I owned the Soul for two weeks, and guess what? It spent one in the workshop. At this point, I've owned pretty much every brand of phone, and I've never had one fail on me in the first week. As I mentioned earlier, the phone worked fine until slid open, then I lost the screen altogether.
So how was it other than the lack of reliability. First, the sound quality from the speaker was appalling. I could barely hear people when they talked, and mp3 ringtones that were made from 320kbps, sounded like AM radio quality stuff. I expected to be blown away by the sound quality seeing as B&O was involved...but sadly, it was the worst I'd ever experienced. I don't even care that much about sound quality, and I was complaining.
How about the interface? Generally, it was pretty good. Thank God Samsung smartened up, and used the center key for the menu instead of the internet. But can someone at Samsung please tell me why the bluetooth is under "applications" as opposed to the "connectivity" menu.
I won't comment on camera quality, since the truth is, I don't care. If you want a good camera buy one. A phone camera is really only for spontaneous events (I know there are some great camera phones out there, but that's my two cents on the matter).
Then there's the much hyped "Magic Touch." Pure novelty. There isn't much functionality behind it, and I much prefer regular buttons as they provide better tactile feedback. The haptics just don't do it for me. Also, the touchpad is horribly cramped...and I have small fingers.
I'm not saying the U900 is a bad phone, it's really not. I just don't think it's a very good one either. Perhaps my view is tainted by the unreliability of my particular unit, it just might be. But I think this phone lacks a particular sparkle. It's pretty thin, but lacks any originality in design, it's basically your typical slider. The only highlight is the "Magic Touch," which itself is contrived. The construction is middle-of-the-road. There are much better built phones out there, with more interesting design, and better detailing. Stepping from the 8600 Luna to this, was a HUGE disappointment. So what did I replace my two week old Soul with? Would ya believe it? A Motorola RAZR2...and I love it.
I'm going to receive U900 in a month and as i've heard his performance and features are simply fantastic.
When I am typing an sms the dictionary changes from my language (Norwegian) to some other random language. When i then chances it back to Norwegian it works perfectly. But when I later on are typing a new sms the dictionary is back to some rear language. Do someone know how to change the dictionary language constantly?
Does Anyone know if this phone will work properly in Japan, I have AT&T and I'm visiting some friends and wanted to know if I should/can bring/use it over there? Thanks
i want to ask when see mp4 in this phone is it LAG? because i have this LAG experience when i used samsung z560, in nokia n73, n95 it runs smooth but is it lag in this phone?
HP, 26 Aug 2008I've had this phone for a couple of months now. In summary.
Fast menu syste... moreso should i buy this phone? because i like it's model to replace my n73 music,
here in my country it'll cost us$429, is it worthed with it disadvantages?
if not with that budget do you have suggestion? thanks.
I ve been using my soul for more than a week, i love it especially the camera very fast and clear but very disaponted with the sound thought it was recorded not an mp3 song.
i think this phone is way better than the u700 thank god samaung came with something that is better than that irritating u700
I've had this phone for a couple of months now. In summary.
Fast menu system
Very good camera.
Good build quality.
Scratches ridiculously easily.
Battery level indicator misleading. Once off the 1st bar the next 2 bar disappear very very quickly!!
Very poor in call volume, struggle to hear the person on the other end, especially in area with background noise, such as a busy street.
Call using bluetooth headsets are unclear and occasionally break up.
Unfortunately the bad points are all important aspects of a phone to me, especially bluetooth clarity. So overall i dont think this phone is really that good for my needs. Looking for a temporary replacement, until my 18 month contract is up for renewal.
Anonymous, 26 Aug 2008how do i set the clock so it's looks the same as the one in the pictureChange The Themes..
how do i set the clock so it's looks the same as the one in the picture
The_Nootz, 25 Aug 2008I have a Samsung Soul and have been using it for more than a week. About the camera, it is ... moreHey man thank u so so much! Really! U help me alot! Im gona buy soul those days i cant waith! I really couldnt decide betwene f480,g400 and u900,but now i do its u900! Thank u very much! Sorry for my poor english!
Jay, 23 Aug 2008I know that many people would say this phone is bad, and doesn't have the perfect materials of... moreI have a Samsung Soul and have been using it for more than a week.
About the camera, it is as impressive as GSMArena found it to be. Very good photos, very fast camera response (about 2 secondss to save o photo, compare that to the F480, which is much slower, about 4-5 seconds). Personally, I don't use video much, but if you really need VGA or better videos overall, you should look elsewhere, probably the LG Secret or a Nokia Nseries.
About the music, songs are very clear, very much sound detail can be distinguished, no noise, which not all phones can perform. On the other hand, the headset provided doesn't have enough bass. About this issue, I tested the F480 retail headset (a 3.5 mm Samsung adapter and original in-ear headphones) on my Soul and it was brilliant, let alone if you plug in high-end 3.5 mm headphones in the adapter. So the headset is the problem of the lack of bass, not the phone. It's no use using Bluetooth stereo on the Soul, because you waste the potential for very good sound quality.
The user interface is as fast as it can get. The vibration feedback feels very nice. A big plus is that you can personalize themes to the tiniest detail, the color of fonts in menus, highlighting options, icons, everything. A bit of lag can be seen in the music player list, especially if you have many songs in it, and that is because the phone shows the length of every highlighted song, which needs more memory reading. No customizable equalizer presets can be a downside, although I didn't mind, because the "effects" (EQ presets) were enough for me.
A drawback that I noticed and I was irritated by was the fact that you can't install java games (*.jar) as you would on a Nokia, for example. There is a trick (complicated, I know) on the link below on how to do this. Or you can download from mobile internet.
How to install java games on Samsung Soul:
All in all, I can say that I am satisfied with the Soul because it does the job it was made for (unique touchpad, camera and music). I, for one, wanted to choose between the F480 and the Soul. I made my choice and I don't regret. Hope you make yours right.
I know that many people would say this phone is bad, and doesn't have the perfect materials of a good phone. But many would also say this phone is a one of a kind. As a person who is interested in this phone, I would like to hear from all of you before i make my choice. Please tell me anything you know about it, from the experience you have with it, its functions, its pros and cons, how good it is in calls, anything is appreciated. I just need to know enough information before i go to the retailers. Your kindness is much appreciated and thankyou. Have a wonderful day all.
John, 21 Aug 2008And theres another one! No the volume can be set to max and there will still be problems with ... moreHi there, I just received my soul yesterday, so far so good, just very disappointed with the volume. I thought it was how the music has been recorded, but it is not
I traded in my Nokia 8600 Luna for the Soul about a week ago, and it's already in for repairs. The phone works fine, but both the screen and the touchpad stop working when the phone is slid open. When I walked into the service center and pulled out my phone, the attendant asked, "Screen?" without me having to say anything. I'm guessing it's a common problem.