So how well does it all stack up? Well, that 3.5mm jack is really a ‘must have’ feature of any musical mobile, and to have it on the handset rather than half way up a two-piece headset is a winning strategy in my book. Better still, Samsung has managed to locate the connector on the top end of the phone so that it sits neatly in a pocket instead of protruding rather awkwardly from a long edge.
Sound volume is higher than on many mobiles. While it is by no means off the scale in that respect you should be able to use this phone for leisure listening quite easily.
Sound quality through the speaker is a definite improvement on some mobiles, too, but I wouldn’t say quality is outstanding. The bass notes are, however, punchier than is often the case, and the great distortion you often get at higher volumes isn’t apparent here. Plug in the headset, though, and the sound quality is really impressive for a mobile phone.
One disappointment is the extremely short headset cable. It’ll stretch from a top pocket to your ears or from an armband if you’d like to wear the phone while running. But if you want the headset to stretch from a bag or jeans pocket, you’ll need to either use your own cans, or opt for Samsung’s proprietary headset cable – there’s a 3.5mm connector past the mic – which slots into the same connector as the mains power cable and PC cable (found on the right side of the phone). There is a slight degradation in sound quality using this method. To do away with all the wires, you can also use a Bluetooth stereo headset if you have one.
The music player software itself is competent enough. It supports playlists and you can rate tracks, but it is nothing special. Overall, I’d say the music playing features are good but not great. I’d still advocate carrying a separate, high quality music player if you are a real tunes fan. And if you are a serious music fan you will need a microSD card for the side-mounted card slot as there is only 20MB of built-in storage.