Samsung X820 review: Samsung X820

Samsung X820

(Part #: CNETSamsung X820)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Incredibly thin form factor; bright colour screen; speakerphone; Bluetooth.

The Bad Lack of external memory slot; bump on the back where the camera is; Internet button instead of a menu button in the middle of the navigation key.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a thin, lightweight phone, then the X820 is definitely worth checking out. Aside from measuring only 6.9mm thin it features a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, speakerphone and a bright colour screen. It seems as though the time when many features meant a large phone is drawing to a close

7.5 Overall

If you thought the 10mm-thick Samsung P300 was slim, think again. The X820 is a mind-boggling 6.9mm thick and weighs a mere 66g. This phone is so slim that we thought Samsung had maybe sent us a demo model by mistake. It's the same thickness as an iPod nano and yet it still manages to perform as well as any other handset on the market. Indeed, it has a feature set that outdoes phones two or three times its size and is a credit to Samsung's technical expertise.

While it feels thin in your pocket, the X820 doesn't feel tiny against your ear, due to the long and wide form factor. It measures 50mm wide and 113mm tall, which means you don't have to grip it with a pair of tweezers. Considering it only weighs 66g, holding it is an absolute pleasure.

The front section of the X820 features a bright colour screen that displays 262k colours and measures 38mm wide and 30mm tall. Underneath the screen is a four-way navigation rocker with an Internet key in the middle that doubles up as an OK key once you're in the menu. Either side of the navigation key are two soft keys that access the menu and contacts list, and underneath those are the send and end call keys. In between the call keys is a cancel button.

The keys on the alphanumeric keypad are well spaced and easy to press. Fortunately, unlike the P300, Samsung's last ultra-thin phone to hit the UK, this keypad has a standard layout and all the keys are in the normal place.

On the right side of the X820 you'll find a dedicated shutter button that operates the 2-megapixel camera on the back. Considering how thin this phone is, it's impressive that it has a camera at all, let alone a 2-megapixel one, and the picture quality is equivalent to the camera on the Samsung D600 .

There's 80MB of internal memory so that you can store your photos on the phone once you've taken them. You can also use the storage space to store a few MP3s and listen to them on the X820's MP3 player. If you want to transfer a photo or MP3 to another phone or computer you can use a Bluetooth or USB connection.

Other features include tri-band and EDGE connectivity (so you can use the phone almost everywhere in Europe and some parts of the US), a speakerphone for hands-free calls, a voice recorder for memos, a Web browser for browsing the Internet on the go, a document viewer which lets you view certain PC documents and TV output so that you can connect it to a TV and view your photos on a larger screen. You also get java games, polyphonic ring tones, a calendar, an alarm clock, memo, a world clock, a timer and a currency converter.

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