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Samsung F210 review: Samsung F210

The Good Unusual design; good headphones; lots of onboard memory.

The Bad Tiny screen; fiddly controls.

The Bottom Line They say that sometimes you have to suffer for fashion, but in the case of the Samsung F210, we'd rather not. The small screen and fiddly controls mean it would be towards the bottom of our list if we were on the look out for a fashion mobile

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The Samsung F210 is essentially the follow up to the Samsung Blush. Its tall and slim design makes it really stand out, even among fashion phones, and means that it looks more like a music player than a normal mobile.

Our handset was supplied by Carphone Warehouse, where you can pick it up for free on contact or from £130 on pay as you go.

Like the Samsung Blush, the F201 is aimed at fashionistas and shares that model's tall and thin design. To open the phone, you push the top half of the handset to the left, the screen then automatically swivels into place and reveals the keypad hiding beneath. The keypad may be small, but the keys are reasonably well spaced so texting isn't too much of a problem once you get use to its long and narrow dimensions.

Samsung isn't just aiming this phone at fashion victims -- it's also gunning for music lovers too. As a result it has a rather large 1GB helping of memory for storing your tunes. Unlike the Blush, this can be further bulked up using microSD cards that slot in under the battery cover. The phone will accept cards up to 2GB in size, giving you a total storage space of 3GB.

The music player isn't the easiest to use, but it does support common formats such as MP3, AAC and WMA and the sound quality is top class. The headphones aren't half bad either.

They clip onto the bottom of the phone and have a wire loop so when they're attached you can wear the phone like a pendant. With the headphones in place you can also make use of the built-in FM tuner.

The phone's call quality was very good with speech sounding crisp and clean. It also does a good job of holding on to weaker mobile signals.

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