Samsung SGH F-500: The DivX Phone

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.

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.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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13 Responses

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

  2. 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!! :)

  3. 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 ?

  4. rod says:

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

  5. Tiffany says:

    They only lent it to you? :(

    Hingiin mo na!

  6. Ordnacin says:

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

  7. Dusty says:

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

  8. yuga says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. BrianB says:

    Bigger than I expected.

  11. Daemon says:

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

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