Samsung Z320i Review
Review: April 2006. Updated June 2009.
The Samsung Z320i is a slide-up design phone that offers both 3G and
i-mode. I-mode is a replacement for WAP, and is a much better way of
accessing the internet from a mobile phone. It offers fast access to
a range of websites and to e-mail. The Z320i is the first phone in the
UK to offer both I-mode and 3G, offering the twin benefits of 3G video
calling and fast internet access.
The Z320i is similar in specification to the Samsung
S500i, except that it has 3G, making it one of the best-specified
of the first I-mode phones. However, the S500i has the advantage of
a larger high quality screen and an expandable memory card. It seems
weird that the Z320i misses out on these features.
Despite that, the Z320i offers most things that you'd expect from a
3G mobile: video calling, a high-quality camera (although not the best
available) and a stereo MP3 player, with the benefit of I-mode too.
It's also the first 3G phone to feature the popular slide design common
to many of the newer Samsung phones.
Looking at the negatives now, the Z320i can be criticised for poor
battery life and reception. The I-mode features itself can be tricky
to use at first, and some of our users have complained that it's all
too easy to press the i button accidentally. Texting is also a bit slow.
Many users have reported that the phone randomly resets the ringtone
to the factory default, or even loses contacts or other settings. The
Bluetooth connection is also rather temperamental. Really, this phone
has too many issues to ignore and is best avoided.
Features of the Samsung Z320i include:
- 3G video calling
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- Video camera
- Display: 64,000 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- 64-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Stereo MP3 player with support for stereo Bluetooth headset
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, e-mail (i-mail)
- Java games
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB
- Memory: 100 Mbytes
- Quad band plus 3G
- Vibration alert
- Size: 97 x 48 x 23 mm
- Weight: 95g
- Talktime: up to 300 minutes
- Battery standby: 200 hours
Samsung Z320i User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by Geraint from Wales on 22nd Aug 2007
2 months and im finnaly free of this stupid pointless phone!!!! its
totally rubbish!!! but battery life on mine is outstanding, can hardly
see the screen because you got like an inch distance from the inner
screen to the outer sceen, the fact that it changes back to factory
ringtone when it wishes winds me up because it is so embarassing!!!
and its old for the time in which it came out. glad it was free with
the contract, i think to buy it was £250 something like that, i would
have been gutted if i actually paid for this phone!
Reviewed by Robyn from England on 8th Aug 2007
I have this phone on 18 month contract, which ends in December. Its
been such a terrible phone that I'm actually buying a replacement phone
from my friend tonight because I cant stand to wait the final few months.
Randomly, my camera wont work, but then will again when it feels like
it. The functions are simple and boring, and I think the memory capacity
is poor. The ringtone continually resets itself back to factory settings.
One good thing with the phone is the excellent bluetooth and 3g r4eception,
have had no problems with either of these things.
Reviewed by Daniel Watson from Guildford, England on
9th Jul 2007
I'm 12 months into an 18 month contract and I'm about to start crying.
My last Samsung was the joy of my life but this, is by far the WORST
phone I have ever had the misfortune to own in my life. First, there
are all the glitches which EVERYONE has, yet O2 refuse to beleive exist:
Ringone randomly re-assigning itself to default, T9 dictionary resetting
when it feels convenient, diary which clears itself should you turn
the phone off. Bluetooth is an absolute nightmare and the signal is
poor despite living on the top of a hill in a city. The pc studio is
not mac compatible, and even on windows is awkward and quite cheap feeling.
Despite buying a bluetooth adapter I'm still no closer to getting my
pictures onto my mac. I was unsure about the phone in my trial week,
but stupidly I thought I just needed to get familiar with my new phone.
I feel like such a mug and have to endure 6 more months. I have it insured
and will enjoy swatting it under a bus when my contract is about to
expire. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!
Reviewed by paul from Leeds England on 6th Jul
I am just coming to the end of an 18 month contract and to be honest
i genuinley loved this phone...... for about 15 months it was perfectly
fine, but all of a sudden the screen decided to randomly go white, or
completely blank, which is incredibly annoying. the music player is
fine, camera is ok, its wat u expect from a 1.2 megapixel. all in all
dissappointed it started to go faulty but was a good phone for about
Reviewed by Paul from England on 14th Jun 2007
I agree this is very poor. Have had for about 16months and am about
ready to chuck! T9 dictionary forgets everything u add. Turn the fone
off and u get that stupid whistle song as yur ringtone (wich is c rap
2 start wif). I put a reminder on it about 10 months ago - turn the
thing on and it pops up - look in the reminders and.. der, there are
NONE. Would never advise to get it as it is the worst i have had - bring
back the brick, at least if u dropped it the screen wouldnt smash!
Reviewed by sue w from UK on 12th Jun 2007
Sceptical at first, but this is a brilliant phone, with loads of on
board memory, and fast i mode application. Screen quality is more pixelated
than newer models but depends what you want to use it for. Battery life
has been very good despite what I had previously read !
Reviewed by neil from uk on 7th Jun 2007
coming to the end of an 18 month contract and this fone has just kept
on going. It has a few faults such as it wont send files to motorolas
by bluetooth and when you send a text it'll keep vibrating (not constantly)
for a while so u think that u have a reply when u haven't but it is
very good. it is solid quite good looking and is well specced.recommended.
