All-angle comparison of the 8MP phones


Since we started talking about past times in the very beginning, let us remind you of something. Until now you had to carry a camera, music and a video (DVD) player if you wanted to be fully equipped multimedia wise. Following the all-in-one trend the modern phones offer a combination of these futures. We hope this will happen with people soon too so we’ll be able to find a top model girlfriend that is willing to cook and do the laundry.

Music player:

More than a year ago the iPhone showed us the proper way to control a music player. Although none of the four 8-megapixel phones is even close to that standard, they offer some interesting solutions. The Pixon’s interface is not that effective (lacks Cover Flow), but all options are available directly, and the album covers are visualized small but perfectly. The equalizer has seven modes, which really influence the sound.

Renoir’s player offers an old-fashioned design, but we could’ve been OK with that if the extras were fine. Unfortunately, this is the model that has the most problems reading ID3. Not only the album art doesn’t appear most of the time, but the artists are not correctly recognized. There are no sound effects except for the Dolby Mobile.

It’s almost the same story with the INNOV8 (most covers do not show), but at least the equalizer has 17 presets. Variety is a good thing, although we would have preferred to have the option to make our own EQ. This you can do in the C905, which has interface similar to the Walkman series, but with less extras. Overall, it is quite nice and only the covers are so small that even if they were of good quality we wouldn’t notice it.

All four models are equipped with FM radio, but the RDS option is not available in the Renoir. The C905 and Pixon get some extra points for offering the music recognition option. We have already tasted the precision of Sony Ericsson’s TrackID, and Samsung service doesn’t fall behind.


Loudspeaker sound quality:

Listening to music from your phone is generally a lonely activity that you do with your headphones on. However, sometimes you want to share your favorite tracks with other people and then you have to use the phone’s loudspeaker. You shouldn’t expect, though, that it’s loud enough to make a party (although we once succeeded in this with a N95 8GB).

Pixon is our favorite in this category, since it’s the loudest of all and, if the music is calm, it offers very good quality. If, for example, you’re listening to music featuring more guitars, the sound would be too sharp and annoying. The situation is similar with INNOV8, the only difference being that it produces a weaker sound. As far as sound quality is concerned, we’re very pleased with C905, at moments it performed even better than the Samsungs, but it’s too quiet and it’s hardly heard at the other end of a bigger room. Renoir offers even a weaker sound and you can as well assume that it’s unusable in circumstances slightly more noisy than being in a church.


Sound quality through the headphones:

So, we got to the most important criterion as far as listening to music on the phone is concerned. We have to underline that, in order to assess the sound quality we used the same headphones (sometimes with an adapter), and not the ones included in the sets. The test headphones are midmarket class - Alessandro MS1. On the whole, we are pleased with the performance of all four models and we can say they answer the needs of the mainstream user. There is, however, a small difference in the sound volume they provide.

INNOV8 and C905 are the loudest and the Sony Ericsson model offers a sound that is slightly clearer. The Pixon can achieve the same volume, but the sound is a little sharper, so you’ll have to turn it down a little. Renoir is a bit quieter compared to the competition. On the whole, none of the models offers a volume, comparable with that of the music champion from our comparative evaluation of the GSM touch-screen phones, iPhone. Furthermore, only INNOV8 has an in-built 3.5 mm jack, while Renoir and Pixon come with adapters. C905 does not provide a possibility for plugging in headphones of your choice (unless you buy an adapter). All these facts have been taken into account for the final evaluation, which is...




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!

7. ceepan

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

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....

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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 ¬¬'

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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

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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

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.

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.

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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

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

11. unregistered

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

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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."

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.

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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.

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SamsungArena that is so true, i loved it

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....

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

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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.

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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