Samsung D840 Review
Review: March 2007
The Samsung D840 is a really smart-looking slide phone with a metallic
casing. The silver casing marks a new direction for Samsung, with a
look that's similar to Motorola's original RAZR
phone. The finish is very attractive, with subtle curves and bevelled
cuts. It's hitting the shops at a time when 6 out of the top 10 best
sellers are slide phones, so Samsung are definitely riding a wave with
this one. And, as if that weren't enough, it's even slimmer than the
Samsung D900, making the D840 the slimmest
slide phone yet released (now beaten by the new Samsung
U600!). The D840 is the same width as the D900, but slightly shorter.
It would have been nice if Samsung could have shaved a few millimetres
off the width of the phone, as both the D840 and D900 are rather wide.
The keypad is flat and very similar to that used on the D830,
but provides a bit more feedback than the D830's. Ergonomically the
D840 isn't the easiest phone to use, but it's certainly not the worst
and is perfectly usable.
Functionally the D840 is slightly less well specified than the D900.
It's virtually the same as the E900 in
fact. The only real differentiating factor is the look. The user interface
is the same as the other Ultra-series Samsung phones and will be immediately
familiar to any Samsung user. To summarise the main features, these
- A 2 megapixel camera with flash and video recorder - not as good
as the D900 or Sony
Ericsson K800i, but better than most camera phones.
- A superb quality display with 262,000 colours and 240 x 320 pixels.
- A music player that supports MP3 and AAC formats.
- A generous 80 Mbytes of internal memory, plus the option to add
a microSD memory card.
- Bluetooth and USB connectivity, plus TV-Out and mobile printing
with a compatible printer.
The D840 should appeal to those attracted by the D900
or E900 but looking for something a bit
different. The downsides are the below-average battery life and the
fragile nature of the phone. Don't get this if you're rough with your
Features of the Samsung D840 include:
- 2.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and 4x digital zoom
- Video recorder
- Display: TFT LCD, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
- Music player (MP3, ACC, ACC+, & e-AAC+ formats)
- MP3 ringtones / 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Voice memo recorder
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email (POP3, SMTP,
IMAP4, SSL, TLS protocols)
- Document viewer
- Java games
- Flight mode
- Text / Photo / Video Caller ID
- Personal organiser functions: Calendar, To do list, Scheduler, Clock,
Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Countdown, Calculator, Currency Converter
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 1.1, TV-Out
- Memory: 80 Mbytes plus microSD external card slot
- WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10
- Tri Band (900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Size: 99 x 51 x 11.9 mm
- Weight: 104g
- Talktime: 2.8 hours
- Battery standby: 295 hours
Samsung D840 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 15th Aug 2007
Have had this phone for a while, since april and have had absolutely
no problems at all. It looks proper stylish and slinky but it could
be a little thinner as it is quite wide but no problem. The camera/video
is absolutely crystal clear and best ive ever had!! Music sounds good
and external memory is available (quite cheaply too) to truely make
the most of this phone. I completely and utterly recommend this phone
it is top notch..and i dont know what the others are on about with their
batteries..mine is perfectly fine and lasts a good couple of days on
Reviewed by Laura Dyer from Hertfordshire, England on
14th Aug 2007
I thought when I fell in love with the D900 that the newer D840 would
be better.However - getting the lead in and out of the side of the phone
is a no no for us girls with long nails!The battery show 50% left then
suddenly just closes down. The camera is not as good as the D900 but
the phone is still a pretty little number with it's shiny coat!!Overall
opinion - can't wait for the next Samsung!!
Reviewed by James from England on 11th Aug 2007
Do NOT buy this phone. I have owned a number of samsungs and sony ericssons
over the years and this is by far the worst phone i have ever owned
in my life. so much so that after 10 days of giving it a fair chance,
i am changing it for a sony w850i. Don't be fooled with its sleek design,
and nice mechanism like i did, because that is all the phone has going
for it. Battery life is terrible. Days that i barely do anything with
it, it lasts about 10 hours on a full charge, and when i listened to
the music player, for about 10 minitues, the battery lasted 3 hours!
after a whole nights charge! i have read elsewhere that many of the
batterys need to be replaced by samsung as soon as you get the phone,
which i dont think you should have to do whn buying a new phone. i have
also read that these replacement batteries are not much beter, and the
200 hours standby, and 120min talktime that the phone is meant to be
able to do on a charge is absolute rubbish!!! even if the battery did
work as it was meant to, the phone is still nothing special, nice look
and large screen, but unimpressive features, slow to use, and certainnly
not easy to use all features, little you can adapt to personlise your
settings. So only buy this phone if you want a below average phone that
you will need to charge 1-2 times a day at least!!