Reviewed by hobbs from uk on 19th May 2007
this phone is ok! but it randomly resets the ringtones, and also sometimes
has a habit of not being able to load jpg if its something like .JPG
instead of .jpg! wierd also it has a habit of random doing the sms tone
or vibrating so you think you have a text and you dont.. annoying!
Reviewed by Carly Thomas from United Kingdom on
8th May 2007
I have had the Samsung Z3201 for just under a year and am very dissapointed
with this phone. I have had a number of problems with this phone. It
does not answer promptly and has let me down a number of times when
abroad. The quality of the camera is very poor compared to my previous
samsung phone. I have had a number of samsung phones which have been
very good but i am dissapointed with this one.
Reviewed by tony gaylor from england on 18th Apr
i have the samsung z320i it has been the best phone i have had and i
think that the memory on the pphone is good to
Reviewed by ViVitas from Serbia on 12th Apr 2007
This phone is perfect for me!
Reviewed by Zoe from England- Peterborough on
4th Apr 2007
i love this phone fpr me the battery's fine. i love the masses of memory
as well i have loads of songs and videos and theres still over 60,000
Reviewed by mike from england on 4th Apr 2007
i have only just got this phone today but it is fantastick exelant memory
loud music speacker good smoth sliek desighn with 2 cameras 3g and imode
Reviewed by Brioney from Reading on 28th Mar 2007
I have had this phone for a year and i had a samsung before, my contract
just ended so i got a free upgrade and again chose a samsung. I think
this phone is fantastic, there are no problems with the bluetooth i
have never failed to find any of the other devices i have been looking
for, plus the memory is fantastic, i have lots of music vodeos and pictures
so i need a large memory and i never used it all!!!! As for the battery
life i would say it was mroe that satisfactory, even if it wasnt u get
suplied a extra battery so you cant really complain about that. I have
never had a problemb with my ringtone defulting unless i take the battery
out, but that also looses all my saved dictionary words...which i will
admitt is a complete pain but its too be expected. I will admit i do
prefer the wap to imode as it is expensive cuz you have to subscribe
to everything but its not something to hate the phone for it does what
its meant to. I have had no manifacturing or electrical faults with
the phone and im not the most careful of owners i will admit i have
dropped it on a number of occassions :( but it still keeps going. the
photos it takes are brilliant and the flash reli helps which other phones
dont have. as for allthe scratches ppl say they get the screen isnt
exactly easy to scratch its quite durable so good no's what tehy are
doing with it??? maybe they shud be more careful PERSONALLY I RECON
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING DONT READ ANY OF THESE REVIEWS GO TRY
IT IN STORE IF YOU LIKE IT BUY IT AND GIVE IT AGO EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT
EXPERIENCES AND OPINIONS CUZ THEY ALL TREAT THEM DIFFERENT AND WANT/EXPECT
DIFFERNT THINGS!!! I LOVE SAMSUNG!!!!!!!
Reviewed by tim h from england on 23rd Mar 2007
i have had the phone since christmas and i think it is brilliant but
the only thing i have noticed is it won`t send files to motorola`s.
is this a common problem or is it just my phone?
Reviewed by angela from uk on 23rd Mar 2007
I hate this fone so much im paying the contract still but gave it to
my 12 year old to use whilst bought myself a better fone the problems
were poor bluetooth and that annoying habit of changing to the factory
ring tone when ur in a crowed place,that ring tone is the most embarassing
one i've heard,and o2 and samsung denying any problems with this. well
only 1 month to go before the contract is up.yipee!
Reviewed by frank from birmingham on 22nd Mar
dis fone is well cul iv had it for 1 month now and i love so buy it
now.regards badman frankster
Reviewed by frank from birmingham on 16th Mar
this phone is absolutely fantastic i've had it 4 1 month and i love
it and would recomeond it, so buy it now.c ya, peace out all a ma peeps.
Reviewed by Tara Scott from UK on 14th Mar 2007
This phone is great! I've had it for nearly a year and I've had absolutely
no problems with it at all. The bluetooth is quick and easy to use,
it has a good reception, the battery lasts a reasonable time, the mp3
player is easy to use and very clear, text messaging is easy, i've got
some great pictures and its durable. I've dropped this phone so many
times and it has never broken. Well done Samsung I love this mobile!!!
Reviewed by ssssssssh from uk on 10th Mar 2007
this phone is really good! i have had it for 7 months and no problems!
Reviewed by Mark. from Bradford,England on 23rd
Oh how i wish i hadn't changed from my D500.At first the phone looked
great and i was very pleased.The longer i had it the more dis-heartened
i became.The battery life is terrible, and try blue toothing to any
other phone apart from Samsung and you've no chance. The final straw
was when it took a slight knock and the screen cracked inside. The phone
was sent away and i have now been waiting over two months to get it
back. I cant wait to get out of my contract and go back to a tough Nokia.It
must be bad as O2 have stopped doing this phone online!!! Come on Samsung,
get your act together..
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 5th Feb 2007
Good phone 3/5 - could have been a 4 but it keeps changing the ring
toone 2 factory stardard.
Reviewed by farooq from india on 14th Jan 2007
I loove this foone, it is so brilliant and i wish to have it forever.
because I know tht samsung is a good name and I wish to hav it forever
Reviewed by jp from england on 5th Jan 2007
this phone is ace its a bit quite tho bit is ace ill give it 4 / 5
Reviewed by hayley (4th review) from on 4th Jan
when this fone works its really good. i'm now on 2 my 5th fone i only
recived it 2day and its broken already( after about an hour). wat a
load of rubbish, this fone shud burn in hell!! its now decided that
it will change the date and time when it feels like this. 02 best give
me a new fone or they can stick it up their bum!!! stupid fone! DONT
Reviewed by Anna from UK on 3rd Dec 2006
I've had this phone for nearly a year now and i absolutely love it.
