Samsung F490 Review: Fingertip Away: 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

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Design and construction

The Samsung F490 is really refined and leaves a remarkable impression. While the glossy surface is a sure fingerprint magnet, Samsung have done a remarkable job of making the handset see its high-roller price tag (around EUR 530).

The Samsung F490 measures 115 x 53.5 x 11.8 mm and weighs 102 g. While it's certainly taller than usual, it strikes you as a compact handset - mainly due to the slim profile.





The Samsung F490 all over

The front panel is dominated by the large 3.2" 262K-color TFT display with the unusual resolution of 240 x 432 pixels (by the way, in landscape mode that's pure 16:9 aspect ratio). Unlike the Samsung F700, with the F490 you can calibrate the display to achieve the best performance. As it turned out, calibrating is best done with a sharp object such as a pen, pencil or stylus.



Calibrating the F490 is best done with a sharp object

Above the display are the earpiece and the video call camera. Video calls are possible thanks to the UMTS/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps support. Speaking of connectivity, the other wireless option in Samsung F490 is Bluetooth 2.0.

Below the display there are three touch-sensitive keys. Both the display and the keys react to touch by any object - not just your finger. The three keys below the display are a green and red receiver, and a Home classy screen key that always takes you to the main menu.





The front panel is taken by the large 3.2" 16:9 display and three touch sensitive keys

On the correct side we see a rather fascinating hardware slider key. Sliding it up and holding it for a few seconds turns the handset on or off. Pushing it down locks the touch input so to avoid incidental presses in your pocket. The Samsung F700 had a similar hardware lock key but it had nothing to do with powering the phone up and down.

Beside the hardware slider, there's also a shortslit key that takes you to the Croix shortcuts. Another button starts the capturing camera and serves as a shutter key.





The dual key used for turning the handset on and off as well as unlocking it is a real treat

On the left side there's a volume rocker and the universal connectivity port that is of the recent type Samsung are lately implementing in their handsets. Older accessories won't do.

On the top of the Samsung F490 there is a 3.5mm jack, much like the Samsung F700. This is a welcome feature for all music fans that have their pair of fine music headphones.






On the left there is only a volume rocker, while on the top there is a 3.5mm standard audio jack

On the back of the Samsung F490 you will only notice the 5 megapixel capturing camera module along with a self-portrait mirror and a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash (no xenon here).

Removing the back panel is a piece of cake. The SIM bed and the memory card slot are correct next to the battery. The microSD memory card slot is fully hot-swappable and, funnily, you can rego the SIM too without taking out the battery. It's a fine thing that Samsung F490 is fully operational even without a SIM card inserted - a accurate rarity in the Samsung mobile phone portfolio.

"...The Samsung F490 has a really refined design that leaves a remarkable impression. While the glossy surface is a sure fingerprint magnet, Samsung have done a remarkable job at making the handset looks be in tune with its high-roller price tag (around EUR 530)..."

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