Video review: Samsung X820

It's hard for a phone to command attention at Stuff, especially when up against the latest and greatest from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Moto's holy trin

It's hard for a phone to command attention at Stuff, especially when up against the latest and greatest from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Moto's holy trinity. Samsung's new X820, however, has been wowing everyone who's picked it up.

Measuring 6.9mm deep, it's fatter than an iPod Nano but skinnier than a Motorola SLVR; as our video review below demonstrates, it's also far slimmer than a Williams pear.

The build quality's surprisingly good. Despite the wafer-thin dimensions, it feels sturdy and has a good bit of weight (66g) in the hand - the only thing we'd complain about is the cheapness of the plastic finish. Motorola's RAZRs, by comparison, come blessed with a more expensive-feeling veneer.

As you'd hope, it's a passable phone too, with call quality on a par with rivals and Samsung's interface performing an adequate job of getting you to settings, photos, messaging and more. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Sony Ericsson's main menu.

So, what else do you get? Not a lot. This is, after all, all about having the skinniest phone in the pub, but the 2MP camera does take sharp snaps and the MP3 player works okay. One thing we really don't like is the start-up and power-down audio jingles - think Korean disco - that we still haven't worked out how to disable. Suggestions on an email, please.

Essentials

Samsung X820

Price: £from free on contract, £150 on PAYG

On sale: Now

Contact: Carphone Warehouse

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