Samsung’s SGH-F490 is another touchy-feely, touch-screened, touchable, finger-tappable mobile. Get the idea? It is like the oft mentioned and much loved iPhone, and LG’s rather nice dual screened slider the KF600.
If you remember our review of the Samsung SGH-F700 then you’ll have a bit of a handle on what’s on offer here, as the general look and feel of the user interface are similar enough as to be indistinguishable.
Because it lacks the sliding keyboard of the F700, the F490 is an altogether more pocket-friendly piece of kit. It weighs 102g as opposed to the F700’s 139g, and is 12mm thick where the F700 is 16mm thick. It is close to the F700’s 112 x 56mm dimensions, being 3mm taller and 3mm narrower. For the record the iPhone comes in at 135g and 115mm x 61mm x 12mm.
Like the F700 the F490 is a Vodafone exclusive as I write this review, and if you are looking for a touch-screened mobile with HSDPA to 3.6Mbps then it could meet your needs. It being tri-band rather than quad-band probably won’t upset too many people, but the lack of Wi-Fi might.
Its 5-megapixel camera won’t be unwelcome either – at least on paper, and nor will the front-facing camera for two-way video calling. In relation to the latter it knocks the iPhone (which lacks video calling altogether) and the 3-megapixel toting F700 into a cocked hat.
The F490 doesn’t look as stylish as the iPhone, but it is fairly neat with an all metal backplate and shiny plastic front. It doesn’t feel like a million dollars in the hand, but it is comfortable enough to hold.
What is really going to make you want this handset, though, is not so much its looks, but rather its touchscreen.