Samsung D900 review – A Critique

Samsung D900 review – A Critique

Samsung D900 - Front Open Lights and LCD onI change my mobile once in a blue moon, if I was to put a figure on it I would say once every 2 to 3 years. So changing phones is a big thing and not an easy decision to make.

After a month of reading reviews, walking in and out of phone shops. I finally decided, meet the Samsung SGH-D900 Ultra Edition (12.9) to give it’s full name.

My initial decision for this post was to write an in-depth review with pages and pages of blurb but I decided against that. I use my mobile phone as ……. well as a mobile phone, so I really don’t care if its appointment and contacts feature can out do Microsoft Outlook or that you can write a complete 500 page novel using the built-in word processor. This phone has a 3mpx camera with autofocus great but it still produces rubbish pictures just like all the others, honestly would you go on holiday and rely on your mobile phone for the pictures – I thought not!!

For a more exhaustive review with lots of detail visit here.

Samsung D900 - KeypadBack to the phone in hand. The D900 is very well built with no obvious creeks or flexing when handled, due to it compact and thin nature (only 12.9mm height) it feels extremely sturdy and dense. A nice change from all them plastic and hollow feeling phones which are so prevalent. The outer casing is mostly a black soft touch plastic with the top and bottom having a nice fingerprint friendly gloss black finish.

The slide mechanism is smooth and easy to operate so the phone is useable with one hand. Interestingly the mechanism is not damped which would have been a nice touch at least you can attach a sound effect to the opening and closing sadly they did not include the Star Trek woosh’ing door sound.

Ergonomically the phone is excellent and the only downer is the lip at the bottom of the keyboard which I find makes it difficult hitting the bottom row of buttons – this probably will not apply to people with small hands.

Samsung D900 - Open side on

My previous phone was the Motorola V600, and the Samsung has turned out to be a very good upgrade however there where some features on my Motorola which I could have lived without on the Motorola but you are left wondering why they are not present on the Samsung. Some of these things are so basic it makes you wonder if anyone actually used the prototype outside of the lab. We are only talking about software features so hopefully future firmware releases may fix some of these issues.

Before I have a moan about the problem areas, the phone has had a positive change to the way I use my mobile. The built-in email client is very usable and it has allowed me to ditch the pda on many occasions. One thing missing which would be nice is the ability to stop the client setting the read flag on the downloaded emails at the server, as I do not necessarily download emails to read more to check if there is anything urgent waiting for my attention. My version of the phone came with Opera mini web browser installed and I was impressed with the rendering quality as well as the general browsing speed, I have used it many times to look up travel information on the move. 

20 thoughts on “Samsung D900 review – A Critique

  1. mostafa

    hey!! i have the same goes for my mobile … a blue ambulence kinda light icon appear on top beside the network icon that never goes and somtimes turn to red and makes vibration and to cancel it i have to press the red button that ends the call..
    plz waiting for a reply thank you 🙂

  2. rommel

    i have problem of samsung d900i. good signal appeared but limited service appear in network name? i cant call i cant send text? but there is a signal… please help me

  3. Zara

    i have a samsung Steel (SGH-L8

    i’ve taken a few videos and photos on it..

    i plug the usb cable in and it wants me to choose one of three says “select USB Mode”:
    1) Media Player
    2)PC Studio
    3)Mass Storage

    all i want to do is transfer the photos and vids to my on god’s earth do i do this??

  4. Zarfi


    as for the SOS thing..does it matter if it’s on or not?
    thanks so much again!!! 😀

  5. Cindy

    In regards to the siren type icon closer to the signal.. you have to turn of your SOS message. that is that i did to make it go away…

    Menu>Messages>SOS Message>Message sending->NO

  6. Zarfi


    i have a D900, 18 or so months now..however 3months ago, some stupid blue police type button appeared..well not a police..but you know how they have a sirent which is blue, that’s the shape of it..and it sometimes goes red..and no it’s nothting to do with bluetooth coz it’s been on from the beginning and this thing only appeared a few motnhs ago..and also coz when i swtiched blue tooth off, nothing happened…

    any help?

  7. Natisha

    Regarding the strange red/blue icon that doesn’t appear in the manual, it is a voice message indicator…go to Messages, and Answering Machine to review and/or delete the message. The icon will then go away

  8. Chanelle

    heyy, I have a d900 and on it there is a icon at the top of the screen, its red and blue and pops up two bars icons away from the bluetooth, No idea what it is can anybody help?

