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The Samsung L810 Steel is by far the best phone I've ever owned. No phone that I've ever owned before or since has even come close to it!
This phone, with it's metal casing and minimalist interfaces, looks neither in the style of some plastic budget phone that people used to use, and that you find all over the walls in cheaper phone stores. Nor does it remind you of the brash bombardment of buttons you find on BlackBerries or blinding display of bright colours you find on many touchscreen phones.
It also doesn't have the same problems a lot of touchscreens have in that, it simply isn't a touchscreen. There is no chance of the screen becoming less responsive in areas or during certain processes, because it uses buttons, which from my experience are much more reliable.
This phone looks so much and has a much more intuitive user interface than anything else I've used. Like the kind of thing a businessman or layer might use, rather than an art student (not that I have anything against art students, just that style wouldn't suit a professional environment).
Unfortunately this phone isn't in production anymore, but if you find it I would defiantly recommend it.
Samsung steel was the first phone i recieved when i went onto contract. I went from having a motorola Razr to this one. And as sooon as i picked up this phone in July 2009 it soon became my favorite. It's a good little phone and it does everything that you want it to, for a normal user, not a user that will check where they are in the world every five minutes via GPS.
One thing i will say about te phone is that it is quite strong. However, there was this one time where i went to the toilets in a pub in Richmond hung my bag on the coat hook and my phone fell out of my bag, and they screen was a little bit smashed which i had to get fixed, i would put this at a disadvantage however it did fall from more than 4 feet, so i can imagine why it would break! And may i mention it was on a tiled floor. However, since the repair the phone has been dropped on many occasions and hasn't smashed therefore it's quite a stong little phone.
From the main menu there are many different options such as:
My Files (this is where you view photo's and music etc)
Organiser and Tools
As you can see this little device has a lot to offer. Although some of the features i haven't used due to the amount of money that i can imagine that i would be charged, such as the Mobile TV and the Email. I have occasionally used the web for things and it hasn't affected my bill too much.
The phone has a Micro SD card slot which you can put in your memory card and have a bit more memory than what the phone provides. I believe that the phone provides 512 MB of memory in which you can store pictures and messages to the phone.
The camera is of excellent quality and i have taken many professional looking pictures from my phone from various trips around London and also in Paris. I am very proud of some the pictures i have been able to create through the camera on my phone.
It also has a video feature where you can record live images for your own keeping. the phone can store up to 6x 30 second videos.
The phone also provides an MP3 player which you can play while you're using the phone. it is very simple to put music onto the phone with it's provided usb cable. Tthat is also how you are able to upload picutres onto your computer, via the usb cable.
In terms of battery life, when i first got the phone i was able to go 2 days without charging the phone, depending on how often i used it. However, now that i have had the phone for over a year and a half the battery life has decreased somewhat and now the phone hhas to be charged most days.
Overall i would reccomend this phone to anyone. When my phone went in for repair i had to buy a replacement phone:(http://www.ciao.co.uk/Vodafone_527__Review_5930725)
I wanted my phone back as soon as possible and missed it terribly for the week that it went away. I love this phone and i am not looking forward to renewing my contract and giving up my phone for a new high tech phone that can make you a cup of tea but will forget to put the tea bag in...
This was my last mobile phone, I had it for nearly 2 years and it did the job. This is quite a basic phone in the current climate, makes calls and texts, has camera and thats about all I used mine for. Its quite a sturdy phone, had taken a few knocks and still in perfectly good working order. Screen is clear and menu system is very easy to use.
I did have a problem with the microphone in mine for a while - when I made calls no one at the other end could hear me. The phone did need to be sent off for that to be fixed (although I am not sure it is a common fault, and this was after I had owned it for a year).
Battery has quite a good life, even now will last for a couple of days. Decent size, not too small, not too big. I liked this phone, it worked well for me over the years - as long as you don't want too much from a phone.
I got this phone as my next upgrade after having samsung phones for 5-6 years. The menu format has had very little modifications during any upgrade which personally I am pleased with.
