Samsung E950 Review: Еccentric Slider

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Visually appealing, the Samsung E950 is a feature-rich handset that takes Samsung’s concept of touch sensitive interface one step further. Fitted into a compact slider body you acquire a 3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, stereo Bluetooth and a 2” TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. The handset is equipped with a novel input solution – a dedicated touchclassy screen that serves as a navigation D-pad. That feature alone was enough to acquire us itching with impatience to lay our hands on one of those phones. Join us as we explore the Samsung E950 slider.






Samsung E950 official photos

Key features

  • Unique touchclassy screen navigation solution

  • Compact size and weight

  • 3 megapixel camera

  • 262K color TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (320x240 pixels) resolution

  • Bluetooth with A2DP

  • microSD memory card slot

  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

  • TV out

  • MS Office documents viewer

  • Data cable and a 512Mega Bytes (MB) card included in the retail package

  • Nice web browser

Main disadvantages

  • Touchclassy screen navigation sensitivity is dodgy

  • Camera lacks autofocus and produces average quality photos

  • Office documents viewer is slow

  • Choppy animation in the main menu

  • Java applications can be installed only through WAP

  • Only preset message ringtones

The Samsung E950 is obviously the successor of last-year’s Samsung E900. Both handsets feature full touch sensitive navigation throughout the phone’s interface. Besides being among the first handsets with touch-based navigation, the E900 failed to impress with technical specifications when compared to the other high-discontinue Samsung handsets at the time. The same holds accurate for the E950 now. Samsung have more advanced handsets currently, so we guess the E950 will mostly count on exciting technology (unique touchclassy screen pad) and fashion appeal (this baby just looks great).

Having had our deal of Samsung reviews in the past month, we were still excited to see how far Samsung would go with that touch-pad, touch-classy screen and touch-everything extravaganza. So, we got busy with an early pre-release version of the Samsung E950.

Perhaps this is the correct place for a small disclaimer. Being a pre-sales piece , our Samsung E950 suffered from some serious bugs. We do hope though they‘ll be fixed in the retail version .

You know the drill

The Samsung E950 measures 98 x 46 x 15 mm, which doesn’t create it the slimmest slider currently available, but in terms of size the Samsung E950 is pretty compact and even light. The mobile makes fine utilize of metal and matt black plastic. We like the design and the construction itself seems pretty solid. Thanks to the touch-sensitive elements on the front panel, the surface is smooth and there are no keys sticking out. The touch-sensitive navigation display is inside a silver frame at the lower end. A slight recess above the display nests the earpiece.






Samsung E950 makes fine utilize of metal

When the handset powers up you will see that the touchpad display has red backlighting and white fonts unlike the one shown on advertisements (black with white fonts). Personally, we don’t like the choice of red for the backlighting. Our guess is that they used it to match the blackred styling of the user interface, but, who knows…






Samsung E950 lighting all up • the red touchpad display looks strange

The alpha-numeric keypad is really flat, but keys are large enough and have sufficient press feedback, so typing is easy and precise.






The keypad is really flat but comfortable enough

Visually appealing, the Samsung E950 is a feature-rich handset that takes Samsung’s concept of touch sensitive interface one step further. Fitted into a compact slider body you acquire a 3 megapixel camera, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, and Bluetooth. The handset is equipped with a novel input solution – a dedicated touchclassy screen that serves as a navigation D-pad.

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