Brilliantly easy to use, fantastic camera and so durable! I've dropped
it so many times and its fine. Battery life is fine, I use the extra
life battery and only have to chaarge it every 3 days. LOVE IT!
Reviewed by jay from england on 26th Nov 2006
Hi after reading some reports on here about this phone i`m in agreement
with some that this phone is a poor design not enough features and video
is the poorest i`ve ever seen i had a phone 3 years ago with a video
on it and its 5 times better than this, could anybody tell me if you
can get the person who`s texting you come up on the screen coz i can
only get the person who`s calling on the screen also how do i change
the font writing when i just want to dial a number without going to
the phonebook its coming up in rainbow type colours at the moment?
Reviewed by Mike from England on 21st Nov 2006
If I could give this phone less than one star I would. To start new
the phone is ok at best. I don't know why everyone is raving about the
imode, it sucks and is costly for everything worth looking at/ downloading.
Texting too is also poor, words you add into the predictive dictionary
are wiped after the phone is turned off or crashes. Also on top of this
the dictionary has words which are absent or mispelt. There are other
problems with this phone which im sure i'd be able to remember if it
was turned on, but it has ceased to work. at first the screen began
to either be blank after it slid up or just completely white. This is
after only 6 months and very carefull ownership, no dropping.
Reviewed by Aimee Marshall from England on 12th
Best phone I have ever had, had no problems with n e think so far (touch
wood) i mail and imms send fine, quality of pictures it takes r wicked.
Bluetooth works fine. It has been scratched but I did drop it so that
my fault. No complaints from me.
Reviewed by Rory Goldsbrough from UK on 29th Oct
After having my last Samsung for 3 years, I was sure that Samsung were
one of the best phones. However I have turned out to be quite disappointed.
The first month was fine, but after geting to month 4, the battery life
is considerably lower, the phone freezes, sometimes to end a call, the
only way I can do it is to remove the battery as the keys dont respond.
The software seems to crash on me, and the phone deleted all of my phone
contacts!! I am hoping that I just got a dodgey phone as I have sent
it back for an exchange. I am awaiting for the new one to arive and
I hope I have beter luck! Texting is very ln winded and you cant set
your own personal message alaert tone. You can only use the one set
on the phone. Apart from that, it is a good phone, except the finish
is not what I would expect from a phone of this price. There are better
looking phones for this sort of price.
Reviewed by Sibby from Uk on 24th Oct 2006
What a rubbish phone! Had this phone for at least 9 months... Screen
scratched within two weeks, then the scratches mulitplyed... Froze for
first time about a month into having the phone. Battery lasted me a
day at most.. I-Mode was ok i must say but did take a long time to send.
MY last samsung the screen cracked and looked as if a gun shot of colour
had apeard.. Take my phone out my pocket what happend?? EXACTLY THE
SAME:-) Samsungs are bull..0x!!! If your readin this.. Most people say
had my phone for a day BRILLIANT!! Try having it for 9 months:-) Soon
be complainin.. Good job i had it insured! Never ever ever going to
get a samsung again. :-)
Reviewed by Claggy Toffee from England on 18th
I have had this phone since Feb 2006 on an eighteen month contract,
apart from accessing Sky News that I get for free at the moment everything
else is RUBBISH RUBBISH RUBBISH can't wait for contract to end or may
even buy a another phone for the remaining length of my contract. Battery
poor, although you do get a spare. When you add words in text message
they are only stored until you switch off the phone, when they are cleared
out of the memory. I have had a few Samsung handsets and they have been
fine. The 1 star rating was given in the absence of a lower rating.
I do wish you could have longer time than a couple of weeks to try out
phones before committing to a contracts.
Reviewed by hayley from england on 5th Oct 2006
hi me again got my 3rd fone friday, it's now thursday and it playing
up already. different problems this time. Bluetooth wont turn on," bluetooth
busy" appears when i try 2 turn in on. all day it has been turning itself
on and off again. went to o2 to see if i can change it completly but
they said as i've had it more than 28 they will just live me a new one.
might see if my dad can do anything he is more persuasive than me. otherwise
o2 can stick my contract up the bum!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Hayley from england on 26th Sep 2006
I am now waiting for my third z320i which I have sent back twice now.
Seem to have the same problem with the alarm clock. I use it to wake
up in the moring 1) it doesnt always work 2) if it does decide to work
it makes a crazy sounds as if it had been shot and now no sound comes
out at all(for the alarm) it does seem to sort its self out when you
turn it off and on again but what the point in a new phone when you
have to do that all the time. the first z320i i had didnt have signal
one day and decided to ring people?? also when trying to ring people
this doesn't always work, says connecting for ages its doesnt even have
the ringing sound, altho it does acctually phone the person u are ringing
but u dont know its goin through and they cant hear you. again it sorts
it self out when u turn it off and on. im so glad i got the insurance
on my contract this is the last time i send it bac. these are all the
problem i have had! everything else is really good and really good to
use out of the uk!!! recomend insurance when buy this fone!!
