Just bought the phone yesterday. Must say its quite impressive with all the features given the price range. Here are a few pointers about the phone for interested buyers:
1)It has 3G but not 3.5G. That means if you have access to UMTS network, you can theoretically get data transfer speeds upto 384 Kbps. Otherwise, EDGE provides upto 236 Kbps speeds.
2)The 2 MP camera is good with flash. Quality of shots is not outstanding but way better than your average 2 MP camera specially at night.
3)It has support upto 8 Gb. I am using a 8 GB Micro-Sd from Kingston. So, it works. The phone doesnt lag or slow down due to excessive storage on memory card or phone memory. Unlike Nokia, the user interface is extremely fast and responsive. No delay whatsoever.
4)It supports Java but there is no option to install games if you manually transfer jad/jar files to phone via USB cable. However, there is a way for manual install. You can follow this guide:
5)The Bluetooth works well. Version 2.0 is allows for very fast data transfer and the range is impressive too. Any file transferred through bluetooth will be stored in phone memory by default.
6)There is a mobile tracker available. Activate it and password protect it as soon as possible. You might also want to acivate the SIM lock if not the phone lock.
7)It has a document viewer which can display pdf, doc, txt files. But its very tedious to use for general reading purpose due to the fact that the words appear too small and you need to zoom quite a lot and scroll up, down, left, right continuosly.
However, if you intend to use your phone for reading a book or article, make the following adjustments in PC before sending to phone:
a)Change to font to Size 40.
b)Reduce the page margins on all sides to 0 (zero).
c)If the document is larger than 125 pages after font increase, then you need to save the remaining pages in another doc file. This is because the phone document viewer doesnt support viewing more than 637 pages per file. 125 pages in PC @ size 40 = 607 pages in phone.
d)Finally, save the file as .doc in 2000/2003 format. The doc viewer in phone doesnt support Office 2007 files.
Now, transfer the file to phone via bluetooth or data cable. Open the file and choose "Fit to --> Page Width from Options menu. Now, you can read without having to zoom in or scroll left and right. Just keep scrolling downwards to read on.
8)The display is sharp but the resolution is low at 176 X 220. However, it doesnt look as bad as you would think.
9)There is one multipurpose single jack for earphone, charger and data cable. So, you cannot use the other when using one.
10)The MP3 Player and FM Radio are both highly impressive. Sound quality is awesome. You need to use Mp3 with 128 kpbs+ bitrate, atleast, to experience the full quality of playback. Its decently loud but depends on the sound level of the Mp3 itself. The FM radio is fully stereo and its quite loud even on speaker.
11)No loudspeaker option is available while making voice calls.
12)Upto 500 sms storage capacity is available. Phonebook also supports upto 500 entries.
13)The battery lasts around 2-3 days with heavy to average use (1 hour Music playback + 2 hours of Internet + 1 hour of talk). Of course its very easy to make it last 3-4 days if you dont use bluetooth and the Internet much.
14)The phone internet browser i.e Netfront is quite capable itself. But I would suggest downloading the Opera Mini. Its fast and displays webpages as accurately as possible as in PC.
15)Lastly, there is email facility available. However I couldnt setup the email client to send/receive emails from my Yahoo mail account despite using the setting given by Yahoo for Pop3/Imap. If someone can get it to work, please post a reply.
That's all I can think of for now....Bye
Shaleen, 02 Mar 2009Oh no that is bad, I have just ordered 1 this weekend :-( i thought it would be a good phoneShaleen,
You don't have to regret to buy this phone, apart there are lot of good features you can not get in this price range, like amazing camera, 3g , 8gb expandable,Document viewer(I was able to open *.pdf, *.doc, and other Microsoft docs without problem) what more you want..just to keep your battery always charged...no themes i would say a limitation...
concerned citizen, 03 Mar 2009what do you mean by poor flash? I really can't get it. In photography, the purpose of flash is... moreWell i mean that the flash range is not very good. I used it a couple of times and i was not happy with it but still samsung remembered to put one.
Anonymous, 03 Mar 2009It means it's very poor. The camera is not bad but it doesn't have autofocus and if you want t... morewhat do you mean by poor flash? I really can't get it. In photography, the purpose of flash is to provide clarity of the focused subject. It's light, so light of the phone's flash could reach the subject almost instantaneously. or do you mean something else of this flash like weak light intensity or something? thanx
concerned citizen, 03 Mar 2009Guyz, what do you mean by saying "FLASH is only for name sake?"... ThanksIt means it's very poor. The camera is not bad but it doesn't have autofocus and if you want to use it for taking pictures of text or something like that just forget it. But for normal photos it's good.
chetz, 02 Mar 2009Hi, I am using this phone from past one month. Plus: 1.Wonderful earphone audio o/p. 2.Li... moreI possess such a phone and manual locking is possible, just press continuously the bottom left button.
Hi guys, i'm planning to buy this phone. Is this a good one? Plez reply. Tnx
Guyz, what do you mean by saying "FLASH is only for name sake?"... Thanks
Samsung L700 is okay, but if you want to install games, or change message tone, its not possible in this phone. Only the trial version games are available, no full version games. And the procedures given above for installation of games using media player mode etc are all "bakwas" does't work. Internet browsing is good and fast. If you want to play games in this phone then plz don't buy.
Neel, 01 Mar 2009Yes Yaar Dheetaj, you are absolutely correct, It was not expected from Samsung at least..batte... moreOh no that is bad, I have just ordered 1 this weekend :-( i thought it would be a good phone
I am using this phone from past one month.
1.Wonderful earphone audio o/p.
2.Living screen thing.
4.Looks are good.
5. resolution is good.
1. Auto keypad lock is available..but no settings to change the delay time. If any proud user of L700 knows this. Pls let me know. Also Manual locking is not possible. If anybody knows pls let me know.
2.flash is for name sake...
3.Battery is ok not tht gr8.
4.no themes available.
Dheeraj, 28 Feb 2009Talktime as claimed by the company is 9 hrs, but practically it gives 3-4 hrs of talktime. Yes Yaar Dheetaj, you are absolutely correct, It was not expected from Samsung at least..battery life is poor... but the phone display is too bright and that is why I think it consumes battery so much even tried to decrease it but not able save much power...so it could be drawback..also no themes, Can not install game,other than browsing a wap site from phone...
adil, 26 Feb 2009please tell me the talk time of this cell phone.and the standby time also.thanks! (please ans fast)Talktime as claimed by the company is 9 hrs, but practically it gives 3-4 hrs of talktime.
Using the L 700 for 2 months now, Talktime as written was 9 hrs, while it has around 3-3.5 hrs, can withstand one day for a heavy chatter.
Camera is quite good, flash is for name sake. Can't review pictures in full screen mode, though full screen video option is there. A2DP( Stereo Blutooth) profile works only with audio, no option for video playback through A2DP.
Auto Keypad Lock is available, but no settings to set the delay time. Locks the phone after 4 sec, so irretating, while typing SMS.
Looks are great, overall gets 6 out of 10.
please tell me the talk time of this cell phone.and the standby time also.thanks! (please ans fast)
RAJESH THAKOR, 25 Feb 2009 Dear sir, i have no idea about how to use mobile tracker so plz. reply immidiately with s... moreto rajesh.. about your mobile tracker? do you have manual follow the steps how to activate it...or your asking about the use? you will just appoint two mobile number either your wife and mother number or who ever and if it is activated when someone puts new card number to your fone the tracker will automatically send the information to your mother or wife handfone number