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Samsung SGH-E590 Review

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If you’ve used any other European Samsung phone in the last years, you won’t be surprised by the interface of the phone. It reminds the one of the D900 and the Ultra series, fits well in the tiny device and it acts relatively fast.

It’s not the latest version and so has the limitations of earlier models, but still makes up for a good mid-level phone. The phonebook can store up to 1000 contacts, enough for almost all customers and each one can have up to 5 separate numbers, unlike the newer version of the UI that allows for adding of numerous fields.

Home - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Menu - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Contacts - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Home

Menu

Contacts



Don’t bring the pocket camera every time you go out, when an interesting moment comes just take the small phone out of the jeans and in 3 seconds the camera interface will wait for you to capture the photo.

The interface is in landscape and requires you to rotate the phone, which is the way it is designed to be used. In this mode the “top” side has the camera buttons, similar to a stand-alone digital camera. The various options can be selected from the left software key and you will find everything you can expect on a phone-camera, with even setting for the ISO (Auto, 100, 200, 400). When you are ready to shoot, half-press the shutter key to lock the focus (it takes less than 3 seconds) and when the brackets color in green, fully press it to take the phone. Here is the main drawback of the camera interface – you can’t just go back by pressing the shutter again, but have to press the right soft key that will go back to the shooting interface – inconvenient and slow solution. If you are in a hurry and cannot wait 3 seconds to focus, you can shoot with the center position of the joystick, which will use the last focused distance and not use the auto-focus.

Viewfinder - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Options - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Viewfinder

Options

 
Cannot go back with shutter key - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Camcorder viewfinder - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Options - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Cannot go back with shutter key

Camcorder viewfinder

Options



In addition to the 3-megapixel pictures, the camera can be used to capture video clips. Like other Samsung phones, the maximum resolution is of CIF (352x288 pixels) but also QVGA (320x240) is present, which will do the job for previewing on computer and for sharing in internet, where this is the most common size.

Samsung SGH-E590 sample video at 352x288 pixels resolution

We are not pleased with the camera quality, due to problems with the color representation. The auto-balance doesn’t work correctly both outdoors and indoors. Otherwise, the quality is about the average, and so is the detail, when compared to other phones. There is significant amount of noise even in bright outdoor light and it increases when it is darker. Using the macro mode, good closeup photos can be obtained but they will also suffer from the wrong white balance.

Outdoor - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Outdoor - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Outdoor - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Outdoor - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Outdoor

Strong - Indoor in different light - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Average - Indoor in different light - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Low - Indoor in different light - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Macro - Indoor in different light - Samsung E590 Samples - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

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Average

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Macro

Indoor in different light

Samsung E590 Samples



The E590 is a modern phone and cannot come without music player, but this is rather music-playback application than a real player. The phone is not targeted to music fans and cannot sort the music by artist/album/genre or other criteria but just plays the files on the memory. The speaker sounds mediocre (but with good volume) and you won’t enjoy listening to music, or even ringtones. The headphones from the box are of good quality though, so if you want to hear some tracks, you won’t sorry for the choice of phone. They are also used as antenna for the built-in radio. Videos can also be played back but just as an extra, the efforts are put at the camera.

Music Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Music Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Music Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Music Player

FM Radio - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
FM Radio - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
FM Radio - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

FM Radio

Video Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Video Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review
Video Player - Samsung SGH-E590 Review

Video Player


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. test (unregistered)


The beanbag is not (just) for cleaning the lens, it's acts like a tripod for steady shots

posted on 08 Sep 2008, 13:37

2. (unregistered)


i think it looks and sounds very nice, but to be sure it the silver/white that is good because: it goes with multicolour menu, whereas the black clashes and the camera look very good with the white, it is more stylish too.

posted on 01 Sep 2010, 02:50

3. Jun (unregistered)


Got this phone brand new from Sun Cellular 13 months ago. Slightly and well used. NOW IT IS DEAD. TO REVIVE, I HAVE TO SPEND THE COST OF A BRAND NEW UNIT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS BRAND OF PHONE???

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Display1.8 inches, 220 x 220 pixels (174 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.70 x 1.65 x 0.53 inches
(94 x 42 x 13.5 mm)
2.32 oz  (66 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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