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Review: Samsung's P520 Armani Phone

Review by Michael Oryl on Monday December 31, 2007.

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Samsung's SGH-P520 Armani phone is a high-fashion cell phone that is meant to take on the likes of Apple's iPhone and LG's Prada phone. It certainly has the good looks, and it packs some solid multimedia capabilities into its svelte form, but has Samsung been able to adapt to the concept of finger basic touchscreen navigation the way the other two have?

Thanks to Wireless Imports for loaning us the Armani phone used in this review.

Physical Aspects

When it comes to physical appearance and design, the Samsung Armani phone has what it takes. It is no larger than 9 or 10 stacked credit cards, 88mm x 55mm x 10.5mm (3.5" x 2.2" .4"), and weighs only 86g (3.0oz). The included case that it snaps into adds a good layer of protection for an additional 34g (1.2oz), while still providing access to the camera and all of the buttons and ports on the phone's edges. It is probably a good idea to use the case, even though the Armani's 2.6", QVGA resolution display seems reasonably rugged.

The display is touch sensitive and intended to be used with a fingertip, just like the one on the Apple iPhone. It senses even very light finger touches on its surface, but also seems responsive to indirect finger touches as well. For example, I was able to fumble through the menus and dial pad on the phone while wearing a pair of insulated leather gloves, something that I found quite surprising. Considering that the touch screen works in spite of leather, paper, or plastic most of the time, it seems quite possible that it is somewhat pressure sensitive, even though the display doesn't appear to have any real give to it. The touch action doesn't work as well as the iPhone's, but overall it works better than LG's Venus and Prada handsets do.

The only two keys on the front of the phone are the call send and end keys. The volume, camera, and hold/lock buttons, along with the microSD slot and power/headset/data port are found on the sides of the phone. A safety latch on the bottom releases the rear battery cover, which sits below the camera lens and flash.

In terms of accessories, the Samsung Armani phone ships with a USB cable, a stereo headset, and an Armani cleaning cloth - all packed in a soft black bag. In addition to the previously mentioned snap-on cover, the phone also comes with a soft pouch for storage.

The overall build of the phone is rock solid and very attractive. It has all of the appropriate hardware keys, and a sufficiently large and useable touchscreen. The hardware design of the Armani phone is a good one.

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Torsten B. Hagemann @ 5:42:37AM EDT on Thursday July 23, 2009

Having used the Samsung Armani phone for about a month I can only support this review. I love the phone, because of the size and the design, but must admit that the software is bugged, the CPU is slow, and the touchscreen sometimes seemes to live a life of its own. Still love it, though :-).

aal @ 1:21:54PM EDT on Monday August 24, 2009

ive just recieved this phone as a gift and i think that it is amazing, the music player can respond pretty low but over all i love the phone.

mihaela @ 4:31:50PM EDT on Sunday October 18, 2009

i have this phone one year and half now i was was quite happy with it.yesterday i dropped it by mistake and now woun t read the memory card anymore and the battery wount last more than 4 hours.it is very very sensible.

adeeb @ 10:51:14PM EDT on Wednesday June 16, 2010

i have bought the set but after one month the set started to restart automatically without any cause it does not get on.when i press the on off button it goes on restarting goes like that always.and softwares does not support

jj @ 10:05:18AM EDT on Thursday September 9, 2010

i lost that kind of phone, how can i have another one, is there available here in philippines??

papa @ 10:36:06AM EST on Tuesday February 8, 2011

I am unable open mu yahoo email on the phone in Nigeria please help

nene @ 6:55:00AM EDT on Sunday September 11, 2011

my phone didnt start but i think it was ok then.... is there any shops offer for repairing love it....

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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