Samsung Soul SGH-U900
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by Franz Bicar
The new Samsung Soul has been released with much hype by its manufacturer Samsung. They even called it their flagship product for 2008. I guess that means that the company thought this phone has a lot of promise and a lot of potential. So let’s take a closer look at the Samsung Soul SGH-U900 and decide for ourselves.
The Soul is Samsung’s newest edition to their Ultra Edition line. This edition brought in phones such as the Samsung D830 and the Samsung D900. It is covered in an all-metal silver case and has a sleeker design than its other Ultra Edition counterparts. Samsung has been popular for their slim sliders and the Soul is not an exception measuring at about an inch thick. It is an attractive device with a solid and comfortable feel in the user’s hand.
Probably, the best part of the Soul is its navigation touchpad. It is located below the display and has a series of brightly lit icons that give you one-touch access to various functions. In standby mode, the icon in the center of the toggle opens the main menu while the other icons act as shortcuts to the messaging menu, the recent calls list, the music player, and the Soul’s Google-related functions. Another feature present on the Soul that other touch sensitive phones fail to have is the vibrating feedback. This is probably a big plus for this phone as users would appreciate being alerted when they actually push something.
In addition, the touchpad icons change when you move between different application for different functions. When you are in the main menu, arrows appear on the touchpad to help you find your desired function. When you’re in camera mode, you see camera controls, and when you’re using the music player, only music controls are visible.
Furthermore, the Soul features a bright and colorful display that renders graphics and pictures brilliantly. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, a music player, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, 100MB of internal memory with room for a 6GB memory card, messaging and e-mail, and various personal organizer functions.