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Having seen (and discounted) the iphone I was excited about the arrival of the F700 and advance ordered one as an upgrade from Vodafone. Out of the box first impressions were good - nice look and feel but it has been all down-hill from there.
1. The interface for applications (not phone or text) is good, cool and funky and you'll soon be diving through the tactile interface with speed.
2. Sending texts and making calls however is a pain in the b**t as finding contacts in the phone book is not quick and easy. For example with my nokia E71 I hit the phone book, start typing a name and all matches immediately appear. With the F700 you follow the following steps: i) press the screen activate button (probably also unlocking the screen first as leaving it unlocked is not wise). ii)at this point you press the 'numeric' touch button(main screen) and dial a number in (quickest if you know the number) or select the phone book item which presents you with a search box and the top few entries of your phone book. iii) a few options now to find the right person a) flick down the list with your finger until you find the right person (initially looked cool but is really slow) b) touch the search box and use the touch screen keyboard to enter a search string (unfortunately this does not do substring search so if you are looking for John Smith and you type John it wont work)then touch the tick box which takes you back to the call screen. If the name you want is shown you touch it and can press call if not you can flick up or down the list or go back and re-enter another search string. This whole process has to be experienced before you believe how bad it is!!! Sending texts has the same associated trauma, finding the person you want to text in you phone book is incredibly painful. Once you are in a call the screen locks so that you don't trigger anything on the touch screen with your face. This means that to end a call you have to press the screen activate button and then touch the 'tiny' end call button.
The problems experienced thus far are that the screen doesn't always seem to reactivate when you touch the button so in the worst case it took about 15 seconds to end a call. Everything not associated with calls and texts works well which, if it were aimed at being a multi-media device it would be good, the full keyboard is great for web browsing and the touch screen works well.
Ergonomically and aesthetically i thought this phone was absolutely brilliant. Everything was quick to load, and typing on the keypad was a great experience and having the option to also use the screen sold me on the phone. The camera takes decent photos considering it is a 3 MP camera, and I took over 2000 in a year on it, such was the quality. It made me leave the camera at home on many occasions. The screen is very responsive on the phone, and the Croix UI is very good looking.
However, the phone is not in the least bit customisable. There are no apps to download, the phone does not carry anything like Android or Symbian, which is a huge frustration. The organiser and the calendar are also fairly limited in terms of functionality. Musicstation - the music shop on the phone at £8 a month is similar to Spotify in terms of it is a rent rather than a purchase of songs, takes a long time to download anything and is quite outdated.
The bare bones of what you get on the phone though are very good, it's just a shame you can not add to them, apart from expensive, average games.
This phone had a hefty price tag (at least in the Republic of Ireland where I bought it) which has depreciated considerably in less than a year since it was bought.
Nice looking phone, although a little chunkier than I personally like but then it does have a slide out QWERTY keyboard (which I have to admit I never used but did like to show off to people).
As other reviews have said, this phone does take getting used to when you first buy it which can be considerably frustrating when you are trying to send a quick text message to someone. Even now, almost a year later i still have the odd problem (i want a h, press the h but get a p).
Internet is easy to use, and very visible. You can view facebook, bebo etc on here very easily and you can also watch sky tv although it has to be said that it is sky mobile tv which is completely different and in my opinion not worth paying to watch - great to show off to people though!!
The major downside i had with this phone is that it is now a pain to charge, you can leave it charging for an hour and it hasn't charged a bit and turns itself off. It charges better when phone is off, but you obviously can't use it then. however, it probably just needs a new battery.
i would recommend this phone if you got it at a decent price.
A great iphone challenger but nothing near an iphone killer. I've had the privilege of owning both, the F700 first. out of the box its an amazing bit of kit the touch screen combined with the qwerty keyboard offers masses of usability and functionality. this makes navigating the menus and use of the text and internet functions a delight. it is a great shame that this phone is let down by the lack of wireless and overall speed. Once the phone gets bedded in and memory and caches begin to fill the phone does slow somewhat significantly. But who cares when you have a handset that looks this good! And that didn't cost the earth from apple. Sadly this joy is short lived. Seems samsung didn't make the phone as durable as we all hoped t would be. Mine was sent in for repairs at least ten times for various faults and the paint and finish not been covered on the warranty remained in a sorry state. I have now retired the F700 in favour of the iphone 3g. To summarise, the samsung is packed to the rafters with clever quirks and is supremely user friendly its just a same it doesn't last. Unless you treat your phone like pot doll it's a money pit best avoided.
Despite the phone having a host of features - from touch screen through to QWERTY keyboard, and the all important 3 megapixel (MP) camera...using them is another thing. All phones take a while to get used to, but the F700 takes a long time to perfect the skill of scrolling and navigation, as well as the unusually small QWERTY keyboard. The phone is prone to freezing when switching between landscape and portrait screens. The 3MP comes out as well as the 5MP of Nokia because of such a high quality vivid screen. Also the high quality wide screen is perfect for navigating websites AND watching films. The phone is certainly durable and full of high quality features, and strengths of the phone would include the ability to read full screen email and viewing websites as well as being able to switch between touch on-screen keyboard as well as the QWERTY keyboard, however users must watch out for the unfriendly first few weeks of usage, as well as the prone of this phone freezing. However, if you can get hold of this rare gem - do!
