Friday, April 17, 2009
Samsung’s Ultra series deliver some of the latest advances in technology and multimedia functionality, creating state-of-the-art and most powerful handsets. After several generations old, this Samsung S8300 is going to be the representative of its fourth incarnation, being Samsung’s flagship device for 2009. This time I get a chance to show it to all of you! Read on….
It comes with the phone, a battery, a handsfree, a travel charger a USB cable, a CD-ROM plus a user’s guide.
Still remember Samsung i8510 INNOV8, a slider phone which announced last year? With outstanding design and powerful feature. Samsung S8300 looks lightly alike that one which is with 8 megapixel camera as well. However, this sleek device step up from the plastic slider phones that appear in i8510. Sure, there are still plastic materials used but in very high quality and combine that with the black metallic frame.
The layout of the front panel is rather typical for a touchscreen operated handset. There are three buttons at the bottom - Call and End keys and a Back button that is used for going one step backwards throughout the menu.
The keypad is in Platium Red. All the keys are on the front are large and comfortable enough to use and provide nice tactile feedback in decent tying speed.
At the top you get the earpiece, light sensor and the videocall camera. There is also a proximity sensor next to the light sensor which is used for locking the display when holding the handset next to your ear.
The back of the S8300 hosts the 8 megapixel camera with the LED flash and the self-portrait mirror next to it.
The microSD slot in under the back cover. Next to it is the SIM Card slot.
The galleries of the device have slideshows and a nice accelerometer-based feature. It lets you browse pictures in fullscreen landscape mode by simply tilting your phone on its side, of course, you will get automatic rotation of the photos by changing the device orientation.
Move on to the camera. Samsung S8300 has several focus modes: Auto Focus, Marco, Face detection and Pan Focus. Just like all the goodies appeared on Samsung M8800 Pixon.
There are several Shooting modes for S8300 as well: Single, Continuous, Panoranma, Smile Shot, Mosaic etc. See how powerful it is!
All in all, Samsung S8300 is made a great first impression on us and left us eager for more. It is worth to mention that the quality of the OLED display. Every picture looks incredibly vibrant on the OLED display since it has simply amazing contrast. It’s amazing. The colorful and user-friendly updated TouchWiz interface is yet another great part of the S8300. The only downside is the lack of WiFi in S8300.
Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH Video Review
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This time, Sony Ericsson is putting youth at the forefront with its newest Walkman phone, W395, in full Walkman package at a bargain price. Take a glance on it; it just looks like Sony Ericsson F305, F series of "gaming” phones. However, W395 is more vivacious than it in design.
The package is typical enough: the phone, a battery, a handsfree, a travel charger and USB plus a user’s guide.
The 2" 262K color TFT display is the centerpiece here. But it's a tad smaller than the one fitted on the more compact LG or Samsung mobile. Nevertheless, 2 inch is still good enough for a feature phone.
Below the display is the convenient D-pad which is your main navigation tool, but it also doubles as a music player control. There are two context keys plus a C correction key and the Activity menu key in Flatbed keyboard style.
Slide up the phone. It is the standard SE keypad; keys are in right place and comfortable with enough press feedback.
Turn to the back, you may see the stereo speakers at the upper and beneath of the phone. They are stylishly etched around, together with 2 purple lines. Perfect match! But the 2 megapixel camera is hidden at somewhere (hide behind the speaker dots) that’s not easy to notice~
On the top of the W395 is the M2 memory card slot, hidden under a nice rubber cap.
Standard Sony Ericsson layout. It’s user friendly. For the Newcomers should have no problems at all.
The walkman music player of W395 is its special feature. It supports all the formats of music so that you can enjoy them in their original format. Very convenience! Isn’t it? Also, there’re some additional features to enhance the music quality, like TrackId music recognition, built in speakers; Album Art feature and Play now feature. You can also enjoy music with 3.5mm jack through the adaptor of Sony Ericsson. (included in the package). Basically, you shouldn't have any second thoughts about this affordable music phone - which gets the high-end Walkman treatment.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Nokia 6260 slide Unboxing Review
Nokia 6260 slide is nice pleasant surprise for me. It represents the epitome of an s40 phone to date feature-wise, Being the first s40 device equipped with WiFi, GPS, a 5MP camera and a HVGA display, we will look further into it to see if it really matches up my expectation.
The box comes with the phone itself, a battery, a handsfree set, a charger, a Data cable, an AV cable, a CD ROM and a User’s guide.
I quite like the simplistic design of 6260 slide. The streamline finish, the metal rim and the plastic plate harmonize perfectly together. It reminds me of 6210 Navigator on the outlook, except for a few subtle changes like the navigation cluster.
The phone comes in two different colors, sophisticated black and sleek beige. I personally think the black one looks sleeker for a plastic finishing.
One of the applauded features of 6260 slide is the 360° navi-key, but don’t expect you can scroll around the clock like with your iPod. It works more like a 8-way pad.
The number pad is gorgeously designed. Although the tiles are not really big, but they are pretty sensitive and prominently separated. Slim chance for wrong presses, even with single-hand operation.
The back cover is definitely a design highlight for me as it looks very space-age with the special contour (tho’ my mates complain it can’t be placed flat on the desk). You will find the GPS button on the left side of the phone in this pic.
The camera is 5MP one with auto focus and LED, it’s quite impressive for a Nokia slider as far as I remember it’s the first Nokia slider to equip with a 5 megapixeller. (but it will soon be taken over by N86 which is a slider which has a 8MP camera)
The SD slot in under the back cover, but you don’t have to remove the battery for it.
At the bottom, you will find the 2.5mm jack, the charger socket and the USB slot
The camera is pretty user-friendly with several resolutions to choose from. But it takes quite a noticeable period of time to save the pic.
This is a pic taken without flash. It looks a bit out of focus.
The pic taken with flash looks absolutely stunning however.
In conclusion, Nokia 6260 slide has shown improvement of s40 platform. Although running without Symbian OS, it provides GPS (a breakthrough to bring the technology to mass market), Wi-Fi and HSDPA, HVGA display. You will not be disappointed if you have been a fan of s40 Nokia phone.
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