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Samsung V200 review

 Review: June 2003  
 

Last updated June 2005

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung V200 was released in the Summer of 2003 and rapidly became the best-selling Samsung phone of the year.



 

Review

What made the Samsung V200 so desirable was the combination of small yet stunning good looks, superb colour display and polyphonic ringtones, and the integrated digital camera.

The Samsung V200 had some great features including a crisp 65,000 colour display, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), GPRS (fast, always-on internet access) and triband (global roaming). MMS meant that you could send and receive multimedia messages containing text, MIDI audio files, and graphics or animations. You could send MMS messages to another MMS capable phone or to an e-mail address.

The V200 was Samsung's first phone with an integrated digital camera. The camera could rotate a full 180° and uses a digital zoom. There was storage capability for around 100 pictures. You could send photos using MMS, or save them as wallpaper. Picture quality was excellent compared with other mobile phones at the time.

Like the earlier T100 and A800, the Samsung V200 featured the extremely popular dual-display that meant you could see who was calling you before deciding whether to take the call. To accept the call, you just flipped open the phone. The external display also showed useful information like date & time, battery life and reception quality.

The display on the Samsung V200 was good, with 65,000 colours and a larger resolution than the Samsung T100. The quality of the polyphonic ringtones was also superb, with 40 voices (compared to just 4 voices on some other polyphonic phones, e.g. the Nokia 7210). In addition, the V200 was compact and lightweight, and of course it boasted stunning good looks. Compared with newer Samsung phones, the V200 is missing a number of features, such as Java games, and its battery life is poor, so it looks rather old-fashioned.

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There was a space game along with a keeping a pet game on this phone. I really want to play again but I can't remember the names.

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Reviewed by paul coussy from uk on 16th May 2014
Fell in love with this phone years ago and wanted it when it first came out but could'nt afford it. Bought some years later and love it all over again. Have got newer android phone but still use this as much. Good looking phone ample specs and does what I need. 10/10.
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Reviewed by Haji from UK on 22nd Oct 2008
my father had this phone long time ago, well he bought in the day it was released here. and since that day im still looking for the same phone and i cant seem to find it anywhere.. i dunno what happened its like it extincted :S
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Reviewed by dejan from UK on 15th Oct 2007
5+
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Reviewed by danny from UK on 3rd Sep 2007
this phone is a ok phone is just the ARIAL ive got all samsung phone and they are good phones
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Reviewed by Matt from UK on 16th Jul 2007
I bought this phone in 2003 and loved it! I then replaced it in 2006 with a D600 and loved that even more!
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Reviewed by Nangonzi Rebecca from UK on 31st May 2007
Am a ugandan MTN subscriber on No 0772638394 I bought A Samsung V200 2 years ego. It is rearly a wonderful phone. It has done me so well. features of the Samsung V200 are all good nice games, makes downloads easly from the net. My 4year old kid Alvin loves its gomes. mostly the space fighter. I love it. It is generally good
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Reviewed by usman basharat from UK on 2nd May 2007
i simply love this phone samsung V200... my first first and after that i couldnt buy any other brands phone... samsung is the best...
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Reviewed by boss from UK on 10th Feb 2007
is very poor phone
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Reviewed by Hope Magai from UK on 3rd Feb 2007
I am using the V200 and finds it more good each and everyday i am using. Sumsung is one of the best phone not just this others But i have a problem where my phone fails to recieve data thrugh infrared. does anyone knows how i can overcome this? email my spam adress hopemagai@fastermail.com Hope from Malawi 265 9 257 407
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Reviewed by > Request" - could someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong? Also, where from UK on 12th Mar 2006
Dissappointed. Have owned since it first came out. Found out late that I could not send or receive photos. Has just broken down on me. No repairer in my home town and had to send away to have fixed. It is now six weeks and still not back. Quoted price to fix was enormous and I regret that I agree to it, but as I already had to pay $32.00 postage, it was easier to say go ahead, and at the time they said it would take two weeks to fix. I also know that there are much simplier to use phone available now, and also lighter ones. I certainly would not buy another Samsung. Sorry, but mine has been a lemon.
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 25th Jan 2006
this phone is bad. irda dont work proprerly. do not try it it looks nice but its not good
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Reviewed by jaimee from UK on 19th Aug 2005
this phone is ok, i first bought it nearly 2 years ago, wen it was really expensive, i luvd the look of it and always liked it because it woz a flip phone. however, i was quickly annoyed with the amount of money i spent on it and the little amount of features that it actually has. The camera is excellent but the fact that there is no night mode and only 100 photos can be stored is disapointing. tryin to write a text also takes a lot to get used to, and very few msgz can be saved. I would reccommend anyone to buy this phone now, there are much cheaper ones with more features. The arial on it also is annoying. overal, its good but get a nicer on if u thinkin of gettin it!!
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Reviewed by Mattmoo from UK on 30th Apr 2005
This was my first ever phone and it was highly credible. It would have been a 4 1/2 star rating when it came out because the only phones with video that you could buy at the time were around #600 and they were like bricks and this was (I think) the first phone with a swivel camera). It seems quite average now because of phones that have video are now far more cheaper and there are better contracts on them. Video phones seem to have left this phone in the dust of time a bit. It is still a reasonable little phone and has stunning looks but is nothing special. If buying it, don't buy it on orange. It is next to impossible to get games, ringtones and pictures that are compatible to this phone on their internet service. I now have a sharp GX30 and I am getting a Sony Ericsson V800 today, so that is probably why I have given it 3 stars. If you don't compare it to any phones that where made after 2003, then this is a brilliant phone. It makes a good little starter phone and can be compared to the Motorola V525.
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Reviewed by kate mcmullin from UK on 11th Apr 2005
i have had this fone for over a year now and it has been excellent. The swivel camera and the menu options plus colour are very good in standard and this fone has served me very well, i am surprised it has been taken of the market as it is a really good fone.The nonsence about it bein a rubbish fone from some of ur entries well its not the fone thats wrong its you!! i love my fone and would recommend it to any 1 any day !! :-)
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Reviewed by Sandie from UK on 24th Oct 2004
The text alert is really annoying, it can't be changed and it goes off every few minutes until you read the text. The alarm does not have a snooze button (though there are 3 different alarms so you could set them to go off sequentially). The text input is difficult (impossible for me) to get used to... I hardly send texts now because it annoys me too much. The battery life is not good... The phone book lets you set home, mobile and office for each person.. but does not tell you which one you are calling on quick dial. Altogether far too annoying... but it does look nice.
