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I had one of these from Vodafone about 3 years ago and I believe it was Samsung's first attempt at trying to develop a basic touch screen phone, and in its day, it was quite advanced. You can't actually select the icons on the screen as you do with its modern day true touch screen counterparts, but you can touch just below the base of the screen on the virtual buttons to select Menu, Back or whatever to make your selection.
When it first came out, the phone itself looked quite snazzy. Quite slim for its day at about 11 mm thick, it had nice chromed sides matched by a silver finish, a dark screen when not in use and operated as a slide phone. So first impressions were that it was a sleek and stylish phone. Slide it open and the phone comes to life, lighting up the screen and all of the buttons.
The screen is very clear and bright and working through the menus it is very responsive. I've always like the keyboard sound they did called 'Clean' which made a sort of warbling melody every time you selected a menu choice and wished I could have had it on my other phones. The phone also had a 3.2 Megapixel camera with flash which was all nicely hidden away when you closed the slider.
In use, the touch element does take some getting use to. But the phone has always been reliable and never let me down.
The only real gripe I had with the phone was the quality of the finish. It looked great when I first had it, all chrome and silver with a dark screen, and I tended to look after it, keeping it separated from any coins or keys in my pocket. But then within a few months the chrome finish on the sides started to come off, and I found that the screen was easily scratched. Looking on the internet, the chrome issue seemed to be a common problem. In the end, after about 8 months, the phone looked quite scruffy and was a bit of embarrassment to put on your desk. Now, all the chrome has gone leaving a sort of bland plastic finish.
In summary, it was (and is if you can get a 2nd hand one off of eBay) a reliable and sleek phone. But it was severely let down by the poor quality of the finish.
Im not so convinced about thsi phone. I recieved it as a present and therfore feel i shouldnt get rid of it so quick even though i want to go back to my old Nokia.
I have the pink one so on the outside it looks very nice, however i found the phone as a whole very hard to get used to. My main problems are: The volume (ring and voice) is not loud enough, touch screen is either extra sensitive or not at all sensitive ( so one minute you may have to press really hard to work a button and the next minute it might of been pressed without you even knowing). Reception is poor (however this could be my network), when trying to record something, it will only let me film for less than a minute, the circular swiizel button is a bit pointless. Whilst texting i have had to give up doing fast text as i just cannot work it and whislst on the internet i cannot log on to my email as i cant find the '_' key.the camera and picture quality are ok.
Apart from looks this phone does not offer any thing else, give me a nokia any day.
Normally, I'm not too fussed about how new or how many features my phone has- I just use it simply for calls and texts and take it for granted that these 2 basic features would work but even this is a stretch with this handset!
From the outside it looks very sleek with a large display and light slim handset but the inside is an absolute mess just as one other review said about this mobile.
Firstly the touchscreen is a nightmare to get used to if you have previously used a button only phone. The lightest touch will cause the phone to go haywire and leaving it in your pocket or bag was near impossible as I would come back to find it had called or texted half the people in my phonebook accidentally and wasted all my credit!
Secondly this phone is notorious for developing software problems, I know 4 other people who have had it and all have had to send it to be repaired or given up and gotten a replacement rather than the inconveniance of being phoneless until it is repaired. I had to have the battery replaced in mine and have it sent back twice (at my expense) only for the problems to come back again!
I would not recommend this phone to anyone and the whole experience has put me off Samsung as a phone brand altogether.
The Samsung SGH-U700 has to be one of the most annoying phones I have ever owned!
*The touchscreen is overly sensitive and I have lost count of the number of times I have accidentally brushed it and rung some unexpectedly.
*It took me a while to work this one out, but you can actually hang up on someone if your ear accidentally touched the touchscreen.
*On initial use the phone can be answered by simply brushing against the touchscreen, not very useful if you keep your phone in your pocket or bag. You will need to go into the user settings to disable this function.
Initially I thought it was just me being picky about the sensitivity of the phone, but I have since discovered that 2 friends also own the same phone and dislike it for exactly the same reasons.
So my conclusion is, that it is very pretty to look at, but a little too sensitive for my liking. DEfinitely a phone for small fingers!
Avaliable on a number of networks from quite a few retailers. I paid around £79 for this model online.
It has everything in it which appeals to the majority of mobile telecom users; Bluetooth, SMS/MMS/Email. WAP, EDGE techonology (It's handly to have, with all the new features of todays networks) Music player, 3.2 Megapixal Camera, nicely sized TFT screen, touch sensitive buttons, that be set accordingly. Calendar, Memopad, Gaming and more. The features are second to none.
The Ultra Edition range means slimline phones for todays trend, being small and thin, but able to be used by a higher scale of users rather than just the users who buy the phone for the size.
I purchased a U700 a couple of months ago, instead of the latest Sony, with the best available camera lens. I never regret buying it, it's just the same as the camera detail of the Sony and with a more user friendly navigational system, which Samsung have been using for a number of years. The reason why I continued to use Samsung is the navigation system, which caught my eye back when the A800 first came out.
