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Samsung E870 review

 Review: September 2006  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: Clamshell phone with 1.3 megapixel camera, video camera, music player, memory card & Bluetooth™.



 

Review

The Samsung E870 is a lightweight clamshell phone with a very minimalistic appearance on the exterior. Open up the phone and you will be surprised by the large keys that give it a distinctive retro look. However the build quality seems a little poor and plasticky, and the navigation keys aren't that easy to use.

The E870 has a very good range of features for a mid-range camera phone. These include an excellent quality screen and a reasonable 1.3 megapixel camera with a flash. The music player supports a wide range of music formats, and audio quality is excellent. With 80 Mbytes built-in memory and support for a microSD memory card, you can store lots of music too. The E870 supports email with a document viewer. There's support for speaker-independent voice recognition and an integrated speakerphone. Aircraft mode lets you use the phone offline. Battery life is good.

The E870 is an interesting mid-range phone offering a good range of features in an unusual and distinctive design. It's rather pricey for what you get though, and the navigation keys aren't the best.


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Reviewed by =P from England on 20th Apr 2011
Love this phone, though it is a bit dated now. Had mine for a good four years and it still works well. It has managed to withstand alot from being dropped to having coffee spilled all over it. Never had a problem with it.
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Reviewed by sabrina from algeria on 7th Nov 2010
I love my samsung E870 phone and i never change it.
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Reviewed by maria from UK on 5th Aug 2010
I love this phone and would like to buy a new one if someone has one !
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Reviewed by Tnt from Canada on 17th Sep 2009
I am from Canada, but purchased this phone in Vietnam. It is a great looking phone with its own uniqueness. Pressing buttons are easy, though sometimes you do make mistakes if you have big fingers. The most important of all is the software included. You can edit pictures in many different ways and set them up as your screensaver as you like. You can import mp3's and set them as your ringtone with no restriction. You can set up anything as your ringtone anything from mp3, midi, and voice reecorded. There are very little restrictions on this phone. No copyright problems here. Editing pictures is pretty good and allows a lot of flexibility. The phone is small and stylish. I lent the phone to a friend and he lost it. Quite angry. When I do get a chance I will definitly purchase this phone again. Obviously it doesn't do everything an iPhone should, but that's a different story. This is a great phone for being used as a phone not for web browsing and all that other stuff. The menu screen is very attractive, the one thing I always look out for. Really recommend this phone for a person willing to use it as a phone. An important reminder that this phone has very little restrictions and allows you to post most of anything as your screen saver and/or ringtone, which is the things I find most important in a mobile phone.
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Reviewed by Su from UK on 11th May 2009
I love love love this phone. I've had mine for about 2 1/2 years now and the only problem I've got with it is that the WAP now makes it freeze. But how many other phones could you have for such a long time (and give them the beating mine gets!) without there being MASSIVE problems? I'm sadly considering upgrading, but I can't find another phone I like nearly as much. The design, weight and functionality are all brilliant, and this phone has served me well.
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Reviewed by alex crawshaw from england on 14th Mar 2009
had this phone for donkeys year like 4 years know got a n95 1 year ago and hated the thing so cheaply made this phone is like a brick and if u can ge hold of it get it trust me and its so cheap know
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Reviewed by Anwer Shaffath from Sri Lanka on 22nd Jan 2009
I was using this phone for over months Lovely phone. But unfortunatly the went busted can some one advice to me from where I can Find a display for this mobile phone
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Reviewed by Nicole from Singapore on 13th Aug 2008
Great phone. Currently using it for a year or so. Really nice to type. Keypads similar to the MacBook. Haha really nice phone indeed. (:
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Reviewed by Catherine from UK on 21st May 2008
Good phone - had it a year and a half worked well but the screen has just cracked so now I'm looking for a new phone that's as good if not better. From time to time, like all Samsung's I've had, it freezes but you turn it off and back on again and it's OK. Good easy to use phone
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Reviewed by Andy from England on 18th Apr 2008
Had the phone for over a year now, looks great, i have not had one problem with it and that includes it taking a bashing from my two daughters. Going to reluctantly upgrade but will keep this one as a spare and hopefully may need to use it again!!!!
