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By Hanleigh Daniels 3 December 2009

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Sporting a brushed metal casing, Samsung\'s stylish, if somewhat conservative and generic, S7350 slider features a stunning 2.6" LCD screen and one of the best 5-megapixel cameras around. But, unlike some of their other phones, the conventional S7350\'s screen isn\'t touch sensitive.

Features

The quality of sound during calls is good with excellent clarity and the same applies when the phone is in speaker mode. Utilising the phone for messaging and to surf the web is simple, though the menu button is a little oversensitive to the touch which will have you accidentially confirming or accepting actions. The phone works well when viewing webpages, allowing you to switch between landscape and portrait, but is a little fussy when viewing pics as it keeps flipping the pic around at the slightest movement of your hand. On the video front Samsung includes DivX video playback, which is especially useful as it enables the phone to play MP4, H.264 and WMV video files allowing for a wide range of media file support.

Ladies will find the fake calls feature very useful for escaping a bad conversation or unwanted come-ons from a guy. You activate it by inconspicuously pressing the navigation button and a few seconds later your phone rings as if you were receiving a real call and you can even play a pre-recorded conversation (so its sounds like you are speaking to someone on the other end) for further realism.

The phone is GPS enabled and comes with Google Maps pre-installed. No voice-guided navigation is offered, but Google Maps is pretty straightforward to use, giving you step-by-step directions between your starting point and your ultimate destination.

Camera

The 5 megapixel camera takes really decent photos in both sunlit or overcast and low-light conditions, and features both smile- and blink detection capabilities. The LED flash adds nice assistance in low-light situations.

Music is the soundtrack of your life

The sound quality is good whether you’re listening to music using either the onboard speaker or the provided earphones (the new standard earphones are much better thanks to rubber covers that help them stay in your ears). The S7350 uses a propriety slot for the earphones and doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone socket. It does however come with a 3.5mm headphone adapter, so you’ll still be able to invest in some high quality earphones to go with the stylish phone. The phone supports MP3, AAC and WMA audio files.

In conclusion

Samsung’s S7350 is a little old hat compared to other touch-screen phones, but it is perfect for people who don’t want to venture down that route yet, but still want modern features on a stylish slider.

PROS
Brilliant screen, extremely capable camera.
CONS
Battery life is not the best., Fussy Accelerometer sensor when viewing pics.
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