Samsung Pixon wants to be a smartphone and a nice camera

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Samsung Pixon is half phone, half point-and-shoot camera. It’s just a millimeter thicker than the iPhone but includes an 8-megapixel camera — one with the ability to record video. One bummer, though, is the listed “16x Zoom”, which from what I can tell is all digital zoom, not optical, making all those megapixels a bit of a waste.

The Pixon runs Symbian’s perfectly serviceable S60 operating system through the 3.2-inch touchscreen on the back. HSDPA 3G gets it online, but no Wi-Fi means you’ll be relying on the whims of your cell provider.

All in all an interesting bit of kit, but there’s not quite enough camera and perhaps not quite enough smartphone. Two halves are not yet making one whole.

Sometimes I forget Samsung makes phones. Don’t know why, exactly — I think it’s because I have no idea what sort of operating system they use from model to model. I barely even think about phones as hardware anymore.

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5 Responses to Samsung Pixon wants to be a smartphone and a nice camera

  1. kleer001 says:

    Phones really aren’t hardware anymore. They’re speaker-microphone-keypad with a bit of software for network swinging.

  2. Sketch says:

    The number of megapixels is pretty irrelevant no matter what. What’s really important to quality is the size of the CCD.

    There’s also the question of the flash. I assume that’s what the little triangle near the lens is, anyway. Is it an LED like most other phones, or a real flash?

  3. PHONEFIEND says:

    WHY DOESNT VERIZON CUSTOMERS EVER GET THESE PHONES WITH GODD CAMERAS, WHAT IS 1.3 MP COMPARED TO 8 MP.
    AND THEN THEY STICK THESE HEAVY PRICES ON THE PHONES WITH HARDLY ANY MEMORY ON BOARD. AND NO HEAD PHONES.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My samsung phone is the worst electronic device ever produced. When listening to music, one can’t see what time it is, check messages, or view the calendar. It is a flip phone that requires three hands to open. You have to use the menu for each and every picture as the camera operates like a ninny with terrible resolution. I simply hate it, and won’t be buying samsung again. Oh, and my sprint contract brings very little to that party.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s probably worth mentioning that this appears to be the first officially announced device to use the touchscreen version of S60 (the Nokia “Tube” has not yet been launched, but is rumoured to be launched next week).

    Samsung have a habit of putting whichever OS they feel like on their phones, such as their various “dumbphone” platforms, Windows Mobile (the Omnia) or S60.

    looks like a nice device, if the S60 implementation is good.

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