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Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Samsung SGH-F480 6.5

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Main Menu - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

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Main Menu

As we’ve already mentioned, the new TouchWiz interface makes its debut with the F480. The good news is that all icons in the menus are full-colored and are pleasure to the eyes. In addition, opening the various applications relates to a screen transition. However, as most of the operations in the phone it is accompanied by an annoying lag.

Unfortunately, there are almost no personalization options for the interface. The wallpapers are static and although beautiful, we got tired of them quickly. Besides them, a few other pictures can be used as a screen saver and those are not accessible from anywhere. The main menu has only two color schemes – black and white. We looked for the theme creator seen in Soul, but it’s not present here.

Overall, except for the annoying lag when navigating through the menus, controlling the phone is trouble free. The only serious comment we have to make is about the scrolling when you have more choices. Most of the time (like in the Settings submenu), this function is very adequate, and you can easily get from one end of the list to the other. However, in other cases (like adding a contact for example), you have to move the screen step-by-step, which is very uncomfortable. Since these menus are identical, it’s illogical to have the inconvenient way of scrolling in one of the modes.

The TouchWiz interface brings one heavily advertised feature:


Forget about the home screen, because it is now called “Widget”. Its idea is to let you add certain given “programs” and to let you arrange them the way you want. These can be found in the taskbar on the left side, from where you can drag them. In our preview unit, their number was not large and we expected to have more options in the final version of the device. However, this didn’t happen and all you’ll have at your disposal is as follows:

- Analog clock
- Digital clock
- Dual time zone clock
- Calendar
- Gallery
- Games
- Upcoming birthdays (taken from the phonebook)
- Profiles
- Radio
- Music player
- Events
- Carrier information

Analog Clock - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Dual Clock - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Gallery - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Music Player - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Analog Clock

Dual Clock


Music Player


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Shortcut Menu - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Shortcut Menu

Besides these selections, most of which have very limited functionality, you cannot add anything else.

Nevertheless, the widgets in F480 are designed much better than those in LG KF700, where they are only 4 static ones. The main problem comes from the limited space, which you have on the 2.8” QVGA display. Here, you are hardly able to add more than 4-5 and in combination with the limited functionality, it becomes apparent that they are the next colorful marketing trick, intended to attract attention. As a whole, this element of the interface is pointless and it is more of a distraction than a feature designed to assist the user.

Shortcut menu:

You can enter this menu, by pressing the functionality button, located under the display. No matter which menu or application you were in, 5 shortcuts will be visualized on the screen. They lead to the music player, messages, the main menu, the Internet browser and the dialing pad. This feature will help you reduce the use of the main menu to a minimum.


Here you can save up to 1000 contacts with up to 5 numbers, including home, business and office. On top of that, you can add pictures, ringtones, birth date and a short note. Searching is done only by first name, which is a common problem, but is largely annoying when present in such a high-end device. In addition, only three names are visualized on the screen, which makes the navigation much more difficult. The contacts can be organized in groups with their own picture and ringtone.

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Samsung SGH-F480 Review
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Unlike most of the new phones, inputting a number does not activate a search for matches.


Samsung F480 offers some rather useful options, to help you organize your day. From the main menu, you can set up to 5 alarms, to make sure you make it to work/school on time.

Calendar - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Alarms - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
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In the calendar, you can store events (up to 100), divided in appointments (up to 50), anniversaries (up to 50), vacations, important and personal (the last three you can add up to 20 each). The calendar can be viewed as an entire month, week or day.

On top of that, from the applications menu, you are able to write short reminders and tasks (limited to 20). Here is the world clock, the calculator, the unit converter and the timer with a countdown timer. Everything that needs to be here is present.

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Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Its built in memory is 220 MB, and it is expandable via microSD cards. However, we experienced a strange problem; cards, which were operational in other phones, had to be formatted in the F480.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

"Overall, the phone is suitable for watching quality videos, which is totally unacceptable for such a high-end device." "Unsuitable" I guess =) Great review though, thanks.

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 14:25

3. (unregistered)

Lol I was just about to ask about this.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 01:11

8. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Thank you!

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 13:51

2. (unregistered)

Wow, thankyou, first review that has actually looked at all the features and weighed up properly the pros and cons, will not be getting this phone now on the back of this review :)

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 14:26

4. (unregistered)

As, this phone is quite dissapointing. I expected a lot but...... I guess for now, LG still makes better touchscreen phones?

