Samsung Pixon wants to be a smartphone and a nice camera
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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