The E-900 is available for about $200US if you buy from an independent store. I got it for about $117, but since they tax the "original" MSRP (8.25% on $600), it ends up being closer to $200.
This is my first slider phone, and I really like the sliding mechanism. It's not the most solid piece of machinery in the world - I'm not about to try pulling the top half off the bottom half, but it does feel well constructed. The sliding mechanism consists of two hidden gear wheels (I'm inferring this from the toothed grooves visible on the back of the screen when you slide it up); there are no exposed metal bars like the other US models.
The MP3 playback and calling quality is high if you use the earbuds; the speakerphone is a good basic feature, but nothing to write home about (the sound is too sharp). The MP3 player is limited to 4 playlists at 30 songs each, which might not be enough for people with large libraries.
The camera takes pretty high quality 2MP photos, but it performs rather slowly at the maximum resolution. The flash is very useful as a torch, but it doesn't work too well for illuminating subjects in low light.
Fingerprints do show up fairly easily, but I've had the phone for a month and it still looks as cool as always; I did buy a hard plastic LCD screen protector so it won't get scratched (they make them real good nowadays - you won't even notice it's there.)
let me start with the pros of this fone; d mp3 is really good quality and i'm now rethinking my decision to buy an iPOD (lol)!! i listen to my music on d fone everyday and its just as good as any mp3 or whatever. it stores about 16 - 18 songs on average bt i kno sum1 dat has stored about 28 songs by shrinking d file sizes of d songs. the camera is definitely what i like best about my e900. as my friend would say even the ugliest people look nice wiv it ,hehehe!
the cons are that it takes a while to get used to the keypad, which is similar to the LG chocolate (their both touch sensitive). unless you have had previous experience with touch sensitive keypads, it mite take u more than a week to fully gt used 2 it, just like me!!
finally, the phone as a package is really stylish. it's small so i have no problem carrying it in my jeans or just in my hands unlike sum fones dat u have 2 keep in ur handbag. i've recommended the fone to my friends!!
you need quite some patience wiv dis phone bcos of the really sensitive keypad. u keep on touching keys u werent intending 2. i gt dis fone two months ago and it tuk me almost 2 weeks 2 fully get used 2 it. wat i like most bout d fone is d camera. just like the d900, even d ugliest pple luk nice, lol. its a nice fone, i really like d sounds (greetin tones, slide tones, etc) or maybe dats just cos dis is my 1st time wiv a samsung fone. its gt all d features and its rili stylish. get d fone u'll like it.
quick question, ive had this problem with my d600 too, how when you send a message do you make the message save without selecting "Send and Save" i want "Send and Save" to be at the top and "Send Only" below!
please help - i always forget if it text or not! oooops and its good reading what you sent after someone's reply, bcause sometimes when you forget there reply makes no sense! please help!
if your phone is slid up, hold down both "up/down volume keys" and the light will turn on!! not really rocket science is it!!?! (in idle)!!
if your in your camera "5" adjusts flash, auto and constant light! thats all!
Not that this is particularly important, but I am curious, are you guys using the volume key for the torch inside the camera mode, or in the regular idle screen? If it is in the camera mode, keypad 5 is the shortcut as well, correct?
Three questions to help me decide:
1. Is the slide mechanism solid? (Maybe compared to D500/520/600/800/820? I've had them all)
2. In Band Selection in Settings, can you select full 900/1800/1900 triband mode? (For example: In D520, you can only select either 900/1800 or 1900 separately)
3. Do finger prints show up easily?
I'm trying to decide to buy it today, so please let me know!
Holding down the volume keys seems to enable the torch to me without any problems.
An excellent phone, easy to use, looks cool, easy to transfer files between comp and phone. You can get them for free if you are on a fair priced contract.
flashing E900 to E900XEFG2 only changes one thing, which is vibrate and ring at once? does it enable change of sms tones? can anyone post here wat changes(positive or negative)do the E900XEFG2 does when upgraded,and how to return the firmware back to the original one.
The firmware that enables vibe-and-ring is located at:
Just scroll down to "E900" and download it. To flash, you need these instructions:
WARNING: I lost my Chinese language support (no big deal - American providers don't support Chinese language anyway) and my whole phonebook (a big deal) when I flashed. Make sure that you don't make such a stupid mistake, and BACK UP before you flash!
Also: The English font is significantly bigger when you are done flashing. It makes the user interface look less stylish, but I think the added functionality is worth it. Hopefully someone will fix this soon.
A user posted that the E900 can act as a torch by holding down the volume keys? I tried this and it doesn't work. Can someone enlighen me?
1) Anyone have any other tips and tricks for the E900??
2) Does it cost money to upgrade the firmware so that ring and vibrate can happen at the same time?
Had this phone bout a month now and it's a really good phone, I had a V3 and an e720 before this and the e900 is just so much better, they have really thought about everything.
For those of you that have asked about how to add music to your phone I hope this helps..
Put the cd that come with it into your pc and install all the software
open up manage files
drag any of your songs into the music file in the top left box and it should transfer them. You can also edit sounds to make it so the song starts at your favourite bit if you want it as a ringtone.
hi, i've heard that some e900 user upgraded the firmware to E900XEFG2. they are able to have a vibration and melody together. can someone please tell me where and how do i upgrade to this firmware. thanks.
where do you get the software upgrade(E900XEFG2) and how do you install it to your phone?
Someone asked how to answer the E900 without sliding the phone up, its simple, just press the power on/off key once as if you was just unlocking the keypad, then it will show up with the normal, "answer" - "reject" buttons!!
does this phone let you use your mp3's as ringtones? or does the software allow me to edit my mp3's and turn them into ringtones? can i create mp3 text message tones?
got this phone 2 months ago and the mp3 playes sound has gone,normal ringtones still work but the volume on the mp3 dosnt work at all. got told of vodafone that samsung have kept the phone due to software faults.nearly 3 weeks now... anyone else had this type of problem??