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Samsung SGH-L770 Review

Interface:

The interface brings nothing surprising since we are used to it from the many Samsung units, which we’ve reviewed in the past two years.

The shortcut menu we’ve already mentioned, is a pleasant feature, which provides a fast access to the most frequently used functions (dialing a number, writing SMS, Internet browser, music player and stopping all active ones), no matter the menu you are in.

The Phonebook stores up to 1000 entries, and for each contact you can input multiple numbers, e-mail, additional information, picture, ringtone, group and a DOB. Unfortunately, you are not able to perform a second name search. The phone conveniently searches for matches in the contact when dialing a number (not by name) and visualizes the results on the screen.

The main menu houses the Calendar, which can be viewed by month, week or day. This will let you easily plan your schedule, letting you have options to select the type of event (meeting, holiday or task). For each one of them, you can set start and end time, location, reminder and repetition if any (daily, weekly, monthly).

The rest of the organizing functions like tasks, calculator, timer, etc. are housed in the Applications menu.

You can create regular or multimedia messages and e-mails. Regrettably, there are no automatic settings for the most popular web mail servers and you’ll always have to enter them manually, which is not very convenient.

Samsung L770 is a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz), limiting its use in North America. The good news is that if you use it in Europe or Asia, you’ll be able to take advantage of the high-speed internet (HSDPA 3.6Mbit/s).

The phone is equipped with a full HTML browser, which manages to load even complicated pages like PhoneArena.com. The use of the zoom in/out and/or the pan view, showing you the whole page, can make navigation much easier, because you are able to select the area of interest, which to enlarge. The only serious drawback of the browser is the lack of shortcuts to those functions. As a whole, this element is at a very good level, but due to the more difficult navigation if we are talking about mid level Internet oriented phones, we prefer Sony Ericsson G502.


Multimedia wise, L770 has what to offer, mainly in the music department. The player is the same as in the latest high-class Samsungs. It offers many file organizing options (in playlists, by artist, genre, or frequently played). This combined with the presence of FM radio with RDS and the microSD expansion slot makes the device a good investment if you care to listen music on your phone, even though the sound is not the best possible.

However, L770 is no good for watching videos. The picture is choppy, and doesn’t correspond to the sound, no matter the file format (MPEG4 h.264/h.263), the bitrate or the resolutions.

The camera is a 2-megapixel one and offers all necessary for a mid-level cell phone and even a bit more. The interface is in portrait view and has a rich set of options subject to modification – multiple pictures, converting a screen to mosaic, self-portrait, effects (black&white, sepia, negative), frames, white balance. The outdoor picture quality is rather decent and corresponds to the class of the phone. The colors are joy for the eye, but the fine details are not present. The results indoors with a strong light source are the same but slightly blurred. Due to the lack of a flash, you will not be able to make photographs in dark environments.



You can record videos, but they will be with the outdated 176х144 resolution, suitable only for MMS.

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