After Nokia launched its K850i and LG its , it inevitably wouldn't be long before Samsung joined the 5-megapixel camera phone battle., Sony Ericsson its
You've probably seen the advert for it, showing a man happily taking pictures of heart-shaped objects. Is this photo-centric handset a camera phone love-fest? We took it out for a spin to see if it lived up to the hype.
The Samsung G800 is currently available from several major networks for free on a monthly contract.
For a company that's renowned for making slim phones such as the U700, the G800 is far from ultra thin. It's about the same size as the Nokia N95 and weighs a not-so-pocket-friendly 129g. Looking past its chunkiness, this is an attractive handset with a glossy finish similar to the LG Shine and a reassuring solid casing made up of metal and plastic.
What's obvious about the G800 is that it's heavily influenced by camera design. On the back, there's a simple cover that protects the lens and xenon flash. Once the camera is on, you hold the G800 horizontally -- as you would a standalone digital camera -- and press the easy-to-use shutter button to take pictures and volume rocker to zoom in and out.
On the phone side of things, Samsung has fortunately avoided putting in any touch-sensitive buttons -- the keypad, navigation keys and soft keys are all mechanical. We're also glad to see that all the keys are large and well laid-out, although some may find the keypad a little tough to press sometimes, depending on what you're used to.
In terms of features, the Samsung G800 really takes Samsung's camera phone portfolio to a new level. Combining a 5-megapixel sensor, xenon flash, autofocus, LED focus-assist light, 3x optical (inner) zoom, image stabilisation (digital) and red-eye reduction, it's impressively close on paper to a standalone digital camera.
Once you've taken a picture you can upload it to a blog via ShoZu, store it on a microSD card (up to 4GB) or print it via a USB cable or Bluetooth. There's a basic pre-installed photo editing suite that lets you crop photos and add effects, among a few other things. There's also a relatively comprehensive video editing suite that lets you combine audio tracks, videos and pictures.