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Reviewed by darren from UK on 31st Aug 2004
dont work no support off samsung only 6 months old never buy another product again very very poor
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Reviewed by Ollie from UK on 7th Aug 2004
I recieved this phone a while ago, and i am now realising that it was a mistake to buy this phone rather than the phone i was originally going to get, The Sony Ericsson T630. Im 14 and have little money, and the likelyhood of my parents buying me a new phone because i "don't like it" is , well basically its not going to happen. I bought it SIM Free and at first i was really impressed by the phone, the screen quality is good, the sound is excellent, however, battery life leaves a lot to be desired. I use the phone a lot for text messaging and phone calls and i am finding that i need to charge it too much. The longest time it has given me is four days without needing a charge which is abysmal. My Nokia 3510i used to only need charging every so often, but now that is broken and there is no warranty i was in need of a new phone. I did a great amount of research into which phone to get and it came to a choice between the Sony Ericsson and this. I am so disappointed and i am kicking myself for making the choice of getting the V200. I am wondering if there is any chance of me getting the money back from the website so i can get the T630. Also, When I got it the screen has a strange sort of lump in it? is this wrong, sometimes the colour doesnt display correctly on it and i was wondering what to do. advice would be greatly appreciated
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Reviewed by SLR from UK on 28th Jul 2004
This is the worst phone i have EVER had!! i try and send texts some days and it just wont let me and it has freezed me out of the WAP access for about 7 months now. i have taken it back to the O2 shop near me and all they say is it should be up and running within a few days. The next problem is the screen freezes often and turns itself on and off about 5 or 6 times a day. I again took it back and AGAIN they said that it was my fault for damaging it which i havn't. I am NEVER going back to O2 and i am never getting another samsung phone.
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Reviewed by shonasworld.com from UK on 8th Apr 2004
Superb style. Amazing photo quality. User friendly - even to a technophobe. Text a synch. Great features. Best phone ever. No more nokia's etc, etc 4 me...
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Reviewed by Emma from UK on 18th Mar 2004
Overall i like this phone it is a good easy to navigate phone witha great quality camera and pictures but i have had to send it off as it keeps freezing! samsung have offered to repair it and posted a thing in the post for me to send it off free but it does also mean that i am without my phone for a week which i do not like! i would recommend this phone however so if you are considering then buy it
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Reviewed by Jen from UK on 18th Jan 2004
I haven\'t got this phone but this is what I think about people who say that it\'s weak and that the screen gets cracked etc. The only reason these people have things wrong with their mobiles, is that they don\'t take care of them, they don\'t respect them in everyway possible! I am not talking about V200 reviews I am talking about others. Okay if it is a truly bad phone on which people complain, then its okay. I am receiving this phone later this week from TheLink.com and I can say that I was somewhat off put by these summissions, but my best friend has this mobile and there is nothing wrong with hers, you know why? Because she takes care of it. Some people just don\'t know the value of money and they think its okay to treat a phone like dirt, but its not they are not perfectly enhansed with an air-bag, they will break if you throw them down the stairs every week but if you avoid this they will last you years. So if you are being put off by some of these entries then just ignore them take it from me this is not a phone you will make a mistake by getting Peace X.
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Reviewed by Jenny from UK on 17th Jan 2004
Please Help anyone! Can you set pictures youv\'e taken to the wallpaper? Can you zoom with the camera? Is the camera a good picture? Please answer these questions e-mail me @ Jennyk8t@AOL.com
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Reviewed by aimee from UK on 16th Jan 2004
The ppl who gave bad reviews... ARE TALKING S###! This is possibly the most entertaining phone ever! Not to mention reliable. It may not be perfect but hey. I got it for #300 and i think that was a bargain. When i opened the box i thought it was such a col looking phone and when i first turned it on the graphics blew me away! ThenI listened to the ringtones and they were amazing! The games are entertaining too. Evryone\'s jealous of me! My sister always copies eveything I do but she just got a nokia 3510i so she couldn\'t change it straight away. I was amazed when i first got the 3510i so I was in heaven when I saw v200! Definately worth the money. You\'d be a load of looneys not to want this fine phone.
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Reviewed by Conor from UK on 26th Dec 2003
I recieved this phone yesterday and am very pleased with it! Can anyone tell me how to send or recieve pictures!! My friend tried to send me one and it said that i had to go to o2.co.uk to view it! Some one help!!!
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Reviewed by Co Co from UK on 25th Dec 2003
Was actually thinking of getting the o2 x1!! But afta finding out that o2 had made faults in practically all of them i went for the samsung v200!! This phone is brilliant!!! The camera works perfectly! Its got GPRS meaning uyour permently on the net free of charge which is brilliant for downloading ringtones and wallpapers! Take my advice people if your thinking about any other camera phone at the minute GET IT OUTA UR HEAD!! The Samsung v200 is amazing!
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Reviewed by Me!! from UK on 25th Dec 2003
This phone is totally wicked! Got the phone for xmas today! Its amazing the phone is perfect in everyway!!! The camera is excellent compared to most of the Nokia range! The phone also comes with cable to connect it to ur pc and print ur fotos! AND a handsfree kit! v200 all the way!!!!!
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Reviewed by Emma from UK on 21st Dec 2003
i got this phone a few weeks ago and so far it is a very good fone good camera good screen can download polyphonic ringtones easill on the wap browser at www.polyphonicringtonez.com/wap. however there are sum niggly annoying things ive noticed that u get with a nokia (big nokia fan) the text messaging takes a while to get used to but u can insert sounds whihc is good. when u put the fone on silent then turn it off it does not stay on silent wen u turn it on whihc is quite annoyin as it makes an embarassin noise wen it turns on especially if you want to turn it on in a place whihc needs no noise. also if you are on the camera and you go straight to the normal screen by closing the flap or pressing the red button the screen sometimes freezes but u just press cancel! if you are wantin to buy this phone it is an excellent phone and i have taken lots of pictures of my friends which i treasure i would really recommend it and you get used to it after a while if you are a big nokia ! fan! because lets face it the nokia pictures arent really up to standard are they!
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Reviewed by Andrew Summers from UK on 7th Dec 2003
First of all im gonna start by saying i am really into mobile phones and have had most or used most on the market. I have always tried to get away from Nokia for something different but even to this day there is not a better make. I have had the Samsung V200 for 4 months and to be honest its a ok phone. The screen quality and sound is excellent. The problems i found are that the battery just about lasts you a day whether u use the slim or the standard battery, texting takes ages to get used to and is still not as gud as the nokia as it doesnt remember words that arnt in the dictionary, you cant stop the phone from ringing or vibrating when someone is calling and you dont want to answer and after a while the flip on the phone seems to go really flimsy and wobbles. I have changed phones again now and have gone back to a Nokia and i think im gonna stick with them untill another company get it right.
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Reviewed by mike from UK on 6th Nov 2003
Received the fone 2 days ago and its the worst fone ive ever used. txt messaging is nightmare, the standard ring tones are awfull, the graphics look good but the flip top and the camera are fiddly and the user interface is no where near as good as nokia, so its back to my 7250I.
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Reviewed by lil devil from UK on 5th Nov 2003
I really dunno whether i should get this phone its between the V200 nd the o2 X1 :/ i really dunno which one i want wot wud u lot recommend ??? lil devil xxx
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Reviewed by robert from UK on 2nd Nov 2003
i havent got the v200 yet but of the reviews i have read i am wondering which one to get either the sharp gx10i ir the samsung v200 ????? can ne body hep with this problem and tlel me which is more reliable
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 17th Oct 2003
I love this phone. The screen is just amazing - large, bright, 65,000 colours (Nokia 7250i has just 4096 colours!). One of the advantages of the clamshell design is that you can fit in a much larger screen without the phone becoming over-sized. This screen is huge and is perfect for using the camera. The pictures look just as good on the phone as they do when you upload them to a PC. You have to understand that no camera phone comes anywhere near a proper digital camera at present. The V200 is second only to the Sharp GX10i/GX20 for picture quality but even so, it can only produce snaps. I guess the point is that you can take pictures in the pub, restaurant, shopping, etc, where you wouldn't normally have a camera at all. It's nice to have, but ultimately the camera is a toy (a nice toy!). Menus on the V200 are dead easy. I can't understand any of the reviews here that say it is difficult. I learnt to do everything on the phone in about 20 minutes without needing the manual. Ringtones blew me away when I first heard them. Wow, I didn't know they could sound like that! Ask for a demo in a shop if you don't believe me. They make Nokia 4-voice ringtones sound like mono ringtones. Battery life is good. I can go for nearly a week, making a couple of calls each day, taking a dozen photos, etc. If you're a big user, maybe you need to charge every couple of days. Big deal - takes about 1 hour to fully charge. I don't do much texting, so can't comment on that. Phone doesn't have Java or Bluetooth, so if you want these features don't buy the phone. Duh. Overall, this is such a nice phone. It has no negative points at all.

