Svelte Samsung Slider Has a Mighty Morphin' Touchscreen
31 July 2008
Excerpt: Before we got our mitts on this much-hyped, 5-megapixel Korean import, we were slightly skeptical. Sure, we got to play with it a little at CTIA (when it was just called the Soul) and were instantly cast under a spell of gadget lust. But really, anytime a manufacturer dubs a product “Magic” we’re secretly hoping it has the ability to turn PCs into Macs and make Edge networks disappear.
Pros: External microSD slot makes it a cinch to swap cards on the fly. Bluetooth (+A2DP). Competent image editing suite. Video Editor allows you to layer additional audio tracks. Decent facial detection. Haptic feedback can be tweaked to three different levels of intesity or switched off entirely.
Cons: Bundled proprietary ear buds sound duller than Ben Stein. No Xenon flash. No GPS. No Wi-Fi. Lower-res vid clips. Proprietary headphone jack positioned on the side = hard to pocket when phones are plugged in. Noticeable screen glare when outdoors.
Conclusion: The Samsung Soul is fairly straightforward, but that’s what impressed me. It’s by no means a do-all phone: there’s no GPS and no Wi-Fi, for starters. It just works well and provides an enjoyable user experience.
Conclusion: Performance While all the phone's key features - camera, music player and ultra-fast internet speeds - perform to an excellent standard, the Soul's call quality fails to reach the same standards, and the video-recording capabilities also appear to have been neglected. Battery life Considering slider phones tend to have a shorter battery life than their candybar and clamshell peers, the 360 minutes talktime and 280 hours standby is more than adequate.
Excerpt: Samsung's SGH-U900 Soul is the last device in the original Ultra series of thin cellphones. The Soul uses a unique OLED backed touchpad controller and packs a capable 5 megapixel, auto-focus camera on board. It's worth a look.
Summary: The reception quality put up by the U900 is in line with other Samsung-branded devices. The ringtone volume is quite decent, as it can be heard in various environments. The silent alert is average strength-wise, no significant improvements have been made here.
Samsung’s flagships have always boasted a pretty decent price/quality ratio and never had direct competition in the field of slider-type phones.
Conclusion: The Samsung U900 Soul is a very classy 3G mobile phone with a brilliantly designed ultra thin casing. The Samsung U900 is a member of the ever so popular Samsung Ultra range and a couple included are the Samsung U600 and the Samsung U700. The Samsung U900 Soul is also known as the Samsung Soul, which means the Spirit of Ultra. The casing of the U900 Soul is made from a brushed metal that definitely gives it a very chic and tasteful look that it deserves.