Reviewed by ian from england on 11th Aug 2007
hi, ive had this mobile just 4 days im still not sure whether or not
it were a good buy or not, the battery life is abyssmal the key pad
stiff and the brightness feature the worst yet . all in all i miss my
Reviewed by Bob from UK on 8th Aug 2007
Liked this phone but returned it as it didn't voice dial like it said
it could on the vodafone website. texting on a samsung takes a while
to get used to but once mastered is a joy. Good screen
Reviewed by dingo from canada on 8th Aug 2007
Got it has a gift. phone is nice looking, but the main reason to have
a phone is to receive and make calls. The battery NO GOOD. SO with all
the features and all with no battery ,you cannot use it. Hence the phone
is no good.
Reviewed by lesley from england on 6th Aug 2007
excellent mobile easy to use,recommended from o2 not seen it befor till
arrived on the day.
Reviewed by Frederick from UK on 6th Aug 2007
DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!! I have recently upgraded to this phone and the
battery life is absolutely appaling...In my 7 years of contract phone
I dont think a phone has died on me as much as this one....The battery
barely lasts more than a day (thats not being used) if you use it make
your conversations short and sweet because thats all the time you will
have. Not ideal as a phone for security either as the chances are it
will be flat when you are driving home late at night. You have been
Reviewed by JJ from uk on 5th Aug 2007
A great looking phone, fantastic display and easy to use. What else
do u need! And very cheap too:)
Reviewed by Owen from England on 4th Aug 2007
Phone much admired by children and grandchildren. Battery needs seasoning
as with all li-on batteries, even so just reaches Samsung's advertided
standards. Did not realise that the Vodaphone PAYG package did not include
as PC USB cable - additional cost. Everything seems to work well, but
let down by battery performance
Reviewed by Diluckshun from India on 1st Aug 2007
only negative point is the battery life is very low
Reviewed by Gopi Srinivasan from India on 28th
Avoid buying this phone. Major issues with the slider design the cable
connecting the base with the display unit breaks down. Mine has already
broken twice in less than two months of regular use. Camera is bad -
almost un-usable. The Speaker phone is poor. Battery life sucks. External
memory access is V.Slow. Does not have a good Music player (does not
work with Folders, issues with Audio quality, the Headphones are good
quality). The Display size and Quality is excellent, the size and style
is great - Full marks to the look. Check with others before you buy
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 25th Jul 2007
Got this phone last week.....stylish looking slide fone, nice size.
However the battery life is appauling. The first battery lasted less
than a day (Only made two short calls all day),so got a replacement
from vodafone....this one is as bad (Maybe an hour longer.) Really dissapointed,and
will be going back tommorow to be replaced with a non samsung model!
Reviewed by darrel from u.k on 25th Jul 2007
i think a smart looking phone personaly i think its better lookin than
the d900 i also have the e900 and i use the d840 the most cos its nicer
the chrome ones look posh and sleek so for a 100 quid its a bargain.ps
camara is clear n vivid 10/10
Reviewed by sekar from India on 24th Jul 2007
hi im from ooty in tamil nadu i got d840 mobile just two weeks back,
i seen the sleek design and i bought it for 12,500 Rs, but the battery
is damn waste, so samsung have to replace all battery for all coustmer
who bought this phone. please dont look at the exterior design and became
a fool like me............
Reviewed by ZG from UK on 24th Jul 2007
Bought this phone from Vodafone about 4 months ago and the battery would
not last more than 4 hours. Took it back to the store and they admitted
the handset was faulty but the arrogant and extremely rude store manager
(in the Whiteleys/Bayswater branch) refused to replace the handset.
Eventually called customer services who argued (quite embarrassing for
me) with the store manager and eventually, after one hour, they agreed
to replace the handset. One week later, I received the replacement handset.
The battery now lasts about 16 hours on standby (which is enough for
me). However, the ringer/speaker have suddenly stopped working and so
I am going to have to go through this whole charade again. On another
note, my Samsung LCD monitor developed dead pixels after 3-4 months
of usage. I used to swear by Samsung's products but next time I am going
with Nokia. I have given 2 stars because despite I like the aesthetic
qualities of the phone and the functionality when the phone is actually
Reviewed by ben from wales on 22nd Jul 2007
beast of a phone much betta than the D900!
