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Samsung T809 Review

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Multimedia

The multimedia on this phone consists of pictures and videos that you can take with the camera, as well as voice notes that you can record with the microphone.

The camera is 1.3 mega pixels and it rotates at 180° on the horizontal plane. When taking pictures a number of shooting modes are available (single shot/multi shot/mosaic shot) as well as a long list of effects (black & white, negative, sepia, etc.), and if that is not enough you can always add a frame to your picture. The camera has the option to take delayed pictures and it gives numerous sizes that you can save (from 240x180 up to 1280x1024). There are some additional settings available as well (scene programs, metering exposure, white balance & ISO).

As far as videos go, you have the same list of effects (as mentioned above) and you have the delayed recording mode. The only difference here is the list of settings. You can set the recording mode (normal/limited), and depending on the recording mode you have chosen you can set the size (normal: from 128x96 up to 352x288, and for limited: 128x96/176x144). Additional settings such as audio record (on/of), white balance, scene programs, etc. are available.

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When it comes to recording audio you have two options. You can either record a video with the audio record setting turned on or you can simply use the voice notes feature, if the voice is the only media that you want to store. Recording voice is as easy as pressing one button to start and pressing the same button to stop. Very easy to use if you wanted to quickly record a speech or any kind of sound that you hear.

To finish up this section I only wanted to mention that you have the option of sending each type of multimedia in an mms message right from the menu of the current screen and you don't have to store the media content and then open the messaging menu and look for it. Overall, this is a very powerful and easy to use set of tools.

Another part of the entire multimedia experience with this phone is the MP3 player. You can load and play your mp3 files just as easy as it is to do it on the computer. An extensive list of playback options is available to improve your experience (repeat mode, shuffle, equalizer, 3D sound, etc.). You can create and edit your own playlists. If you turn the 3D on, the little gadget actually brings out pretty good sound, it is no stereo system, but if you get a good set of headphones you will be satisfied.

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Software

The phone supports JAVA and it comes preloaded with some applications. Some of them I have already mentioned in this review. It has a file manager, that allows you to view your files by types and a MP3 player (as mentioned above), a few games are available (forgotten warrior, freekick & arch angel, and lots more from the T-Mobile website) and an image editor that allows you to alter pictures stored on the phone. Another set of applications is available and they are packed in the organizer (as discussed in detail above).

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.98 x 2.09 x 0.61 inches
(101 x 53 x 15.5 mm)
3.30 oz  (96 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4.3 hours talk time

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