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Samsung E730 (SGH-E730)

 Samsung E730 open Discontinued
19th June 2005

Very similar to the excellent Samsung E720 handset (one of our favourite handsets at the moment), the Samsung SGH-E730 is almost identical, except with a new extra features.

It's not really a replacement for the E720, the E730 can be seen more as an alternative model, typically appealing to operators who aren't already carrying the E720 in their range.

 Samsung E730 closed It certainly looks a little different from the E720 which followed the E700, E710 and E715 handsets precisely. The E730 looks a little like many other recent Samsung handsets, with smoother lines replacing the sharper E720, but that's not the only difference.

The E730 has a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, compared with the E720's 1.0 megapixel unit. There is a tiny bit more memory (92Mb shared, compared with 90Mb on the E720), a little difference in weight (the E730 is 8 grams heavier than the E720 at 88 grams), the SGH-E730 also comes with an FM radio but manages a slightly shorter battery life at 5 hours as opposed to an absolute maximum of 5.5 on the E720. The E730 has built-in handsfree calling too.

Other than that, both phones share the same 176x220 pixel TFT display in 262,000 colours, have external controls for the built-in media player, Bluetooth, a WAP 2.0 browser and email client, plus both have GPRS data but no EDGE.

The main drawback with the Samsung E730 (as the E720) is a lack of removable memory, but then there's quite a lot of internal memory, and at just 88 grams the E730 is impressively lightweight for the feature set. The E730 is theoretically available in a range of colours, including black, silver, grey and red. This is a good handset, and will probably appeal to carriers who are not already offering the SGH-E720.

Available now in some regions, although it probably won't be available on the same carriers at the E720.

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Samsung E730 at a glance




Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900




176x220 pixels, 262k colours (main)
80x64 pixels, 65k colours (sub)


1.3 megapixels


Compact clamshell
87x44x23mm / 88 grams









Battery life:

5 hours talk / 11 days standby


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