Samsung S7330 review: Soul junior

GSMArena team, 16 September 2008.
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Music in your pocket

Samsung S7330 has the typical feature phone music player with nice looks and decent functionality. The list of exciting goodies isn't too long but we are happy with it as it is.

The Music player application allows filtering tracks by author, album, genre and composers. You can also choose to play either the tracks you've recently listened to, or the ones that you've played the most. Custom playlists can be created too.

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The music player allows filtering tracks by a number of criteria

As with the U900, the S7330 music player has no equalizer presets, but sound effects instead. The difference is that the sound effects also include wide and surround options in addition to the six available presets. There are also three types of visualization and you can enable fading out on stop if you like.

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The available settings and some of the visualization modes

The music player can naturally be minimized to play in the background. It can then be controlled with the touchpad straight on your stand-by screen. Pressing the End key closes the application.

FM radio comes with RDS

Samsung S7330 also comes complete with an FM radio, which is doing quite well in terms of user interface. It has the self-tune option to store all stations of clear reception at the moment. There is also RDS that can be switched on and off depending on your taste.

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FM radio interface

Video player likes touchpad

The video player is one of the phone features that makes best use of the touchpad navigation. All the controls are always at hand with no need of irritating text over your video. Controlling the video player with the touchpad covers all essential features, including fast forwarding and rewinding, and these are easily accessed without going through menus. In addition, you can enjoy the videos fullscreen.

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The video player makes best use of the touchpad

The camcorder works in MPEG-4 format, so there is no doubt the player supports it. That makes converting your favorite clips and movies to watch on your Samsung S7330 much easier.

Audio quality is pleasing

Samsung sure know how to produce handsets with good quality audio output. The S7330 is quite a decent musician, though somewhat short of the best we have seen. All of its readings are good with no disturbing issues to note.

Our only concern is the frequency response graph, which suggests a kind of high-pass filter enabled to restrict sounds below 100 Hz. Once again this is nothing to be too worried about and something you are unlikely to catch with your bare ear, unless you are one of them crazy audiophiles.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung S7330+0.33, -1.63-85.485.70.0180.048-85.7
Samsung U900 Soul+0.29, -1.25-84.684.60.0170.052-82.9
LG KF600+0.29, -2.07-86.883.80.0200.0124-86.6
Nokia N81+0.39, -1.13-86.685.80.0410.040-69.9
Samsung U600+0.41, -1.12-89.286.50.00400.019-86.9
Sony Ericsson K770+0.21, -1.04-85.788.80.0140.030-84.8

Samsung S7330 frequency response graph
Samsung S7330 frequency response graphs

You can find more info about our audio quality test here.

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