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Samsung SGH-F400 Review

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Interface:

Samsung SGH-F400’s interface is nice and user-friendly. It is similar to the one seen in the other models of the manufacturer and nothing will surprise you. Only when choosing the Violet scheme, the main menu changes its appearance similar to the Espresso theme in G600.

The phonebook can store up to 1000 contacts, including multiple numbers for each, e-mail, additional information, picture, ringtone, group and date of birth. Unfortunately, there is no second name search. .

Home Screen - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Main Menu - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Phonebook - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Home Screen

Main Menu

Phonebook

 

The dialing screen can be personalized according to few criteria: font size and color, and background color. Upon inputting digits, an automatic search is activated that looks for matches in the numbers entered and they appear on the screen. In addition, you have the option to manually search through the names (for example, if you have a contact NЕО, type 6-3-6 and choose that option, it will appear as a result).

Dialing Screen - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Dialing Screen - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Dialing Screen














The main menu houses the Calendar, which can be viewed by month, week or a day. This allows you to easily plan ahead with options to select the type of event (appointment, holiday or task). Each one of them has a start and end time, location, reminding alarms and a repetition option day/week/month.

Calendar - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Applications - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Calendar

 

Applications

 

The rest of the organizing functions, which we know from the other models of the manufacturer, are located in the Applications submenu.

F400 is a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900), which makes it fully usable only in Europe and Asia. The 3G support makes us think that the browser should be good. It allows you to see the pages using Smart-Fit (they appear in a column) or Desktop view (as in a PC) and you can zoom in/out. Navigating is relatively fast, but it would have been better if there was Pan view as well. Heavy sites like ours for example, load and appear correctly but the memory is not sufficient and some pictures do not open. Overall, this browser performs little above average and is usable, but we have seen better in the middle class (like in Sony Ericsson G502 or Samsung L770).

Internet Browser - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Internet Browser - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Internet Browser - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Internet Browser - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Internet Browser


To connect locally, you can either use the Bluetooth 2.0 or the USB cable. The phone also supports A2DP, which allows the wireless transfer of stereo music.


Camera interface - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Camera interface - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Camera interface - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Camera interface

Multimedia:

The camera interface is user-friendly. The overall picture quality is bad, because the colors are pale and not well-saturated, and the detail level is low. Although the phone is not pretentious in this aspect, the performance of the 3-megapixel camera is quite disappointing.

Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Outdoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Outdoor Samples


Strong Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Medium Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Low Light - Indoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Low with Flash - Indoor Samples - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Strong Light

Medium Light

Low Light

Low with Flash

Indoor Samples


The camcorder can record videos not larger than 320 x 240 pixels and 15 fps. However, you can choose between 3GP and MP4 format. The quality is not good enough to even use them in sites like YouTube.

Samsung SGH-F400 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.


Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Pushing the slider down activates a vertical menu which gives access only to the multimedia functions of the phone: the music player, the FM radio with RDS and the video player.

The first one is a key feature in F400 and we hope it will not disappoint us. It offers quite some options. In addition to the standard sorting (by artist, genre, albums, and composers), there also is an option to filter tracks by last played songs, all, playlists, recently played, most frequently played and podcasts.

When listening to music you also have many functions to choose from: repeat one or all, shuffle, you can rate and add to a playlist. Besides those, in the settings you will find equalizer, background play, Fade out stop and three different visualizations. As a whole, the music player is quick and trouble-free.

FM Radio - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
FM Radio - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

FM Radio

The FM radio with RDS is user-friendly as well. Besides the standard options, you will have automatic search of the radio you are listening to in case you move to another region and Radio text.

F400 is equipped with track recognizing software which will give you information on the song you are listening to from the radio or in a club. It works similarly to Sony Ericsson’s TrackID. It’ll record 10 seconds from a tune, send it to a server via Internet and it will get back the result with the album art of the song. During our tests, the software did an excellent job.

Samsung SGH-F400 Review
The Bang&Olufsen ICE power amplifier should boost the sound quality of the loudspeaker, but it actually doesn’t. The music is loud but not as clear as we expected. Our test unit came without headphones but we took advantage of the 3.5 mm jack and used a good pair. In contrast to a PC with a mid-level sound card, F400 is much worse and we were left disappointed. It came out that the „best sound quality” tag was not true, because compared to the other music-oriented phones the Samsung performs average.

The video player can reproduce files with QVGA resolution max and we recommend converting them into H264 (H263 also supported) and 24 fps. This will guarantee much better results.




Video player - Samsung SGH-F400 Review
Video player - Samsung SGH-F400 Review

Video player


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. As (unregistered)


First of all, who is so smart to keep the phone with keys in the same pocket? Secondly, se w890 is much more expensive than this samsung. These phones are uncomparable. And finally, camera is not that bad knowing the price of the phone. The Camcoder is far better than in SE phones with the same price. The sound quality with headphones is awesome. The loudspeaker is loud enough for a phone and far better than average other phones. I have this phone for some weeks. And I have compared it with many SE and Nokia phones my friends have. None of the phones beats the sound quality and talking about camera. You won't get 3mp camera from nokia or se for the same price it would be 2mp max. So we should compare it with same price phones and not best 3mp cameras. I think this phone is the best choice for this price. At least in my country.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 01:26

2. SGH-F400 (unregistered)


SGH-F400 FORNT SLID IN DAMAG. So please New SGH-F400 FORNT SLID Prices

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.05 x 1.88 x 0.66 inches
(103 x 48 x 16.9 mm)
3.81 oz  (108 g)
Battery960 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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