We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Smartphones Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Samsung Z560 review

From free, depending on contract

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Samsung Z560 enables you to get online at the press of a key, with web pages loading very quickly.

Mobile phones seem to be capable of anything these days. No single device does it all, admittedly, but the phone is proving increasingly invaluable for both leisure and business purposes.

Surfing the web via your mobile no longer costs a fortune, thanks in large part to far more realistic data tariffs from the likes of T-Mobile with its Web 'n' Walk price plans. What's more, you don't need to carry a brick-sized monster of a handset if you want to use advanced phone functions - the Samsung Z560 is a sleek case in point.

Visit Mobile Advisor for the latest mobile-phone handset reviews and the best tariffs

You can get online using most phones these days, but surfing the web using WAP feels like browsing in slow-motion. HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) makes web browsing on a wireless device far faster, with a data transfer rate of up to 1.8Mbps (megabits per second). That's faster than the broadband service in some parts of the UK.

So the Samsung is a quick surfer - but we're not convinced that speed alone is enough to make for a truly compelling web experience. For a start, the Z560 doesn’t have a scrollwheel - you have to rely on the central up and down arrows. This is at times ineffectual, particularly if a page hasn’t been specifically optimised for mobile use. Nor did we manage to send or receive large files particularly quickly, suggesting the maximum data rates were a bit optimistic.

Plenty of thought has gone into the touch- and heat-sensitive controls used to control MP3 playback. The phone is solidly built and has a sturdy hinge. We liked the generous keypad and the ease with which you can find functions and tap in a URL, and since the Z560 is no wider (if a little thicker) than a Motorola Razr, we can see no reason that its size will deter customers. It includes tube maps for London, Paris, Milan and Berlin, and an 'adopt a dog' game.

Samsung Z560 Expert Verdict »

1.8Mbps HSDPA mobile phone
2Mp camera
one-hour video recording
MP3 player
web access
30MB internal memory
52x13x95mm
98g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Samsung Z560 enables you to get online at the press of a key, with web pages loading very quickly. It's incredibly easy to enter a URL, and we're impressed that Samsung has squeezed an HSDPA modem into such a slinky device. Trouble is, we can't see ourselves using this phone for regular web surfing.

  • Motorola Razr2 V8 review

    Motorola Razr2 V8

    The Motorola Razr2 V8 manages to keep the critics happy, adding to the original Razr a more robust keypad, navigation that's far more straightforward than on many of its feature-laden rivals, and a huge dual-colour display.

  • Motorola Razr Maxx review

    Motorola Razr Maxx

    The Motorola Razr Maxx aims to offer the rare combination of high-end specifications and great battery life within one smartphone. Read our Razr Maxx review to find out if it manages the task.

  • Motorola Razr HD review: desirable Android smartphone with odd price point

    Motorola Razr HD: desirable Android smartphone with odd price point

    Motorola's Razr HD smartphone has been out in the US for a few months and now it's arrived in the UK. Here's our Motorola Razr HD review.

  • HTC S710 review

    HTC S710

    The HTC S710 - previously code-named 'Vox' - is a neat, petite and easy-to-use smartphone from HTC.

  • Motorola Z10 review

    Motorola Z10

    Billed as a successor to the hugely popular RAZR V8, the Motorola Z10 couldn't be further apart in looks from its sister.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Stop running out of cellular data on your iPhone, see which apps use the most data