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This was my old phone before I recently purchased my newest one, and I never had any problems with it in the 6 years that I owned it. Nowadays most phones last 2-3 years before you have to buy a new one, while mine lasted double that, so it is a very reliable phone, I only changed it because I wanted a more modern one.
At the time of the release of this phone I would have given it a much higher rating, but now with a better range of phones available it rating is much lower.
The size of the phone is quite chunky and is uncomfortable in the pocket. While it is small in terms of height, the thickness is large which it what makes is so uncomfortable, not as much of a problem if you keep you phone in a bag.
The features are basic as you would expect from such an old phone. It has a camera but at less than 1 mega pixel it is blurry and isn't going to be a substitute for your digital camera. No bluetooth or video, but you should be expecting that for such an old and cheap phone. It does however text and phone and it does it very well, it still preferred text on this phone than my current one as it was so much more simple to do and to select your contacts.
Sound quality was OK I don't remember having any problems with it didn't have too much trouble understanding what the caller was saying. Signal was always good, some how managed to get signal where my friends with the most up to date phones couldn't.
The battery life was very good, I only had to charge about once a week or so, although I didn't use it too much, if you were to use it loads then then you'd have to charge it more often.
The screen is small but big enough to see what your doing, picture quality won't be good for viewing pictures but good enough to read text. Basically its good enough to do the basics but is nothing great.
Overall this is a good simple phone, the only problem is that you can get better good simple phones very cheap now, that aren't so chunky, have more features such as bluetooth and a better camera. Therefore I would recommend buying a different phone even if you are on a budget as there are better phones out there for a low cost.
I brought this phone as it looks great, but that is its only good feature. The keypad is fiddly, the battery only lasts about a day before it needs charging again and it is forever crashing.
About a month after i brought the E800 the phone completely died on me, it would not turn on for love nor money!! It cost me £30 to fix the problem, some wire had broken, which is apparently a common problem with this model.
Another thing that i found useless with this phone is that you can download ringtones but i could not find a way to forward them on, either by text or infrared.
Well now the phone is at the bottom of my handbag and hasnt been charged for months!! I have reverted back to my faithful nokia
"Its year 2005 and I can honestly say that I don't know a single person above the age of 18 who doesn't own a mobile phone. My boyfriend drives me crazy telling me about the latest mobile technology but to tell you the truth, I just am not interested that much.
Now that is not saying that I don't care when it comes down to my own personal phone".
When I buy a mobile telephone I look for several things and take a lot into account.
First and foremost is price. I normally set myself a budget of £150 for an unlocked and sim free mobile phone. After considering the price margin I take into account the technological features that a particular model has.
This brings me to my review of the Samsung - E800 Camera Phone.
Design & Operation
The Samsung E800 really does look good, it differs a lot in comparison to the average Nokia type mobile phone (Candybar style) as it features a slide up/down front screen which is on a spring loaded mechanism. When opening the sliding front panel it is very quiet and easy to do simply do so by using your finger to push it up. It is a small phone weighing in at only 85 grams and that's including the battery! It sits nice and snug in the palm of your hand and is very stylish to look at.
The operation of this phone is very simple, it has the usual green (Answer) and red (Hang up) buttons, and these are situated on the front panel of the phone along with the navigation arrows. It's simply designed and would be perfect for even the mobile novice. Simply push up the slide up front cover with your finger to display the number keypad. It's as simple as that. One thing to note though is that if you have big fingers then this is probably not the phone for you, this is because the keys are small and close together.
The phone I have is white and silver in colour but for information purposes I do know that it can be purchased in red and blue as well. It has an internal aerial so there is not a long antenna poking out the top. The reception in general is very strong and clear but again this is also dependant on the network provider. It certainly isn't bulky and will fit very easily into any pocket.
The phone itself has been made well; the spring mechanism is very resistant to being pushed about so it doesn't just literally pop open when in transit. Having had this phone for now 6 months, I haven't got any noticeable scratches on the facia, it goes in my handbag with my keys and other objects so am very surprised at how well the casing has withstood general wear, I will give this model 9/10 for robustness as I feel this is very important when making a buying decision.
"I am not simply going to write a list of what the phone can and can't do; I want to explore in-depth some of the benefits of what this mobile has to offer as far as the technology is concerned".
