Dude, this particular phone I'm going to review about is pink (!) in color. Yeah, I don't like pink. Think you should know that by know. Anyway, lets take a look at the Samsung F480i. Apparently it is an upgrade from
the Samsung F480. If you haven't heard of this phone before, probably you wouldnt've seen it under the name Samsung Player Style i. They are one and the same. I still don't get the whole logic behind this multiple naming but whatever. Luckily (for me that is) the F480i comes in black and some other color called La Fleur, whatever that is. The models I saw were pink and black. Different models for different tastes I guess. The black one actually looks good. Design is kept to a minimum and yet the lack of conventional buttons make the phone look sophisticated. The F480i is very, very thin. It measures 99 x 55 x 12mm. It weighs 106g.
Unlike other phones with similar designs, I think the F480i's screen is quite small. It only measures 2.8" and has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The screen doubles as a touchscreen. However, unlike other touchscreens, the F480i's screen is capable of displaying 256k colors. That is much better than expected. The screen is responsive but may get scratched easily if you aren't careful or if you are too rough with it. The screen works well in all lighting conditions.
Thankfully, Samsung decided to incorporate more internet features in this phone. You get an option of either GPRS, EDGE or 3G connections. I must say that I noticed that download speeds are significantly faster than other 3G phones when used on the same network. The phone's internet browsing feature is excellent. The phone will not crash and web pages look great. However, you can try to download and install third-party browsers if you are too fussy. To transfer data, you can use either Bluetooth or USB.
This phone has one of the most excellent phone cameras I have seen. The camera is a 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus. Just like a conventional digital camera, this phone's camera has face detection and image
stabilization features. Pictures taken are clear, detailed, bright and properly focused. You would most likely want to depend on your phone rather than your digicam for picture taking. Video calls with the secondary VGA camera are smooth and uninterrupted. The F480i also supports a wide range of files: MP3, AAC, WMA, MP4, WMV, H.263 and H.264 media files. Audio and video playback quality is good. The phone also supports Microsoft Word files. To store files, you can use a 16GB MicroSD card. In addition to all that, the phone also comes with an easy to use photo and video editor, pre-loaded Google Maps software, and easy to load Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, Flickr etc software. Social networkers will love this phone.
Even though this phone is packed with features, it has one flaw: response time. The phone is relatively slow compared to other phones. Sometimes opening applications takes a long time. If you are patient, you might not find this a problem. Nevertheless, minus this problem, the Samsung F480i is a good phone, if you can afford it.
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