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Reviewed by mark from england on 22nd Mar 2008
i've just been loaned this phone while my n82 has been sent off to 02 for repair. its a big step down from my nokia which i love, but on the whole it seems a decent phone. The only downside is that they've given me the red edition of the phone. not very macho, but oh well, i've only got it for around 2weeks. I'll post another comment as soon as i've had a tinker with the phone.
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Reviewed by maya from englan on 27th Feb 2008
INTERNET BREAKS I had this phone twice and each after around 6 months once-a-week usage of the internet, it broke. Now every time i go on the internet menu or accidentally press the (i) button it freezes and you can only fix it by taking out the battery. otherwise an excellent phone
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Reviewed by Eugene from Russia on 22nd Jan 2008
Soon after you begin using this phone it will bring several serious disappointments here and there. You will have to use standard sound for alarm and for personal organizer reminders, because mp3 is not supported, and amr/mmf don't work even with updated firmware. Bad usability — sometimes you have to open 2nd level menu to do a simple operation like rename contact (and how do you like that 2nd level menu just exactly repeats half of items from previous menu?). Another awkward example is picture viewer — I could not figure out how to zoom pictures full screen until I google for it, and you cannot view next/previous pic while it's zoomed. Sound quality is poor. The perfect design is only thing why one should bother buying this phone. People around me keep loving it's look. But if you care about functionality, this will be waste of money. I'm going to buy a bit more convenient phone soon.
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Reviewed by Charl from England on 20th Jan 2008
I had this phone while my D900I got sent off for repair. How good is this phone, the only thing is the keypad, i keep making mistakes when texting. I dont think i want to give it back to 02.
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Reviewed by Paul from England on 15th Dec 2007
Got this on contract 18 months ago, looked at the white one first,looked too much like a kitchen gadget, and so got a red one, this has a black keypad.This was my first flip fone, and overall a good piece of kit. Has worn well with time, color only slightly rubbed off on corners. Screens clear, and it has never let me down,never frozen up.Battery life has been excellent,and I like the early warning of battery getting low, better than just dying halfway through a call.Camera can only be described as adequate. Hinge is wearing well, very little sideways play. Flat keypad can be very frustrating, easy to make errors if you have big fingers (like me) balance in your hand is terrible,very difficult to text with one hand as it falls out of your grasp.So to sum up....Good points; Love the color (only red one), battery life and functionality. Dislike keypad, too easy to make errors, really hate the pathetic cover over charging socket,my nails too big to open it. Do I like it....Yes Would I get another?.....No,going back to one piece phones
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Reviewed by nathan hughes from uk on 30th Nov 2007
fab phone but cant get replacment covers.
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Reviewed by Alison Hulett from United Kingdom on 6th Nov 2007
I just got this phone and I have to say that I am quite dissapointed. The look of it is nice, simple, stylish, modern, but when you open it up it seems too long and cumbersome. It's very light but feels rather cheap and tacky with the keys already sticking a bit. The two big let downs for me though were to do with sound. The sound that comes out of the phone itself is not good. The little speaker just can't handle realtones and mp3's without going all clangy and getting distortion which is a pet hate of mine. Also, when it comes to the alarm, you can't choose a song from your mp3's you just have to pick one of their HORRIBLE ringtones and you can't adjust the volume so it comes out far too loud in the morning- not good! For the price, there is not the range of features you would expect but if you're not fussed about sound quality and want a fashionable and functional phone then you may like it.
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Reviewed by karl from england on 4th Nov 2007
harriet u press the volume button on the side to mek the pictures bigger it took me ages to work it out to lol
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Reviewed by paul from Poland on 14th Oct 2007
Nice one, I have got white one and it looks good enough for me. The worst thing is the batery, and after 6 months of usage there is something wrong with buttons.