I was not impressed to find that the vibrate stopped working after having the phone for 6 months. It was fixed under warrenty and turned out to be a loose connection in the slider action.
I do find the phone very quiet and find myself using loud speaker over the ear piece.
The camera is good for the occasion use but not a great quality for a 3.0 mega pixel.
As mentioned the menu is easy to move around and straight forward. My husband comments on how loud the buttons are when I am texting.
Given the choice I would possibly go for a different phone but still made by samsung.
At the end of the day this is a phone. For someone like me who wanted
"just a phone" it is spot on.
As an owner of an iPod Touch, there was no reason for me to purchase a smartphone. That's the main reason I bought the Samsung Steel. It's nothing special and basically does what it says on the tin (takes calls and allows for SMS and email). Functionality isn't great, and it goes downhill from there.
There are four main issues that Samsung should of looked into. Firstly, the battery life is horrible. Two days without being charged, and the phone starts beeping on about its 'low battery'. Much worse than any phone I previously owned.
Secondly, the camera is utterly terrible. There are no words to describe just how bad it is. Every picture always is ruined by the slightest movement of your hands, plus you can hardly recognise anyone your taking a picture of if there not right infront of the camera.
Thirdly, the sound quality when accepting calls is appaling. It goes in and out even if you're standing still. You would really expect something more from one of the top mobile providers, Vodafone.
Finally, the internet access is basically no access. Slow and grodgy with the controls making it hard to type anything. Very dissapointing from two well-known brands, Vodafone and Samsung. This mobile works as if it was designed back in 2003 and left on the shelf to rot for a couple of years. I am very dissapointed
I was attracted to this phone primarily because of the contract I could get it with (from Vodafone) but nevertheless, I am extremely happy with it. I like the phone's design, particularly the metallic back part and the keypad, and it is simple and understated. The slide feels sturdy and satisfying.
The phone is easy to use and navigate, with all of the primary functions appearing on the main menu, and it can be customised to give one touch shortcuts to your favourite functions. The battery life is excellent although the indicator is not perfect by any means. It can show a full battery for days and then it will go from full battery to almost no battery within a few hours.
The camera is intuitive to use and the quality of images is much better than I had been expecting. One negative is that the speaker function is not very loud so you still have to hold it quite close to hear it properly.
I previously owned the Samsung Steel for 6 months before upgrading to a newer handset, here is my review:
The first thing I noticed about this phone was that it had a nice feel to it; it felt sturdy and comfortable in the palm of your hand. The Steel is a slide phone and when slid open the 3.2 Megapixels camera is revealed on the back of the handset. The handset has a metal style back cover and a plastic keypad on the front.
In the box with the Steel I received a data cable, which is always nice to see with mobile phones that have cameras etc as this allows easy transfer of images etc.
The screen on the phone appears to be very good quality - it is vibrant and colourful, which makes it easy to read even in daylight.
Overall I found the Samsung Steel easy to use however I did have to get the handset replaced after approximately 3 months due to the screen not working. I think the ribbon attaching the two parts of the phone had broken. I wouldn't let this put you off getting the handset as except for this it was very reliable and the new handset I received is still fully working.
The camera on the Samsung Steel is 3.2 Megapixels with autofocus and produces some good quality photos. The only thing I found annoying about the camera was that the phone took a couple of seconds to process the image so if the subject in the picture moved after the 'shutter tone' of the camera then most images would be blurred, however I think this is the case with most mobile phone cameras.
The only thing I would point out was after using my new phone for a while - the Nokia 6700 classic and picking up the Steel again it felt very big in comparison. Also when slid open the Samsung Steel did look a lot bigger compared with my new handset. If you are concerned about the size of the handset I would advise that you take a look at it in the shop before purchasing.
Overall I would recommend this phone to most low to moderate users of mobile phones, as this handset does not have all the latest features but is still a good handset regardless. Also I think for what you are getting its well worth the price I paid for it - £60.
