Samsung Armani Night Effect Review
In a nutshell: The Samsung Emporio Armani phone is a classically
shaped phone that has been given an Armani makeover. It's a sleek black
bar with the Emporio Armani logo emblazoned on the front, side and back.
It's unique feature is the LED edging strip that glows like neon. Apart
from the styling, it offers a 3 megapixel camera, music player, FM radio,
memory card slot, Bluetooth and 3G.
Review: March 2009.
It's black, it has big Emporio Armani logos splashed on the front,
side and back, and it puts on an amazing LED light show whenever it
gets the opportunity. This is not a phone for the shy and timid. Samsung
have continued their joint venture with Armani, but have produced a
completely different kind of phone from the first Samsung
Armani. Unlike the first phone, this one isn't a touchscreen, but
is a conventional classic-shaped bar phone with normal keys. But it
definitely has the distinctive Armani style treatment. It manages to
be both understated and flashy at the same time! We're not going to
comment any more on the phone's looks, as this is definitely a matter
of personal taste, so let's check out what the phone does and how well
it does it.
The Armani Night Effect isn't a large phone, but it somehow feels larger
than it is. Maybe this is to do with the textured surface, or maybe
it's just the uncompromising styling. It feels chunky in the hand, and
we'd guess that this is more of a guy's phone. The keypad is a good
size and works well, and ergonomically it's a simple no-nonsense phone.
No messing about with touchscreens or styluses here!
The camera is 3 megapixels with autofocus, but curiously no flash.
For a "night effect" phone, it seems weird that you can't
take photos at night! It's a 3G phone, so you can make video calls as
well as recording videos.
The phone has a music player with an FM radio, and you can add a microSD
memory card to give more room for storing music. But with only basic
music functions and no 3.5mm headphone jack, we don't advise you to
bin your iPod just yet.
Functionally, the Samsung Armani Night Effect has enough spec to match
other mid-range 3G phones. It doesn't have any outstanding features,
apart from its looks. If you want the latest technology, then look elsewhere,
but if you like the style and are willing to compromise on functionality,
we say go for it!
Just a final word: we've never come across a phone that has so many
different names. In case you're confused, the phone may be known by
any of the following names: Samsung Armani Night Effect, Samsung Emporio
Armani, Samsung EA, Samsung M7500.
Features of the Samsung Armani Night Effect include:
- 3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and autofocus
- Video recorder & 3G video calling
- Display: 240 x 320 pixels, 262,000 colours (2.2 inches)
- Music player (MP3, WMA, ACC, ACC+ formats)
- FM radio
- MP3 ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, email with attachments
- Java games
- Document viewer
- Offline mode
- Memory: microSD card slot
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Internet: WAP 2.0, web browser, GPRS Class 10, Edge Class 10
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G
- Size: 115 x 47 x 12 mm
- Weight: 90g
- Talktime: 260 minutes (3G) - 420 minutes (2G)
- Battery standby: 290 hours (3G) - 330 hours (2G)
Samsung Armani Night Effect User Reviews
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Average rating from 16 reviews:
Reviewed by Paul from England on 17th Jan 2010
Got the phone a couple of months ago. bought the phone purely because
of the looks. quite impressed with the little samsung, however after
a while it does get a little boring. for me theres not a problem seeing
the screen outdoors. overall a very good phone, but trading it for a
Reviewed by Petar G. from USA on 9th Sep 2009
I finally purchase my Night Effect and I will point out first, the reason
is because I am a fashion junkie. I'll start with the price, it is NOT
that expensive at all (I got mine for 265 USD from online). Here in
America, service providers sell phones with similar specs, for up to
that much WITH 2 years agreements, so all things considered the price
of this phone is good and you get what you pay for. I happen to really
enjoy the responsiveness of the keyboard and it almost makes me not
hate the transition from a QWERTY back to a regular keyboard. The camera
is decent enough although it definitely loses points for not having
a flash. The music player is good and the music keys on the side are
appreciated. The browser is so so in terms of functionality but not
much more can be expected with this size screen and a regular direction
keypad (I would imagine that for those of you can use the 3G, the browsing
speeds would be much improved). A definite drawback is that you cant
escape the browser and look at the home menu and then return back to
it, it resets. The battery life is good enough. Last but not least,
the the phone definitely looks wonderful, it's just the right size and
the logos are nice. The LED flashing EMPORIO ARMANI is nice to impress
people and for a shock effect and if you find it too flashy, you can
always turn it off. I love this phone, and perhaps it could've been
a lot more impressive with specs and features but thats why they make
the Giorgio Armani version. For me this is perfect and nicely affordable.
Reviewed by Girl26 from England on 13th Aug 2009
I am hugely disappointed with this phone, it looks amazing and the menu
options are great, but it is really difficult to see the screen in the
daylight, to read a text outside is impossible. not only is there no
flash on the camera which does make it pretty useless at night or when
you're out clubbing, there also isn't a way to zoom in (if anyone has
found a way, please let me know.) All in all this is a gorgeous looking
phone, but as its not the first that armani have made, you would think
they could have sorted out all these problems by now!
Reviewed by elliot from uk on 22nd Jul 2009
the lights are amazing
Reviewed by lily pod from water land on 21st May
i hate it it is amazingly ugly i shouldn't hv bought the fone!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh yeah and a reviewer the 1 2 step down from my reiew u are ssssoooooooooooooooo
Reviewed by Adrees from UK on 20th May 2009
Sick phone !! wicked lights just beautiful
Reviewed by A Reviewer from Isn't that irrelevant? on
4th May 2009
Look. This, by features alone, is a usual mid-range phone. By looks,
it really isn't. It's much better. If you want a mid-range phone with
better features, go buy an ericsson. Go on. If you say "I want a mid-range
with good features and STUNNING looks" Get this. Oh, and btw, nice one
to the 'expert' there. 'SCANK !!!!!!! EWWWW I HATE IT !!.' Touche. A
deep and imformative review. One last thing. If you pull out an Nokia,
ppl think Saddo. You pull out a Ericsson ppl think 'They've followed
the crowd' You whip this beuty out, ppl think WOW.
Reviewed by Faisal Khan from Pakistan on 2nd May
Good phone, easy to use the camera is ok in the day time but needs flash
for night use. Mine is white and it looks stunning, the music player
is good the lights look great but can be too flashy for some people
but that is your opinion...
Reviewed by jemima from england on 12th Apr 2009
SCANK !!!!!!! EWWWW I HATE IT !!
Reviewed by grace :) from mancheSTAR(*) on 5th
i really love this phone the lights are cool :) xx
Reviewed by Milly from UK on 3rd Apr 2009
I hate it
Reviewed by monkey from uae on 2nd Apr 2009
like this phone, especially lights on the side
Reviewed by zohair from u.k on 28th Feb 2009
its a gret phone the sound quality is well better than pixon the camera
is sikkkk i wold buy this product again
Reviewed by Mottz from England on 22nd Feb 2009
I got this phone from japan before it was even mentioned in the uk.
This fone is sik im not even lieing sfe ppl buy this fone its cheaper
in japapn and is better than the old samsung and also its better than
the i phone looool u mans fink my english is pooor nah fam its not i
cba to correct ma mistakes lmaooo so im gunna keep going keep going
keep going untill ur uterally bored and click the [x] button on the
right hand side of the screen ..... sfe ppl
Reviewed by Bradadectes from England on 20th Feb
this [hone has the best design so you should buy it and wow your friends
Reviewed by Njs from England on 9th Feb 2009
I bought it in america I swapped my old armarni for it I now have my
touch back Its good just not as good