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As you’d expect from these dimensions, the SLVR L7 Red is light. At just 96g I can’t remember having seen a lighter phone (there is the Samsung SGH-P300 – ed.), with the exception of the non RED incarnation of the SLVR – for the record that handset is black.
The casing is metal, and of course, the SLVR L7 Red is coloured red. And I mean shiny, blood red. On the front of the casing the colour is limited to a frame all around the edge, but on the back the only non-red areas are a couple of logos and the small section of the top of the casing occupied by the lens of the built in camera. The handset’s wallpaper and a screen saver are appropriately themed, but you can change them both if you like.
The SLVR L7 Red has that familiar flat keyboard that is also used in the RAZR and PEBL. You are going to either like or loathe it. The keys are identified by raised numbering and separated by horizontal raised strips. You may find fast texting difficult, but number dialling shouldn’t be a problem.
I rather like the rounded silver navigation button, though it is a little small and stubby thumbs might find it a problem.
The camera is decidedly average. It captures stills at three resolutions – 640 x 480, 320 x 240 and 160 x 120. Yes, that’s right. It tops out at VGA. There is no flash, and no self portrait mirror.
Picture quality is reasonable but not outstanding. Shooting stills on a sunny day with the capture mode set to ‘sunny’ I still found bright colours over exposed and colours in general a little washed out. To help overcome this you can twiddle with the exposure settings using the navigation pad. This also provides quick access to the 4x digital zoom.