I'm going to write a second review on the U900 as the one I'd written previously was tainted by the fact that my unit was faulty, and went wrong within the first week.
Lets start with the good. Construction quality alone is enough to buy this phone. I've noticed Nokia and SE's standards have been slipping lately, and phones less than a year old have trim bits coming off, and paint peeling for no justifiable reason. This doesn't seem to be the case with the U900. I'm one of those people that enjoys the way the quality switches click in an Audi interior, so build quality is a big thing for me. Samsung's got it spot on with a pleasing mix of high-quality plastics and metals.
Then there's that camera. I don't really care about phone cameras, and I barely ever use them. My view has always been, if you want a good digital camera, buy one. Don't get a phone. However, this one's so good, I've found myself using quite a bit. The flash has a tendency to washout photos in darker environments, but still more than sufficient for a phone camera.
The keypad is worth noting too. It's aesthetically pleasing, without being difficult to use.
Then there's the bad. Lets start with the "magic touch" menu interface. Sure it's slick, but does it offer anything a set of regular menu buttons wouldn't offer? Nope, in fact it lags a bit (very rarely though). My take on it? It's just a sales gimmick. Touch-screen is all the rage right now, and by throwing in the touch pad, Samsung has made the U900 more appealing. I don't think touch screens, haptics or not, are ever going to be the equal of a well-made, tactile set of keys.
Then there's the real killer. My beef with "magic touch" is more or less a nitpick, the speaker quality however, is a serious problem. The speaker is rarely, if ever, loud enough during a phone call. Often I have people repeating sentences for me multiple times. That simply isn't acceptable.
There are other minor issues too. For example, I've yet to figure out how to configure the messages to save on the phone memory instead of the sim. While the screen is generally good-looking, sunlight legibility is an issue. And why, for the love of God, is the bluetooth in the applications menu? Like I said, minor issues.
So all-in-all, the U900 Soul is a very solid product. Well-built, stylish, and loaded with great features. The "magic touch" is gimmick, which isn't a good substitute for a full touch screen, or a proper set of keys, but it's harmless nonetheless. The speaker quality remains a serious failing though, and needs to be addressed...quickly.
trent, 14 Oct 2008does this phone has the Samsung Living World theme?Yes it has the living world (U-Go) theme.
Frik, 13 Oct 2008Hi, where do I finde this code, I need it for my G800 as the incomming volume are very lowI looked at the G800 it may have the same firm ware as the U900 and the F480. so try the code i posted if not then it means that the G800 is the last of the old firmware.
But i do recommend the U900 it's a very nice phone to have. it can do what the G800 can do and more.
^o^ waiting for hel, 11 Oct 2008can anyone tell me how to install software such as the dictionary to U900?
help me...... moreThere is a massive evolving dictionary already built in... if you are texting and the word in wrong tap the 0 key to scroll thru words. if the word isn't there you can then add it. i noticed the dictionary seem to adjust acording to location(country) input in the phone...
Hey some of you other guys really need to read the owners manual ppl won't answer obvious questions... pls read the manual play with the phone or read the specs on this site b4 you ask a question chances are you'll find the answer.
^0^, 11 Oct 2008can or not?
louder the sound will damage the phone or not?
will disturb the operation of... moreIf you set the db too high you can blow the speaker... and that would be expensive. It has a bang& olfson speaker or a yamaha speaker in it.
Pixon, 11 Oct 2008If you want to use the front camera slide the phone up, and press the button in top left corne... moreHi, where do I finde this code, I need it for my G800 as the incomming volume are very low
if ur even thinking of getting this phone trust me get it it is faking awesome i just got it the screen is nice and big the touch scdreen is sick and the colour changer for the touch screen is also awesome and the themes creator , software already built into the phone is so sick and there is an advanced one for the personizable people or a simple one for the people that arnet very good at these things but still want a great theme!!! dude the camera is insane even though its 5mp the lenz is crazily detailed and you take a picture of somebodys head in fine picture mode then u can see each seperate blade of hair on the persons head!!! dudes get this phone you will sleep very well knowing you chose the right phone!!!! oh and i am a random im not a gay guy from the company trying to get people to buy this phone i swear guys this is a mad phone!!
Yes Jozvel the upgraded u900 has video calling the first one didn't i think.
it should cost you about 480-500 for this phone depending on the colour. mine is black just cuz it matches all my tech. I think they have the steel theme and one that is based on the colour of you phone.
What do I do to turn off the 3G on this phone fed up off it draining my battery?
hey, does this phone support video calls? if it does, i dont see any secondary camera for video calls on front of it..
Horn, 12 Oct 2008I'm thinking of buying the U900, and would like to know if this phone has an alarm?Horn, it has got 5 alarms
can you help? ive added a number to my reject list on my samsung soul. how do i remove it again??? Help??????????
i have the soul and its great looking, the volume aing great could be louder, but there must b a way to download games on the sly if u know wot i mean. any ideas are appreciated
Dorian, 07 Sep 2008Hi people. I would like to know how to switch off the camera sounds on this phone. I've looked... moreim new but this how.....1 slide phone up, 2-go into menu and select camera. 3-turn phone long ways and press top left button for menu. 4-on touch pad press left settings then ok, 5- go fown on general then u c shutter sound press center of touch pad then select none. 6- enjoy.... hope that done it for u
I'm thinking of buying the U900, and would like to know if this phone has an alarm?
Genki De, 04 Oct 2008Here's how to make your Soul louder. Thx to Samret. Making your Samsung Soul MP3 and Ringr... morei just want to ask what is the original volume input or default volume for u900. so when i want it to change it to the original setting.