I was primarily attracted to this phone based on its looks at first, as it has a sleek 'steel' and black effect casing (hence the name) and looks much better quality than its £60 (at the time I bought it from play.com) price tag suggests.
The call quality is quite good (I am on Vodafone UK) and although I am not in the best reception area, it does hang on to the connection when other phones go to 'limited service'. (However as with any mobile there is the occasional dropped connection... this is more due to the networks than the phone I believe, as there are certain areas I go to and do not experience any of this!) There's a speakerphone functionality for hands free access.
Its features include everything I would expect from a mobile to carry out messaging (multimedia picture/video and email as well as normal SMS), internet access etc. It has a music player capability as well which I have not used extensively as I prefer a separate mp3 player, so cannot comment on this part.
The camera produces quite good quality pictures but should mostly be used in good light or outdoors since the phone does not have a flash function and therefore in a dark environment the picture quality is less. It does allow you to adjust features such as 'White Balance' (for selecting different types of light such as incandescent, outdoor, fluorescent, etc) and select various different picture types up to about 3 megapixel. Having taken a picture, it can be edited in various ways by applying different effects such as resize/rotate/crop as well as a number of different 'filters' such as milky glow, sharpen, painting, etc. This is useful for creating the odd fun effect as well as transforming a normal 'snapshot' photo into a Myspace flattering type!
I find I use this as a camera much more often than my actual digital (6MP) camera as the photos are high enough quality for most everyday functionality (they would not be suitable for high-res though) and it's much more convenient to carry around and operate than a digital camera. It has a slot for a MicroSD card (which can be used in a normal SD card reader using an adaptor), mine didn't come with a card as it is not part of the package but I was able to purchase a 2 GB one separately for about £3 and bigger ones can be used. There's also a Bluetooth function for transferring files that way.
The phone feels quite solid and well-built, the buttons produce a good tactile 'feedback' when pressed and it is not touch screen (to me that's an advantage as I had a touch screen phone previously and was forever cancelling out of text messages, choosing the wrong function etc..).
The screen quality is good and the phone software allows customization in various ways in terms of the visual 'theme' with a few default options as well as the ability to specify your own colours and images for the menus etc. The predictive text is easy to use and allows custom words to be added to the dictionary easily. (On previous Samsung phones I encountered an issue where custom words were 'forgotten' from the dictionary after the battery ran right down but this phone does not have that issue!)
The video function is not quite as good, allowing a maximum video of around 45 seconds and the video picture quality is 'ok' but not brilliant.
All in all - I've had this phone for over a year and am very pleased with it and found that it's got all the functions I need to do general communications, photos and internet. It's certainly not a flashy new iphone etc but does what it does very well and if anything happened to my phone I would try to get another one the same.
I bought this phone just over 5 months ago, and have been very impressed with it. It's very rare you'll find a phone with good spec at a decent price. Okay, so it's not a top of the range phone, but it certainly reminds you of the rather more expensive samsung soul. No touchpad of course, but to be honest I never could get the hang of those things!
It's sleek look defies the average £70 price tage; fitting comfortably into your hand and slides up and down smoothly. And don't think the pric means this is a cheap, plastic-like false look...I've dropped mine on numerous ocassions and it doesn't have a sign of a scratch or crack yet!
The 3.2 mp camera is an absolute luxury at this price, with video capabilities too; I could really tell the difference between this and my old 1.6mp camera phone. There are other features to this phone as well, with a quickly accesible and decent quality mp3 player, mobile tv capabilities, and the possiblity of downloading games through the phones internet. Also worthy of a note is that there is a micro sd card slot in the side.
Something I've also put to good use is the phones ability to block numbers! Once a call centre inexplicably got hold of my number and decided to ring me on a daily basis, I need only to add the number to the rejected call's list; a 2 minute process and they've never rung again.
If you're looking for a top of the range phone, I'm sure you won't need telling that you'll have to be a couple of hundred for it. This however, is a fantastic phone at a bargain price.