The mobile megapixel wars are reaching a critical stage. Just a year since Sony Ericsson and Samsung squared up with 8 megapixel efforts the i8510 and C905, the two players are back and battling with the 12 megapixel Sony Ericsson Satio and Samsung M8910 Pixon12. We’ve laid our hands on the latter, but can it really kill off your compact? Read our full Samsung M8910 Pixon12 review and see.
Pick up the Samsung M8910 Pixon12 and start shooting and you’ll find this is one of the very best camera phones going. But that’s not simply down to shovelling in a few more megapixels and shouting about it. The shooting rate is right out of the top drawer and the raft of lighting settings mean this is just as capable as a basic point and shoot. It even handled tricky low light situations well.
And the good times don’t stop there. The Samsung M8910 Pixon12’s killer 3.1–inch OLED screen makes your snaps look lush on the handset. And playing videos, whether of your own creation or ones you’ve ripped, is a joy.
However, the snapper is sadly the only standout feature on the Samsung M8910 Pixon12. While extras including Wi–Fi, 3G and GPS are all present and correct, it lacks a certain edge on other smartphones. The TouchWiz UI so beloved of Samsung remains laggy and unresponsive and the touchscreen itself is nowhere near good enough to compare with the ever better competition.
The issues don’t stop there. The lack of a 3.5mm jack is criminal. And while Sony Ericsson’s Satio, due later this year, also comes up short in this department, it really is no excuse. If phones are meant to be multimedia all rounders, they should at least offer the basics.
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If you’re after a camera phone that takes the best pics, the Samsung M8910 Pixon12 is hard to beat. But the fact it falls down as a mobile means you’re probably best off getting a regular snapper and a basic blower.