So it is definitely the D-pad area that has benefited from the U800’s tallness. The D-pad itself is nice and large and to its left and right tall keys provide dual access to the softmenus and Call and End features. Hooray for a nice, simple and easy to use button design.
The D-pad keys double up on the home screen so that pressing up takes you to profiles, down to the web browser, left to message creation, right to the music player.
The home screen is a triumph of minimalism. All it shows you is the time in a rather stylised display that is different to anything else I’ve seen. When you are playing music there is an additional panel reminding you of the current tune and that the D-pad offers playback controls.
When it comes to the general look and feel of things you can choose between three themes and then use the built in creator tool to customise them to the nth degree, changing the background images, icons and fonts, and icon types. You can really go to town here and create a unique look for your phone.
The music player had no trouble finding tunes located in random folders on the microSD card I popped into the side slot. Internal memory runs to 1GB. Sound quality from the built in loudspeaker, which sits on the top edge of the phone, was good. The provided two-piece headphones are a nicely designed in-ear pair, with a 3.5mm connector at the microphone. Their sound quality was pretty good too.
Though not as impressive as the best I’ve heard, I was pleased with sound quality via the provided kit. This is not surprising since sound output is assisted by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower.
However, Samsung really needs to think seriously about its proprietary headset connector to the handset. It shares the power connector and Samsung really would do itself a favour by building a 3.5mm headset connector right into the phone. And, incidentally, putting that connector on the top or bottom edge of the casing. Its location on the phone’s right edge makes it all rather cumbersome to slot this beautifully thin and neat U800 into a pocket, as the headset adds no less than 15mm to the width required. Bah!