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Reviewed by jane from England on 10th Oct 2007
This is an excellent phone, i've had mine for over a year and i have had no problems with it whatsoever. It's easy to use and has plently of memory. A fantastic buy (:
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Reviewed by James from England on 8th Oct 2007
The samsung E870 is not a bad phone, the camra could be better and the text messaging isnt that good! the mp3player is probally 1 of the best thing about the samsung e870, the java games are not very good, and the video recorder could be better, so for the camra 7/10, video 7/10, mp3 9/10, messaging 6/10, java games 5/10, but it does look a sylish phone and i do get people looking at this phone!! James :)
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Reviewed by Emma from Ireland on 18th Sep 2007
I have had this phone for a year. I like it cos the memory is good. It is small and light and it looks well but I have had a number of probs too. 1st it freezes, the whole thing stops working and you have to take the battery out. Also, my internet stopped working afer about 3 months, now when you try to grt onto the internet, the phone freezes, very annoying!
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Reviewed by Harriet from england on 11th Sep 2007
ok, this phone has lasted me 1 year n a few months so far. wen i first got it i got loads of compliments on the look etc so yay! the photo's quality isn't so gd, the picture gets smaller once yu go bak 2 it later & the pcitures can turn out blurred if yu move ure hand. the MP3 player is gd,& better now i know how 2 play songs with my fone shut! which i only just learnt 2day-over a year later (look at a lower down review) the bluetooth has been useful cos i cant get music from anywhere else. & the settings give yu a wide variety of looks
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Reviewed by karl from england on 2nd Sep 2007
this is good only thing is i dnt have enough memory on my fone to get DUTTY DONKERS 6 but i have enough on my memory card this is bugging me grrr !"
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Reviewed by Tom Crowe from England on 29th Jul 2007
best phone i've ever had
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 8th Jul 2007
I love it and I hate it all at the same time. I love it's cute looks, the fact that it is so light and small. The software is my big issue. I love the way Samsung design the address book so you can put multiple numbers in one entry for an individual - much better than my old Motorola. But the predictive text function is soooooooo frustrating! The Motorola was brilliant in that it guessed the word and as soon as it gave you the option for the word you wanted, one click would insert the whole word for you - the Samsung knows what word you want but you still have to tap in every letter. And moving from capitals to lower case or numbers is so awkward. For this reason alone, I will not buy another Samsung, I'm afraid.
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Reviewed by Laura from Scotland on 26th Jun 2007
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!! DO NOT BUY!! ive had 3 replacements now on my contract and they all have the same problems freezing, buttons fail after 3-6months, outside screen either doesnt work at all, or flashes up constantly, in the process wasting the battery life which isnt great either. sometimes when on a call it doesnt let you hang up either, so u need to take the battery out. the only good thing i like about the phone is it was easy to use and i liked the colour. the camera is pretty poor too.
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Reviewed by Josh Lawrence from Kent, England on 7th Jun 2007
I've had this phone for a few month's and love it. For my birthday last week i got a micro SD card but when i put it in it doesn't recognise it and when i ack it to be formatted it says failed. This is the only problem i have had. If anyone knows what i can do to fix this please reply. Josh
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Reviewed by ivonnewaugh from scotland on 31st May 2007
this phone is very easy to use and being lightweight and rectangular in appearance with the slimline design, fits very easily into most pockets without being bulky. Its distinctive red colour is pleasing to the eye, overall a very nice phone.
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Reviewed by Rozalyn from Kent UK on 30th May 2007
Love the E870 exacally the same as E250 know how touse & work them both really well. But trying to find out how to delete the recent recipients on the E870 so i can get to re sell it on ebay without having other peoples number on their. Both 10 out or 10
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Reviewed by Andrea from UK on 30th May 2007
Not been impressed with this phone. Much preferred my last samsung. Keys starting sticking after 6months of use. I do though like the red version of this phone though
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Reviewed by Hannah from Netherlands on 17th May 2007
I have recently bought this mobile. I am pleased with it sofar although I agree that the navigation is not the best.I think the way the functions are arranged under the (sub)menu are not always logical or intuitive - nor is the navigation system. The combined 'ok'-button and internetbrowser-functionality has had me wandering off a few times too. Music is good, plus the memorycard-option and talktime is certainly over 3 hours. Note though once you get to the second battery-stage onto the last (almost empty) the battery seems to last significantly shorter than between the first (full) stage onto the second. All in all not a bad deal, pleased with this purchase overall.