Reviewed by mo from uk on 21st Jul 2007
Avoid at all costs!!!! i am about to return for the FIFTH TIME!!! generally
rubbish phone, rubbish features
Reviewed by Kim from UK on 19th Jul 2007
This is a very stylish phone and very sleek. Its easy to use, and the
option of having a memory card is good cuz im a huge fan of downloading
songs, pics, tones, etc so there is good storage on there with memory
card. The graphics are generally good, the camera quality is fairly
good tho i have seen better, but 2 megapixels is still nothin to grumble
at! Texting is really easy on this phone, the keys maybe flat and all
together but its no different to any other phone i have used. I find
Samsung phones very easy to use but if u haven't had one before u may
find it difficult to start with, just getting used to the menu lay-out
and the way things work, but again, thats just the same as any other
phone. all in all i am extremely pleased with this phone, and it looks
good!! which is always a bonus :) I would recommend this phone to anyone
who likes a phone that looks good
Reviewed by dee lewis from wales on 13th Jul 2007
always had samsung phones,wouldnt buy anything else but this one is
the worst am very very disappointed cost me £159.99 from car phone warehouse,going
for the nokia next time.. wouldn recommend the d 840 at all
Reviewed by steve_p from UK on 10th Jul 2007
Everything about this phone is great!! Ok maybe the battery is not brilliant
but had worse, it lasts 3 days or so but once it goes from 3 to 2 bars
you havent got long before it loses all charge but hey, that aside it
is excellent. The manual isnt very good explaining things, for example
writing texts using predictive as default.
Reviewed by george from uk on 6th Jul 2007
had the phone 2 months on contract, haven't dropped it or damaged it
and the screen is going white and blurred all the time. It has only
recently happened. i thought the phone looked good but then found out
that it isn't. Go for the d900, more or less the same just doen't break.
Plenty of my friends have a d900 and it is fine. If you want my advice
DO NOT BUY IT!!!! i forgot to mention that all of a sudden the sound
has gone. I have just been reading though the reviews and i noticed
that someone else has got the same problem. Don't get me wrong the phone
looks stunning but its function is terrible. I'm not surprised they
offered me insurance on it as it is a rubbish phone. I was really excited
when i got the phone and now it's let me down, whatever you do don't
Reviewed by Daniel from England on 6th Jul 2007
Great phone. Has extra visulations, settings and much more. would recomend
with a bigger battery or spare battery.
Reviewed by PINKY07 from ENGLAND on 30th Jun 2007
STEER WELL CLEAR OF THIS PHONE I AM ONLY 13 YEAS OLD AND I SAVED UP
TO BUY IT AND AS SOON AS I GOT IT IT BROKE!!!
Reviewed by Clare from England on 25th Jun 2007
Dissapointing phone, keypad difficult to use due to the lip at the bottom
of the key pad. Technically it failed after just 2 months as the display
screen went blank. Another random fault was the phoen would go onto
vibrate at random intervals and the only way to stop this was to remove
Reviewed by Allexandra from Seychelles on 25th
the phone is fantastic it's great.It is so easy to used, theres a lot
of intersting things on it. an dthat phone is a good phone no lie.
Reviewed by Matt from England on 24th Jun 2007
The only thing that I would say about the phone is the battery life....it
is absoluty rubbish! I have just ordered the new Sony Ericsson K 810i
which I believe is suppose to be brilliant!
Reviewed by pearse from england on 24th Jun 2007
Nice looking, easy to use, but like alot of samsung's recently, my screen
broke after just a month of using it. I have read and agree that the
battery life is too short. I recomend this phone if your not a consistant
user as the slightest of heavy-handness is likey to brake this phone.
I have now switched to the Nokia 6300 which has had brilliant ratings.
Reviewed by Gedz. from England on 21st Jun 2007
Fantastic looking phone, all it says it is but the big problem for me
is the battery, only lasts approx 36hrs. I thought this was a fault
with the hand set and I am still awaiting a replacement battery. From
two bars full the phone rapidly looses it's charge. Carry your charger
everywhere because it will catch you out. Handset provider does not
inform you of poor battery life. Beware. On the top side, it does look
good even when it's of no use flat.