Noise Cancellation Functionality: My favourite thing that this phone offers me is the 'noise cancellation technology' that is embedded within. This proves to make the clarity of the speakers' voice crystal clear for you to hear. It works by cancelling echoes and ambience around the speaker. This is very beneficial to me, as with a lot of mobile phones I have owned it's sometimes difficult to hear the other person. This is definitely a good marketing point for Samsung as this is the first phone in the world to have this technology.
Background Noise Sensitivity: The E800 also has what they call a 'background noise sensitivity' device fitted so that you can literally stand in a crowded area and still hear the person's voice on the other end - perfect if you are often out and about in pubs and clubs. This is another feature that enhances the overall technological specification for me.
TFT Screen: The E800 boasts a 65,536 colour TFT screen which is very impressive especially when in camera mode. When in use, it offers bright colours and bold text and images can be displayed in 'widescreen'. This is where I became extremely impressed with this particular model of phone. The clarity of images and menu's are sharp and distinctive which aids detail and precision when playing games and using the phone in general.
VGA Camera: Another major technological point to make about this mobile phone is the superb VGA solution camera that is has. It makes for clear pictures and with the built in digital zoom you can capture anything whilst on the move, I have taken some fabulous shots with my E800 and with the strong flash it has, it just adds to the enjoyment of using it to take my snaps. Now the camera may not be top of the range to date, but for general use or a quick snap it is very handy indeed. The camera mode also offers effects such as night mode and multi-shot action snaps which are also good fun to use.
WAP 2.0: Being able to interact via technological advances such as WAP is very important to a lot of people including me. The E800 offers WAP 2.0 which is fast and offers a strong connection - obviously this is also dependant on the network provider. Accessing WAP is very simple from literally the touch of a single button on the keypad you can be browsing WAP sites and playing online JAVA games with the in-built JAVA applet. You can access allsorts of other valuable information via WAP and you can even download email applications to use on your phone, it's very reliable when checking emails on the move.
Infra Red: With the internal infra red port, I normally send my pictures taken on my E800's camera to my computer or I will email them to myself to access on my PC. I also use the infra-red port to transfer images and ringtones to and from other people's mobile phones and devices. It's fast and easy to activate on/off and doesn't use up a lot of the battery power.
Battery Life: This is an important point of every mobile phone and I can say that to-date I have never been truly impressed with any mobile phone's battery life. Samsung claim that the stand-by time is 130 hours but I would be more inclined to say 96 hours and that's at a push. Talk time is around 2 hours which I think is about average although Samsung again claim that it will last 2.5 hours. I personally don't take this as a disappointment as like I said I have never been impressed with any manufacturers' battery life and I have used Nokia, Sagem and Sony Ericsson phones to name a few.
Re-charging: With regards to re-charging the battery of the E800, it is very easy; the phone comes with a standard in-wall charger and takes about 2 hours to charge fully. The charger plugs into the bottom of the phone itself and again is simple to use.
Entertainment & Media
Polyphonic Ringtones: The E800 has very clear polyphonic ringtones which support Midi and SMAF formats. They are available to download directly via WAP or to transfer from your pc via data cable or infra red. The speaker volumes can be altered to a level that's best for you. As I find with a lot of polyphonic ringtones, when in a bag or pocket it can be hard to hear them ring, not with the E800; the ringtones are very easily heard and are very distinguishable from the next persons.
Games: With the 6mb of internal memory you can store quite a few games with ease. The phone comes with 2 or 3 as standard but of course with the WAP capabilities you can easily download more. With supporting Java, again this is another superb feature of the E800.
Wallpapers, Skins & Screensavers: With support for JPEG, GIF and AGIF picture formats you can customise your phones wallpaper to a picture of your choice. We all fancy a change from time to time so I constantly take pictures with the camera and then set them as my wallpaper or as my screensaver. There are no customisation limits with what you can do with the E800. You can even change the colour of the skins to one of 4 presets.
"Okay, so the above in-depth points are to me, the best features of this mobile phone. However this is the bit where I fill in the other gaps for your information .."
Menus & Operation: The user menu icons are slightly animated but no so much that it becomes annoying. The menus are in my opinion very simple to use and the shortcuts make for easy use. You can customise most of the features on the phone by literally pressing only 2/3 buttons so there is no sifting through menu - submenus.
Personal Management: The E800 features personal management functions such as a calendar, scheduler, multiple alarms, a calculator, a phonebook (up to 1000 entries) and currency converter.
Call Management: It also features call management functions such as timing the duration of calls and the call costs function is very useful to use if you are using a prepay network.