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Reviewed by Beth from UK on 17th May 2007
Just got it today, seems really good!
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Reviewed by Hannah from Scotland on 14th May 2007
I got this phone (champagne E870) a while before christmas and i realllllllly love it! The mp3 is good quality and the sound goes really high!The front screen is good too as its easy to see if you have a message . The battery life on mine is good and seems to last for quite a while. Messaging is easy too and i can check emails quickly. Bluetooth is easy to work on it. The camera does produce good pics although it has to be held still whilst taking the photo (which can be a pain!). Also as someone said earlier about scratches on it... my one does have quite a few but u cant really notice them and i have dropped it many times! It does have a cool design as well!!! oooh and you can listen to the music with it shut! (you go to your music and then put them onto an 'album list' then go to 'music player' in applications and then choose a song from albums and then close it and dance away hehehehe
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Reviewed by gwen from flintshire n,wales on 9th May 2007
battery life is rubbish hate black keypad wanted a white one cnt see ne thin in black
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Reviewed by YuLeNg from Australia on 30th Apr 2007
i bought this phone a few monnths ago from singapore. the first time i used it it was working and then it started to play up. the phone kept freezing every time i tried to do something on it and this was all on the first day i used it. i had to send it back to singapore and tell them to fix the phone, apparently a lot of people have had problems with this phone. they changed the software and when i got the phone back it worked fine. overall this phone is pretty good except for the fact there was probs with it when i first got it. its a great phone and has a lot of great features. i like it cos no one i know has it =] u cant buy it in aus
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Reviewed by Jacqui B from UK on 19th Apr 2007
I got this phone in January and I love it! Always had Samsung, but this is the best by far...I am confused by the comments from Michel from The Netherlands on 27th Jul 2006 who said "The phone must be flipped open when listen music, strange..." My doesn't, when I listen to music, most of the other menu functions are available and can be used freely without interrupting the music and I can listen to it closed or open!!! The speaker is excellent quality for a mobile...the photo formats are excellent quality considering that it's only a 1.3 megapixel...love the speakerphone and the Speaker-independent voice recognition...love it's simple design...the fact that it still seems to be quite rare...there's not a lot of memory, but 1-2Gb memory cards are cheap, so that's not an issue...I love everything about it, except the Champagne colour - I prefer the white version...I recommend it!
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Reviewed by krishan from usa on 13th Apr 2007
the best phone ever easy to use plzzzz any one looking for a phone get this one and the price is not expensive at allll only 180 pounds i got all samsung phones really and this phone is the same but this has got more class init get it
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Reviewed by Gabbie Kershaw from UK on 6th Apr 2007
I have this phone. I think this is the best mobile I have had in ages. The only thing that is wrong with it is i can't get a loudspeaker for it. If anyone knows where I can get one from then please reply. Gabbie
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Reviewed by Sanjay from GREAT GREAT Britain on 5th Apr 2007
I got the Champagne E870 which is a nice little girly phone. Camera is good, mp3 is fine but not alot of memeory. Overall an OK phone for texting, phoning, pics etc but doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. Not very good battery life though.
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Reviewed by kESSY from UK on 4th Apr 2007
I know what you mean Paula Watts! I can't figure out how to set a song as a message tone either!! It's very annoying seeing as the message tones that are provided are shizzle! ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO SET A SONG AS A MESSAGE TONE ON A SAMSUNG E870 PLEASE TELL ME!!!!!!! xxxx
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Reviewed by BabiRach<3 from england on 4th Apr 2007
i bort dis fone last month and im wel pleased wiv it its got a well good camera and a wicked mp3 EVERY1 NEEDS 2 BUY DIS FONE IT IS WIKED AND ITS NICE LOOOKING ASWELL. BUY IT NOW.
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Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 4th Apr 2007
I was a bit dubious of purchasing this phone after the mixed reviews I have read, however after receiving it just over a week ago I must admit I am very happy with it. The camera is very good quality, the music player is clear, the phone is easy to work and despite previous reviews, I do not feel like the keypad is hard to use; I got used to it immediately and have experienced no problems. The only issue I have is that I did not recieve a USB wire to connect the phone to the computer to transfer music; I had to buy one on eBay, but this wasn't diificult and I found a compatible one very quickly for only £4 including P&P. Overall, I'd say a very good phone, v. stylish and also very rare which is nice. I am very pleased and recommened it.
