Unlike most phones, the screen in the P300 is positioned in a landscape aspect ratio, rather than the more traditional portrait mode. The 1.8in screen has a resolution of only 220 x 176, compared to the pin sharp 240 x 320 screen in the D600.
The speaker in the P300 is not as loud as other phones, and I often found myself missing calls because I couldn’t hear the phone ringing, even with the ring volume set to top. As already mentioned, the P300 will happily playback MP3 files, so you can assign pretty much anything as your ring tone to add a bit of individuality, just don’t expect to hear it when someone calls you.
The comparisons with the D600 make it clear that the P300 is actually based on the older D500 platform, making the phone inside the shiny metal case almost two years old already. That said, the original D500 is still a more comfortable phone to use, and the call quality is also far superior. To be fair, I doubt that the call quality on the P300 is actually worse than the D500, but it’s just not as easy to hold the P300 to your ear, resulting in compromised sound quality.
Price wise, the P300 can be picked up for nothing on a £30 per month O2 Anytime 400 contract, if you sign up for 18 months. That’s pretty standard these days, although it is good to see that Samsung hasn’t expected customers to pay through the nose for a stylish phone with basic features the way Nokia did with the 8800. But even so, there are far better phones available right now, including the ageing Samsung D600, that are more worthy of your consideration.
There’s no denying that the Samsung SGH-P300 is slim and stylish in a retro pocket calculator way, but what you’ve really got here is an old Samsung D500 in a party dress. The handset is also a bit too wide to sit comfortably in your hand, while pressing it to your ear when making a call is also a little awkward. But it’s the keypad layout that really ruins this handset, making simple things like dialling a number more difficult than it should be.
Of course if you’re just looking for a slim, light and very different handset, the P300 might appeal. Add to that the fact that with the leather wallet, the battery life is truly excellent and this phone starts to make a small case for itself. For me though, that’s not enough to consider the P300 over other options.
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