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Samsung G800 Review

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Samsung G800 Specifications:-

  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, October
    Status:-Available.
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-101 x 51.1 x 18.8 mm
    Weight:-134 g.
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT, 256K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches.
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3
    Customization:-Download.
    Vibration:-Yes.
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-1000 entries
    Call records:-30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls
    Card slot:-microSD (TransFlash),
    - 160 MB internal memory.
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    HSCSD:-No
    EDGE:-Class 10, 236.8 kbps
    3G:-HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
    WLAN:-No
    Bluetooth:-Yes v2.0 with A2DP
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, v2.0.
  • Features:-
    Messaging:-SMS, MMS, Email
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS reader
    Games:-Yes + downloadable.
    Colors:-Titan Grey
    Camera:-5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, video, xenon flash, 3x optical zoom
    - Java MIDP 2.0,- MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/WMA player,- Stereo FM radio,- Face Detection,- T9,- Bluetooth printing,- Document viewer (Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF),- Built-in handsfree,- Voice memo,- TV out.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Ion
    Stand-by:-Up to 220 h.
    Talk time:-Up to 3 h 20 min.
  • Price:-549.99$ approx Rs 22,000 – 25,000/-
  • It seems Samsung are really stepping on it in the 5 megapixel cameraphone race. In a stark display of audacity, the G800 is pitched as a digicam that can make calls. We usually deal with gadgets that are the other way around but we’ve been eager to test the Samsung G800 ever since its official launch back in late October. As you may recall, we were lucky to be there, but rubbing shoulders is nothing like getting our hands on the handset sporting the first 5 megapixel camera with optical zoom.
  • Key features:-
    5 megapixel auto focus camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash
    Large 2.4″ QVGA 256K color display
    EDGE and 3G (with HSDPA)
    Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP support
    Comfortable keypad
    Stereo FM radio with RDS
    Stylish design
  • Main disadvantages:-
    Bad display processing
    Weak sunlight legibility
    Very slow memory card reading
    No standard 3.5 mm audio jack
    Volume/Zoom key is very hard to press
    Quite chubby
  • Optical zoom is not new to cameraphones – the 902 and 903 models by Sharp, as well as Nokia N93 and N93i, were equipped with cameras with optical zoom a good while ago. But in Samsung G800 it goes with a five megapixel sensor and a xenon flash, which makes this handset’s camera unmatched, at least in the number of features it offers. We are yet to see if quantity means quality but our first impressions back in October were surely positive. Finally, we have to say that the G800′s greatest market share rival will be Sony Ericsson’s top shelf cameraphone K850. It has the virtually the same specs save for the optical zoom and, in our point of view, the price will play a major role in this duel.
  • Samsung G800 surely catches the eye but don’t expect an awe-inspiring impression when you take it out of your pocket. If it fits there in the first place, as it really is on the large side. The officially announced dimensions of 101 x 51.1 x 18.8 mm don’t sound disheartening but in reality the phone seems quite a handful. The metal-like finish makes it really sleek and stylish.
    At the top of the front panel is the earpiece, positioned right in the center and slightly below the top edge. On the right of the speaker grill is the secondary video-call camera, which can also be used for taking pictures in VGA resolution. Under it is the 2.4″ 256K color display with QVGA resolution.
    Next on our journey of the phone’s front is the D-pad, with a soft key on each of the oblong navigatio

    n button’s sides. The last three soft keys on the navigation pad are located right above the lower rim of the slider – the Call key, the Clear key and the End key. All of these keys are large enough and comfortable to use. Luckily, the confirming center of the navigation key no longer launches the web browser, when the phone is in standby mode. Sliding the phone open reveals the keypad. The keys are completely flat but, thanks to the thin metal grid separating adjacent rows and columns, touch orientation is very good. Besides, the keys are very large and that surely results in very fast typing without looking at the keypad. Well, if you are used to that style of typing anyway. All in all, our point is that Samsung G800′s keypad will be largely appreciated by texters of all ages.

  • Not really happy with the display
    Samsung G800 is equipped with a large 2.4″ TFT display of QVGA resolution. It is capable of showing up to 256K colors, which is just what you would expect from most Samsung mobiles these days.
    We were let down by the display quality. Whenever there was a gradient graphics shown on the display (especially on photos), the image suffered severe banding effect. It may be an issue of the software not being final.
    The performance in extremely sunlit conditions was also dissatisfying, to say the least. The glossy front panel really reduces legibility and makes it very hard to navigate through the menus unless you know them by heart. Finding a proper angle for looking at the phone, when you are outside on a sunny day, is a truly difficult job in most cases.
    A camera that rings well
    Telephony was almost out of favor, as a secondary function in Samsung G800 but don’t let this mislead you. No compromise was made with any aspect of this feature. The sound during calls is crystal clear and yet loud enough so that you won’t have troubles communicating with whoever you are calling.
    Dialing a number has always been fun with Samsung, as you always have some sort of dialing animation, or a choice of several ones. Samsung G800 has as many as five different dialing styles: Quill pen, Sticky note, Living world and two “Normal” fonts.
  • Audio quality
    It’s time to do some testing on the audio reproduction quality of Samsung G800. The audio quality of all Samsung handsets we have tested before was really amazing so we expected the same thing from the company’s flagship cameraphone. However it turned out that the case is slightly different.
    In fact, our tests revealed that Samsung G800 performs slightly worse than Samsung U600, when it comes to audio quality, mostly in terms of frequency response, total harmonic distortion and intermodulation distortion. Not that it is something that bad – it is still better than most other handsets on the market, we are just surprised that Samsung has lowered the level with such a supposedly high-end phone as G800.
  • Video player
    The video player on Samsung G800 is quite nice. It doesn’t have many features but all the essentials are covered – it can play video files in fullscreen landscape mode and you can fast-forward and rewind videos.You can also jump to a specific scene of the video clip. Unluckily you should forget about playing videos with a resolution of VGA or higher because the phone doesn’t support them.
    However, in terms of video formats you can breathe easier with G800 as it has support for MPEG-4. That’s the format the camera records videos in. It means that you can easily convert all your favorite video clips and watch them on the go with Samsung G800.
  • Camera interface and features
    Having the right user interface is essential for an ambitious cameraphone – and for any point-and-shoot digital camera for that matter. Both the Sony Ericsson K850 and the Samsung G800 offer all the basic settings, plus a few advanced options. Both handsets feature image stabilization, Macro mode and an option to turn auto focus off. White balance settings, the usual color effects, exposure compensation and ISO setup are available in both devices. The Samsung G800 offers sensor sensitivity values as low as ISO 50, while the Sony Ericsson K850 lowest setting is ISO 100. However, we didn’t like the fact that there is no shortcut for adjusting the exposure compensation on the G800.
  • Conclusion:-Finally, when it comes to photo quality, the Samsung G800 clearly has it all with better resolution, color accuracy, noise handling. It has its own quirks, but those can be fixed with some fine tuning of the camera processing algorithms. So essentially, we can safely conclude that we like the G800 camera better than the K850 one. However, the G800 should not rest on its laurels since the K850 is not among the leaders of the 5-megapixel brethren in terms of camera quality.
    The battle of the 5 megapixel cameraphones will undoubtedly continue throughout the next year. The fact that the Samsung G800 has a better, more capable camera doesn’t necessarily mean that the G800 will reap huge market success. After all there are a number of important factors that determine how well a mobile phone does on the market. Currently, there are some other highly competitive 5-megapixel offerings on the market.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently pursuing Masters in MIS and he loves writing about technology. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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