Reviewed by juanita from england on 20th Jun 2007
I got my D840 around 2 months ago and already having problems. Firstly
the battery runs out extremely fast.Once you have reached 2 bars then
its all down hill very quickly from there. Just make sure you dont get
stuck in the tesco carpark like i did for hours at night cos my car
broke down and phone died even though had only been charged the day
before. Now I am sending it back as it will no longer charge. I am now
using my old nokia which is a damn site better quality although bit
ugly compared to the beautiful D840. Don't be fooled by looks like I
was. Stick to Nokia i say! Had Nokia phones for 9 years and never any
Reviewed by Mark from england on 18th Jun 2007
The phone can only be discribed in one way that is 'amazing'I i cant
beleive it. First. I got it on caontract then i saw how good it was
and bought it for my son who is only 11yrs old. its so easy to use its
unbeleivable. At first i thought it was to dear but when i got it on
contract it was just great. Also the strenth of it i've dropped it on
the floor a fw time and theres only a few scratches. The last thing
i want to say is tha if you need a phone for yuorself or chil judt BUY
THE SAMSUNG D840. outstandig phone!!.
Reviewed by Tom Barley from england on 18th Jun
itz the best phone ever. cant belive the amzing qualitiy. if you are
loking for a phone get this one itz great for the young life styles.
Reviewed by Kels from UK on 17th Jun 2007
Upgraded to this phone a few months ago. Im on phone number 2 now,which
is going back. The graphics have messed up,i have no sound.. only vibrate!
When i close the slider,the phone turns itself off. Avoid at all costs...
I've always had nokias,this is my first shot at a samsung and the last.
Looks nice" Yeah thats about it.
Reviewed by amir from lodon on 16th Jun 2007
good fone and dood colour
Reviewed by Miri from Aruba on 16th Jun 2007
I just love it...It's easy, comfortable.
Reviewed by Jayne from England on 15th Jun 2007
Taking this phone back today as the battery life is awful - charged
all night and dead by 1330 - asked for new battery but no improvement.
May look good but dont waste your money.
Reviewed by Fahima Begum from England on 14th
The Samsung D840 isn't a good phone. It's so fragile that the slide
starts becoming loose and your phone switches on and off by itself.
Reviewed by lily from engalnd on 14th Jun 2007
this phone is really good, its got such a clear camra and lots of memory
its the bese ive had, but a down poin is the battery life, it runs out
of charge very quickly.
Reviewed by lovelly foneee from usa on 13th Jun
must say this fone is fab i love it so mch memory u just gota lovve
the look xxxxxxx
Reviewed by Tannedblonde from England on 13th
Love the look of the phone - real down side the battery life - Came
off charge 9am sent a text 230pm - when iwent to use phonea t 530pm
phone was dead - took phone back gave me a further battery to try lasted
longer, but diaapaointd in this phone taking it back today - Plus self
pics not good - why do tehy bting out a new phone worse tahtn my old
Reviewed by ptothej from London on 11th Jun 2007
Rubbish inpractical and sometimes mad way of arranging menus. Looks
very pretty but thats as good as it gets
Reviewed by iqbal shaukat from east london, u.k on
10th Jun 2007
hell of a sexy phone, just like me! dont buy it, because i have it ;-)
Reviewed by banana from england on 8th Jun 2007
it is a very good phone but it gets a few scratches on it but it looks
good and works good it is very similar to the d900
Reviewed by David C from Wales on 7th Jun 2007
Agree with all of the above, very smart, nice bit of kit, but would
emphasise that the battery life is not too good. Most you'll get out
of it is ~2 hours call time, assuming blue tooth isn't activated (drains
battery even more if active). Found that once it drops from full (3
bars) to 2 bars, you've got about 20 minutes talk time before it dies
on you. On standby, will go on a for a long time, but that statistic
is fairly useless to the avid mobile user :-) Other than the battery
issue, I really like this phone
Reviewed by brown sugah from UK on 7th Jun 2007
i had dis fone 4 2 months... and d stupid arrows dnt work.... i keep
havin problems wiv it.... it freezes constantly and d buttons dnt always
work.... d battery life is AWFUL.... dis is by far d worst fone ive
had... i have 2 go 2 d repair dude 2 get it fixed now and dis have neva
happened 2 me b4 d only gd fing about it is dat its pretty
Reviewed by geroge from england on 5th Jun 2007
great phone but got a memory card and it doesn't work. Its the right
size but the format setting on the phone isn't correct and i don't know
how to change it !!!!!
