Samsung Z400 Review
Review: August 2006. Updated June 2009.
The Z400 is the first Samsung phone to feature 3G technology in a slider
design. The slider design has become hugely popular during the past
couple of years, so it's nice to see a 3G slider on the market. At first
glance the Z400 looks like a silver D500 - slightly wider and longer,
but substantially thinner. It's a little heavier than the D500, but
nevertheless quite lightweight for a 3G phone.
The Z400 has two cameras: a VGA camera (0.3 megapixels) for video calling
and a 2 megapixel CMOS camera for still shots. It's a shame that there's
no flash for night-time photography, but in good light the camera delivers
good results. The display is high quality with 262k colours and 320
x 240 pixels.
The music player supports a wide range of formats including MP3, WMA
and AAC and is stereo. Best results are obtained using a stereo headset
- standard or Bluetooth headsets are available as optional extras. The
inbuilt speaker is OK but not the best around.
Memory capacity is 30 Mbytes with support for a memory card, but it's
a shame that no memory card is supplied as standard. Battery life is
poor, and certainly doesn't seem to live up to Samsung's stated standby
time of 13 days.
Bonus features include a document viewer with support for common document
formats including Word and Excel, and an offline mode for use on an
aircraft or to conserve battery life when playing music. Minor gripes
with this phone are that when the slide is closed, the display is blank,
so you have to open the slide to see the date and time or missed calls.
The D500 displayed this information in standby mode, so why can't the
Z400? Generally, the Z400 doesn't seem to be as polished as the D500
- the menus are harder to navigate around, the speaker quality is lower,
and the battery life is a real problem. The Z400 is a good phone in
many ways, but is let down by these issues.
Features of the Samsung Z400 include:
- 3G video calling
- 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- VGA video camera (640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
- Stereo MP3 player (MP3/ACC/ACC+/e-AAC+/WMA)
- 64 voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Voice memo recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3 / SMTP /
- T9 predictive text
- Document viewer (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, HTML and PDF)
- Calendar, To do list, Scheduler, Clock, Worldtime, Alarm, Timer,
Calculator, Currency converter
- Java games
- Photo caller ID
- Offline mode
- Memory: 30 Mbytes plus MicroSD card slot
- Connectivity: USB 1.1, Bluetooth
- WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10, EDGE
- Triband plus 3G
- Size: 97 x 48 x 19 mm
- Weight: 107g
- Talktime: 3.7 hours
- Battery standby: up to 320 hours
Samsung Z400 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by Victor from South africa on 8th Mar
Z400 has been a good phone except , that battery is weak.I would like
2 hav another.
Reviewed by a.j from lancashire on 21st Jan 2007
ive had this phone since th beginning of november and i think its great!!!
its easy to text, th phonebook is great, its easy to use, top banana!!
but...i only have one dissappointment. the volume.
Reviewed by davie from scotland on 21st Jan 2007
good phone with a good clear screen. the battery life is a joke have
to charge it every night. i ended up getting a second battery.really
good camera. pitty there wasnt a flash with it.
Reviewed by shara from uk on 21st Jan 2007
answer to Andrea from australia. i think if u download the software
for the phone u click on the file and it says MP3 Pictures Videos ect
click on sounds and save the music in that folder i hope it works beacuase
it worked for my old samsung
Reviewed by jp from Ireland on 20th Jan 2007
i got this phone as a vodafone one and had it unblocked so i can use
02,i don't know whether its the fact that its vodafone model or not
but its not half as user friendly as the D500, only one other person
touched on the point about how long it takes to send a text,there's
far too many questions prompted, the same goes for deleting texts. The
other disappointing difference is the lack of flash or light on the
camera, night mode just isn't good enough, and for a newer model than
the D500 i expected better.The phone is however easy on the eye and
my coverage has improved since reading the earlier posts about dissabling
3G.If this model was more user friendly then it would be brilliant,alas
apart from the camera quality Samsung have gone backwards
Reviewed by Catherine from England on 19th Jan
Only had it a short time but am please with this phone overall. After
reading previous reviews I was worried I'd end up with a rubbish battery
and a dodgy message tone I couldn't change, but the battery is OK and
I can choose the beep I want for messages so I'm happy. Have found it
easy to use and personalise and now wonder why I've always had a Nokia
before. Only criticism, on Nokias you can choose to view your contact
list from your SIM or phone memory, or both. I can't work out if you
can do this on the Z400 as mine lists both SIM and phone contacts. Of
course I could delete my phone contacts and just view the SIM ones but
would rather not... Any suggestions gratefully received.
Reviewed by Eddi from England on 18th Jan 2007
Had this phone since November 06 now. I've always had Nokia's so was
a bit dubious about changing but decided to give it a go. I'm still
learning what it can do and for the most part it's a great phone. The
gripes are the same as the majority I feel, battery doesn't late as
long as it could, signal reception very poor compared to my old Nokia
and I can't personalise the message alert tone. I read Frazer's tip
below posted on 5/9/06 and changed from 3G to GSM900/1800 and as soon
as I did that my signal strength doubled (?) and hopefully it will impact
on battery life. The only other minor bits and bobs are that the charger
plugging into the side makes it a bit fiddly to handle the phone when
it's plugged in and adding contacts for sending messages is a bit long-winded.
Having the screen blank is a great idea to save battery life but it
means if for some reason you've been away from your phone for any length
of time you can't just glance at it to see if you've missed any calls/messages
or see the date/time etc without physically making it light up. Overall
I think it's good bit of kit.
Reviewed by claire from uk on 17th Jan 2007
To Andrea, you can set them as message tones only if they are in mmf
format. This is a great phone btw.
Reviewed by Andrea from Australia on 17th Jan
I love this phone! it's got everything that i need! However I have recived
a few ringtones either from the net or bluetooth and the phone wont
let me set them as message tones! Does anyone know why???? Some will
do it and some wont.. It's not in the instruction manual either
Reviewed by Mike from Hants on 13th Jan 2007
THIS PHONE IS A WASTE OF MONEY.
