To go along with the HSDPA support, Samsung has included dual camera functionality; one for video-calling on the front and another 2.0-megapixel one on the rear. In truth it’s a fairly basic affair as it lacks autofocus and doesn’t include a flash. The snaps it takes are pretty average with decent colour and clarity when working in brightly lit or outdoor conditions, but under poor lighting it really struggles to produce passable shots.
On the plus side, however, call quality was generally excellent with the mic and speaker producing clear and crisp audio. It even does a fairly good job when working in speakerphone mode, although the speaker isn’t really loud enough to use in overly noisy environments. In terms of battery life the phone puts in a pretty decent performance. With light to medium usage for phone calls, web browsing and music listening we got about two and a half days out of it, which is not too bad for a smartphone.
There’s not a whole a lot else to get excited about here because along with the lack of Wi-Fi the phone doesn’t include a GPS chip, something else which is fast becoming standard on today’s smartphone. There’s also no FM tuner, although as it’s primarily aimed at business users we can forget it this failing.
Overall, the i200 is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s certainly got a decent dose of style and there are some nice extras here like the inclusion of the Mobile Office pack. However, the i200 also falls short in several areas, not least of which is the baffling exclusion of WI-Fi and the disappointing absence of GPS. So, although the i200 is a nicely packaged smartphone, it simply doesn’t have a broad enough range of features to really stand out from the crowd.
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