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Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

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Interface:


The software of the U100 is similar to other Samsung phones but its main menu is in 4x3 grid instead of 3x4, due to its screen orientation. This means that the numeric keys won't exactly match the icons, although they are still shortcuts to them. The menu can also be displayed as vertical list, and like previous phones, but unlike the U700, has options for two color skins - black or white. The dial-pad can be personalized with animated interface.

Like other recent phones of the brand, when you open the main menu, it points the last used icon. Also when you open the Settings menu, it points the lastly used sub-menu. The sub-menus visualize as list and if a field has sub-options, they show as another list.

Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

The phonebook saves up to 1000 contacts. It is similar to the one of the D900 and unfortunately not like the U700. When a new contact is added you see all the available fields, including 5 numbers, email, personal ringtone/image, and note. Unlike the U700 you cannot add additional fields and have for example a few mobile-personal phone numbers, you can use only the preset fields. Searching is done by directly tapping letters when you look at the contacts list, but the results will look only in the first word of the First Name.



Organizer:

The organizer is very similar to other Samsungs. The calendar can be displayed in month/week/day view, you can set the start day of the week and the default view mode. With a few steps one can add an appointment/anniversary or task to a day. The Tasks are not a separate item in the Applications menu on this phone. Here like in the U700, you can find the World Clock, Calculator (but without scientific options), Unit Converter, Timer, Stopwatch and Memos. The latter don't have stupid limit of 100 characters as it is with the U700 but 10 times more (1000 characters).

Calendar - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Calendar - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Calendar - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Calendar - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Calendar - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

Calendar


Voice recorder - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

Voice recorder

World Clock - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Calculator - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Unit Converter - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

World Clock

Calculator

Unit Converter

Timer - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Stopwatch - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review
Memo - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

Timer

Stopwatch

Memo

Here also is the voice recorder, which can record notes up to 1 hour. We played the test memo immediately and found out that the played back voice is very quiet even from minimal distance, which makes the recorder not very usable. The most interesting applications in this menu are the ones we will explain below:

Smart Search - Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review

Smart Search

Smart Search
is application that can search through: the whole phone / menu / my files / messages / calendar / games / phonebook / log. This reminds us of the search application found in Nokia's Enterprise phones (E-series) and on Windows Mobile Pocket PC phones. Unfortunately it doesn't search through the messages' text body.

The Image Editor has color effects, filters, and other tools to manipulate an image directly on the phone.

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Display1.9 inches, 220 x 176 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.15 x 1.97 x 0.23 inches
(105.5 x 50 x 5.9 mm)
2.32 oz  (66 g)
Battery630 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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