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Samsung has made incredible leaps forward in the past few years. It wasn’t that long ago that you considered a Samsung when you couldn’t afford a tier one brand like Sony or Panasonic, but those days are long gone. These days, not only is Samsung considered a tier one brand, it has actually cemented itself as one of the most desirable tier one brands out there. Samsung achieved this feat by doing two things. First, it spent an absolute mint on marketing its brand, but second (and far more important), it started to manufacture some truly excellent products.
You see Samsung is turning into one of those rare companies that seems to be able to turn its hand to anything and make a success of it. It wasn’t that long ago when Samsung mobile phones represented the “also ran” option in your local retailer, but then the D500 hit the streets and everything changed. The D500 was a runaway success and the follow up D600 expanded on that formula to become, arguably the best handset of its time. A year ago when the D600 was launched, no other handset was offering a 320 x 240 screen, coupled with a 2-megapixel camera and a memory card slot all wrapped up in a sleek and stylish package. In fact the D600 was so good that even Samsung had trouble bettering it – the D800 was a sorely disappointing handset, so disappointing in fact that I never even got around to reviewing it.
But now Samsung thinks that it has a worthy successor to the D600 in the shape of the originally named D900. The D900 is part of Samsung’s new Ultra range of slim and stylish phones. The D900 is a slider, like the D600 before it, while the D830 and X820 are flip and candy bar models respectively. There’s no denying that the D900 is very slim indeed, and when viewed in profile, the D600 looks obese by comparison. However, this is offset by the fact that the D900 is also far wider than the D600, so it doesn’t fit quite as snugly in your hand. In fact if you compare the size of the two phones you’ll see that the D900 is smaller only in one of the three dimensions.
D600 – 96 x 46.5 x 21.5mm (HxWxD)
D900 – 103 x 51 x 13mm (HxWxD)
Looking at it like that, the D900 doesn’t appear to be enough of a svelte beauty to put the D600 into the shade. However, despite being a bit on the long and wide side, the D900 is 10g lighter than its sibling, weighing in at a mere 93g compared to the 103g D600 – at least according to the Samsung spec sheet anyway. Interestingly, when I actually weighed the D900 I found that it only weighed 83g, making it 20g lighter than the D600 and a whole 40g lighter than the Sony/Ericsson K800i. You may not think that 20g makes much of a difference, but believe me, if you hold a D600 in one hand and a D900 in the other, the latter is clearly lighter. It feels lighter in your pocket too.