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It's an unfortunate fact of life that there's usually little to get worked up about Samsung phones. The Samsung D840 seems to be a rather unnecessary clone of the D900 – it manages to look like its predecessor in many respects. The phone is slightly slimmer than the D900, and has keys on the front panel that look quite similar. But to be fair, let's see if the phone has any hidden strengths.
The D840 is a slider phone, and its form factor notwithstanding, I still find Samsung phones to be the best sliders. The slide is the most comfortable of all things the phone can manage. Unlike the LG Shine, which I reviewed only last week, the D840 slides without effort.
The call/cancel keys, plus the five-way D-Pad and the select, back keys are all on the front panel, much as in the D900. I felt the keypad isn't as responsive as it should be when the keys are completely flat.
The memory slot is on the right side and the charging/earphone jack on the left with the volume keys. The camera is placed behind, on the exposed side of the phone, instead of sensibly keeping it protected under the slide. The 2.2-inch TFT screen can display up to 256K colors (240 x 320 pixels) and is good enough for viewing pictures.
The interface of the D840 is the same as the one seen in recent Samsung phones. Samsung doesn't seem to have given the phones anything to distinguish one from the other. Navigation is simple though – everything you need can be accessed from the menu.
I would like touch upon one thing that all slider phones seem to miss out on: the unlocking mechanism. While it is simple enough to slide the phone open and shut for unlocking and locking the phone, you also have the option to unlock the phone without having to slide the phone open. But then to unlock it again you will need to slide it open and then shut. Rather silly if you ask me!
Messaging can be a pain due to the non-responsive keypad. Also the T9 is pretty slow, making the experience that much less enjoyable. One of the coolest features of the phone is the fact that it remembers the last used feature in the menu, and highlights it when you access the menu next.
Now there is something peculiar about the phone that really doesn't work for me. Whenever someone calls, you can either accept the call or reject it. Most phones include a 'silencing' feature, where you can simply stop the ringtone, while not hanging up on the person. This way you can show that you were busy. But if this phone rings while you are in a meeting, you will either need to take the call or reject it.
The phone can take up to 1000 callbook entries. In messaging, the phone has an option called Vivid Messaging. Selecting this allows you to view certain words animatedly, like 'love you'! I have never really enjoyed browsing on a Samsung phone, and this is no different. The phone supports EDGE with GPRS.
As in the LG Shine, this phone also has the Mobile Tracker feature. You need provide an alternative mobile number (presumably your spouse's) and name. Every time someone (including you) replaces the SIM in the phone, a message will be sent to the alternative number with the location of the user and of course the number of the new SIM card.
The D840 boasts a 2MP camera, which is quite decent. A flash makes it possible to click pictures at night. The pictures, although quite grainy, don't look overexposed as is common with most camera phones. A lot of effects like Sepia, Negative, Moonlight etc are offered. The music feature almost seems like an afterthought though. The phone supports A2DP – I tested it and wasn't impressed.
The battery life is something I will not vouch for. The battery drains in a day even with moderate usage. So if you plan to have a night out after office, you will simply have to choose to remain incommunicado.
To sum up, the phone really doesn't excite me. Right from form factor to features, there is nothing that will give you pride of ownership. It costs Rs 10,100 with bill and warranty, and while this isn't very expensive, you get plenty of other good options for this price.
|GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900|
|99 x 51 x 11.9 mm, 100g |
|2.2-inch TFT, 256K colors (240 x 320 pixels)|
|80 MB internal, microSD (external memory)|
USB, Bluetooth, GPRS, WAP
Up to 250 hrs standby, 3 hrs talktime (according to product manual)
Approx. Rs 10,100