As Gordon pointed out a few weeks ago 8-megapixel cameraphones are like buses. You wait ages to see one, and then three come along at the same time.
Well, I’ve already seen Samsung’s i8510. Its camera took some good photos, but had some issues too. Read the review for the full low-down, but the shortened version is that the i8510 came out with a TrustedReviews Recommended award for which the camera was just one constituent part.
Now I have the second of the flotilla of three 8-megapixel cameraphones in my hands – the LG Renoir KC910. This is a 3G handset with HSDPA to 7.2Mbps, a front-facing camera for video-calling and Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth among its non-camera treats. There is about 100MB of internal memory and micro SDHC card support. The phone didn’t baulk at my 16GB microSD card.
In order to differentiate it from the current pack of 8-megapixellers (all three of ‘em), LG says the Renoir KC910 is the slimmest one on the market.
The LG Renoir (I’m going to call it that as it is so much more evocative than simply KC910), measures pretty much 107.8mm tall, 55.9mm wide and 13.95mm thick. (Don’t you love how hundredths of a millimetre have suddenly become important to phone measurements?) It weighs 110g. Samsung’s i8510 (also known as the INNOV8), comes in at 106.5mm x 53.9mm x 17.2mm and 136g. This boils down to the fact that the Renoir is taller and fatter than the i8510 but thinner and lighter. Really, there’s not enough in it to worry about.
There are three buttons beneath the screen. The End call button doubles as the on/off switch, there is a Call button, and between them is what LG calls the ‘multitasking key’. Hit this and you can switch between running apps. They pop up on screen in an icon based menu and you tap the one you want. A second, tabbed screen gives you access to a grid of nine favourite shortcuts.