Reviewed by dan from United Kingdom on 13th Jan
complete and utter rubbish- battery life is appalling, tho have to have
it til end of contract. it runs out at the most inconvinient times-
so much so that i am currently trying to buy an older "brick" or something
that doesnt need to be charged everyday
Reviewed by Clive from N.I on 12th Jan 2007
every thing is great about this phone apart from the battery life it
having no flash although great pics during the day. memory isnt really
a probnem as you could get a 512 memory card for a tenner on ebay.
Reviewed by brian poppleton from slough on 12th
i have this phone and it pops the spots of me great phone best ever
puss filled of fun..
Reviewed by Shenae from Australia on 12th Jan
I love it i think you cant get a better phone
Reviewed by Klagnut from England on 9th Jan 2007
Had this phone for around 3 months now. Battery life is very poor need
to recharge it every day nearly. Loud speak is also very poor keeps
breaking up when using it hands free. Unlike the trusty Nokia's you
can't change the message alert tone to anything other than what is pre-installed.
The only good thing about this phone is the camera but like all the
other reviews it really needs a flash but thats another drain on the
poor battery. Can't wait for the contract to end so I can try a Sony
Ericsson (or go back to Nokia).
Reviewed by CONNOR from SCOTLAND on 7th Jan 2007
GD PHONE BUT IVE HADD IT FOR 10 DAYS AND IT WONT CHARGE AT ALL
Reviewed by melissa from bishop aukland on 6th
gr8 4ne but memory bit small nd cant set ur mp3 as a msg tone...Other
wise i LOVE THIS 4NE!!
Reviewed by Stuart from Berkshire, UK on 5th Jan
Great phone although i didn't think so at first. Only a couple of problems,
battery is totally poor, the camera really needs a flash although it's
exellent in the day time and you can't assign ringtones to a group of
contacts you have to go through them individually. Apart from that really
Reviewed by willoesmum from bonny scotland on
19th Dec 2006
reading alot of reviews here, i beg to differ, i can listen to music
on my phone for the hour and a half it takes me to journey to aberdeen
without even losing a bar on my battery.battry life is good for me.
ive had the phone around 3 mnths now and am havng a whale of a time
with it, however as some one else mentioned i havnt sussed a way to
change menu colour, n no flash like d500. however im still findin one
or two things i didnt realise this phone can do. all in all im more
than happy with it and in no hurry to get another.
Reviewed by Vic from UK on 11th Dec 2006
I just got this phone a few days ago and so far i really like it! It's
great for music and videos and the camera quality is good too. Oh and
it looks wicked. The only thing is that the sliding doesn't feel as
smooth and solid as other phones and you can't change the menu colour..or
Reviewed by phil from uk on 6th Dec 2006
Yeah it does look a lot like the d500 but it is in nice shiny silver
and a bigger brighter screen. Also has a second camera at the front
for 3g calls. Camera is quite good at 2mp but not impressed with the
video. Menu is a little different but a nice little upgrade.
Reviewed by Kirsty from England on 6th Dec 2006
I got this phone about 3 months ago and i can sum it up in one word.....RUBBISH.
I am unfortunatly stuck with it as i took out an 18 month contract.
Im definatly stayin clear of Samsungs next time, and dont trust anyone
when it comes to gettin a contract and dont bother with insurance either
its a load of rubbish. im goin for sony ericsson W800i next.
Reviewed by fonelover from Northern Ireland on
29th Nov 2006
I thought dis fone was da bomb but now everyone's got one I wanna change!
The camera and da memory are good but I don't like the case no more
- it's so plastic and cheap lookin!
Reviewed by sam from uk on 20th Nov 2006
Fab phone! Display is really bright and sharp. Slider feels really good.
Camera is good. You can even have your own message tones if they are
in mmf format but i cant find how you can play videos fullscreen. Does
Reviewed by John Armstrong from England on 17th
Does anyone else have the problem of a Limited Service message on their
phone? Is it the phone or the network? Got the z400 as an upgrade but
definitely unsure about quality of phone after having this message on
screen and not being able to call or send text messages.
Reviewed by ~~~~# from uk on 16th Nov 2006
i think this an excellent phone and i would defineetly rate it 5 star
it worth consedering the samsung e900 or the d900
Reviewed by Charlotte from UL on 15th Nov 2006
I don't know why I bother with Samsungs, I have had this phone for 2
months with the following issues: The bluetooth doesn't work with my
handsfree kit in my car The down button is now broken for no apparent
reason Can't change the message alert tone to anything but what is already
on the phone Phonebook is messy Basically it's rubbish, I wouldn't bother,
stick to Nokia's.
Reviewed by Donna from Uk on 14th Nov 2006
Received a few days ago, so far seems good, although am having trouble
turning the 3G off, can someone please tell me how to get rid of it.
Reviewed by Me x from England on 9th Nov 2006
This phone is RUBBISH!! If you want the simple things in a phone then
this looks good and has the essentials. But the lack of camera flash
and low battery life make this phone....pants!! i literally have to
charge my phone every night. would have been better of sticking with
my reliable D500!!
Reviewed by DAVID from SUNDERLAND on 8th Nov 2006
really quality phone! reply to chris about the memory card problem.
If you go to FILE MANAGER then MEMORY CARD there should be 5 folders,
access each one, select SETTINGS then FORMAT. once this is done, select
the image that you want then press COPY then select PICTURES MEMORY
CARD. This should do the trick!! let me know how you get on
Reviewed by big doug from wrexham on 3rd Nov 2006
totally poo! meant to be an upgrade from se k750, NO CHANCE! the menu
is messy, and the phone just feel right I HATE IT! Played around with
it for about 1 hour and lost one bar of the battery (only goes up to
3!!!!) No flash/ light surely thats not difficult, also tried to transfer
a picture from my SE K750i via bluetooth however the samsung z400 said
the picture couldn't be displayed as the file was too big!!!! Even my
dead old nokia 6230i could cope with this. The z400 is like pulling
a fit bird who's not that good at the more intimate things in life -
if you want something that looks good but can't perform then you'll
be happy. i've ditched mine after one night!! and gonna stick with SE!
Reviewed by chris from england on 31st Oct 2006
with ref to paulas review on 6th sept i have the same problem with moving
or copying images to memory card,you move them then they are gone and
vanish,but the memory status has been used but still no photos in any
file,can anyone help,its a 512mb card,cheers chris.