The Samsung F700 is by far one of the best mobile phones ive ever had. I bought this phone for £300 from a friend and i havent regretted it yet!
The F700 is a highly multimedia & technology focused phone which comes in a beautifully designed handset and has many features such as a positioned slideout QWERTY keypad, full touch screen controls, 3.15 mega pixel camera wich is built into the handset discretely for excellent quality capturing of photos and videos.
The phones screen is 2.78 Inches in size and is fully touch screen controlled wich means the user can access menu's for games, text messages, media player and more.
The phone comes with High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network which allows the user to enjoy high speed technology on the move which provides speed up to 7.2 Mbps.
The phone works on a tri-band network, and will automatically switch between network bands when in use. The f700 also comes with bluetooth connectivity wich means it can access compatible devices without the use of wires for sharing files such as photos, music and video. However, if there is a need for wires, maybe to connect to your computer, there is usb connectivity on the side of the handset.
the handset has a built in mp3 player wich allows you to transfer music from your computer, and play it on your phone. the sound qulaity of the phone is amazing which comes in handy when you can have mp3's and realtone music for your ringtones!
The Samsung F700 comes with a full HTML browser which can provide the user with access to the Internet any time they like, day or night. The QWERTY keypad comes in handy when surfing the internet as it makes the word input so much easier than multiple pressing of buttons trying to find the right letter, this especially comes in handy if the user wishes to use the instant messaging service supplied with the phone.
The F700 takes a few days of getting used due to all the features, so you will find yourself just playing with the phone more than anything in the first week or so, but id still give this phone a definate thumbs up. I would reccomend it to anyone looking to buy a new phone, especially to someone looking to buy something much like the Iphone.
This phone has everything and more that you want from the perfect phone... it has a fantastic design, and will always impress when you take it out your pocket. the touch screen is amazing and fantastically made, and with the slide out keypad, its gives the phone that extra bit of character that is missing from other touch screen phones.
there is almost nothing bad that i can say about this phone. when i bought it i was so impressed that i couldnt put it down for the whole day, exploring all that it has to offer, with google maps on the applications, that lets you zoom right up to your front door, how can you fail to be impressed?
notice how, at the beginning of the last paragraph i say "almost"... i have yet to talk about the camera..
Yes, it has great effects, such as black and white, sepia and other effects you find on other phones.
Yes, it has a front and a back camera.
Yes, it has multiple frame shots, and it also has some amusing shutter tones, but is a phone of this quality, with everything it has, good enough with just a 3.0 megapixel camera?
during the normal day time, it take ok photos at best, but try taking one at night, even with the flash, No chance!
The Samsung F700 is a great touch screen phone. It comes with a 2.78 inch TFT 262K colour screen.
It has a 3 megapixel with autofocus and flash. It has different photo effects. It also has a second camera for video calling. The video recorder records in MP4 format with different quality levels. It also has a video streaming feature.
When looking at the messaging features of the Samsung F700 it allows you to send SMS, EMS, MMS and E-mails. These are all great features and not all mobile phones offer these features especially the E-mail feature which is great.
The Samsung F700 has a music player which plays a variety of formats including MP3 which is the most popular format. You can also make your own play list for your favourite songs. It has polyphonic ringtone as well as MP3 ringtones and you can also have vibration alerts.
It is a JAVA enabled phone so if already comes with some games for you to play and you will also be able to download some more games.
The organizer of the Samsung F700 has various applications. It has phonebook which all phones have. Again it has alarm clock and clock which all phone have. Here comes the good part because it has a Currency Converter, Calculator, Calendar, To Do List, Stop Watch, Call Timer, Offline Mode, Document Viewer, Flash User Interface, VibeTonz Technology and the last feature I will tell you is the best because it also has a QWERTY keypad which is great for texting and saves time.
Different service providers have different features built in their phone so you will probably get some more features. I had mine from Vodafone and they had software like iTunes in the phone so I could download music from the internet. It probably costs you if you go on the internet so it is better to ask the customer advice centre before accessing the internet and lose money.
The Samsung F700 has Bluetooth, 3G HSDPA, USB connection, GPRS class 10 and EDGE. These are all great features and we use them everyday. I think it should also have WIFI which will probably make it the best selling phone. It has an HTML browser and WAP 2.0
The Samsung F700 weights only 139grams. It has a stand by time of 350 hours and talk time of 4.5 hours. It is only 16 mm thick. It comes with a memory of 100 megabytes and a micro SD card memory slot.
Overall I think it is a great phone packed with great features.
Thank you for reading my review about Samsung F700.
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The samsung f700 is a really really good phone,dont get drawn into the iphone hype,ok iphone looks cool,and has a good touch screen but thats where it ends,its more of a gadget really to be honest.This is just as good,and more of a phone,u have a bigger camera,you can take videos,more speed,even better connectivity.Look at one its stylish,it draws attention whenever you pull it out,its easy to use,id say quicker to get the hang of it than the iphone,and more robust than an L G Viewty.Give it a try you will not be dissapointed after you've had it for a week or so,you wont be dissapointed,this is a really great phone,it does everything really good,not just one or two things fanatastic and thats all.You will be amazed and shocked.