When viewing photos the accelerometer switches the phone between portrait and landscape viewing modes, but, even better, the ‘tilt and flip’ system means you can tilt the phone in your hand to move through a slideshow.
Image quality can be very good indeed. The macro mode proved to be the best element of all. The carnivorous plant was photographed very close up and the individual globs of sticky, insect catching gum are beautifully rendered. The cat gets another look in as an 8-megapixel photo subject. His colours aren’t quite as bright as they were with the i8510 or Renoir but the detail of his fur is nicely captured.
My two standard photos, the coloured dish and the chair are a mixed bag. The dish is sharp and bright, the chair is somewhat overexposed – the sun was very strong on the day the photo was taken. The camera is good, then, but as ever if you really need 8-megapixels then a dedicated camera should beat it every time.
Music playback was not problematic at all, and I got seven and three quarter hours of music from a full battery charge. Samsung says you’ll get 430 minutes of 2.5G talk, 310 hours on standby. I like the Web browser too which can flick into wide and tall modes thanks to the accelerometer, has an easily accessible full screen mode and is amenable to finger panning.
There is plenty of other software on board including calendar, memo tool, task manager, world clock, calculator, unit converter, FM radio, video editor, voice recorder, timer, stopwatch, RSS reader, Web browser, Google maps and something called Live Pix, a doodling application.
In terms of general usability this is my favourite 8-megapixel handset to date. The Tocco was a super mobile phone, and the Pixon brings it to new heights.