Reviewed by James from UK on 1st Nov 2006
It looks great, it feels great. But its a bit rubbish. If you only want
to do very basic things with it you'll probably be ok, but I was drawn
in by the syncml feature and the java for 3rd party apps. Don't bother,
you can't use syncml over the air only with a pc, and you seem to only
be allowed to install games from samsungs approved sites. And to top
it all off the calander can only hold 100 scheduled events! Huge disappointment.
And the mp3 player is a pain to use. The camera seems quite good though.
Reviewed by jetchick from UK on 23rd Oct 2006
A sleek phone with a screen clarity that is unsurpassed by other more
expensive phones. However the battery life is rather disappointing and
the speakers (handsfree and while on a call) lack depth and volume compared
to other models. I'm using a 3 simcard on this phone which works fine
with the internet, video calls and mms. But when I use my Vodafone sim,
I can only manage to access the wap but can't send or receive mms after
manually inserting various settings. Has anyone managed it and if so
can they reveal the correct settings. Thanks!
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 23rd Oct 2006
I've had this phone 3 months now and my opinion of it decreases by the
day... This is ONLY down to the MP3 implementation, it's poor at best.
Sound quality is mushy, volume is low. But these are the good points.
You cannot create folders so all tunes are in the root of you memory
card, once you get any kind of quantity of tunes on your memory card
play lists take about 5-10 seconds to appear. All songs have to be on
play lists if you want to play one after another, you can't just dump
songs on and choose shuffle... and speaking of shuffle... it's not random,
it's always the same order of songs. It doesn't remember where you left
off so you have to listen from the beginning of the shuffle list again...
or play in sequential order having skipped forward to where you were.
If you've got an MP3 playing and you receive a text message, you have
no audible indication this has happened. If you receive a phone call,
the music stops coming out of your ears and the phone itself starts
playing its ring tone. Volume for the MP3 is on the rocker switch on
the side of the phone, this is active regardless of the phones open
or closed status, therefore if it's in your pocket the volume may change
if you don't have the rocker switch facing out of your pocket... which
means your headphone cable if facing into your pocket. Whilst listening
to music you cannot read or write text messages / appointments etc.
To play an mp3 you need to go through at least 10 clicks to actually
play a track from a play list, this is assuming you're playing it from
the first track and not finding where you were the last time you were
listening. Generally the phone is good; it's just woeful mp3 implementation
lets it down... I have no idea how this got past testing.
Reviewed by Karen from England on 22nd Oct 2006
I've had my fone 4 about 4 months now, I really do like it but have
1 problem with it, when I write in predictive txt and there are words
it can't spell, I spell them and add them but I find a few days later
it cant spell words I have already added, I have already returned the
fone back 2 the shop 4 repair but there was no problem found, does anybody
else have this problem plz, thanx
Reviewed by Bridget from England on 15th Oct 2006
Suchh a good phone! Ahh, love it. The only thing I don't like is the
phonebook its just too cramped. how can i change the message tone to
a downloaded track ??? Overall easy to navigate but to turn 3G off in
the connectivity I also seem to be turning off Bluetooth which annoys
me loads. Argh. Battery life is ... average, not good it should be increased
for the number of features on the phone. Brilliant otherwise, love the
two cameras and easy to text and everything.
Reviewed by jamie from england on 14th Oct 2006
great phone, outstanding for music
Reviewed by Hayley from UK on 13th Oct 2006
I've had this phone for 3 days now and i love it! i was a bit reluctant
in buying this as it looks like the D500 and everyone has that! but
when i got it, it has the same features but its loads better! it looks
alot snazzier! only problem is i dont know how to activate the video
calling! can anyone help me?!! it keeps sayin "service not avaliable"
Reviewed by Hats from UK on 12th Oct 2006
I only received it today, but So far i really like this phone. However,
could anyone tell me how to get predictive text?!
Reviewed by mo from uk on 12th Oct 2006
hi, i have recently had this phone as an upgrade and i can say that
i am reasonably impressed with the phone. it took me a while to navigate
through the phone features, settings, etc, but eventually i got there.
i do have one small problem and that is that there is a 'G' icon that
appears on the phone which represents WAP and i would like to disable
this as i dont want to be charged with this service....Does anyone have
any idea on how to disable to 'G' icon so that it removes from my screen?
Please help when possible.....Thanx.
Reviewed by Elz from Uk on 10th Oct 2006
I am loving this phone!!! I will not dwell on its good points cos I
love it 4/5 stars! I am using all the advice on here...especially about
the battery life which died halfway through work so had to wait til
I got home to mess about...not so good! Cant use my Exterminate message
tone :-( I am finding the moving around the menu tricky and keep overshooting
what I want. But whats annoying me the most is I downloaded a game and
the phone wasnt listed when it came to installing so the nearest I thought
was the D500 but the game starts in very small screen and I cant read
it. Anything I can do? Ta.
Reviewed by Suzanne from UK on 10th Oct 2006
I've had this phone for a few hours and I think its brill!! This is
the first samsung I've had and after having the K750i for a year I wanted
something wih a bit of style! Its light and slim but very well made,
I was worried that the slider would be flimsy but I am very impressed.
Its easy to use mainly, would be better if there was a quicker way to
turn silent tones on and off, but I can live with that. Only thing I
don't like is that I can't set my own tone for a message, this may be
because the tone I have got is an MP3. But thats not really anything
major. Don't buy this phone if you haven't got much patience as some
of the functions, such as selecting a contact to send a text messaging
too, are a little long winded. Overall this is a lovely little phone,
I would definatley recommend it!! Well done samsung!