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Reviewed by Tony from uk on 17th Oct 2003
I havent had this phone long, well 1 day to be exact, and I think its excellent. The camera is really cool, and the quality is pretty good. I also received with my phone software that you can use to download your photos from your phone to your computer. The photos are not that big once you have transferred them onto your computer, but there ok. I think the menu on the phone is great, really colourful, and theres so many different options you can set for the phone, which is pretty cool. The battery life, I think is ok, when I got the phone, I done a full charge, and started using the phone alot, e.g camera, games, and everthing. the battery life only went down to 2 bars remaining the next day. I thought that was pretty cool. I reckon if you hardly used the camera, and played games, you could get few days out of it. This was with the bigger battery. I havent yet tried the smaller one.I havent really found any downsides to it yet. So overall, I reckon its a pretty cool phone.

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Reviewed by Anonymous from Scotland on 16th Oct 2003
This phone is BRILL!!!!!! You have to have it!!!!!!! It blows phones like the sonny ericsson t610 away!!!!!!!! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Labeeb from UK on 16th Oct 2003
Ok, I'm trying to write a thorough review, so this may be a bit longer than most of you wanna read, but if you're thinking of buying this phone, then this may help. I've had phones for quite a few years, and have ALWAYS used a Nokia, the last phone being a 6310. Let start with the good points - excellent picture quality and the screen resolution beats any present Nokia hands down , clear, sharp and bright. The Camera is very easy to use, has brghtness adjustment and zoom function, and some of the photo's I've taken have come out very clearly. The polyphonic sounds are also very good indeed. The rotating lens comes in handy too. The Menu's are ok, and there are enough options to customise the look of the phone to your personal tastes.The phone was supplied with data cable and software so you can connect to your pc and manage SMS, phonebook and your photo's via pc, if appropriate. Some of my criticisms might sounds petty, but hey - its only my opinion. The bad points - You can set the phone to vibrate and ring, but as with a Nokia, those phones will ring AND vibrate at the same time. This v200 will vibrate 3 times, then it will ring. This has led me to miss loads of calls, even with the volume turned right up - when you're out in a night club, football match, on a bust high street, I just don't hear it ring to feel it vibrate, so its a bit of a let down on that front. Also , the SMS tone is either a tone OR vibrate, not both at the same time. The Alarm function does not have a snooze facility like most Nokia's. There is also no apparant option to copy your phone book from SIM to phone memory and vice versa, although the phone was supplied with pc software and a link cable so you can manage your phonebook via your pc, and download photo's from camera to phone. Sending texts took some getting used, I had to re-train myself after being used to the Nokia T9 predictive dictionary, to using this one. There is no obvious method of gettign this phone to store your words into its dictionary, which can be a right pain. You can though end very long texts ( up to about 900 characters )if ever you fancy writing a short story. Its a bit cumbersome switching between numbers, upper case and lower case when texting, so not ideal, but manageable. One big let down was the lack of being able t o download Java games, which at the time of puchase I knew, but now with so many game out there on teh market to download onto your hpone, I regret not getting a handset with Java function - the next phone will def have to have this function.The built in games are ok, but you will quickly get bored of them. Battery Life is disappointing, although I did get a spare one, but who's gonna bother carrying round a spare battery? My Nokia 6310 had a HUGE battery life, could go for well over a week! This needs charging up every day / every other day. So there you, some good points and some little niggly things I aint so happy with. If I had my ideal phone, I'd have the screen capability of this phone, the camera and combine this the best features of a Nokia ( long battery life, easy to use, donwloadable content ) In summary - its ok.Too good for only 2 stars, not enough to give it 4.
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Reviewed by Vicki from UK on 11th Oct 2003
i bought this phone on 02 pay as you go a few days ago and i think it's brilliant, all my friends now want one and the camera is really good. It is also easy to work out and after a day i knew how to operate everything. well worth buying! im 19 and am the envy of all my m8s wiv this new phone
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Reviewed by GJDGJD from UK on 10th Oct 2003
Not sure where/how some of your reviewers are getting 640 x 480 photos from this camera. Mine are 352 x 288 and the Samsung website states that they are 352 x 288. I suspect that people are just quoting some original duff review. I'd love to be proved wrong but until then buyer/reader beware? PS before you are tempted to download the 75MB ZIP file for the phone software from the website please be aware that there are two versions currently (10/10/2003). One is corrupt. The one that isn't is here.
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Reviewed by pietie hoer from jououma on 10th Oct 2003
An ARIAL????????????????? aaaaaaaggggghhhhh!!!!!! the phone is extremely beautifull until you see its arial it makes you want to break it off. nice features but definately does't compare to the fasionable highttech 7250i witch simply blows evry thing away! P.S Samsung great phone but PLEASE GET RID OF THE ARIAL!
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Reviewed by Vicki from UK on 8th Oct 2003
got the phone yesterday & i think its brilliant! well worth the money..the ring tones are great and so iz the camera. Love it!
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Reviewed by Toria from Oxford from United Kingdom on 7th Oct 2003
This phone is total PANTS! What more can I say! Well, quite a lot! The menus are about as friendly as a gorrilla in a bad mood. It's impossible to find out how to copy phone book entries from SIM to phone and other menus equally unfriendly. The whole menu structure is totally illogical and there are far more options on my 'old' Nokia 7250i - which incidentally I am hoping to get back today. If you have the patience of a saint or like a challenge, buy this phone - if not, then DON'T!!! For the price it's certainly NOT worth it as it feels cheap and nasty - and looks it too. The only plus point of this phone is the sound quality. For all the reviews I've read, the screen resolution is not that great either! Hope this may help some of you in your decision making but don't let it put you off - this is just MY opinion and I may just be missing the boat and being a total airhead!!!! As a similar spec phone, the Sharp GX10i is far far better!
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Reviewed by Sam from Australia on 6th Oct 2003
BEST camera quality! And I'm saying this AFTER I looked at EVERY other camera phones avaiable. The worst is definately Nokia 7250 then Nokia 7250i then Panasonic then Sharp and the best is Samsung V200! I love the Rotating lens feature which is Sooo useful! You have to use the feature to feel what I'm saying. You can see your self on screen and see others on screen and everyone else on screen before you take your photo! Also the 40 polyphonic ringtones are amazing(I'm NOT talking about how MANY polyphonic TONEs are included in the phone) 40 chord meaning, up to 40 different sounds can be played at once so it easily even creates humans voice and real music all at once! My ringtone is Dillemma and kelly is singing through it and the quality is superb!! Can't get any better compared to cheap sounds of Nokia polyphonics which sounds consists of 4 poly meaning this has 10 times more sound to the Nokia polys. Also the volume is sooo loud! It's actually TOO! loud! It's so nice when you are out in a busy street and your cool 40 chord polyphonic ringtone start grabbing everyones attention!:) The 65,0000 colour display meaning crystal clear phto display and brillant colour compared to Nokia 7250i which only crates 4096 colour display..Just buy it! Dont settle for second Best!!
