This is one phone that I’m sure many people have been waiting for (especially those who have been captured by the billboard advertisement near Sydney Airport). Samsung is the next manufacturer to come up with a colour-LCD version of a mobile phone. Based on previous dual-LCD models by Samsung, the SGH-T100 has been designed well in both aesthetical and ergonomic aspects.
The colour TFT LCD screen, featuring 4096 colours, is the first of its kind in the world. In addition, the T100 has one of the brightest screens that I have ever come across. This can be seen when compared with the T68/T68i screen. In addition, the incorporation of the dual-LCD screen concept makes this flip phone very handy and exciting to use. To complement this, the built-in and customisable polyphonic ringtones brings this colourful experience to your ears as well.
The sales package also comes with a data cable and a CD, which allows for the ability to upload ringtones and graphics/images onto the phone. In addition to the standard graphics included on the CD, you are able to upload your own and have it displayed as the wallpaper instead (for example, a picture taken from a digital camera).
Another useful feature is the lunar calendar conversion found in the phone’s calendar function. Once you bring up the phone’s calendar menu, the lunar date is displayed at the bottom right-hand corner. Especially handy for people who refer back to the lunar calendar for special occasions dates (especially knowing when the next Chinese New Year holiday is!)
Although the T100 is slightly larger than other Samsung flip phones, this phone can fit comfortably into any hand thanks to its overall size. Previous models, like the A200 and A300 handsets, are slightly thicker and smaller in size - making the phone more capsule-like and slightly harder to hold. Another advantage of the T100’s size is the slightly-larger LCD screen and keypad, making it easier for a user to interact with the phone. Also, the solidity of the T100 has been maintained when compared to previous flip models.
"With the addition of a "WAP" key located in the centre of
the 4-way navigational key"
Thanks to the colour LCD featured on the T100 phone, this has made using the handset somewhat more exciting to use and easier to understand (in terms of how to use the functions of the phone). The keypad area is laid out very similar to that of the A300 - but with the addition of a “WAP” key located in the centre of the 4-way navigational key. Response time from the phone is quite immediate, which can be seen from simply either going through the menus or typing an SMS message.
Making and receiving calls
For those who wish that they could see who’s calling when the flip is closed, then the T100 will grant you that want by providing that same information on the outside LCD located at the front of the phone. Samsung’s dual-LCD concept is, indeed, very innovative and satisfies a need for the many people who actually wants to use that active flip of theirs! Making calls is also a breeze - thanks again to an easy-to-use user interface.
Although Samsung phones have yet to make available the concatenated messaging feature, composing SMS messages with T9 predictive text input enabled is as simple as using a Nokia phone to do the same - but with the exclusion of being able to add your own words into a custom dictionary.
The T100 comes with two batteries - one standard and one extended battery. With the provided desktop charger, interchanging the batteries for use would become a routine. Average life of batteries comes to around 1-2 days for a standard battery, and around 2-3 days for an extended battery.