Reviewed by phoneman from uk on 4th Oct 2006
just to clear up some confusion, you can have your own text alert tune/tone
ect, go to settings-profiles-normal-edit-message alert tone-hit centre
button and select special tone,hit centre button again and you can choose
a tone that you have imported on to your phone. hope this helps, its
a great phone but you need to play with it to find all the options ,
phone booklet could be of more help
Reviewed by Darren from united kingdom on 4th
this is a pretty poor phone does anyone now ow to make the sound go
louder becuase it is very quiet at loudest volume
Reviewed by Niall Thurrat from UK on 30th Sep
Having used this phone for over two weeks, I now think it's a fantastic
mobile. As of yet I can find no real flaws with the phone. The internet
software is easy to use, the settings are well laid out, the screen
bright and vibrant and the phone has a nice feel and seems well put
together.As for the memory, I'll refer to some advice by frazer below
who has cottoned on to the fact that you need to turn 3G off to dramatically
increase battery life - "go to SETTINGS > CONNECTIVITY > NETWORK > NETWORK
MODE and then select GSM 900/1800 as opposed to AUTOMATIC, that should
do the trick." So what if the ringtones aren't particularly good, it's
a top phone.
Reviewed by Danny from England on 30th Sep 2006
My rating says it all - outstanding. I have had no problems whatsoever
with this phone, its small, light and very reliable. Fine, the battery
life doesn't really last longer than 2 days but I can easily live with
that. The camera is stunning, the best I've ever seen on a phone. I
am going to keep this phone for a very long while. WELL DONE AGAIN SAMSUNG!
Reviewed by Ewomo from uk on 29th Sep 2006
Had the phone for a day or two. Great phone amazing camer BUT no flash.
Does the z400 have a night time camera mode?
Reviewed by Cherie from England on 29th Sep 2006
After many years of buying Nokia and wanting to upgrade to a better
phone i compared a Nokia 6280 & Samsung Z400 that was roughly the same
spec. Many around me talked me into The Samsung Z400. Due to Nokia one
having many problems. I have had this phone 3 days and have had to charge
it twice already !! The first charge the battery only lasted 6 hours
with about an hours worth of playing with it The secound charge the
battery lasted 24 hours with very little use...and i turned the 3G off
!!! The phone itself is great although finding it hard to get a case
for it, very light , easy to use but Battery life is AWFUL !!!! NOW
having 2nd thoughts about having this phone - it will either be returned
to shop under 14 day rule or appear on e-bay ( i'll use my faithful
Nokia 6230) If the battery DONT improve...now trying to charge it for
12 hours !!!
Reviewed by David from Singapore on 25th Sep 2006
Simply Outstanding. Stylish and elegant. Size is small considering it's
a 3G phone. All features you will expect of a mobile phone are there.
The one area I like the best is its clear and vibrant screen. The pictures
taken are very good. Speaker is okay. Slider feels solid when closing
and opening -- very typical of a Samsung phone. SMS can do better if
it allows user to send message to a single person directly rather than
asking user to check multiple boxes then send. I would give it a 5 rating
if there is a support for chinese language.
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 13th Sep 2006
Just upgraded from the D500, great phone like all the features. Havn't
noticed the battery being life being a problem but am not really a big
user of the phone. The only comment I have against this phone against
the D500 is that there is no built in animation with this phone (I assume
you have to download everything, which is chargable). Also with the
PC software you can create SMS on the pc (this feature is not available).
Any help on the animation welcome as I'm probably not the best informed.
Reviewed by abigail from uk on 12th Sep 2006
I have just bought this phone having previously had a cheap motorola
flip phone. There seems to be stuff missing like changing the soft keys
and keeping the date/time lit when not in use. \i assumed as i was upgrading
that the better (dearer) phones had the same features in place with
additional ones. Is this not the case? There is also only two choices
of screen - one with no-word icons (don't get me started on these) or
a list of items appearing one at a time. I am trying to download a ringtone
on a site that does not list the z400 - is there another model that
is the same.
Reviewed by Lord C. Dudeiho from ENGERLAND on
11th Sep 2006
I had this phone for little over a day. (or should I say, could only
tolerate it for little over a day.) To me, this is simply a handset
for people who want a multi-coloured flashy fashion accessory that makes
silly noises at different frequencies every time you press a key. Whilst
composing a text message, there is hardly any room on the screen due
to the gap inbetween lines (the need for this i don't know) There's
an inadequate amount of memory on it without the purchase of a memory
card, which unsurprisingly isn't supplied. The menus are incredibly
slow, most of the time I found myself 3 stages ahead, whilst waiting
for the thing to catch up with my commands. Again, the summary (and
this is in noway sexist) if you're a 13 year old girl, who wants lots
of flashy lights and annoying little noises which can be changed into
something 'delightful' and even more 'colourful' then great! however
if you're not & you don't plan on looking like a twit everytime you
need to send a text then browse on.... the E900 or D900 appear to be
Reviewed by RG from South Africa on 11th Sep 2006
Great phone but I was (like most people here) initially very disappointed
with the battery life - 3 days max. After reading Frazer's comment below
and making use of his tip to turn 3G off, the battery is on it's 5th
day and has just dropped to the second bar, with average use and making
a couple of calls a day! Otherwise I'm happy with it, but I have to
agree it should have mp3 functionality for message alert/alarms and
a flash for the otherwise very good camera. Frazer, thanks for the tip,
as I was about to take the phone back.
Reviewed by Paula from UK on 6th Sep 2006
had the phone a week now and am very pleased with it. looks great, sounds
great, takes fab photos and is definately the best phone i've had so
far! (i've had loads of nokias and the last phone was SE K750i, the
photos are better on the z400 by far!) the battery life is not too bad,
considering all i've done is play about with it for a week, like i'm
sure everyone else who gets a new phone does at first! the only problem
i am having is wth the memory card, i bought a 512mb one hoping to fill
it with music etc but when i try to move files from phone to card they
simply disappear! I haven't sussed whether it is a card problem or phone
problem or simply a user problem yet tho! apart from that it is a superb
Reviewed by FRAZER from UK on 5th Sep 2006
I've had the fone 5 days and can honestly say it is exactly what I wanted.
Had a D500 for the past year and the only 2 extra features I wanted
were a memory card slot and a 2 megapixel camera. Not too sure how good
the battery life is yet, got mine on Friday, charged it up for half
the day and it lasted til Monday night, but that was with quite a lot
of Bluetooth usage and playing of 3 - 4 min MP3's. As regards to turning
3G off if you go to SETTINGS > CONNECTIVITY > NETWORK > NETWORK MODE
and then select GSM 900/1800 as opposed to AUTOMATIC, that should do
the trick! I would definately recommend the Z400 as in my opinion its
the best phone out there at the moment.