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Reviewed by Lee from UK on 5th Oct 2003
I dont own this phone but my sister does from what I have seen it is amazing! Not to sure about the clam shell though as my T100 became lose after a few days. Anyway all the people slagging this phone off do seem to lack the ability to spell or form simple sentences need I say more!
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Reviewed by pam from uk on 4th Oct 2003
i am very happy with this phone its great...the fact the sms alert light is first in rainbow then stays blue so if u miss it u know when u come to it u have a message..i have read a few reviews in complaint to the camera saying that it has a down fall on when u swivel the cam to take a pic ov urself its upside down and this cannot be changed..well if they read their manual they would see that the volume button on the side ov the phone turns the image the correct way this can b used for the cam in any position...so really there is no downside with this phone atall..people just have to read the book i mean really thats what its for to show you how to work it innit?
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Reviewed by pam from UK on 4th Oct 2003
i love this phone its great y is every one on about the sms if u dont like t9 turn it off i do press the arrow at top right of screen till capital or small letter apears..and the comma is if u press the arrow top right till star appears its the first symbol u use...i have ad it a day love it
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Reviewed by anonymous from Scotland on 3rd Oct 2003
My mum has this phone and it topps all others (except sharp gx10i which is just as good but with downloadable java games). If you are looking for a digital camera then this or the gx10i is the phone for you, the only thing this phone doesen't offer on the camera is a flash or night mode so if you use your phone more at night then the gx10i has just as good a camera but also offers you night mode. If you are looking for polyphonics ringtones then this is the best phone for you and 02 offer loads of great tones to download. This phone also has great games, my faves are my pet and space war but I haven't yet figured how to play x-fighter, hope I learn soon! This phone is top of the range and definitely beats the sony ericsson t610 which had such a bad camera that my mum had to send it back. This unbelievable so if your thinking of buying it then go ahead
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Reviewed by Gary from UK on 2nd Oct 2003
Just upgraded from a Nokia 7210. I've always had a Nokia but decided for a change and i'm glad I chose the V200. The first thing that strikes you when you use it is the sound, the ringtones and quirky sounds it makes are so lively. The screen is crystal clear and the quality of the camera is excellent. The camera also has a 10 second timer which is a nice feature. The phone comes with 2 batteries, a slim and standard battery, though theres not that much difference between their size. It also comes with a PC Data Link cable, something rarely supplied by other companies. I have always liked Nokia's because of their easy menu system, however the menu system on the V200 is just as good and I have had no problems getting used to it quickly. The text speed is very good once you get used to the different keys (compared to Nokia) and its possible to type very fast text messages. Signal, call quality etc. are all very good (Orange). The little service light with its multiples of colors on the front cover is a nice touch, except at night when it lights up the room like lightening!!!! But you can turn it off. The only thing I would say missing from this phone is Bluetooth but I can live without it for now. Overall an excellent phone, and better than my previous Nokia 7210, which was also a very good phone.
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Reviewed by Kris from Uk on 2nd Oct 2003
Great design, camera and display. although not so robust. Drawbacks: no bluetooth, data cable is serial not USB, no java, limited mms features, phone functions are limited.
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Reviewed by Davey from UK on 1st Oct 2003
As below, just one point I have a gripe with is that my screen has packed in and my service provider Orange have said I have Permanently lost all my names and numbers stored in the phone. Very annoying as at first they said the numbers could be extracted at an Orange store, Orange store cannot.......annoyed, so in future I\'ll write down all my numbers..not good
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Reviewed by Adrenaline Devon from canada on 27th Sep 2003
this phone is not really up to my standard and i really agree with wad charlie(scotland) said the phone's cover looks like it's gonna snap off any moment and u feel really insecure just holding it...the antenna with it is too long and i think once u sit on it or drop it , it's bye bye to ur money. also, the camera isn't so great either huh?? the screen has great resoluetion though. but .. i mean .. get back to earth... let's be practical... we do not want a phone with just a pretty face . if u ask me, this phone sucks.
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Reviewed by Sayers from UK on 27th Sep 2003
This phone is the best i have ever had the fortune to use. All these people moaning about the text messaging function are just nitpicking, granted there are a few bugs that could be ironed out, but apart from those minor details this fone could not get any better if they tried. You either love or hate this phone, but i believe that only the insane will find this phone unappealing and bad to use. ...and that ladies and gentlemen was my two cents.
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Reviewed by Reggie from U.K. on 25th Sep 2003
I bought a Sharp GX10i but after a few days exchanged it for a the V200, great move. Firstly, whilst this isn't a Sharp GX10i review I would like to mention the reasons why I changed over. Not only was the GX10i restricted to Vodafone (something that bugs me) but the infrared port was restricted to only be used as GPRS modem. Therefore, the only way to transfer pics is via mms to e-mail or through a data cable (not supplied as standard). Also, having come from using a Nokia 8310 I found the sharp rather bulky and I kept hitting the VodafoneLive button by accident because of it's location. So, having changed to the Samsung I am more than happy to have done so. The V200 is smaller and lighter, and granted, the build quality probably isn't as good as the sharp but it looks much cooler. The camera is great for what it is, it is just a phone after all and we're not talking about taking your holiday photos on it are we? The thing that I find better about the V200 camera to the GX1 0i is that it doesn't blur every time you move it slightly. I found it very difficult to get a picture of my kids on the Sharp because they wouldn't sit still for long enough. With the V200 it's no problem at all. I've seen a lot of reviews where people are complaining about the text facility of the v200. Yes, if you've used a Nokia historically then it's going to be a pain to get used to, but come on, you had to learn how to use the NOkia txting facility in the beginning so it's just a case of getting used to it. It's not brain surgery! I've had it 2 days and I'm getting quicker at it already. Soon it'll be second nature just like it was with the Nokia. As for battery life, well, I haven't expreienced any real issues yet but it's still early days. As for the infrared, I've transferred files already from the phone to my pc using the EasyGPRS software supplied. Incidently, a data cable was supplied with the phone so if the infrared didn't work I'd at least have had that optio n too. The EasyGprs software also allowed me to put my O2 sim in and transfer all the phonebook entries to my laptop and then put the Voda sim in and transfer them back, a real time and hassle saver. In conclusion, I think it's a great little phone, very good to look at, easy to use, no java but this wasn't a concern for me, some slight gripes like can't vibrate and ring at the same time etc but there are lots of firmware flashes out there on forums and there's software available to allow you to create your own ringtones or add vibrates to them if you can be bothered. My advice is don't buy the GX10i, buy the V200.
