Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 ReviewSamsung SGH-U100 Ultra 5.9 7
In a slight bulge on the top of the back side is where the camera module is situated. Here are the lens, the 3.2 MEGA label and the small mirror, but any kind of flash is missing. The interface starts for 5 seconds, which is not a good result but we can live with that if it the camera's picture quality is worth the waiting. It has more options than the U700 and we appreciate the setting for ISO, setting it to the minimum value available - ISO100.
Three seconds after the central key is pressed the image is shown on the display. The funny thing is that now you cannot go back to the viewfinder fast - in the U700 the right soft key goes back to the viewfinder, although it is more logical to be the central key, which is used for capturing. In the slimmest phone on the market, one must use the left soft key (Options) go down to the second row and choose Viewfinder - too much movements, wasting another 3-4 seconds and making total of 6-7 seconds between two images. It is faster than U700's 12 seconds, but is still slow on the global scale. Unfortunately the U100 lacks auto-focus and flash, which will be useful at close distance when it is dark.
The images produced are with mediocre quality and large size, thanks to the 3-megapixels resolution. Best results are obtained outdoors in strong light, but even then some problems occur with incorrect exposure and white balance. There are lots of artifacts and the detail isn’t as much as we would have liked on a 3MP camera.
Indoors the quality goes even lower and the less the light is, the lower the quality is and more noise appears. Don’t try to shoot dark objects in low light, as there won’t be any kind of flash to help you.
We are happy that the camcorder isn't with very limited quality as it is with the U700. This one captures videos in maximum CIF (352x288) resolution but can also capture in QVGA (320x240) which is the most used size on the internet (for example YouTube uses this size for output). The duration of the clip is limited only by the free memory.
Samsung SGH-U100 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.
Their quality is not like from a stand-alone camcorder, but can do the deal. The colors aren’t realistic but the main drawback is the sound of the recording, which is totally dull.
The music player used in the slim U100 is very similar to the one of the U700 but with slightly redesigned interface. One can browse the library filtering by the following criteria: all/recently played/most played/artists/genres/albums/composers/playlists like on most modern advanced music players found on phones and other pocket devices. Creating playlists on the phone itself is easy and it is not a problem to re-arrange the songs in it.
During a playback the interface is almost exactly the same as the one of the U700, but optimized for landscape screen. On the top is displayed the album cover and below follow the file name, the Artist, rating, settings, duration and keys function. In the menus you can rate the track, set the repeat/shuffle on or off and use options like Equalizer (Normal/Classical/Jazz/Rock) and 3D sound. The last two are missing in the U700.
The phone comes preloaded with a few games: trial of Asphalt 2, Bobby Carrot, Freekick, Midnigth Pool, Minesweeper, Minigolf Las Vegas. You can add additional ones using JAVA MIDP 2.0 techology.
Like the U700, the Ultra 5.9 can open Microsoft Office documents straight out of the box. Previewing a Word document is not a problem.
Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9 Review - Camera, Multimedia, Software