Samsung D415 review (SGH-D415)
As mentioned before, the D415 is the first slider phone available from T-mobile. The device is identical to the D410 which is the European version and support 1800 MHz also. The sliding action is very smooth and all you have to do it to push the top part half-way, then built-in spring mechanism slides it fully open. The first thing I found somewhat annoying is when I tried to slide my phone into my jeans pocket - it will usually slide open. If you wear pants with more relaxed pockets (like slacks) you will be fine. The second announce is when I had to press #1, #2 or #3 keys when the slide is open. They are way too close to the slide edge and my thumb will always bump into the edge. The solution is to use your nails to press those three keys.
Ones opened, the slide reveals a regular phone keypad which lights in blue. The keys are very easy to press with good response.
|D415 keys are very well illuminated in blue|
There is a four way directional pad located on the top of the phone (on the slide), plus two soft-keys, pick up/hang up keys, and C. All those keys are somewhat hard to press.
The key in the middle of the d-pad is designated to launch the web browser. It can not be used as a select key nowhere but while browsing the web. This is inconvenient, since I have to move my thumb from the d-pad over to the soft select key.
|Service light can light up in different color combinations|
Just above the d-pad is the service light, which can be set to light up in several different combination like Blue and green, purple and red, blue and pink and several other combinations.
The phone is equipped with a swivel camera located on the right top side. It swivels around 180 degrees so you can easily take a self-portrait, shoot the sky or make a picture of someone in front of the phone. The left hand-side of the phone has a rocker switch for volume up and down, infrared windows and 2.5mm handset jack. For those who want to connect an external antenna to the handset, there is a connector on the back of the phone.
The battery used is a 3.7v, 350 mah lithium polymer.
The D415 is equipped with one of the best displays I've tested a large, high contrast TFT with 262k vivid colors exactly what you would expect from a Samsung.
What I did not like is that the display does not provide you with any information when it is in a stand-by mode. In contrast, Nokia 3650 will run something like a screen saver with the date and time, plus will show if you have any missed calls or any messages. D415 will give you notification of new messages by different blinking patters of the service light.
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