Reviewed by SHAUN from UK on 18th Sep 2006
WISH I NEVER CHANGE FROM NOKIA THIS IS RUBBISH CANT BLUETOOTH WANTS
TO SEE EVRYONES SERVICE LISTS,TEXTS TAKE FOR EVER HARDLY ANY MEMORY
TO REMEMBER ADDED WORDS .ITS SO SLOW SENDING A MMS MESSAGE TAKES AGES
FILLING IN ALL THE FIELDS.CANT WAIT TO END OF CONTRACT
Reviewed by Ann from UK on 13th Sep 2006
lots of people told me that samsung phones wher brill but wen i got
mine,,i dont use it often and my bluetooth is never on permentally and
my battery life lasts a day and a half at the most.....
Reviewed by 12 yr old gal hannah from england on
12th Sep 2006
THIS IS THE BEST PHONE GOIN!!! I LOVE IT!! IMODE IS GR8! U CAN DO EVERYTHING
BUT WEN I WANT 2 SEND AN MMS IT SAYS MESSAGE FAILED ?? LODS OF MUSIC!
LOUD! IF PLAYIN MUSIC ALOT ALOT THE BATTERY ISNT VERY GD.REALLY NYC
N LOOKS REALLY GOOD!VERY EASY TO DO IN AL WAYS AND NO 1 CAN READ MY
MESSAGES CUZ I HAVE PUT A LOK ON DER! LOL I LOVE IT ! BEST FONE GOIN
EVERY 1 SHULD GET IT
Reviewed by Warren from England on 6th Sep 2006
the fones boss, it has lots of memory considering it hasnt got a memo
card, and its great the way u can txt 4 free on i-mail! outstanding!!!
Reviewed by Evan from uk on 18th Aug 2006
what the huck i done to my self i can't wait till my con b ovr fultiz
1.mms 2.imode 3.battry 4.ringing tone chenge. i hate the phone plz don't
by it plz.
Reviewed by pete from england on 17th Aug 2006
blootooth doesent work i mode fails all the time looks good but cheap
Reviewed by stefano from uk on 6th Aug 2006
As an upgrade to a D500, I feel let down by the lack of facilities on
this phone. Pros: 1*Take video clips up to one hour long with the option
of pausing. 2*More memory than D500 Cons: 1*No countdown timer 2*No
alarm setting for different days of the week 3*The alarm on the calendar
only alerts you when it feels like it (I schedule everything on my phone
as my brain is like a sieve) 4*The ringtone changes whenever it feels
like going from my ultracool tone to a naff lullaby. Maybe it is a fault
with my particular handset, but I would not recommend it
Reviewed by MartinD from The Netherlands on 4th
As a telecom retailer I received the Samsung Z320i as a gift from one
of the Dutch network-providers. Thrilled as I first was about this phone,
my opinion became more balanced after a while. - Design:- The Z320i
looks nice and stylish. Good position of the keys, although the letters
on the keys are somewhat small in my opinion. Compared to other UMTS
phones (Samsung Z500 for example) it rather hefty and big. The display
however is edible, but sometimes too crowded with 'gprs-symbols' and
other pictograms. Nice and clear colors and a 'friendly' appearance.
- Functionality:- One of the main downsides I think would be the rather
weak battery (and the display-backlight always on when charging). The
camera is good enough, but rather slow compared to, for example the
D600. Sound quality when calling is varying. Sometimes it's as good
as it gets and sometimes it just goes with a lot of backnoise and echo.
E-mail functionality is very good compared to other (not smartphones)
and easy to configure. Pity they didn't include a external memory-card
slot, as the Z320i has a simple and rather good music player and headphone.
It does have a great agenda function, perfectly synchronising with Microsoft
Outlook (included software is easily installed). Concluding:- A versatile
telephone with good functionality. However, it misses that 'extra' to
distinguish itself from competing GSM's
Reviewed by some1 from ireland on 28th Jul 2006
dis phone is brill had it 4 2 months now and nothing has gone wrong
imode is good and camara is decent good quality sound and easy 2 txt
da only let down is the poor battery life but this phone is still a
very good phone
Reviewed by some1 from ireland on 26th Jul 2006
dis phone is brill a decent camara and 3g with imode and it looks cool
the only let down is the battery
Reviewed by OLDA from ENGLAND on 18th Jul 2006
Phone is very poor. Difficult to use and has an issue with Bluetooth
- won't pair with phones that aren't Samsung. Useless - I had it 5 days
and sent it back!
Reviewed by Kevin from Dublin, Ireland on 15th
A phone with some great features, but badly let down by it's predictive
text - just try entering "hiya" or "galway". It won't let you and you
can't add them to the dictionary either (same problem with S400i too).
I had to set the band selection to GSM bands only cos it was getting
very weak signals when looking for 3g and not making or receiving calls.
It's now started giving message alerts even after the message has been
read. It's going back today and I'm getting a Nokia. Never again Samsung!
Reviewed by ashley from england on 3rd Jul 2006
this phone is brilliant and hold me up on it for hours i love to play
on my phone and i like to pull it out in the middle of the town centre
now because before i had a bad phone and so i would hide wilst i was
on it........ this phone is very nice and posh and has alot of programs
i like and love to use on it so thatnk you samsung for inventing..........
Reviewed by Hellie from London on 30th Jun 2006
This phone is poor. The textin is incredibly slow and i never had signal
anywhere. On the few occasions the phone found signal it did not ring
with incoming calls and apparatly a few of them have been like this.
It comes with 2 batteries and trust me you will need them!!!!!!!!!!
