One of the worlds leading mobile phone makers, Samsung, has recently announced a new line of non-touchscreen full-feature phones harking back to the conventional and traditional candybar and slider designs that have made the name a market leader. This is the Shark range consisting of the candybar S5450 Shark and the sliders S5550 Shark 2 and S3550 Shark 3. Of particular note is theSamsung S5550 Shark 2which, while occupying the middle numeric designation, is actually the top honcho in the series.
Samsung is positioning its Shark line to succeed its highly popular touchscreen handsets in the Corby line as an affordable yet decently featured social networking mobile phone for the budget conscious youth crowd that wants a no-nonsense no-frill handset without breaking the bank.
Theres no WiFi, no GPS and even its web browser has no Flash video support. But surprisingly, the Shark 2 goes beyond a merely competent social networking communications tool, it is one of the best camera phones when it reaches the markets soon enough.
You get an upscale 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash with image stabilization. You also get face/smile detection and QVGA video recording at a movie-grade 30fps. These are imaging features you wont find in entry level mobile phones.
A Competent Social Networker
The Shark 2 may not have much boasting right, but its social networking graces dont disappoint. Firstly, it comes with an updated and more responsive non-smartphone UI that gets you instance access to Facebook, Bebo and MySpace right from your homescreen and with 3G, that can be a real breeze. You also get an SNS community software that allows quick updating to your media sharing sites like YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Photobucket.
The Shark 2 houses its features on a slider body measuring 102 x 49 x 15mm and weighs a mere 99g. It benefits from a well-crafted blend of plastic, metal and Kevlar together with an ergonomically designed back cover sculpting that lends a unique feel in your hands.
* The Samsung S5550 Shark 2 is a 3G phone on a dual band UMTS with HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps data connectivity. Its also a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE on 2G. You get the usual wireless and wired local data connectivity with Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0, respectively.
* Your multimedia experience starts with media players that not only supports the popular media file formats but also aurally benefits from its DNSe 2.0 digital sound enhancement for stereo widening and surround effects. You also get stereo FM with broadcast recording.
* There a modest 110 MB of internal memory which can be expanded with microSD support for up to 8 GB. .
You get a deceivingly ordinary 2.2 inch QVGA screen with 256k colors. But its a remarkable AMOLED display that uses power efficiently since theres no power-hungry backlighting found in LCDs. This could well account for it having one of the best operating times in its class - 11 hours of talk time and 26 hours of standby time from a mere 960 mAh lithium ion battery.