Connecting to your PC is made possible with the bundled software and USB cable. You can synchronise your contacts and calendar tasks, manage files, photos and Internet connections, edit movies and sounds, play your mobile phone's content and compose multimedia messages, all from the comfort of your computer.
Other features include a calendar, alarm clock, polyphonic ringtones, MMS and SMS messaging, Bluetooth connectivity, calculator, timer, stopwatch, unit converter and memo. There's about 80MB of internal memory and you can store 1,000 contacts and 200 SMS messages.
One feature that continues to annoy Samsung users, and remains on the D830, is the inability to select vibrate and ring at the same time. You can either set the phone to vibrate first and then ring, or just ring or vibrate. While this isn't a major problem, it is rather frustrating that the option isn't there.
Another problem regarding tones is the inability to select your own tone for SMS or MMS messages -- it would be nice to see this in future models.
The D830's biggest feature-related problem, however, is the navigation interface, which is severely hindered by the problematic flat keypad. This is definitely a case of too thin, too soon, and we would rather Samsung had put in a normal keypad, sacrificing some of the thin design for a better overall user experience.
The keypad doesn't react properly to every push and after a while becomes quite a hindrance.
The audio during calls is good -- Samsung has perfected audio quality on most of its phones and hearing another person over the D830 isn't an effort. The speakerphone works as expected, but don't expect to hear it over a radio while you drive.
The 2-megapixel camera takes sharp and relatively high-quality photos that are suitable for small prints and MMS messages. It's a shame that there's no flash, though -- taking photos in low light is impossible.
The battery life is quoted at 215 hours of standby time and 2.5 hours of talk time. We found that we had to recharge it every two days.
Edited by Mary Lojkine
Additional editing by Kate Macefield