Samsung P400 review
| ||Review: October 2003
In a nutshell: A clamshell phone with integrated digital camera, full colour screen & Java games.
The Samsung P400 takes everything that made the V200 such a huge success, and adds a 180° rotating camera feature and downloadable Java™ games.
The newer E700 improves on the P400 with an integrated aerial.
Samsung P400 features include:
- Built-in rotating digital camera (640 x 480 resolution)
- Java games
- WAP 1.2.1, GPRS
- High-resolution full colour screen (TFD, 65,000 colours, 128 x 160 pixels) plus external display
- MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) & EMS
- Memory: 512 Kbytes
- Predictive text messaging (T9)
- Speed dialling
- 40 polyphonic ringtones and customisable ringtones
- Phone memory (500 names)
- Caller display (on outer screen)
- Built-in infra-red modem & USB connection
- Downloadable wallpaper
- Animated screensaver
- Calculator, clock, calendar, games, currency converter
- Size: 91 x 48 x 23 mm
- Weight: 105g
- Battery standby: up to 100 hours
- Battery talktime: 2.5 - 4 hours
- Vibration alert
Samsung P400 user reviews
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Average rating from 56 reviews:
Reviewed by Michael from Isle of Man on 18th Nov
Its November 2005 and beleive it or not i still have the Samsung P400.
Battery is still good. I went to a haunted house to take pictures once
in the dark to see if anything showed up. I took it home to see if anything
showed up and i got a remarkable effect. Something showed up but the
picture broke down into very small squares, and the whole phone shut
down and was difficult to get back on at first. When it came back on
the picture was gone. Nothing like that has ever happened since. It
is truly a reliable phone. Though the camera could be better, needs
a lot of light to get a decent photo.
Reviewed by peter wabyona from uganda on 22nd
It's a must buy for starters like me. It aint that bulky giving you
freedom to move around with it freeloy. Pheeew gone are the days when
we had to carry around walkie talkie like phones.
Reviewed by suska from midlands on 18th Oct 2005
not at all happy! my infrared dont work and never has either. anyone
know why? thanks
Reviewed by Betim from Macedonia on 21st Sep 2005
Its very good because its beatiful
Reviewed by Tomasti from UK on 29th May 2005
If you want a PHONE, to call and text with - this does a pretty good
job of it. Fair enough, its nothing special and there are lots of other
phones out there that are just as good for the same price. However,
as a second hand buy you cant go wrong with the P400. Its got great
battery life, great signal strength and nice quick predictive texting.
Its also slim and still doesnt look that dated. On the downside, it
has a stubby aerial (most phones of this age do though), crappy camera
(dont buy a phone to be a camera lol) and I dont know what Samsung were
thinking with the swivel screen LOL!
Reviewed by Aqib from England on 23rd Apr 2005
This phone is great it has a nice camera and the twisting screen is
nice. the one thing that can be improved by samsung is the size of the
screen that should be larger considering the amount of space available.
Reviewed by Michael from Isle of Man on 18th Apr
Great Battery Texting is good Camera could be better Generally its rock
and roll at its best baby? I'm suprised they havent made a mobile phone
with an old fashioned ring dial. In the 1930s if a mobile phone had
been invented it would be the size of an average hotel suite and use
the same power as an entire street. it would have used thermionic devices
such as valves and these would have to be replaced on a daily basis.
isnt minature electronics amazing. You can get 250000 components on
an ic measuring 1 inch square
Reviewed by Callum from Fordant, South Fallows, Enlgland,
United Kingdom, Europe, The World, The Solar System, the Galaxy, the
Universe!! on 4th Mar 2005
THIS PHONE IS ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH DON'T BUY IT NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
Reviewed by JeN from UK on 15th Feb 2005
This phone is great! I personally preder a slighty smaller feminine
phone, But this is fine. People who say that their phone's screen breaks
(not particularly this phone), they just have to be careful with it!
This phone is pretty strong, mine has been dropped down a flight of
staris, on a wooden floor and down a concrete slope...and it hasn't
faulterd! The camera is great, almost like using a proper digital camera!
and what i really like about it is that you can put differnt tones on
the dialing keys to a piano and a cool sound! its so cool! Overall a
Reviewed by Emir from Bosnia on 24th Jan 2005
It is good phone.It is best phone.Camera is very good and games too.Buy
to self data cable.It is very good.
Reviewed by from lt on 23rd Jan 2005
its very good phone, but i have got one question, can i transfer photos
from it to my pc?what software do i need?
Reviewed by Christopher from England on 3rd Jan
This phone is the best phone ever! I recommend you buy it! even though
its a little old now it still hs one of the best cameras on the market.