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 17:33

5. (unregistered)

this reviewer seems to be some samsung hater. he got the price wrong. it costs around 550-600, NOT 900USD. dunno where you buy your phones from. both mobile-review and gsmarena gave the phone favorable reviews.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:25

9. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Prices are decreasing by the minute; we've updated the review to match the current one, yet this is a high price tag for such a phone.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:08

12. (unregistered)

no..it was like this price for about a week and a half. you guys need to spend more time on your reviews. it started around 880.00USD when it first released in beginning of june.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 08:50

14. (unregistered)

Well that is still basically 900 dollars, the starting price is also important as it is what the manufacturer thinks of what is needs to be priced at, or what it's originally worth.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 10:28

16. (unregistered)

let me rephrase that. it started around 880.00USD on EBAY. price was made by the seller, not the manufacturer.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 11:39

23. (unregistered)

oh.... that makes a huge difference, then

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 19:06

6. (unregistered)

lol they give armani phone 9 and this 6.5. and f480 is everything better than armani. totally do not comprehend phonearena's rating system.

posted on 25 Jun 2008, 21:15

7. (unregistered)

Ya, I thought that the Armani got it's high rating because it is a fashin phone, but so is the F480 so I don't get how they rated these?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 02:40

10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

When you get an Armani, it's almost all about the look. When you get a phone called "SGH-F480", you expect it to perform as well as the touch-screen competition. When it sounds bad and doesn't have good features (except the camera), it is not a 9/10 device.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:07

11. (unregistered)

LOL. "all about the look." because of name branding. hilarious...so as long as there's a fancy name slapped to it, you don't mind the sucky croix UI, heavily underpowered, ridiculously overpriced, no 3g, complete mess of a phone? LOL. try again. pathetic guys. just pathetic.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 07:14

13. (unregistered)

Yea. I agree to this. The F480 boasts so much more features (3g, 5mp camera, larger screen, a true web browser, larger battery, complete overhaul of touch interface, FM radio, etc) compared to the Armani phone, and it still has an amazing "look." A total upgrade in all senses. This review was only good for the pictures... no joke.

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 08:52

15. (unregistered)

The F480 still has a name.... or rather a couple. What happened to "Tocco" and "TouchWiz"?

posted on 12 May 2009, 08:40

33. radystar (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2009)

you are a total liers.....i have this phone for about 4 months and ANYTHING what you written about this phone isn't true....the sound is great....the camera is much better...there is no lag while scrolling throw the menus...one thing is true..the poor flash...i don't trust you anymore....very bad site.....you are very pathetic....and WHAT??????????? the TOUCH WIZ is not very conmfortable to use???????????????????????????/ you're mental.........

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 12:29

17. damo110011 (unregistered)

I have a tocco I love the phone but I admit camera is awfull on it waiting for i900 looks superb

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 16:03

18. (unregistered)

Average Joe: "To expensive and inconvenient for me." Average Joe needs to learn how to spell. lol. It's really interesting how much reviews can differ. Other sites said the sound quality was AT LEAST decent and not horrible. Furthermore, the I don't recall other sites saying the interface was buggy. Hopefully it's just the unit that Phonearena reviewed. And also, the phone price is starting to fall to $5xx now right?

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 21:44

19. (unregistered)

yes. and ~550 is a VERY good price for the phone.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 01:35

20. (unregistered)

yeah after 1 year the price will be ~300... and THAT's A VERY GOOD price for the phone

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 08:11

21. (unregistered)

lol after one year..i'm sure theres gonna be a lot of other phones released

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 11:37

22. (unregistered)

Yeah, and also the iPhone and Touch Diamond are around the same price, if not more expensive yet they both got very high for the Average Joe rating??

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 01:39

24. (unregistered)

that was sarcasm

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 12:19

25. (unregistered)

I was just making a comment that prices are starting to fall. It's about 495 on plemix, I believe. By American standards yes it is quite expensive. But people got to remember that without provider's subsidy on the phone, even average basic phone costs around 2xx already no? If Average Joe just have enough buying sense, instead of signing up for a contract for 2 years and get some shitty phones, they can go to independent sellers and get better phones at a reduced price as well. I'm just saying that there is more than ONE way to purchase a phone. PLUS my only real comment was that they misspelled AND 550 IS NOT expensive for a touted FASHION phone. Yes, it doesn't have the "Armani" branding attached to it, but using that definition Nokia "7xxx" series are not fashion devices either, and so aren't "8xxx" series.

posted on 05 Jul 2008, 15:31

26. (unregistered)

7xxx is fashion device and 8xxx is luxury series

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 09:35

27. Vuja021 (unregistered)

Hi .. You talk to much! Phone is GREAT... If you wont great pictures by cam! It is a only phone! You answer , you call ... send sms mms ... do you need more ..Great looking.. thats all I need.. touchscreen not great but its work when you using more time

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 13:42

28. (unregistered)

I'm curious who sponsores this site: Nokia...or Apple?....the review is so much anti-Samsung oriented...much more than needed, so it sucks!!

posted on 12 May 2009, 08:43

34. radystar (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2009)

yeah you're right...the only phones that have good reviews are the nokia and the apple...and the rest....

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.85 x 2.16 x 0.45 inches
(98 x 55 x 11.5 mm)
3.54 oz  (101 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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