Samsung’s latest entry into the touchscreen phone arena offers a whopping 8-megapixel camera. Is this the all-in-one camera phone you’ve been looking for, or is it all pics and no punch?
What we like
The Pixon is an attractive device that looks and feels more like a compact digital camera than a mobile phone. There’s a handy shutter button on the side for quick access to the camera and an automatic lens cover – something we’d like to see on all camera phones.
Pictures in daylight came out very well. On a sunny day in the park pictures looked sharp and well-balanced, colours were vivid and there wasn’t a large shutter-lag.
The Pixon’s camera also shoots video, allowing you to film in slow-motion, similar to the LG Viewty. Using the Pixon’s GPS you can geo-tag your pics and overlay them on a map using Flickr, for example. If you’re into watching full length films on your mobile and have some stored in DivX or Xvid formats then you’ll be glad to know that the Pixon supports them (NB some resolutions may not be supported).
What we don’t like
Pictures in low light were disappointing due to the LED photo light and lack of xenon flash. There’s no Wi-Fi so you have to browse the Web or upload pictures using 3G, which can be slow. The onboard browser doesn’t render Web pages as well as other mobile browsers such as Opera Mini, which you can download if you get fed up.
There’s no standard 3.5mm headphone jack so you have to use the proprietary pair that don’t do the music player justice. Finally, the Pixon’s screen (resistive) isn’t as responsive as we would have liked and at times may prove annoying, especially when you’re texting.
If you’re looking for a camera phone with a touchscreen then the Pixon is worth checking out. It would have been better with a xenon flash and Wi-Fi but there are alternatives out there with those missing features. We would suggest avoiding this phone if you’re looking for a do-it-all smart phone as its core offering is relatively simple.