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Samsung SGH-G400 Review

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Samsung SGH-G400 Review
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operate in the
US on AT&T (without 3G) and T-Mobile (without 3G).

Introduction:

Some of you may ask 'Isn’t that the folding Soul?', actually no, despite the fact that the company’s German website has it listed as G400 Soulf. Samsung assured us, that the model’s official name is only G400.

Like the representatives of the Soul line this one also relies on the combination of an attractive design and multimedia functionality. In addition, as a member of the G-class, which is the manufacturer’s cameraphone line, G400 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus. The more interesting thing here is that we have a touch sensitive external display, which allows you to use the phone while it is closed.

Included in the box you will find: Samsung SGH-G400, Charger, Handsfree, User’s manual


Design:

The phone has a beautiful, stylish appearance, which catches the eye. Almost the entire body is made of polished metal, creating a classy feel when in your hands. Unfortunately, its size is not compact and G400 doesn’t fit well in a female hand or in a pocket. Another drawback is that it is hard to open singlehandedly because of the lack of any convenient places to put your fingers in. At least it is very comfortable during a talk.

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Samsung SGH-G400 Review

You can compare the Samsung G400 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

External display - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Internal display - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

External display

Internal display

Both displays are identical (2.22”, 240x320 pixels and 262k colors), but as we’ve previously mentioned, the external one is a full touch one. It is only activated by solids with a constant electric flow (e.g. finger) and even if it’s unlocked, you will not press it accidentally if you carry it in your pocket for example. Both screens reproduce colors well in a dim light but are unusable in direct sunlight. In addition, the internal display looks small in contrast to the huge body.

The keyboard buttons are large and very convenient to work, because they are easy to press and clearly felt. The same goes for the side buttons.

Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Samsung SGH-G400 Review


Software:

G400’s interface is almost identical with the one of Soulb. You can place various animations, pictures or clocks on the homescreen, whose design depends on theme selected. In addition, you have the option to make a slideshow from your pictures with various animated effects, which then can be used as a background.

Main display - Home screen - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
External display - Home screen - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Main display

External display

Home screen

Main menu - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Multimedia menu - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Main menu

Multimedia menu


G400 also has the option to create your own theme, but you can also personalize the external display by changing the picture and the color of the icons, which reminds us of Soul’s Magic Touch pad. Besides the one you have chosen for a background, you are able to see the multimedia menu as well. It offers fast access to the music player, the FM radio, the camera and gallery. The main idea of the interface is to facilitate the use of the multimedia functions when the phone is closed.

Samsung SGH-G400 Review
The phonebook can store up to 1000 contacts and you can add multiple numbers for each of them, and also e-mail, picture, melodies, date of birth and additional info. When inputting digits, the phone automatically looks for matches in the contacts’ numbers, which is a very convenient function. In addition, this can be done with their names as well (if you dial 6 – MNO, 3 – DEF, 6 – MNO you will get Neo), but is done manually.

Calendar - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Calendar - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Calendar

The calendar can be viewed by month, week, or day. When inputting an event you can choose between Appointment, Anniversary, Holiday, Important and Private) and you’ll also be able to indicate the place, start/end time, set an alarm and daily/weekly/monthly repetition. All these options will let you plan and view your schedule fast and easy.

There can be a total of 11 alarms and an auto power-on option if the phone has been off. The rest of the organizing functions, like for example, Tasks, World clock, Calculator, Timer etc. are located in the Applications menu.

G400 is a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) with single-band support of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps. This means that you will be able to fully take advantage of its capacities only in Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, there’s no information on a U.S. version.

The power of 3G can be felt via the Access NetFront 3.4 HTML browser. There are two viewing modes – Desktop, which visualizes pages as on a computer and Smart-fit to eliminate the horizontal scrolling. The second method is imperative when you’re reading something, because otherwise, the text doesn’t shrink to fit the screen. The good news is that after loading a page in one of the modes you can switch to the other one in seconds and without having to reload the content. You also have an options to zoom in at different rate and Page pilot (both accessible from the options menu), which zooms out so you can move to another area quickly. Sometimes, when you try to load heavy pages, the browser returns an error, notifying you that there’s not enough memory to visualize the content requested.

Internet browser - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Internet browser - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Internet browser - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Internet browser - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Internet browser


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


I think that the design of the phone is definetely very stylish, but also masculine which is good. It seems kind of like the phone would get very scratched over time because it looks like it is made of polished metal, not brushed so that seems like quite a major problem!

posted on 18 Sep 2008, 16:40

2. (unregistered)


i heard that it was made from plastic though? i think it was from gsmarena.com

posted on 19 Sep 2008, 16:09

3. (unregistered)


Low resolution videos with bad quality and cannot be viewed on the external screen it is not true. If you want to play video file on external screen just copy these files to folder Videos->My video clips on phone or memory card and then you can play it. It is not the best solution but it is possible to do it.

posted on 14 Nov 2008, 02:17

4. (unregistered)


erm...photo taken was better then my g600, i feel everything is better in g400 compare to g600

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 00:01

5. (unregistered)


You can view the videos using the external screen. This review is wrong with this fact.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.05 x 2.02 x 0.59 inches
(103 x 51.5 x 15 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery880 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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