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Reviewed by Charlie from Scotland on 21st Sep 2003
Ok theres no doubt that this phone looks smart. Very smart (perhaps what the v stands for?). BUT its not all that good. My main gripe is that the camera well and truly sucks unless you are at full charge in amazing light conditions otherwise its looks like a horrid picasso-esque abstract image of whatever it is ure photoing. Also it doesnt feel very sturdy, the screen half of the clam-shell effect doesnt feel very safe, as though one wrong move would snap it right off (not just my handset tried others in stores). The WAP options are very sub par and the speed of connecting and navigating even up and down a page is abysmal. No chance of bookmarking long url's - not allowed to. The plus factors though are without a shadow of a doubt, the great sounding ringtones. Also the supplied software is a doddle to use. All in all a pretty phone but not up to much in real world use. PS the aerial sucks, get a small stubby cos itll snap off in ure pocket if ure not careful.
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Reviewed by Ian from UK on 20th Sep 2003
Regarding Dave's comment regarding no backlight on the front screen. I would like to correct him!!! All you have to do is hold the volume button on the side of the phone for a second or two!! Try reading the manual!! Also people on T-mobile will also notice that the pictures being sent from the phone to another mobile will be awful, this is down to T-mobile and not the phone itself. If you want to send and receive good pictures then I suggest you go on either O2, Orange or Vodafone.
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Reviewed by Tony from England on 19th Sep 2003
Cracking phone - real good looking BUT accessories are the pits "Hands free" = a bit of wire dangling from your ear! Come on ~ wake up Samsung ~ you don't see a tramp getting out of a Porsche
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Reviewed by Leslie from Scotland on 17th Sep 2003
"Upgraded" from Nokia 7650 because of its size. Good points: Size, Weight, Amazing colour screen, quality sounds. Bad points: Horrible user interface, dreadfully poor camera (7650 far better), addressbook, texting, battery life (24hrs max with big battery!!). Build quality is fairly poor also as when I open it, its all wobbly. Would prefer a smaller 7650 than this though
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Reviewed by McMorrison from Scotland on 17th Sep 2003
after waiting months for this phone i finally bought it and can now write a review for it. on O2 (my provider) you get 2 batteries, the phone (of course) PC software, Pc connection cables, and handsfree kit. this is alot more than what nokia provides with your phone (my sis only got software, cables and phone with her 6100). I really love this phone. The build quality is superb compared to most phones on the market out matching the new nokias (eg. 7250 7210 etc.) The buttons look and feel sturdy and are well laid out. I do feel that samsung has lost there curvy design in this phone but it is only a minor gripe. It has a clear, and bright screen, with great resolution. the menus are easy to access and are customisable so you can choose how the display is set out. For texting the v200 is reasonable and has alot of different functions (predictive texting (T9) caps. normal. symbols, etc.) The ringtones just blow you away when you here them. 40 voice is the way to go, and they com e with plenty decent ones already. (still downloading them is better) :D The camera is clear, and the brightness can be adjusted as well as the zoom function. (you can take loads of pics) They always turn out clear on the phone and when you upload them to the comp. GPRS on this phone is easy to use and con be accessed by the touch of a button (the big button in the middle). I really can't fault this phone, and as i've had over 8 phones in the past this one comes up top! a great phone. (if you've doubted it in the past and want a nokia don't bother, Get the samsung v200).
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Reviewed by jacK from UK on 17th Sep 2003
:S there are quite a few bad thingz iv read about this phone, but some gd things, well say gl to me all of you! becuz mine is being deliverd 2moz :S, hope it was werth the money :)
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Reviewed by kiki from indonesia on 17th Sep 2003
this thing is outstanding. honest. i don't know why u out there in UK r complaining so much. i'v got in the box the software cd, handsfree, nd it's sooooo easy to download n upload data to and from da fone. bout d cam, i'v tried N7650 and sony t610, they don't compare to my v200. bout text messaging...okay, it's bugging me fo awhile, but that's just about all the minus of this fone. nothing's perfect right! and to those who like gaming, i agree to the rest, buy gameboy. those who need java, buy sumthin else! those who need voice dialling... r u sure?? my late 6510 cudnt tell d difference b'ween 'momma' and 'radio off'..... in the end... well done samsung!
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Reviewed by jq from UK on 17th Sep 2003
this thing is grand.. compared to what i\'d had anyway (i\'v had a nokia 8210, 6210, 6510, siemens c55...). never used samsung before, but i admit i\'ve fallen in luv at first sight and loving it more each day. well, okay, text messaging is rather tricky (where the hell is the comma!!) and the T9 is a real pain for me. but i can live with that. you have to give a little touch here and there to make a really nice-looking pics. but so what? that\'s the art :)
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Reviewed by Dave from UK on 16th Sep 2003
What an awful phone. I upgraded to this phone from a Nokia 3330, that I bought over two years ago. The Nokia is by far the better phone. Added to that the absolutely shocking customer service I have had from T-Mobile and you can understand why I have felt inclined to air my gripes. Firstly, the phone has a sticky out aerial - Nokia have been integrating them for years. The front screen is so deeply embedded in the phone, the main features of the display are often shadowed. Also, there's no way of backlighting it to see what it says in the dark. Texting is awful. It doesn't auto-capitalise sentences, nor does it wrap. There is also a separate button for changing the case of predictive texting. The camera is OK. Having the camera swivel in the middle is more of a novelty than a useful feature. The custom shortcuts can't be programmed with the most useful of menu options. The phone's operating system is not entirely bug free as anyone who has tried mailing a picture will testify. There are also many other problems, which have been identified in the reviews below. Take heed! Awful! Truly awful.
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Reviewed by Duff from UK on 16th Sep 2003
I have had the V200 for 3 months now and find it the best phone I've ever used. I've always had Nokia's before now and have been to stubborn to look at anything else. When the new colour phones came out, I thought "must have one!", I was looking at the Nokia 7250 until my friend bought a Nokia 6100 and I saw how dire the screen is, very dim, poor resolution pretty much like a very old computer monitor. The only Nokia's with nice screens are the 4750 and 3650 but they feel cheap and plasticy and being a bloke I don't have a handbag to carry them in because they're too big for my pocket. I was deciding between the Sharp GX10, Panasonic GD87 and Samsung V200. The samsung came with data cable, extra battery and was the cheapest, that was me sold. Having seen and played with the other 2 since I know I made the right choice. The only complaints I have is that the software is too complex for the phone, on occassions it struggles to keep up and it is a bit chunky for a clam shell. Th e versatility in adding pictures and tones is amazing and the phones pictures are of not too bad a quality either. I work as an IT administrator and am in charge of all company phones, I see and have had chance to play with every one of them and all the directors are envious of my phone. All in all I feel that at the time I bought it it was the best colour/camera/polyphonic/clam shell phone on the market.
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Reviewed by chris from england on 16th Sep 2003
Not to much different from the t100.Better ringtones(though the t100 was good)and a good camera are the main features.WARNING!!!!on vodafone the gprs will not work properly...vodafone do not support this fone at the time of this review.i have spoken to them and samsung and its like banging your head against a brick wall.No gprs but the fone is still being sold as a gprs fone??????. Still another good fone by samsung.
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Reviewed by Dave from UK on 16th Sep 2003
Hey, it looks cool, but in reality this phone is truly awful. Text messaging is horrendous. User configuration is virtually non-existent. The operating system is buggy. The camera doesn\'t work very well. There are no normal ring tones. All the reviews you have read giving this phone a 5 star rating were either Matrix fans or phone salespeople. Probably the latter. This is nothing more than a poor toy of a phone. Avoid it!
