Samsung U900 Soul Slider - Not Enough Soul Though
The U900 Soul slider is definitely a good-looking handset, no argument there. It has a 2.2 inch TFT display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution and 16 million colors. Its touchscreen navigation pad (oddly called Magical Touch) is a one-inch OLED display with intuitive technology that customizes the pad as per the features selected.
The color scheme can be changed to the userís preference. The volume and zoom keys are located on the side just above Samsungís proprietary USB/handsfree slot. The dedicated camera key (it activates the camera only when youíre at the main screen) is located on the other side, just above the microSD card slot.
The keypad is large and easy to use. It has a dedicated video call key and a switch key that allow you to swap between applications. The funny thing is I thought it to be a menu that shows what applications are running in the background as it has an ĎEnd Allí option at the end. But that simply closes the feature, nothing more. The 5MP camera and flash are located on the rear of the handset, so youíll have to slide the phone open to access the camera.
The U900 is loaded when it comes to connectivity. Itís a 3G-enabled handset with HSDPA speeds, and supports EDGE/GPRS and WAP. Being a higher-end handset, it has Bluetooth with an A2DP profile and USB v2.0 connectivity as well. Hereís what baffled me though: I could connect to the Internet easily using the web browser, BUT for some reason it was really slow. It's a problem with the phone and NOT my service, for when I slipped my SIM into another handset it loaded sites a whole lot faster. I liked the browser's capability to adjust the size of the viewing space, the desktop viewing option, and Smart Fit.
I downloaded Google Maps and Gmail for Mobile over the air but they refused to work. The error message I kept getting said the service required me to have an active data connection and that the network's unavailable. Since the Soul has Shozu preloaded I couldnít activate my account because of the same Network Unavailable error. I double-checked the settings, made sure I had full reception, and even opened a few sites on the browser to be sure. Everything worked fine, but these applications didn't. Iím still clueless. I spoke to BPL and was assured that everything was fine at their end.
In terms of other features the Soul doesnít offer much more than what youíd expect from a handset of this sort. It has the usual features, such as a world clock, memo pad, calculator, stopwatch, converter, and RSS feed reader. Samsungís Mobile tracker application for security comes in useful if you lose or misplace your handset.
I also liked the in-built theme creator that allows users to customize and create a theme from scratch and choose from an array of color schemes and images. Samsung has also preloaded a few games, but unfortunately they're all demos so you'll have to purchase the licenses to enjoy them properly.
When it comes to media the Soul fares quite well. The music player is decently loud and clear. It lacks a manually customizable EQ setting but there are a few basic presets, including a Surround option. The bundled handsfree kit leaves a lot to be desired. For one thing, it doesnít allow the use of your own earphones as itís proprietary. Secondly, it didnít seem to fit comfortably into my ears. The FM radio pickup is okay when stationary but there's too much static while commuting. There's also a voice recorder. For a bit of fun you can use the preloaded photo and video editors to spice up your images.
Watching videos on the 2.2 inch screen is quite a decent experience. No issues here, except that I just could not view any of the 3GP videos I put on the card. I moved the videos to the phone memory, but that didn't help. The Soul does have an option for video tones, in case youíre wondering.
The U900 Soul is stylish all right, but its price tag of Rs 20,585 means it's targeted at those who prefer style to functionality
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