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      27.08.2010 22:56

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      Novelty of different shape soon wears off to reveal flawed phone!

      I had this phone for a week before returning it. I was initially attracted to the phone because of its looks, and the fact that it's from samsung and I've always had Samsung phones and had no problems with them. Despite being slim, and advertised as 'super slim' the phone still managed to feel bulky because it's quite thick (Depth). The screen is too small although the colours were clear and crisp. The 'swivel' function was a novelty, but I soon felt that it was flimsy and would possibly break with heavy use. The function dial did work well, but even in the short period that I had it, it started to srick and I often found bits of dust etc in it. The funtions were pretty standard for a samsung, worked well, but I could not get used to the key pad layout no matter how much I practised! The 1.3 Megapixel camera was ok, but as mentioned the screen is too small to fully appreciate any images. I did not find the sound quality to be very good at all, it wasn't as good as my older samsungs speakers - perhaps mine had a fault? It sounded extremely 'tinny'.

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      31.01.2010 22:08

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      good overall as a simple inexpensive mobile for day to day use

      i bought this phone origionallly as it was so small it would fit in a small shirt pocket .I just wanted a simple to use phone for texting and calls . I have learnt to use the other features as it slowly pulls you in the more you use it into being inquisitive as to how the camera works and what can i do for music instead of buying an i pod .I am far from a tchnical expert and this phone has proved to be both reliable and easy not just to use but to learn to use the music player is quite good quality and simple to make a play list on and to transfer music from pc to phone is a doddle . the camera is hard to get used to as the screen that is visible is so small the whole picture is not displayed on screen you have to imagine when taking a picture a border at each side that you cant see on screen but will be captured still , the only way you see a full frame is when transfered to your pc .Still I like it and it serves me well .

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      14.11.2009 19:23
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      not really to my liking!

      My sister very kindly gave me this phone after I dropped my old one in the sink. I was a bit concerned in the beginning that it would take me too long to try and get used to the phone because of its compact size.

      ~Colour~
      Available in quite a few colours which is something I have not seen other models of mobile phones to do. The available colours are: white, blue, orange, pink and green.

      ~Size~
      This is one of the smallest phones I have ever seen (84 x 30 x 20 mm)! If you're not very good with measurements, then imagine it as the size of a small MP3 player.

      ~Keypad Layout~
      The keypad only consists of 2 columns, rather than the normal 3. This is obviously one of the reasons why they were able to produce it at such a small size. I thought that I would never be able to get used to the keypad when I was texting, but its just a matter of learning where the letters are - not much more different than when I sent my first ever text message on a 3 column mobile! Practice makes perfect!

      ~Camera~
      The camera is one of the worst features on the phone as it is only 1.3 megapixels. So, if you're after a phone that will give you good quality and high spec photos, this is definately not the phone for you.

      ~Battery Life~
      I find that I have to charge my phone every other day, and I would say that I use my mobile in moderation. However, every person's different with the amount of time they spend on the phone so I can't really give a proper figure of how much it needs to be charged!

      ~Memory~
      There is a positive and a negative to the memory of the X830. The positive is that it has a 1Gb internal memory. I have had over 200 songs on my phone and I still had room for more!

      I personally would not pay for this mobile as past its looks theres and its memory theres not much going for it! I've just had a quick look on amazon and this phone is now retailing at £179.99. If you look at the positive, if you listen to a lot of music and you talk a lot on your mobile, then why not kill 2 birds with one stone and get this mobile!!

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      20.12.2008 15:32
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      Looks good, tricky to use

      Consumer technology is getting smaller and smaller, and this is perhaps most apparent in mobile phones. The Samsung 'X830' is without doubt the tiniest phone I have ever seen, measuring around 3cm across.

      I recently picked up one of these little beauties second-hand from eBay, after dipping my previous phone into a pint of Guinness to prove its robustness. Unfortunately my old phone wasn't to happy to be submerged in stout, and showed its disappointment by refusing to turn on.

      The X830 looks just like an MP3 player, and features a scroll-wheel as you might see featured on an iPod. The phone itself is in the 'swivel' style, which means you have to rotate the top section open to reveal the keypad. It is this keypad however, which is one of the phones main weaknesses. The numbers are arranged in two columns rather than three, which means that the letters when texting are in a different location. Using it feels like when you learnt to text for the first time - a very slow process!

