Samsung D780 Review: Dual SIMplicity: Camera, Web Browser, Organizer, Games

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Image quality is good

Samsung D780 is equipped with a 2 megapixel capturing camera with a maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. There's a self-portrait mirror but no Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash.

The capturing camera interface is intuitive and follows the current trdiscontinue of displaying settings with icons in a toolbar at the bottom of the screen, while options appear as semi-transparent popup menus. The settings here are extensive and include picture size, shooting mode (single, multi-shot, mosaic shot and panorama), color effects (black and white, negative, sepia, antique, moonlight etc.), white balance, and ISO (up to 400).

Unfortunately, the capturing camera sensor is set so that the capturing camera is better off when used in portrait mode only - as laughable as it may sound - that way you acquire the regular landscape images. To acquire a tall portrait shot you have to turn the handset to a landscape position.

No matter if you choose portrait or landscape mode - when you select the fullclassy screen mode for the viewfinder it crops the live feed from the capturing camera lens so that it fits the display. Not to worry though, the actual photos taken by the capturing camera are not cropped. Samsung D900 had the same problems by the way and that didn't stop it from becoming a bestseller.

Camera viewfinder • capturing camera settings on toolbar

The capturing camera key is useless; using the OK key is far more convenient. We were pleasantly surprised by the color rendering and dynamic range. Noise is kept under control and photos are fine with sharpening applied carefully. The Samsung D780 capturing camera made a really nice impression and we got to admit it's among th best 2 megapixel cameras we've seen on a mobile phone.

Here are some capturing camera samples produced by the 2 megapixel capturing camera of Samsung D780:

Sample photos

Finally, we come to the video recording capabilities of the camera. Samsung D780 shoots video in the so-called Camcorder mode. The user interface of the camcorder doesn't differ from the one of the still capturing camera except for some of the available options.

Camcorder viewfinder • camcorder settings on toolbar

Samsung D780 captures video in CIF resolution at 15fps and clips are recorded in MPEG4 format.

Web browser almost unusable

With Samsung D780 you can count on EDGE and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) only for browsing internet on the go. Unfortunately, the handset doesn't come with the latest NetFront 3.4 web browser but instead uses the Openwave browser dating all the way back to Samsung D900. The Openwave web browser doesn't even have desktop-like rendering and most images are resized beyond recognition with the default Smart Fit option.

Browsing • browser options

Organizer topped with document viewer

The Samsung D780 calendar offers three views - daily, weekly and monthly. There are five types of events available: appointment, anniversary, holiday, important, and private. Alarm slots are also five, each with a variety of configurable options - snooze time, repetition, etc. You can of course choose a custom ringtone to wake you up at a preset volume level.

Calendar: monthly view and types of events o Alarms: 5 slots and some of the available options

Among the other offerings are the voice memo recorder, a world time application, a calculator, and a unit converter. A countdown timer and a stopwatch are also available.

Recording a voice note • world clock • calculator • converter

Samsung D780 also features an office documents viewer along the lines of most Samsung handsets out there.

File manager • opening an excel, word and acrobat document


When it comes to games, Samsung D780 is quite well geared. A whole bunch of games are preinstalled just waiting for you to have some free time to spend. The games the D780 bundles up are Cannonball, Forgotten Warrior, Freekick, Arch Angel, Minigolf Las Vegas (trial), Tetris Mania (trial) and Asphalt 2 (trial).

What's not so fine about them is that you've probably seen every one of them on other Samsung handsets.

Some of the free games: Cannonball, Forgotten Warrior

Some of the free games: Freekick, Arch Angel



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