Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Samsung Beat DJ M7603 Review

Like promised, something good is here on my blog! First of all I wanna thanks 24Seven for this great opputunity for me to be able to participate in this phone testing and of course share my thoughts and experience with this new great FUN phone with all of you especially music lovers like me!

It is the new Samsung Beat DJ M7603 phone!!!

And just like the picture illustrates on the cover of the box, you can scratch your own music! Like how cool is that?! SUPER COOL!!!

Before I show you the actual phone itself, here's a basic introduction on the phone.

The Samsung Beat DJ M7603 is an awkard looking phone which doesn't excite at all when you first see it. However, you can't help but wanna satisfy your curiousity of finding out what this weird looking phone holds.

Features that I Loved:

* Unique design
* 2.8" 16M-color AMOLED touchscreen display of WQVGA resolution
* Accelerometer for screen auto rotate
* Proximity sensor for auto screen turn-off
* MicroSD card slot (up to 16 GB), 4 GB card included
* BeatDJ app for scratching and sampling
* Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording
* Standard 3.5mm audio jack

Things that turned me Off:

* User interface is quite laggy
* No virtual QWERTY keyboard
* BeatDJ app could've been better and more friendly
* DivX/XviD video support does not support the avi files I have and still needs conversion
* A low quality and slow 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
* VGA video at 15 fps
* Lousy Game play with pathetic virtual arrowpad

As I've said earlier, this is a little monster packed with functions with a non-conservative design that definately stands out from the crowd; A touchscreen media gadget with HSDPA, GPS, smooth video playback and powerful stereo speakers. Sadly you won't feel its Premium style when you get hold of the box that carries it. Somewhat it feels a little cheapo~ but I guess thats how Samsung decides to cut down on the price of the phone.

ps: 24Seven did not pass me the mini CD and Manual

Inside the box, there is the Samsung Beat DJ M7603 phone, a charger and a 3.5 mm headset with a regular size remote, a USB cable, a mini CD with the required syncing software, a manual and a 4 GB microSD card. It's also bundled with a free portable phone stand and silicone case!

The unique looking Samsung Beat DJ M7603 is made of high quality plastic of three colours; The transparent tough feeling plastic for the screen, eye-catching violet blue on the sides and a patterned dark grey design for the back cover.


The Phone's interface is a little laggy and not as responsive as that of the Samsung Omnia which is a little disappointing. Adding on, I've never been a fan of widgets. I find it a nuisance instead and especially so in this phone when I stop the music player and its 'hangs' on the main screen as a widget. (I expect it to close.) Then I too realize that some applications can only be opened by enabling it in the widget screen; eg: youtube.

The searching for phone contacts is a hassle too... you need to tap the screen to key in the name, followed by 'done' as it searches, followed by scrolling to the desired one. However, it is of excellent telephony with you hearing every detail from the caller's end.

But I sure like the size of the caller ID photo is being displayed. Big enough, just the correct size for you to know who's calling.

The Messaging is as of any Samsung phone thus no surprises here. Sadly though there is no QWERTY keyboard, just a regular numpad, which is usable enough.

But I sure am happy with the number of languages supported on this phone! I seriously need Chinese input which the Samsung Ultra Messenging does not support.

The File Browser doesn't excite too as it feels no different from the Samsung Soul; nothing new here. The Beat DJ's file browser can display the files and folders from the phone memory or the memory card, and even both at once.


The music quality was astounding to my ears and especially more so when I plugged in my marantz earphones. There was a selection of various equaliser settings to choose from and even a custom one for you to set your own which I really liked. You too can choose from a small selection of different 'space'; dynamic, wide etc. Ending this would be it provides a 5.1 virtual surround option when any earphones is plugged in.

I really loved the sound reproduced by the handset and had thought it was due to the Bang and Olufsen audio amplifier therefore I was amazed when I knew that the Bang and Olufsen audio amplifier has got nothing to do with sound quality, but only with power consumption efficiency.

The only downside is that the music arrangement was not as friendly as my Ipod cos that would have made it real sweet. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to friends who want a decent music phone; don't need to bring both a phone and music player out.

I also like the function that I am actually able to record the FM radio I'm listening to!

Now comes the Key feature of this monster. There are four buttons that grant control over the mixing deck - REC, Scratch, Filters, and Samples. By pressing the REC key you can record whatever file you are remixing.

Scratch, quite logically, turns the circle into a virtual vinyl, which you can spin on the touchscreen to do scratches. Unfortunately the scratches of the Beat DJ offered very basic back and forward scratching only. Moreover, sometimes the scratching sounds quite choppy too and at times the track stops and takes about a second to resume. Overall, the whole experience felt amatuerish but indeed a good attempt.

The Video playback is definately great after I converted it to mp4 format. Tried to play flv and avi but it doesn't work at all. So nothing more to be said.

The Photos viewer was something refreshing as you can scroll through your pictures just by tipping it to either sides and it will auto-scroll and to stop, you just need to centralise the handset.

And I also found this game application installed in which my sister thought that it would be useful when you play majong, virtual dice!


Samsung Beat DJ M7603 is a niche product that targets the younger crowd like me and thankfully, it is still afforadable with telco sign-ups of SGD 298.

The nice OLED screen, good music and video playback makes this a definate choice for anyone looking for an alternative to the media players out there in the market. Moreover with an additional DJ feature to spice up the fun level, it makes this a more than interesting handset.

Of course, if you're looking for a phone that has great camera functions or even allows you to play games, this would be a big disappointment. The pictures taken were sub-par and the videos were so-so. The Java games offer you a less then friendly virtua arrow-pad which will only make you frustrated. This explains why I did not really write anything on these functions as I really don't have much to talk about it except that there's way lots of improvement to be done on these areas.

To wrap it all up, the Samsung Beat DJ M7603 is more of a media device with phone functions and a great bring to the beach with its loud stereo speakers and great audio reproduction. It will bring some competition to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and even some of the established media players out in the market. All in all the Samsung Beat DJ M7603 sure leads its own little way of capturing its fans.

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