Sagem my400v

The Sagem my400v is an ultra-thin, inexpensive and basic mobile phone. It's a lightweight handset with a built-in VGA camera and not much else.


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5.9
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Design
The Sagem my400v's best features are its snappy slimline design and modern appearance. Its gloss and glamour and has a certain "je ne sais quois" coming with a standard chrome face and sleek lines. It measures 105 x 46 x 14mm with an adequate screen size. Unfortunately the soft plastic face lacks durability; keeping your phone in mint condition means either regular face replacements or using a phone sock/protector because it is easily scuffed. This is a real issue when the design seems to be the phone's most alluring feature.

The screen is decent with 65K colours (128 x 160 pixels) but lacks definition and struggles in sunlight. The chrome modern look comes with a reasonably sized numerical keypad and backlit buttons for easy navigation. Below the screen, four shortcut keys surround a circular navigation pad and selection key.

The number keys are relatively difficult to press as all are set level with the phone and the corner keys are at times unresponsive. This is particularly frustrating for the text obsessed and you can kiss easy smiley faces goodbye.

The menu navigator at the base of the display is also a little tricky to get used to with the four-way directional pad flush with the flat select button in the centre. This leads to all kinds of annoying message aborts and accidental selecting. Same is true of the position of the Vodaphone live! access button (see features below) right above the power button. This position combined with the fact that the button occasionally acts as the back button means that the phone is forever dropping what its doing to try to connect to Vodafone's services page.

All that said, once the dialing is done, the Sagem my400v is a comfortable phone to hold -- the ergonomics are something the French phone maker got right. While its comfortable in your hand, it's also small enough to sit in a jeans pocket or handbag with no chunky antennas or odd angles. With its light weight of 85 grams you hardly know it's there.

Features
The my400v has a VGA camera with four zoom settings and a short video function. This works well for the most part and comes complete with a timer function for self-portraits and a few photo effects such as Black & White and Sepia. Photos can be attached to caller IDs or compiled into screensavers.

The camera turns out a relatively good quality picture that should be downloaded to a PC through USB as the phone's display does not do them justice. Similarly, the videos we took on the my400v tended to be of poor quality when viewed on the phone's screen, and only marginally better on a PC monitor.

Infrared connectivity is built-in, which is of some use in data transfer but not as convenient or as fast as Bluetooth. USB makes the phone far more useful from a multimedia perspective but unfortunately a cable isn't included in the box. Purchasing a cable separately allows you to upload wallpapers and ring tones from Sagem's mobile content Web site.

The my400v supports the Vodafone live!, which gives you access to news, sport and weather through your phone as well as new sounds such as polyphonic ring tones. This could be considered somewhat of a sly feature as the phone itself comes with very few optional sounds or ring tones, so any customisation is going to come out of the user's pocket. A selection of basic games are available for download for a fee though playing them through the keypad takes some of the fun away.

The phone only sports basic features such as nine speed dialling slots, calendar, organiser, Java support and multimedia messaging. Of some interest is the currency converter where, assuming you know the exchange rates, the my400v will do the maths for you.

Performance
The Sagem my400v did not wow us with its performance under normal conditions. Sagem states the phone supports four hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby. While standby time was good lasting around six days, talk time varied between two and four hours in our tests.

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pampam229
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pampam229 posted a review   

The Good:Look

The Bad:Java Apps Don't Work, SIM Stopped Working,No Vodaphone Live Or Calling (Even With Credit)

whatever is next to impossibe is how i can use this phone. I try to recharge it and it won't work blew 20 bucks 4 nothing. Plus there is not bluetooth and even though there is infrared it doesn't work

i got a new phone recently MUCH better

lalacute
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lalacute posted a review   

The Good:not bad camera, i got a lot of java applets to work

The Bad:memory, vodafone live button, pay for games

not a bad phone. I got it from my bro when he got a new phone and i somehow got a lot of java applets to work.

Not bad work, sagem!

Th3_uN1Qu3
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Th3_uN1Qu3 posted a review   

The Good:Sleek design, AWESOME speaker, sturdy case, lots of useful menu options if you know where to look.

The Bad:Vodafone branding (yuck!!!), questionable reliability, too little memory, most Java applets do not work.

A really nice phone but with some annoying flaws. I got mine from a friend for free, and i'm currently trying to fix the broken camera and extremely poor battery life (i'm pretty sure it's the phone not the battery as my friend told me the battery drain started at the same time the camera stopped working).

The design is great, screen maybe a bit small but doesn't look out of place. It isn't the best thing to watch in sunlight, but does a fair job. And contrary to what some said, i find the keypad easy to use, and i have pretty big fingers. Overall the phone is sturdy, and although it has been dropped quite a few times it doesn't feel flimsy at all. The menus work at a decent speed, but when you have a lot of files it can get pretty frustrating to search for something since the scrolling gets very laggy, and there's no way to create folders. Hate the Vodafone branding all over the place, and especially the Live button that cannot be changed. Too little memory, and no AAC+ support to compensate it, MP3 and regular AAC sound like garbage under 48kbps, even on a mobile. The speaker is surprisingly good though and sounds super clean, actually it's the first mobile speaker i've ever heard to deliver bass. Enough bass to make the phone move around on a flat surface! I had a Nokia 6234 and it was louder than this but it didn't have bass. Too bad there's not enough memory available to do the speaker justice. Most Java apps do not run due to some stupid security restrictions (thanks Vodafone). Camera, as i said, is broken atm, but i remember my friend made some decent pics with it when it was working.

flemgooz
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flemgooz posted a review   

The Good:Cheap

The Bad:Useless for pictures unless you just want to view them on your phone.

Can't find a way to send pictures.Something to do with Wap settings or something andit sems that you haveto be with vodaphone to have the settings. To make it worse I can't find where to purchase a data cable do just upload the pics to my computer. Can anyone help me with this. I would even pay to borrow one.

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5
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vertu signature posted a review   

The Good:Small form factor.
Decent talk time.
Solid construction.

The Bad:Stylus feels out of place

Simple mobile with few simple features. I like its design. Its cheap and affordable.

shaks
8
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shaks posted a review   

its just awesome too good. grab it.

bar5anel
7
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bar5anel posted a review   

The Good:Good phone very strong

The Bad:No memory at all I mean what can I do with 12 meg.

well if someone can help me how to make the games work on it

5xc
5
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5xc posted a review   

can u tell me were i can get get the usb cable

papa2g5
5
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papa2g5 posted a review   

The Good:i think the phone is good.

The Bad:nothing

i am from univ of ghana and i have my400v but cannot decode in ghana. please hlp me..............kosky oduro

augustin K.C
4
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augustin K.C posted a review   

not enough memory to items


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User Reviews / Comments  Sagem my400v

  • pampam229

    pampam229

    Rating3

    "whatever is next to impossibe is how i can use this phone. I try to recharge it and it won't work blew 20 bucks 4 nothing. Plus there is not bluetooth and even though there is infrared it doesn't w..."

  • lalacute

    lalacute

    Rating7

    "not a bad phone. I got it from my bro when he got a new phone and i somehow got a lot of java applets to work.

    Not bad work, sagem!"

  • Th3_uN1Qu3

    Th3_uN1Qu3

    Rating5

    "A really nice phone but with some annoying flaws. I got mine from a friend for free, and i'm currently trying to fix the broken camera and extremely poor battery life (i'm pretty sure it's the phon..."

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