Any regular reader of TrustedReviews knows that Samsung makes a big thing of its thin mobile phones, and that the company produces some fairly nifty portable music players. You’ll also be aware that the synergy of mobile phones and music players is pretty much a holy quest for many phone manufacturers.
But Samsung has gone a step further than many with the tri-band SGH-F300 in creating a device that not only functions as both phone and music player but that has a split personality. Hold it one way round and it looks like an ordinary mobile – albeit with a very tiny screen. Hold it the other way round and it looks like a music player.
Despite having what are effectively two fronts and no back, this is a remarkably thin, small and light mobile. It weighs just 77g and measures 103mm tall, 44mm wide and 9.4mm thick. It shouldn’t trouble any pocket. Its all round black casing with silver highlights is well thought out, and I have to say that it has plenty of visual appeal.
On the phone side I’ve already mentioned that the screen is tiny and Samsung doesn’t bother to tell you the pixel size. Beneath it is a huge navigation pad flanked by softmenu buttons call and end buttons, a shortcut for the built-in camera and a delete key. Under this lot is a fairly sizeable flat numberpad.
The keys are unnecessarily large on this side and you immediately wonder why the screen is so small. Battery life management must be the answer, as there is another screen on the music player side and this one measures the same 33mm wide but a much more generous 41mm tall.
You can’t take the back of the phone to get to battery and SIM card slot – there is no back! The battery is fixed and can’t be replaced with a spare. Your SIM lives in a slot on one edge that also houses a volume rocker. The other edge has a microSD card slot, a slot for mains power and headset, a hold button and a button which enables you to choose which side of the handset is active – phone or music.