- Price, Solid Features List, Compact and Lightweight
- No Bluetooth, No External Screen
If you're after a basic handset for calls and messages, this should fit the bill.
Price$ 160.00 (AUD)
The Samsung X200 is an entry into the low-end mobile phone market. Naturally it does not possess all the bells and whistles of more expensive models, but nonetheless it offers a cost-effective and simple solution for those who only require the basics.
The X200 is a clamshell design and is extremely compact and lightweight. Measuring just 85mm x 43.5mm x 19.9mm and weighing a mere 70 grams it's one of the smallest phones on the market. What this phone offers is simplicity and this includes the design element, focusing on what is needed, rather than superfluous extras.
With this in mind, it's no surprise to see that the X200 lacks an external display. An external display is useful on clamshell phones to display the caller ID information as well as battery life and reception without opening the phone. To compensate for this, Samsung has included a small blue LED on the front of the handset, which notifies the user of incoming calls and messages. It doesn't fully replace the convenience of a screen, but at this price point we really can't complain.
The X200 is finished in a dull silver colour with a black strip across its front emphasising the Samsung brand. Importantly, despite being priced at well under $200, the X200 manages to include external volume control keys on its left side just underneath the proprietary charging and headphone jack.
Flipped open, the X200 reveals a small and largely uninspiring display with a very comfortable and tactile keypad below it. We can't help but feel the screen could have been a little larger, especially taking into account the unused space around it. The 128 x 160 pixel UFB display is capable of producing 65k colours, but it does lack crispness and clarity. There is no camera on the X200 so it is fair to say that the screen is adequate for this handset.
The X200 has a number of features that we didn't expect considering the price. There is a voice recorder and WAP 1.2 as well as a hands-free speaker phone. The voice recorder is of a surprisingly good quality and has an excellent range, and the speakerphone was loud and clear throughout testing. In addition, the quality of calls was also fairly good, with no volume or clarity problems to report. The X200 also includes 40 polyphonic ringtones and infrared connectivity, but Bluetooth is absent. There is no MP3 player or camera, and the phone has just 1.8MB of internal storage with no memory expansion options. There is support for SMS and MMS messaging, with T9 predictive text input offered.
Disappointingly, the X200 has a below average battery life, with just three hours talk time and 300 hours standby time. On a handset lacking in multimedia features and primarily designed for calls and messages, we expected better than this. We found the quoted figures almost spot on, having to charge our handset every two days or so. The X200 includes an AC charger, standard battery and hands free earphone in the package.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- 7 smartphone trends to watch this year
- LG G5 to debut on February 21, going head-to-head with Galaxy S7
- As 5G approaches, 3G and 4G are still getting faster
- BlackBerry’s PRIV hits Australian shores
- Apple might show off iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 at March 15 event
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.
- CCWindows System Admin, Administrator, Technical SupportNSW
- FTFront End Developer Required Working World Leading Digital TeamNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Crystal Report) 160115/AP/vhsAsia
- CCDBA (Oracle/SQL)NSW
- CCProgrammer/Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Moblie) 160115/AP/P/vhaAsia
- CCIT Hadoop DevelopersQLD
- FTSenior Systems/SAN EngineerNSW
- CCImmediate iOS Developer RequiredNSW
- CCProgram Manager - Big Data - Telecommunications - UrgentNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- CCJava Development Contract - MelbourneVIC
- CCContract Programmer (Crystal Reports/JAVA/SQL) 160129/P/vhs-cAsia
- CCBusiness and Financial AnalystACT
- CCContract Analyst Programmer 160120/AP/vvtAsia
- CCProject Manager - Customer Engagement / NPSVIC
- CCOracle Applications Projects Functional ConsultantSA
- FTSoftware Developer - Ruby on RailsNSW
- CCFront End DeveloperVIC
- FTTechnical Lead (Java)NSW
- FTApplication Packaging & Deployments Team LeaderNSW
- CCData AnalystNSW
- CCProject CoordinatorNSW
- CCETL DeveloperNSW
- CCSystem TesterQLD
- FTUI DeveloperNSW