Samsung i8510 (Innov8) - Samsung i8510

By Sandra Vogel



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The phone is a slider and it is a bit chunky in the hand and pocket. Indeed, it rivals my HTC TyTN II for size. For the record, it is 106.5mm tall, 53.9mm wide, 17.2mm thick and 136g. It grows to about 147mm when the slide is opened. The slide mechanism is smooth, but if you’ve smaller hands you might find, as I did, that the phone is a bit unwieldy for one-handed use.

The slide hides a very usable flat numberpad, clear key and two programmable shortcut keys. Presets are present to link you into the music player and RealPlayer.

With the slide closed, two softmenu keys and Call and End keys are supplemented by a pair of keys, one of which takes you to the handset menu and the other to the S60 Gallery where you can view images and video clips, get to streaming links and drop into the music player.

With the slide closed or opened the D-pad can be used in the usual way or swept with a fingertip for fast scrolling. It is quite an effective system once you get used to it, and particularly good for Web browsing.

I’ve mentioned music now. The player is competent and there is a 3.5mm headset jack on the left edge of the phone. I’d have preferred it to be on the top, but at least it is 3.5mm. As a fan of classical music, I’m really happy that the Composer tag is supported. An FM radio caters for those times when your own music doesn’t meet your needs.

This not being a final handset I didn’t think it fair to do a full battery rundown test on music playback. Samsung reckons you’ll get 8.5 hours of GSM talk, 310 on standby, which is an amazing claim for a mobile. I must have spent half an hour on the Wi-Fi and a couple of hours listening to music and got to the end of a full day with plenty of juice remaining. This phone should easily see you through a day between charges unless you are really heavy on it.

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Big Rich

September 26, 2008, 7:47 pm

A lovely looking phone and to be honest I am very tempted, well I was until I saw the details on the m8800!


September 26, 2008, 8:33 pm

I've had a look at this phone and I don't like it. I've got an N95-8GB at the moment and I feel the Innov8 is far to big. It may not be as thick as the n95, but its longer and I believe a little wider. It just doesn't fit well in the hand for me personally.

I'm looking forward to seeing the N96 and of course the new touch screen phones, but as my upgrade is not due till Feb, I reckon I'll just have to hold out till then!


September 26, 2008, 11:26 pm

All hail the new :swiss knife" of mobile phones

Harry Fowler

October 12, 2008, 2:16 am

As probably mentioned in a previous article, the 8 megapixel tag doesn't make it a good camera, expecially not compared to dedicated compact and DSLR camera. Obviously picture quality is determined by the size of the sensor and they have to fit a much smaller one into a mobile phone resulting in a decrease of picture quality compared to a dedicated camera.


November 28, 2008, 7:13 pm

I bought one off contract and it died after 2 weeks. 9 weeks later Samsung are unable to get the parts for their own phone. It's a good phone when it works.

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