Samsung U700 Ultra 12.1 Review
The Messages menu houses the text/multimedia messages and the emails. You can set up to 5 email accounts. For keeping the data down, one can set downloading limit of 100/300/500KB but there also is an option for automatic polling of emails at interval of 0.5/1/3/6/12/24 hours. The fast data helps for fast retrieving of the emails.
Templates can be saved for text/multimedia messages, but there are none predefined. T9 predictive text system helps for faster text input. It is the most widely used system of this type.
U700 is only tri-band GSM/EDGE phone, using 900/1800/1900 MHz technology, it is not fully usable in the States but only in locations where 1900 MHz band is present. Additionally, the 2100 MHz 3G UMTS categorizes it as Europe-bound phone, as this 3G band is not supported in America. The support of HSDPA 3.6mbps theoretically allows for very high speed of data transfer over the air. If you insist on phone that have real global-roaming, the U600 doesn’t have 3G but is quad-band GSM.
Locally, the Ultra 12.1 can connect wireless via Bluetooth 2.0. Using a cable, it can be connected to a computer and synchronized with it. Unfortunately our unit didn't come in retail box with either cable or software.
The internet browser is NetFront which opens standard HTTP pages, not adapted for phone preview. Still, it cannot be compared with advanced phone browsers like that of Symbian S60 smartphones or the iPhone. The NetFront will open the page and do the job, but not as comfortable as you’d like to.
The browser is also used as a document viewer, as it opens Word/Excel/Powerpoint and PDF files from the memory! We had no problem with even large PDF file (1.5MB) but when it comes to complex Excel sheet with lots of data (text), the browser isn't convenient even in fullscreen view. It doesn't display it as a computer with small display, but with wrong formatting. Opening a mid-sized PowerPoint file, the program said "File too large" and didn't visualize it. Overall, it works, but not flawless. You will probably be able to preview the files you want, if they are not too complex and big.