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Samsung S7330 Preview

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There’s nothing surprising here, especially after we’ve become familiar with the Soul line and most models of the manufacturer. Only small additions to the touch sensitive pad are present. You are now able to store your own themes and even select ones with color “arrows” (figuratively speaking; if we look at it as a D-pad).Unfortunately, you won’t be able to create such a colorful theme and will have to be satisfied with the monochrome ones. Pressing the central part of the pad when at the homescreen now opens a shortcut menu with 12 positions, which can lead to a group of options from the main menu (e.g. settings) and/or to features one step below them (e.g. display settings).

Home screen - Samsung S7330 Preview
Main menu - Samsung S7330 Preview
Available themes - Samsung S7330 Preview
Shortcut menu - Samsung S7330 Preview

Home screen

Main menu

Available themes

Shortcut menu


D-pad - Samsung S7330 Preview
D-pad - Samsung S7330 Preview
Music controls - D-pad - Samsung S7330 Preview
Camera controls - D-pad - Samsung S7330 Preview
  

Music controls

Camera controls

D-pad


The phonebook has the popular option to search for number matches upon digit input. This could be done in the names as well, but you have to select the first position of the options. Unfortunately, there’s no second name filter. Nevertheless, all organizer functions such as alarms, calendar, notes, and calculator are present.

Phonebook - Samsung S7330 Preview
Dialing screen - Samsung S7330 Preview
Samsung S7330 Preview
Calendar - Samsung S7330 Preview

Phonebook

Dialing screen

 

Calendar


Since S7330 is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM, it can be used worldwide. Unfortunately, it supports only the Asian and European 3G frequencies with maximum speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s. We are very much disappointed seeing a WAP browser, considering the fact that a cheap model like L770 is equipped with a full HTML one, and it gets very good results. It still loads heavy pages but the navigation is sluggish due to the lack of pan view.

WAP browser - Samsung S7330 Preview
WAP browser - Samsung S7330 Preview
WAP browser - Samsung S7330 Preview
WAP browser - Samsung S7330 Preview

WAP browser


Camera interface - Samsung S7330 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung S7330 Preview

Camera interface

Music player - Samsung S7330 Preview
Music player - Samsung S7330 Preview

Music player

The camera is 3-megapixel with autofocus, and LED flash and is run on software identical to Soul’s; the most frequently used functions are accessible via the touch pad. Overall, working with it is quite easy. Unfortunately, the phone is able to record only videos in the outdated QCIF (176х144) resolution, suitable only for MMS. The model offers all other multimedia functions, including a user-friendly music player, FM radio and video playback.


Although Samsung S7330 looks like the top-fashion model Soul, it left us with the impression that is more of a regular phone for the mass consumer. Its massive construction and the multiple shortcuts, which can make your life easier, are a proof for that. If we are right or wrong, we’ll find out in the in-depth review of a final unit.

This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.13 x 1.96 x 0.54 inches
(104.8 x 49.8 x 13.7 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery880 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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