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Samsung i-450 #2

It was a busy month, that’s my only excuse for not writing much about the Samsung i-450. That’s also my excuse for not posting much on this blog this month.

Music, Music and Music

Let’s get to the point straight, the phone is priced high, at RM 1,599. In my opinion, you should not buy the phone just because it is a music phone (although Samsung promotes it as a music phone).

Sliding the i-450 down reveals a semi-touch wheel navigation that looks similar on an iPod, the phone will immediately switch to a proprietary music player. The only difference is that you can’t scroll on the wheel navigation(although the navigation looks like that) but you need to tap on it gently. I must say, it will take a while for you to get used to the play, pause, next, skip and pause button on the touch wheel navigation.

You can also navigate the audio player using the normal phone buttons.

According to the Samsung brochure, it has partnered with ICEpower® Technology by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower to develop mobile audio technology for the Samsung i-450.

Here is what the brochure says:

“Superior audio fidelity for a professional-sounding music experience”

“Speakers resemble professional stereos, utilizing many pin holes that pump out great sound, not just one speaker hole”

But no, I find the speaker normal, not loud, but it is better than most of the Nokia’s loudspeaker.

Overall, the music features did not meet my expectation. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the phone, thanks to Samsung, you can use the phone with the widely available earphones.

I recommend listening music through the supplied headset, nothing to shout about but it does produce a better audio quality. The only problem is that the supplied headset uses a proprietary jack, the same port used by the AC charger located on the right hand side of the phone. I am confuse. Why can’t Samsung provide a headset using the 3.5mm audio jack since the audio jack is available on the i-450?

When I first got the phone, in my mind, I first though that the Samsung i-450 will be an excellent music phone but I was wrong. It is certainly a good music phone, but not the best.

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Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy