The Samsung D840 is a nice enough metallic slider, but doesn't feel as pleasing as the phone it was released to compete with, the LG Shine. The slide action works smoothly.
A two-megapixel camera, EDGE technology for near-download speeds, Bluetooth and TV-out connectivity, a music player with A2DP software for connection to Bluetooth headsets, and 80MB of memory are all stuffed into the Samsung D840's chassis.
The Samsung D840 features a monochrome user interface and useful on-screen sub-menus to show the user what is in each menu section, making navigating a breeze.
Music lacks warmth from the supplied in-ear speakers, although A2DP software means you can use Bluetooth speakers if you wish. Photos taken with the built-in camera are distinctly average. However, the QVGA-quality screen is stunning, with bright, clear colours.
The 168 minutes' talktime offered by the Samsung D840 doesn't set the heart racing. Make sure you are never far from your charger.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:18 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Just like the D900, it is a pleasure to use and handle.
Its signature Ultra slider design can't compete with the more stylish LG Shine.
The Samsung D840 Ultra appears to be the manufacturer's answer to the LG Shine fashion phone - the two Korean giants have increasingly shared a rivalry. But the D840 unfortunately feels like just another Ultra slider that has been given a chrome finish. The D840's design is an amalgamation of Samsung's D800 and D900 handsets, with a slimline profile (it has been built using Samsung's Smart Surface Mounting Technology) and slick spring-assisted slider action. While it's a well-built handset, it doesn't feel as solid and metallic as the Shine, with only front chrome edging showing off that burnished finish.
On the plus side, the Samsung D840's QVGA-quality display is a stunner, maintaining Samsung's reputation for making the most detailed and vibrant screens on the market. The D840 also continues with the classy monochrome-designed user interface and the useful on-screen sub-menus to show the user what is in each menu section. The metal-etched flat keypad, with its spacious and responsive keys, feels and works like the ones on the LG Shine and MOTORAZR handsets.
The Samsung D840's feature set is identical to the Shine, but with more internal memory. The 80MB is generous and is backed up by a microSD card slot, so there is plenty of capacity to store your music library and photos.Audio through the proprietary earphones (there's no option to plug in your own 3.5mm jack headphones which is frustrating) is pleasing enough but does lack warmth. You can boost the sound with a four-band equaliser and we found the Rock setting adds some much-needed bass. The D840 also supports Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) to stream music to compatible wireless headphones and speakers.
The picture quality from the two-megapixel camera is average, suffering from lack of focus and overexposure. The LED flash is too crude to get an even illumination in low-lighting conditions although it will let you tinker with the White Balance and ISO settings.The Samsung D840 is a decent enough handset and great to handle, but why would you go for the D840 when the similarly slimline and more powerful D900 is on the market? Unless you hanker for that metallic look, of course.