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Reviewed by blondie from uk on 14th Sep 2003
well i havent actually bought it yet but after reading the reviews off it i am going to but 2 one for both me and my partner.i feel that it as every thing u could possibly want in a phone..my dad as just bought one and e says it is fantastic.... mainly i have had nokia just got rid of my nokia 7210..i have been looking at this phone for a while and would recomend it to anyone..my partner as ad samsung before and never had any complaints with it they look the part where nokias are basically the same and become boring even when u get the new model... i cant wait to get the new samsung v200..and whos interested in playing games if thats the only downfall then weel i need say no more..
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Reviewed by Nicolas from Belgium on 11th Sep 2003
I have been very disapointed by this phone. It has a nice polyphonic tone. BUT, one of the big drawback (for my use) is that it is not possible to synchronize with oulook unless you buy a dedicated application to do that (altough you receive with the phone a data cable and a CDrom, It is not possible to transfert the data of your calendar to the phone). Another weak point is the battery, takes too long to charge and does not last very long. The games are nice to see but don't try to play with them. It is not designed for that. And last the settings are very limited and very poor as well as the menus are not very easy to use. Just as an example, I send 3 sms to a random number (preset) before I can understand how to change it ... and I'm quite familiar with mobile's (I'm not a guru but still ...). I'm nearly ready to use old mobile again.
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Reviewed by Olof from Danmark on 11th Sep 2003
VERY NICE PHONE!
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Reviewed by Lizzi from UK on 7th Sep 2003
I like the phone a lot overall - it looks good and the display is really clear, and the photos are clear and easy to take and send. The main problems are: unable to get a headset for it from any of the shops / the stupid idea of linking several numbers to one person (ie their home number or mobile), then not being able to see which of their phones they are calling you on (and you calling them) - WHY NOT? I'm going to re-input them all separately / having predictive texting as the first text option - THEN symbols, THEN caps, THEN the normal text option we all want / GPRS option takes ages to load each page / too many key presses to get into the address book - WHY?? My friend has just bought the Sony T610 and its really awful compared to my Samsung tho :O
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Reviewed by Hardy from England on 5th Sep 2003
I had such high expectations for this phone... even saw it reviewed at the phone that turns around the fortunes of Samsung... How wrong could they have been! The phone looks badly designed when compared to the T100 with no real thought given to its lines..my mate just laughed when he saw it (he owns a T100). The charge to battery life is appauling and sound quality poor to say the least, turn the ear piece volume upto full and it gets crackly.. dare I say my old Nokia 8310 is better..hmm me thinks so!
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Reviewed by Erik from UK on 4th Sep 2003
I have had the T100 for 12 months and i am just about to get the V200. Some of my mates have it and it is truly amazing. The color the sound and the camera are all great. Most of the people moaning about the V200 are nokia users like i use to be but i seen the light and changed to samsung. All nokias are basicly the same and are boring. The V200 is a phone for people with style and taste and after reading every review i have not changed my mind about the V200 in the slightest. If anyone has a problem with it they should go back to having a nokia and go and hide in their room while the rest of us with taste will be out showing off one of the best phones on the market.
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Reviewed by Mark Hurmson from UK on 4th Sep 2003
On paper it looks an excelleant package. In reality it's no where near as good. Biggest gripe is the battery life. If you only use it for emergency calls you may just get 72 hours from standby. Dare to take a picture or 'chat' on a call and that could be just 24 hours. No wonder they give you two batteries as standard. Also, there is no 'normal' ring tone. Sometimes polyphonics just don't suit the occasion. If you really want to look cool get one - if you need a good phone get something else.
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Reviewed by chris from UK _ Newcastle on 4th Sep 2003
What A phone!! Thats all i have to say!!!1
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Reviewed by code names sexy lady from Philippines on 2nd Sep 2003
the 1st time i ever hold this phone i was really very happy for it coz the pictures/ images are very sharp on screen and the ring tone has nice audio quality compared to that of nokia polyphonic units. but after a week while exploring its features (i used the supplied cable and connected it to my PC to download tones and pix) the next day i found out it has no sevice at all... it also displayed on the screen "No Service"- i cant even send messages, or make a call... i dont know what to do with this... i suggest dont buy samsung units coz you cant make it repaired at once because of its rare parts plus rare service centers... i hate samsung
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Reviewed by jonc74 from UK on 1st Sep 2003
great phone but the wap acess is horrendous
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Reviewed by Amy from UK on 31st Aug 2003
hey there every1,i got dis fone on da 28th, so i've had 3days 2 work dis fone!nd by far dis is da best fone dat i av had in my life nd i av had quite a few!i read about wot otha people thought about dis fone nd alot of u guys think dat its really hard 2 actually write txt's on dis fone,nd i must admit dat it was quite strange tryin 2 txt of dis fone @ 1st BUT by far dis is da best fone dat i av had dat has such a gr8 keypad 2 txt off ndda actual txt menu is easy 2 use, da actual fone is easy 2 use,i worked out how 2 use da fone within 15mins of openin it 4 da 1st time, da camera is amazin,da images cum out brilliantly,i av also found uploadin da images easy 2 do nd downloadin polyphonic ringtones is easy 2 do 2 by usin da cable,overall dis is an AMAZIN fone,i recommend it 2 every1!well done samsung!
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Reviewed by Bedge! from United Kingdom on 30th Aug 2003
Well Ive owned a few phones, I had the Samsung T100 and that was a great phone, samsung are GREAT for ringtones the best on the Market yet! thats a fact, Just listen to one and you will know what I mean. The display is perfect, 2 points that I dislike is the Text messaging and the Battery life. Im not bothered about the games, With the V200 you do not need games because its good enough. overall the phone is right dam Sexy! When it comes to digital thats got to be Samsung! Nokia poly tones r real poor and the screens cannot handle true looking pictures unlike the V200. :)
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Reviewed by kris from uk on 30th Aug 2003
this fone is great but the camera is poor quality when indoors, great outdoors though. the thing tht really annoys me is that u cant send picture messages for me, it just says service not available. can some one help me out by replying to me on this website thank you. very good phone though!!
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Reviewed by Kirstin from UK on 29th Aug 2003
Oh my god... how rubbish is this phone for texting? I 'upgraded' to this samsung from a nokia two months ago and I've been regretting it ever since. I use my phone for sms more than I use any other feature and I'm frustrated to the max. The words don't wrap on the screen so it's difficult to read, it doesn't automatically change case at the start of a sentence (not necessary I admit, but it's a nice feature on nokia phones), and my biggest gripe is that you can't add words to the dictionary so it take forever to write the simplest of messages, it's so annoying. (Sarcastic thanks go out to the muppets in the shop who sold me this phone). Yes, it looks great, has cool ringtones, blah, blah, blah. I want my nokia back !
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Reviewed by Phil from UK on 23rd Aug 2003
This phone is the best phone I have ever had, and i have had a few!! The screen is brilliant its clear and you can actually see the pictures you have taken with the camera. It also sounds great with all of its ring tones. The only downfall is that the button on the side of the phone turns up and down the volume, and when making a call you can accidentally knock the button and it is very loud. But who cares BUY this phone its great!!!
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Reviewed by Mihai from Romania on 21st Aug 2003
Another excellent phone from Samsung!!!
