Samsung did something quite impressive with its Soul U900, which I reviewed back in the middle of last year. It came up with a new type of handset - a slider with a front screen and a small touch panel where you'd more usually find a navigation button. The idea was obviously one that pleased the Samsung design team because it has popped up again, this time in the S7300, which you may also see referred to as the Light Edge. It is available exclusively with 3 in the UK.
The S7330 is an obvious follow-up to the U900. It looks rather similar and functions in similar ways. It doesn't offer everything the Soul does, though. Its camera is 3-megapixels where the Soul's was 5-megapixels for example. But this is still a nice phone at a nice price - free on contracts as little as little as £15 a month.
The S7330 I was sent to review was pink. There are far too many shades of the colour adorning the phone's metal and plastic casing. For instance, there's a purple-ish frame around the screen, pale pink elsewhere on the front; slightly different shades on the backplate and fixed part of the back fascia; and a further two shades inside the slide. Samsung really should have chosen two or three shades at most, and stuck with them. Anyway, if you hate the pink idea there is a black option.
This is quite a tall handset at 104.8mm with the slide closed, rising to 145mm with it opened. The weighting is good and the phone feels comfy in the hand when opened and closed. It is 49.4mm wide and 13.7mm thick. It weighs 110g, which is perfectly acceptable for the pocket.
The 240 x 320 pixel screen measures 2.2in diagonally and looks a bit lost in its surroundings, but there's nothing wrong with it per-se; it's just that in these days of large touch-screened mobiles, anything short of three inches seems puny at first glance.