  9. sam

    hey.. does any one know how to turn of da sound whenva u touch a button on the d900..i find dt very iritatin n wnt it of..

  10. Charlie Pearce

    …and I can see it annoying people in my office if I’m away from my desk for half an hour!

  11. Tarkan Post author

    I am shocked that even the newer 900i model still has not corrected this problem.

    Samsung really need to go and use their phone in the real world and then they may realise the need for this.

  12. Charlie Pearce

    I have just worked out that you can set the incoming text tone to repeat every minute or every two minutes. Not ideal though.

  13. Charlie Pearce

    I bought a Samsung 900i on Sunday (my final shortlist was that or a Nokia 6300), and I’m also pretty disappointed about the lack of indication of missed calls/texts. I rarely fiddle with my phone – it’s usually on my desk or in my pocket unless I’m using it – so if I’m not next to it when somebody sends me a text I’m not going to realise until the next time I send one myself. At least with my six-year old Nokia 3410 I’d instantly notice the “Message received” at the top of the black and white screen when walking past – as you say there’s absolutely no indication on the 900i… 🙁

  14. Tarkan Post author

    Thanks, I am glad the review helped!!

    I learnt early on to keep the battery topped up, I do think that for phone like this you really need some sort of alert for voicemail and missed calls – as you say maybe on the next model.

  15. Anna

    “the audible alert loudness is for some strange reason controlled by the key volume”

    Thank you so much for this information!! The alert was driving me crazy. Like fmac says, the phone will make these alerts probably every minute for AT LEAST 24 hours in the case of my phone (D900i). But I’ve turned the key volume to zero and now there’s no noise. I am happy 🙂 I wish it mentioned this in the manual…

    What does drive me crazy is that you can’t run the battery down faster once the low battery alert starts without spending money (ie. calling someone). I tried to run it down faster by taking a photo, using the MP3 player or playing games, but it doesn’t let you do any of that. Just the annoying “Battery low!” I KNOW IT IS!!

    Argh. But mostly, I love my phone. Just a few issues that’s all. And the worst one has now been resolved! Thanks again 🙂

    The answer to this question:
    “I looked in Menu > Settings > Sound Settings > Message tone , only changed the repetition for text messages – not voice mail or missed call.
    On the message tone menu what other choice are there?”
    is that you can only do this for text messages or email on the D900i. There should be voice mail or missed call (especially as the screen is totally off in standby mode) but alas, neither. Maybe on the next model…

  16. Tarkan Post author

    Maybe the firmware has been changed on the 900i , my phone after owning it for over 1 year, still only has a low battery warning for less than 2 hours before powering down.

    I looked in Menu > Settings > Sound Settings > Message tone , only changed the repetition for text messages – not voice mail or missed call.

    On the message tone menu what other choice are there?

  17. fmac

    My phone (I have the D900i)will beep low battery for almost 24 hours before turning itself off! I personally can’t stand the low battery nagging, so how do I get rid of it?

    Which is weird because there is a setting for missed calls/texts and you can change how often it alerts you. It’s found it Menu > Settings > Sound settings > Message tone > after you pick what tone you’d like, you can change the repetition for once, every 1 or every 2 minutes. Hope this helps.

  18. Tarkan Post author

    Sounds like you have the bluetooth enabled which is the icon you describe.

    It does sound like you have a faulty phone or battery, but before you get worried about it try the following.

    press menu / applications / bluetooth / activation and set to off. This will remove the blue icon.

    Then charge the battery up and then time how long it stays on, opening the slide up every hour to check the phone is still on.

    Also you can also try doing a phone reset which can be found Menu / settings / reset settings.

    Good luck, Tarkan

  19. Abdul Hakim

    salam , hi

    well with my phone i got only one serious problem.

    i bought my D900 7 month ago
    i think its still new and never felt off

    the problem is my phone starts to turn off by its self indeed the batt is high i mean the batteries bars are full but i dont understand why it stat to turn off by it self , which i got very important calls to be missed.

    one thing more a blue ambulence kinda light icon appear on top some times which never went away.
    i have read the menu the icon information is not mention there.

    so kindly reply me on that problem’s i will be thanks full.

    regards hakim

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