Awful phone, word of advice Don't Buy.
Reviewed by ajax mingyhjjh from france on 29th
it is lethel good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by natalie solaru from England on 20th
This phone is a belta!!!! its amazing its so good and you should deffinately
get it so please get it, it is so amazing xxxxxxxxxxyayxxxxxxxxxxx
Reviewed by Samsung King from United Kingdom on
6th Jun 2006
I have had this phone for a couple of months now and have found to be
an extremely good phone. The amount of internal memory allows plenty
of music and video files to be stored in addition to pictures and even
.pdf files. This is extremely useful if you are continuously commuting
like myself. The camera is also a very crisp for a 1.3 pixel camera,
however, cannot compare to the D600 camera. In conclusion, this is a
very good phone with sufficient battery life. I really do not understand
why people find this to be a problem as my phone lasts me approximately
six to seven days with normal use.
Reviewed by Hannah Atkinson from England on 1st
Terrible phone. My last phone was a Samsung E720 and I thought that
that phone was ok. I can not wait to get rid of this one. The phone
keeps freezing, the battery life is the poorest of any phone I've ever
had, the menus are slow, it doesn't remember any predictive text and
the screen has scrathched extremely easily. camera quality is very poor,
makes the pictures all fuzzy and blurry. I have never been as unhappy
with any phone as I am with this one.
Reviewed by Jay from Scotland on 30th May 2006
this phone is well good it has a mp3 player nd 1.3 mega pixel camera
nd it can take videos. :-)
Reviewed by James from England on 23rd May 2006
Dunno why people think its bad this phone is wicked, battery life is
bad when bluetooth is on permanantly just disable bluetooth and only
enable it when you use it and the battery life will increase by days
:) mine lasts for about 5 days before it needs charing
Reviewed by bob from england on 19th May 2006
People dont understand how to use this phone by the looks of things!!
Its a class phone!! Plus i-mode is brill, and you dont have to pay to
play the games you download. Dont know what your doing but its wrong!
Reviewed by Kirsty from UK on 17th May 2006
I fink the Phone is good! Its not really ideal for the older generation
but for us young ones i think its good. I looked thru the imode and
understand it completly i think its alot bether than wap.
Reviewed by Vicky Mitchell from England on 17th
I have had nothing but problems with this phone and have recieved four
faulty phones and am now awaiting a repcement phone D600, as fed up
with the problems on this phone. There seems to be lots of problems
with the vibration and battery life. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!
Reviewed by Dom Adams from UK on 14th May 2006
This phone is amazing. I am confused as to what people say that you
cant set mp3 ringtones i have just by going to the file and selecting
options then set as ringtone. The phone does not reset itself. If your
looking for a good all round phone then this is the one for you. The
camera quality is excellent for a phone and when uploaded to PC they
look just as good. The PC software supplied works excellently. Memory
wise this phone has more than enough its a phone at the end of the day
and 2 mp3 albums is pretty good in my oppinion. I love this phone and
the contract is great. A must buy.
Reviewed by mCC:L from Scotland on 9th May 2006
I havent yet received my new phone but reading some of your reviews
I thought i had better let you know, YOUR ORDINARY SIM CARD WILL NOT
WORK IN THIS PHONE, this is why you have no or low reception. Because
it is a 3G mobile, you need to get a 3G compatible sim card if not it
wont work properly... If sounding £250 on phone remember to ask about
that, if you are getting it from a good network provider, like myself,
then they will advise you of this.
Reviewed by stuart hopkins from scotland on 2nd
to put it bluntley this phone is ka ka.i took an 18 month contract out
and after 1 month its driving me nuts. where do i start..ok first off
all the i mode is stupid and confusing.it has an average mp3 player
but with 120mb memory after 1 album watch your memory plummit like a
ballast balloon.for sum crazy reason only samsung know the answer to
theres no expandible memory which is shocking. reception is bad as well.my
old motorola c975 gets full reception in my area but the z320i only
gets half that.not much use having a phone that u cant make calls with.
if u like texting your in for a shock as it takes about a fortnight
to complete a txt.the pre loaded ringtones are rubbish so you will want
to download sum new ones!!! only problem is you wont be able to use
most of them for sum insane reason which makes bluetooth a waste of
time as well.this phone is not very user friendly either and in sum
cases downright impossible.it has twin cameras which are average at
best.the battery takes a decade to charge but about five mins to run
out and the build quality compares to a lada.it scratches very easily
and you get the feeling if you drop it,it will self destruct.the z320i
is a kids phone and its contradicting with many features and no tools
to back it up.you might just be able to put up with it if it had an
expandible memory but i cant stress enough how much of an own goal it
is by samsung for choosing not to.im counting the days to when my contract
ends so i can get rid off this joke im even thinkin of popping my sim
back into my old phone its that bad.wouldnt reccomend it to my worst
Reviewed by Kelsie from England on 30th Apr 2006
I have had this fone for 2 days and it is sooooooo rubbish. Firstly,
it is really ugly looking. Secondly, the buttons are unresponsive and
extremely tacky. Thirdly, the camera keeps freezing up. Need i say any
Reviewed by DerZ from UK on 26th Apr 2006
While reading these reviews, i was becoming more reluctant to buy the
phone but once i arrived in the shop and compared the D600 chrome and
the z320i, i fell in love with the phone straight away. Its got everything
you need and i think its more of a 'teenager' phone in my personal opinion.
