Samsung SGH-D807 review: Samsung SGH-D807

Surprisingly for such a slim phone, the Samsung SGH-D807 has plenty of features to go around. First, the basics: Its contact list holds up to 1,000 entries, and each entry can accommodate five numbers, an e-mail address, and a note. You can personalize each contact with a photo caller ID or a custom ring tone, and you can organize them into a caller group of your choice. There are 11 polyphonic ring tones to choose from, and the SGH-D807 supports MP3 ring tones, which you can download from Cingular. Organizational tools include an alarm clock, a calendar, a task list, notes, a calculator, a unit converter, a timer, a stopwatch, and a world clock. Rounding out the basic features are text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging (AOL, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo), mobile e-mail (Yahoo Mail, MSN Hotmail, AOL Mail, and SBC Yahoo Mail), a speakerphone, a voice recorder, a vibrate mode, voice dialing, Bluetooth, and a WAP 2.0 browser. The phone also supports EDGE data speeds, which is especially handy when downloading additional applications.

A welcome feature on the Samsung SGH-D807 is its 1.3-megapixel camera. There's no flash, so it's not great in low light, but you can adjust the camera's brightness setting. There's also a 10X digital zoom for close-up shots, and you can take photos in six different resolutions (1,280x1024, 1,152x864, 800x600, 640x400, 320x240, and 176x144) and four different quality settings (Fine, Super-Fine, Normal, and Economy). There are some fun camera settings, such as color effects, including Grayscale, Negative, Sepia, Emboss, Sketch, Antique, and Moonlight; 24 fun frames; multishot (up to 15 shots at a time) and mosaic-shot (from 2x2 to 3x3) features; and a self-timer. You can choose to set your viewfinder in full-screen or standard ratio, and you can set the sound effects of the shutter, the zoom, and the brightness adjustments. Picture quality was satisfactory for a 1.3-megapixel camera--not excellent but still pretty good compared with the lower-quality VGA camera phones out there. As for video, you can shoot in one of two resolutions--176x144 and 128x96--and record with the audio on or off. Recorded clips were predictably low quality. After taking photos or recording video, you can store them on the phone's built-in 18MB of memory or on an additional microSD card for more storage. Then you can send them via multimedia message to any of your friends or transfer them to your computer, either via the card or Bluetooth.

The Samsung SGH-D807 produced satisfactory picture quality.

The Samsung SGH-D807 comes with an MP3 player that has a user-friendly interface, and you can download tunes to the phone via the microSD card. MP3 player settings include repeat, shuffle, two different visualization modes, and a backlight (either always on or normal), and you can set the volume of the MP3 player separately from the phone's ring or speaker volume.

You'll be spoiled with personalization options on the Samsung SGH-D807. You can customize not only the wallpaper but also how information is displayed (different color fonts; whether you want the graphical logo on the main display), the color for the skin of the phone's menu system, and the clock style when the screen goes idle. You can personalize the keypad, message, and alert tones, as well as the slider tone, which is the sound the phone makes when you slide the phone open or closed. Of course, you can also download more graphics, wallpaper, and tones from Cingular. Only two games are included--Tetris and Midnight Pool--but you can download more.

We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) Samsung SGH-D807 world phone in San Francisco using Cingular's service. Calls were loud and clear, and callers reported great sound quality on their end as well. Speakerphone calls were also admirable, and the music from the MP3 player was pretty good too. We had no problem pairing the SGH-D807 with the Jabra BT160 Bluetooth headset, and audio quality remained good, despite a slight decrease in volume. Downloading ring tones and applications was speedy, thanks to the EDGE network. The Samsung SGH-D807 has a rated talk time of 5 hours and a rated standby time of 10 days; we managed to eke out only 4 hours of talk time in our tests and six and a half days of standby time. According to FCC radiation tests, the SGH-D807 has a digital SAR rating of 0.516 watt per kilogram.

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