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Samsung Epix Review

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Camera:

The Samsung Epix comes with a built in 2-megapixel camera which supports video recording in 3gp and AT&T’s video share connectivity. The camera can be started up either through the menus or by just clicking the dedicated button found on the keypad. Its interface managed to start up after 3 seconds and photos were taken roughly a second after pressing the shutter key. Unfortunately Samsung did not include an auto-focusing mechanism. On the other hand, picture quality came out okay even without it. We managed to take fairly decent pictures in bright and low lit areas without losing too much color in any of the photos.

Camera samples - Samsung Epix Review
Camera samples - Samsung Epix Review
Camera samples - Samsung Epix Review
Camera samples - Samsung Epix Review

Camera samples


For video recording, the Epix only allows for a maximum resolution of 320 by 240. Video quality is mediocre at best due to a choppy frame rate and low resolution display. Audio quality from the produced video was very difficult to listen when played back on a computer.


Samsung Epix Review
Multimedia:

Viewing various media files can be best described as bland especially now that it has a touchscreen. Samsung should have integrated it more with the media viewing interface. However, it only included a basic photo slides program where you can view pictures using the usual flick left to right methods found on other touchscreen phones. To an extent, editing features can be performed by clicking through the various menu options on the phone.

Some video formats that the Epix supports are MPEG4, WMV, and H.263 which can be played with the standard Windows Mobile Media Player. There is a separate skin with small menu icons installed with the phone that utilizes the optical mouse rather than the touch screen. The phone also comes along with other multimedia applications like XM Radio Mobile, Music ID, and Cingular Video.


Samsung Epix Review
Samsung Epix Review
Samsung Epix Review


Software:

Memory does not seem to be a problem, Epix is equipped with 256MB internal ROM and up to 150MB internal RAM. We are especially glad to see that it supports microSD cards up to 32GB for storage needs.

Speed is not a problem either, thanks to its lightning fast 624MHz processor. It manages to run smoothly while numerous programs working in the background. In general though, the phone runs exceptionally well in conditions where multiple commands are being executed.

Every WM6 Professional phone comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. The Office applications allow you to view and edit documents of the most-used types and the phone opens them without any error. The Epix also has Adobe PDF Reader preloaded that had trouble with text not displaying as sharply when you zoom in.  We opened a big document (1.0MB) and scrolled through pages. When zoomed to 100% it is almost immediate but the text is a little blurry and unreadable. Many more programs can be downloaded from third party sources.

Word Mobile - Samsung Epix Review
Excel Mobile - Samsung Epix Review

Word Mobile

Excel Mobile


Samsung Epix also comes preloaded with AT&T Navigator for real time turn-by-turn directions. Maps are updated in real-time with traffic conditions dictated by the software. There are numerous points of interests that even allows you to find the lowest gas prices around your location.

We are glad to see that AT&T packed it with a variety of third party applications like MobiTV, Wikimobile, and Mobile Banking to mention a few. Instant messaging is powered by Oz for either AIM, MSN, or Yahoo accounts to be used for chatting on the go with friends.




Samsung Epix Review
Samsung Epix Review
Samsung Epix Review


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Samsung Epix

Samsung Epix

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 320 pixels (177 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
624 MHz
150 MB RAM
Size4.56 x 2.41 x 0.51 inches
(116 x 61 x 13 mm)
4.41 oz  (125 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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