Cheap price, but good quality featuresThe Samsung J700 is a low-end compact slider that comes in a sleek black colored casing. There's nothing unusual regarding its looks or any of its features. The handset is a cheap solid slider with mediocre features, but enough qualities for those who only need limited phone functions. The price of the phone recommends it as one of the best buys in its range, so Samsung fans will be thrilled to be able to get their hands on a cheap slider that offers medium quality features. Anyway, don't expect to be able to take top-notch pictures or listen to high quality MP3 music, as the phone is simply intended for the low budget market.
Samsung SGH-J700 has been announced in February 2008 and has been released on the market at the end of the same month. The price for which it can be acquired is very low, 200 USD and may vary depending on location.
Without impressing too much, Samsung J700 features a decent look specific to most of the Korean company's latest sliders. That's a little bit boring, but those who cannot afford to buy high-end devices will enjoy J700 for its stylish look. In terms of design there are few to no differences between any of the latest Samsung sliders and J700. Thus, you'll find the same Samsung proprietary universal port placed on the right side of the slider, which can be used to attach the headset that comes with the package, or simply charge the device. The same port can also be used to synchronize the phone with the PC through a USB cable.
The compound used for manufacture makes the slider look shiny and exquisite, in no way cheap. The front part of the phone has been covered with a protective plastic that may look like glass, which is pretty exposed to scratches, but not to fingerprints. There are two contextual keys under the screen, which look like two white small reflective spots. The big jog-wheel is very easy to use and makes navigation user friendly.
The Accept and Reject call keys, as well as the C (Backspace) key are all white, so there's no way to differentiate them by color, only by their signs. The internal keypad is pretty neat and spacious, every button featuring a nice to touch pattern that may remind you of a fingerprint. Above the screen the in-call speaker is also used as loudspeaker for those who intend to listen to music without the headset.
Samsung SGH-J700 slider features a 2 inch TFT display, supporting 65K colors and a maximum resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. Known as one of the best mobile display manufacturers, Samsung included only a medium quality screen onto this low-budget slider. The phone scored mediocre in benchmarks as it was expected. The screen is almost useless in strong sunlight, so learn to find some shadowy places when outdoors. The pictures in the gallery may look average in quality, but the menu is a little annoying to use with such a low visual quality. Overall, this is a simple medium quality display, so don't expect too much from it, but rather be pleasantly surprised by what it can offer sometimes.
Samsung SGH-J700 integrates the specific Samsung menu and some of the applications and software, but on a lower scale. There is little customization possible with the handset, but, even if you had more choices, having just a medium quality display would eventually take its toll on you.
Samsung J700 features EDGE (Class 10, 236.8 kbps) technology besides the usual GPRS (Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps). Still, that doesn't make it better as the browser capabilities are far too low to satisfy any needs. There's surely an improvement as users will be able to take advantage of the EDGE data transfer speeds to download applications needed and hopefully able to run on the slider. Unfortunately, there is little use for the Internet browser (Openwave 184.108.40.206) as it fails to load pages bigger than 300 KB.
Samsung SGH-J700 features an ARM9 family processor running at speeds up to 220 MHz. The mid-level CPU makes a good addition to the technical specifications of the slider, as the menu browsing is very smooth. Still, I have experienced unusual lags when browsing the memory card, but nothing that cannot be handled.
The Samsung J700 supports MPEG4/3GP and H263 video formats for video playback and video recording. Furthermore, the integrated music player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+ and MIDI files. Sound quality is more than adequate for this low-budget phone. Without being exceptional, sound vibes are well above average and only a good eared music freak will be able to make any difference between J700 and a much expensive music dedicated handset.
Just like in many cases, the usual 800 mAh Li-Ion battery supplies Samsung J700's slider also. The phone's official numbers state a 3 hour talk time and 250 hours of standby time. These numbers have been attainable, thus the slider scored another strong point. In fact, the phone lasted more than three hours of talk time. This is no low accomplishment, even for such a low-end handset that doesn't have any high features to exhaust the battery faster.
The SGH-J700 offers a premium style that is sleek and classy with its reflective surface and slide-up slim appearance. Furthermore, it offers a modern package: trendsetting style and well-rounded features. Few low-budget mobile phones manage to embed such a high-quality mix of technical specs, style and functionality. The slider is surely one of the best in its range available at the moment on the market.
The strong point of the device is surely the low price that you have to pay to take advantage of such good quality features. Samsung SGH-J700 features one of the best 1.3 Megapixel cameras, way above average battery and medium quality music sound. EDGE connectivity and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support also add to the great functionality of the phone.
The only negative that I have noticed is the mediocre display, which doesn't seem to cope with the rest of its features. Also, if you can 'bear' the same unchanged slide design offered by Samsung, the J700 handset will definitely serve you well.
Samsung SGH-J700 handset
Standard battery Li-Ion 800 mAh
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