end. Battery I have already mentioned that the battery is slim line and clips to the back of the phone but should say a few words about battery life here. According to the official sites the battery life is up to 4 ½ days on standby with up to 3-5 hours talk time. I can?t say I have really thought about it that much but do have to recharge mine every 3 or 4 days. I seem to have to charge it more than my Nokia but it could be argued that I use it more. I use both my phones at different times of day as they are on different tariffs and the Samsung gets the heavier usage, which would probably account for the difference in battery life. The battery material is Lithium-Ion. Calling This is pretty much idiot proof with the red button for ending calls, the green one for initialising them and the phone book to access regular numbers but one interesting function this phone offers is the ability to mute the microphone during a call by pressing the C button so if you need to say something to someone else without your caller hearing you it is possible. The green key if held down before any numbers have been entered also brings up your call register for the twenty calls you have last made or received enabling quick access to your most popular numbers or those you need to go back to and ring again. Whilst calling you can also put the call on hold using the soft keys and, if your network supports it swap between calls if you have two coming in at once (you popular thing you!) During the call if you need to enter a number you can press the other soft key and the scratchpad will appear onscreen which acts as a notepad and you can enter the number using the keypad, once the call has ended the scratchpad will still be onscreen displaying that all important phone number. If you are multitalented you can also write and send or read SMS?s during a call or search through your phonebook. If you are
                        anything like me though concentrating on a conversation is often enough to keep my entire mind occupied! I find this range of functions pretty impressive but would probably not use them much myself tending to stick to my green and red buttons ? fab for all you technophiles though I would imagine! The Phonebook The phone like many modern ones has the ability to save phone numbers to the SIM card or the phone itself. You can save up to 100 numbers on your SIM but the phone has the capability to hold up to 2000 names with each name being able to have up to 5 numbers ? if you know anyone who needs space for 10000 phone numbers recommend this phone to them!!! However it is handy for each name to have five numbers as, for example my mum and dad have a mobile each as well as a landline so I simply save all three under the heading Mum and Dad for convenience. In this group you can also save email addresses (your phone can hold up to 200 of these) a URL, a graphic unique to them and the group you may choose to assign them to. These features are only for phone saved numbers and are not available on the SIM card. However, the SIM card?s limited space can work to your advantage if you can remember the number location the number you wish to dial is on. For example if you have Bob stored on the SIM card he will be assigned a location number ? for the sake of argument lets call this 15. To call him quickly you simply type in this number followed by the hash key and press send. Great if you have a good memory but I have the concentration span of a newt so I don?t see this being a feature for me. Back to the phone-phone book features. You can have up to five caller groups to assign people to (mine being Family, Friends, Work, Uni mates and Kickboxing) with each group having a different melody, colour (remember that flashing light on the front of the phone), graphic (from a choice of 19) and the ability for you to rename it. My only gripe with this, is
                        that unlike the Nokia you cannot have simply one type of memory in use (Phone or SIM) and as I like to have the same numbers on both memories for back up this makes scrolling through a lot slower as I have double entries. Using numbers from the phone book you can also assign nine numbers to various keys for speed dialling which I find a godsend as it saves me scrolling through for the numbers I use most frequently. Voice dialling is also available for up to 20 entries, if you set up the phone for voice dialling you simply have to open the phone and say the name. Like most phones I have tried with a voice function however you have to be somewhere quiet for recording and dialling as background noise interferes with the phones abilities so I will give this a miss. Messaging This was my biggest area of trepidation as I am so used to the Nokia predictive text system I did not know if I would manage any other. So I was pretty chuffed to find Samsung utilise the same system ? the T9 dictionary with the only difference being that the hash key is used for spaces instead of 0 and the 0 key scrolls through the different words available instead of the star key. The star key converts between capitals and non-capitals unlike the hash key on the Nokia so all the keys have simply shifted one position over. And if you are a technophobe when it comes to predictive text you can enter your letters manually the older way by using the soft keys to switch the dictionary off, on or into numeric or symbolic menus. As with many phones now you can preset messages to be sent quickly and easily in times when you in a hurry and send to many people at once. Impressively though this phone has the ability to send and receive media in it?s messages ? media being sounds or images. Obviously though the phone you are communicating with has to have the same ability. The inbox and outbox can hold up to 200 messages each I believe with some on the SIM and some on t