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Reviewed by boby from malaysia on 15th Aug 2003
This phone has nothing else to offer but only the high quality camera, 40 polyphonic ringtones and the stylish design...... other feature of the phone totally sucks...... wonder why there is so many good comment of the phone.......:p You are also stuck with three boring games.... Sms ing is harder than any other phone on earth... The conclusion... looks good..... but don't work as good as any other phone... DON'T BUY IT... there are so many other phones that are better
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Reviewed by LeeHolt from UK on 12th Aug 2003
A Very nice phone! No voice dialling? Do you ever get yours to work? say one name and my old phone dialled who ever it pleased. Great colour screen Great ring tones and a sexy looking design. The T9 Text is good for those of you that can spell long words that is, just type in all your words in one its easy. Hold down # to go into silent mode. Games? buy a game boy this is a grown ups phone 300 isn't cheap! The camera is very good to say its a "PHONE" You can make your own animated wallpaper just make an animated gif 128x128 a few frames long and download to your phone easy! I bought a nice silver case for 3.99 with all the cut outs in the right places too! Desktop charger that charges two batteries at once for 6.99 Bluetooth would have been welcomed. But for such a gadget packed phone its size is impresive and a weight to match you will be the envy of your friends. Register at http://uk.samsungmobile.com/index.jsp and get 300 credits to download ringtones and wallpaper FREE! 10/10 Samsung
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Reviewed by L from UK on 9th Aug 2003
Have only rated 4 stars at present as I've only had the phone a few hours but first impressions are definately very good. Would like to mention that Orange supplies data cable and software in the box when buying pay as you go.
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Reviewed by QED from UK on 8th Aug 2003
After using the same brick for over 3 years (Motorola Timeport) i decided to get an upgrade (6/8/03). With my T-mobile tarriff i had to pay 100 to get this phone (everything included - handsfree,data cable, software cd etc etc). My intial impression of the phone was that it's very small and fits nicely into your pocket. When you open the phone you are greeted with a pleasantly large + colourful screen. When you start up the phone (and switch it off) you get this annoying butterfly graphic which as of yet i can't get rid of. The functions/menu system in my opinion is rather poor. I want to access my address book in 1 button press not through 2-3 button presses. The text message system is truely awful. I wont go into detail about how bad it is since it has already been mentioned in previous reviews, suffice to say i totally agree with them. The camera on the phone is pretty good (although since i have not tested any other phones with camera's i can't give an accurate comparison). The only thing i find perplexing is why bother putting a rather sub standard camera into a phone? If i want to take pictures i will use a digital cam which has a much better resolution. So why increase the cost of a mobile phone with a gimmick? I have yet to be able to connect upto the GPRS/wap service so i can not comment on this feature (problem with my network or is the phone at fault?). All in all i would say this phone has got potential but things i would possibly like to see in the future. How about having an FM tuner built into the phone? Being able to download new games into the phone might have been vaguely interesting option to have? Maybe put 128mb of flash memory so we can play mp3's? Voice auto dial? End of the day if you're gonna pay less than 100 for this phone then it might be worth taking a look at.
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Reviewed by AlleyKat from UK on 6th Aug 2003
Great looking phone, the picture quality is superb and in my opinion so is the camera (but this is my first camera phone so I can't compare). I agree with some of the other negative feedback listed; text messaging is awful. There's no way that I've found to set the T9 dictionary to input in lowercase. You have to change the case from caps to lowercase after the first letter of the message yourself. You can reduce the font size for a text message (the default is big), but this has to been done for each one as you write it, there's no universal setting. As a previous poster said it takes ages to write even the simplest message (if I'm at home I'll use the pclink software and it takes 1\4 the time). Other bad points are the lack of configurable settings, it would be nice to reduce the font size generally, just because it has a big screen doesn't mean we all want to have double size font! Punch in a number to make a call and you get a new line after entering only 7 numbers! I got mine from orange and was supplied with a serial data cable free in the box, the pclink software you have to download from www.samsungmobile.com. This makes installing ring tones & wallpaper etc a piece of cake. All in all a great phone, but let down by disastrous txt messaging and lack of configurable options.
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Reviewed by Ricardo from UK on 5th Aug 2003
I've had a V200 for a week and a half, having upgraded from a prehistoric Nokia 3210, but that's been enough time to make me realise that I need to change it for another one. OK, it looks stylish, has a nice quality screen, and the front display is useful, but unfortunately the bad points outweigh the good for me :( Main annoyance is with text messaging: the interface is so klunky. It doesn't automatically select lower case after a capital letter so you have to remember to do that yourself, the space key is on # rather than 0, unlike EVERY OTHER PHONE OUT THERE, and you can't add new words to its dictionary. Also it uses an overly large font and doesn't word wrap when you're composing, which makes it difficult to read. I'm still not even slightly used to the interface yet, and just sending the most simple of text messages takes forever. The phone features seem to be pretty limited and simplistic, and even then there seem to be some awful omissions - where are the basic features I used to have on my 3210, like assigning different ringtones to different names in my phone book? Why is it not possible to skip to your phone book list in one keypress? Also I'm not very impressed with the camera - its colour reproduction is poor and the image can suffer from horizontal interference lines if the lighting isn't perfect. There are most definitely better cameras on phones out there - for example, the Sharp GX10i which has absolutely stunning photo quality (and a bigger screen to boot!). No Java support either. What were they thinking??! I've not yet been able to get the GPRS working so I can't comment on that (the fault of my provider, not of the phone!). Which is a shame as I'd like to get a decent ringtone for it too (the ones supplied are, in my opinion, pretty awful...) Sorry, it all sounds rather negative, but I'm pretty disappointed with it, after parting with over a hundred quid for this upgrade. Am probably going to try and get hold of a Sharp GX10i, which costs less, has loads more features, a better interface and better quality camera. Sorry Samsung. Still, have you seen the new Matrix film....?
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Reviewed by mick from UK on 3rd Aug 2003
This is my first Samsung and what a phone. In the past 9 months I have had Sagem MYX5 Nokia 3510i Sharp GX1 and now this Samsung V200. This is the best phone I have ever had. The ringtones are the best ever data cabel and software for pics and tones. The camera is also great the zoom is just fantastic and its alot more clear than the GX1 I had. The games are good, alarm (that works with the phone off) and you can alter the soft keys to what you want.
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Reviewed by simon from uk on 3rd Aug 2003
This phone is fine. No, really it is. Just dont make the same mistake I did when choosing a network to use it on. If you buy it from orange you miss out on a samsung hands-free unit and (frustratingly) the cd with the data suite software on. Without this software you are unable to transfer images to your pc. Orange, why do you insist on crippling a perfectly good phone? Could it be to 'encourage' us to use your mms service at 40p a go rather than downloading to a pc for free...... Hhhmmmmm! Back to the phone, its light, easy to use with a clear screen and loud ringtones. The images form the camera are ok as snapshots but dont expect miracles.
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Reviewed by Mr. Review from Wales on 2nd Aug 2003
Firstly i want to point out that a vast majority of the people on here are raving about the phone because its from the Matrix. Ignore it, that doesnt make any difference to me. I bought the phone not to be Keanu Reeves but to have a phone that stands out from others. Its just as plain as any other. i did have the previous phone... Samsung T100, not much have changed apart from the camera and a few extra wallpapers. to be honest the wap services are exremely slow. The reason i now have this phone is because my last Nokia 3650 wasnt working correctly so i exchanged it for this one. If you are looking for a very good phone with major applications then i strongly advise that you consider the Nokia 3650 or suffer the consequences. a definate waste of time in my words.