Speakerphone: You can activate the speakerphone which adds to convenience of use by simply pressing a single button on the handset. The flip doesn't even need to be up to use this feature.
You may also want to confirm that the E800 is SMS and MMS compatible - its more than compatible, it's very simple to use and you can add audio, text and pictures at the touch of a button.
Platforms: For those of you who may be wondering, the E800 is Dual Band (Will work in America and India) and is GPRS (Class 10).
In The Box
When purchasing this phone you will be given an in-wall charger, an in-depth user manual and a small lanyard with an attached screen cleaner. It's always worth asking the retailer if they can throw in a hands-free kit for free as well.
Where To Buy
The Samsung E800 is still a relatively recent release so is available in most high street mobile phone retailers. It will inevitably be cheaper to purchase it online so a search on www.kelkoo.co.uk will return a competitive result. I got mine on special offer for £139.99 so it's worth looking about.
This phone is available to buy locked to a network or unlocked/sim free. For the latter expect to pay a bit more.
There are various accessories that are available to buy for the Samsung E800; these again will be available on the high street and on the internet.
For further information you can visit the Samsung website:
If you are looking for a phone that offers class, reliability, robustness yet being able to cope with daily functions then this is, without a doubt, the phone for you. There is only a single complaint I have about this phone and that is that it's not Bluetooth compatible, but seeing as it is infra-red, it still offers no limitations in general daily use for me a moderate mobile phone user.
© grown_up_girlie, October 2005.
The distinctive feature of this phone is the sliding action, the novelty of which runs out quickly! The design of the phone is attractive, but it has a very small keypad so it is not good for people with large fingers! The paint is easily scratched and dented, however it is relatively durable. The slide action means the phone can be used without the keypad having to be shown. It also comes with a key ring for extra visual effect. The phone lacks many features such as blue tooth and video capturing. The camera is often blurry and unclear. Nevertheless, it comes with added flash, which does enhance the image. The phone book and messaging services are standard, although the message memory does store up to as many as 200 SMS. It has GPRS meaning sending and receiving picture or short sound messages is possible - this is one of the best aspects of the phone. For people who are heavily into text messaging, it offers many added animations and sounds to add to messages which i have not seen on other phones ad it is a nice idea for young teens. The wallpapers, displays and screen savers are original and cute, and it offers a feminine touch to the phone. The ring tones are certainly different, some comical and very appealing for the younger user. The "Fun Box" offers you the chance to play and download games and to access the Internet, but personally i rarely/never use this feature. It is more suited to a person who is just looking for a phone to complete the basic functions easily with minimum fuss and effort; it is not suited to someone looking for state of the art technology.
The Samsung e800 is one of the most stylish phones on the market. it has a completely different style to any other mobile and instantly differentiates you from the crowd.
The phone is light and compact and easily fits into any pocket while still managing to be user friendly and practical.
The paintwork becomes easily scratched, and as t s chrome unfortunately it shows!
Ease of use
The buttons are small enough so they don't distract from the overall look of the phone but can still be used without problems, although they take a bit of getting used to.
The navigation system within the phone is virtually the same as all phones but if you are used to using nokia phones then you may notice some slight changes including the positioning of the security features and the clock.
The best function of the phone in my opinion is the incredibly bright flash, the brightest on the market, which not only improves picture quality but doubles up as a torch if you ever find yourself stumbling through the dark!
The camera had a good quality camera and a large memory capacity, i have around 50 pics on mine and there is no indication of the memory filling up.
Since i have had this new phone have had vituallt no peforance ssues with it. however i have notices the phone has turned tself off a few times, whether ths was due to the positioning of the phine in my pocket or a fault in the phone i dont know.
The main problem that i have noticed with the phone is the distinct lack of service. i have been unable to send messages and make calls even though other people on the same network have been able to standing next to me and even though the phone displays a full signal bar. however this has improved since April.
Another problem is that the "add word" function in text message composer automatically starts in capital letters and the dictionary seems to "forget" words that you have added! this can be extremely infuriating.
Due to the bright colour screen the battery is drained quickly and you can only get 3days moderate use out of the phone before it needs recharging.
This is also the second phone of the same type i have had as the first one suffered from an infuriating problem of colour running of the screen when the slide top was closed. this is a technical fault in many of the models and i am not sure if the manufacturers have corrected it.
The slider becomes stiff over tme, i dont know if a spot of greace would clear this up?
To increase the battery life. reduce the brightness of the screen and reduce the time t takes for the phoe to turn off the backlight due to inactiity.
