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All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

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OK, how do we go about comparing four devices, two of which are touch screen and the others are sliders? We cannot simply divide them in two groups, because this would mean to have two separate comparisons. The only thing we can do is evaluate the elements present in all of them. We will not discuss the quality of the build since it is very good in all four and although it is not as exclusive as in the Arte series, it will satisfy the needs of every regular consumer. So we are left only with a few things to compare and they are as follows:

From left to right and bottom to top - Samsung Pixon, Sony Ericsson C905, LG Renoir, Samsung INNOV8 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
From left to right and bottom to top - Samsung Pixon, Sony Ericsson C905, LG Renoir, Samsung INNOV8 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
From left to right and bottom to top - Samsung Pixon, Sony Ericsson C905, LG Renoir, Samsung INNOV8 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

From left to right and bottom to top - Samsung Pixon, Sony Ericsson C905, LG Renoir, Samsung INNOV8



Display size:

“The bigger the better” is the usual rule here. In the same line of thoughts it comes out that we like Pixon best with its 3.2”, followed by Renoir 3”. Nevertheless, Samsung has done a good job with the 2.8” screen that can be seen in INNOV8. Last comes C905 with the “sad” 2.4” and is not what we’d expect from the best hi-tech model of the manufacturer.

Renoir
Pixon
INNOV8
C905
4
5
3
1

We are not sure if the same can be applied to the colors of the display („the more the better”) and so we rolled our sleeves, loaded test pictures, and started comparing with glasses, binoculars and microscopes.


Quality:

At the end of the day, we figured out that despite having the smallest display C905 offers the best saturated colors and contrast in the images.
Pixon, C905, Renoir, INNOV8 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

Pixon, C905, Renoir, INNOV8

INNOV8 remained second no matter that it has the best display specification wise (16 million colors). The other Samsung fighter (Pixon) offers more warm colors, which turn the black into gray. The images made with Renoir are too blurry compared to the rest and the colors are somewhat unattractive.

Overall, we liked best the combination large screen – warm colors offered by Pixon. If only C905’s screen was larger...

Renoir
Pixon
INNOV8
C905
3
3.5
4
5


Interface:

Apple iPhone - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
Apple iPhone - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

Apple iPhone

No matter how large a phone screen is, it has to be user-friendly, and to a great extent this is defined by the software. The four models we have here have totally different interfaces, which is easily noticeable from their very home screens.

When we’re talking about a touch sensitive display we cannot deny that the iPhone is a standard in the field. Every application it has installed has an icon on the home screen. Pixon and Renoir have a different strategy; it is visualized in the face of a widget, which lets you decide what is that you want to have fast access to. Besides, part of them are active (the clock, weather forecast) and are updated in real time. This is a good idea, but like we’ve said before the space that a 3 or a 3.2-inch display is quite limited, and you cannot have everything you need on it. In Pixon there’s a variety of them, additional ones can be downloaded and you can rearrange them freely anytime. In the Renoir you have to be in widget mode in order to move them, but afterwards, you can scroll on the homescreen, and store everything you want.


LG Renoir - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
 Samsung Pixon - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

LG Renoir

 

Samsung Pixon

 

Samsung INNOV8 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
Sony Ericsson C905 - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

Samsung INNOV8

Sony Ericsson C905

The INNOV8 and the C905 are a different story, because of the lack of a touch screen. The Samsung runs on Symbian 9.3, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and it comes with all its advantages and disadvantages. The application, which appears on the homescreen, gives you fast access to some functions and is very convenient. In addition, it has two variants of visualization. Sony Ericsson’s product offers less options, but the accelerometer defined wallpaper and the variety of themes are an eye candy. You can also place an application and the only preloaded one is Slideshow wallpaper, which does what its name says.

The C905 and INNOV8 employ the standard view of the main menu which is a grid by default. Both allow modifications with the first offering a bigger variety depending on the theme or your choice. In Renoir, it is divided in four tabs as in the first non-smart touch phone, the PRADA. The Pixon has a color menu which reminds us of the Care bears. Bringing memories of your childhood is not a bad thing, and the order is almost identical with the non-touch devices. Those used to Samsung will feel confident, and the rest will need just a little bit of time to adjust.

