Samsung hammers out stylish Steel slider
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Style and steel aren’t usually something you hear of together, unless you’re an architect. But Samsung’s mashed the two into one to create its latest slider handset - dubbed, simply, Steel.
Samsung's Steel: metal meets HSDPA
The phone is awash with brushed metal surfaces, which sit well alongside the talker’s black plastic base. It also has a navpad that looks cunningly similar to the interactive one found on Samsung's Soul, but – alas – the Steel’s control doesn’t have the same functionality.
However, Steel does have a 2.2in display that’ll do nicely for displaying images or video snapped on the accompanying three-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom.
A Micro SD card slot provides up to 8GB of storage, while Bluetooth is also present for short-range data transfers. Samsung’s said very little about the phone’s multimedia capabilities, such as which audio formats the phone supports, but the firm has at least confirmed that the phone functions as a DAB radio.
On the connectivity side of things, Steel operates over tri-band GSM/GPRS/Edge and HSDPA is also under the hood for speedy downloads.
Samsung’s Steel will be available exclusively through Vodafone in the UK this June, but a price hasn’t been hammered out yet.
If this is anything like the Soul I am just about to return to vodafone, its asthetically brilliant and the sound quality will be crap. The features on the Soul are great, but its unusable as a phone as quite often you cannot hear the person at the other end. Not brilliant for a phone. I am going back to my D900.
Are pretty good nowadays- my SGHx820 was hje envy of my workplae when I got it a couple of years ago, and (aside from the naff f490), all of the other handsets they've released are very nice. Much better than the VHS tape-sized Nokia 8GB N95's
Last itme you looked at a Samsung phone...?
I'd be interested in knowing how long it has been since the nay-sayers here looked at a Samsung phone. 2 people who I know have bought recently and their phones seem a damn sight more solid than the last batch of Nokias I've seen :)