Tuesday, October 14, 2008

5-megapixel MOBILE'S

1. Nokia N95 (8GB)

CNET Asia rating: 8.2 out of 10
The good: Sleeker shade of black; better build quality; 128MB of RAM which is twice the amount compared with the earlier N95; 8GB built-in memory; larger capacity battery.
The bad: No expansion card slot; no lens cover on camera.
The bottom line: The N95 (8GB) is a great successor to the original N95 with most of the earlier issues addressed, making it one of the best and feature-packed smart phones available now.

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2. LG Viewty KU990

CNET Asia rating: 8.2 out of 10
The good: Touchscreen interface; 5-megapixel camera; HSDPA (3.5G); ability to upload videos straight to YouTube.
The bad: Lack of cover for the camera; lack of Wi-Fi; camera mode switch is a little tough to move.
The bottom line: This is one of LG's best phones yet. If you're looking for a good camera-phone, the LG Viewty is definitely worth checking out. From the vibrating touchscreen interface to the YouTube video capabilities and photo-editing app, we liked what it has to offer and think you will, too.

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3. Samsung SGH-G800

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: 5-megapixel camera with autofocus; 3x optical zoom and face detection; HSDPA.
The bad: Lack of Wi-Fi; Xenon flash isn't as bright as we expected.
The bottom line: This chunky mobile snapper is an attractive slider phone that, although large, is easy to hold and use. The G800's camera comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a standalone digital camera, but it's not a complete replacement just yet.

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4. Samsung SGH-G600

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: 5-megapixel camera; slim design.
The bad: Lack of 3G; lack of Xenon flash on the camera.
The bottom line: Samsung is consistently pushing the boundaries when it comes to cramming the features into a slim device and the G600 is a testament to its engineering capabilities. It's definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a good camera-phone.

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5. Samsung Soul

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: Classy design with solid build quality; excellent keypad; decent set of camera features; 3G with HSDPA; Bluetooth with A2DP; FM radio; microSD expansion card slot.
The bad: Uses LED instead of Xenon flash; screen legibility suffers under direct sunlight; character limit in subject field when creating calendar appointments; below average battery life; sluggish picture browsing on the phone.
The bottom line: The Samsung Soul doesn't do everything; there's no Wi-Fi or GPS for starters. But for everything else, there's plenty enough to enjoy.

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6. Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: Dedicated camera controls; microSD and Memory Stick Micro compatibility; Xenon flash and LED light; Bluetooth stereo; HSDPA connectivity.
The bad: Glossy surface attracts fingerprints; tiny buttons may not appeal to some.
The bottom line: The K850i Cyber-shot is one of the best camera-phones available in the market right now, thanks to its dedicated controls, good performance and natural-looking images.

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7. Nokia N95

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: HSDPA; Wi-Fi; onboard GPS; 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens; 3.5mm audio jack; mini-USB connector.
The bad: Build quality doesn't justify the premium price; poor battery life; sluggish performance when multiple applications are running; premium price.
The bottom line: There's no doubt that the Nokia N95 is one of the most full-featured smart phones available right now, but its poor battery life could very well be its Achilles' heel.

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8. Nokia 6220 classic

CNET Asia rating: 7.9 out of 10
The good: GPS; HSDPA; 5-megapixel camera with Xenon flash.
The bad: Lack of 3.5mm headphone jack; lack of Wi-Fi.
The bottom line: The Nokia 6220 Classic is a great phone if you want a lot of features, but don't want to carry around a large handset. Our only disappointments are that the camera isn't as good as the one on the Nokia N82 and that there's no Wi-Fi.

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9. Nokia N82

CNET Asia rating: 7.7 out of 10
The good: Quadband GSM with HSDPA; Xenon flash with 5-megapixel camera; built-in GPS; A2DP; 3.5mm audio jack; microSD card slot.
The bad: Tiny keys; smaller 2.4-inch display compared with the two N95; microUSB port.
The bottom line: The N82 is an excellent all-round phone with an impressive list of specifications despite some niggles that could have been avoided.

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10. LG KC550

CNET Asia rating: 6.7 out of 10
The good: Solid phone; easy-to-use camera.
The bad: Lack of Xenon flash; lack of 3G.
The bottom line: The LG KC550 is a solid camera-phone with a reasonable price tag. Unlike the higher-end 5-megapixel camera-phones, this won't leave you out of pocket, but it doesn't have a Xenon flash, so don't expect great shots in low light.

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11. Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber-shot

CNET Asia rating: 6.7 out of 10
The good: Fashionable, lean form factor; lots of camera features; flashier user interface; HSDPA.
The bad: Stiff, angled keypad; poorly located volume buttons; no Xenon flash.
The bottom line: The C902 Cyber-shot is mostly let down by some poor design implantations, but is still a decent camera-phone overall.

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12. Samsung SGH-F480

CNET Asia rating: 6.6 out of 10
The good: Compact size; solid build; cool widgets interface; HSDPA; Bluetooth stereo; microSD expansion card slot.
The bad: Vulnerable to fingerprints; software can be improved; lacks Wi-Fi.
The bottom line: The F480 is a stylish touchscreen handset with a wealth of features, but its user interface could do with a little improvement.

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13. LG Secret KF750

CNET Asia rating: 6 out of 10
The good: Slim and trendy design; solid build quality; 3G with HSDPA; video-recording features; supports DivX up to VGA resolution; fun preloaded motion games.
The bad: Horrible control buttons; touch interface difficult to use; screen washes out in sunlight; glossy surfaces attract fingerprints; below-average performance for a non-smart phone.
The bottom line: It may be a stylish camera-phone with some entertainment features, but LG seriously needs to rethink the user interface of the handset, not just rely on pretty looks alone.

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14. Motorola ZINE ZN5

First take
Camera-phones are aplenty in the market and what some manufacturers have done to up their quotient has been to incorporate renowned lenses like Carl Zeiss to improve the image quality. Motorola has gone a step further and got Kodak into the game as well. The result is the ZINE ZN5 with a 5-megapixel sensor developed for mobile devices, onboard Xenon flash and a whole slew of built-in editing features announced in Beijing today.

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15. Nokia N96

First take
Frankly, we were a little relieved that Nokia did not go the way of a certain US phone maker which latched onto a popular RAZR-thin design for too long, performing just minor upgrades for years. Though the first thing to strike you about the N96 is its generous 16GB of internal storage, the new phone is lighter and slimmer than the two N95 models that came before it. We took a pre-production model and gave it a brief once-over for an initial impression.

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16. Samsung SGH-G810

First take
Two months ago at the GSMA World Congress, Samsung unveiled the SGH-G810. We weren't able to handle it then, but at the recent CTIA we finally got to play touch and feel.

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17. Sony Ericsson G900

First take
The Sony Ericsson G900 is part of the Japanese-Swedish company's series of Web-enabled phones and was announced at this year's Mobile World Congress. We got to spend a couple of days with this touchscreen Symbian UIQ smart phone. Here's what we think. Do note that this preview highlights the main differences between the G900 and G700.

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18. Samsung SGH-G400
Phone typeTriband
NetworksGSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Connectivity optionsHSDPA, Bluetooth, USB

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19. Sony Ericsson W902 Walkman
Phone typeQuadband
NetworksGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Connectivity options3G, EDGE, GPRS, Bluetooth, A2DP
Weight w/battery99.8 g
Max. talktime (in hours)9 hours
Max. standby time (in hours)380 hours

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