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Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone Review
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Samsung SGH-F500 Ultra Video Mobile Phone

One of the most versatile and super slim personal multimedia devices, Samsung’s Ultra Video is the first phone to be DivX Certified. Combined with a built-in audio player, the Ultra Video boasts DVD-like quality picture and sound. The company has partnered with DivX to provide DivX Pro as a bundled PC software for Ultra Video users to convert various video files into the DivX format for quality viewing on the SGH-F500 phone.

For the first time, users can enjoy Stage6 content on their mobiles phones, only with the Ultra Video. Stage6 is a community video portal which hosts a vast collection of DivX content.

Complementing the Ultra Video’s cutting-edge features is an innovative design incorporating a dual face LCD screen - a phone on one side and on the reverse a large 2.4” screen for multimedia viewing. The 2.4” wide screen boasts a 240x320 pixel panel in 262,000 colours that can display video in landscape mode.

The phone also has a unique swivel design that allows for an adjustable viewing angle or serves as a stand to be placed on a flat surface.

With an internal memory of 350 MB and expandable memory up to 2GB (with microSD™ card), the Ultra Video allows the user to view approximately two movies (each about two hours long). The HSDPA (3.5G) enabled phone allows users to transmit data at broadband speeds five times faster than 3G, for instant information and entertainment on the move. With HSDPA, Ultra Video users can download large files quickly for high quality viewing. The Ultra Video also comes with a 2.0 mega-pixel camera and Bluetooth v1.2 with A2DP stereo headset support.

We are so impressed with all that capability and storage capacity packed into such a thin package as well as the ingenious leather case cum extended battery that we feel the Samsung SGH-F500 deserves our Reviewer's Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

Dual-Face Display
Two displays on one phone. A 1.46" TFT display supporting 65,535 colours on the phone side, and a large 2.4" QVGA TFT display supporting 262,144 colours on the PMP side.

Multimedia Support
Supports H.263, MPEG4, DivX, Xvid and WMV videos, as well as MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+ and WMA audio formats.

Media Storage
Comes with 350MB of memory for PMP (Personal Media Player) use, and 50MB memory for phone use. Supports MicroSD cards of up to 2GB capacity.

Unique User Interface
Supports multi-directional sweeping controls, and sliding access controls on the touch keypad and dedicated multimedia keypad.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

Model

• SGH-F500

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Review

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Dimensions

• 116.4 mm tall
• 50.0 mm wide
• 10.7 mm thick

Weight

• 107.5 g

Phone Display

• 1.46" TFT
• 176 x 220 pixels
• 65,535 colours

PMP Display

• 2.4 " TFT
• 320 x 240 pixels (landscape)
• 262,144 colours

Battery Capacity

• 880 mAh (Internal)
• 950 mAh (External Leather Case)

Talktime

• Up to 2.7 hours (3.5 G)
• Up to 3 hours (2 G)

Standby Time

• Up to 200 hours (3.5 G)
• Up to 180 hours (2 G)

WAP Standard

• WAP 2.0

Messaging

• SMS
• EMS
• MMS
• E-Mail

Java Standard

• MIDP 2.0

Preinstalled Games

• Powerinlinex
• The Last Age

Platform

• HSDPA 1.8 Mbits/s
• UMTS
• EDGE
• GPRS Class 10 (2 Upload, 4 Download)
• Tri-Band (GSM 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Camera

• 2 Megapixel Camera
• 4x Digital Zoom
• Single-/Multi-/Mosaic Shot
• Self Shot
• Photo Effects / Frames
• Timer
• Night Mode
• White Balance / Brightness

Ringtone Support

• 64 Polyphonic
• MP3

Video Playback

• QVGA on-screen resolution (320 x 240) maximum
• Keypad ergonomically located to the right of the screen
• Unit twists so that the keypad acts as a sturdy stand
• Video output up to 720 x 480 maximum
• 15 fps maximum frame rate
• 512 kbps maximum bit rate
• 4 hours maximum playback time (with second battery)

Video Formats

• H.263
• H.264
• MPEG4
• DivX
• Xvid
• WMV

Audio Playback

• Audio Player
• DRM support for WM, OMA 2.0 and DivX
• Background Music Playback
• Music Library
• 3.5 mm connector for earphones

Audio Formats

• MP3
• AAC
• AAC+
• e-AAC+
• WMA

Memory

• 50 MB phone memory (200 SMS & 1000 phone book entries)
• 350 MB PMP memory
• MicroSD cards (optional) : up to 2 GB

Entertainment & Personalization

• 64 polyphonic ringtones
• Embedded JAVA games
• Embedded wallpapers & ringtones
• Photo album

Business & Office

• Document viewer
• Voice memo
• Voice mail
• Offline mode (Flight mode)

Connectivity

• Bluetooth 2.0
• USB 2.0
• USB mass storage
• SyncML
• TV Out (PAL / NTSC)

Personal Information Management

• Phone Book / Calender / Scheduler / To Do List
• Clock / World Time / Auto Time Setting / Stop Watch / Timer
• Alarm (with auto switch-on when phone is off)
• Memo book
• Voice recorder
• Converter / Calculator
• Short Cut

Call Functions

• Dialed / Missed / Received Calls
• Text / Photo Caller ID
• Call Time / Call Costs
• CLIP / CLIR
• Call forwarding / barring / waiting / holding
• Multi-Party Calls
• Speakerphone

Call Functions

• Dialed / Missed / Received Calls
• Text / Photo Caller ID
• Call Time / Call Costs
• CLIP / CLIR
• Call forwarding / barring / waiting / holding
• Multi-Party Calls
• Speakerphone

Other Features

• uTrack (easy tracking of phones)
• Simple Search

Package Contents

• 1 x Samsung SGH-F500 transceiver
• 1 x Samsung SGH-F500 external-battery and case combo
• 1 x Samsung SGH-F500 charger
• 1 x Samsung SGH-F500 software CD
• 1 x Samsung SGH-F500 user guide
• 1 x Samsung micro SD adapter
• 1 x Sandisk 1 GB micro SD memory card
• 1 x Samsung stereo headset/handsfree-kit
• 1 x Samsung TV/Audio-Out cables
• 1 x Samsung USB data cable

 

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