Interface and Functionality:

Since Samsung appears to be predominantly focused on cell phones equipped with touch sensitive screens, the interface of their devices without such a display has remained virtually untouched for quite some time now. In other words, the Samsung Diva folder S5150 runs almost the same software as the Samsung SGH-G400 that is almost two years old now. One of the extra features of said interface is you are allowed to place shortcuts directly onto the home screen to gain quick access to various functions.

It is not that the interface is bad really, plus it´s easy to get used to. Still, we would like to see the software evolve. Moreover, except for the specific phone themes, there is simply no other software feature to tip you off the phone is intended for women (judging by the software alone). Samsung could have done better and added extras like woman´s calendar, cook book or driving lessons (a joke, of course). After all, Diva Collection 2010 is dubbed “exclusive cell phone series designed for the fairer sex”.

Two years ago, internet browser like Access NetFront 3.5 could have passed for a proper application (for a feature phone). In 2010, however, it looks downright antiquated and the lack of 3G and Wi-Fi functionality equates to limited usability and in the case of simple, less complex websites only.

The Samsung Diva folder S5150 integrates a 3.2-megapixel camera without autofocus and flash. It´s interesting that its interface runs in landscape mode, something almost unheard of with clamshell handsets. The snapshot quality is good for such a camera, with realistic colors and enough details. The limited video capture capabilities (QVGA resolution at 12 frames per second) mean you will never actually come to use the feature.

The Samsung Diva folder S5150 sports a good audio player with quite a few content filtering and track recognition options. You also get an FM radio with RDS. We didn’t have the chance to test the boxed headset pair, but the loudspeaker delivers decent sound. We plugged in one of our earphone sets and were able to relish audio playback with relatively pleasing quality.

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