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Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Samsung SGH-F480 6.5

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Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Thanks to the Messaging menu, you can write and send text/multimedia messages and emails. You can set up to 5 email accounts. In order to save on traffic, you have the option to limit the size of the letter to 100/300/500KB. You can also set the system to automatically check for new messages every 0.5/1/3/6/12/24 hours. However, all accounts must be setup manually, since there is no assistance even for the largest Web mail servers (Yahoo; Gmail), which is not logical for a device of such a class in 2008.

Composing a Message - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Composing a Message - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Composing a Message

There are no factory preloaded templates, but you can save such for both, text and multimedia messages. The T9 system is present here and it will assist you type text faster. Inputting text is only done via the screen numeric keypad and the lack of other options to do that (like full QWERTY)is absurd. You’ll have to live with the large buttons and press them multiple times when the T9 is not available. Thos limits the freedom offered by the touch display to a great extend. Most likely, Samsung’s designers didn’t think a full keyboard would be necessary. We disagree and prefer to have the option to choose the input method and not be limited as if working with a hardware keyboard only phone.


Samsung F480 is a tri-band GSM, which limits its use in the U.S. The good news is that it supports HSDPA with speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s, which will provide you high speed internet access.

We expected the presence of a good browser, and the 3G capability and the touchscreen let us compare it to the best ones on the market: Opera and Safari (found respectively in HTC Touch Diamond and Apple iPhone). At first, when loading PhoneArena.com everything looks fine (correct visualization), but it is zoomed in at 100% and only a small part of the page can be seen. If you hold a finger on the screen options appear, including page pilot, which will show the entire page (on a small scale). Then you are able to navigate and zoom in to a specific area. This however, is still slower than just having to double tap in the Touch Diamond and iPhone. The text doesn’t automatically rearrange and you’ll have to constantly scroll or zoom out, using the volume buttons.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Page Pilot - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Page Pilot


The browser is good and useful, but still the superiority of the champions is noticeable.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
To connect locally, the model is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0, as well as with a USB cable. The wireless method has an interesting visualization; the F480 is visualized in the middle of a circle and all the other devices available are around it. When you want to pair the phone with another Bluetooth capable system, you have to drag and drop its icon on the one in the center.

In order to synchronize your contacts with Outlook, you’ll need the latest version of Samsung PC Suite (included in the package on a minidisc). It is high quality software, as we know it.

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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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