Reviewed by Viv from UK on 2nd Sep 2006
Love everything about the phone except the battery life is appalling.
I took it back for that reason as it hardly lasted a day, and that's
without using it much. Very disappointed. It's ok having all these gadgets
on mobiles but the main reason I want it is to be able to call people
and take calls!! so what is the point if you have all these free minutes
but have to say to people I can't talk long as the battery will run
Reviewed by loz from united kingdom on 1st Sep
I got a z400 thought it was great but the only let down as everyone
has said here is the battery life i have to charge the phone every night
can someone tell me how to get the 3G off please as this is really annoying
i need my phone for work and home sometimes im without the phone as
its charging. I would not recommend this phone to anyone as cant do
owt with it battery DEAD AGAIN!!!!!!
Reviewed by Geoff from UK on 31st Aug 2006
I was looking for a replacement for my Nokia 6320i as my contract had
come to an end. I had been pleased with the 6320i as it was fairly bullet
proof & did everything I needed. I read a number of reviews on different
phones & decided to order the Samsung D500 as it appeared to be reasonably
reliable. Sadly, however, the operator at O2 said that they had discontinued
the D500 but recommended the Z400i. As I was fairly indifferent about
it all I agreed to give it a go. The Samsung Z400 has impressed me &
I have found the following strengths & weaknesses. It’s strengths
are… - Has more functions than the Nokia 6320i - The camera is
excellent (despite only being 2MP) & there are two of them (front &
rear)! - The slide mechanism makes it easy to hold & use during calls
but discrete & small when idle - The screen size, definition & colour
is amazing & trounces the Nokia - The ring volume is much better & more
‘controllable’ than the Nokia - The phone alert combines
ring & vibration - It is easy to re-assign buttons & function - The
in-call clarity is fantastic, better than the Nokia, in my opinion -
The battery life is better than that of the Nokia, so I don’t
know why everyone is complaining! - Easily personalised & you can set
your own wallpaper with photo or imported images - Easy to import information,
data & images - Bluetooth appears to work nicely & I have had no problems
with connectivity It’s weaknesses are… - Common sense gives
an appreciation that it has many moving components for the slide mechanism.
As such the Z400 is more delicate & flimsy than most fixed pad, mono-piece
phones, so a little more care is required (no throwing it on the back
seat of the car or chucking it into a bag or suitcase) - The screen
is large & cannot be replaced if damage, so again, care is required
(unlike the Nokia where replacement shells can be purchased) - The Z400
can be easily personalised, although SOME of the features can ONLY be
personalised with what is provided by Samsung, rather than imported
tones & images - I was disappointed at the complexity of the synchronisation,
it seems a challenge & I don’t know if I’ll be using that
function a great deal - The phone memory is limited, but fortunately
easy to improve upon my adding a memory card - There is no flash, but
if you need a ‘decent camera with a flash’ day-to-day then
buy a ‘decent camera with a flash’ not a phone! (although
the Z400 performs very well in conditions with good lighting) Overall,
I was pleasantly surprised & feel that it provides a good alternative
to my 6320i. I would recommend this phone to careful individuals who
need a reliable phone with good call quality that offers a good range
of features & a reasonable degree of personalisation. It has lots of
toys to play with, but if you are a total gimmick-freak & you want a
‘swiss-army knife’ phone then look elsewhere.
Reviewed by Rachel :> x from England on 27th Aug
Well .. i just upgraded from a d500 which was excellent .. the only
let down about the samsung z400 is the battery life is poor .. and no
flash . How can i turn off my 3g thing to save my battery ?
Reviewed by Katie from Egland on 27th Aug 2006
well im 13 years old and for me a good phone is important because you
cant be seen going round school with a really bad phone! so this phone
is kind of perfect really for its looks I only got it yesterday so im
still learning how to use it but the only thing I dont understand is
how do you put the thing into idle mode! ive read the starter book sooo
many times but it doesnt seem to tell me how to do it! does anyone know
pleaseeeee help! katie xxx
Reviewed by Lynsey from Northern Ireland on 24th
Hi I am also really liking the phone but am also having trouble with
the battery! Is anyone able to tell me how to turn off the 3G as I cannot
figure it out and think that turning it off will help! Thanks Lynsey
Reviewed by Carly from England on 23rd Aug 2006
I had this phone for 3 days and had to take it back: The good points:
if you like to customize your fone with funky text and funny noises,
this is the phone for you! the bad points: i could hardly get ne signal
on it and wen i did, it was minimal and normally went wen i made a call!
if you want a fone for texting purposes and minimal call usage - go
ahead and get it! if you are a heavy user i would definatly try it out
to see if the signal works in your area before you get it!
Reviewed by shelly from england on 23rd Aug 2006
really good little phone very pleased with it so far looks stunning
i would just like a bit of help from other fans when phone is in standby
mode can you get the time/date/missed calls or missed message symbols
on screen like the d500 my screen is just blank and dark? much appreciated
Reviewed by Elise from UK on 20th Aug 2006
I've only had the phones a couple of days and I'm debating whether or
not to send it back (I have 3 more days!) It's an upgrade from my Nokia
6230i, but there's something just not quite right about it- unfortunately,
i havent quite put my finger on what that is yet! It looks ok, it feels
ok, battery seems to have gone low already so how do you turn 3G off???
If anyone can help with that it would be great! Cant change message
tone (well the option choices are RUBBISH) and there's no time or anything
in standby mode. Ive tried to set up the shortcuts and it could be me
being special but they DON't WORK! Also couldnt get my contacts onto
the computer with the software provided. Any help would be great. Elise.
Reviewed by Kady from England on 19th Aug 2006
just got this fone 2 days ago. the silver finish looks reli special.
1 disspointment was the wallpaper images bcoz of the football pics of
chelsea u cnt delete them thats bad coz i h8 chelsea man u is better
but is still a good fone i argee wid evry1 bout the battery life but
sum1 sed that u cud turn the 3g off but i dnt no how can sum1 plz help
Reviewed by jack from England on 16th Aug 2006
I don't know about you but i like to play with and customise my phone,
if your like me don't get this phone! BORING BORING BORING! Why can't
you change the message tone to an mp3? why is the video player rubbish?
