Samsung Armani review: Mobile haute couture

Mobile haute couture

GSMArena team, 3 January 2008.

If there's one thing the Samsung Armani phone has in abundance, it most definitely is style. Slim, compact and high-tech, the fully touch-operated Armani phone is not just the final touch to your look - it's the finish with a flourish. Anyway, with us the tech junky tends to get the upper hand over the fashion savvy, and we are eager to find out if there's more to it than what meets the eye. The really promising Samsung Armani phone seems the right mix between technology and looks, but we're more interested in how it fares as a gadget, not an accessory.

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Key features:

  • Stylish looks and high-quality build
  • Small dimensions and compact "card" form factor
  • 2.6" touchscreen TFT display with QVGA resolution
  • Vibrating haptic response
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Office documents viewer
  • Rich retail accessories

Main disadvantages:

  • Slow interface response
  • Slow memory card reading
  • Awkward web browser controls
  • No 3G support
  • No camera auto focus

The model designation that hides behind the Samsung Armani name is actually Samsung P520. That alone may be enough of a hint that the Armani phone is an offshoot of the Samsung P-series. The Samsung Armani has inherited the same form factor and has the same size and weight as the Samsung P310 for example.

The Samsung Armani phone comes in two retail packages - standard and extended . The difference between the two is the Bluetooth headset in the bigger one.

The standard contents of the retail box are a hard leather case, charger, data cable, memory card, a wired stereo headset, soft pouch as an alternative to the leather case and, finally, a cleaning cloth.

All the contents of the box look really classy and are all Giorgio Armani branded. The user guide has the most exquisite covers we've seen, for example.

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The standard box contents are anything but standard

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Armani adds a touch of unique style to the Samsung portfolio

So after you've had a taste of what's coming, you are welcome to hop aboard and stay with our Samsung Armani phone review right after the jump.

Reader comments

  • Baig

i am planning to change my treao650 ,,,can anyone guide me should i go for iphone or samsung ... plz guide me

  • Anonymous

Okay, had this phone for 2 weeks now. Touch screen is not bad at all you get used to it after a day. Only problem i found is that it only accepts 2G Micro SD cards and nothing higher. And for some reason camera display is bad on the phone and when u ...

  • grouse

I have to say I have NEVER been so disappointed and furious with a phone in my life. It is SUCH a disappointment. I have hummed and harred about it for my seven day trial period with orange but now it's boxed up again, with all it's myriad of cases e...