Furthermore you dhould have a static picture as your wall paper instead of the animated versions. (yes I know they look cool)
Hope this helps
I have had my phone for nearly 4 months now and think its absolutely fantastic. I have not had any problems with it. As far as call making goes, its easy to use and calling up contacts is easy through the use of a readily accessible phonebook. Texting is relatively easy, the small buttons close to the rim of the top part of the phone is uncomfortable at first, but you fail to notice this in a week or so, so use of keys is simple. It has a good camera on the phone (640x480 pixels) and has a flash so pics can be taken in the dark. I am disappointed it has no bluetooth but it's not a major problem. As well as this, the battery life is not as good as expected, but it still lasts about 3 days. Despite this though, it is a great phone and would recommend it to anyone lookin for stylish phone thats good for calling and texing with a decent camera.
lovely phone, massive phone book, and address book, excellant choice of tones etc good games available extra ringtone down loads available too. brilliant camera and video facilities camera has a good zoom feature which is quite rare for the price of the phone. choice of wallpapers and you can pick one of the photos you have taken to use as well. nice loud volume too, choice of message tones available. mms messaging available too. wap browser included. i love this phone I have owned about 20 phones so far and this one is the best
You know youve 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 arent 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, its 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 its a pretty good deal. Otherwise this phone is more than worth the £280 to pay for its unattached services, which is the way Id quite like my Bellucci (unattached that is, for I am no kerb-crawler!!!)
Look and Build (9/10)
Given the fact that the Siemens SL55 slide-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 wasnt 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. Dont worry, it wont open of its own accord or when placed in a bag.
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.
Usability and Screen Size (8/10)
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.
The usability of the phone, away from the keys, is actually quite good. You can make and receive phone calls without sliding the phone open, which is a plus, although the call quality then becomes less clear. The menu is easy to access, is clear and shortcut keys cover the basic tools, such as new message, WAP connection, call history, silence and the camera. Along the left-hand side of the phone is a slider bar that allows call volume to be altered. On the right-hand side are the camera button, allowing you to take a self-portrait more easily, and a flap that can be lifted in order to plug in the hands-free kit. These buttons are all a silver colour and do not detract from the look of the phone.
Call Quality (9/10)
Calls sound quite clear on this phone and reception tends to be fairly good considering Samsung have removed the aerial that Nokia did away with so long ago. Using this phone on Orange, I do lose some signal in the country, often losing reception completely, but this is often the network, not the phone that is the problem. My V200 did that on occasion where I live, as does the E800.
Samsung have finally added the ability to add words to the predictive dictionary, something that had annoyed me before. Now, coupled with a more enhanced texting system (it works better for using capital letters etc than before, rather than just using caps which none of us like receiving), sending messages is more of a joy than it ever was. The phone holds 200 texts, which I see as more than adequate as I usually only use the sim card, and 150 photo messages.
Key Features (8/10)
GPRS The fastest WAP loading I have come across so far. I used to sit there patiently, waiting for data to load on my V200 but now the E800 zips through it, making for a more enjoyable experience. The E800 also has a more advance caching system built in, thus allowing pages to be loaded even more quickly and, when pressing the back button on the browser, the pages are usually saved and thus pop up immediately. I applaud the fact that within WAP sessions, if you enter data into a text box, the E800 tends to keep track of this during that connection and will offer you the option to input it again when returning to that page, something that previous phones failed to do.
Camera Taking pictures is easy enough and the phone memory can store a great number (Im not exactly sure as it all depends on how many ringtones etc you have stored). The picture quality is fairly good, much better than the V200, with 4x digital zoom, which I find quite pointless, brightness control, image effects (sepia, negative, emboss, sketch), and also a flashlight, which works very well and can be controlled manually as well as automatically. Pictures can be taken in a number of sizes (maximum 640x480 pixels) and differing quality depending on the number of photos youd like to store. Having used the Samsung V200 camera a fair bit, this is certainly a marked improvement but still falls a little short of making it worthwhile against carrying a separate digital camera.
Java The Java function is meant to allow better WAP surfing (I agree), better gaming (Im not sure see below), and use of enhanced applications (where are these?). Well, as far as Im concerned it does wonders for the WAP, allowing web pages to load with more data etc. than before.
Ringtones Much better than the V200 and other phones such as the Sony Ericsson T600 but obviously doesnt compare to downloading a tone of your favourite artists etc. At least Samsung have removed many of the clown/circus noises that the V200 made.