Reviewed by carina from uk on 3rd Jun 2007
changed from the d900 to this..i dnt know why tbh , on first expection
it looks kul but its a wee bit plasticy, ive also had to get it fixed
twiced, my newest problem is that it wont stop vibrating, bit of a nightmare,
if u use ur phone alot, dnt buy this one!
Reviewed by sarah from Ireland on 3rd Jun 2007
I hate this phone in every way really - it's really unoriginal and I
was really disappointed with it when I bought it I have now returnnered
to using my D500 which I love. Not up to Samsung's usual standard.
Reviewed by Besha from India on 1st Jun 2007
Hi This is not a great phone,u need to charge the battery everyday.Menu
options are not well organized.Don't support mmf files.But only +ve
is LOOKS GREAT but dumb inside.
Reviewed by Tallulah from england on 31st May
this phone is fab it has every thing you want. the memory is really
good and comes with a really cool music video. if you don't have this
phone you must be loopy!!!
Reviewed by mike mccarthy from skem on 31st May
i got the phone and within in a month it started turning its self off
an on so i have to take out battery then it still odes not turn on for
around 30minutes, i got a replacement brand new an within 2 hours i
had the same problem again, AVOID THIS PHONE!!!! its on its way back
for different phone.
Reviewed by Anna Rarity from England on 26th May
it an excellent phone everyone is so fussy nowadays SUPER
Reviewed by Mac from Belfast UK on 24th May 2007
Had a D840 for 3days till it failed,been reading lots of bad reports
about it,avoid and go for a D600 or U600 like i did instead
Reviewed by Molly from England on 20th May 2007
This phone is great except i've been having problems with the battery.
Other than that it's a great phone and easy to carry around with you.
Reviewed by Henry Ameyaw from Ghana on 19th May
Samsung D840 is perfect. It has all the features I need in a phone.
It is stylish and very attractive. The sound quality is also good, but
I just thought a radio could be added together with an Infra-red.
Reviewed by Debbie from England on 19th May 2007
Avoid this phone at all costs, I'm now returning this phone for the
third time (yes I will be on my third phone, they said it needed new
software) but that has not worked due to searching all the time which
is running the battery down, because it keeps searching I am unable
to make any calls. Not good if you break down in the middle of nowhere
(yes it happened to me) Lovely looking phone but that's about it.
Reviewed by Daniel from engalnd on 18th May 2007
i dont know whats up with everyone who is saying this phone is bad because
its amazing! BUY IT!!
Reviewed by paul from united kingdom on 16th May
the d840 is a good phone. stylish,easy to use.easy to put in your pocket.the
phone is very good, apart from the battery life. and the availability
of spare battries
Reviewed by gareth wilshaw from england on 16th
really good phone, slim very easy to use but the internal speaker has
failed. I have required a replacement which is a slight concern
Reviewed by Dimple from London on 15th May 2007
Had the phone for a couple of weeks now and had to send it away already
because when I plugged in the headset it would just turn off my phone.
It didn't have anything to do with the battery life!! Currently been
suggested the Samsung D900 which I believe is a better phone, especially
if its for business use. The Samsung D840 looks good but some of the
functionality is a little weak! I think I'll be swapping mine over!!!
Reviewed by Mark from England on 13th May 2007
Its a brilliant phone BUT a few days after I got it (5-6 days) the screen
broke and i had to get it replaced. It is good though!! I recommend
Reviewed by bxf from Portugal on 12th May 2007
There have been (justifiable) complaints about the absence of a ring+vibrate
setting. The following works for D840 (other options may also work):
- Download and run PSM Player v5.41 (psmplayer.com) - Open any WAV or
MMF file you wish to use as a ringtone - Click File > To SMAF > SMAF
40Poly, and you get the SMAF File Setting screen - Ensure Max Size is
large enough for your file. The D840 can take just about any reasonable
size, so you can put 3000000, e.g. - CHECK the Vibrator box, and to
the right of that, select a CHANNEL between 1 and 10 (11-16 result in
no vibes). A bit of testing shows that the vibration is affected by
the Channel. e.g. CH 1 vibrated to a half(?) beat of the music, CH 7
had a continuous vibration, but for one ring cycle only, CH. 10 vibrated
to the music non-stop, etc. Some values result in a delayed vibration
(i.e. RING then VIBRATE, in effect). Experiment yourself, and enjoy!
