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The era of computing in which this phone was a part of was one of the fastest changing ever. This was my third phone I ever owned and due to having relatively basic phones up until that point, I was shocked by how it offered an amazing leap in technology!
This was amongst the first wave of phones to offer a full colour display at an affordable price. A you can tell from the product picture accompanying this review, it seems to be something Samsung was pretty proud about. The display itself was nowhere near the quality of today's displays but fro the time was very look indeed. From the view of that era, the phone had a nice sharp display with very good colour accuracy. There were no visual artefacts ever found on the phones display either.
This full colour display was perfect accompaniment to a 1.3 Megapixel camera with flash function. To think that this was around 10 years ago now and that my current phone only has a 3.2 Megapixel without a flash makes the X700 sound pretty impressive. I admit that the camera was not of the best quality and the images were definitely not to be used for anything but quick home photos, it was still a welcomed addition as it actually acted as my first ever camera.
The build quality of the phone was decent. It was very solid but did have a plasticy feel. I was never afraid of it breaking from being dropped or anything similar but my main issue was that it just felt cheap. The screen had a plastic cover which although common back then as there was no need for glass for a touch interface, it meant that is was incredibly easy to scratch.
A nice addition to this phone was the built in radio which could get a signal using a pair of Samsung's own headphones. Samsung purposely used their own proprietary headphone socket on their phones back then to boost their peripheral sales. Now, most phones use the 3.5mm headphone jack as a phone using anything other would not sell well at all - partly for price and partly due to the general low quality of the proprietary earphones just like the Samsung's were back then, it meant that even if you did get the radio, the quality would be pretty dreadful because of the earphones you were forced to use.
Battery life was decent in this phone, a full charge would only take about an hour and the charge would then last for well over a day perfectly fine. No matter what you used the phone for it seemed to last pretty much the same.
The phone itself was pretty small which could occasionally make it difficult to hold. But it was very thick too, this could cause trouble when in trousers as it did tend to bulge out quite a bit. However, the rounded design which made it far from the square design which preceded, and for some reason also seemed to succeed, it did improve its comfortability and made it stand out from many other phones.
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