Samsung found that their current range of mobile phones had problems competing with the ever-popular iPhone, so to battle the problem the Samsung F480 was introduced; Do Samsung have themself a winne....
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Samsung found that their current range of mobile phones had problems competing with the ever-popular iPhone, so to battle the problem the Samsung F480 was introduced; Do Samsung have themselves a winner with the F480?
The F480 packs a tremendous punch for its size, just take a glance at its factsheet, it has a 5 megapixel camera, has 3G network capabilities with the possibility to reach speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, plus downloading documents and surfing the web is faster than ever before.
It provides a unique user interface that allows the user to drag and drop widgets to any point on the screen. It employs vibration feedback technology which vibrates to confirm that a menu has been opened or an application is about to start. Finally, it comes with a huge screen which is ideal for visiting websites.
The 3G Samsung F480 is a stylish and light little number weighing in at only 101 grams and has dimensions of 98.4 x 55 x 11.6mmm. This phone is designed to fit into a pocket with ease. The phone’s casing is a brushed metal design finished in black and overall, it’s a very stylish little phone.
The front of the phone houses the main display which has a screen resolution of 240 x 320 megapixels and is 2.8 inches in size, which is large enough to play games and visit websites. The back of the phone houses the camera, which offers auto focus, digital zoom, 5 megapixel quick view, smile shot and an image stabilizer mode.
The F480 comes packed with a Li-ion battery that provides up to 3 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time, but we found that the battery runs down quite quickly when using the web or using the camera for an extended period of time.
Navigation is performed by touching a relevant widget on the display. This system could be improved upon and is by no means perfect. When selecting a widget from the sidebar there is a slight delay between the touch response and the application launching. A delay was also experienced when rearranging icons or scrolling the sidebar. The touchscreen offers quite a high resolution display, but it is still not as clear the iPhone in certain settings. The T9 onscreen keypad caters for messaging quite well.
The loudspeaker produces good sound quality and the missed calls and messaging system is very efficient. The call quality is strong in most areas, although it does have moments of weakness.
Finally the phone allows for 1000 phone book entries and a 500 SMS mailbox which includes: 200 inbox messages, 200 sent, 50 drafts and 50 outbox messages. The call quality is strong in most areas, although it does have moments of weakness.
The F480 provides DRM-free MP3, AAC music nd H.264, MPEG4 and H.263 video playback capabilities. The music player’s interface is relatively good, but it’s no match for the iPod inspired menu system on the iPhone. When using the phone to watch online TV we found the video quality comparable to videos on YouTube.
The F480s camera provides a variety of shooting modes and the colours of the photos are good, but on occasions we experienced flaring in sunlight and focusing at times, was a bit of an issue.
The navigation system and the internet browser both function respectfully. The time between selecting an application and the result is approximately one second. The web browser is excellent and performs well presenting pages which can be seen without zooming in or out too often.
The Samsung F480 has a good camera, good connectivity options and a respectable media player. It might not be a full-blown smartphone as it lacks GPS, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and could do with a wider range of business applications, however, it’s a reasonably well-priced device that offers a creative touchscreen functionality.
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