Samsung SGH F-500: The DivX Phone

I’ve always wondered why most mobile phones use their own video format (3gp) when there are so many other existing ones like Quicktime, MPEG, etc. It would have been easier to view from from your PC to your phone but I guess all those DRM and licensing is getting in the way. Then, there’s the Samsung Ultra Phone.

This baby plays DivX movies! That’s it. And I’m not even gonna say it’s runs on HSDPA.

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Samsung Ultra Phone

The primary screen is a little small though it’s hard to browse thru it. The other side, the bigger one, is reserved for playing music and videos. Display quality is great at 2.4″ — much like the iPod video, with dedicated buttons for playback. The sound output though ain’t that loud on speaker.

Samsung SGH F-500

The Ultraphone also has a twistable body. At first, I didn’t know what its for but later on realized that you can twist it around at 45 to 90 degrees so it can stand on a flat surface on its own. Internal memory is 400MB but you can add more using an external microSD card. There’s also the 2 megapixel camera.

Samsung SGH F-500 Ultraphone

The phone also comes with a leather enclosure (casing). What’s nice about it is that it also acts like a secondary battery so you end up with two when you use it. As a result, it also makes it a bit heavier than most phones out there.

Thanks to Samsung Philippines for lending me the unit.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

13 Responses

  1. Avatar for Daemon Daemon says:

    On Symbian phones like my P1 and P990 you can install divx players, rather than buying this phone with a small screen….

  2. Avatar for BrianB BrianB says:

    Bigger than I expected.

  3. Avatar for Miguel Miguel says:

    3GPP MPEG formats are optimized for playback on mobile CPU’s. This Samsung should have a beefier processor and more batt to play divx on the go.

  4. Avatar for nel animo nel animo says:

    i love samsung!

  5. Avatar for BrianB BrianB says:

    You might want to wait for the Moto MING 2


  6. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    Oh, wow. That I didn’t know! Thanks for the tip. :)

  7. Avatar for Dusty Dusty says:

    Actually, all Symbian v7, 8 and 9 phones can play divX files.

  8. Avatar for Ordnacin Ordnacin says:

    @Tiffany I think it’s quote unquote lent ;)

  9. Avatar for Tiffany Tiffany says:

    They only lent it to you? :(

    Hingiin mo na!

  10. Avatar for rod rod says:

    cool you can have a full movie on a divx format for about uhmmm 700mb? :D

  11. Avatar for Ordnacin Ordnacin says:

    From what I remember 3GP is a subset of MPEG only optimized for phone storage… Anyway agree with Eli, windows mobile phones are still tops for me, if only they had the iPhones interface. Just curious how much is this selling for ?

  12. Avatar for Eli Eli says:

    wow, nice phone! But I’m still in love with windows mobile powered phones.

    And what’s cooler about this phone is ‘Heroes’ is playing! Go Hiro!! :)

  13. Avatar for mr nice ash mr nice ash says:

    I see you’re watching Heroes. ;) So when is WGA gonna end? 11 episodes is too short…

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