Samsung U700 Ultra 12.1 ReviewSamsung SGH-U700 Ultra 12.1 7.1
The software reminds of earlier Samsung models but even if you have not used one, it will be easy to get used to it. From the homescreen, where you will see the time, service information and the carrier name, none of the soft keys lead to the main menu. You open it by the central position of the D-pad. The ordinary shortcut to the phonebook - the down direction is now replaced with shortcut to Google application, and you have to open the menu to go to the contacts, which is very illogical thing as you use this menu almost any time you start a call.
The main menu can be displayed as either 3x4 grid of icons or as a list. When you open it, the pointer is on the sub-menu you've last used. The icons increase in size and have colorful backlight when you go over them, but if you scroll fast they won't appear due to a small lag. The sub-menus are shown as list and if a field has other sub-options, they will display as another list connected to the first. The phone lacks visual themes and even color schemes for personalizing. The only way to do this is to change the homescreen wallpaper, the shown information and the dial-pad interface.
The slim and sexy U700 is not stupid, and has enough memory to store 1000 contacts with multiple numbers. Adding a new one will shows you a few fields you will probably need most often, but "add field" option allows you to add additional information including many numbers, emails, addresses, etc. We are happy that a contact can have a few numbers of the same type, for example 3 mobile-private phone numbers. This is excellent and reminds us of the S60 smartphone system and the U700 is the only phone that supports that from all of the Ultra II devices. You can attach personal ringtone and picture for a contact, but the image is very small both on an outgoing and incoming calls.
The phonebook is displayed as vertical list, and when a contact is selected its number and small image (if one is attached) show. Searching finds results only in the first name, which is an unpleasant problem of most non-smart telephones. The contacts can be sorted in groups that allow for common image and ringtone.
The Calendar and the Alarm are as separate icons in the main menu. The calendar can be previewed for month/week/day and has settings for Starting day and Default view. An entry can be added as Appointment/Anniversary/Holiday/Important/Private. The fields allow for Title, Description, Start/end time/date, Location, Alarm (before XXX min/hour/day) with repeat option.
There are 4 alarms by default but you can create more. Each one can have different time, melody and recurrence options. The U700 can be set to auto power for alarm, if it is shut off.
The phone has 20MB of built-in memory and slot for microSD cards to increase it. The best way to use it is to store the camera photos on the internal memory and music files on the memory card.
1. fiona (unregistered)
This is the most stylish phone I have seen. All the fones I have owned were Samsung and just when I thought u couldnt do better. Along comes the U700. Cant wait to get my hands on one.
design wise it's cool, however, i have problem synchronizing outlook appointments to the phone. n the touch pad really sucks, i've never been able to successfully sent a sms without having to exit n re-type the msg again. n the soft touch key cant b changed, n i will always be surfing the net unintentionally.
3. shahzad (unregistered)
Ofcourse U700 is stylish with a stunning look...but some aspects need further improvement. the speaker (which is earpiece too) is not so powerful which makes it difficult to hear the incoming call alert in noisy environment (Nokia N73 is quite loud & even other cheaper Samsung sets are louder than my phone is). touch keys is a great idea but i have to be extra-careful while pressing left or right on jog dial (required in sub-menus) to avoid starting touch key related programs.
4. glock19 (unregistered)
so far so good. nice style. came from se p990i. using it as a modem is much faster then the se.probably because of the 3.5g. have to adjust much further if you came from a stylus type of phone. buttomline, its a great phone
5. Köke (unregistered)
One thing is sure: the design is excellent. BUT...the touch pads are extra sensitive when you dont intend to use them (very easy to accidentally touch some of them while e.g. writing an SMS and you suddenly find yourself on the main screen...) but sometimes clumsy when you really want to access the function. The fix internet links are also things that drive me crazy, I surf the net very often although I didnt mean to. Due to such annoyances it was a few times very close to perish by my hands on the floor. I find it also too quiet.