Samsung E950 Review: Еccentric Slider: Camera, Web Browser, Organizer, Applications, Games, Conclusion

By 07:19 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments

Camera: Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and small to cheer

Samsung E950 features a 3 megapixel capturing camera with a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, which can hold pictures at a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It doesn’t have auto focus, so taking shots of text and documents won’t be possible, but it does well at larger distances, and is of course faster than every auto focus enabled camera. There are several view modes – the only way to see the whole composition is to select the “standard ratio” viewfinder. While the fullclassy screen viewfinder is pleasing to the eye, it doesn’t allow you to see the whole composition you are shooting since it crops the center image and shows you only that.

Still capturing camera user-interface: standard ratio

The capturing camera interface is intuitive and follows the current trdiscontinue of showing settings with icons in the bottom of the classy screen while options appear as popup menus. The settings are extensive and include picture size, shooting mode (single or multi-shot ), color effects (black and white, negative, sepia, emboss), white balance, and ISO. An fascinating feature is the Mosaic shot seen also on previous Samsung handset, which allows you to create fascinating photo collages.

Choosing: capturing camera mode, resolution, effects, white balance

The quality of the photos produced by the Samsung E950 capturing camera is average. The colors are natural but the pictures have a lot of noise when compared to a similar 3.2 megapixel capturing camera (the one of Samsung D900 in this case).

Without auto focus close-ups would prove impossible, let alone scanning text with your camera. In the same time, the handset takes pictures much faster and reliably (no focus lag), which is remarkable for taking those spur-of-the-moment opportunist shots of moving objects. All that said, it’s worth pointing out that with most auto focus cameras you can simply turn the auto focus feature off to achieve the same results.

Shooting trials with GSMArena test posters

Shooting outdoors: sky is overcast

We decided to create an improvised shootout between the Samsung E950 and the Samsung D900. Both handsets feature 3 megapixel cameras, but the D900 also has autofocus. As you all know, the autofocus doesn't necessarily improve landscape pictures such as those so the comparison is fair. If you hold a see at the samples you will immediately notice the excess noise in the E950 pictures. We suppose, that it's not the sensor that messes up the things, but the software processing of the handset. That being said, it is highly possible that the retail version of the E950 might have that fixed. Since we have similar photos made by Samsung E590 (we're not publishing those here) we may easily conclude that Samsung E950 makes worse pictures than both D900 and E590.

Samsung D900 • Samsung E950 • Samsung D900 • Samsung E950

The capturing camera is also able to shoot video – in the so-called Camcorder mode. Recording length is only limited by the available free memory. The user interface of the camcorder is pretty much the same as the one of the still camera.

Choosing: video resolution, effects, white balance, viewfinder mode

The Samsung E950, as most other Samsung handsets, captures MPEG-4 videos with a maximum resolution of CIF (352 x 288 pixels) at 15 fps.

You may also see a sample Samsung E950 video clip

Web browser scores a mark

With the Samsung E950 you can count on EDGE and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) for browsing internet on the go. As we’ve already mentioned, it also comes equipped with Bluetooth which even allows listening to music on a stereo headset (A2DP profile support). It works seamlessly when transferring data to and from a PC. A notable enhancement to the Bluetooth File Browser service is the ability to create certain files or folders visible or invisible according to your needs. A data cable will allow for even faster file transfers. When connected, the handset gets charged, too.

Using the phone as a modem with a PC, is also an option. Such transfers can be made via Bluetooth technology or through the data cable.

The NetFront 3.4 web browser of the Samsung E950 is excellent for a feature phone – it renders pages well with or without the Smart-Fit function. It offers a mini-map so that you know where you are at on large pages, and it even has a virtual cursor, which highlights the currently active hyperlink or field.

Browsing in Desktop mode • Available page sizes • mini-map • Smart-Fit mode

Day-to-day management

The Samsung E950 calendar offers three views – daily, weekly and monthly. There are three types of events available: appointment, anniversary and task. The Calendar can store up to 100 items of each type. Much like D900, you can choose which calendar view should be default and you can pick which day the week starts on – Monday or Sunday.

Calendar views • creating an event

Up to five alarms are available and each one of them can be set to repeat on given days of the week. There’s a separate setting for the type of snooze you would like to have for each of those five alarms. You can of course choose a custom ringtone to wake you up at a preset volume level.

Alarms list • setting an alarm

The phone also offers a personal task manager, a voice recorder, a world time application, a calculator, and a unit converter. A countdown and a stopwatch will cater to sports-minded users. Samsung E950 supports Java, so downloading additional applications or games is not a problem.

Unlimited voice recording • calculator • unit converter

World time application

Yahoo! ready

When it comes to additional applications, Samsung fails to create a real mark, but, several of them are there and deserve to be mentioned.

As it turned out, the Samsung E950 is a wonderful phone, although the dodgy touchclassy screen navigation pad ruined the experience for us. It’s highly possible though that this problem has a lot to do with the unit being an early pre-sales piece.


googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-gsmarenacom35452'); });



Related Article



Please LOGIN or REGISTER To Gain Full Access To This Article