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Samsung Diva

Samsung Diva fashion phone

Here come the girls, etc, etc.

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The 3.2Mp camera lacks autofocus and flash, and is far from the last word in camerphone quality but it does have a decent range of features including smile detection, multi-shot (up to nine), a timer and panorama: six shots through about 40° – that should take in everybody on the hen night. It records video at 320 x 240 quality which just about passes muster.

Samsung Diva

Decent screen, limited feature set

There's a range of photo editing features too, including warps and filters for extreme makeovers, as well as the usual contrast, colour and brightness tweaks.

The media player can handle MPEG 4 video files - no DivX or even WMV - and MP3 and AAC(+) audio files, plus there's an FM radio with RDS. There's 50MB of memory on board though you can add up to 8GB with Micro SD cards.

Videos displayed well enough on the smallish screen, but there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, so you'll probably be stuck with the - admittedly elegant looking - supplied headphones which use the mini USB slot. Worse, some bright spark in the design labs has decreed that the cord should point downwards, which won't help it to sit well in the pocket.

Considering it's not exactly bursting with options, battery life on the Diva isn't great, and I only got about a day and a half of regular use out of it before I had to recharge.

Verdict

The Diva certainly has a distinctive style, and it seems pretty clear about the audience it's aiming for. It's got a nicely sensitive capacitive touchscreen, and some good social networking widgets, but anything involving the internet can be a chore thanks to the lack of 3G or Wi-Fi. It would have been nice to have a pop-upo Qwerty keyboard too. But it's a style phone first and foremost, and you'll be sold on whether you like the look. Or not. ®

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Samsung Diva

Samsung Diva fashion phone

Footballers' Wives meets Sex And The City style, with some nice social networking built in.
Price: £190 (Sim free) RRP

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