The new F480 sports a great form factor, fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and has a responsive touchscreen display. It does not have a lot of bells and whistles, making it good for users who just want to have a touch-based phone that works.
The unit does not come with a stylus, which means that a user would have to rely on their index finger to do all the navigating. While the screen is small, Samsung has made sure that the icons are big and easy to press. The home screen has a softkey line that gives a user quick access to the numberpad (to dial), the phonebook, and the main menu. Touching the small arrow at the bottom left of the screen opens a toolbar containing 10 widgets (An analogue and a digital clock, birthday list, games, photo album, world clock, date, events alerts, music player, and FM radio) which can be dragged to the home screen.
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The F480 runs on a proprietary Samsung operating system, making it difficult to install third-party apps. It has 200MB of internal memory but can be upgraded to 8GB using a microSD card. It comes with Bluetooth and is HSDPA-enabled, although Wi-Fi and GPS is missing on the device.
Since the unit only sports a 2.8-inch screen, Samsung has opted to use a virtual T9 keypad than a QWERTY keyboard. The layout is confusing at first, but we eventually got the hang of it and were able to send text messages swiftly.
The 5-megapixel camera took decent photos both indoors and outdoors, although the camera sometimes had a hard time focusing on objects. The flash can really light up subjects, but expect washed-out photos.
The F480 lasted for three days before we had to recharge it. Samsung promises up to 3 hours of talktime and up to 250 hours of standby time.
Overall, the Samsung F480 is a good phone for consumers who are looking at taking their mobile experience to the next level. It may not have as much features as the Omnia, but it is still a solid device for just about anyone.
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Samsung F480 Specifications:
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
UMTS 850 / 2100 MHz
Operating system: Samsung Proprietary with TouchWiz User Interface
Design: Full touch screen with Haptic (Vibrating) Feedback
Display: 2.8″ QVGA 262K TFT LCD screen
Camera : 5-megapixel camera
Features: Smile Shot, Wide Dynamic Range, Face Detection, Image Stabiliser, Panorama Shot and Power LED Flash
Video player (H.263/H.264/MP4)
Video editing / streaming
Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Music Player (MP3/AMR/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA)
Email: POP3 / IMAP4 / SHTP
Internet: Access Netfront v3.4
Smart fit rendering
Mobile blogging (via Telstra Blogs)
Flight (Offline) Mode
Organiser functionality including Calendar, Memos, Tasks, Voice recorder, World clock, Calculator, Currency Converter, Unit converter, Timer, Stopwatch, Alarms
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 / USB v2.0
Memory: 200MB internal + Expandable memory (Up to 8GB MicroSD)
Size: 98.5mm x 55mm x 12mm
Talk time: Up to 3 hours
Standby time: Up to 250 hours
Samsung F480 | $699 | | www.samsung.com.au
For: Good form factor; Responsive touchscreen; Large icons; Good camera functions; Customisable home screen (using widgets)
Against: Unit prone to slowdowns; Wi-Fi missing
Conclusion: Samsung delivers with easy-to-use F480 touch phone.