Samsung i200 review:

Samsung i200

Typical Price: £220.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Interface; slim design; good screen; easy to use keypad; Windows Mobile 6.1; HSDPA for fast Web access; decent battery life.

The Bad Proprietary headphone port; no Wi-Fi or GPS; poor camera; not much memory; expensive for what it is.

The Bottom Line The Samsung i200 is one of those devices that are instantly appealing due to its slim profile, responsive keypad, Windows Mobile 6.1 and HSDPA support. It's only when you discover the omissions that a touch of disappointment sets in -- it lacks Wi-Fi and GPS, uses a proprietary port for headphones and its 2-megapixel camera is not what you'd call groundbreaking

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7.5 Overall

You can begin to understand why the Samsung i200 has a rather subdued feature list when you discover that Orange lists the phone on its Web site as a business device. Though in the modern business world you could excuse the lack of a radio or a featureless 2-megapixel camera, for the price on contract -- from £28 a month -- we would have at least expected Wi-Fi or GPS for navigation. It's also available SIM-free online for around £200.

The Samsung i200 is a little taller than some smartphones, but with a depth of 11.8mm and weighing in at just over 100g, the phone does feel comfortable to hold in the palm of your hand.

The clear and vibrant 58mm (2.3-inch) screen is joined by a responsive five-way d-pad, phone buttons and a keypad underneath. The latter was great for typing texts or emails.

On the sides you get a customisable camera shortcut button, a microSD slot, volume controls and a propriety headphone/USB port.

Orange has provided its standard icon adjustments and home screen, which contains shortcuts to various phone functions. Thankfully you can choose from several additional Samsung home screens that are much easier on the eye.

The inclusion of Windows Mobile 6.1 does provide several enhancements. For a start, you now have threaded SMS support, so you can follow your texts in a conversation format. It's now possible to copy and paste between emails, texts and input areas of Internet Explorer, plus you get the latest Office mobile, which includes OneNote and the ability to edit existing Office documents.

Additional software comes in the form of a video player, Exchange support, podcast software, a PDF viewer and an RSS reader.

The Samsung was pretty easy to use (despite not having a touchscreen), as a quick press of the start button reveals a list of your recently accessed programs. Alongside the customisable speed dials (which can open applications), you get an enhanced picture viewer and a content manager for providing quick access to your multimedia files, documents and storage card.

With the inclusion of HSDPA, Web browsing was fast and the call quality during our test conversation was loud and clear.

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