Samsung D800 Review: Keypad, Display, Interface, Calls

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Ice rink for your thumbs

The functional part of the keypad consists of a four-way navigation key with a confirming central area and 5 other functional buttons. The navigation key is a small bit unhandy and one can create mistakes. This inconvenience is caused most of all by the lack of touch distinction and by the surface evenness of the functional keys. As we can see, beauty always costs something, in the case of Samsung D800 - a certain degree of practical inconvenience. For example, a press on the central area of the navigation assembly connects you directly to Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) as the confirming option of this button is only available from the main menu.


Flat, beautiful, but somewhat clumsy

The keys surrounding the navigation button are much easier to control, mainly due to its bigger size. Press is low, confirmation comes as a silent, but clear click. The numeric keys operate seamlessly too. Getting used to their slippery surface and to the lack of vertical grooves requires a few minutes of training, though


Chromium-covered bands not only see nice, but also assist master touch orientation

A Spectacle for the Eyes

240 x 320 pixels of display resolution is a accurate spectacle for the eyes. Each pixel flares in 262K colors. Brightness is regulated in 5 steps. The pity however is that the display goes away completely after a mere pair of seconds, after which information about missed calls or messages remains invisible.

As you will see, Samsung has made utilize of every quality of this display. Phone's main menu is composed of 9 nobly colored icons with fine details. To like menu's graphic to the limit, activate the menu style called "Flash animation", where selected icon gets bigger at the expense of the rest of the icons, making this way the original grid to bulge and provide more space for it.

Stand-by display • common main menu • main menu in flash style

Sub-menus menus consist of text only. Each one of them can be assigned a shortslit key. Feel free to allocate four of your favorite functions on the four ways of the navigation button. Keep in mind, however, that in stand-by mode the functions of the context keys are fixed - the left one opens the main menu, while the correct one takes you to into the phonebook. Samsung D800 reacts lightning fast.

A stylish phone like Samsung D800 would have deserved more options of graphic modification. Unfortunately however, it features two graphic interfaces only - a blue and a red one. Number style is possible to setup too. Nearly everything - from font color, through rainbow-like image up to number notes stabbed on a cork notice board can be additionally modified or set up.

If you do not like blue, go for the red one as it is the only one available • unusual number options

The Samsung D800 main menu is organized on more or less the same principle as the menu of Samsung D600E. Its icons have been modified, though.

Hello hello, is this the phone operator

Calls are possible to accept or terminate by a single go of the sliding part of the phone. Incoming calls are announced by a 64-voice melody, a MP3 file or vibrations. However, vibrations and ringing are not compatible. Sound is played a moment after vibration intro has finished, but never simultaneously. Samsung D800 has no ringing profiles. It only offers a choice between loud and quite modes, executed by a press-hrecent on the "# "key. Sound is fine and loud enough, with the missing bass elements being the only audio drawback. The same evaluation applies to the qualities of the receiver during phone calls.

Call lists

The phone book is accessed by a press on the correct context key. Do not try to assign the phonebook application to the down-way key of the navigation button, as it is no good. Quite surprising, but true.

Only three contacts from the phonebook fit into the display en bloc. At the same time, each of them comes with a default phone number. The up and down-ways of the navigation button cannot be used for switching from one phone number to another inside one and the same contact entry. To see more contact details, press the central navigation area. The phonebook can store up to a 1000 contact entries, which are searched by gradual writing of their initials. Each contact can be assigned 5 phone numbers, an email address, a short text note, a picture and a specific ringing melody. Caller or recipient's image appears across the entire display. If the image is smaller, on the display you will also see caller's name or phone number.

Phonebook menu • searching the phonebook • adding a recent contact • setting up a group

Groups can serve for better organization of the phonebook, including assignment of a special picture or ringing melody to more than one contact at a time. Unfortunately, groups cannot be used as filters for incoming calls. The phonebook can be quickly filled with contacts via synchronization with PC.



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