The Samsung U900 Soul is the ultimate handset from the Ultra Edition range. It blends design and technology, creating a fashionable phone that’s also well-featured.
It’s a stunning-looking sliderphone, encased in its tough metallic casing the pictures you see online don’t really do it justice. It’s technologically advanced too. The 5 megapixel camera has features such as face detection, image stabiliser and Wide Dynamic Range. There’s also a secondary camera for making 3G video calls.
The icons on the touch-sensitive navigation panel change intuitively according to the functions you’re using. This makes it very easy to select items from the phone’s menu. For example, when using the 5 megapixel camera, you’ll be able to control zoom and brightness from the touch-sensitive panel. There’s also a standard slide out keypad.
The Samsung Soul has 3G and HSDPA for high speed downloads and web access. There’s a built-in FM radio and an MP3 music player that boasts a digital power amp designed by Bang and Olufsen.
Available to order now on O2, the Samsung U900 Soul is free with cash back or a choice of free gifts. First stock is due on April 14.
FREE on a 12 month contract, £35 line rental with 500 minutes and 250 texts per month.
The Samsung F490 has a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and a slim profile. More advanced than the Samsung Armani and more practical than the Samsung F700, the new F490 is a fantastic package. With its glossy surface and rounded edges the F490 looks expensive.
The large 16:9 touchscreen display provides haptic feedback so every touch is accompanied by a small vibration to your finger. The user interface is a breeze. With several software upgrades it’s now even more intuitive than the Armani or the F700.
Beneath the display are three touch-sensitive keys; a home key for returning to the main on-screen menu, a green key for answering calls and a red key for ending a call. Above the main screen is a video call camera. 3G video calls are possible and the F490 also has HSDPA for high speed downloads and reliable video streaming. On the right side of the F490 you’ll find a shortcut button to activate camera mode and on the left side is a volume control. There’s also a standard 3.5mm stereo jack for plugging in your favourite headphones.
The Samsung F490 has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and standard LED flash. The image quality is very good but the video record capabilities are not as good as those offered by the LG Viewty, which is probably the F490’s main competitor. The F490 also has a built-in web browser, plenty of organiser applications, a good music player and full screen java games.
This interesting article over at tech.co.uk about the decreasing role of the mobile phone networks in the new mobile world that has Google and Apple at the business end of the table has got me thinking about what the future holds for the UK Mobile operators.
With mobile networks giving us the option of as many anytime, any network minutes and texts for a set amount per month do you really care which mobile network you are with anymore?
A few years ago 3 had a hard time getting anyone on their network due to the poor network coverage but these days I rarely hear of people complaining of poor network coverage, even on 3!
The web savvy users of this and other mobile phone sites seem to only care about the cheapest deal that allows them to get the handset they want, with the right amount of inclusive minutes and texts every month that allows them to budget X amount per month and never overspend.
I know I and other mercenary mobile phone users like me have no real loyalty to any one network anymore. For example I have no amazing allegiance to o2’s web portal or Vodafone’s live service as I go to www.google.co.uk on my unlocked windows mobile smartphone whenever I am out about town and couldn’t tell you what unique services either provide currently. I remember my wife had a 3 mobile for a while that allowed her to see how many mintues and texts she had remaining on the home screen – this looked handy but I never get near my oodles of inclusive minutes / texts allowance so wouldn’t be that interested in this feature really.
In fact the only time I ever overspend is if I have been too lazy to find an internet cafe to use Skype to phone home whilst abroad! However these days you don’t even need an internet cafe as your smartphone can use a decent wifi connection to make calls using it’s inbuilt wifi and skype configuration 🙂
Over the last few years I have been contracted to Orange, Virgin, O2 and Vodafone purely because a particular deal was available that my then network wouldn’t match due to my miserly monthly spend and surely I am not alone?
With Google, Skype and others like Yahoo providing network indepedent must have mobile applications are the networks likely to simply turn into any other commodity despite their massive advertising budgets?
Today we have managed to find the Nokia 6300 with 500 anytime minutes and 500 texts on Vodafone with 12 months FREE line rental on a 12 month contract 🙂
The Nokia 6300 is one of the best selling mobile phones of the last 12 months and has the following features:
Ultra-slim – measures just 106 x 44 x 11.7mm and weighs 91gm
2 Megapixel camera
This deal involves cashback which means you need to send in claims at different stages of your 12 month contract and you will receive £480 paid back to you at months 6, 8, 10 and 12. You have up to 60 days to send off each of these claims but if you follow the terms and conditions exactly then you will effectively have 500 minutes and 500 texts for free over the 12 months of your contract with your FREE Nokia 6300 phone.