That's what i want to know. The only good thing about the phone is that
i think it looks good, only in silver though!
Reviewed by CHERYL from ENGLAND on 15th Aug 2006
I LOVE MY SAMSUNG PHONES I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THEM BUT THE SAMSUNG Z400
IS THE BEST ONE IV HAD SO FAR ITS LIGHT STYLISH AND VERY EASY TO USE
THE PICTURE QUALITY IS REALLY GOOD I DO HAVE ONE THING TO MOAN ABOUT
IT ISNT VERRY LOUD WHEN IT RINGS UNLESS IM DOING SOMETHING WRONG BUT
OVERALL I LOVE IT
Reviewed by mcf120 from ireland on 11th Aug 2006
Hi there i have the new samsung it is a lovely phone lightweight and
not too big .. no flash but can do without this Not a lot of mem but
i am buying a new micro sd card from memoryzoo.co.uk.. the only thing
is i would like to ask .. can i use my own downloaded or bluetoothed
tone for my message tone ? does anyone know how i can do this ?? please
mail back asap ..
Reviewed by Jamie from SCOTLAND on 11th Aug 2006
Sexy, sleek, my precious. I love that silver little pot of joy. I've
never dropped it, but my friend has, he says when he dropped it, it
was in OK condition. I love doing video calls with my O2 XDA Exec (PDA/Phone)
which I gave to my brother, and then I like also doing video calls with
my friends who all 3G phones. 3G is my favourite feature of this phone,
allowing you to access the Internet at fast speeds and also view Sky
TV - not to mention do video calls. The next feature is the Camera 2.0
Megapixel camera for nice shots - stupid feature having the mirrior
as you can take a photo with the 3G video calling camera but still its
there so its no damage. The only damage done to this phone is that it
has no flash/light for photos, that really ticks me off. Next the slide
design, my friend mentioned above dropped his Z400 - which broke the
slide design and the two parts jammed so he is missing the 1,2,3 keys
sadly. The slide design is the main reason I got it. The next feature
STOP - THE - CLOCK from Vodafone, is super. When you go out of the contract
time you get 60 minutes for the price of 3. I think this works within
the contract time as well. Mobile TV is excellent, watching TV for a
while before bed rather than on my TV, but I've stopped doing that now
because I've got a new Samsung LCD SyncMaster940MW another of my Samsung
products along side my Samsung X11 laptop. Well in all I love the phone
it's sleek, sexy, stylish and the second best phone I've ever had. Thanks
for the third time Samsung!!!
Reviewed by Kev from uk on 10th Aug 2006
Yes 4 days after turning off 3G the phone is still on 2 out of 3 bars
!!! im a happy man
Reviewed by rachel wood from uk on 9th Aug 2006
its brill i love it the best i have ever had! the battery life could
be better but thats notso bad as i have to charge it every nihgt as
i am inte job im in im on it 24 7 my advice is get it its well worht
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 8th Aug 2006
Great phone, agree with everyone about the battery life, but frankly,
sticking you phone on charge overnight isn't that much of a chore is
it? Lots of people are saying you can't use MP3s as ring tones. Yes
you can, you have to use MP3s though and not M4A files that iTunes generates.
Switching off key tones is in edit profile in the settings menu. Anyway,
got a 1gb micro sd loaded it up with tunes and think the phone is great.
Reviewed by alex from england on 7th Aug 2006
a great phone I'm really pleased with it all, except the lack of flash
but would still recommend to anyone. just one thing - one review says
that you can change the alarm default tones to downloaded tracks - how?
Reviewed by Kev from England on 6th Aug 2006
Having writen below about the battery life I have been told that if
you tyrn off the 3G network it will increase the battery life a lot.
I did this yesterday and so far so good, if i need to use 3G which I
doubt many of us do, I just turn it on I did this to watch free cricket
highlights yesterday, so all in all thsi phone looks great and is great!!!
Reviewed by Pam from United Kingdom on 3rd Aug
This is a fab phone, no faults what so ever. I really don't understand
how some can fault it. If you just take the time to play around with
it, you will see that you CAN change the default message and alarm tones
to ones that you have downloaded.I have done it. This is a suberb phone,
stylish, and neat. I have it on Vodafone network and it works pergectly.
So go out today and buy it.
Reviewed by Steven Woods from United Kingdom on
3rd Aug 2006
Jui ... couldn't turn the keypad sounds off? There is a volume control
on the left hand side of the phone. Press up or down to control the
tone volume. Yet another case of the problem being a dozy user instead
of the actual phone. I've had this phone a fortnight now, since upgrading
from my Motorola ROKR E1 which went for a swim. Yes the battery life
isn't as good as it could be, so what - I take my data cable with me
to work and just plug it in at the PC - yes, it charges from the USB
port. The camera quality is absolutely outstanding for a mobile phone.
If you want to see some proof, look at the (resized) photos in my gallery
at www.swoo.co.uk - the high quality images are from the Z400 - the
lower quality ones are from the Motorola ROKR. Quite a difference. I
think people are forgetting that this phone is marketed as more of a
'business' device than a "omg i have a crazy frog ringtone" retard device.
The bundled software is fantastic - the phone syncronises contacts/tasks/meetings/etc
PERFECTLY with Microsoft Outlook, and supports SyncML which means you
can import your GMail calendar with a bit of tinkering (and exporting
to iCal format first). I liked my ROKR before it died, and was a bit
disheartened to be getting a new phone. But the Samsung has totally
blown me away and I can't recommend it enough. One last point - with
regard to the reception... i work in the middle of the countryside,
and have no problems whatsoever with this phone. The worst i've had
is 2 of 4 bars and the sound quality was absolutely fine.