      The phone features a 1.3 megapixel camera, which isn't very much these days, but it actually works quite nicely. The downside however, is the fact that the lens is positioned in an awkward location, and holding the phone as you would normally means your fingers will naturally obscure the lens. In one review of the phone, I read that you could operate the camera without opening the device - which would be much better. I have tried to do this, but it doesn't seem to work, (and it also doesn't mention it in the manual) so if you know how to, let me know!

      The X830 houses an MP3 player which is marketed as being the phones main feature. In fairness, this works very well, and the sound quality really is good. The options for music playback are fairly basic, but feature repeat, shuffle, fade-out and '3D sound' options. In terms of storing music, the phone has 1GB of internal memory, which equates to holding roughly 240 songs. Slightly dissapointing is the lack of a card slot for holding more music.

      When using the X830 simply as a phone, it works to a high standard. The sound quality is good, and there is a rocker switch on the side of the unit to adjust the earpiece volume level. The Battery life is supposed to be 230 hours on standby time, and 5.2 hours talk-time, but these figures are usually exaggerated. I found the phone to generally go for about three days of low use before it needs charging.

      In conclusion, the Samsung X830 certainly is a designer phone. If you use your mobile mainly for calling, then you can't go wrong here - however, if you're a serial texter, then due to the unusual keypad layout, you should look elsewhere. If you're keen on purchasing this model, you can buy the X830 for £119 from Amazon, or for under £50 if you're happy for a second hand version from eBay.

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        19.10.2008 11:16

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        All round good value for money

        I have this phone and I have to admit i struggled with it at first getting to grips with just the two columns. But after a week i have figured out everything and found how to do different things on there. Like putting on music and taking pictures and videos off. I think this phone looks like its cheap and breakable but in my experience it has been totally different. I got this phone last year for christmas and i still have it. It has a few scratches where i have dropped it but other than that I have had a great experience with it. I was surprised when i got it how much stuff you can hold on there. I have 106 music files, 14 videos and 223 pictures and i can still put more things on like music i can still add more. It also can store quite alot of messages I know as I have 198 inbox messages so to me that means that the phone is definatly cool as they way it looks with the different colours you can get it in and definatly a phone that is good value for money.

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        22.09.2008 23:22
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        a fantastic phone from Samsung which has a ton of memory

        The Samsung SGH X830 is a slim line swivel phone which is very small and light weight. The size of the phone is W30 X H84 X D20 mm and its total weight is a small and impressive 72g. Some people may think that because the phone is as small that it may not be as good as some other mobile phones on the market, but this small phone packs a punch and is full of features. The mobile is not your standard Samsung slider or flip phone, the X830 is a swivel phone, basically you just push the side of the phone and it swivels round and doubles in length and in turn revealing the key pad. I really love the design of the phone because it fits snugly in the palm of your hand, it can fit into the smallest of handbags or even your pocket and it can remain unnoticed and concealed.

        I think that the overall design and appearance of the phone is quite unusual because it isn't your everyday normal mobile phone which is quite bulky and heavy. I think that the phone looks more like an MP3 player because of the sleek and slim line appearance. Some people may dislike the appearance and overall design of the phone however it think that it fab and the design is a little more than ordinary and plain.

        The screen on the phone is really small compared to the screen size of some of the earlier Samsung phones, and sometimes viewing videos and pictures on the screen can look small and lacking detail. But you cant really expect anything more from the phone as the screen size is limited due to the small size and shape of the actual phone. The screen is less than half the size of a normal Samsung screen and it measures a small and impressive 19mm wide by 32mm high colour screen. Another impressive feature on the phone is the fact that it has a silver wheel which is used to navigate and access the phones various folders and features, this wheel is quite different compared to the usual buttons or touch sensitive screen which is normally associated to Samsung Mobile phones. The wheel takes some time to get used to and is slightly difficult to operate if you have been used to using a touch screen mobile phone, however after a few minutes of getting to know the phone and how it operates the wheel is actually quite easy to get used to and easy to operate. The added benefit of the wheel compared to the touch sensitive buttons is the fact that you cant accidentally glide across one of the touch sensitive buttons and loose a text message or similar.

