The Samsung M8800 Pixon is the latest big-touchscreen, big-megapixel camera (8 Megapixel) phone from Samsung. Using a tweaked TouchWiz operating system previously seen on the Samsung Tocco, the M8800 may not have smartphone credentials but it remains easy to use, finger friendly and powerful. All this would mean little if the Pixon didn’t have the right features, however this phone manages to pack everything from SRS Virtual Surround Sound to GPS into itself.
The Samsung Pixon sports a beautiful 3.2? touchscreen with a resolution of 240×320 and the ability to display 256,000 colours, it’s a resistive item so Samsung have included a stylus in the box to assist, however this is attached to a lanyard rather than hiding away in its own little slot on the casing, Not a problem as the screen is nicely responsive and the TouchWiz system provides sensibly sized options for easy finger control.
Of course, the standout feature of the Samsung Pixon is the excellent 8 megapixel camera. The lens is housed inside a raised circular section on the rear panel and has the usual flash, autofocus and video shooting (at a healthy 30fps WVGA) capabilities. To reinforce its camera-first, phone-second reputation, the Pixon has many features found on a regular point-and-shoot camera such as auto-panorama, face/smile and blink detection and an advanced shake reduction setting.
The media side of the Samsung Pixon is also very impressive. The wide screen lends itself perfectly to playing videos and the onboard player is set up to play most of the popular file types including DivX, XviD, H.264 and MP4. The music player has the same level of versatility and like may other of the Samsung Pixon’s special features can be accessed by one of the clever widgets which are dragged from the sidebar on to the main home screen, making it unnecessary to dig about inside the menu system. A 3.5mm jack plug adaptor, TV-out and the unusual virtual surround sound cement the Pixon’s claim to being a full-on mobile media monster.