Reviewed by LEIGH S from SCOTLAND on 3rd Aug 2006
I thought this phone would be fantastic but i find it a letdown! i had
the d500 and thought this would make that look rubbish but it has less
memory capacity than the d500 unless u buy a memory chip?? it doesnt
have a flash for pictures or video recording and the whole watching
tv thing was rubbish the picture is constantly blurred and frozen!!
it is a good phone dont get me wrong but not as good as they could have
Reviewed by Emma from England on 1st Aug 2006
Upgraded a week ago from a samsung E720, and so far i'm quite impressed,
although there are some major downfalls! As most people have said the
battery life is terrible!! I charged my fone for 12hrs on sunday night(30th
Jul)and its now 4pm tuesday (1st Aug) and the battery has gone. With
the e720 the battery life was twice as long, whether this is due to
the z400 having more features such as games (sonic the hedgehog),two
more powerful cameras and the mp3 capability i do not know. So i'm not
too impressed with that. Also, as a person who likes to personalise
their phone not being able to choose an mp3 for my message tone is frustrating,
as is not bein able to chose the menu colour has caused me to get annoyed.
Sounds stupid but surely if the e720 was able to change the menu colour
then i would have hoped the z400 would have this feature. Also, as others
have said the only downfall of the cameras is that there is no flash
which is really disappointing as the camera quality and screen is brilliant.
Night view is poor and produces poor picture quality. Another thing
which annoys me is the softwear packages given with the phone are far
from easy to use! i cannot send music to the phone, which causes me
to rely on friends bluetoothing music. Finally the last bad thing about
the phone is that it cannot support videos recorded on the e720. Very
annoying since i recorded many videos from Ibiza Rocks, which now have
to stay on the old phone. Other than all these negatives, i really like
the look of the phone, although from other comments i am dreading the
day i drop the phone as it is silver and will show up any scratch. Also
a micro SD memory card was not included with my deal ( from orange)
which is annoying as prices i have been quoted are extremely high. Altogether
a ok phone which lacks some features from previous models but the camera
quality ( except flash) is definatly the positive point of the phone
Reviewed by mo from england on 31st Jul 2006
i have had the z400 since last week (was reccomended to me by the guy
who works for free g my sun accidently dropped it on floor and guess
what .... it cracked the screen i will never reccomeded this phone very
Reviewed by adam from uk on 31st Jul 2006
rite i dont know what all these people saying that the sound quality
is rubbish and the battery life isnt good , ive had no problems with
my battery in all the time ive had it , its lasted for 3 and a half
days at least, and the sounds great a think its ur ears that are dodgy,
whole phones great a defo great buy!!! quickley rush to the shops and
buy one for urselves good look on what i imagine is your search for
your new phone
Reviewed by Juin from England on 31st Jul 2006
I found the z400 to be very disappointing. I love the look of the phone
and the slide action and, as my first samsung, I found it very easy
to use the menu. And the camera, apart from the lack of flash, was great.
However I found it difficult to really personlise the setup of the phone
eg. I couldn't switch the keypad sound off. I couldn't get the phone
to show the time in standby mode which was probably an advantage when
you consider my biggest gripe. The battery lasts for about about 30hrs
and I definitely wasn't talking or using the camera (the only features
I really use!) excessively. I am definitely changing this phone asap
- probably to a SE K800i.
Reviewed by Kev from UK on 29th Jul 2006
This phone looks the biz but..... the Battery seems to be a problem,
why do Samsung quote 400 hours standby when its only about 10% of this
mine lasted for about 38 i made 3 calls and sent about 5 texts !!!!!
I took the phone back to carphonewarehouse and they gave me a new one,
I am waiting to see how long the battery lasts but if its less than
the stated 400 hours it will have to go back again.
Reviewed by kevin lloyd from manchester on 25th
my second contract phone and at first i waz amazed but now 2 weeks old
ive droped it and it lookes a mess,mainly because its silver.the battery
is really anoying,only last 3 days on standby 1-2 being used.no flash,small
memory and its very quiet.i like the slide show screen saver and that
its got a tracker and its light weight.i also love the fact that i can
put tracks straight from cd to phone using cable suplied.not bad,could
have been better.
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 23rd Jul 2006
Well i got this phone as an upgrade and sold it straight away! poor
build and sound would not touch with a barge pole!
Reviewed by Stephen Floyd from England on 22nd
I have had the Samsung Z400 for a week after upgrading from my Samsung
D600. I have to say there are features on this phone which make me yearn
for my D600 back! Top of the list is poor reception. Although this is
my first 3G phone, I live in an area with two 3G transmitters both within
2 miles of my house, yet I still struggle with just one to two bars.
Even when my phone reverts to GSM the signal strength is significantly
lower than my D600 achieved. Another disappointing feature is very poor
ringtone quality. It does sound cheap and nasty. A great let down after
the D600. Software is also different. The D600 had a facility enabling
you to block unwanted text messages from chosen numbers, this is not
available on the Z400. Battery life is awful. I am charging this phone
every day as opposed to twice a week with the D600. As regards to poor
reception, I don't know if the phone is the problem or whether 3G transmitters
are just not as efficient as GSM. Would like to know what others think.
Reviewed by haitham from england on 21st Jul 2006
brilliant. absolutely brilliant everything is excellent quality including
both cameras. only downside is no flash apart from that its one of the
best phones around. recommended to anyone. the sound is good just depends
what song it is. eg. quite or loud
Reviewed by lincon from uk on 20th Jul 2006
i think this is one of the best samsung phones i ever had the e900 looks
good but dont work good i changed the e900 for z400 becouse it is ten
times better plus it looks good aswell
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 20th Jul 2006
Well, I upgraded from the excellent SE K750i to what I thought would
be the best handset on the market(or so the O2 rep told me). He was
nearly right!! Everything about the phone is really good including the
MP3 player, the screen quality, video calling(amazing)and software.
However there are a couple of big details that may make you think twice.
You can only use the limited amount of polyphonic tones for message
alerts and alarm signals(No MP3 capability for some reason). This was
not a major gripe but the battery life is. Having the handset for only
a week I have charged it up three times already and I have hardley used
the handset at all apart from the initial "new toy" setting up at the
start. Apparently I have a defective battery but after reading the other
reviews, I think not!!!!. My K750i would last longer than a week with
alot of usage. If you want a sleak, stylish phone that has video calling
but have to charge it up every second day(very annoying when you have
to carry your charger with you everywhere just incase) then this phone
is for you. If not then I would look elsewhere.