With the screen being able 2 spin around as well as the camera it adds
more functionalty to the phone making even more easier to take those
Reviewed by scorpio from philippines on 25th Oct
I am so disappointed with this phone coz I can't send MMS images nor
image from the phone to PC even with those softwares,only those taken
by the camera.I can't even receive any images from the infrared nor
send anything from it.You can't share any images except only through
MMS which sucks big time.No blue tooth.Plus theres no way to set the
phone not to use T9 dictionary which is very annoying.I also can't organize
anything.Everything no use,no folders...maybe I should stick to using
Nokia phones instead coz I regret buying this.This phone isn't for those
who want to share images nor tones
Reviewed by tim from philippines on 21st Aug 2004
I've had this phone for quite a while now and it really is an excellent
phone. Just had one problem with it...not really if there's a problem
with it but whenever the phone's ringing, it would start softly then
gets loud in a matter of seconds..........(if u the same experience
with the phone, please email me thanks firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reviewed by xxx
on 17th Aug 2004
This phone is great. I was going to buy the Samsung V200, but then the P400 came out, with everything that the V200 had plus Java games and the rotating screen, so I bought that instead. In truth the rotating screen isn't something that I have used a lot, but I have definitely beneffitted from the games, so I don't regret waiting for the P400. The newer Samsungs like the X600 or E710 are probably better because they have some new features like video recording, but really there's very little difference to the P400. I certainly don't plan to upgrade from my P400 anytime soon.
Reviewed by Mike from Philippines on 8th Jul 2004
Unable to transfer photos from said phone to a computer with appropriate
hardware, software, and space. After I installed the software supplied
with said phone, I can no longer access the Internet via the modem of
a cable Internet service provider.
Reviewed by person from USA on 1st Jul 2004
TyPiNg LiKe ThIs Is NoT bIg Or ClEvEr.......
Reviewed by Youngy from Scotland on 9th Jun 2004
The phone is a good idea, with its twisting screen, but really its just
a novelty which has very little purpose. You will get bored of it after
about a week. The phone itself is good, the features it has are pretty
good but average in the world of mobile phones. The camera is really
good quality, but if , like me, you need a phone for everyday use and
you drop it on occassion then its not a good idea. Its vey flimsy. Ive
had mine for only 4 months and its falling to bits. Topped off yesterday
by the screen falling off. Its kinda not working now. New phone time.
Reviewed by steph from uk on 3rd Jun 2004
i've had my phone for a number of months now and it was working perfectly
until last night. the rotating screen has lost all power and won't light
up! is there anyway i can get a duplicate or refund? i am also dissapointed
with the functions as the only difference between the p400 and v200
is the appearance which isn't worth the £100 margin. samsung should
make a more updated phone but with the rotating camera.
Reviewed by BOO from IRELAND on 27th May 2004
JUST BOUGHT THE P400 IT IS A BRILLIANT FONE THE SCREEN IS REALLY CLEAR.
BUT THE CAMERA IS FAR MORE FIDDLY AND THE FONE IS HEAIVER THAN THE E700
BUT THE COOL ROTATING SCREEN MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT.
Reviewed by Sandeep from England on 25th Apr 2004
The samsung P400 is the best phone ever. The phone has bulit in rotating
Digital camera, some java games, Wap, Animated screensavers and lots
more other cool features. It is worth buying this Phone. Plus it has
a rotating head for easier picture taking. The style is cool. I would
recommend this phone to anyone.
Reviewed by Mike Jones from Wales on 18th Apr
I've had this phone for a week now and I find it great,but I was just
down my local Phones4u shop to buy a better case and the saleperson
informed me that Samsung are discontining the P400 which a thought was
Reviewed by Quangtong from Vietnam on 2nd Apr
I very happy to use the Samsung GSH P400. But I have not got a disc
to setup for computer. ( now I can not load the picture from my mobilephone
to computer. ) How can I do ?
Reviewed by Sam Thomas
on 30th Mar 2004
This phone luks absolutely ace although i dont have one yet, but I was wondering is it better to buy this or the samsung X600. Any answers will help.
Reviewed by Francis from Canada on 25th Mar 2004
This phone is really good it has a really nice camera and my phone flip
down doesnt wobble, but i guess im really careful with it. In canada
its a little on the expensive side but it is still one of the best phones
Reviewed by Sam D T from England on 25th Mar 2004
Im not reviewing the phone(although it luks absolutely ace) but I wonted
to ask sumthin bout it. Im think in of buying this or the E700, which
is better and why. Any answers will be most helpful
Reviewed by charlie from England on 9th Feb 2004
This phone does sound very good. All the reviews I have read make the
phone sound very cool indeed. One of my relatives have a Samsung 3700.
