Having gone from two nokias, to then two samsungs to the samsung soul I did like it.
At the time the touch screen middle pad was advanced and looked very funky, however i would say that was its only good selling piont, nothing else really was of anything advanced.
What i will say though as it is a very sturdy phone and had it for over three years with no problems untill the last three months, where water got inside the screen and the screen went funny, my fault however. Yes the phone had a few stratches but not once did I have to put the phone into repair.
The phone is quite classic and in 2011 very outdated, however if you need a simple lasting phone that will get you buy these are on amazon and ebay for peanuts like five pound i believe, well worth it if you want it for simple use.
Ok so I bought this phone a few months ago. The first thing you notice is how well built it is,made from good quality materials. Also it's very sexy and stylish, gunsmoke grey colour.
In the middle of the phone is a touch sensitive pad with shortcuts to things like the mp3 player and camera. The 5mp camera is great and produces very good quality shots, also the video camera is impressive.
Also the web browser on this phone is pretty decent and surfing speeds are quite impressive.
I really like the way the keypad slides out it's really smooth and feels nice. The only drawback with this phone for me personally is the keypad, when you press the keys they go in quite far and feel like they might break, they feel very spongy.
So if you have no need for wifi or gps, and are looking for a phone with a decent camera, and stylish design. Then you could do much worse than this.
I can be quite fussy about my mobile phones and so picking a new one always takes me some time. My previous phone was the N95 - which I loved. To be honest, when it came to upgrading, I was in two minds about keeping the phone and just changing tariff. However after 18 months of owning the phone, I'd knocked it around a fair bit and felt it was perhaps time to get a new phone.
I hadn't previously used a Samsung, I've been a Nokia girl for most of life, apart from a brief flirtation with Sony Ericson, but my sister had a slightly different Samsung model and seemed very pleased with it. My main reason for picking this Samsung model was the combination of a 5MP camera (which not many phones seem to have) and the fact it was a slide phone. The addition of a mini touch screen instead of buttons caught my interest. It was at a time when touch screen phones were starting to come out on the market and I was curious - I thought it would be a good chance to see how I liked this.
The phone itself:
Size - whilst smaller and flatter than my N95, I was surprised by the weight of this phone - if anything, it seemed heavier than the Nokia. It's certainly hard to forget it's presence in your handbag or your pocket!
Touch screen: This aspect of the phone was a new area for me, and whilst it works and does the job (apart from the fact it won't register if you are wearing gloves, so winter results in risking frostbite to use the phone), I can't say I felt it was a major selling point. On the other hand, it's not a major issue either.
Camera: To me, using the camera proved to be a little more tricky - mainly as I was used to the N95 where you could access the camera without having to slide the phone up or without having to access any menu. On the Samsung, you can set up a short cut via the touch screen or you can go through the menu. You can only use the camera if the phone has been slid up, meaning it can feel a little unwieldy. Saying that, there are some cool features on the camera which I certainly enjoyed. One of them is the mosaic option - using a set of different templates you can take lots of little photos which build into a bigger picture. Imagine if you like, the traditional holiday postcard, divided into four mini pictures of different scenery. You can recreate your own one of these using the mosaic function. There is a zoom on the camera but it's only digital and to be honest, not the best.
MP3 player: I use my phone a lot to listen to music with and so I want this aspect of the phone to be solid and user-friendly. There are some good points - i.e. it stores your music and lets you listen to it, the downsides quite frankly bought me down. The biggest is that Samsung have helpfully added some ringtones onto your phone for you. Nice of them - or so you'd think, but the ringtones are stored along with the music... and when you are listening to the music on shuffle, the ringtones are played just as the other mp3 files are. The ringtones are unhelpfully locked, so you can't delete or move them. I really really don't understand this... why do I want to listen to "bug song" after some Lady Gaga and before some Blondie. I don't....and the phone's inability to differentiate between the mp3 files and the ringtones is a big problem in my opinion. After talking to friends and family with Samsung phones, this seems to be a consistently annoying feature.