Reviewed by Laura from Cardiff on 12th May 2007
I checked my phone and bluetooth is off but the battery only lasts a
maximum of a day before it needs recharging! Looks really good, but
not sure if its worth it if you cant even use the phone because the
Reviewed by Rish from England! on 11th May 2007
love this phone, had it for 4 weeks and i've lost count on how many
people have said the phone looks really good. camera is top quality,
along with the operating system and best thing is keypad. it has a metal
feel to it which is great and secures the phone more is your one that
keeps dropping it. just mp3 player is not of best quality, but at least
it's there. this is my best phone to date, and believe me, this is not
my first, second, third, or even fourth lol. i strongly recommend it
to anyone. to conclude, sack the lg shine, if you want beauty, go for
Reviewed by not an idiot from england on 10th
to everyone who moans about poor battery, TURN BLUETOOTH OFF, simple
as that norml phone battery lasts 3 days - by the way, the antenna strenght
doesn't seem to be that good when indoors, fine outsie, bad inside
Reviewed by Serena from England on 7th May 2007
OMG yes u can change the settings so that it does let u have a ringtone
as wel as a vibration although if u mean it vibrates for 2 secs and
then rings then ok i agree it dznt wrk at the same tym bt afta that
it does! just go onto sound settings then clik across and select "vibration
then melody". It is sleek and very comfortablely fits in your pocket...go
and buy it. Iv had it for nearly a month now and i hv gt used to the
Reviewed by nafeesa from uk on 5th May 2007
I've recently bought a D840, it is very attractive and easy to use the
only problem I have with it is that the camera delays when taking pictures
and you can't get the kids to be too still when taking pictures!!!
Reviewed by katie from england on 4th May 2007
i found this phone to be a reliable and safe phone, while at the same
time having the appereance of a high quality phone. it includes all
of the specifications i expeted and worked well
Reviewed by Ben from England on 3rd May 2007
Battery life makes this a no-brainer. If you're a serious proffesional,
or are considering using this for any business purpose I have two words:
STAY AWAY. Replacement arrives in two days. Style over substance, and
a lesson for me learned the hard way.
Reviewed by Matt from England on 3rd May 2007
The phone is massively let down by the battery. i do not spend long
talking or playing with the functions but the battery needs to be charged
at least once a day. it is awful. i have had the handset replaced and
that did not help. i have had the battery replaced and again that did
not help. it drives you mad. once you have only two bars of battery
left it will turn itself off within an hour. dreadful. Avoid at all
costs. i'm going back to Sony Ericsson. It does look good and works
well(apart from not being able to ring and vibrate simultaneously) once
the battery is charged, for the umpteenth time!
Reviewed by Shashankmittal from India on 2nd May
Hey guys, i bought this phone few days back and i would say that this
phone is obviously good looking, slim and easy to use but one thing
which i feel is the battery life and it sometimes gets heatup when talking
for more then 10 minutes, otherwise this phone is relly good in matter
of style and comfort, adjustable in pocket.. i feel one should buy this
phone if u really like style.
Reviewed by becky from UK on 1st May 2007
got this phone on contract 2 weeks ago. i was attracted by the features
and i'm used to samsung as i loved my D600. the look of this phone also
is also what really made me want this phone. however. apart from the
looks. there is nothing else to write home about. overall i'm pretty
disapointed with the phone. the keys are really difficult to use. the
menu stays on the previous option. for example if the last thing you
used was bluetooth. it skips straight back to that instead of bringing
up the entire menu to re-select your option. the camera is pretty gash.
the speakers are pretty gash. and there are other things. no doubt which
the rest of these reviews cover. im changing the phone tomorrow it annoys
me that much. if you wana look good. get this phone. if not. dont bother.
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 1st May 2007
Recently upgraded to the this phone and I'm sad to say its being replaced.
I agree the phone looks fantastic however the sound quality is dreadful,
the speaker is poor , the camera is useless and to top it off the battery
life is now down to about 2 hours standby following a full charge for
a phone that is only two weeks old its unacceptable. Avoid this phone
! ! ! !
Reviewed by Martin from United Kingdom on 30th
Fantastic phone. The manual resembles animal dung. Unless you're a nerd,
forget it. Rating ruined by the manual. The guy who wrote it and the
executive who approved it should be fired. Great camera.
Reviewed by Sarah from West Mids on 23rd Apr 2007
This phone looks so pretty and feels great. Unfortunately it is to be
replaced. I thought I could live with the seemingly minor flaws, who
needs a phone to vibrate and ring at the same time?? Well I feel that
I do. Having come from the Nokia N70 I am so disappointed with this
phone, and I tried to love it I really did!! Don't be blinded by the
look and feel of this phone, its the functions that make a phone and
this one doesn't have that many of them.
