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I used the Samsung SGH-G800 for twelve months a year or so ago. It is a slide phone with two digital cameras registering 5mpx quality. There is one camera on the reverse of the phone (so that you can use it as a digital camera, lens out to the subject, screen to you so you can see the frame), and one on the front (obstensibly so that you can use the video call function whilst watching the other person on the screen, but also great for the myspace generation - want to take your own photo? No need for weird twisted angles in order to see yourself in a mirror at the same time with this baby!).
The phone itself is quite heavy. I was disappointed at first when I took it out of the box. It felt quite large in my hand compared to my old phone, and I was almost tempted to send it back. Don't despair at the weight and size, though! I can confirm that it does fit into skinny jeans' pockets! There is a noticeable bulge, indeed, but that can be quite a conversation-starter. Ha.
The G800 is indestructible. I suffer permanently from dropsy. I'm clumsy and a little bit careless and still - the phone survived a year with me. In fact, it still works perfectly well and performed fabulously as a temporary replacement when I dropped my iPhone into some water (told you I was clumsy). The one issue I had with it in terms of its health was after a trip to the beach, a few grains of sand behind the slider. It was easy enough to sort out with a cotton bud but until I figured that out it was quite stiff to move for a while.
I can really recommend the G800 heartily. I had no problems with it other than the initial worry about size and weight. The picture quality is excellent and I definitely do miss that now that I have an iPhone. I also miss the ability to take video shots. The phone does so much and if you end up being a mini-mobile-photography buff, you can extend the storage space for photos and videos with a mini-SD card.
Having been initially drawn to this phone due to its looks, I was soon reminded by 'don't judge a book by its cover'. The specifications looked good on paper, but I found that the phone was just not as good as it could and should have been. The interface of the phone seemed very sluggish, although the grid style menu on the phone was very bright and easy to see. The sub-menus were also very easy to navigate through also.
The screen is very large and easy to see. The buttons on the top part, near the screen were very easy to use, a not too sensitive which is good. The two buttons on the left and right however were a bit awkward as they were unnecessarily small in my opinion. The buttons, including the numbers lit up as well with a white glow which made it easy to see, but did require quite a bit of force to properly register the action.
The phone is average size when closed, however, I would say it is a lot thicker than other phones, which is a bit annoying when you have it in your pocket as it is a bit big! However, i think this is designed to accomodate the 5 megapixel camera on the back of the phone which I found was very good. It has a metal cover which slides downwards to protect the lens, however, dust and dirt does build up easily in it! It is designed to turn the turn the camera on its side like a conventional camera with a button located in the same position like on a camera also (shown on near bottom right side of the picture). Alternatively, the middle button on the phone can be used.
The metal casing is very strong and protects the camera from damage, however, if you drop it, it does scratch easily and in one instance I managed to slightly dent the back.
Battery life is quite good and will last a couple of days on moderate usage, with power hungry features such as the music player, video or camera reducing it.
I had this mobile on contract and was impressed to begin with as there is a vast amount of features. However, in pictures the handset itself looks slimmer than it actually is. I was surprised at how big and bulky it was. The screen is a fantastic size, great for when browsing the internet, taking photos or texting. One problem I have found with the camera and flash on this handset is that when I had the flash on, it would take the photo once the flash had gone off so the pictures were always dark. Whereas with other phones the flash stays on throughout the duration of taking a photo, this Samsung's flash flashes but not in time with the moment you capture the photo. Something else I found was that when browsing the internet and trying to log into different websites, there is no where you can get an underscore which meant I was unable to go on nearly every website I wanted to. So if you have usernames or email addresses with underscores then I wouldn't recommend this mobile for mobile use. Saying that, the format of the phone is easy to use without too many difficulties. It took some time to get to know how to use all the features but once I did I found the phone a good handset. The battery life did reduce after a couple of weeks but found that if I left the handset off for a day that it came back to last a few days again. Overall a good phone with just a few downfalls, in my opinion.