I do recommend getting the phone although its a heavy blow on your budget!
Contract may seem the best option!
Reviewed by Paddy R from England on 23rd Apr 2006
This phone doesn't compare to the d500 i had! when i got home, i charged
it for a few hours, and the phone would not turn on. I went back 2 the
shop and got another one, but it happend with that one aswel! I canot
figure out how to get mp3 songs onto it and its driving me mad!!! I
wish id stuck with the d500, does that phone have a fault ?!?!?
Reviewed by Gill from UK on 23rd Apr 2006
Had my phone for 2 days and loved it until i noticed the black paint
was chipping away from the metal lip above the samsung name sign. By
the third day it had slightly worsened, although it is not a major problem
with the actual working of the phone it is starting to look shabby and
i expect more for my £250. has anyone else had this problem?
Reviewed by from on 19th Apr 2006
i dnt like the fone tht much, i prefer my old d500, it very slow and
the imode isnt tht gd. v disappointed about the message tones but steve
how do u transfer the mp3 to play as a message alert!!!!
Reviewed by Stephanie Gordon from UK on 18th Apr
The position of the On/Off switch on the front of the phone means that
it's prone to switching itself on when it's in your bag and resting
against something. I found out on a flight to the UK a week or so ago
when it started rininging. Funnily, no one believed me when I said I
definitely switched it off... Other than that, it's quite good...
Reviewed by sandi clarke from uk on 16th Apr 2006
I have just changed my phone from samsung z500 to a samsung z320i and
I have no problems. I am still waiting to use the i mode but that is
because I have had to change my tarrif on o2 and it won't come into
effect until the end of April.As for the video calling I can only get
it when I visit big cities as the small towns won't have the 3G masts
installed but other than that the phone is brill. The battery life is
good too I don't have to recharge that often. The memory is brill too
and the sound is great.
Reviewed by Matt from England on 11th Apr 2006
Its an ok phone, cant work out how to do 3G video calls, and imode doesnt
seem to work but I dont know if thats because my contract doesnt include
it. Also im havin trouble with recording video, It only seems to record
up untill the message limit is reached and then stops itself, and I
cant seem to change the settings as the phone wont let me. If anyone
has cracked this same problem I would very much appreciate some help.
Reviewed by chelsea from wirral on 10th Apr 2006
hi its my birthday soon so i went to the phone shops and i saw this
phone and it looked really cool! so i asked the lady to have a look
at it and she turned one on and i had a little play with it.....it was
amazin! the camera was good and i tried out some of the ringotnes and
they ound loud good memory so i wont have to worry about if i have enough
room for another song the screen is much bigger and i like the menus....many
people are complaining but i like the change! i wont definately recomend
it and i am just counting the days untill my birthday now!!!
Reviewed by Sarah from Wales on 6th Apr 2006
I agree with Chris. I was V.disappointed to finally find out that I
couldn't play games on it unless it cost me loads of dosh.Have also
tried to set my own ringtone with a recorded sound but have been unable
to, if anyone knows if this is possible let me know.
Reviewed by Johan from England on 4th Apr 2006
Great phone, good fun to use and a whole lot of extras but I cannont
seem to find this phone on the samsung website? I can only get information
on where to buy it. Except for that one thing the phone is pretty cool.
Reviewed by John from England on 2nd Apr 2006
I've had this phone for over a week now and wierd menus aside it's a
pretty decent phone. I've been a Nokia user for years and I got this
phone as a pocketable alternative to my Nokia 9500 - my wife has a D600
and loves it so she reccomended Samsung to me. Anyway, as far as it's
main purpose is concerned, it makes and receives phone calls and works
all the time! What more could you want? As I said before the menus are
a little long winded and the ringtones are rubbish, you can't set your
own tone as a message alert and the alarm sends me back to sleep! Calendar
functions are next to useless as synching with outlook takes far too
long, why two batteries in the box? I suspect that Samsung themselves
realise battery life is poor, imode is good though but I think my gprs
account will be hit hard, camera good enough for a phone - were not
taking portraits are we? I use this phone to keep in touch - period.
Texting is very long winded but still a whole lot better than my communicator.
Overall, nice looking, small, easy (ish) to use and what more do you
want from a phone, I think I'll still keep my Nokia 9500 for the serious
stuff though. To finish, nice phone, reasonable features, pleasant to
use, just above average overall.
Reviewed by Amelia from wales on 2nd Apr 2006
this is a really good phone it stores lots of songs and photos and videos.
you can download pictures and videos and songs. it has an mp3. i must
admit that the video quality isnt that good but the downloaded ones
are. if you have a USB slot in your computer you can transfer photos
on to the phone free. also if you have a music downloading program you
can transfer those songs onto your phone as well. the good thing is
that you can set your videos as a wallpaper. the only thing that really
bugs me is that the mp3 ringtones wont stay as what you put it as and
it always changes back to the ringtones that were on the phone to begin
with. but i think that i have figured it out anyway by locking that
song you want to set as the mp3 ringtone. really good phone i'd recommend
Reviewed by Tony from England on 1st Apr 2006
I've been using this phone for around a week. I moved from six years
of Nokia. Texting is different and slower to send. Haven't personalised
I-Mode enough but it's rumoured to be going free until end of 2006 (for
pay monthly at least). I am very concerned with the drop in signal.
I have had poor reception phone calls in central london, whilst other
phones on O2 have NO problems. The PC connection software is really
easy - i've put my own ringtones on & reorganised my phone book in less
than five minutes.