Reviewed by Tim from UK on 23rd Apr 2007
Very nice phone all round , looks and feels beautiful and has a lovely
screen and is quite responsive. The speakers arent bad either however,
the feature set isnt that extensive and the camera is really disapointing
to be honest. Overal a good purchase, its a good looking easy to use
phone, which just lacks in some highend features
Reviewed by Vinod PV from India on 22nd Apr 2007
Almost 1 month since i bought it... Following is my personal experience
with it.. (+)ves -Good looking (Every single person who hv seen it wanted
to touch it once :))...am not exaggerating .. -Good looking -Good looking
and sleek -Nice camera -Sound quality is quite ok! but better when compared
to other samsung mobiles in this price range -Display looks awesome
-Browsing through the menu is brisk...i mean it doesn't hang (-)ves
-Menus are a bit complicated.. -Sound quality is not as good as sony
ericsson models for the same price. -Does not come with a data cable..You
hv got to buy it separately! For all those who are still searching for
adding symbols while typing sms, go to New Message->Options->Input Method->Symbols
Reviewed by simon from england on 22nd Apr 2007
has no1 picked up on the text messages, u only get 70 characters instead
of the average 160!!!!!!!! thats less than half the normall phone. also
the singal is so bad i hav to stand in the corner of my room and non
of my other phones have done this, also the camera never works properly
and u cant have it on virate and ring at the same time. do not whatever
you do buy this phone!!!!!!
Reviewed by rory from london on 17th Apr 2007
has to be the best lookin phone by far, very very nice to look at. but
wow its so lame. i truely hate this phone. it seems to go about the
hardest way of doing things. and it does not ring and vibrate at the
same time so its one or the other..... what a joke!
Reviewed by Jamie from U.K on 17th Apr 2007
The scales are balanced with this phone. On one side you have an absolute
classy stylish phone, with a good solid feel, slide mechanism and it's
nice and slim. BUT....and this is a BIG BUT, this phone is pretty dire
on the very basics of functionality.... 1. You cannot have this phone
ringing and vibrating at the same time. It's either one or the t'other.
Even the oldest and basic of phones do this. 2. You can't change the
message recieved tone, you have to stick with a feeble sounding samsung
one. Also you cant set this to making the sound and vibrate at the same
time. 3. When you send messages it doesn't automaticaly save them in
you 'outbox' so you can later see what you have sent. You have an option
to select 'send and save' when sending each individual message. On the
whole this phone has the looks, but it's all frills and no knickers.
And considering Im comparing this phone to a few year old Motorola V600,
the Samsung flairs up as very dissapointing. But if you can live without
those basic minor flaws this phone is great for you.
Reviewed by Serena from England on 16th Apr 2007
i just got this phone for my birthday the other day and i have to say
it is AMAZING! it looks impressive and it is exactly that! You CAN set
mp3 files as your ringtone so all you who cant do it,its because your
not looking in the right settings! And the pictures i have taken have
come out great, maybe you need to hold your hand a bit more stil so
it can focus. yes...the light on the screen stays on while it is charging
but how is that a valid reason not to buy a phone?? jus turn the fone
over if it bothers you that much! i have always had samsungs and they
have always been great, this one is definatly no exception! so anyone
in doubt of buying this phoine, please dont be, its the best one iv
had, and you should go out and but it!! :)
Reviewed by Jazma Taz from london on 16th Apr
If your into shiny plastic than get this phone. Camera is average and
battery life is terrible.
Reviewed by john from india on 14th Apr 2007
It is good phone but bettry back up is not good so i can say it a average
Reviewed by tommytime from UK on 10th Apr 2007
Can't begin to tell you how amazing this phone is..... It looks good
and is far and away the best phone I've ever had!! Blows the rest away!!!
Reviewed by shell from scotland on 9th Apr 2007
Just got this phone after returning a lg shine with many faults. this
is the first samsung phone i have used i always had a motorola phone.
i must say it's the best phone iv'e ever had it's easy to use, the ring
volume is really loud, and it looks nice. i would reccomend this phone.
Reviewed by Tia from UK on 8th Apr 2007
I changed from the Motorola V3i to this on an upgrade. I wish i hadn't
now. Its nice, very slim, sleek good looking etc but the battery life
is truly awful and every picture i take comes out blurred.
