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Samsung SGH X820 review

Samsung SGH X820 review
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Retail Price: RM 600
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The X820ís a wealth of features are compressed into the 6.9mm thinness using the Smart Surface Mounting Technology. Built-in 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, document viewer and TV-output function.
Review On : Samsung SGH X820
Reviewed by S.SIVABALAN
Triband phone Camera: 2-megapixels
Display: 1.9in, 262,000-colour TFT (176 x 220pixels)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, e-mail
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, USB port
Phone memory: 80MB
Battery: 650mAh lithium-ion
Standby/talk time: 210/2.5 hours
Other features: digital audio player, video recording, PictBridge, document viewer, TV-output, speakerphone, flight mode
Weight: 66g
Dimensions (w x d x h): 113 x 50 x 6.9mm
Price: RM1,099
Review unit courtesy of Samsung Malaysia (03) 2263-6600

THE Samsung SGH-X820 Ultra Edition 6.9 currently holds the record of being the slimmest handphone in the world.

With a thickness of just 6.9mm, itís as thin as a cracker and makes competing handphones look like bricks. But that's not all ?at 66g it is also one of the lightest handphones around.

The best part, however, is that the phone doesn't compromise too much on features despite its size.

The X820 is a triband phone with GPRS and EDGE capability. It has a 1.9in display with a 220 x 176-pixel resolution, 2-megapixel camera, 80MB memory, Bluetooth, Multimedia player and even TV-output.

Its music player supports MP3, AAC and WMA files. Most importantly as a music-playing phone, the X820 supports stereo Bluetooth headsets.

The only drawbacks you have to deal with thanks to its slim outline are the lack of a memory card slot and shorter battery life.

A strengthened frame

When Samsung decided to use a plastic casing to reduce thickness, complications arose as fragility became an issue when the plastic casing got too thin.

Samsung solved this problem by reinforcing the plastic with fibreglass, which allowed flexibility from 1- 1.5mm.

I tested this flexibility by putting the X820 in my back trouser pocket and sat on a chair a few times. I'm pleased to report that it didnít break into pieces.

Good interface

It was easy to use the X820 because it comes with an intuitive interface. Samsung's decision to spice up the shading and animation in the menus also made it more of a delight to use. However, the display is hard to see under bright light.

The built-in POP3/IMAP e-mail client handles up to five accounts. There is also a built-in document viewer, which can be used to view JPEG, Microsoft Office and PDF attachments.

The attachments have a maximum limit of 300KB but unfortunately opening the files took a bit longer than I hoped for.

Bluetooth worked like a charm as there were no problems transferring files and printing on Bluetooth-enabled printers.

It was also easy to synch information with Microsoft Outlook using Samsung's PC Studio 3 management Software.

Good phone quality

In terms of sound clarity, the X820 performed admirably ?it was loud and clear even with the speakerphone. I also had no problems with reception during testing.

The vibration motor is also impressive but the ringer and vibration alert cannot be used simultaneously.

Talk time is a continuous 6.5 hours, which is rather short for a GSM handphone and I had to recharge the phone every day. I suppose that's the price to pay for making the phone go on a diet.

Quality digital photos

The camera on the X820 is the same 2-megapixel CMOS camera used on the Samsung D600.

The camera takes about five seconds to start up and worked fine for the most part. Image quality can be adjusted to four levels ?super fine, fine, normal and low.

There is a possibility of taking a series of shots with options of six, nine and 15 for normal and high quality images.

An image editor is also available for adding effects such as black and white, negative, sepia, emboss, antique, moonlight and fog. Images can also be resized, rotated, flipped and cropped.

The camera also takes video clips in MPEG4 format with maximum resolution of 352 x 288pixels. The quality of the video clips are pretty decent after taking into account that the X820 is a such a slim handphone.

End word

Overall, I found the X820 to be a pretty good handphone with strong features. The icing on the cake is that the phone is also the slimmest around at the moment.

Sure there are a couple of drawbacks such as short battery life and the lack of a memory card slot, but those can be easily overlooked if all youíre looking for is a stylish phone that will draw envious stares.

Pros: Ultra slim; stylish Design; high quality camera; good feature set.

Cons: No memory card slots; short battery life.

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