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Samsung SGH-D900 Review

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Camera:

Samsung SGH-D900 Review
3-megapixel camera with mirror and LED flash

After holding down the camera key with the slider opened, the interface loads for 3 to 4 seconds showing several indicators of the chosen setting, for a few seconds. If you have selected the Viewfinder at “Fullscreen view and indicators” you'll see them for the whole time. Another useful option is the one that automatically saves an image after the photo is taken, as you won't have to manually select ‘options – save' after every single shot – this way you can save your time for shooting.

Samsung SGH-D900 Review

The strangest thing about the camera interface is that it is in portrait mode and not in landscape, as other camera phones we have tested, but it also takes landscape-oriented photos, which means that you are actually not seeing the whole final image in the viewfinder but just the center part of it. In the final image there may be some objects that you haven't had an idea about and didn't wanted to occur in your composition, but when seeing this it will already be late. Another relatively strange thing is that the “shutter key” cannot be pressed at “half” position but holding it down focuses and than automatically takes a picture – this is not a big problem, but something just extraordinary as all other phones that feature auto-focus use two-step keys for focusing and than capturing the image.

As options before taking pictures you can use a set of color effects (Black and White, Negative, Sepia, etc), up to thirty fun frames (the images saved using them are in small resolution) and Self-timer (3, 5 or 10 seconds). The flash can be set in four modes: forced off, Auto, Shoot only, and Permanent, and the other is also useful as a flashlight but drains the battery's power fast.

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Shooting
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Effects
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Frames
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Flash
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Self-Timer

The highest resolution available is 2048x1536 (3.2 megapixels) but there is total of nine picture resolution options, as well as three options for the compression (Normal, Fine, Superfine). A very useful "feature" is that all the numeric keys are shortcuts, and you can see what they do in a mini-map.

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Samsung SGH-D900 Review


The images taken outdoor during the day were the best compared to four other 3-megapixel cameraphones currently on the market, providing the greatest detail and most realistic color representation among all. Shooting macro (close-up photos of small objects) doesn't need an additional scene mode, but brings great results as well with detailed images and realistic colors. Most other phones (and digital cameras) need special “macro” mode to be switched on to focus on objects nearby. 

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The LED flash is not as powerful as that of the N73 and definitely cannot be compared to the Xenon flash of the K800, and so the images in low-lightning conditions suffered from much noise and not real colors. Shooting night-photos, using the night mode, gives excellent (for phone) results though, and if you hold the D900 steady to avoid camera shake and blurry photos, the images produced will be detailed and realistic, and among the best ones captured with camera-phone.

As a camcorder the phone can record videos at maximum resolution of CIF 352x288 with additional three sizes and the same three options for compression as with the pictures. Using the “Normal” Recording mode you can record video, limited in time by only the available memory.
The CIF resolution is big enough for watching the videos on computer but although their relatively big size (~600kbps) there are plenty of artifacts due to the compression and the low frame rate kills the motion in fast-moving objects. 

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Samsung SGH-D900 Review


Audio:

The MP3 player is again similar to the one used in the X820, featuring four Equalizer options (Normal, Jazz, Classic, Rock) and two types of visualizations, which actually are not based on the music played. The music can be comfortably organized in playlists, but unfortunately their number is limited to four and so is their capacity, limited at thirty, which collectively means that the phone can put only 120 songs in the playlists.

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Samsung SGH-D900 Review


The speakerphone produces distorted and not very loud sound and is not suitable for music playback, but the headphones from the box are fine and sound better than those of Sony Ericsson K800. We would still like to have a 3.5mm adapter for using standard headphones, which can sound much better at a low cost.

The video player opens 3GP videos in full size but the browser cannot play them in landscape view. With these wonderful QVGA displays we would like to be able to watch videos in MPEG4 format with H.264 codec for the best quality available, but unfortunately the D900 doesn't support them, as it was with the K800, and you are limited to low quality videos only.

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Samsung SGH-D900 Review

Software:

The D900 comes with seven preloaded JAVA games including some popular names like “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Asphalt2 – T&B” ,but unfortunately both of them are trial locked versions and you have to purchase the full ones to fully enjoy the gaming experience. The other games include Tetris, Cannonball, Soccer game, but what we didn't like about the JAVA is the time it takes to load up. In all the games, we experienced a lot of waiting, and for example, the Sonic game took fifteen second to load, which is pretty much in our opinion. The phone support JAVA MIDP2.0 and other applications can be easily downloaded.

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Samsung SGH-D900 Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. shahab (unregistered)


d900 is the best camera-phone

posted on 05 Jun 2007, 13:20

2. Michael (unregistered)


Your review has wrong statements as I mention below. 1. D900 can play video in landscape mode. Like D600, just press 1 button. The video will play in landscape/full-screen mode. 2. K800i definitely has better earphones by FAR. Just customize the EQ with manual settings. Next time, do better in reviewing.

posted on 23 May 2008, 18:55

3. (unregistered)


may have better earphones but not in sound quality, the d900 uses almost the exact same sound chip as in the apple ipod. next time, do better in commenting.

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.07 x 2.00 x 0.51 inches
(103.5 x 51 x 13 mm)
3.28 oz  (93 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.3 hours talk time

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