Reviewed by Merwyn from India on 5th Apr 2007
The phone is fantastic in it's looks and features except for Battery
Life which is very poor. Overall this phone is defenitely better than
D600 as its slim and weightless.My rating is ****
Reviewed by Adam Lucas from U.K on 5th Apr 2007
Nice looking phone, a pleasure to use (once you've turned the annoying
xylophone keypad tones off and changed the multimedia message T9 input
language to English from the factory default German(!)) But I had problems
with the phone intermittently but persistantly resetting itself because
of a lack of a good signal. It's nothing to do with my postcode area
or the network on T-Mobile, I've had a replacement but this one is doing
it too and I can only put it down to the strength and performance of
the antenna. A shame because I really like the phone but it's gonna
have to go back. Oh and remember to keep very still to avoid blur when
snapping away with the camera, it's a tad slow in less than favourable
Reviewed by jon kenna from uk on 4th Apr 2007
The features are great, looks are fab and build quality is great, but
... Yes the is a But ... and big BUT Battery life, it goes after 6-10
hours. I'm looking to replace this, becuase i used to get 2-3 day life
from my sony K800i. So great if battey isn't important, but think about
how much you use your phone. 8/10 if u don't mind about battery and
2/10 is battery is important. Up to you.
Reviewed by Gireejesh Mathur from INDIA on 4th
Samsung D840 is a really nice looking phone. However, as I'm using it,
I've come across a few shortcomings of the phone for example: 1. It
does not support wav format 2. The zoom it offers in the camera is lower
than many other phones in the same category / price range. Otherwise
the phone is one of the smartest in the market, with slick looks and
easy to handle interfaces. An excellent phone in all senses.
Reviewed by deano t from wales on 3rd Apr 2007
awsome phone thats all i need to say recomend it to anyone don't listen
to the comment about battery life mine works just fine
Reviewed by cookie from uk on 3rd Apr 2007
this fone is great!!
Reviewed by Eren from England on 2nd Apr 2007
This is the greatest phone i have ever owned!! the camera is outstanding,
the display is brilliant, it looks very sleek and fels great. Its extremely
simple to use and is basically a brilliant phone to have. Hands down
best phone on the market at the moment. and ive only had it one day.
got it on PAYG and is just stunning. Buy it!!!
Reviewed by Troy from Thailand on 2nd Apr 2007
I've just gotten the phone, and it's just great. That's all I can say.
Reviewed by G R Dawson from UK on 1st Apr 2007
The battery life of the D840 is a serious drawback. Typically the charge
indicator will start to show a decline in remaining capacity after 2
days standby and less than an hour of talk time. My wife has taken delivery
of one as well and I have had a replacement device sent to me by Orange
and each phone has had the same problem. Orange actually indicate a
talk time life of 3.5 hours. Samsung have produced a brilliant phone
in all other respects, but the battery capacity is a major design flaw.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone with a typical talk time
of more than 30 minutes per day.
Reviewed by Georg from The Netherlands on 28th
Awesome phone! The build quality is absolutely superb, and just using
the phone to make a simple phone call feels great. Its also very easy
on the pocket and its just the right weight and size. If you want a
snazzy phone with amazing features this may not be what you want, but
if you're like me and all you want is a small, well-built and light
phone with a 2 megapixel camera and a good user interface, you should
buy this one.
Reviewed by da boss from england, innit on 28th
dis fone is da bisniss man i wood marry ma fone if i could dude. but
dont get dis fone on vodafone innit and da sales man who give me ma
contract is gunna be sorry dude cuz i gonna cancel and go to o2 innit
but da fone is top bird
Reviewed by Dharj from UK on 25th Mar 2007
I have had this phone for over 2 weeks now - and still love it! It's
'shinyness' is great, and very relfective, a bit better than the LG
Shine i have to admit. The features are the same as the other Samsung
phones, but it's ok. Overall, this is a good phone, and seems to be
reliable and durable. VERY STYLISH!!!
Reviewed by TOM from UK on 25th Mar 2007
I had this phone and took it back after a week! Yes it looks fantastic
and has a great design like all samsungs! But these phones are for people
who want good looking phones not functions! There are other phones out
there which may not as good but do 1000's of things more
Reviewed by Laura from UK on 22nd Mar 2007
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This phone is by far the best phone i have ever had. Its so easy to
use and it looks so stylish. I had the D900 previously which is also
a realy good phone. But, this one beats all the samsungs ive had. I
think it's great!!