Ah, the mobile phone. It’s the culmination of decades of evolution in technology and consumer demand. Buyers have always asked for more, and eventually, mobile phone manufacturers delivered. The market is now so saturated with mobile devices that choosing the right phone for your specific set of needs is a daunting task. Fortunately, for you, Samsung has developed do-everything phone to fill that hole in your mobile life that no other phone can plug. Ladies and gents, we’re proud to give you the i7110. The i7110 is a serious phone. It builds on the styling of the beautifully designed Soul b and adds a whole boatload of features to make a new superphone that is ready to compete with the biggest and baddest from other manufacturers. The first thing you’ll notice about the phone is its striking design. The dark, brushed steel housing with matte black accents looks really slick. The image that comes to mind is a stately automobile. It’s got nice lines that draw you in and just asks for glances from across the room. The front of the device is predominantly screen. It’s a very generous 2.6 inches on the diagonal. It’s like staring out a plate glass window, no kidding. The controls are simple, particularly given the features of the device. The front has the standard keypad with a 5-way d-pad, two softkeys, and dedicated keys to call and hang-up. The left edge is pretty bare with just the volume keys and headset/charging port. On the right edge, you have the microSD slot a dedicated camera key for the on-board 5-megapixel camera, and a single shortcut key. The i7110 is just as impressive under the hood as it is outside. For starters, the phone is quadband with additional support for the HSDPA 900/2100 standard. You can go anywhere in the world with this phone, and as long as there’s a mobile carrier in that country, you will stay connected. If you need to browse the Internet and don’t want to drain your wallet with carrier charges, e 17110 has WiFi connectivity as well. Couple these with the internal Bluetooth radio and a laptop, and you have instant connectivity anywhere you have a carrier signal. Connectivity on the device was smooth and seamless. As soon as I was able to find a location with 3G or WiFi connectivity, browsing pages. checking email and watching videos was no problem at all. Calls were just as good, with excellent signal quality even when on the move. The speaker is comfortably loud even at lower volume levels, and the other end heard every word clearly. The OLED, 256K color, 240 x 320 pixel, 2.6-inch screen really lend itself to viewing pictures and images. DivX video compatibility means that with a little converting, you can actually watch whole movies rather comfortably when there’s a lull in your travels. Navigating through the menus is simpler with an optical trackpad to flip the cursor across the screen or into menus. Speaking of menus, Samsung finally heeded the call of many of their loyal users. They’ve streamlined the interface and adapted the Symbian S60 operating system. As a bonus, the menu system is easier than ever to use. Anyone who has ever used a Symbian phone in the past will take to the i7110 like a duck to water. If you’re into snapshots, the i7110 is happy to indulge with a 5-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash. Picture quality is expectedly great, with excellent clarity and the least blurring. Low-light photos are a little washed out when the flash is used, but for occasional pictures, it will serve. Videos are equally great. Videos in VGA resolution are taken at a respectable 30FPS and QVGA footage is at a quick 120FPS, and clear as crystal. Video storage is handled by 50MB of internal storage, though if that’s not enough for you, microSD expandability will gladly pick up the slack. If you ever find yourself lost, the i7110 will give you a hand with internal GPS. While we weren’t able to test this feature extensively, we did confirm that the feature works, and since the phone runs Symbian, you can just find yourself some GPS software online and go get lost. Overall, the i7110 is a superb phone. It puts together eye- grabbing good looks and the features to back it up. It has a robust operating system, solid hardware and (finally) a familiar, easy-to-use interface. It’s like Samsung has listened to everything everyone had to say about the device and put it in one phone. It’s a great example of what mobile phones have become, and comes highly recommended to anyone who’s in the market for a new phone.