                        he phone. The inbox hold all the messages you receive whilst the outbox hold copies of all the messages you send so you will have to remember to empty both regularly before they start eating your memory up. There are also options for chatting on this phone where you converse by text message but the format is like a chat room. Can?t say I would have much call to use these but could be useful if you want to spend a fortune on texting! Call Records I?m sure this menu is familiar to anyone who has a phone and hold details of the last phone numbers to call you, missed calls or calls made as well as the time spent on incoming and outgoing calls. Not much of an opinion here as its not much more than a utility menu and only useful if you are on contract and trying to keep tabs of your phone usage. I probably would be a bit wary of a phone that didn?t have it though! Voice Functions I have already said a bit about this but you can also use voice to activate phone settings as well as phone numbers or to leave yourself memos. Personally until they improve voice functions as regards the background noise I have little use for it beyond the occasional bit of laziness when I actually remember my phone is capable of it. Sound Settings Ah! Here?s where we get to annoy people in public scrolling through our ring tones! (Funny how its never irritating til its someone else eh :P) You have the usual pre-programmed ring tones but unlike many phones these aren?t actually total dross! There is a pretty wide selection of ring tones though most are pretty classical sounding. My current fave is Winter swiftly followed by Ocean (which sounds suspiciously like the Little Mermaid) but I have different ring tones for my different groups anyway. I have heard people complain that the tones are pretty quiet but they are polyphonic and I noticed the same problem when my friend got her 3510 Nokia phone. I find as long as I keep max ring volume on I have no
                        problem hearing it. As I said the tones are polyphonic so they sound spectacular with each note being made of a variety of sounds for greater realism. You can also choose for your phone to alert you with melody only, light only, vibration only or vibration then melody. However, unless I have my phone on silent I chose melody only as vibration then melody does not run both alongside each other as my Nokia does but vibrates three times then starts ringing so I would probably miss my phone calls. For texts you have a choice between the ten pre-programmed SMS tones or one of the ring tones and the same choice of alerts as for phone calls. I have to admit to being pretty impressed by the sound settings on this phone, it would probably be better than my Nokia if it were not for downloading problems (more on that later). A quick side note on the silent setting: For those times you need to be that bit more subtle you can turn this phone quickly and easily to silent by pressing hash, all tones are then disabled but the phone will still vibrate to alert you of calls or texts unless you totally deactivate this also in the sound settings menu. It is a bit more limited than Nokia which offers you up to five profiles such as Silent, Discreet, General or Loud but since I only ever use general or silent on my Nokia anyway this is not a function I miss. You also have the standard functions such as warning and error tones and keypad tones but one feature I particularly like is the minute minder which is a function whereby you will get a beep every minute during a phone call ? I like this as I have a step down tariff on this phone and it lets me know when I get to three minutes but not everyone will be that impressed by it. Phone settings Another familiar menu. In this menu the phone can have a greeting message set for when you switch the phone on and you can make alterations to the phone display. On this phone the display resolution is 128x128 pi
                        xels and you can have a variety of pictures to use when switching the phone on or off ? if you use Samsung?s own it is even animated and pretty cool. You can also choose to have the Samsung logo on your main screen or one of 12 images ? there are room for 15 so I assume you can download more though I have not looked into it. Personally as most of these images are zodiac based I have my star sign on the phone and think it looks quite cool. For the external display you can choose between an analogue clock or a digital clock and you can choose whether to have a long or short backlight display. I find even long is not particularly long but have no real gripes with this menu but think it?s a pretty good way to individualise your phone and quite like it. Using this menu you can also change the colour of the flashing light on the front, your language and your quick menu. Do you remember that navigation key in the main menu being able to provide quick access to four functions ? well here?s where you set it up. You can also access your security numbers and reset your setting totally if you want to sell the phone or start over. Organiser In this menu you can set up to two alarms ? each with a choice of different tones. You can make these alarms once only or for the same time every day, week, month or year. You can access your memos, calendar, to do list, clock, calculator, currency conversion, timer and stopwatch. Most of the menu is basic and bog standard on most phones made nowadays but I do like the alarm function as I never get up at my first alarm and rarely at my second so this way I can ensure I don?t just roll over and go back to sleep (especially as I set one on my Nokia too and get bombarded by three alarms in 15 minutes!). Network Services This is another utility menu available on most phones today where you can set up your answer phone diverts and decide whether or not you want your number showing, if your network supports
                        it you can also set up call barring and call waiting. Mine does not so I have to admit I have very little use for this menu. Fun Box This is your WAP browser and games. The Samsung comes with three games, I have not played them in detail as I got bored but they are all shoot em up type games. Unlike the Nokia however if you leave in the middle of a game it does not save it for you so unless you are a hardened gamer you will probably tire of them quite quickly like myself. As I have said this phone supports WAP but does not have GRPS so this service does not come cheap as you pay for the time you are online rather than the information you download. You can also set bookmarks and manually enter URL?s. When you buy this phone by registering it online at Samsung?s home website you automatically are given points you can exchange for downloadable ring tones or graphics to the media box in the menu ? thus far however, I have had little luck doing so with the WAP as it keeps failing so unless I achieve some luck soon I think I will stop wasting my money and simply buy a PC link cable. In my opinion a fun menu but not one I have any real use for. My services I left this one til last as I am not sure if it comes with the phone or is there simply because I am on O2. It is a handy menu though as it provides me with a lot of useful phone numbers such as customer care and talking pages but again is not strictly necessary as all these numbers are already integrally stored on my SIM card. Other features The phone features dynamic memory meaning that memory is not strictly allocated to certain functions but rather the phone has a certain amount of memory which is shared between the various functions and after a certain minimum can be moved around so in my case I use none for voice dialling but more for texts. I think this is a pretty handy feature as it saves pointless memory usage on the functions you never access. The phone it
                        self will set you back £149.99 for Pay As You Go or SIM free and varies if you are buying it on a contract from free upwards. For this you get the phone, the battery, a SIM (unless you buy SIM free), a carrying strap, a hands free kit, a charger and a manual. The carrying strap is great and you can thread it through the top of the phone and loop it round your wrist, which prevents pick pocketing and helps you locate it, as it is a pretty small phone. The hands free is also pretty nifty as it is an earpiece and microphone attached to a neck strap which attached to the phone meaning you can sling your phone around your neck while using the hands free option which I find pretty handy. Overall I think this phone is more than worth the money you spend on it and will reward you tenfold in terms of usability and style. Even though I still think Nokia heads the market for user friendliness they will have to watch their backs as Samsung is heading up behind them at speed and looking good whilst doing so! Sorry this has been an exceptionally long one and you can unglazed your eyes and accept a pat on the back if you made it this far but for a phone this small and yet so crammed with functions I think a few words would have been unjustified. Get one now! Happy Hunting

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                          Ive probably had more phones than the carphone warehouse. This year alone i have had 6 new handsets. as soon as something new comes out i have it. I done it with colour screen phones, then camera phones. But last week or so, i decided to get myself the Samsung A800 purely becasue it looks like a wicked phone. And i wasnt dissapointed. I wanted a phone with a colour screen as they no doubt look better and enhance gaming and displays etc. I was willing to sacrifice this and buy the A800 (without a colour screen) regardless. The phone is small and stylish and is rammed with proper good features. its easy to use, the battery life (if left to run out completely before charging) is better than my 8310...in fact all my nokias and the phone in general is easy to navigate through and use. The dual screen is a bonus for when ex girlfriends or people from work ring (if your doing a bunk) and the games are pretty good too. Another nice advantage is the ability to downlaod wallpapers and screen savers from the samsung site. 10/10...rad phone.

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