It's amazing. I wish they made a phone with the P400 stuff inside a
E700. I recommend the P400 to anyone.
Reviewed by Jenny
on 4th Feb 2004
This phone is the best Samsung ever, I did have the V200 for a day but they camera wire came loose and the shop didn't have any replacement because it disscontinued and this one is just like that but better! The twisty screen is great for when you take photos of people and you can just turn it round and show them.I give this phone proper thumbs up and double the stars!
Reviewed by Tracy from UK on 22nd Jan 2004
I liked this phone when I got it 10 days ago, everything about it is
brilliant, except the fact that the screen is loose already (when the
phone is closed, it's ok when open). It feels like it will fall apart
so I've sent it back. I wasn't at all rough with it, just one of those
things I guess. My husband had one at the same time though and his isn't
too bad. If you can cope with the wobbly screen it's absolutely fantastic.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 21st Jan 2004
I've had this phone a week now and I think it's great. However, there
are a couple of things I'm not overly impressed with. It won't let me
set the speed dials to my own numbers (the option is greyed out), and
the EasyGPRS software seems to have a problem uploading ringtones occasionally,
even though there is plenty of memory left in the phone. Texting is
much more difficult than on a Nokia, but not impossible. Apart from
that it's a great little phone. Very good quality screen and the polyphonic
ringtones sound great at 40-poly. The camera is pretty good too considering
it's size. Much better than my old Nokia 3310.
Reviewed by Davao from New Zealnd on 19th Jan
Im thinking of getting the P400, but im scared after reading reviews
about the screen becoming loose and breaking off. Have some people just
mistreated it or is the P400 prone to this? and some people say its
a bit bulky. is that all true?
Reviewed by Simon from England on 19th Jan 2004
this phone is * hot u lot dont know what u are on about
Reviewed by Jamie from Manchester, England on
4th Jan 2004
Dont bother with it...... get the E700, bigger photo memory, bigger
phone book, clearer and better quality pics/camera. nicer to hold, no
arial, easier buttons to use.
Reviewed by DES from UK, London on 3rd Jan 2004
Wkd phone, had it a while, some bar steward nicked it tho, at least
it proves its desirable!
Reviewed by iuuy from uk on 25th Dec 2003
i aint got dis fone but gonna get v200 soon.jus wanna say- why didnt
samsung go straight 2 dis fone instead of goin 2 the v200? is v200 cheaper?
Reviewed by Michael from Isle of Man on 19th Dec
You can get 41 pictures on this baby
Reviewed by Hande from Türkiye on 18th Dec 2003
When I realised that I should buy a phone with camera , I searched a
lot and my decision was this gorgeous phone:) I was thinking to bu Panasonic
X70 but I couldn't wait for it and I took P400 especially for its rotating
camera and flip.I use it for 2 months and I liked it a lot.If you want
to buy a small and high quality camera you should take it.And the phone
has 4 games in it and the BubbleSmile will be the game that you will
like i think.Also you can download polyphonic melodies,java games,screensavers
etc. from wap.samsungmobile.com and it is all FREE, you don't pay anything
for them:))) I am happy with my P400 and you should think this phone.If
you are a man I should say that Samsung E700 is much better for a man
but only for the appearance of it not the properties... I forgot to
say, my two best friends bought Panasonic x70, 2 days ago and I couldn't
believe that it was the phone that I liked so much at first...discusting!
Reviewed by Michael from Isle of Man on 15th Dec
It works well, the Text is a bit hard if you know what i mean Harry
! I cant get the i'll CU Later business with out typing i'll See you
Later if you know what i mean. Its pretty light which is really rockin
but eh how do you put a cover on it, i cant dig that jive baby ?
Reviewed by k man from the mity uk on 14th Dec
this is a grea phone however i have to say tht i prefer the samsung
v200. I think it is a lot more stylish even though it lacks java it
is stilla betta phone. conclusion; by v200 not p400
Reviewed by Michael from Isle of Man on 8th Dec
I am very impressed with the samsung P400, it works well, texting is
somewhat harder than the Nokia 3330 i was used to, but i like this phone,
and it seems reliable. If you press and hold the Hash Key it puts it
into silent mode, so it vibrates only which is useful.
Reviewed by Richard from England on 4th Dec 2003
I am incredibly disappointed with this phone gaving moved from a Sony
Errikson T68i. The ergonomics are all wrong : you need a right hand
like a shovel to be able to hold and enter sms messages with the one
hand. The text input always reverts UPPER CASE FOR STARTING MESSAGES.