PC Connectivity: This is quite possibly the most frustrating part of the phone. The Samsung PC software is slow and not very user friendly. The multi-media editor - which in theory is meant to allow you to transfer your photos and music between phone and PC easily - is unwieldy, slow and to be honest, hard to use. Transferring one song takes 1-3 minutes depending on the length. If you want to transfer an album, make yourself a cup of tea. The Nokia software I used before was much quicker. The photos are just the same. What I found frustrating was if I only wanted to transfer a few photos from the phone to the PC, unless i knew what the images were named (the camera auto names them with a number), I have no way of viewing each image to check if it is the right one.
Anything else? The phone allows you to insert a micros SD memory card - I was able to use the same one from my N95, meaning that I didn't have to transfer any of my pictures or music between the phones. It has Bluetooth and the usual plethora of accessories such as calendar, converter, calculator etc.
Other small frustrations include only being able to store two phone numbers per person - only a minor detail since I don't know many people with more than two contact numbers but still a pain.
The socket for the charger is the same socket for the headphones - which means if you have your phone on charge, you can't listen to the radio. Honestly, for a phone company so intelligent, this was an incredibly stupid move in my opinion. I like to listen to the radio at night, but since I use my phone for my alarm, I can't risk the phone running out of battery overnight if I forget to turn the radio off before going to sleep - and yes, it has happened to me :D
The back of the phone proved very difficult to take off - although to be fair, it isn't something you need to do a lot, but still, it was a test of strength and endurance. Mind you, it did then prove easily knocked off and lost in a pub.
I suppose I ought to focus on the positives since I have done nothing but moan about the phone to date. What I did like was the ability to customize the layout of the phone menu, including the colours and background images. I also liked the size of the screen as I like phones with a large screen. It is 5.5 cm diagonal. One big attraction is the multiple alarms. You can set up to 5 different alarms - so at the moment I have my work alarm, for the same time every day Monday to Friday, and a different alarm for Sundays, when I go out to a gym class. It means you don't need to worry about changing your alarm for the weekend and then forgetting and sleeping in on Monday morning.
In essence, I can't help but think I was spoiled by my beloved N95 - and writing this review reminds me of it even more. I certainly would try other Samsungs, but not this model again.
I own a Silver version of the Samsung U900 Soul which was an upgrade from my previous Samsung phone, mentioned in one of my previous reviews. I have had my Samsung U900 for about 6 months and have had no problems with it. This is a unique but reliable phone which combines modern day technology with the basics of what a phone should do.
When I first saw this phone, I knew it was the type of phone I wanted as it was ultra-slim and contained everything I wanted. One of my favourite features of the phone along with the 5MP camera is the unique touch-sensitive navigation key pad. This allows you to smoothly navigate around the phone but this may not be to everyone's taste as the buttons are highly sensitive. Some people love it and some people hate it-I love it! This small touch screen contains icons which are shown using LCD lights and you can select and chose these icons based on your favourite uses of your mobile phone.
The camera on the phone is great quality and contains 5 megapixels. The settings also give you the option to zoom in using the 4x digital zoom. To add some more fun to the photo, you can put frames onto the picture like clowns and Easter themed frames. If you're out at night and want to take a picture, the power LED flash allows you to do this, producing a clear and memorable picture. However, videos can also be taken. Once you have taken the video using the great video camera, you can save the video either using the MPEG4 or 3GPP format.
If you love your music, like me, the music player is sure to be one of your favourites. Music can be saved and played using many formats such as MP3 and WMA. If the 2GB memory space isn't enough, you can just insert a Micro SD memory card and play and store as much music and other media as you want! Images, voice recordings and games can also be downloaded onto the phone using the USB cable. If your friends' have music or images that you want, simply turn on your blue tooth and begin to share your files. Also, if you're on the go all the time and feel the need to access the internet, the fast 3G download which can download at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps.
Overall, the Samsung U900 Soul is a great solid phone which has been very reliable for me. The battery life lasts quite well and I can usually get through a whole day using my phone. I would recommend this phone if you want to have the latest technology among your friends!
