Samsung U900 Soul

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Front of the U900 Soul
Soul
The Soul's front touch buttons

The Samsung SGH-U900 (marketed as the Samsung Soul) is a slider mobile phone from Samsung Telecommunications. It was introduced at Mobile World Congress on 11 February 2008.[1] It is a member of Samsung's fashion-focused "Ultra" line of handsets and the company's flagship at the time. [2]

The Soul initially came in two colors: Platinum Silver and Soul Gray, later also coming in Pink, Silver, and Black and Gold. It is made of a metallic body and the slider has spring mechanism. There is a second, touch-sensitive OLED display below the main 2.2-inch display which shows different navigational functions, tailored for the current software operation (as previously appearing on the E950 model).[3][4] Samsung dubs it as "Magical Touch".[5]

There is a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that can also take videos at 30 fps in QVGA (320x240) resolution. There is HSDPA support,[6] and it is a "global" 3G phone supporting all major frequencies: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, HSDPA , UMTS 850, UMTS 1900, UMTS 2100. Audio playback makes use of a digital amplifier from Bang & Olufsen, although there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack, relying instead on a proprietary Samsung connector.[7] Despite its flagship status, the Samsung Soul does lack several key features like Wi-Fi, GPS, or smartphone software.[8] These were instead implemented on the Samsung G810, announced at the same time.

The "Soul" name stands for "The Spirit of Ultra" (referring to Samsung Ultra Edition).[3] The U900 Soul name is an extension of the U900 FlipShot, a clamshell/swivel multimedia phone announced for Verizon Wireless in November 2007.[9]

Reception[edit]

Publisher S21 said that the camera of the U900 Soul is "very good", but just below the "best" ones namely Nokia N95 and Sony Ericsson K850. The review concluded calling it a "fabulous" phone.[4] Wired called the touch-sensitive navigational pad "one of the coolest, most efficient" touch interfaces they have seen on a handset.[5] TechRadar called the U900 Soul "extremely stylish with a quality camera", but criticized the battery life.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samsung G810 (SGH-G810) - Mobile Gazette - Mobile Phone News". Mobilegazette.com.
  2. ^ "Samsung Sour Review". archive.org.
  3. ^ a b "Mobile-review.com Review of GSM/UMTS-handset Samsung U900 Soul". Mobile-review.com.
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b Leckart, Steven (31 July 2008). "Review: Samsung SGH-U900 Soul "Magical Touch"". Wired.com.
  6. ^ "Samsung U900 Soul Preview - Price - Buy and Sell". Mobile88.com.
  7. ^ Sandra Vogel. "Samsung Soul U900 – Samsung Soul U900 Review". Trusted Reviews.
  8. ^ "Samsung Soul U900 review". Knowyourmobile.com.
  9. ^ "Samsung announces U900 FlipShot for Verizon". Engadget.com.
  10. ^ phones, TechRadar Staff 2008-05-27T11:17:41 147ZMobile. "Samsung Soul SGH U900". TechRadar.com.