Samsung’s first GPRS-enabled phone doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that many would have expected the Korean manufacturer to throw in. Quite simply put, the SGH-Q200 (or Q200) is not a phone you would flash around or show-off to people like the infamous SGH-T100 - but a handset that purely does what it’s designed for.
Although we have already brought you the SGH-S100 review, which was a model that also had GPRS (and many other great features on top of this), the Q200 already claimed pole position on the Samsung mobile handset timeline in the GPRS department. Apart from that, it shares very similar features and user interface with previous Samsung GSM models.
The Q200 shares a very similar set of physical dimensions with the SGH-T100 - but the curves differ greatly. While the SGH-T100 comes in a more egg-shaped form, the Q200 is more rectangular in shape but provides its user with a slightly firmer, more solid grip.
On the inside, the Q200 boasts a high-resolution greyscale display providing for up to six lines of text and two lines for soft key and phone indicators. No difference in the keypad when compared to the SGH-T100 - but slightly more tactile thanks to the use of more solid, non-rubbery buttons. This, in conjunction with the more rectangular design, makes it easier to type - especially when you compare it with the smaller phone design of the SGH-A300!
User Interface (UI)
The Q200 shares very similar software and user interface with the SGH-A300/400 models. This can be noted from the actual menu system and features offered on both predecessor handsets - including a list-view of menu items and phone features, iconic main menu, 4-way navigation key (with the ability to add shortcuts to each of the four buttons), and instant WAP access via the “i” button.
Making and receiving calls
Calls can be taken and concluded with the Q200 by respectively opening and closing the active folder. The caller’s telephone number is displayed (if available) on the external LCD which gives you the choice of whether you want to take the call or not. To reject the call with the lid closed, press either volume buttons.
Call quality on the Q200 is considered crisp and clear. A headset accessory comes included with the sales package as well.
Text messaging on the Q200 is a breeze, thanks to a large- and tactile-enough keypad. The T9 predictive text input system is very responsive, but it does not have the ability to add custom words into the phone (which means unknown words need to be typed in each time manually).
Average battery life on the Q200 was around 2-3 days’ standby and around 3-4 hours’ worth of talk time with the provided standard battery.