Reviewed by andrea from wirral, england on 30th
I recently upgraded from the e720 to the z320i and I'm quite disappointed.
The 1.3 mega pixel camera is poor quality as is the video recorder and
I've yet to be successful in downloading any ringtones. Is this a common
problem with this phone? I really miss my old e720 and would sooner
recommend that phone than the expensive z320i.
Reviewed by Alex from UK on 28th Mar 2006
I love my samsung d500 and i am sad to say goodbye to it so i thought
the samsung z320i would be the next best option! Im not happy with it...its
a nice phone but the fact that i-mail and i-phone book are short cut
buttons is very frustrating! As mentioned by someone previously sending
a text message is very long winded...getting the punctuation/symbol
function is like getting into fort knocks! I have only been using it
for 2 days and every phone call i have had people say they cant hear
me or i sound like i have something in my mouth! If your technical you
will like this phone but if you want an easy life i would probably avoid
Reviewed by steve from wales on 27th Mar 2006
i like samsungs had a D500 before this and this nocks spots of it .
the only dissapointing thing is you cant use mp3 as message alert. i
did find a way to convert mp3 to mmf which u can use as message alert
but the trouble is when u put mmf on phone and try it it plays o.k.
but when u try to use mmf files you have transfered to phone as message
alert it plays when u get message but it is very quite and cant find
a way of turning up volume. if u use alerts already installed its fine
its just the one`s i have installed. if anyone knows how to turn up
volume pls let me know
Reviewed by Laura from England on 26th Mar 2006
Well had phone now for 4 days seems ok at the moment but after reading
all the reviews bit concerned about the long term features of this phone.
I love the screen and good sound quality. Very good memory and a couple
of xtra little features that D500 didn't have. Only ever had samsungs
so unable to compare to any other make. Only one little thing to moan
about, the lag when recording videos, if you move it does haze over
pretty quick. Camera itself is very good.
Reviewed by - from - on 23rd Mar 2006
Generally an amazing phone with outstanding features however problems
with the phone are that it is REALLY REALLY easy to connect to i-mode
and i-mail without even realising you are doing so - slightly expensive
if you're on pay as you go. Also am already on my second phone due to
problems with bluetooth, at first phone wouldn't send out any bluetooth
now just won't send to computer and am having to yet again contact O2.
However overall this phone is great - the camera quality is amazing
apart from the generally 'lag' that occurs when you move it fast and
plenty of memory to store pictures/videos/etc.
Reviewed by shane from Ireland on 23rd Mar 2006
Made the switch to Samsung after 6nokia's. It takes about an hour to
get used to the different menu's but it is a great phone. It misses
out on one or two of nokia's features but more than makes up for it
with features such as being able to play music through the speakers
and not just the headphones. Use the pc software as it makes uploading
files very easy. Get the extended life battery - it will last for 3
days with heavyish use! Cool looking phone.
Reviewed by Vanessa from UK on 22nd Mar 2006
Slightly disappointed with this mobile, it could be that I moved from
a Nokia but I suspect it's because this phone doesn't live up to the
hype that 02 have given it. A few minor problems that I have experienced
are: 1) Lack of signal in high signal areas. 2) Search facility in phone
book is poor, it just decides not to work. 3) No Call counters. 4) Text
messaging is hard and long winded, and if you wanna put a smily face
in it, forget it! 5) Text messages sometimes decide not to display in
the order you received them. 6) Picture messages can only be sent through
the email function. 7)Battery only last 1 day with occasional use. Apart
from the few querks I've mentioned the phone is actually okay, quite
sturdy for a slide phone, and is very pretty, would I have another one
'No' but this is what happens when you spoil yourself and have a Nokia.
Reviewed by DaveyBoy from UK on 19th Mar 2006
My mate has this phone and i've used it a bit and loved it - awesome
features on it and the mp3 player seemed canny good! So i've ordered
one for myself, but having read the reviews on here, someone said the
screen cracks really easily? Now i'm pretty worried, has anyone else
had this problem? Cheers.
Reviewed by Ammad from pakistan on 16th Mar 2006
i think it is an average mobile because the sound and qulity of samsung
is not better than the sony erricson and also the screen of the samsung
is small (smaller than those of other mobiles such as nokia 6600 )so
i whould like to say that make a mobile which give out standing performance
or too higher and the rates of samasung mobiles are so expensive so
goooooood bye samsung
Reviewed by elis from wales on 14th Mar 2006
good phone cameras good (1.3 mega pixel) games r great only thing is
it's hard 2 put music on. if you know a easy way 2 put music on by usb
write a review please.
Reviewed by BEN from ENGLAND on 12th Mar 2006
I have had my phone for 2 weeks and it is great. I wanted a Samsung
sliding Phone and it was between the D600 and the Z320i.Both look good.
I chose this phone as it had alot of cool stuff, like the i-Mode which
I have found great for sports and downloads. E-mail with i-mail. MP3
player, 2 games. Camera is not bad at 1.3 Mega Pixels and video recorder.
The colour screen is excellent like the D600. There is a spare battery
aswell so even the though battery talk time is 5 hours this helps alot.
The Phone reception is Excellent which is the most important thing.
If I had to be picky, I would say are that it has no radio, the texting
is not as easy as a Nokia, the Camera is good but other phones this
Year are coming out with 2 Mega Pixels and the battery time on Samsungs
are a bit average compared to other phones. However all in all this
is a great phone with alot of cool stuff performs well and looks great.
