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Samsung D800 and D820 (SGH-D800 and SGH-D820)

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12th November 2005
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The Samsung D800 and D820 are two sliding phones very much in the style of the previous D500 and D600 handsets. What's baffling about these two phones though is that they actually not as advanced as the D600, and yet their model numbers would indicate that they should be better.

The D800 and D820 are very slim phones, but they're not particularly lightweight. At 14.9mm thick they are substantially slimmer than the D600 and other sliding handsets. But they're not particularly pretty phones, and for some reason Samsung have chosen to cripple the D800 and D820 needlessly when compared with the D600 phone by including less features.

Also, the names of these two handsets just shows Samsung's muddled product range at it's worst. Most people would never guess that the D600 actually has a better specification than the D800, for example. Other manufacturers go to some effort to make their product ranges clear and each handset to have some distinctive feature over others.. unfortunately Samsung just keep bringing out dozens of extremely similar devices that just ends up confusing the marketplace.

These two handsets are due for release in Europe by Christmas 2005.


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Samsung D800 (SGH-D800)

The SGH-D800 is a sliding phone with Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 240x320 pixel display in 262,000 colours. It has a multimedia player capable of playing back MP3, AAC, and WMA media formats, voice recognition, dual speakers and 80Mb of non-expandable memory. It's a very slim phone at 14.9mm thick, compared with 21.5mm for the D600

Apart from a few minor features that aren't in the D600, the D800 is actually a substantially less advanced handset than the previous model. For example D600 has a 2 megapixel camera and expandable memory, at the D800 doesn't. And while the SGH-D800 isn't really a bad handset, it has nothing really interesting to offer over the D600 at all. 

 Samsung D800

Samsung D800 (SGH-D800) at a glance

Available:

Q4 2005

Network:

GSM 900/1800/1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE

Screen:

240x320 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Size:

Medium slider
97x52x15mm / 98 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified


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Samsung D820 (SGH-D820)

The SGH-D820 is very similar to the D800, except with the addition of microSD expandable memory (plus 73Mb embedded memory), video output and a document viewer. As with the D800, there's a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 240x320 pixel display, Bluetooth and a multimedia player. Again, the D820's specification is not as good as the D600's, although it is fairly close apart from the lower quality camera. It's a little thicker than the D800 at 15.2mm compared to 14.9mm.

Unusually, the D820 also seems to feature a secondary camera next to the screen (the primary camera is hidden under the sliding mechanism at the back like the D600 and D500). No reason for this has been given, and the D820 certainly isnt a 3G phone (although it does have quad-band GSM and EDGE). Presumably the secondary camera is for taking self-portraits. Correction: the camera is a rotating unit - the D820 doesn't have twin cameras.

As with the D800, this isn't a bad phone - it's just baffling that the camera isn't up to much. We would much sooner use the older D600 over either of these two handsets.

 Samsung D820

Samsung D820 (SGH-D800) at a glance

Available:

Q4 2005

Network:

GSM 850 / 900/1800/1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE

Screen:

240x320 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Size:

Medium slider
99x51x15mm / 103 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

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