I had been looking for a new phone for a contract and went with this phone. I chose it because it had a 5 megapixal camera and advertised as the phtographers choice. When it arrived I did think it was a bit chunky but i think it adds o the character of the phone. The phone is also very robust and has been able to stand being dropped and getting wet. The camera is really easy to use and the zoom is amazing. The pictures i have taken are of excellent quality and the bluetooth on the phone is really useful to link the pictures. The keypad is really easy to use and you can tect really quick on there. I also think the setup menu and settings are easy to change however there is not much variety. I didn't read the instructions and i haven been able to find my way around really easily. The only thing that is not so good about this phone is that the battery life is not very good. But overall i would reccomend it.
The Samsung G800 is the mobile phone I decided to opt for when renewing my contract last year. Although the phone itself is quite large compared to newer models out nowadays, I picked this one as it is advertised as 'The Photographer's Choice', meaning that it has a good camera on it.
Other benefits of this model include easy use, due to the slide up action it has, and I have also found that the internet is extremely useful and easy to use (although on my contract it costs a hell of a lot!)
The camera itself is 5.0 megapixels, and provides clear pictues, with an optional anti-jog function. Video's can also be recorded at good quality.
The phone also has an FM radio function, allowing you to listen to local and national radio stations, although this can only be done using the headphones provided, as not to annoy others around you I suppose!
When I recieved my Samsung SGH-G800 I did think to myself, its just a little bit chunky, however the phone maintains the high standard of style we expect from Samsung and the 5 megapixel camera does make up for this.
Before I ordered the phone I had checked up on it and noted that it is the first mobile to include optical zoom rather then digital zoom. Making picture quality better and closer to what we expect from a digital camera. The only problem is that in order to take perfect pictures you have to adjust all the settings on the phone and for someone who doesnt have a clue and just wants to take a quick snap this phone is not going to be too helpful for them. Also when taking pictures in the dark the flash is not very helpful unless you are very close to the objects you are photographing.
The battery life on the phone isnt great and more annoying is the fact that even when the phone is on silent the phone makes an annoying sound every ten seconds to tell you the battery is low. Another problem with the phone that I have is getting any reception. Often when using the phone the reception just disappears. but this could just be a glitch on my phone rather then everyones.
The phone has a decent speaker system and you can use a memory card to store all your music, pictures and videos, its also very simple to transfer these between the phone memory and storage card memory.
Its also quite a tough phone, me being the clumsy person I am have dropped this phone quite a few times, yet still, not a scratch. Although I have been highlighting all the flaws of the phone its still a great phone if your going to recieve it free as part of your contract, not someting I would pay too much money for though, even if the camera is great.
I've had this phone for a good few months now and am massively impressed with it. It has a fantastic screen and is very functional. Although it doesn't come uploaded with many ringtones or games, you get credits to use on the Samsung Website to download your own for free which is a great idea. The internet is 3g+ and is actually quicker than my home broadband connection which with the excellent screen makes this a great web surfing phone! The camera is generally excellent in daylight, but in dark conditions it is often too dark and the flash is next to useless unless you are right on top of whatever you are taking a picture of. Also, the battery isn't amazing either. With light useage and the brightness reduced I can get 2 or 3 days out of it but with average usage 2 maximum. Despite these couple of gripes, I would recommend this phone to anyone. It is a big phone but its features are worth putting up with the size for and it is a very stillish design.
Upgraded to this phone recently from D900 , i thought this was to be the all singing all dancing rival for the N95 . However i was to be disappointed. Although the functionality of the phone is good , with regard to menu and ease of use . The so called 5meg camera had a very poor picture quality, mainly the lighting of shots always came up dark despite adjusting all controls. If you are looking for a decent camera phone stick with the nokia, my daughter and best friend have the N95 and it beats this phone hands down for image quality, even my D900 had better clarity of shot. Hopefully i might have got the runt of the litter and you may find that other G800's don't suffer from the same problem .But don't hold your breath. Whoever did the product test on this phone needs to look at another career. Orange may find this to be a costly choice of a flagship 5 meg phone.