I know this review is a bit late but you can still purchase this phone, i've had it for a while now so i'll make this review more of a personal one as there are a lot of reviews on the technical spec of this phone. As i've had it quite a while now i'm nearly due for an upgrade but i think i'm going to wait a while before i do as this is a great phone and i've had no issues with it so far! i'm not a huge fan of touch screen phones as i am a fast texter and i like to keep it that way. The only touch screen part is in the middle to access the menu which is fine by me and works really well. It has all the normal easy layout features that you'd expect with a samsung phone, user friendly. It has a great battery life even after a years worth of use and as the case is metal its nice and hard wearing and my phone still looks new. I have no faults with this phne at all. So if your looking for a nice looking phone without the full touch screen i'd go for something like this. The camera is really good quality and the flash works really well in low light. I wont be changing for an upgrade in a hurry unless something that is very similar come on the market.
I own the Samsung SGH-U900 in the colour shown in the top right of the screen, I think it is the perfect combination of a touch phone and a phone you can still text on. The Touch control panel is well engineered, well thought out and easy to use, it does make access to your favourite applications easier, also the vibration feedback adds some extra feel to the phone.
HOWEVER.... I do have one rather major complaint
About a month ago my in-call speaker started to play up e.g. people could here me but i couldn't here them, this was solved by flicking to speaker phone then back again quickly, however no it seems that the speaker has gone altogether and i have resulted in using handsfree for every phone call which is not practical in the slightest.
My advice by one but get some insurance, you won't regret it.
I've had my U900 for a year and a half, and I've enjoyed it quite a lot. It holds in your hand well, is neither too big nor too little and is quite light to carry around. The slide-style phone means that the screen can be quite big and it is, with quite a decent size (240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches).
The touchpad is easy to use and changes functions depending on the application, meaning easy-to-use shortcuts. It can be customised for when it's in standby.
Inside, the phone has a variety of software, more or less the norm for most phones of today: it has a good 5 mega pixel camera (which leaves a little to be desired as it only works well in decently lit areas), mp3 player, and everything else you expect like converters, radio, etc. Sometimes the software can be a little slow and the touch screen might stop working if you, for example , scroll too fast in in phonebook or messages.
The phone doesn't come with any games, however, and you cannot import from your computer. You need to download them from an external website using the phone's internet browser (which is fast and simple to use).
The customisable themes option is quite fun and lets you change the backgrounds, colour schemes and touchpad colours.
All in all it's quite a good phone, although it can be a bit basic in some areas. It's obvious it wasn't designed as a music player phone, or a games phone, but works really well as a "business" phone, with its emphasis on features such as web browsing, RSS feeder, etc.
I was due for an upgrade from my old Samsung U600 phone and was offered one of these or a touch screen Toco - after a bit of thought I decided to go for the U900 as I thought the touch screen on the Toco would drive me mad and the U900 has a little touch screen anyway so I didn't fell left out. The phone itself looks quite stylish and the changeable coloured lighting on the touch screen is a nice bonus as you can alter it to the way you want it to look.
The phone itself is easy to use with an attractive navigation system and all the usual applications you'd expect from a mobile phone. I was a little disappointed in the games available and really miss being able to play solitaire on the train. There are games available to download but I think it would be nice to have a couple of popular ones included free of charge.
I do sometimes have a problem cutting people off mid conversation with my cheek!! i'm not sure whether its just me or there is a setting somewhere that can help with that but I think thats my only gripe!
Anyway a very stylish looking phone that does the job quite well - not one of the really popular touch screens that are available but a lovely phone non the less!!!
The Samsung Soul is a modern sleek looking slide phone. There is a touchpad style control panel in addition to the normal keys.
Despite being dropped and generally abused for the 18 months I have owned it, the phone is still working. It does scratch easily however and the chrome effect quickly becomes scruffy looking and worn. It's more substantial in size and weight than a lot of modern phones and has a good sized screen.
