The Samsung L700 interface has the typical Samsung styling - the default menu scheme is colorful icons on white background. The transition effects seen on more high-end models lack on the L700, but the menu response is admirably fast.
Besides the transition effects, the other thing lacking is menu themes - there are none whatsoever, nor can any be added. The only thing that yields to user customization is the Home screen, which can either be the dynamic uGo variety or custom static wallpaper.
The phonebook of Samsung L700 stores up to 1000 contacts with multiple fields. When viewing contacts, you can opt between displaying phone memory, SIM memory or both. Other than that, 21 fields of information are available for each contact including eight number fields.
Signal reception with the Samsung L700 phone was excellent. A nice nifty feature that we see in all Samsung phones recently is the Smart dialing. When you punch in some digits the handset automatically fetches not only the contacts whose phone numbers have them, but also contacts whose names match the key input (much like T9 but for dialing). Effectively, that means that you may never need to dig in your contact list to find a contact to dial.
True to its Samsung nature, the L700 also offers several dialing animations, which are cool in a way, even if a bit childish.
Here is how the Samsung L700 stacks up against some of the other handsets we've measured in our speakerphone loudness test. L700 is a very good performer - it misses the Excellent score by a slim margin so it's unlikely that you miss calls even in noisy streets. You can find more info about our loudspeaker test, as well as the results of all other tested devices here.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
|Sasung U800 Soul b||65.9||65.9||75.8||Average|
|Sony Ericsson K770||68.7||68.8||76.2||Good|
|Nokia 3120 classic||69.6||69.5||71.3||Good|
|Sony Ericsson G502||77.7||75.7||74.8||Excellent|
Samsung L700 can handle SMS, MMS, and email. L700 will store up to 500 SMS messages, while MMS and email are limited only by the available memory. Naturally, a T9 dictionary is at hand, and it does its job quickly and intuitively. Incoming messages, like calls, can be blocked based on a user-defined black list.
The email client is relatively good and it even supports SSL, so it works flawlessly with providers that require it - like Gmail, for example.