        Like some of the other mobile phones on the market the X830 boasts some quick keys which are located on the side of the phone. These quick access keys are used to access the phones camera or video options where by you can shoot a video or take a photo. The phone boasts a 1.3MP camera, which takes fairly decent and clear photos, although my main criticism of the camera would be the fact that sometimes some images can look really blurred and out of focus especially if the object you are trying to shoot is moving or it is to close however this can easily be rectified by either zooming out or in on your subject. If your picture is out of focus all you have to do is delete the photo and take another one, but try zooming in a little more to see if the clarity is any better. The camera also has a flash which you can turn on or off before you decide to take your picture, I find that if the flash is on when taking a picture that the clarity is a lot better even if it is daylight and the flash is really bright.

        After you have taken a picture it will be saved automatically to your picture folder in the phone, you ca edit and amend your picture after it is taken. There are various different editing options available to you , you could add some frames to your picture such as borders or decorative frames to make your picture look more appealing and add a little fun factor. As well as adding frames you can also change the photo effect to black and white, sepia or even negative effect, or simply change the ISO level or white balance. There are endless options to choose to edit your picture with, some of which can produce quite a fun looking and original photo. There is another added feature on the camera settings which is quite useful too, this feature is a timer which can be automatically set for 5,10,15+ seconds to enable you to be in the picture as well.

        Unlike any other mobile phone the number keys are set out quite differently, instead of being arranged in rows of three the number keys are arranged in rows of two. This is quite unusual however because of the slim line design of the phone the standard 3 button key layout couldn't have been possible so Samsung had to improvise and arrange the keys slightly differently. The layout of the keys doesn't mean that the phone is difficult or confusing to operate, I didn't find it any different or more difficult from using a normal phone key layout. My only criticism of the phone buttons is the fact that they are quite small and sometimes hard to press as they can be slightly sticky; this is because the buttons don't really stick out from the phone much, they are rather flat. The flat design of he buttons is actually a good idea in the long run as there is less of a chance of things getting stuck in or around the buttons making them function differently or not at all. The phone has a couple of hot keys built into it which can be used quickly by pressing and holding the appropriate number. If you press and hold key number 1 it will automatically call your voicemail number for you so as you can listen to any missed voicemails. If you press and hold the # key it will put your phone on silent mode and to take your phone off silent mode you just press and hold the same button again.

        As I have previously stated the X830 is full of modern features which you would expect from a newer model of mobile phone. Some of the features on the X830 as follows. ~


        BLUETOOTH ~ The Bluetooth on the phone is really fast and easy to use. Bluetooth is used to connect to other mobile phones of friends and family who are close range to your phone in order to quickly send and receive files such as songs and photos. Bluetooth is a really quick way to connect and share files on your phone with friends and family. All popular mobiles have Bluetooth on them now. I would be lost if I didn't have Bluetooth on my phone because I am always sending and receiving ring tones and pictures from various friends and family members.

        VIDEO CAMERA ~ The Video Camera on the phone isn't that good for filming short video clips because the sound quality is quite poor and crackly. If you are filming a video it will only let you film a video for a maximum of 3 minutes, which isn't that good so I very rarely use the video camera. This is probably one of the worst things about the phone because a lot of newer mobile phones on the market allow you to film longer videos and the quality is much more better. The Video playback quality is quite good providing that you are not playing back videos you have took with the X830 video camera. If you are playing videos which you have filmed yourself using the X830 video camera the visual quality is quite good but the audio quality really lets it down because there is alit of crackling sounds. I have noticed that videos I have received through Bluetooth are of much better quality because they have not been filmed using the X830.

        MESSAGING ~ This phone allows you to send text messages, video messages, multimedia messages and e-mails. I only use the text messaging on the phone because there is no need for me to send multimedia messages with pictures and videos in them because I can do all that through Bluetooth. When you are texting using the phone you have the option to select T9 predictive texting so that you only have to click on the letter once and the phone will select the word for you. I find this too hard to do and I stick to the normal way of texting.

        MUSIC PLAY BACK ~ The media centre on the phone is great because you can play all the songs that you have stored on the phone just in the same way you would do with a MP3 player. The volume is really loud and clear when playing songs back. The phone only plays back MP3 songs and the best thing about the music playback is that you don't have to look for another song to play after one has finished because it will automatically play through all the songs one after another like an MP3 player would do.

