Samsung wouldn’t want to be accused of not catering for the budget market with its new array of phones, and in the understated J700 has found something to appeal to those who aren’t bothered about the sorts of snazzy features found elsewhere.
It’s another slide-phone, a design choice that perhaps suggests that flip-phones are on their way out, sports a 2″ display and adopts a similarly sleek and glossy style to much of the rest of its range. It’s solidly built though, with a metal frame and is impressively slim at under 10mm thick. You’ll still find a music player, FM radio and rather meagre 1.3MP camera built in, and there’s a microSD card slot for upping the internal capacity. You’ll find tri-band GSM connectivity and Bluetooth 2.0 built in, but no HSDPA for fast data access.
It’s not a patch on the high-end models from the range but for a budget phone we think it looks pretty impressive, certainly good enough to fool the naked eye from a distance anyway.
The J700 should hit the market in March and is set to retail for around 130 euros.