Samsung D410 Review – Innovative Slider Mobile Phone

Samsung D410 Review: The Samsung D410 was a quite exciting release by Samsung at the end of 2003. Until this point, most of its phones had been flip phones. The core popular model had seen the change from mono to colour and the latest high-end model was the Samsung V200. This was itself an innovative design, featuring a rotating camera lens.

The D410 sought to change this and went to a sliding model style. This would find both fans and detractors. The bonuses of this phone were that a bigger screen could be used. Extra space also made it easier to navigate and also could be used for a larger battery on the back. The downsides were a heavier bulkier phone, and the number of screens dropped down to one, as this phone lost the external screen.

Everything else about the phone was high-end though. It retained the popular rotating lens and the camera quality gained an upgrade. The screen increased in resolution and there was also an increase in memory limit. The phone featured an email client and with a dedicated keypad for internet WAP access could be more suited to the business user.

Full specifications here.

This phone was never as popular as the flip variants, coming at a fairly large price premium. However, the next year saw its successor released. The Samsung D428 was almost identical in design but lost the external aerial and also added a flash to the camera.

Samsung D410 Review Pros: 

  • The phone featured a large oversized screen at 2.1 inches – beating most other candybar phones. This 176 x 220 pixel screen also featured a 256K TFT colour display offering much clearer definition for images.
  • Build quality was premium with a flushed metallic finish across the phone.
  • Camera in the phone gained an upgrade and now was at VGA resolution. It also kept the famed rotating lens so was capable of selfie pictures.
  • More space was given to the battery, which was now a larger 900MAH model capable of longer talktime and standby.

Samsung D410 Review Cons: 

  • The choice of materials and phone size meant that this was a bulkier and heavier phone than the flip equivalents. It was roughtly 20% heavier than the Samsung V200.
  • The design did not rid the phone of the antenna like the candybar models had done. This gave the phone a slightly incongruous look.
  • Despite the phone being able to record video, the storage levels were small; 3MB was allocated each to photos and video which was not enough for heavy users.
  • The phone came at a premium in cost to many flip phones; it was not as capable as other business phones such as the Sony Ericsson P900.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects: 

This phone has quite a unique look and also is not available in large quanitities. Whilst there is nothing truly remarkable about the way it works, these two factors should help keep the price up in future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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