        PHONE MEMORY ~ The best thing about this phone is the fact that it has quite an impressive sized memory. The phone boasts a massive 1GB of internal memory which enables you to store lots of MP3, picture and video files. I have over 150 full length MP3 tracks stored on my phone at present as well as quite a few pictures and there is still over 60% of the memory remaining. The massive memory capacity enables you to store lots of MP3 tracks on your phone and use it much like an MP3 player which is good as you can either listen to the tracks out loud, add earphones for when your out and about or even add Samsung Speakers to it enabling you to listen to the music at a much louder volume than the phone is capable of.

        If 1GB of memory isn't enough for you and you feel the need of more memory then you can easily purchase a Micro SD memory card and insert it into the phone until you have the desired amount of memory. Micro SD cards can be bought from most places nowadays and are fairly cheap and are available in different capacities such as 1GB, 2GB, 5GB+ etc.

        BATTERY LIFE ~ When you first open your phones box and install the battery it is best to leave your phone turned off and charge it for 16-18 hours so as the battery is charged to full capacity.

        When your phone is fully charged you should get about 4 hours talk time or 265 hours stand by out of it. I usually only have to charge my phone twice a week, and I use it quite often every day for phone calls and text messaging as well as voice mail and sometimes taking pictures. The battery really does last for a long time and doesn't need charging very much. When I do charge my phone it takes 90 minutes to fully charge it when the battery life is extremely low, which is really quick compared to some mobile phones. Another good thing about the phone is the fact that it has a loud bleep which warns you when your battery is running low, the beeping can be quite annoying especially if it goes off at 4am in the morning.

        CALL/RINGING VOLUME ~ as with some mobile phones I have often noticed that the ring tone volume is quite low and difficult to hear especially when you are out and about. I thought that this phone was going to be another one of the typical phones which had a really low and hard to hear ringing volume mainly because of the small size of it, however I was proved completely wrong. The ringing volume is very loud and is very easy to hear if you are out shopping and the phone is in the bottom of your handbag. If you find that the volume is too loud for you can easily turn it down a little until you find a volume level which is more suitable for you. Or you could also set to to silent or vibrate for when you are at work or in a meeting.

        The call clarity is also quite loud and clear and not at all crackly or echoed, on the side of the phone there is a volume button which enables you to increase the call volume or decrease it until you find a volume level which is best suited to your own personal preference. As well as being able to increase/decrease the volume easily you can also switch to hands free or even speaker phone easily as well, switching to hands free would mean that you would have to use a hands free device and activate Bluetooth where as speaker phone would mean that all you have to do is press the green call button and the phone call goes onto speaker so as you can hear louder or so as more than one person can hear the conversations.


        SAMSUNG PC STUDIO ~ When I got this phone there was also a CD included which is basically named Samsung PC Studio. You just have to install the software to your PC or Laptop which enables you to connect your phone to your PC in order to transfer and manage files between them. The best thing about the PC studio is that you can edit a MP3 song to make it shorter in order to use it as a ring tone. There are loads of other things you can do with the PC studio such as editing photos, editing movies, editing sounds, play multimedia files and manage photos. The PC studio is really easy to use and there is a help section and regular updates available when you install it on your computer or Laptop.


        I really love this phone because it is really small and lightweight and has lots of memory so as I can store my favourite music tracks and lots of photos of my son. The phone has lots of good features and most importantly the call volume and ring tone volume is clear and loud so as I can hear properly. I think that the design and appearance the phone is quite unusual and different, and the small size enable me to squeeze the phone into the smallest of handbags. I would say that this phone is like a MP3 player and mobile phone combined into one. I can only pick out a small fault with the phone and that is the fact that the screen is quite small and some pictures and videos looks quite out of focus and blurred, and the screen gets scratched quite easily if you happen to drop the phone on the floor.

        I love my phone even although my husband has renamed it the Samsung Tampax

        This phone is available on Mobile contract from quite a lot of mobile retailers including O2, Vodafone, Orange etc although contract prices and offers are all different. If you don't like the idea of having a contract phone then you could also purchase it online or in store from mobile phone retailers or even EBay. Prices range between £100-£160 depending on where you purchase from.

