Samsung E900 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Samsung E900 is a sleek phone that feels nice in the hand. It's streamlined and minimalist, but prone to greasy fingerprints, and the touch keys look good. It has smooth slide action.

Features

The Samsung E900's two-megapixel camera and MP3 music player are complimented by 80MB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot. Bluetooth allows for wireless headphones.

Ease of Use

The touch screen on the Samsung E900 can cause problems for newcomers. Handle with care or you will be flying into all sorts of menu options you hadn't expected. Taking photos is comfortable, and the user interface easy enough to get on with.

Performance

Photos taken on the Samsung E900 have of focus and detail, although they are affected by a blue tinge. Musically, sound quality isn't great, although did improve when we streamed music over A2DP Bluetooth profile to our Jabra headset.

Battery Life

The Samsung D900 offers a distinctly average 210 minutes' talktime, but this should be plenty for most people's needs.

 Samsung E900 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:30 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

6

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Like the Chocolate phone, its touch-keys and minimalist design are very elegant and bring sophistication to the mainstream.

Cons:

The merest accidental caress of the touch-keys can send the phone into unwanted directions. Handle with care.

Korean giants Samsung and LG have always shared a respectful rivalry, never more so than with the release of the LG KG800 Chocolate.  Samsung has answered back by bringing forward the release of its competitor, the Samsung E900, by six weeks to compete head-on for a share of the spoils.
It will be down to personal taste which fashion phone design floats your boat but judge the two phones on features alone and the Samsung E900 is much more advanced.

Touch keys

The touch keys that were such a feature of the chocolate are faithfully reproduced here. They are far from ground-breaking but can feel strange at first because they are so responsive. A light brush can inadvertently set the phone off and we kept accidentally stroking the power/end call key, prompting the exit option. But once you've learnt their mannerisms, the touch-keys become easier to negotiate.
The five-way navigation joypad doesn't rely on touch techniques so there is some old-school manoeuvring onboard. Similarly, the spring-assisted slide action is slick and in line with previous Samsung sliders.

Minimalist design

The Samsung E900's streamlined and minimalist design is ultra-sexy but such a sleek black surface attracts greasy smears: it's a full-time job keeping up appearances. In keeping with the E900's shadowy veneer, a noir user interface has been integrated but should everything get too black for you, just switch to a more illuminating white design.

Two-megapixel camera

We love the Samsung D600 but its camera lens is mounted on the back of the phone, making photos prone to thumb interference. Thankfully, the lens on the Samsung E900 sits on the back of the sliding front panel. Photos are snapped in a two-megapixel 1600x1200-pixel resolution and at this level display a keen sense of focus and detail. The photos were affected by a blue tinge, but it's nothing too serious and won't spoil your enjoyment.

MP3 player

The Samsung E900 may only have 80MB of internal memory but it has a microSD slot to boost the song quota up to around 250 songs (1GB). The built-in music player has four preset equalizer options along with a pseudo 3D surround sound option, and you can make up to four playlists.