Games Two games are included, Bubble Smile (I have no idea how to explain this one but it doesnt last long enough and relies on a lot of luck) and Snowball (where you throw snowballs at opponents and try not to get hit yourself, quite pointless if you ask me). Although you can download new games to the phone, the ones included are pretty appalling. I remember the Tetris my Ericsson used to have a few years ago, which still remains a better game than any of these new creations. The Java enhancement doesnt seem to have made enough of an impact to the idea behind the games but does improve the gameplay and colours involved.
Dual Band Works in Europe but not in the U.S. (if Im not mistaken), which could be a problem for some travellers. Considering the general cost of calling when abroad I dont particularly see a problem with this only being dual band.
Photo Caller Id Obviously the phone has caller ID but picture ID has been added, where you can use pictures you have taken or some stored on the phone. However, the disappointing thing is that you cant use downloaded pictures in this section, something I had hoped to do.
Noise Reduction According to the manufacturer, the E800 comes equipped with noise reducing technology, which cancels out excess ambient noise so that the person on the other end only hears your voice. It also has inbuilt voice clarity, which raises the volume of a call if there is too much noise around. I have yet to try these out but definitely sound good.
Loudspeaker Samsung have also added a loudspeaker option, which is useful when waiting for call centres to take you off hold, rather than waiting for hours with the phone my your ear. It is quite loud and fairly clear.
Battery Life (9/10)
So far I have had no problems with battery life. The manufacturer claims 5 hours talktime and 200 hours standby time but I dont know many people who havent used other phone functions at the same time, so it is hard to judge exactly. Using the phone for WAP services, quite heftily in testing the phone to its very limits, and also making and receiving calls, the phone tends to last 2 days, but with lighter use I would see the manufacturer guidelines to be fairly correct.
I received the phone with a small item to attach to the phone, which you can then place around your finger in order to secure the phone when talking on it. Goodness knows how this actually attaches, but I am sure Ill work it out if I can be bothered to use it. The charger is obviously present as well as a hands-free kit, which has now been upgraded by Samsung and looks stylish too. It appears that the company have aimed this phone to be as much a technological achievement as a designer accessory. The manual is very easy to understand and pretty much redundant as the phone is self-explanatory. No data cable was included with this phone (maybe Orange dont provide it, I dont know) and no CD with the software to use with a data cable. This will be available on the Samsung site, but with the V200 the size of the file was around 75MB, which is a problem for dial-up modem users.
Very impressive overall as the phone works, looks and sounds superb. Despite the obvious qualms of incorporated ringtones, lack of space between keys and some technical annoyances such as not adding downloaded pictures to photo caller ID, the phone is pretty damn good. I like the enhancements Samsung have made to their phones. They now seem to operate a little more like Nokias, with predictive text learning etc., but have a more aesthetic look to them. The general annoyances are far outweighed by the pure enjoyment of the phones functions and look. Although £280 would seem a lot for a phone, a £50 upgrade or less is certainly a worthwhile investment considering the technology you are getting. Understandably there is no Bluetooth but I havent really seen many chances to exploit this technology anywhere yet, apart from headsets. The infrared, on the other hand, works better than any Samsung before. By activating this and placing the phone near an infrared compatible laptop, it was immediately recognised in Windows XP as the E800 and thus could be used to access the Internet, if you are interested in that.
SAR (Radiation) The phone was tested and had an output of 0.32W/Kg, where the guidelines are 2W/Kg.
I have read many reviews of this phone myself, I decided to get it because this phone was the best! It had very few bad points of which I will go into later.
First of all, its sliding, it works well, it doesnt break. Controls are easy to use, easy to navigate and texting is good, the predictive allows you to add more words. High text message storage (200 on phone + 20 on Sim) it has a high quality camera (640x480) and you can store hundreds of them at that quality. The flash, well I prefere to call it a flash light, its bright as anything and can be used as a torch. Battery lasts and its a great little phone.
Only downsides are, no bluetooth which is frustrating at times, only dual band so no holidays to the US. Those are the only two main ones. Then the minor ones come in, the screen stays lit while it re-charges, which I find annoying while trying to charge at night, it has passwords for stupid things (such as resetting counters) and finally it takes some getting used to as the keys under the slide have a rim around them, which feels uncomfortable at first, but trust me, you get used to it.
Had the phone since August, no problems, no button breakage, no screen damage, its still in pretty good condition and it works a treat. I highly recommend!