        Butterfly-Wings
        2008

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          05.08.2008 11:11
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          Should have been a 3.5 stars, nice style, but needs more features

          The Samsung X830 definitely tries to buck the current trend of smart phones that (try) to do everything. Personally, I have been caught up in the task of finding myself the ultimate mobile phone, something for emails, music, computer connectivity, web browsing, the list is just endless. With all this going on inside my mobile often ends up being a bit brick or slab-like.

          When the X830 arrived in the office and I opened the box, the first impression, after picking my jaw up off the floor was "Where's the phone". This thing is tiny, a really beautiful handset. About the size of a Milky Way (the edible kind) the front sports a thin upright screen with a 128 x 220 resolution. Underneath the screen is a click wheel, which physically rotates for navigating the menus. It also acts as a 4 way directional button, with a fifth button for selecting items in the middle.
          The left side of the handset has a hold button, for preventing accidental clicks whilst listening to music. On the right are the volume buttons, plus a nice hard plastic cover that swivels around to reveal the earphone and charging sockets.
          The back of the phone sports a 1.3 megapixel camera, with 4x digital zoom, night mode and various other effects.

          Getting inside the phone is wonderful, you rotate the whole front in a clockwise motion, to reveal the keypad. The swivel action is fantastic, you will be playing with it for hours. It snaps out in a nice vertical position every time, obviously a lot of thought went into this. The keypad is a nice size, with two additional soft keys and a clear button that doubles to activate the camera.

          The menu system carries on the brilliant design of the handset. Although you can change the colour scheme, the default duotone, red and white, is really effective. You can move through the menus either by clicking the wheel in the appropriate place or by rotating it. The main screen menu gives you access to a call log, applications, messages, camera, phonebook, browser, files and your settings.
          I won't delve into every menu here, but should mention the two great java based games you get. First up is Cannonball, which is a modern day pong type game. It has nice colourful graphics and is surprisingly addictive. The second game, Forgotten Warrior is a mini RPG game with a platform flavour. Seems like Apple's influence is everywhere, the first item I found was a iKey! Well, the graphics are nice and colourful and it kept me amused for a good half hour at a time...

          Now onto the biggest feature, where the X830 really excels. This tiny tiny little phone houses an MP3 player, plus the ability to record and playback MPEG4 files. The music side of things supports MP3, ACC, AAC and WMA files. You get 1GB of built-in memory, so plenty for carrying around a couple of days worth of tracks. In closed mode you simply press and hold the centre button to get into MP3 mode. The display tells you the track title, duration, time played, and number of tracks in current selection. In the background the display shows you exactly what the click wheel and centre button will do the the track (eg. play, pause, skip). You can select your tracks by recently played, mot played, artist, album, genre, podcasts, or by playlists. The built in speaker does a very good job for playback and actually goes quite loud. However, it goes without saying that things sound a whole lot better though the earphones.
          With the screen rotated into the open position, you can also play back your music tracks accompanied by a nice visual display, which is very colourful and effective.

          So, the camera is pretty good, with nice clear outdoor images. Even indoor snaps (see Excite Truck) are acceptable. The screen, although small, is bright and nicely detailed. The user interface is brilliant and a joy to navigate with the scroll/click wheel. Where the phone intends to excel, it really doesn't disappoint, the music playback is awesome. All this is wrapped up in an ultra cool design. If you are looking for something a bit different, that does all the above with style, plus makes a very usable mobile phone too, then the X830 is the way to go. Well done Samsung, if you keep releasing handsets like this my piggy bank will empty pretty quickly.

          Note: I am the original author of this review at www.geekanoids.co.uk

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            31.03.2008 16:07
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            overall its advanatges over rule its disadvantags it is an excellent phone with a load of style

            This tiny and cute phone looks great and aims to impress. It does however get a lot of getting used to. Because of its width the keys are made in two rows meaning that at first it is a lot harder to text on. It also means that the keys are quite close which can get rather annoying if you are in a rush and keep pressing the wrong keys.

            Its rather flashy flip design is fun to play with and gives the phone its two completely different looks (as an MP3 or phone)

            I found the Mp3 player amazing at it can hold so many songs, 1Gb of memory. It has all the great functions of an Mp3 player as i can sort songs by artist, name or genre and you can even create your own playlists. It is rather hard to get used to at first but when you have got it sussed it is one of the best music playing phones. The phone however does not play music very loud and it can not be herd in group or louder situations. The headphones are also slightly annoying as they require an adapter to fit into the phone. This means that as well as carrying the headphones around this adapter needs to be remembered and stored somewhere as well.

