I’m a sucker for cool gadgets, so I have to admit that I was won over by the animated wallpaper that shipped with the D900. The image of the Houses of Parliament (despite being round the wrong way) looked great with the odd bird flying by and the cloud cover changing throughout the day. The best bit though, was as the time crept towards evening and the image correspondingly changed to a night view.
”’One of my cats hiding from his brother – he was keeping still enough for the D900 to grab a decent image.”’
The menu setup has been completely revamped with very cool looking minimalist icons. When you dip into a category and scroll through the options, a second window opens with a list of the submenu options. This does make navigation easier since you can see what is in each menu without having to actually delve into them.
Of course the D900 can perform all the same file viewing party tricks as the D600 – you can view MS Office documents and PDF files, which is handy if you need to have a map or itinerary in your pocket. Of course this usefulness is limited by the small screen – the screen on the D900 is only slightly larger than the D600 at 2.2in compared to 2in, but it shares the same 240 x 320 resolution.
Samsung has also updated the T9 predictive text in the D900 so that it automatically capitalises a word that follows a full stop – the D600 didn’t do this and it was something that annoyed a lot of users, including myself.
The D900 is a quad band phone (GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900), so it should work pretty much anywhere in the world. It’s also EDGE compatible, so the data rates will be pretty quick, although not up to 3G standards. That said, you’re not likely to get much EDGE coverage unless you’re on the Orange network in the UK.
It’s clear that the D900 has pretensions of being a smartphone, since Samsung has seen fit to include an Offline Mode (Flight Mode), which turns off the antenna, allowing you to use the phone on a plane. OK, so the D900 will handle email and can be used for viewing documents, but would I use it as a serious work tool on a plane? I think not. This is a slim and light phone and not a smartphone – if I wanted to create a document or write a long email I’d use my SPV M3100.