Samsung SGH-D830 Review - Samsung SGH-D830 Review


On the right edge Samsung has only found space for a slot for microSD cards which you’ll need if you want to expand on the 80MB of memory that is built in. This slot too is covered. Samsung has built notches into the casing so you can open the covers but if you are a fingernail biter I suspect you are going to have serious trouble.

There are no more buttons, ports or connectors, which makes this handset minimalist in design, and adds to its sleek appearance.

Opening the clamshell up was a bit of a nuisance and I found it difficult to do this one handed purely because of its overall width. With the clamshell opened I found things that delighted and repelled in equal measure.

Firstly, naturally enough the D830 gains a lot of height when opened – it is nearly 190mm tall, and I found it large for holding to the ear. The main screen though, is absolutely gorgeous. It is 240 x 320 pixels and 262,000 colours, so there is nothing spectacular there, but its default poppy wallpaper shines out from its black surround wonderfully well.

The keypad, too, at first glance, looks good. It takes up almost all the available width and much of the available height and its keys are large.

However, Samsung has chosen to implement a flat design rather than build separate keys, and I found, as I always do with this kind of design, that the lack of responsiveness when pressing keys meant I was forever checking I’d actually hit what I wanted. I found getting around menus tedious too, as I’d double hit keys by accident quite a bit. Maybe I’d get used to this, and maybe other people don’t have the same problem, but interacting with your phone should be a no-think activity and I wasn’t happy.

Samsung has built a fair bit of software into the D830. The company clearly thinks some business users might go for it having included the excellent Picsel viewer for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and various image format documents.

There is also a Web browser, an email client, calendar, music player that copes with MP3, AAC and WMA files, countdown timer, stopwatch with four laps, converter for currency, length, weight, volume, area and temperature, calculator, voice recorder and an alarm application with three alarms and an ‘auto power setting’ which means you can power the handset down and the alarms will still work – no more being woken up in the wee small hours by incoming text messages.

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