From the home screen, you can fingerpan left and right to get to the main menu screen and photo contacts, and there is a row of four buttons running along the bottom of the main screen for dial pad, contacts, messaging and the main menu. With that lot at hand, only three small front buttons are needed for Call, End and again bringing up the main menu.
Samsung has not stinted on the specifications with this handset. It runs on version 5 of Symbian S60, though there is absolutely no way that it looks like a Nokia handset thanks to Samsung’s skinning. The use of Symbian helps with the vast array of applications that are here. You can add more to them if you want to, and if the 8GB of storage on the Orange version of this handset is not enough, then you could look around for the 16GB version. There is a microSD card slot for adding further storage located on the left side of the casing where it is protected by a hinged cover.
This is an HSDPA device supporting a full 7.2Mbps download speed and quad-band GSM. There is a front button for two-way video calls. GPS and Wi-Fi are built in, and there is Bluetooth too, of course.
The camera takes very respectable images. I’ve said before that 8-megapixels on a phone is not like 8-megapixels on a dedicated camera, but if you are lured by the numbers you shouldn’t be disappointed with the results. The coloured dish, photographed indoors under household lights, is sharp and clear, and the yellow flowers were shot using the macro facility.
The flash is LED rather than Xenon, which is a shame, but there are plenty of shooting controls and among them are face, smile and blink detection. Jarringly these aren’t all in the same place in the settings menu, so you may need to fiddle around a bit to find precisely what you are looking for. It is fortunate, then, that the controls are very easy to navigate with large finger-friendly icons with left and right side-mounted icon menus ready for tapping when you want to change settings. And of course there is a side-mounted shutter button. There’s no lens cover, and even though the lens is slightly recessed it is likely to get scratched.
Furthermore, if you are a video fan you will also like i8910 HD’s ability to capture (and decode) footage at a maximum HD Ready resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, at 24fps. Video format support covers DivX, XviD, H.263, H.264, WMV, MPEG4, RV.