The U700 I have is black and gold, but it also comes in a range of other colors to suit everyone.
I highly recommend this product to consumers, it'll please you alot because of the features.
To sum this phone up in words that'll stand out. Quite frankly the best available budget phone on the Market today!
When I was due for upgrade this time, I wasn't particularly bothered which phone I had, I was more interested in whether they could offer me a better tariff on my contract. I have been with Vodafone for many years and have always been satisfied with the service that they have provided and I was over the moon when they offered me the tariff of 600 mins and unlimited text messages, all for £35. The tariff I was on before was 200 minutes and 500 text messages for the same price, in which I was going over by at least 500 messages and my bill was coming in around £100 per month which was ridiculous.
I hadn't really looked at which phone I would be interested in, however I fancied a Samsung phone and they offered me a U700. All I knew was it was slim and silver, sounded good to me so I opted for that.
THe phone itself is very light, very slim and metallic silver. Its an extremely attractive phone. You have to slide the front to get to the key pad and when you open the front the screen lights up and displays the usual information, time, date etc.
The main functions are done on the front, which is very similar to a touch screen, which I have found it to be extremely sensitive and you sometimes end up pressing the buttons and it thinks you have pressed them more than once, so you have to be careful as you can end up ringing someone when you don't actually want to.
I find Samsung phones extremely easy to use, I have had one before and loved it, and having a Sony Ericsson for a while, I kind of missed the Samsung phones.
The menu consists of 12 seperate images that have there own meaning and will take you to sub menus. These consist of: Entertainment, Vofafone Live, Music, Camera, Messaging, My Files, Organiser & Tools, Contacts, Calls, Profiles, Mobile TV and Settings.
When going into the entertainment section, to be honest I don't ever venture into this, it gives you the option to play and download new games. On this particular phone you also have th option to use ebay, so you can trade online using you phone if that is something that you are interested in. It also has a direct link to google for easy searching on the net.
This is vodafones internet service, which is very useful. The homepage is very informative and you can go direct to more or less everything that you need. I use vodafone live to download ringtones and music for the phone itself.
The music player on the U700 is great. You can synchronise the phone with Windows Media Player and copy your albums onto your phone and use it as an MP3 player. This is great for when travelling and saves you a bit of money not having to invest in the latest Ipod.
The camera is 3.2 megapixel camera and the pictures that it captures are very good and very clear. You have the option to take still pictures and also take videos. The phone comes with a USB cable so you can transfer your pictures and video's to your laptop or PC.
This part of my phone always gets hammered, I am constantly texting. I'm a person in demand most of the time. I got up this morning and had 18 missed calls and 12 messages on my phone all from different people. Texting from the phone is really easy, you can use the normal method or predictive text. You have several boxes, incoming texts go into the in box, and you have folders for sent items, outbox and drafts. You can set your phone to have various report options should you need read receipts for certain messages.
This section is where you can store everything which goes into different folders and is easy to retrieve. You can store all ypu video's, pictures, and music and get to them just by a quick click of a button.
This has everything from calculator to currency converter, which prove to be handy when you need something and haven't got it handy. You can set alarm clocks from this section. You can also set appointments and tasks that will flag up if you set a time on them.
This stores the last 20 calls that you have made, received and details any missed calls that you may have had.
Gives you the option to set the phone in certain modes, if you are in the car and need it to be handfree, whether its bed time, it will go on silent or if you are in a meeting it will go on silent. Just remember to change the settings.
Calling people from the phone is really easy, just dial the number and press the call button, or alternatively you go into the phone book, and select the appropriate person and just press call. You have volume at the side of the phone to change if you need to. This also acts as the volume for the MP3 player part of the phone.
Up to yet the battery life of the phone is very good. I charged it up for 24 hours when I first had it and have not had to do it since. There is nothing worse than having a phone which the battery drains on it too quick.
Overall, its a great phone on a great, good value contract, whoch is only for 12 months. Jobs a good one.
Building on the runaway success of Samsung's Ultra Edition range, the Samsung Ultra Edition II embodies the best of rapidly advancing technology, revolutionary mobile designs and must-have business and consumer desired multimedia functionality to create the slimmest, most powerful and best looking handsets in each form factor.
The Ultra Edition II portfolio includes a stylish and functional slider, the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700). It offers advanced features such as 3 megapixel camera, high-speed web connectivity, as well as extensive multimedia and audio capabilities. Proving that Samsung truly is at the heart of consumer needs, this handset incorporates innovative consumer driven design elements to improve the user experience, including external multimedia navigation keys for ease of use and jewel inspired casing, which enhance both the experience and appearance of using it.
The Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) combines extensive music player capabilities with super sound quality and comes equipped with a digital power amp developed by Bang and Olufsen. It also features a dedicated music interface to make navigation and listening easier with Quick PC Sync software installed to make the creation and selection of playlists as easy as possible.
For the feature watchers, Samsung's Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) offers a HSDPA 3.6 Mbps data transfer speed, video telephony functionality and auto focus in a slim 12.1mm case.