Sony Ericsson C905 - Main menu - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
Samsung INNOV8 - Main menu - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
LG Renoir - Main menu - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones
Samsung Pixon - Main menu - All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones

Sony Ericsson C905

Samsung INNOV8

LG Renoir

Samsung Pixon

Main menu


As it became clear, all four phones offer quite different interface solutions respectively with their own pros and cons. Therefore, we cannot give an excellent score to any of them, but we can choose the most user-friendly one. In that case, it is really up to the personal preference and the time it takes for each person to get used to it.

Renoir
Pixon
INNOV8
C905
4
4
4
4

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


i hate phone arena the lg renoir should of come out first if not second but to lose to the sony that is a clear sight that phonearena some how hates LG. which will always be better than a crappy samsung!

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 01:43

7. ceepan (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2008)


The review made some valid points. I have just got a Renoir and do like it. However there are some issues. The biggest one for me is in the music playback. The phone gives you the option of vieiwng an ALbum. However when you do the tracks are displayed in alphabetical order, not the track order of the Album. You have to play it in this order as well. The ID3 tags have the TRACK field correctly populated. This is absolutely crazy. This should be addressed by a software update. The zoom within the browser could be better. When you press and hold the screen it zooms in or out, but I haven't been able to find how to control the zoom level. The manual doesn't tell you either. The Renoir has the potential to be an excellent phone/media player/camera combo, but currently the software lets it down.

posted on 20 Dec 2008, 18:06

20. Rippspeed (unregistered)


I too thought that the LG Renoir is alot better but having the phone for a month and having issues with the software bugs where the phone freezes for days on end. The only cure is to unplug the battery and let it sit for a couple days battery less ... Kinda gets to you ... Thats why I traded mine in for a Pixon, I hardly used WiFi anyway and GPS dont need it much when you have navigation in your car. This Pixon is my tempo phone until Nokia comes out with a 8mp touch screen phone....

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:10

2. (unregistered)


I completely agree,GSMArena review was much better,come on Phonearena,Lg's Renoir has Dolby Sound that you did'nt talk about,and it's way better the N96 copy INNOV8 (that of innovate has nothing) and touchscreen crapy Pixon,and I wo'nt tell nothing about Sony Ericsson C905 ¬¬'

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:25

4. (unregistered)


what do you mean?? the pixon touchscreen works very well. and the innov8 isnot a copy, its better than the n96. but u dont like the camera of the 8510

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 16:44

6. (unregistered)


have you ever see 1 one of these phones? cuz a friend of mine have renoir and his menu LAGS and the DOLBY SOUND is weaker than my SE W200. but go on and thrust anyone you want, who cares

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 11:23

3. (unregistered)


that depends on your personal opinion. i also dont like lg. the menu is slow and ugly. and the music player. omg. i hate it. i think its a very good test. and thank you phonearena. and the c905 cant be better. because it cant play vids and also a bad video resolution. I will buy the Pixon.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 15:53

5. (unregistered)


as I metioned before, this site totally biased towards samsung phones. Its really obvious that Samsung paid him for this review to make their phones the best. BTW this site really hates LG and SE phones! Anyway I will never trust your reviews, neither do the readers. P.S. you must learn from GSMarena.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 05:44

8. (unregistered)


lol

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 14:57

10. (unregistered)


but i also think that the samsung is a way better multimedia device. averybody is just talking about wifi and the camera. but the phone has much more to offer. and i think that the touchscreen, and especially(and what i think is very importan(for me)) the music player is way better

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 11:39

9. Stan (unregistered)


In this review, if you add the overall camera performance, Sony Ericsson C905 surprisingly wins! Score: 3.5 + 5 + 3 = 11.5

posted on 27 Nov 2008, 11:45

11. (unregistered)


Renoir & C905 are the best... But phonearena hates them because they are better than Samsung,and do not trust ever this site!!!!!

