Samsung F700 Smartphone Looks Awfully Familiar

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If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck it must be a duck, right? Not necessarily. Samsung has announced one diddy of a new smartphone, the F700. This phone is part of Samsung's Ultrasmart series of phones and carries the fullscreen touch-screen interface that is becoming very popular as of late.

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Samsung is also trying to one up its competitor with one specific feature...

... a slide out full-QWERTY keyboard. From the pictures here it seems that the addition of a slide-out keyboard didn't make the phone necessarily bulky like other QWERTY-sliders have.

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Illustration for article titled Samsung F700 Smartphone Looks Awfully Familiar

Other features include 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 2.78-inch touchscreen display, pretty Samsung interface (designed by Adobe) and the usual slew of media features like a video and music player. I'm not going to lie, this little diddy catches my eye more than that other thing out there.

Samsung's Answer to the iPhone [MyiPhone]

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Why on Earth would anyone have Adobe design their user interface? I mean, sure, their *products* are used by talented designers at *other* companies to create awesome designs. The UI of their products, though, is absolutely awful! Sure, if you're a graphics professional, you've learned it, and it works for you. But a mobile device UI has *very* different requirements.

Competitors can make as many iPhone look-alikes that they want to, and they can certainly best it by adding certain hardware features. None of them, however, will touch Apple's device where software user experience is concerned.