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Reviewed by paul from eng on 31st Mar 2007
this fone is proppaaaa wkd
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Reviewed by andre gaines from usa on 26th Mar 2007
not a good phone.
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Reviewed by Ben from England on 22nd Mar 2007
I've had both this and an E900 for a while. And, I've come to the conclusion that whilst it doesn't have as much of a "Wow" factor as the E900, I think that this is the better of the two. There's only so many times that you can make a mistake with the touch pad-thing. Also, as others have said, you don't see many about. Which is nice. :-)
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Reviewed by MATT from ENGLAND on 18th Mar 2007
I love this phone it is best phone!! It is far better than the E900 which i recently sold because i hated so much! I RECOMEND IT 2 EVERY1! SO PURCHASE 2DAY! U WILL LUV IT!
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Reviewed by Fabio from England on 15th Mar 2007
GREAT PHONE! LOVE IT!
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Reviewed by wendy from uk on 11th Mar 2007
i have had this phone for about 8 months was a little disapointed when it came with white background but has proved me wrong, great little phone, still looking good after 8 months rattling around my handbag,great for texting in a hurry, i also like it as you don't see many of them around
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Reviewed by XX CUTIE XX from UK on 10th Mar 2007
Can i just say to 'EMMA BARRON' to stop your moanin, you probably brought it 2nd hand n cnt face it that you cant afford a working one. i hav brought a new one and it is fantastic!! moody b****
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Reviewed by jan from uk on 5th Mar 2007
had this phone for 7 months. Like it very much. I'm very happy with it, and would certainly have another.
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Reviewed by Karl.. from england on 24th Feb 2007
i have this fone and its good there is nothing rong with it i dont no how you can say it is hard to use it aint its great!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Paula Watts from England UK on 21st Feb 2007
I have had this phone for 3 weeks now and I think it is Fantastic! The Camera is very good quality and takes excellent photos it is very light too, and the battery life is also very very good unlike my previous motorola V3i which is a very good phone also but the battery life is awful I recomend buying this phone, my only problem with it is the fact that you cannot set your text message alert tone to a song that you have put on the phone ie mp3 format or at least I have not found how to do this! If it is possible then I would be greatful if someone could let me know and in fact how to do this
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Reviewed by jordan from united states on 17th Feb 2007
i luv the slim design ooo and the way you can have voice commands all my freinds are well jelouse of da fone
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Reviewed by Hannah from Scotland on 1st Feb 2007
I got this phone with a contract and really really like it! the only problem i think i have with it is that it takes a few seconds for the photos to take as it adjusts light etc but if you dont mind that then its great! the memory is sooooooo good and the games are fun and the pic quality is amazing.xx
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Reviewed by Minty Grebsters from Hawaii on 30th Jan 2007
Hello, i would like to reportabout this phone, i think it is a very attractive and useful pone. the buttons are amazing, the signal is always good, and the screen is clear. i have had no trouble ith it, ie no scratches, problems with it shutting down. i suggest you al l get it as one did.
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Reviewed by PAUL from ENGLAND on 27th Jan 2007
THIS FONE IS VERY GOOD I HAVE HAD THIS SINCE XMAS AND I HAVE HAD NO TROUBLE WITH IT THE CAMERA IS WKD HAS VERY GOOD MEMEORY MP3 BLUETOOTH THIS FONE IS VERY GOOD GET IT !!!!
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Reviewed by amber from england on 26th Jan 2007
I think this phone is FAB, its so dinky and cute, the camera is good, and the ring volume is really loud! its nice and light weight and i think it has everything u need in a phone.
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Reviewed by paul from eng on 21st Jan 2007
this fone is amazin the camera is outstanding the fone is very loud its mp3 player and bluetooth is very good if you want a good fone get this !!