The organizer is simply pathetic : no way to categorise organizer entires.
No way to specify organizer durations. Poor integration with MS Outlook.
So poor in fact, that the ONLY way to specify a time for a "memo" or
appointment is to set an alarm for it - an audible alarm :( The, to
make matters worse, when you have transferred a to-do item to the calendar,
yuo can't even the edit the damn time or date of that entry. Truly risible.
The good things? Beautiful display, nic camera, nice input keys, decent
menu system, and good sound. I suspect if you don't want a half decent
organizer then this cuold be the phone for you.
Reviewed by Sam from England on 4th Dec 2003
hey, dont have this phone have the E700! Drasoss from Slovenia you have
misinterpreted what it means by 40polyphonic. This is not the amount
of tones it has but the number of instruments it uses. The more instrument
tones u have then the better the sound of the ringtones. Nokia phones,
most of them like 7210, 3510i only have 4 tones so they are not that
good. With 40 tones u can also have ringtones with Voice!!! looks like
a great phone!
Reviewed by ZaK from U.K on 2nd Dec 2003
Good features and excellent design and options. But the screen got loose
after a day and now, a week over and the screen fell off.
Reviewed by Rocket from UK on 26th Nov 2003
Hi, can someone tell me how many pictures you can store on this camera
(it says there is 512k memory which seems considerably less than the
Nokia 7250i)? I'm swithering between the Samsung P400 and Nokia 7250i...
Reviewed by Drasoss from Slovenia :) on 23rd Nov
Des from UK ---- 40 Polyphonic tones means quality of the tone, not
numbers of tones.
Reviewed by John Donaldson from N Ireland on 30th
Help please - I'm thinking of buying the Samsung P400 at £150, the Samsung
V200 at £100 or get a free Sony Ericsson. Any advice on which to choose???
Reviewed by Des from UK, London on 15th Oct 2003
Ordered my new samsung a few days ago, cant wait to recieve it, in the
mean time i will have to put up with my useless nokia 8310, one thing
that ive noticed that seems a bit of a let down is perhaps the omission
of bleutooth, but hey i spose u cant have everything (unless u get the
sony p800, and thats still a 'big un') another thing, is there a display
on the outer screen to display the date, time, caller ID, reception
etc? (if not, it would have been nice) Also teh official site claims
40 Polyphonic Ringtones : - 25 ringtones pre-installed, 5 downloadable
(isn't there a numerical inaccuracy here?!) Still cant wait to get using
it, gotta go find 1000 people to fill up the phone book memory now!
Reviewed by Karim from UK on 14th Oct 2003
This is a very good phone but i do not know why there is all this fuss
about its camera. Its not any better than that of a nokia 3650/7650.
Best camera has to be on the Sharp GX20. No bluetooth on this phone
which is remarkable considering everyone is adding this feature to all
the new phones. Phone is packaged brilliantly - data cable, CD, 2 batteries
as well as charger,manual and handsfree. You do not need to buy anything
for it. However, as someone who regularly changes his phone to keep
up with improvements, i feel that if this phone had been introduced
about a year ago, it would have been more in line with what the others
were offering at that time. This phone really does feel too dated compared
to what else is out there. Good phone but not great. Contrary to earlier
review, you CAN add words to the dictionary.
Reviewed by Kelly from UK on 8th Oct 2003
Not a bad phone, but i prefer the samsung s300, which is much smaller!
Screen is ok, but Im worried about it getting loose, which it is already.
Move over Nokia, Samsung is on da prowl!
Reviewed by Dan from England on 6th Oct 2003
This is a great phone its trendy and lots of great features the screen
is much clearer and better coloured than the s300 the only problem i
have found so far is that its a bit bulky but i dont mind this as there
is a bigger screen txting is also good once you get used to the diffrence
between nokia one other thing it does not have is you can't add words
to the dictionary this is frustrating. Great phone
Reviewed by Wajid M
on 4th Oct 2003
Wicked phone bruv!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Will from England on 30th Sep 2003
i thought that the samsung P400 was excellent. the cameras cool and
the functions are schweet and easy to use..recommend it.
Reviewed by Martin from United Kingdom on 26th
This phone is just superb i have the V200 as well and this phone is
just superior to that.
Reviewed by kwob from england on 20th Sep 2003
The phone looks ok but the camera is not as good as the v200 camera.
Reviewed by KuKuJiaoz from on 5th Sep 2003
jUZ gREAT buT d0sNt hAve tHE dIStiNcTivE lo0k...pReFeR V200 m0rE