The slim, feminine Samsung E870 has a matt finish that makes it reminiscent of an iPod, and a nice flip action adds to the attraction. But the lightweight phone feels slightly plasticky and none too robust.
As a good mid-range phone, the Samsung E870 has the standard issue feature set: 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, expandable memory and a built-in digital music player. A great screen stands out from the crowd.
The Samsung user interface is easy to get to grips with, and the E870's camera and music player don't pose any problems.
The Samsung E870's video recorder is the surprise star of the show, and footage has a nice flow with minimal interference. The camera is fine for picture messaging. The music player is a letdown, though, with a tinny sound that can only be tolerated for a short time.
The Samsung E870 offers 180 minutes of talktime. That's not very much, but should prove to be enough for a mid-range handset like this.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:26 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Sports a stunning trademark Samsung screen and the video recording quality is very slick.
The build quality is very tenuous which is most unlike Samsung.
The Samsung E870 knows what it wants: to be popular with female buyers. The E530 before it saw a big success with the same market, so you can't blame Samsung for wanting to have another go.The E870 is more sophisticated and perhaps less obvious than its voluptuous partner. In fact, it doesn't feel like a Samsung phone. The design is a departure from the manufacturer's signature sliders and RAZR-thin 3G clamshell, with a more minimalist approach. A matt silver fascia and rear cover sandwich a white filling that will inevitably attract iPod comparisons. However, there is an O2-exclusive red version if you want to move away from the ubiquitous silver colour scheme.
The phone itself is quite slender, although it is afflicted with a plastic quality. It makes for an incredibly featherweight handset, at 83g, but isn't very robust. You wonder how much of the phone would survive if it accidentally came up against a pavement. Elsewhere, the flip action is snappy with a nice spring and it opens to reveal a great screen and keypad. Even at a lowish 176x220-pixel resolution, Samsung rarely rolls out a shoddy display, and the Samsung E870's screen is true to form, flaunting vivid colours, superb definition and illumination.
The keypad's design has an almost Japanese retro feel about it, with a spacious and uncluttered layout. Samsung's user interface is equally simple to get to grips with and remains identical to previous models.As a good mid-range phone, the E870 has the standard issue feature set: 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, expandable memory and a built-in digital music player.
The camera lens falls in line with handsets like the D500 and E370, delivering okay snaps, albeit with a sallow complexion. More impressive is the video recording quality. Shot in a MPEG4 format and at 352x288-pixel resolution, the performance is top rate for a handset of this rank, demonstrating a nice flow with minimal digital noise and choppy movement.
Unfortunately, Samsung's track record of producing sub-standard built-in music players continues with the Samsung E870. Whether it has something to do with the supplied in-ear headphones is a moot point but we're sure they don't help. We loaded a couple of MP3 files encoded at 192Kbps and even after experimenting with the four-preset equaliser they sounded awfully hollow and weedy. Increasing the volume just made for a harsher sound and we don't recommend prolonged listening. Songs and other multimedia gubbins can stored on the microSD card, with 1GB cards available (this will store around 250 songs encoded in MP3 at 128kbps.)The E870 will perhaps appeal to the more those women who don't feel comfortable wielding those loud pink, flowery phones but still want a handset with a slight feminine touch. However, despite its neat, unadorned design, the E870 lacks a real spark or personality.