Review: Samsung SGH-P300

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With its sleek metal fascia and integrated leather case, the new Samsung card phone seems unequivocally to be aimed at men. Not single men though, it takes small and determined fingers to remove the clever case/ extra battery and insert a SIM. The small and determined fingers of a motivated woman.
A ‘phone that’s a modest 88mm x 54mm x 9mm certainly requires a certain daintiness of touch.

With its sleek metal fascia and integrated leather case, the new Samsung card phone seems unequivocally to be aimed at men. Not single men though, it takes small and determined fingers to remove the clever case/ extra battery and insert a SIM. The small and determined fingers of a motivated woman. A ‘phone that’s a modest 88mm x 54mm x 9mm certainly requires a certain daintiness of touch. It’s not all about nights in with the little woman however – The solid construction will bear the indignities of several stag nights, and the slightly odd keypad layout, with the zero off on the right hand side, will give valuable pause for thought to many a drunk dialler. Another boon to the tipsy user is the display, which is outstandingly bright and definite. So far, it’s looking like the ideal mobile for a married man who still likes the odd night out, but there’s more: The 1.3 megapixel camera, which shoots through a clever little hole in the incorporated case, yields bearable results for stills, and the usual happy slapper standard blocky video. Its flash though doubles as an emergency torch for late night lost cufflink crises. A nice touch. The menu layout is a trifle baffling for a long-time Nokia user, but nothing you couldn’t get used to in time I suspect. You’d have more trouble getting used to constantly repeating what you say, as the tiny microphone seems to crackle a little in use. Not often, but somehow always at the crucial moment. Email, Messaging and Bluetooth function pretty much as one might expect, and the bundled apps include a better-than-average calendar, which will wake the SGH from standby in order to remind you of an appointment. As long as you garden your voice memos regularly the 90mb of onboard memory seems adequate, but there’s no provision for a memory card so there’s little scope for storing much music for the MP3/AAC playback.

In conclusion, there’s a certain amount of style over content, but when the style is this seductive it’s hard to make a rational decision. If you want a mobile that won’t ruin the outline of your suit and you’re willing to say the occasional sentence twice, look no further for your next ‘phone.

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  • I have the P300 which must say i was impressed with initially, the phone feels nice, easy to use. But there are some flaws to the design which I just cant live with. Firstly i like the idea of the battery in the case, but it makes the phone as wide as other phones on the market which seems to defect the objective.
    The worst thing is when the case is closed it covers up the speaker so you can hardly hear the phone ring. I’ve had it next to me in the car, in my pocket and still I have many missed calls. the vibration mode is feeble, and you cant have vibration and ring tone start at the same time??? This phone has let me down, so I am getting rid!
    Oh nad another thing the PC software that Samsung supplies is so near impossible to use! I’m amazed that it was ever released!!

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