Skip to main content

Samsung L870 Mobile Phone Brings iPhone Safari Onboard

If you can't beat them, join them.... Samsung did just that by bundling Apple's Mobile Browser in its latest phone, the SGH-L870 mobile phone which bears an uncanny resemblance to Nokia's E65.

The handset is set to be released in Europe in two months' time and will run on the Symbian 9.3 operating system with the S60 3.2 Feature Pack 2; but the main feature will be Apple's Safari Browser who will makes its first appearance outside the iPhone.

The L870 is not a touch screen phone which might make web surfing experience slightly problematic but it is still expected to fly off virtual shelves thanks to some great features.

The phone has a stainless steel body with HSDPA connectivity, a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT screen, a 3-megapixel digital camera, RDS-enabled FM Radio, 100MB internal memory and a microSD slot.

Contrary to other mobile web browsers, Safari first started life as a desktop application which then migrated over to a mobile platform

While the iPhone's large touchscreen and great user interface make up for the lack of keyboard and mouse, it will be interesting to see whether the L870-based Safari will be as capable as the iPhone.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.