I'm not a fan of the touchpad controls as I'm constantly pressing the wrong button and loosing texts or sending half written ones. Also there seems to be a delay on these buttons, which is getting worse as the phone gets older. The other irritating thing is when you send a text message (particularly a multi-page one) it takes ages to send and you can't do anything else with the phone while you're waiting or you'll loose it all.
As a phone it works perfectly (although it can be a little quiet in a noisy environment) and has all the features I need including Bluetooth, mp3 player, fm radio, alarm clock and the ability to send and receive videos. There are a few standard games which I never really bother with, but obviously you can download more, as you can with ringtones etc.
There are 128mb of internal memory which can be expanded, but this is plenty for me and I would consider myself a fairly regular user.
The built in 3G HSDPA technology provides high speed internet access which is an important feature for me. The impressive 5m pixel camera with face recognition is also good quality. I currently have 70 photos on mine and a few videos and it keeps telling me it's full. The picture quality is good in daylight but not so strong when it's dark.
The battery life started off very good but has got worse recently. It goes down really quickly when you use the internet or camera facility a lot.
The main menu is basic, colourful and fairly intuitive. It's easy to find what you want.
All in all, it's a decent phone which is impressive looking when new but quickly becomes worn. It's robust and strong and does everything I need it to. I would recommend it as solid and reliable but don't be too fooled by the look as it doesn't maintain it's good looks for long!
Currently had this phone for 15 months and although it's not a patch on today's I-Phones and HTC phones, it is a decent handset.
Ok, the lack of a decent web browser is a huge downfall now a days but it does everything most people need in a phone and if your desperate to surf the web, it does have a browser, the long thin screen isn't great for viewing web pages on though!
Sends texts fine (although don't close the slider until it lets you know message sent - if you do, it saves it to the out box and doesn't actually send it), sends MMS fine, makes calls and has a very decent camera with a good flash (5 Mega Pixels). As the phone is a slide phone, the slide must be open for the camera to work which can make it feel slightly bulky and unbalanced.
The small touch navigation pad is good. It was very responsive to start with but 15 months down the line it's loosing its responsiveness, makes the phone feel as if it's lagging a little.
Battery life is good for this phone but there's nothing on it that is very battery intensive (GPS, Web browser etc), however, when playing mobile games the battery does seem to loose power quickly.
Bluetooth works as Bluetooth should. No complaints.
Connects via a supplied USB cable to your computer and is extremely easy to navigate. No software needs to be downloaded.
Good FM radio and music player (comes with supplied headphones as the antenna for the radio)
As it is one of the 1st phones I have owned that has not needed to be returned or swapped due to failure or breakage I have to say I am impressed by the handset. Although it lacks a few of the more up to date features that a lot of phones have now a days I would still recommend it to someone who wants a smart, reliable phone
I got this phone free on T-Mobile Flext contract. It wasn't really my choice of phone but its the only one I could get on down grading to a cheaper price plan - such is the recession!
The packaging you recieve it in is low on non-recyclable material and the phone itself is slim and uses minimal fixings which is what I liked about it the most. It has a 5MP camera, 2.2" screen, has user created skin for a more personal touch, a small touch screen which the user can modify and has the internet. You can also store music on it but I cannot locate exactly how much - I would say two albums worth, give or take. So, handy for short trips, walks to work etc.
It is a very tidy pretty phone but once you start making more demands on it and storing more information, it can slow down and you end up making mistakes beacuse of the lag that occurs from the contraption trying to keep up! Texting can be fustrating as the predictive texting function is not very smart. Other then that, its fairly easy to use.
My favourite feature is the camera. It can come out with suprisingly good quality pictures. You can control Red Eye, exposure, environment settings, flash and effects. The use of the internet is smooth and felt confident operating it, on my first try of using internet on Mobile Phones! So I do like that feature also. :-)
Over all, I would say, very practical in terms of slimness and compactness but you need the patience of a saint to put up with its quirks!