            The camera also was not too impressive. It is only 1.3 megapixels meaning it is not one of the top out there. It does however have good colour and is reasonably clear. The lens of the camera is in quite an awkward place meaning that you have to move your hand around until you can comfortably hold the phone without covering the lens and are still able to use the zoom function.

            The swivel device also looks quite fun at first glance but i is quite annoying in use. The phone is however relatively hard to break even with its complex design. I have dropped it many a time yet it still functions.

            Overall it is a phone which can be used to impress. It has all the necessary functions, looks good and works well

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              12.10.2007 13:16

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              Good phone that will last a long time

              The Best Phone I Have Owned!

              This phone is honestly the best phone i have owned. The one main reason for this is its ability to withstand a hot wash at 60 degrees and a fast spin. After leaving the phone in my jeans pocket i thought this phone was never going to work again. I kept trying to turn it on then researching this on the internet i found out this is the wrong thing to do and it will have wrecked my phone completely.

              2 week had gone by and i was nearly about to throw it out but then i decided to plug it in and try one last time, i left it plugged in charging and then to my delight it began to charge. I have now had the phone for about a year and although there are a few water marks on the screen, which can not be seen when it is turned on, it is working perfectly. No other phone that i know of has survived being in the washing machine!

              The battery is great (unlinke my previous razr phone), it plays MP3's, it is so small it fits in your pocket and doesnt look strange and the Ipod type wheel on the front is a great little feature.

              A great phone, and one i will be keeping for a long time to come.

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              05.08.2007 16:45

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              Although difficult to adjust, its useful and unique.

              I have only ever had one phone before the Samsung X830, an old nokia (back when everyone had those). This phone, although being a big change, is also a huuuuge improvement! The Samsung X830, or the Blush as my pink one is called, is an amazing phone. Although difficult to adjust to (the two buttons, instead of three in a row, the ipod style swivel) this phone is sweet and pocket size. The advantages of this phone, its size, ease of use, individuality and, to be honest, its pretty, are enough to outweigh its few disadvantages. The swivel, although going for a new age ipod feel, is clunky, unresponsive at times, and slightly annoying. The one slot for everything (headphones, usb, charger) is useful and neater, but it means your headphones are twice as long, and its harder to reach back to your phone to answer calls/listen to music. That, however, is one thing the X830 is amazing at. Sound quality on the mp3 player is excellent; finding songs and downloading/uploading them is easy (once you know how), you can store hundreds and great thing is, the mp3 jukebox only works when the phone is closed. It's easy, stylish and safer; nothing gets broken, and most people think you are only carrying a cheap mp3 player around, rather than an expensive mobile phone. The storage for images and video on the phone is good as well. Like the music, you can store hundreds. Great phone, so glad I got it!

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              Its Ok! But If Given The Choice Again I Wouldnt Get It

              I don’t have much in this world that I can call my very own apart from my mobile phones ( and the contents of my bag) so I always like to get top range phones that no one else is like to have!! So the minute I knew this was being released I had to have it! As it was exclusive to orange, So when I was able I upgraded my phone. As far as I am aware you can only still get the Samsung SGH X830 Blush with them, to buy this phone from orange on pay as you go is £79.99 with an free top up card worth £10 which to be honest I think is cheap compared to other Samsung phones like the D900 which is still over £100. But when a phone is in such high demand why would they lower the price!!

              When I first got my phone I was a little shocked to see how small it really was!(size of a lip stick holder) I had a Samsung before this but it was much larger! So it took me a while to get the swing of things. The keys are a little to close to together so when texting I had to think about what buttons I was pressing so the text made sense! Which meant were I would normally spend 2 mins texting it took me 10..

              It also took me a while to get use to the swivel action! When your phone rings the number or name appears on the small screen, when you answer it looking at the screen the correct way I found that the phone then became upside down and I then had to turn the phone the right way (hope that makes sense) after doing this a few times you soon find out how you are meant to swivel action correctly! Push the key pad instead of the screen..