Reviewed by James from England on 19th Jul 2006
I have just recieved this mobile after my nokia n91 broke. I tell you
this phone is 10x better than the n91. I said to buy the the n91 but
buy this is the greatest phone ever. Buy this phone
Reviewed by Haitham from England on 19th Jul 2006
i upgraded to this phone 2 days ago from a sharp gx30i. the z400 is
a brilliant phone its soo easy to get the hang of it especially with
vodafone (menus are different with different networks.)aprt from a flash
this phone is possibly one of the best phones around. it has everything.
camera is 2 mega pixel and is crystal clear and the video is exellent
as well. u can have mp3 ringtones too. it has all the functions of the
popular d500 and d600 apart from flash but this has 3g as well and id
rather have 3g than flash.u can set difrnt ringtones for difrnt contacs
and also has a privacy lock which means wen u let a frend hav a look
at th phone he wont b able to look at messsages nd pictures without
knowing ur password (btw if he fails the p/w 3 times it wont lock ur
phone he can try however many time he wants.) u can change the privacy
for 1 certain thing ie. just messages. or u can have it turned off.
all in all an excellent phone i wud recomend it to absolutely everyone
Reviewed by Snake from United Kingdom on 19th
Only had the phone today. Had D500 previously and thought it was brilliant.
Like the overall look of the phone and camera is really good. Have read
that message tone can't be changed which is a bit rubbish, plus volume
doesn't seem to be very loud. Looks cool though in silver.
Reviewed by Patch from England on 16th Jul 2006
Having waited for the "out of stock" e900went into an o2 store and just
happened to see the (silver) z400 dummy handset next to the e900. I
compared the look and feel of both handsets, together with the features
and wondereed what al the fuss was about with the e900! Opted fro the
z400 as it loked more robust, loved the silver finish and having previously
owned a d500 (one of my best handsets), it was very similar. I have
recently purchased a SE w810i, great phone if ur into all that music
and media stuff, but the keypad is irritatingly small and "fiddely"
so i'm going to get rid of it. It's early days yet (hence the 4 stars),
but, so far, i'm liking the handset very much as for me, its primary
purpose is for MAKING TELEPHONE calls!!!!! Welcome back samsung!
Reviewed by Vikki from England on 15th Jul 2006
Upgraded from the D500 and my initial excitement about getting a new
phone was short lived. It just doesnt have the WOW factor. Big screen,
looks smart but just not as nice as the D500. Diferrent set up, wrong
things in the wrong places, a bit tricky to navigate and you cant personalise
it as much as the D500. Thinking about selling it on e bay to make a
few hundred and then keeping my old one! All in all it is an ok phone,
some good features once you get the hang of it but if you are looking
for something better than the D500 this just isnt it.
Reviewed by Lou from England on 13th Jul 2006
This seems to be a good little phone. Its not too small that you lose
it in your bag (come on girls how many of you have thought you lost
a small phone after a night out, only to find it in another pocket in
the morning!!!), but its also not too big that you look like you have
timewarped back to the 90's and are carring round a brick again. I originally
had the E900 which was a smart phone but i started to get a complex
about having fat hands, I could not write a text without hitting the
touch sensitive back button!!! so opted for this phone and am pretty
happy with it so far. Ok so its not got any thing majorly special about
it but if your like me and use your phone to ummm phone people and text
then its great. Its easy to use and looks nice.
Reviewed by Andy from England on 12th Jul 2006
I recently upgraded from the D500 to the much newer Z400 and quickly
discovered it was a BIG mistake. The Z400 is much lighter but that may
be down to the cheap way it has been made, very plastic! The sound quality
is poor and the volume on full is very quiet but it still manages to
distort the sound on the speakers, again very cheap quality. After just
4 days the slide has stopped working correctly and now it doesn't end
the calls. The battery will last just 2-3 days with normal usage. The
keypad lights are ultra dim so very hard to see in bad lighting conditions.
Overall in my opinion it's a phone which feels cheap, it has low quality
software and it's actually a step backwards for Samsung.
Reviewed by SHELLY NORTON from UK on 11th Jul
Well what can i say but not bad... After having a sharp gx10 then a
sony erricson 700i did not think there would be a phone that i would
be able to use, but this has to be so easy..so venturing into my new
phone...wearily...BINGO..SO SIMPLE, easy to use... bluetooth is fantastic..buttons
are easy to use...eveything great..camera very clear and you can change
the angle front or back... would recommend highly. ave not found any
let downs yet but sure enough will write about them if i find them...
Sure enough found one...cannot change text tones and cannot add a melody
to the slide action like the D500 but these are simple things...
Reviewed by Elaine from United Kingdom on 10th
I'm afraid I've sent this handset back today after receiving as an upgrade
just over a week ago. The phone is ok, good pictures in daylight, rubbish
nightmode! (Why no flash on this Samsung?) Installed the bundled PC
Studio software to find that it dosent support storing or editing contacts
on your PC. What is the point of that exactly? Couldnt test video calling
as no one else I know owns a 3g handset at the moment. Another thing
that cheesed me off is that you can only use Mp3 as ringtones and not
message tones as well - again pretty pointless! Such a shame because
the build of the handset is nice, with large screen etc and it doesnt
feel cheap and tacky like my daughters Nokia 6111! You might think I'm
being picky, but I'm not gonna be stuck with a handset which doesnt
do what I want it to do for another year.
Reviewed by Mike from United Kingdom on 10th Jul
This phone is great. It has an amazing 2 megapixel camera which means
that pictures look great on both the phone screen and on a computer.
It is really simple to use. I was a Nokia fan before this but after
only a few days use, im now totally won over. I had no trouble getting
used to the menu and other settings. I have had no problems with the
sounds (actual calls and ringtones etc). Everything sounds crystal clear
to me. I highly reccomend you buy this phone! Top Banana!
Reviewed by Lamb chop from UK on 8th Jul 2006
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Great little phone, does feel a bit plastic so dont know how it will
wear and I wouldnt like to drop it very often!. Ringtone speaker is
not very good quality so music distorts at high volume. Screen quality
is fantastic, the best Ive ever seen on any phone and is 1000% better
than my previous SE K750. Not very big memory so I got a 1gig memory
card which should be more than enough for most people. Menu system is
so easy to navigate as Ive not used Samsung before and found my way
round in 5 mins without ever looking at the manual. Overall I would
highly recomend this phone especially in Mirror silver which looks the