Samsung G810 review | Introduction
Samsung G810 review
N owadays, the emphasis in the digital revolution lies on innovation and development. That is one of the reasons for companies such as Samsung to continue their search for new possibilities with a fresh view. Mobile photography is carefully moving into the photography market, and the Samsung G810 is a good example. Not only are the possibilities of the built-in camera more enhanced than those of the average camera phone, also the multi-functionality of the G810 as a whole is surprising. The device is able to serve as a route navigator and comes with Route 66 navigation software for Western Europe. Read our full review to find out how much we liked the Samsung G810.
Samsung G810 mobile phone
Samsung G810 retail package
Inside the box, there are several included items such as a battery charger, USB cable and PC studio software to manage your files. In addition, a headset, TV cable, 2GB microSD card and, surprisingly, Route 66 navigation software, are also found in the package. Since the phone also serves as route navigator, a car holder is standard delivered with the Samsung 810. The quick start guide is available in two languages and besides that; manuals for the Route 66 navigation software are available. I am someone who cares a lot about treating my equipment well; therefore I really miss a pouch for this device.
Samsung G810 slider phone
Samsung phone design
The silver-coloured Samsung G810 is a slider phone with a considerably large size of 4 x 2 x 0.7 inches. These characteristics give the Samsung G810 its business-like look. Personally, I prefer compact cell phones, since I'd rather not notice the handset in my trouser pocket. However, the professional design does appeal to me. The front of the device looks like a mobile phone, the back like a digital compact camera as soon as the cover protecting the camera lens opens. On one side of the cell phone, there are some handy quick access buttons such as the shutter release button for the digital camera, the on/off button and the volume adjustment button. There is also room for a microSD slot, an ear-set connection and a multi-functional connection for the USB cable and battery charger. The 262,144 colour TFT monitor takes up most of the room on the cell phone and is a joy to look at with its size of 240 x 320 pixels and bright colours.
Samsung G810 test
Samsung G810 menu
In a way that is very much unlike Samsung, the menu structure of the G810 causes the occasional question mark to pop up inside your mind. Besides new menus such as 'Instruments' there are different options than there used to be in the various menus. The memory card information, for example, is found in the menu 'Organizer'. If you want to adjust the reproduction setting you have to go through the menus: Settings > General > Personal before you end up in the reproduction menu. Not the most logical way if you ask me, besides, this option does not even allow you to set a different background; that is found in the menu Themes. And finally, the clock settings are not available in one spot, but in three, namely: 'Clock', 'Date and time', and 'Tones'. In short, I found it rather difficult to find my way in the menus whilst testing. Some alterations might prove more logical in hindsight, fact is that the menus are turned completely upside down and it takes time to be able to find all the options again.
Route 66 navigation