I have had the Samsung Soul U900 phone on contract for 18months now, and have to say I am not nearly as impressed as I thought I would be. The look of the phone is very stylish, the touch screen pad is very easy to use and efficient, however, the flimsy coating on the phone is very easy to scratch and as a result of constant use every day I have needed to have the phone replaced once already.
The phone is very easy to use, and has all the common facilities available, however the Samsung phone is more for those who just want a basic phone with the basic functions. The sound quality is poor, and the camera is shocking. I previously owned a Sony ericsson k600i and only replaced it with this due to a new contract, however I was incredibly dissapointed, and wish I had never left Sony.
Although the phone looks very stylish and receives many compliments on its look, I personally find the features to be quite bland, and boring. A shame really as it has great potential but doesn't quite meet the requirements of todays advanced technology. I have since used other Samsung phones and find the menus and screens to be consistent on previous models, therefore it could do with a more up to date look when using the facilities. Having said all of this the phone works very well as a basic phone, and is very reliable. As to whether you should invest - only if you want to look good without the difficulties of using modern technology.
What can be said, another great phone by smausng. The phone is not light but in the same way it is not heavy, with a touch pad and a button key pad, it blends modern technology in.
With a five mega pixel camera, phones are easy to take and of an excellent quality. The phone itself comes with lots of accessories 9including the charger and its own headphones!
Strengths for this phone are that, themes can be created and designed to your own taste, music can be added for use of ring tones, message tones and even alarms, photos can be edited, the menu can be changed to however you prefer it and most of all this phone comes in pink and black for the ladies and gentlemen!
Weaknesses of this phone would have to be the fact that the battery can tend to drain very quick, its somewhat bulky so would not be ideal if you are going to carry it around in your pocket, the touch pad is very sensitive and can become quite annoying but nevertheless, this phone is excellent and is worth every penny!!
In my eyes, I like this phone because it is stylish. It has a modern design and is appealing to the eye. The features on it are quite sophisticated and it is worth the money.
I like the appearance of this phone (I think it is sleek and feminine) and overall I have enjoyed using it. It is simple to use and you can browse between categories easily. I also like the fact that I can listen to the radio while on the move, but occasionally the phone will cut out completely and have to restart.
The Soul holds around 500 messages and the memory card that comes supplied holds about 200 images as well as the odd video, but it only has a 5 Megapixel camera so quality isn't great. I wouldn't recommend the phone for holding music , because you wouldn't be able to hold many songs. The Bluetooth feature is good and most other phones seem to be able to pick it up easily. I also find the internet fast and easy to use on this phone.
I'd recommend this phone to anybody that wants something that looks good and that is easy to work. It doesn't have the best features on the market, but you can make phone calls, text and browse the internet with ease. The touch screen is also easy to use.
I've had this phone for nearly a year and although the phone's OK I'm getting ready for a change. I got the phone in pink which I thought was quite pretty and my husband and son wouldn't try and pinch it off me!
Likes: The design is good, the slide works well to end calls etc. My husband thinks the touchpad is a bit sensitive because he manages to set it off doing something everytime he touches it, but I think you just get used to it.
The camera and music player are good quality, I think the music player is bang and olfsen so it should be.
Its very easy to use and navigate around the menus.
The phone takes a mirco sd memory card which to be honest is a must to use the phone effectively.
Downloading music, uploading photos is easy and straight forward.
Dislikes: The battery is rubbish, I have to charge my phone up everyday and I don't really use it that much, may be a handful of calls and texts. Also the text mesage inbox memory seems to be really small and I keep having to delete, the outbox isn't a problem and I've tried playing with the settings to no avail.
The phone's memory is small memory card is a must.
In the music player when looking for an album, artist etc you have to scroll through all the menu you can't just type in the initial to find what you're after as on other phones, but with the pants battery I don't often use my phone to listen to music!
The phone's OK but a year on I expect there's better ones out there.
A touch navigation keypad changes icons according to menu selections. The Samsung Soul transforms as you touch, constantly adapting to meet your various needs.