is typical for Samsung to produce phones of high
price band, the company is one of the leader in
this group in the market. Besides, the company
has several models in the middle and low-end
price segments, they are rather successful but
now they became almost out of date. To strength
position in the middle price segment the company
should introduce a new handset and equip it with
excellent set of features to attract a user and
influence his/her choice. Itís not a secret that
namely this segment has most of rival models.
the company produces not expensive models, which
have a classic design. C100 is not an exception.
Originally this phone will be made in silvery
color, later other color solutions will be
available. The phoneís exterior is rather
unusual, side edges are raised and the keypad is
placed deep into the phone. There are no
problems while pressing side keys; you donít
touch the edges. All keys are made of plastic,
they are well spaced and have middle size. The
keypad is comfortable, it has a blue
backlighting, but characters are not always
The screen is
located above the keypad. It is not large by
sight, but has a resolution of 128х128 pixels.
It allows to show up to 5 text lines and 1
service line. This phone is equipped with
UFB-65K display. In the sunny day the
information wonít be clearly visible. Even when
you are inside, it is difficult to say that this
dispay is really capable to support up to 65000
colors. The picture is not sharp, color
rendering is worse than on similar clamshell
phones from Samsung. But it is necessary to
remember that C100 is a middle class handset and
in this group it doesnít have any rivals as
regarded to screen quality.
you take this phone, youíll be surprised by a
small thickness of the case (17mm). Engineers
could reach this effect due to a lithium-polymer
battery (firstly applied in the phones of this
class). This battery has 800 mAh capacity.
According to the manufacturer, it could provide
up ot 3 hours of talking time and up to 145 of
standby time. In reality the handset operated
about 4 days in case of 10 minutes of talking
per day (Beeline network) and up to 15 minutes
of using other applications. Time of full
charging is about 2 hours.
The phone has
optimal dimensions (111x45x17 mm). It is neither
large, nor small. It weighs 76 g., what allows
to wear it as you like. We think that this model
has a well-developed form-factor.
A double volume
key is placed on the left-hand side of the
phone. IrDA is also positioned there. Most of
manufacturers consider that IrDA is unnecessary
in the model of this price segment, but Samsung
decided to increase demands to the phones of
this class and set it.
This phone has
a standard menu structure from Samsung, but all
items of the main menu are 3D-animated. So, when
you enter a menu, you can see not just an
animated picture, but full three-dimensional
picture, which is almost alive. For example, you
can see dew on the flowers. These pictures donít
add enrich phoneís functions, but they are very
pleasant. We think that Samsung is a first
manufacturer, which began a mass production of
the phones with such kind of menu. Donít confuse
3D-animated pictures with 3D function. These
technologies are different.
If you wish,
you can switch off a new menu style. In this
case youíll see usual menu.
lists of submenus are hidden under a renewed
main menu. A fast shortcut number navigation is
available. If you find time to study this phone,
youíll understand that it is a functional copy
of Samsung S100. The phone has Java, GPRS (class
8) but doesnít support MMS. It has a loud
40-tones polyphonic ringer, new set of
wallpapers and pictures. To say the truth, the
phone offers many possibilities. Letís quote
from the review of Samsung S100 a detail
description of several features.
can store up to 500 phone numbers in the
phonebook. Up to 3 numbers (home, office and
mobile) and e-mail address can be added to one
entry. When you create a new contact, you are
offered, firstly, to choose a phone number type
and then to enter it. Auxiliary numbers can be
entered from the edit submenu, not at once. Such
arrangement has both advantages and
disadvantages. It depends on how often you enter
contacts with one phone number.
organize your contacts in the caller groups. A
special ringing tone and a special icon can be
associated with each group.
In the total
list all numbers (from the phone memory and SIM-card
memory) are displayed. The handset provides a
search by name. You can just type a first letter
and a first name matching your input will be
displayed, then you can type the next letter and
so on. A similar find option exists in every
caller group. You can setup a speed dialing for
8 phone numbers. Unfortunately, as S100, this
phone doesnít have voice dialing function.
possible to keep up to 50 messages in the phone
memory and it is not by chance. Actually, the
phone supports EMS standard. So, there is a good
set of icons, melodies, sounds and animation in
the phone. A rather unusual set of smiles is
also placed here. Funny faces have now a body.
features are standard: a predictive text input
T9 for English, a possibility to create up to 5
Traditionally, the lists with last 20 received,
20 dialed and 20 missed calls are hidden under
this menu. You can view a date and a time for
each call. A peculiarity of the phone is that
the same numbers are not doubled in the list;
phone number moves up and a new time and date
are indicated. It is the most convenient
structure for the vast majority of users.
Tone. You can set
various ringing tones to personalize your phone:
one of the 6 bells, one of the 8 animals voices
(horse, dog, birds and so on), one of the 31
melodies. Melodies are different - modern and
classical, they can satisfy all needs. I think
you will be delighted by them, taking into
consideration that the phone has polyphonic
melodies and a loud sound.
are not available, but you can set an own
incoming alert (light, melody, vibra,
vibra+melody). It is possible to switch on a
minute minder in this menu. It will operate
while the talk.
Settings. You can
easily personalize your phone using this menu.
You can set language, wallpaper (by default
phone has 22 animations). Besides, you can tune
screen brightness and adjust security settings.
Several applications are placed under this
The first one
is the calendar. You can add one event for each
day, to add more you should copy a note of the
other day, it's not handy. Here you can also
view a calendar by months. Days with events are
highlighted and you can quickly move to the date
A to-do list
supplements possibilities of the calendar. This
submenu allows you to write a job list, set a
priority type (high, low, normal). Notes can be
copied to the calendar.
You can set the alarm to ring at a specific time
(once, daily or weekly (from Monday till Friday
or from Monday till Saturday)).
There is also a
calculator and a convert currency in the phone.
Time and date.
Here you can setup time and date, check the
current time in many cities (a world time
All settings concerning network services are
submenu allows you to use your phone as
Web-browser via WAP (version 1.2.1). There are
also two preloaded games here. There is also a
menu of applications here. I set such games as
bowling and the other favourite game Ė PacMan.
This phone has
an excellent reception quality. It didnít have
any problems. Volume of the sound is high.
40-tones polyphony is also loud; you can easily
hear it when the phone is under clothes.
Sometimes you can miss calls in too noisy
places. In this case a vibrating alert can help
you. It is average, but you can fill it rather
well, probably because of the thin case.
battery is the other virtue of this handset. It
decreases the phoneís weight and allows using a
handset for a long time without re-charging. If
you donít talk much, you can use approximately
We didnít find
evident shortcomings and technical bugs.
Originally the phone is stable and it is a great
advantage of it. In the near future this phone
will become one of the most popular models from
Samsung and repeats success of Samsung R200/210.
will be available in July in the shelves of the
shops and an expected price is about 150 USD. It
will make the phone very popular, as there are
not similar models for such price on the market.
Among novelties, C100 stands out by its
technological functions, which are for the first
time used in the phone of the middle class. We
think that namely Samsung C100 will be an
outstanding product in 2003 and may be even the
best in its class.