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Reviewed by Gurmeet from India on 29th Jul 2003
This phone from Samsung looks very stylish and has a great resolution but it lacks very basic features like Copying phone book to and from SIM to Phone memory. Samsung phone are better in picture quality but are lacking behind from Nokia technically. Nokia phone are technically more advanceed than Samsung. Th bottom line is ...... Buy this phone if you only want a great looking mobile phone, ring tones and camera. This phone has nothing else to offer.
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Reviewed by mark from england on 25th Jul 2003
I've had the v200 for 2 days now and my first impressions of this phone are good. considering i got this phone on insurance free of charge i am very pleased with it. I had a Sharp GX10 before and at first i was un sure of the quality of the v200's camera. after taking a few pictures and fiddling around a bit i found out the v200's is much more advanced. The zoom function is very effective about 10x? and does the picture does not go blurry like the gx10. Also i found that brighness setting was easily adjusted. I transferred some pics over to my computer and although they arent as big they are the same possibly better quality than the gx10. the ringtones on this phone are very good. with 40 tone they should be. I was possibly anticipating a bit better quality as gx10 has 16 tone and they were quite good. but the v200 tones do sound better. i like the gimmicky things like when you open and close the flip you can have sound playing. Infrared and gprs are included and this is an improvement from earlier models i have had like the T100. 65k screen gives good graphics. The thing that lets down a near faultless phone are the games. they are just boring. i know if you want to play games you should buy a game boy but sometimes when there are times with nothing to do e.g bus /train you o need a bit of amusement. As on a lot of expensive phones games are bad and the problem here is that there is no java. just to note -it has the same games as the t100. to conclude my review i'm going to say the v200 is a excellent phone and there are hardly any major faults with it. games are not major. this is a good buiness.
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Reviewed by ? from ? on 23rd Jul 2003
I don't have this phone yet, but I have seen many others. I am envious of all those lucky people to have such a magnificent phone. Don't listen to people that say "Ooh,I'm not sure about that." This phone is too good to say no to. What more features could you possibly want? And is it possible to get a better phone? I for one am not convinced. Colour screen, Polyphonic Tones and best of all, an amazing integrated camera that has the facility to even Zoom! I want one of these phones and will be happy when i get one. If anyone has a better idea for a phone then i want to hear about it!
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Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 23rd Jul 2003
I found it a problem getting accessories for the V200 (love the phone though). I eventually found the 'Samsung V200 Krusell Leather Case' from www.mobilefun.co.uk which is good quality, fits great, has plastic covering the screen and keys to keep them clean and comes with a belt clip and will suite me. I also got from them a battery desk charger.
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Reviewed by PD from scotland on 21st Jul 2003
truely amzing phone. one of a kind. if any one doubts please me persuaded by this review. not having java is hardly the end of the world i mean c'mon a phone that can zoom and hardly lose any quality shood b aplauded and recognised as a great advance in camera phone technology. go buy 1 !
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Reviewed by David from UK on 16th Jul 2003
What a phone!! Well done Samsung, to beat this phone theres gonna have to be something special and i can't wait until there is!!
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Reviewed by Unity from UK on 16th Jul 2003
Firstly if you are reading these reviews just to finally convince yourself that you really do need the Samsung V200 in your life - well yes you do. The doubters in these reviews had nearly put me off and I was considering going down the Nokia route. I had read many reviews about how difficult it was to download to the phone using the supplied software and data cable and it was this element that nearly put me off mainly because it is so hard to buy accessories for Samsung phones (do they actually exist) in the UK. However, the supplied software and the data cable are so easy to use. Sorry to those who have struggled but I cannot believe it's the tools you are using. Even better is the software linking the phone to Outlook which is as easy to use as the most expensive PDA. Also there are many websites out there which offer really great mmf files which download really easily to the phone. My advice don't listen to the doubters just get a really neat phone
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Reviewed by spud from uk on 16th Jul 2003
Well i got this phone back in may 2003. I got it on vodafone, 200 mins cross network,100 text unlocked, with 2 batteries, data cable, cd, handsfree kit and paid 30 for it. I can use my orange sim card in it. its got a 5 star rating cause its cool. I can take pictures anywhere i want, wherever i want, however i want. I can download and copy over phone numbers/wallpapers/ringtones/text presets direct to the phone. Its reliable. It does not hang. The phone is worth 360+. This phone has definately worth it. I can now calmly flush my orange spv down the toilet.
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Reviewed by Jon from Australia on 15th Jul 2003
What a technology! I love the 40 chord Polyphonic RINGTONES!!!!!!!!! It sounds REAL!!!!!! AND I mean REAL!!!!! 40 chord means there's up to 40 instrumental sound playing at ONCE!! It can even copy the real human's voice! When you hear the samsung 40 poly phones you will never want to hear the ordinary polyphonic sounding which other brands such as Nokia is offering.
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Reviewed by The One from UK on 15th Jul 2003
This fone is the Business!! Wot more do u want from a fone?! All u java users stop moaning and buy a fone which has java!! Also, it sounds like to me that all u Orange users should change networks. One more thing, to put it on Silent mode all u do is hold down the # key (thats for all those who didn't know). It's a cool, wicked fone....BUY IT!!
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 13th Jul 2003
This phone is a class act having just upgraded from a T100 and only after owning it 1 day i feel i can already write a review on it. Its the camara isnt it that why your thinking of buying it and its why i did and i can tell you its fantastic!! pocket to taking photo can be done in under 5 secs and the pics come out great. remember the amount of photos you can take depends on how much other stuff you try to cram into the memory i.e ringtones but so far i have 42 and it will hold 100.(this camara even has zoom!!!) The Colour Screens are great even if dispite what they say its got more than the T100, ive played about at length with the s300 and now have the v200 and i still say the T100 has crisper colour but thats not to say the screens look bad. Having read some of the other reviews im really surpised at some of the comments as regards software, if it didnt come with a disc the futures not bright the futures going some place else for ya phone if you see what i mean (wink wink) Sorry had to stop there needed a drink of oran...ops i mean pepsi. photos upload fine to pc so dont know where that moan comes from (do people read manuals?) yes it does have 1 touch button to go to silent mode and the moan about sms yezzz if you want to write a book buy a pen!! it works fine. The only bad point i can say about the v200 is that its lost its classic samsung shape we so loved with the T100 and s300 its a bit boxy and when i first picked it up i thought ewwwwwwww but now i own it and have held it used it kissed it and even taken it out to dinner i can tell you its not a problem for me now. Nooooo i dont work for mr Sumsung but having owned mobile phones since i carried my first one around like a suitcase i can tell you its a great phone, most people stick with brands so all you T100 owners out there the answers yes its worth upgrading to
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Reviewed by Saf from UK on 7th Jul 2003
I've had a nokia 6210, 8310, 3210, 8210, and lots more, this is the best phone!! 1) the colour display is excellent, theres not comparison with the nokia 7650. 2) the camera quality is fantastic! also compared with other nokia's it just is number 1!! i got the phone on upgrade, only cost me 70!! wicked phone, it came with all the cables and CD's for software.
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