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I seemed to often press a ‘button’ more times than was necessary and experienced the obvious blip of running a finger over the flat ‘button’ area causing things to happen that I didn’t really want to take place, both of which were very annoying.
The buttons are heat as well as touch sensitive which means you need to hit them with the pad of a finger rather than just the nail. I am used to using a nail for handset buttons, and learning to use the pad of a finger was irritating.
You might think these criticisms picky, but the fact is throughout the testing period I just never felt comfortable using this aspect of the SGH-E900. Still, on the plus side, number dialling and texting was unproblematic: the number pad buttons are large and responsive.
There aren’t many side buttons – just a pair of rockers on the left and right edges of the casing and an on/off button also on the right edge. The rocker on the left adjusts volume and when you are using the camera switches to mirror and even upside down images from its lens. The rocker on the right edge starts the built in music player and camera running.
The sides also house two connectors, both protected by covers. On the bottom is a slot for microSD cards which can be used to expand on the 80MB of built in memory. The bottom right has a connector shared by mains power, headset and USB PC cable. Unfortunately this is proprietary so you’d better not lose any of the cables. And no, the handset doesn’t charge over USB.
You can transfer files to and from a PC using the provided Samsung PC Studio software which has facilities for PIM synchronising, image management, sound editing, movie editing MMS and SMS management among its many capabilities.