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In the box you’ll find the phone, a charger, a USB cable and a wired headset. Unfortunately Samsung still insists on using the same headset that doesn’t allow you to use separate headphones. This is a shame, because these headphones are simply not good enough to allow you to use the D900 as a proper music player. Conspicuous by its absence is the TV-out cable that shipped with the D600, but considering the image quality that you get on a big screen, you’re not missing much.
Obviously cost is slightly moot with mobile phones, since if you’re upgrading or entering into a new contract you’re likely to get the handset for free, and things are no different with the D900. You can pick this phone up for free on pretty much any tariff around the £25 - £30 mark, which isn’t bad at all.
So is this phone a worthy upgrade to the D600? Well in some respects it’s a resounding success, but in others it’s a little disappointing. I actually find the handset slightly too wide, while it also feels a little on the long side – to be honest I actually prefer the dimensions of the Samsung E900, even though it’s not as slim. Also, the potentially great 3-megapixel camera is sullied by the most awful shutter lag I’ve seen in years. Is that enough to put me off the D900 entirely? Not at all. In fact I like this phone a lot and will miss it when it goes back to Samsung, but when I think what a revolution the D600 was, I guess I expected more from this svelte beauty.
An undeniably slim and sexy phone that’s let down by a few design and usability issues. It’s a handy 40g lighter than the Sony/Ericsson K800i though and consequently sits unobtrusively in your shirt pocket. Although it’s worth remembering that the K800i works on 3G networks too. Would I recommend the D900 to current D600 users? Most definitely, but just don’t expect it to feel like a giant leap forward like the D600 did over the D500 before it.
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