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Reviewed by sambil from South Africa on 9th Jan 2007
I have been using it for three months now and i can assure that it is a good piece of technology. It seems minimal from the outside compared to other phones but when you start discovering its features you can only fall in love with.Features such as its mp3 player and document viewer as well as the tv out are the best and unique for this phone.
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Reviewed by vicky from england on 25th Dec 2006
Well i got this fone 2 day for christmas it seems exceelent soo far it has a very good camera a mp3 player bluetooth and lots more its a relli good fone get it!!
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 11th Dec 2006
I've had this phone for a little while now, and its brilliant!!! It looks go and its features are great! I got mine from 02 they gave me a great deal i got a free bluetooth headset, free odean tickets for a year all this for £130. The E870 has good looks, its got a very sleak design and is very attractive, in a variety of colours grey, silver, red etc. The features matched the looks being outstanding the camera was great (1.3 megapixel) which you can use when the phone is shut so you can take pictures of yourself, it has bluetooth, MP3 music player, internet what more could you ask for! I would definately recommend this phone to anyone who is after looks and outstaning features. I also recommend that you buy it from 02 because of there great deal bluetooth, cinema tickets and phone for £130- go for it!!!
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Reviewed by Gemma from UK on 2nd Dec 2006
Well, this phone looks like a propa stylish phone but after a couple of weeks its full of stratches i mean FULL!! If your a young girl and want a cute phone like i did its great for a couple of weeks untill u start noticing all the stratches! The phone isnt bad at all for working its got great memory and is easy to use, and the battery lasts ages! but sometimes if u are quick at clicking through the menu like me! the phone takes ages to keep up hehe! oh and another thing if your like me and bite your nails dont get it,its so hard to open the part where u put the charger i have to use a pair of scissors or a sharp object so the side of my phone is coverd in more stratches!
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Reviewed by MeMo from EgYpT on 24th Oct 2006
This phone is really great :d
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Reviewed by jim from england on 3rd Oct 2006
it is the best phone out
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Reviewed by paula from uk on 29th Sep 2006
Great phone!! I have the red/black version and luv it. Very stylish and unique and definitely a nice change from all the razrs. Features are pretty impressive too, cam is great, especially the video. Mp3 player is easy to use and with lots of nice fancy graphics. Definitely recommend if you're bored with all the same looking phones out there.
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Reviewed by EMMA BARRON from UK on 23rd Sep 2006
I WROTE DIS FONE WAS FANTASTIC BUT IT'S ACTUALLY RUBBISH.THE CAMERA IS WORTH O.1 MEGA PIXEL N THE FLIP LID CAME OFF IN ! DAY!!!CAN U BELIEVE IT!?THE VIDEO CAPTURE DOESN'T WORK,WHEN I TRIED TO CHANGE THE WALL PAPER THE SCREEN WENT PITCH BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND THERE ARE LOT MORE BAD FINGS ABOUT DIS FONE BUT I CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO ACTUALLY TYPE IT CAUSE THERE ARE LOTZ N LOTZ N LOTZ N LOTZ N....................ETC MORE RUBBISH FING ABOUT DIS FONE!!!I SUGGERT U NOT TO BUY DIS FONE UNLESSU WANNA WASTE UR MONEY.(200QUID!!!!!)
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Reviewed by EMMA BARRON from UK on 20th Sep 2006
THIS PHONE IS JUST FANTASTIC!CAMERA QUALITY IS REALLY GOOD,MP3 IS GOODEVERYTHING IS JUST PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I SUGGEST U TO BUY THIS SUPER DUPER PHONE!!!!!!!!!(IF U R LOOKING 4 A PHONE)
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Reviewed by karay from sotland on 19th Sep 2006
i ave had this phone 4 3months or so. i updated my old phone which was samsung d500 and i didnt think i would get a better phone but i did! i didnt want this phone at first because my old phone looked better but i love this phone 2 bits n would b lost wid out it :D
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Reviewed by soozie from england on 11th Sep 2006
once again this phone is amazing
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Reviewed by Soozie from England on 30th Aug 2006
Wow!! Love this phone - to the techno guru it may be basic but for me its a massive wow! Looks great from the out side - really cute - open it up and those massive buttons are awsome for a text frenzie!! If you want a phone for awsome mp3 player I wouldnt go for this or i would but dont loose your i pod. Sound isnt that great but the phone is marketed to be cute not noisey i suppose. Battery life is fine and the phone has some cheeky little features that you only notice by accident. Camera isnt brillient but if you want to take decent photos you'd use a proper camera (or you would be looking at a SE K800i) This is fine for a cheeky snap of your mates for prosperity. Really cool phone - a must have in every handbag!!! I wouldnt tie your self into an 18 month contract with it though - it is basic and will be bettered. For now though thumbs up all round for this little peach!