posted on 28 Nov 2008, 17:57

12. (unregistered)


gsm quoted"SE C905: 9/10 • Samsung INNOV8: 5/10 • Samsung Pixon: 7/10 • LG Renoir: 9/10 Final words There we are then, the 8 megapixel shootout is over and the crossfire is about to begin. Doing all those tests was fun but it was hard too. Now that there's seemingly the simplest thing left to do, we'd rather sit back and let everyone do their own math. It was our best effort - and our pleasure - to weigh up and compare all there is to a cameraphone. We know there's no way for every single feature on our list to be equally relevant to all users alike. So, if you're about to make up your mind, we suggest you only look at those that are most important to you. However we can still offer you a quick summary of our overall impression, without getting into numbers. If you are looking for the universal performer, then the Samsung INNOV8 is your definite choice with excellent image results. Besides first-rate stills, it also delivers VGA video recording 30fps or slow motion QVGA videos at 120fps and has a large display. If you are after the best camera interface and probably the best camera handling and controls, then Sony Ericsson C905 is your game. If you're really into touchscreen and massive high-res displays, the more balanced cameraphone seems to be LG Renoir with a load of camera features and great image results. It's also fully geared in terms of video recording with VGA@30fps, slow motion QVGA videos at 120fps or time-lapse QVGA clips. While the Samsung Pixon falls behind the Renoir in terms of image quality and camera features, it definitely outperforms the LG mobile with superior user experience thanks to the well organized interface and capable video recording with WVGA@30fps and high-speed QVGA vidz."

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 08:25

13. optional (unregistered)


read reviews at mobilereview. they have more detailed reviews. gsmarena favours nokia but also blasts them at times. and lets just forget about phone arena.

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 18:30

14. (unregistered)


I was unsure if you were unfair and untrustable in your reviews, but now I am sure. Just change your website name to something like SamsungArena. At least that way, no one will expect you to be fair lol.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 16:10

17. (unregistered)


SamsungArena that is so true, i loved it

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 09:52

15. Manikandan (unregistered)


C905 and LG renoir is better when compared to samsung phones and i would feel that phonearena supports nokia and samsung and hates sony ericsson,other products....

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 09:54

16. Manikandan (unregistered)


Even in the review of 8 megpixel phone's phonearena mainly supports the nokia and samsung phones...LG renoir is really an good one whicn can produce absolute good pics than pixon and innov8..likewise C905 also produces great pics...still this site is biased towards one side review..which is really bad

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 22:39

18. (unregistered)


it's all about the person and their taste. all of these phones looks really nice, but who is some else to judge for you? GSMarena and Phone arena can say what they want, all people need to do is see for themselves. i think all three of these brands are good, but when it comes to the phone itself i'd like to get hold of it and then play around with a bit to see if the phone suits me. that's what people should do, find out for yourselves and not just go on with someone elses opinion. i checked out the picture quality comparion of these phone and they seem pretty good, the comparison with the lighting conditions (low, medium, high) is affected by the angle you hold the phone, so i won't really take their word on that, but as for the ones that are taken outside (boat, amusement park) those pretty much a lot about the picture procesing power. and they all look pretty good to me.

posted on 10 Dec 2008, 20:03

19. (unregistered)


Well, I agree with some of you that the review wasn't fair enough and somehow a little bit biased towards the samsung phones, but I'm still thankful to this website for this review and I appreciate there effort to review the 4 phones and compares their cameras shooting and video quality where its impossible for me to do it myself, so thanks a lot. I think that the LG Renoir deserves a higher score and its much better than Pixon, I don't know if the Renoir xenon flash is really that bad as its in the pictures taken in the dark where the last dark picture at the indoor test looks so bad that it makes you think the xenon doesn't even flashed xD... a candle will make more light than that ^^' Also, you didn't count the WiFi availability in the Renoir that the Pixon doesn't has (I'm wandering why such a good phone with a high technology like pixon doesn't have WiFi!! ) , its impossible for me to buy a phone that doesn't has WiFi Another feature that phone arena didn't mention at the review that the LG Renoir has a Dolby Mobile sound enhancement which really does make a different when switched on. They didn't also mention other camera features that only the Renoir has like Art shot and Beauty shot, they are really cool and useful. I don't know if there are any other features the Renoir has that aren't mentioned xD. AS for me, I think the LG Renoir is the best among these phones and I was going to buy it soon till I saw the Nokia N97, I think it looks much better than all of these 4 phones but unfortunately, it has a 5 megapixel camera which I'm really disappointed with it. If it has an 8 megapixel camera, I would definitely go for it. WHAT A SHAME NOKIA >.< Right now, I say Renoir is the best .. (I hope the xenon flash is much butter than it's shown here and at GSM arena)

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