The handset is strikingly familiar to its predecessor, the U900 Soul, and also sports the ‘Magic Touch’ control pad.
The user interface is not difficult to navigate, although some features are annoyingly long-winded to access, the phone would definitely benefit from some better shortcuts.
The handset is hugely customisable, and the navigation pad is particularly innovative.
The internal memory is tiny at just 30MB and there is no external card included, which is a shame.
Battery life is excellent, with up to 350 hours standby time.
The Samsung Light Edge may be similar to its predecessor, but it looks good has a great novelty factor for a mid-range handset.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:54:30 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
A mid-tier handset with high-end looks. The navigation pad still oozes novelty value.
With just 30MB of internal storage, not providing a memory card is simply cruel.
Pick up the Samsung S7330, aka the Light Edge, and you’ll be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu. The likelihood is, rather than some kind of psychic experience, you’re simply remembering the Samsung U900 Soul, from 2008. That’s because the S7330 is a near doppelganger to the Soul, be it with a slightly less impressive spec sheet. Thankfully, we were big fans of the Soul, so we had high hopes for the S7330.
Aside from the striking resemblance in the build (the S7330 is two grams lighter and only one millimetre longer) the main comparison lies with the fact that both handsets feature Samsung’s innovative ‘Magic Touch’ navigation pad. For those unfamiliar with this concept, it is a square pad found just beneath the 2.2-inch screen, that changes depending on the menu or function you are in. For example, when in the home screen, five icons appear that will take you through to the profile settings, music player, Google (both search and mail), text messaging and a customisable shortcut menu. Access your music player, and these icons ‘magically’ transform into your play, stop, rewind and fast forward icons. As you press these virtual keys you are met with a short vibrating pulse to indicate recognition of the command. It’s responsive enough to be a great navigating tool, but we did find that it struggled to keep up when playing the on-board games.
We mentioned that the S7330 is not as high specced as the Soul, but don’t let that put you off. The S7330 has HSDPA for rapid web surfing, a built-in music player and a 3.15-megapixel camera. To access the camera you will need to slide up the keypad, which in turn makes a satisfying snapping sound. However, to fire it up press the dedicated camera key on the right hand side of the phone. Unfortunately, you can only do this when in the home screen so, should you be surfing the web, for example, when you see a chance of a great photo, you will have to come out of the internet, go back to the home screen and then press the camera key. A laborious process that may result with you missing those impromptu shots.
Samsung has added a number of snappy features, including the increasingly popular smile shot mode and a multi shot facility that requires you to hold down the camera key until it has taken a maximum of nine consecutive photos. The results for both were excellent, with good contrast and lighting on indoor and outdoor shots.
However, we did take issue with the Panorama mode. The idea is that you can take up to six adjacent shots that give one final panoramic landscape picture. We’ve seen it done excellently on Sony Ericsson’s Cyber-shot range. The S7330, unlike its counterpart, has no way of lining up the previous shot with the new one, and therefore the final result has a huge amount of repetition.
The phone also has a poor amount of internal memory at just 30MB. As it comes with no memory card, we’d suggest that if you’re keen on storing a large amount of media content, this would be a worthwhile investment.
As with the Samsung Soul, the S7330 is a hugely customisable handset. You can change the home screen, the colour of the Magic Pad and even the type of font that appears as you type in your phone numbers.
The Samsung S7330 Light Edge is a decent handset available on a low cost contract and for that it should be applauded. It looks smart and all its features perform well, apart from our slight issue with the camera’s panorama mode. However, while it’s similarities to the Soul are undeniable, it’s not as good and therefore can’t score as highly as its big brother.