Samsung i8910 HD £550

1st May 2009 | 10:00

Samsung i8910 HD

Is Samsung's phone more than just imaging prowess?

TechRadar rating:

4.5 stars

TechRadar's tip for Samsung's handset of the year so far, easily taking 'Best in Class' in terms of media functionality. It can match the Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone 3G S in terms of ability and raw processing power, and just works in the right way when you need it to. A handset that we really had to work hard to find much wrong with (providing you don't mind carrying around a pretty hefty phone)

Like:

Beautiful OLED screen; Good audio; Responsive touch input; Solid design; Good array of features

Dislike:

Fairly chunky; Struggles in direct sunlight; Not enough native clients on board

The Samsung i8910 HD has one of the most impressive smartphone specifications we've seen. It features a 3.2-inch display that uses AMOLED technology for a bright 360 x 640-pixel image. There is also an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, as well as a front-facing camera for video calling.

The design is simple but stunning. The size of the screen means it feels bulky in the hand, however. Weighing 148g, it's not the most compact of devices, but the functionality more than makes up for it.

The handset is powered by the same operating system as the Nokia N97, the Symbian S60 5th Edition OS, which has been designed for use with touchscreen devices. Samsung has added its own User Interface (UI), so in many respects it looks and feels like a completely different OS. Samsung has bundled a number of widgets with this device, so you can populate the homescreen with your favourite apps.

However, with little or no third-party app development, you'll have to wait for Samsung to release more apps, making this the only drawback of this phone.

There is no keyboard on the i8910 HD, but the onscreen 'virtual' version is reasonable to use – the buttons are large and the screen responsive.

The numeric keypad is likewise responsive, but we were less impressed with the handwriting-recognition software, which proved sluggish.

The built-in accelerometer switches the phone from landscape to portrait mode with ease and overall usability is quite smooth.

When it comes to extra features, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are fi tted, and the 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity means making the most of email and the internet is quick on this phone. The camera allows for video capture in HD mode, which works well. What's more, you can upload videos to YouTube in a matter of clicks.

The Samsung i8910 HD is an impressive and feature-packed device, but it could be so much better.

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