Samsung D410

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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One interesting and rather fun cell phone design--and the Samsung D410 is one example--that's still fairly fresh on the U.S. market is the slide model. I saw one of these recently in San Francisco, where I'd gone to visit a 12-year-old nephew, himself visiting from Japan. I confess I was impressed. (Among other things, the kid manages to type faster on its keyboard than I do on this Logitech, and I've been typing QWERTY since I was nine. He can also eat a lot of sushi.)

The tri-band GSM Samsung D410--with three hours of talk time and about 11 days of standby time--packs a lot of wallop in its 97 by 48 by 24 millimeters. That works out to about 3.8 by 1.9 by 0.8 inches, closed of course. At about four ounces, it's featherweight as well. The built-in 300,000 resolution camera and 640x480 resolution color LCD display are crystal clear.

There are a few reviewer complaints out about this phone, despite it's being on the U.S. market for such a short time. If you're looking for an SLR camera, for example, you won't find it in the Samsung D410. In answer to the reviewer who didn't altogether approve of this feature, however, it's only fair to point out that cell phone camera technology is still very young. Even the 1.3 and 2.0 megapixel models aren't but so good yet.

Bottom Line on the Samsung D410

This design concept holds a lot of promise. As far as the menu is concerned, once I'd figured out how to toggle over to English (no, I do not read Japanese), I found it more straightforward than my own Motorola. This model is at present offered in the United States only by T-mobile. Keep your eye peeled, however. It and others like it may soon be coming to your provider!


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