Samsung INNOV8 Preview
N96. Samsung has added its own graphic themes, so you can change the style of the interface, to be similar to the other models of its series. Naturally, this only changes the phone visually and deep within, it remains the typical S60 smartphone, which is not a bad thing at all.
As we’ve said in other reviews of such phones, here we have an excellent phonebook with multiple fields, and now, with a large picture on an incoming call. Message wise, there are more than enough extras and a very good organizer as well. For quite some time, the web browser has been one of the best. Although it is a few steps behind the leaders (which are touchphones) in user-friendliness, it is still very pleasant, even for daily use.
As a smartphone, everything’s good, but as we’ve mentioned, this is an all-in–one device, so we wonder how does it perform as a cameraphone. At first glance it looks promising and with its 8-megapixels, it easily lines up with the big guys. Although we are not fans of the monochrome type of interface, we like it just fine, and it offers many options as well. The face recognition feature is accompanied with smile and blink recognition, so you can get smiley faces with open eyes on your pictures.
Despite the fact that we never rate phones by their prototypes, we’ll publish a few pictures of this version of INNOV8. They look rather promising and we hope the final results will be even better.
Samsung INNOV8 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.
Similar to OMNIA, INNOV8 is also a contender for the title ”powerful personal multimedia player”. Unfortunately, there is DivX, but no XviD support, which limits to a great extent the files supported. The other comment we have is related to the screen, which although relatively large (2.8”) has a standard QVGA resolution. It would have been nice to be able to watch videos in VGA, which lets you see the better quality in the files with high resolution. Anyways, we are not negative about this element and are impatient to receive the final test unit, so we can see how it performs as a video player. Music wise, we have the original Symbian S60 music player, but we are curious about the sound quality.
Overall, INNOV8 doesn’t make us gasp and besides the high camera resolution, there are no other innovations. It still looks as a nice multifunctional phone and if it does all that it’s supposed, according to its specifications properly, it should be one good device.
1. ALEXANDER (unregistered)
The best phone of the year! I like it! Nokia is 2nd this time)))))))))
This falls below Samsung omnia & Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 in many areas. No offiice editing software, Optical Zoom, qwerty keyboard are the 3 essential parts are missing
omfg essential my a.. this is cameraphone you know.
4. hargs48 (unregistered)
I disagree,the target market wont require those 3 things,this powerhouse packs all the tech of N96 & then some...the only issue you can fault it on is the screen rez... optical zoom is not critical & none of its rivals have them...office editing if want you just pay & get the full Quickoffice Package with Office 07 support... also I can't see the lack of a qwerty keyboard being issue... all in all great S60 phone from Samsung...
6. Image (unregistered)
A good xeon blixt is must on a mobil camerapfone..... Led lamps sucks
Guys, I Know I Am The Last in INDIA, But Still I Am Eager To C This Master Piece. Post Some Direct Links If Present. WWW.SAMSUNG.COM has no info on this.
is it worth buying for or their are other phones, that is better than this...