Feeds
70%
Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect

Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect designer phone

Sophisticated - or silly?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

A selection of auto-metering settings can be applied, including white balance, brightness and colour effects, and there's a range of situation-specific shooting modes. Alongside typical continuous multi-shot, panorama and frame effect modes, Samsung has included its gimmicky smile-shot option, which only snaps a piccy when it spots that the subject is smiling.

Once taken, pics can be given a bit of a touch up in an editing app, and there’s an option for uploading images and videos directly to websites or blogs using embedded ShoZu software.

Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect

Stylish looks, unexciting feature set

The standard-issue NetFront 3.4 browser puts in a reasonably speedy performance when it comes to finding and downloading pages, but typically for a mid-range handset, the EA's small screen means it doesn't offer the smoothest phone browsing experience around.

Other features include a stock selection of organiser functions and tools: calendar, memo, tasks, voice recorder, world clock, alarms, calculator, convertor, stopwatch, timer, document viewer, RSS reader, and five trial Java games.

The voice call performance is straight down the line. Call quality is perfectly acceptable and network quality appears fine. Battery performance is sufficient too. Samsung quotes an optimum talktime of up to seven hours on GSM networks, or 4.3 hours within 3G coverage, or alternatively 345 hours GSM standby time or 275 hours standby on 3G networks. We got two to three days' usage between charges with our normal usage, which is typical for a mid-range phone like this.

Verdict

This fashion-label phone may give you a distinctive look but it doesn’t deliver any of the wow-factor features it would need to be a must-have. Its splash-the-cash appeal is clearly based on the Emporio Armani branding - and that neon-strip styling. If that makes you swoon, then the features-for-the-money factor will probably be secondary to anyway. ®

More Phone Reviews...


Nokia 6600 Fold

LG Prada II

Sony Ericsson
Walkman W302

HTC Touch Viva

New hybrid storage solutions

70%
Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect

Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect designer phone

The Emporio Armani Samsung delivers flash for the cash, but struggles to wow with a routine feature set.
Price: Contract: free to £100. Pre-pay: N/A. Handset only: £295 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.