Skip to main content

Samsung F490 phone light, lush and loaded

It's getting hard to tell the current crop of touchscreen phones apart, but the F490 has plenty going for it.

The latest high-end phone from Samsung to hit European carriers is the long-awaited SGH-F490 - a 102g, 11.8mm looker with a large touchscreen and plenty more going on behind the scenes.

The 3.2-inch touch-sensitive screen provides a window onto the usual Samsung Croix interface that attempts to make navigating menus as simple as possible, although it recognises just one tap at a time.

Costly, but worth it?

With a predicted price of around £400 come the February launch, the F490 needs to have plenty beyond good looks going for it, so a 5-megapixel camera is no surprise. HSDPA downloads at 3.6Mbit/s are supported on compatible GSM networks at any of 900, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz.

Samsung is clearly aiming at smartphone users, with its boasts of embedded Google search and a browser that can handle full internet pages. And the F490 wouldn't be a Samsung phone without support for a ton of video and audio formats, including WMV, MPEG-4, MP3, AAC and WMA.

Internal memory is a little skimpy at just 130MB, but there's always the trusty microSD slot for all the expansion action you need.