New Samsung F490 out now on Vodafone

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.

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