- User friendly interface remains, external screen, responsive keypad, small and light, quality internal display
- Battery life, 1.0 megapixel camera a little outdated, no included USB cable, external display not visible in sunlight
The E530 is yet another good handset by Samsung and women will appreciate the design features it incorporates. However, the aEuro ˜Womens LifeaEuro TM functions will wear off quickly.
Price$ 579.00 (AUD)
Girls just wanna have fun - and they can with the Samsung E530 that is designed specifically for use by women.
The E530's main feature is a specific application in the phone called "Woman's Life". Within this application are six functions - Fragrance Type, Biorhythm, Height/Weight Ratio, Calories, Pink Schedule and Shopping List. Fragrance Type helps you select the right perfume for the occasion. You enter where you are going, then choose what you will be eating, drinking, the music you will play or listen to, the colour clothes you will wear to the event and the style. The E530 will then describe the type of perfume you should wear, based on ingredients rather than specific brands.
The Biorhythm function calculates females' biorhythms for either a day or a month, Height and Weight ratio is a simple formula to determine whether you're over or underweight, Calories is a calendar which displays physical activity for the day and determines a calorie count, while Pink Schedule is a menstrual cycle calculation. As it is naturally quite difficult to test the Pink Schedule on men, we gave the E530 to two women to explore this function and they reported that it works well. That's all you need to know, really and as men, that's about all the information we wanted to know, for the sake of our fragile male psyche.
The last function, which we made most use of, was a Shopping List. You enter the product the quantity and the cost in up to five separate lists. We're not sure who would spend the amount of time needed in drawing up this entire list, but hey, it works. Overall the "Womens Life" functions are largely a gimmick that will probably wear off after a couple of weeks of use.
Thankfully, the rest of the phone is top notch and Samsung have only confirmed their reputation for producing quality handsets. Compact and well built, the E530 is a joy to cup in your hand and its purple and pink finish is sure to win over the women. Weighing only 85 grams, the handset is easy to flip open, revealing a sturdy and easy to press keypad which we think may have been designed with long nails in mind. Above the keys is a 4-way navigational pad, Answer and End Call keys, a Clear button and two selection buttons.
The external screen is an excellent feature of the E530 and displays two lines of text, a battery life meter, reception indicator as well as custom wallpaper. It also displays caller ID and picture information when a call is received. Unfortunately the external OLED display is near invisible in any form of sunlight, which is disappointing. As with most other Samsung models, the main internal display is crystal clear, bright and has an excellent viewing angle. Samsung really have impressed with their mobile displays and the E530 is no exception.
The much loved Samsung menu has taken an overhaul in the looks department, but thankfully, it retains the ease of use of previous models. The graphics in the menu and sub menus have been designed with women in mind, with floral patterns and bright icons particularly eye catching. Otherwise, the traditional 3 x 3 grid format is the same and as always, users will once again appreciate the simple layout.
We were disappointed with the one megapixel camera, which is quite outdated. Most new handsets are shipping with two megapixel cameras as a minimum, so Samsungs decision to go with a single megapixel is puzzling. Still, the camera did take quite respectable images and there are plenty of options to tweak with including a plethora of effects - Gray scale, Negative, Sepia, Emboss, Sketch, Antique, Moonlight and Fog.
The E530 also includes an MP3 player, but with only 82MB of memory and no expansion options, we can't recommend using this as your sole source for portable music. There is playlist support, but no room for a custom equaliser and you still aren't able to type messages or use any other of the phones functions while the MP3 player is active. This is a problem we've seen in all of Samsungs handsets and it still hasn't been addressed.
Other features include a 1000-entry phone book, support for standard SMS (with T9 predictive text input), MMS and e-mail messaging, a voice recorder and the usual alarm, currency converter and stopwatch functions. The voice recording was surprisingly clear, although it does pick up excessive background noise. The E530 isn't without connectivity functions either, with Bluetooth and WAP 2.0 support, although we were disappointed with Samsungs decision not to include a USB cable in the package.
Battery life has been a problem with most Samsung models we've reviewed and unfortunately the E530 isn't an exception. Rated at 200 hours standby and 5 hours talk mode, the E530 is significantly under average in terms of battery life. If you use the phone regularly you'll only get about two days of usage, which is fairly poor. It's disappointing because once again, the handset is a quality one which deserves a better battery.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 2 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 3 Parrot Mambo Drone review
- 4 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 5 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Google Keep adds app shortcuts, pinned messages in update
- New Windows 10 preview adds an iPhone Live Photos rival, Windows Ink improvements
- Google Phone app 5.1 adds in new gestures and interface tweaks
- Some reports of faulty Note7s invalidated
- Samsung hikes recall incentives to retain Note7 customers
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- TV buying guide: What to look for when buying a TV in 2016
- Best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus plans: Optus vs Telstra vs Vodafone vs Virgin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSenior Project ManagerACT
- CCSenior Technical SpecialistVIC
- FTJava Developer - Canberra RoleNSW
- FTSOE ConsultantACT
- CCDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Web) 161011/AP/145Asia
- CCIT Manager - ANZNSW
- FTSenior Application SupportSA
- CCContract Programmer (Internet/Intranet) 161019/P/615Asia
- FTLevel 2 Service Desk AnalystVIC
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTTechnical Support Engineer | Cloud | Automation techsNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (HTML/JAVA/J2EE) 161025/AP/862Asia
- CCSenior Developer - C++/Perl/PythonNSW
- CCInformation Security Consultant - RSA ArcherNSW
- CCFront End Developer (UI) - 12 Month ContractNSW
- CCBuild and Release ManagerNSW
- FTData AnalystNSW
- CCWindows EngineerACT
- CCContract Junior Programmer (JAVA/SQL) 161013/JP/602Asia
- CCeCommerce Project ManagerNSW
- FTIncident & Problem AnalystVIC
- FTLevel 2 Application SupportVIC
- CCContract Computer Operator (UNIX/Windows-based) 161014/CO/vmtAsia
- CCInfrastructure Project Manager - Site MoveNSW