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Samsung SGH-G400 Review

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The 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash is on the back when the phone is closed, and when it’s opened it is under the display and directed toward you. Therefore, if you are not trying to fix your hair or make a self-portrait, you’ll control it from the external display. The monochrome icons are not very beautiful but here (in contrast to F480), they relate to the overall interface. Selecting a given option is fast and done with few touches on the display. Taking pictures is quick as well; in a well-lighted environment, it focuses for a second only and for three if the light source is not that bright. In addition, saving the image takes another four seconds. Besides the various settings (for size, quality), you have options for adjusting the ISO sensitivity, macro, different modes, self-portrait,  face recognition, and making a picture when a smile is detected.

Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Camera interface - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Camera interface - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Camera interface


The pictures made in daylight, including the macros have a high detail level, but not as good as the best in this aspect - KC550 and G600. The colors are real, but overexposure is often present in the areas with lighter objects. In a room with a weaker light source, the detail level is lower but the colors remain well reproduced with the flash doing a decent job.

Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Outdoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Outdoor images

Macro and Wide dynamic range samples - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Macro and Wide dynamic range samples - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
WDR On - Macro and Wide dynamic range samples - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
WDR Off - Macro and Wide dynamic range samples - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
  

WDR On

WDR Off

Macro and Wide dynamic range samples


Strong light - Indoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Low light - Indoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Low with flash - Indoor images - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Low with flash

Indoor images


Unfortunately, you will be disappointed from the videos made with the camera. As in Soul, the maximum resolution here is 320 x 240 pixels as well, and their quality is low with only 15 fps. In contrast, most of the rest 5-megapixel cameraphones offer video recording in a four times higher resolution (640x480 pixels) and the results are better.


The music player is user-friendly and lets you sort tracks by a few different criteria, use various preset equalizers and three types of visualizations. The option for a background play is nice and lets you control the player from the homescreen. In addition, there’s an FM radio.

Music player - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Music player - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Music player - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Music player - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Music player


Video Playback - Samsung SGH-G400 Review
Video Playback - Samsung SGH-G400 Review

Video Playback

The sound from the loudspeaker has a good quality but is weak. Since our unit didn’t come with headphones, we used the ones from the OMNIA package. They produce a loud and very clear sound, which was a nice surprise. Comparing OMNIA and G400, the second one performed better in this aspect.

You are able to watch H263, QVGA videos, which offer a good image, but the better H264 will be choppy if viewed in a full-screen mode. Unfortunately, the videos cannot be watched on the external display.

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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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