Samsung Night Effect Review
are plenty of things in the Samsung M7500 Night Effect's
box, including a wired headset, 1GB memory card with
a microSD adapter, lanyard, software CD, charger, battery
and a large carry case which contains a smaller pouch
for cables. You can see more of that on the unboxing
The 1GB card appears to be part of the
standard sales package, and this is enough for around a
dozen albums or more, or perhaps 900 photographs. You
can easily fit a larger battery if you like, and the
card is hot-swappable although you do need to remove
the back cover (but not the battery!). The included
microSD adapter allows you to plug the microSD card
into a variety of card readers.
One immediately noticeable thing out
of the box is that the handset seems to be well constructed
and free of squeaks and creaks. All the panels and components
fit together perfectly out of the box, and the 91 gram
handset feels solid and reassuring.
2.2" OLED display is bright and easy to use, although
out of personal preference we prefer the colour reproduction
on a TFT display. Underneath that are the soft keys and
call/end buttons plus an easy to use navigation pad.
Finally, there's a flat keypad covered by a plastic
The keypad is worth mentioning - apart
from two slight indentations around the "5"
key, the number pad is completely flat, so you will
need to look at it to use it. However, the backlighting
is very good and the keys are easily legible in all
On the right hand side are some dedicated
media keys, a volume control and a camera button. Some
of these keys have other functions depending on what
you are doing.
We guess that the Night Effect is named
after the Lighting Effects, one of the most impressive
components of this phone. The lighting at the side can
be in either red, green or blue and this is user selectable.
clip demonstrates, the Samsung Night
Effect is very impressive when
it rings, with lots of flashing lights
and a very loud ringtone. It would be
very hard to ignore this phone, even
in the noisiest of environments.
This light show is really
the Night Effect's "Unique Selling
Proposition", and it lifts the
handset from being fairly average to
being something a rather more special.
The inbuilt music player is simple to
use and delivers loud, clear playback
both through the internal speakers or
a standard headset using the 3.5mm audio
socket. The dedicated media keys make
the music player easy to use, and there
are a number of visualisation and different
audio settings depending on mood or
In fact, when playing
around with the music player it is obvious
that Samsung also make dedicated MP3
players, and overall the quality of
the player seems to be much better than
on a similar Nokia phone.
The music player also
works in the background, so (for example)
you can listen to music while surfing
The Night Effect uses
a version of the NetFront web browser.
Although this could accurately render
most pages that we threw at it, the 240
x 320 pixel display struggles with full-blown
web pages. To be fair, every other handset
with a similarly sized screen also has
these problems. The handset uses NetFront
version 3.4 where the latest is 3.5,
but it's still reasonably up-to-date.
There's no WiFi support
on this phone, which is a bit of a surprise
given the cost. This means that you
won't want to use the Night Effect for
anything other than occasional web browsing,
but if you do need to use it
then it should be up to the job.
There's a useful full-screen
mode which can be used for streaming
video playback, and the Night Effect
works well with services such as YouTube
mobile.. assuming that you have a compatible
The camera is a bit
of a mixed bag. This is a 3 megapixel
camera with autofocus, but no flash.
In practice, we found that basic photos
tended to lack detail, especially when
compared to a similar Nokia handset.
However, white balance was good and
the Night Effect has some cool features
such as Panoramic stitching, continuous
shot, face detection and smile detection,
and we feel that these additional features
easily compensate for the lack of detail.
Although the quality
of stills photographs is fair,
the same cannot be said for the Night
Effect's video capture. A fairly miserable
176 x 144 pixels and 15 frames per second
is really not much use for anything.
You can see a sample clip that we uploaded
to YouTube here.
We realise that most
people won't be buying the Night Effect
for its camera, but we do have a selection
of sample pictures if you want more
The call quality is
reasonable, incoming audio quality is
good, outgoing audio quality can be
described as being "fair". The
Night Effect's video calling works as
The battery life appears to be quite
good, although we weren't able to do
any specific tests to measure longevity.
The OLED technology used in the display
should help to reduce power drain.
The user interface is
simple to use, but scrolling through
the main menu options can become rather
annoying after a while. There's a high
degree of customisation available for
lighting effects and wallpaper, so users
can keep the handset feeling fresh by
choosing from different options.
One thing to bear in
mind is that the Night Effect is quite
an expensive phone in the UK, retailing
at around £300 to £320.
In Germany, the same phone costs around
€250 to €280 which indicates that the
UK price is likely to drop
within a few months. Of course, with
a contract the Night Effect is much
We enjoyed playing with
the Samsung Night Effect, probably more
than we thought we would.
This feels like a well-made
phone, the lighting effects and the
music player are very good. The OLED
screen is bright and pleasant to
use, and the user interface is easy
to get along with. The out-of-the-box
experience is excellent, and the Night
Effect is certainly one of the best
presented phones that we can think of.
Web browsing is OK,
and the call quality is acceptable.
You are either going to love or hate
the flat keypad arrangement.
We feel that the quality
of stills photos could be sharper, but
the camera has quite a lot of cool features
that compensate for it. Video capture
quality is very poor, inexcusably so.
Many people may think that the phone
is overpackaged with items that will
never be used once unpacked.
Really, we feel that
it comes down to price. At around £200
or €250 we think that this offers good value
for money, for the £300 or €375
it currently costs in the UK, then we
think it is overpriced for a phone with
no GPS or WiFi. We would advise shopping
around for £250 or €310 or less.
Live Video Review
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Night Effect at a glance
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
+ UMTS 2100
+ EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSDPA
x 320 pixels
115 x 47 x
12mm / 91 grams