The Good The Samsung SGH-X820 has an attractive, thin design and an admirable feature set that includes Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and a 2-megapixel camera. It's a good performer, too.
The Bad The Samsung SGH-X820's memory is rather small, and it lacks hands-free dialing capability. Picture quality and call volume level could be better.
The Bottom Line Despite some minor performance quibbles and a couple of missing features, the Samsung SGH-X820 is a nice blend of design, features, and performance.
Samsung SGH-X820 - black (Unlocked)
Yet again Samsung jumps ahead in the race to produce the world's thinnest cell phone with its new SGH-X820. Billed as the world's thinnest candy bar phone--though not for long, we're sure--the SGH-X820 is even trimmer than the already superslim Samsung SGH-P300. While we readily admit that we're a little tired of the thin-phone fad, we also admit that the SGH-X820 is quite attractive. The black color scheme and the sleek shape result in a sharp, sexy handset that will win glances on the street. Features are decent, with Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and a 2-megapixel camera, yet we couldn't help but notice the lack of an external memory slot and voice dialing. Also, while the keypad buttons are user-friendly, the navigation toggle is tricky to use. The lack of a supporting U.S. carrier means the SGH-X820 won't come cheap ($329 from Dynamism.com), but thin-phone fanatics may be willing to fork over that amount.
At 4.4 by 1.9 by 0.27 inches, the Samsung SGH-X820 lives up to its razor-thin promise. It slips comfortably into pockets, and at 2.4 ounces, it won't weigh you down. The internal antenna ensures there's no deviation from the phone's smooth lines, though the camera lens causes a slight but hardly noticeable bulge at the top of the SGH-X820. The handset also has a solid construction, but we're beginning to notice that the thinner a phone gets, the more awkward it feels to hold against your head for extended calls. Also, the slim shape means it can be hard to feel the vibrate mode when the phone is in your pocket.
The 1.8-inch diagonal (176x220 pixel) TFT display lives up to Samsung's usual standards. With support for 262,000 colors, it's bright and vibrant and richly displays photos, games, and the user-friendly menus. Yet it's hard to see in direct light. You can change brightness, backlight time, and font size, style, and color.
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