              This phone has all the normal features any other phone has except for it large memory! I have 14 full songs on this phone already and I haven’t even used half of the memory yet. The memory capacity its self is 1GB but you cant add a memory card like other phones.

              The Samsung X830 has a mp3 function, now I love this as when you close the phone up it looks like a mp3 player. The player itself is loud and you always have the option to plug in the headphones that are supplied with the phone. However the ringer volume is not as loud! For example I had my phone in my back pocket and was walking around my local supermarket when I checked my phone I had 2 missed calls and I never heard it ring!

              But you can over come this, if you set a default tone as you ring tone or if you like me like music that is in the charts you have to find one that starts loudly, By this I mean has a loud base to it.

              The other down side to this phone is that when you are talking to some one the voice gets distorted like you are going out of signal, but you have full signal bars! Now I don’t know if this is a design fault but it does annoy me a lot.. But having said that it does make me cut down on the amount of calls I make! So in a round about way it may be a good thing after all..

              The camera is ok! it’s a 1.3 mega pixel I have seen better on other phones to be fair but I did not get this phone for that reason so for me it does not bother me. The standby time on the phone they say is 5.0 days but when you use the mp3 player or camera / video functions a lot it drains the battery quite quickly.

              Like I said earlier I got my phone from orange, I had to wait for them to send the phone to my house as my local orange shop did not stock this phone they had to order it in, but if you go to a phone shop like the car phone warehouse they would be able to upgrade your phone there and then even if you did not get your phone from them in the first place.

              This works because they deal with orange and other networks every day so they are able to handle your upgrade request with out any problems! I also found that they have a wider range of phones than my orange shop… I wish I knew this when I was upgrading and only learnt of it as my friend used this shop to upgrade her phone…

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                10.05.2007 12:24
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                This is a good phone for me as i listen to alot of music when out and about

                i purchased my phone off O2 as everyone i know is with them, the only thing is they only had this phone in white, which to be honest i would not recommend. The phone shows up any dirt and its hard to get off. You can get it in pink from the orange shop but apparently, orange have the exclusive rights to it in pink. I would strongly recommend black, as they dont show up dirt as much.

                ABIT ABOUT THE PHONE

                Phone features:
                1.3 Mega pixel camera
                Bluetooth
                Java games with 3 already installed
                MP3 player
                polyphonic ring tones
                tri band
                video capture
                Video download
                Video Messaging
                Video playback
                voice recorder
                high memory
                alarm clock
                calculator etc
                headphones
                usb lead and pc cd

                The Samsung SGH-X830, Is a very small and compact phone with a swivel handset, which you have to swivel round to answer, which did take a while to get used to. As it does only swivel one way and i always used to go the wrong way. Also with this u can purchase a case, but if you have a case you have to remove it out of the case to be able to answer it which seems a bit of a pain.

                Now for the keypad, i found this phone really hard to get used to as all the keys are in different places to other phones as it is so small, you only get 2 numbers per line i have had my phone over a month and i still havent got used to where the keys are. This is something that can be got used to though.

                The battery life on this phone is absolutly excellent, I can go for days without charging my phone. Which is great, the only thing is when your battery does run low it doesnt give much of a warning, so when u do run low it goes off after a few minutes.

                The music for this phone is good the memory card has a massive 1010336kb worth of space, and that is alot to put on a phone, i put on over 50 songs and it dident even use a quarter of the memory, with this phone you would no longer need an ipod you have a phone and a fab mp3 all in one.

                The volume for the phone is good for the songs, but is very very poor for the ring tone, the amount of times i have missed a call as i have not heard the phone ringing.

                The signal has never gone on me yet so it does seem that the phone does have a great recption where ever you go.

                The camera and video are really easy to use and have good pictures with great quality, but the screen is pretty small which does seem to affect the quality slighty. Ihave also found with this phone as i wear glasses for reading but normally i dont have to when im using a mobile, but with the screen being so small on this handset i have to wear them.

                Overall i would reccommend this phone, i just wanted to outlines the problems with the phone that you might come across, but most of these can be sorted out. The phone is trendy and looks great.

                I got my phone on contract off O2 for £25 a month with 250 anytime mins and 150 texts per month,. The phone is available to buy, and does range in prices, O2 charge £179.99 but there is shops where it is cheaper

                Just so there is no confusion i am also known as kineticspade on ciao

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