Orange’s home screen has been built into this handset, which means you scroll vertically through a set of four menu groupings to get to applications and features that the company thinks you’ll use a lot.
The device main menu is connected to the left softkey so you can get out to everything on the handset easily. The frequently used Contacts application is connected to the right softkey.
There isn’t a great deal of built in memory, though 10MB may be enough for many users. If you want more a microSD card slot is present on the left edge of the phone. An obvious use is music storage, and here, despite the sheer irritation of Samsung’s proprietary headset connector, I have to admit to a pleasant surprise.
The phone provided 12 hours 15mins of continuous music played from a microSD card. Even then it was not finished, and the phone stayed alive and voice call capable for about three more hours.
There is an FM radio on board and it’ll self tune 25 stations. As ever the antenna is not built into the handset so you need to use the proprietary headset.
Other apps include a calendar, mobile email, voice recorder, memo, world clock, calculator, timer, stopwatch, five alarms, unit converter, and a few games. There is also an image editor which lets you play a little with photos you shoot. It lets you apply some nice effects to photos and do things like add emoticon stamps and tiny clip art.
The SGH-J700 doesn’t do anything to set the world alight, even in its Orange exclusive purple version. It is nicely designed though, and its outer shell makes it look like a better featured mobile than it really is.