The Samsung Diva is far more style than substance. It has a vibrant capacitive touch-screen and is available in black or white.
The three home screens are easy to navigate, and there are plenty of social networking shortcuts that make keeping in touch with friends a breeze.
The Samsung Diva has a capacitive touch-screen and built-in links to social networking sites. Unfortunately, there is no 3G so surfing the web is quite slow, and the camera is mediocre.
The touch-screen often mis-read swipes and opened up unwanted applications, which was frustrating. The device would benefit from faster internet speeds and a better camera.
Battery life was excellent.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:57:36 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Despite its relatively low-end price point, Samsung has included a capacitive touch-screen that gets our vote over the resistive variety every time
Accessing the internet requires some patience as there is no 3G
Move over Mariah, Madonna and J-Lo. There’s a new kid on the scene and it goes by the name of the Samsung S7070 Diva. After running a bath with Evian water and individually removing all the green and yellow M&M’s for this little starlet, we assessed whether it deserves its billing.
First things first, neither being a teen or female, we’re certainly not the target demographic for the Samsung S7070 Diva. So it’s with this in mind that we approach this review. The Samsung Diva is far more style than substance. From the pretty pink packaging to the stunningly vibrant touch-screen, this is a handset for those that care about appearances. The main body of the phone is available in black or white, and actual hard keys are kept to a minimum. Below the screen is a call and call end key with a rather extravagant ‘diamond’ emblazoned back key. Turn the phone over and you’ll also find a diamond-patterned back cover. We personally prefer smooth hardware so we’re not fans of this corrugated design, but it certainly makes the Diva stand out.There’s plenty of scope in terms of customising your Diva. There’s an array of wallpaper to choose from – although your chosen design will be spread across all three home screens, rather than a different one for each – and an equally impressive list of fonts. After choosing your preferred font, all content including websites will be displayed in that fashion, which merits a degree of novelty factor.
The screen, although a mediocre 2.8 inches, is big enough to support a virtual QWERTY keyboard, which is why we were baffled to find it missing. Samsung has opted for the superior capacitive touch-screen despite the attractive price tag, which makes for a far friendlier finger experience. That said, we did encounter some swiping issues when we dragged various widgets onto the home screen from the shortcut bar on the left-hand side of the display. We found that if we accidentally brushed one, the phone would recognise it as a command and open up the application, when all we actually wanted to do was swipe to another page.
Another nod to the target audience is the inclusion of all manner of social networks – the most popular of which can be found in the aforementioned widget tool bar. Though they won’t actually provide push notifications, you’ll be able to receive the latest Twitter and Facebook updates by simply pressing the refresh button on the corner of each widget. You’ll also be logged in automatically each time you switch the phone on, which saves you having to retype passwords and usernames. The Communities option enables you to form a list from a wide range of social networks, so uploading photos direct to your favourite sites is a breeze (though with just 3.2-megapixels and no flash, it is not one of Samsung’s better cameras). Surfing these sites is another matter. There is no 3G either, which means you’ll have to rely on the sluggish EDGE data speeds.Apart from pretty mobile phones, what’s every teenage girl’s favourite thing? That’s right, shopping. The ‘Wish List’ option is a virtual shopping list, which enables you to note the items you’re after, record them once purchased complete with price and even set alarms to remind you to buy that pair of jeans you’re after. It’s a novel feature and one that’s bound to hit the right note.
While the Samsung Diva is not without its shortcomings, the manufacturer has certainly built the phone with a specific consumer in mind. While not to our taste, it’s a good looking phone for a fee that isn’t going to deter parents or the teens themselves. A niche audience, but this Diva should enjoy a cult following.Danny Brogan