There’s a built-in camera, the lens of which sits on the back of the casing along with a flash unit. It’s capable of shooting stills at resolutions as high as 1280 x 1024, down through 640 x 480, 320 x 240 and 176 x 144. t’ll shoot video too. You can apply sepia, black and white and negative filters to stills, choose between a range of pre set white balance configurations and can make composite shots by identifying 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 grids and shooting in sections as well as shooting sequences of 6 or 9 images as bursts. The camera activation button runs down the right edge while another drops you into the profile chooser and with a long press activates or deactivates the GSM radio (Flight-mode), and another button that locks the keys.
On the left edge is the headphone slot, a button that on a short press activates the voice recorder and when held down launches the voice control software. There’s also a button that starts the Samsung Media Player, and a volume rocker.
The front of the casing sports the usual array of number keys, call and end, home and back and soft menu keys.
The most impressive hardware element of all is the navigation button. This sits on the front of the casing beneath the screen as usual, and has the standard left, right, up and down functions, and there is a central select button as usual too.
What’s clever is the ridge on the button, used to rotate it. This has multiple uses. One function is to activate the camera’s digital zoom and you can also use it to change volume when playing music. When looking at a list of the i300’s applications you can scroll through them by rotating this button, and when using the Picsel viewer you swivel the button to zoom into whatever it is you are reading. When you are on the Today screen it can be used to navigate a bar that can variously show you new messages, missed calls, upcoming appointments, and the software that’s been used most recently.
Chunky is the word that springs to mind as a description for the hardware. It weighs in at 121g and measures 113 x 48 x 20mm. This doesn’t make it oversized for a mobile phone, but it is on the large side. Samsung supplies two batteries, one of which is larger than the other. With the larger one in place the 20mm figure above rises to 25mm, and weight tops 148g.