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Samsung INNOV8 Review

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Samsung INNOV8 Review

As we often say, it doesn’t matter what crazy features a phone offers if it cannot perform as a phone first and foremost. The INNOV8 performed ok, but it could have been better.  On both ends of the line the sound is strong enough, but the voices are sharp and sometimes you might not be able to understand what the caller is saying, and at times we had an echo of our own voice.

The INNOV8 offers many options and is a stable and quick smartphone, but we have encountered faster phones running the same OS. Samsung claims that the battery will hold up to 8 hours of talks or 13 days in standby mode, which are excellent results, especially for a smartphone.


Conclusion:

In the end, after putting the INNOV8 through the paces, the big question remaining is still “Is it worth it?”. Overall the INNOV8 is a good phone but it’s not unique. The only complaint we have about the design is the problem with the misaligned slider, but overall the phone looks good and feels good. Symbian S60 is one of the best operating systems on the market. Although on paper the camera can be considered as high-quality, we were disappointed with its performance and it did not compare favorably with the best in its class. We have issues with the musical capabilities of the phone, but we would have been happy to see the ability to play XviD videos. Videos looked good on the 2.8” screen, although we would have preferred a higher resolution. We find ourselves running into a common theme with high end devices such as the N96, iPhone 3G, OMNIA and now the INNOV8; they are all very fine devices, but are taking small evolutionary steps rather than ground-breaking revolutionary ones.  We cannot stay the device lives up to its name, but it is a good device nonetheless.


Pros

  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 2.8” display
  • A good music player with nice sound via the 3.5mm jack
  • Quality video playback
  • Flash objects in Web pages
  • Nice games and applications

Cons

  • Not a well-made slider
  • High camera resolution but average quality
  • Better than average video formats support but not the best
  • Average sound quality during a talk
PhoneArena rating:
9
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


How is that a "9" average? Anyone can see if you take the averages, it is a "8.25".. still, I know you aren't going just by averages, but other models have higher numbers overall, and still score the same..

posted on 02 Oct 2008, 18:30

2. kai (unregistered)


the quality of camera is preet good. pretty clear and detailed. one website has reviewd to compare it to canon camera. actually, they are at same level.

posted on 02 Oct 2008, 19:15

3. Amo (unregistered)


I was about to buy this one, but the photos do look disappointing (although other reviews I have seen had better pictures), maybe this specific handset had some problems. Maybe someone can help me, would this phone be able to play movies in avi format? The format plays perfectly on my computer with DivX Player, but will this phone play them also? Thank you.

posted on 03 Oct 2008, 06:37

4. (unregistered)


Install coreplayer and then you can watch avi file coded by divx and xvid

posted on 03 Oct 2008, 16:31

5. Amo (unregistered)


Thank you for your advise.

posted on 04 Oct 2008, 13:51

6. Phone Freak (unregistered)


This was a silly review. I have this phone and can tell you the sound quality is the best between any phone I have had before. ex. N95 8B, E90, E71 iphone 16GB. The phone design is awsome! only problem I have is software and firmware support from Samsung. No updates?

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 04:06

7. (unregistered)


yep. sound quality is awesome, better than any mp3 player or phone ,its unrivaled in terms of sound quality, i wish steve jobs will listen to some music on this phone

posted on 11 Oct 2008, 10:20

8. Nik (unregistered)


Are you kidding me? Only one for style? This phone is a ten plus, it's beautiful.

posted on 27 Oct 2008, 13:41

9. (unregistered)


R1AA085 is old softwaer..... R1BA038 the last softwear

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 10:51

10. (unregistered)


anyone can give me advice for choosing between innov8 and omnia? thx~

posted on 27 Nov 2008, 01:35

11. rename42 (unregistered)


Another wishy washy review. The phone is good .. its not to good! Make up your mind!! PS I own one and it is a very good phone.

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 330 MHz, TI OMAP 2430 processor
Size4.19 x 2.12 x 0.68 inches
(106.5 x 53.9 x 17.2 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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