Samsung’s Ultra Edition series comprises a number of thin, sleek handsets that are designed to give Motorola and its RAZR variants a run for their money. We’ve already looked at one phone in the range, the D900, a slider that Riyad reviewed back in September. He was broadly in favour of that handset, but had some reservations and I feel the same about the Tri-band clamshell D830.
A quick hunt around the operator Web sites as I wrote this review revealed only Orange actually listing the D830 as available - and even then it is ‘out of stock’ and has no pricing information. I did find it SIM free at Expansys UK for £229.95 though, which gives an indication that it is likely to be priced attractively with an operator subsidy.
The D830 is an ultra slim clamshell handset. It is 103mm tall, 54mm wide a mere 9.9mm thick and weighs 91.5g.
I have already mentioned Motorola’s RAZR so let’s get the size and weight comparison out of the way early on. The RAZR V3 comes in at 98 x 53 x 13.9mm and 95g. Samsung then, has produced a handset which is a shade taller and wider than the V3 but a whole 4mm thinner as well as a few grammes lighter. The differences aren’t vast though and on their own wouldn’t be enough to make me choose one way or the other between the two handsets.
Holding the closed D830 in the hand I had rather mixed feelings about it. Its blackness, punctuated only by blue lighting emanating from the small (96 x 16 pixel) OLED LCD front mounted screen, which is mounted high on the front casing, certainly looks sleek and impressive and I like the grid of dots that subtly pattern and gives texture to the front of the handset. However, although there is no doubting that the D830 is both thin and light, as someone with smallish hands for me its width and height made it feel chunky – moreso, in a strange way than some candybar handsets.
Looking around the edges of the D830 the left side sports the smallest volume buttons I have ever seen and also a tiny covered slot for the connector shared by the proprietary headset and mains power adaptor. These are located in the base section of the clam, which is a mere 5mm thick at this point. The volume buttons are barely more than a single millimetre thick.