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Samsung U800 - Samsung U800

There is a front-mounted camera for two-way video calling. The main back-mounted 3-megapixel camera is not enough to set your world alight and it does have a few important problems.

The LED flash helps a little in low light conditions, and the camera controls are mostly easy to use. The D-pad takes on a new role enabling you to access the self-timer, flash, brightness and an ‘icons' mode which you can use to have gridlines on screen, information icons there, or a mostly blank screen for framing shots.

Irritatingly, you can't use the D-pad's select button for shooting, instead relying on the side-mounted button. This is slightly awkward for portrait mode shots. There's no autofocus, shooting anything that is moving is a challenge thanks to shutter lag and close-ups are out of the question unless you like them fuzzy.
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Indoors, images were somewhat grainy. The coloured dish, photographed under normal household lighting, illustrates this well. Outside things were better, but the chair is not as sharp as I'd have liked. Colour reproduction on the fruits, which can often be overexposed by phone cameras, was good.

Other applications include an FM radio, voice recorder, Web browser, RSS reader, mobile email, calendar, memo utility, task manager, world clock, calculator, unit converter, timer, stopwatch, five alarms and basic image and video editing. One real plus is longer than average battery life. I got through three to four days between charges providing I didn't thrash the music player too much.

Verdict

I really like the physical design of the U800 but loathe the positioning and proprietary nature of the headset connector. The camera is a bit lacklustre, but music playback and battery life are both good. The remaining apps are a fair set for a mid-range handset but aren't overly inspiring.

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