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Reviewed by shubhashish from uk on 28th Aug 2006
its now 3 months i m using the phone, very nice little package, bluetooth works amazing, sound and voice quality of phone are good, and to listen to music as someone previously wrote on this site, flip should be open but not if you add files as an album and than play them, indeed a very decent camera and really the white model looks bit like the ipod and if one adds the 1gb micro sd card you can defintely store all your files as well...ALL n all a very good phone..if you are deciding for it just go for it..the red one's now out but i think white is still better
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Reviewed by cheryl from uk on 28th Aug 2006
i brought this phone, inserted my sim card, it would'nt accept my password, then completly wiped my sim memory losing me very important saved texts from the sim. needless to say it went back.........I would'nt touch it with a barge pole.
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Reviewed by Louise from UK on 27th Aug 2006
I got this phone blind - I'd never heard of it and to be honest the numbers mean nothing to me. Anyway I bought a Samsung as I was happy with my previous D500. I love it - I like the colour RED (I'm such a girl). It keeps suprising me - the other day it told me the time when I pressed a button by mistake! I think it's very user friendly and I love the sleek look. It does however slow and doesn't do exactly what you want when you press a button which is a little frustrating but on the whole I'm happy with it.
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Reviewed by Vinnie Potter from England on 25th Aug 2006
I've had this phone for about a month now and I am very happy with it.Got the 1gb memory card and I've dropped shed loads of stuff onto it.Quality!You can set your tunes as ring tones and you can play tunes with the phone closed provided you have set it up right in settings.I had the Motorola V3 before this and the Samsung is streets ahead of it.My only niggle is the vibrate and call alert settings and the ring volume.When set to vibe and ring it vibrates four or five times before it rings at all. I've got it set to max volume(no I'm not deaf)but it could do with being louder.The phone itself is nice and compact but the buttons are big enough for us lads rather than these small things so you won't keep pressing the wrong buttons.I am well happy with this phone!
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Reviewed by Michel from The Netherlands on 24th Aug 2006
Feels and looks very cheap and plastic. If it is opened you get a nice and long shaped phone. I mean when using for calling, the microphone is for your mouth and the speaker for your ear. Wished it opened a little more farther, I mean not a 150 degree agle but 170 degree opened shelf when in open position, so the screen is easier to read when holding in my hand and reading the screen or playing a game. It has problems with reading music from a memory card, gives often the "unnown file format" error. Doesn't accept big memory cards like 1Gb, gives the "no memorycard" error if inserted. Screen is sharp and bright like on the E530. Receiving calls is very clear, it has en very good speaker at the place where you put your ear when calling. Better then Samsung E900, Nokia 6233 and Samsung E780, I had all these phones in the last weeks for 3 days to try them. The phone opens easy if someone calls and you want to pick up the phone quickly. The keypad is great, great respons when pressing the buttons. The navigation key is to small, you press the ''i button'' in the middle of this key to often by accident, and then the phone goes looking for an internet connection, and then you are stuck for a moment, pressing the cancel button 5 times or so. Video and photo quality are average, just for a toy and a extra option. Menu is nice, Samsung style. Nice phone but too expensive for what you get.
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Reviewed by stacey from Uk on 24th Aug 2006
Rubbish rubbish! i just took back this phone had it for a week, what can i say,tones aint good, camera aint good, its a cute phone n all, battery life is good but if yu lookin for a phone with great features i suggest yu look elsewhere..i didnt get to use its mp3 i just couldnt stand it! motorola v3 is even better i must say tho am a nokia person. pliz this is a waste of your money get a nokia n90
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Reviewed by Kinger from UK on 24th Aug 2006
This phone is stunning, it really is. i am using the red version of it and have been for the past week. I do agree about the cancel button been to close to the down key which is annoying. But overall it is EXELLENT!!!!