Reviewed by john from uk on 11th Mar 2006
its a fantastic fone the z320i no probs whatsoever with it and if you
care to try the camera u will know its brill.
Reviewed by Carl from UK on 10th Mar 2006
Just received this as an upgrade from my previous D500. So far I'm very
happy. The 3G works a treat and comes off my allowance the same as voice
calls! The phone will customise to MP3 ring tones and display pics contary
to previous reviews. Don't play games on mine so can't comment on that.
As for Imode well there is a very comprehensive manual but I guess people
don't want to read them anymore! Just like when I used to sell electric
appliances years ago. If all else fails Sir/ Madam read the manual!
You get two Batts a good PC software suite with USB cable all incl.
Def worth a (free) upgrade as I did!
Reviewed by Dom from Norwich on 10th Mar 2006
John How can you say the camera is fantastic?? It is 1.3 megapixels
!!! technology which was up to date on a phone say 3 years ago!! you
should be getting a much better quality camera for the price you pay
for this phone!!! To me the phone just feels cheap and nasty!!
Reviewed by john from uk on 8th Mar 2006
brilliant fone dont know why people on here are moaning about memory
100mb internal is way enough if you check the spec before you buy yo
dillons u will know what your buying. no probs at all brill mp3 player
no dropped calls easy to text with overall miles better than d600 quality
from samsung again,camera is the best ive had i mode is fantastic once
you have mastered it.
Reviewed by emma from wales on 8th Mar 2006
i had this fone 4 3 weeks and i love it, it has a amazin quality screen
and camera. this fone is da bestest fone eva and all my mates wished
they had it, but thankfully i have it and NOT them. hiya 2 sam, chels,
vic, nes, hannah, ali, charl, sarah, claire, laura and my baby adam,
luv ya guys xXx
Reviewed by Kev from UK on 8th Mar 2006
Had the phone just over a week now, so far cant say i have any probs
with the phone,i thought the mp3 quality was very good and the camera,i-mode
does take a bit of getting used to especially as i have only ever had
wap! but thats only a minor niggle, Excelleny phone......
Reviewed by Debbie from UK on 7th Mar 2006
Had this phone a week no problems so far, great camera , love the 3G
video call, its got some excellent features, can't keep my hands off
Reviewed by sophia from uk on 6th Mar 2006
IT IZ A FANTASTIC FONE AND I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH IT AT ALL.IT IS WAY
BETTER THEN THE D600
Reviewed by Bob from America on 4th Mar 2006
i have had the phoine just over a week now and so far no problems at
all and it isnt a bad looking phone either
Reviewed by chris from great britian on 4th Mar
the samsung z320i is pooh!!!! ive had mine a week so far, and i am very
dissapointed, the i mode is a shambles, you subscribe for anything and
it takes all your credit, you cant play your downloaded games without
being charged for it, because you have to access th internet to play
them, like i said its rubbish, any1 thinking of gettin 1 i reccomend
you don't, nothing more to say!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Tom Manchester from England on 3rd
absolute waste of space!!! loads of errors with this phone. Every time
i reply to a text i got an error!! When i try to ring people i get a
number not recognised error message on my phone?? Poor sound quality
on mp3s!! Low non-expndable memory!! Swapped this phone for the W900i
after one week and im a lot more impressed with my new phone and i can
reply to all my text messages and ring all my friends!!
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 3rd Mar 2006
Another utter abomination of a phone from Samsung... From using a Nokia
where the signal in my house was full, I switched my sim card into this
ugly black chunk and the signal all but disappeared. Yes, the memory
is good and it's a nice screen, but what's the use when a phone can't
make phone calls ?? I don't want to sound like some fanboy or anything,
but having tried a few Samsung phones I have been left bitterly disappointed
by each and every one of them. Unfortunately on this occasion I have
also been left £230 out of pocket !! Back to the simple, tried and tested
Nokia methinks. Avoid !!!
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 3rd Mar 2006
The phone was great at the start came with two batteries, earphones
and a USB cable so it replaced my current phone and MP3 player. The
things I dint like is that there is no memory card slot and you can't
minimize the media player so no music while searching through the menu.
I was loving the phone for two months until the phone got a VERY gentle
knock on the screen and it cracked and after asking around I found out
that this is a very common problem with Samsung phones. I found out
it would cost £75-£150 to fix now if I broke the screen a second time
it would cost me £150 at least. £150 will buy me a Sony Ericsson K600i
so that's what I will do.
Reviewed by MARCO from ENGLAND on 27th Feb 2006
PRETTY DISSAPOINTED NOWHERE NEAR AS NICE AS THE PICTURE SUGGESTS I THOUGHT
IT WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT ON THE D500/600. AND IF THERE IS ANYONE OUT
THERE WHO CAN MASTER THE IMODE FUNCTION LET ME KNOW!
Reviewed by Dekka from Scotland on 24th Feb 2006
Had the phone for a week now and so far so good.... For a 3G phone it
doesn't feel too "clunky" and, touch wood, the battery life has been
spot on so far. Slide mechanism is, as you would expect from a Samsung
phone, very reliable. Screen is excellent and internal memory of 100MB
is hard to argue with. I-mode is an excellent way of getting round the
net too. If I could find one niggle, it would be a very petty one, and
that is namely that you can't select your MP3s as message tones. However,
as I said that's quite petty !