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Reviewed by Damenator from England on 19th Aug 2006
Nice looking phone from the outside, very minimalist and sleek. Open the phone up and it resembles a kiddies toy, it looks cheap and feels cheap. The navigation buttons are too close together, was dissappointed with the camera in both photo and video mode too, my current nokia with a lower spec cam is much better. All in all if u want a fone for its minimalist looks its ok. I sent mine back.... doesnt rate well for me!
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Reviewed by sarah hobden from england on 17th Aug 2006
had the samsung E870 for a couple of weeks now (red). love the phone. if you've had a samsung before its same layout. love the sleek design and colour. prefer red to white. only BIG downside for me is that i tend to accumulate lots of messages and then erase one by one necessitating using the cancel button. here is where the problem arises. the directional down button is far too close to the cancel button and can be very frustrating. ps. if you're fussy like me about your incoming ringtones, you will have to download something else as the ones that come as standard are shocking!
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Reviewed by Gerard from UK on 16th Aug 2006
Had this phone a week now. Feels as robust as my previous Samsung phones & battery life seems fine. Most useful features as far as I'm concerned are Bluetooth and voice dialling - the latter is working very well for me. Camera/video work well, 'tho I confess I don't tend to use these features very much on any phone. Voice recorder is a great feature that I haven't had on a previous phone, in fact I used to carry around a little digital dictophone, now made obsolete by this phone - I now have voice recorder on a shortcut for making quick notes. Great to find a phone designed by someone with a bit of taste, rather than having to buy a garish gadget-pile! Very nice and minimalistic, compact and light; it looks and feels like a quality piece of kit, and has the features and functionality to match. A pleasure to look at, carry, use, and show off!
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Reviewed by Ayumi from China on 14th Aug 2006
I find this phone perfect and looking good for me it is the best
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Reviewed by Jimmy from Iceland on 7th Aug 2006
THIS PHONE IS RUBBISH!! I DONT KNOW WHY EVER GOT IT. AS SOON AS U OPEN IT YOUR EYES ARE OFFENED BY THE TINY SCREEN AND HUGE BUTTONS. U DONT WANT THIS PHONE STAY WELL AWAY FROM IT!!!!!! THEY SHOULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME GETING THE LOOKS RIGHT AND THE CAMERA WORKING!!!!! YOUR MONEY IS BETTER SPENT ON A Sony Ericsson W810i OR A Nokia N90!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Michel from The Netherlands on 27th Jul 2006
Bought is yesterday. I am a man but I think the looks of the white model is great, looks a little like an Ipod. I had the Sony K750i and the Samsung E530 Ladyphone both and sold them yesterday both and bought this one. The menu looks a lot like the E530, almost the same with only 3 or 4 more options, this was a little dissapointing, I expected much more new futures and a much larger menu. The nummeric keyboard is very good. Feels and presses good and exactly. The updown-leftright key is made around (!?) the Ok button, so if you want to go upward or downward in the menus, you sometimes click the Ok button, to little space for your thumb and to close to eachother. Taking a close look at the pictures of the keyboard of the samsung e870 makes is clear right away. It opens and closes easy. It feels very light. But a litte plastic feeling. A 1Gb MicroSD card comes in next month. The only ways to put files on it is to get an memorycard adaptor or an bluetooth usb stick. I think the last one is to slow to put 500 mb files on it quick, so I will buy an adaptor I think. I hope the battery lasts for one week or 6 days, like my e530 did, if not so I will write it here next week. I am very happy with it, it looks very beautifull, everything, side buttons, shape, all is nice designed with silver coloured front and back. The 1,3 mpixel photo's are good enough for medium quality pictures. For making better pictures I use my digital camera. It is only that I always have a camera with me now and can take those special moments pictures. Sound of headset is cheap but there are good stereo headphones with bluetoot on the market, I will get that in the future. The phone must be flipped open when listen music, strange...
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