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Samsung Memoir Review

Samsung Memoir 9.5

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Samsung Memoir Review

We had some terrible issues with call quality on our first unit, but T-Mobile sent us another and it was noticeably better.  It is still not a strong point of the Memoir however, with callers rating us at 7/10.  They complained that we sounded a bit nasally, and on our end they sounded distant.  Volume and clarity was good, the issues lay mostly in the sound quality.

Battery life is rated at a slightly above average 5.5 hours of talk time.  We did manage to fully drain the battery through the course of a couple of days with mostly picture taking, combined with light web browsing and one phone call.  While not bad, battery life could be better.


The Memoir is an admirable cameraphone that has a lot of other highs.  While the phone performance could have been better, it was acceptable given the otherwise strong feature set.  We like to see Samsung bringing a headlining product to the US not too long after its international debut, and hope that the Memoir will sell well and help start a trend.  For those looking to replace their point and shoot the Memoir definitely deserves a long look.  While it may not be able to match the SD790’s of the world it can sure hang with the Coolpix.


  • Best cameraphone the States has ever seen
  • Crisper images and Xenon flash improves on the Pixon
  • Good size and design


  • Poor phone performance
  • TouchWiz is only so-so when it comes to functionality
  • Still not a solid nighttime camera
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User rating:
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. rtimi26 (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

hi i can see that good shot of easton town center and columbus state community college. I would like to meet up some day maybe we can discuss possible collaboration. email me if you are the administrator please.

posted on 16 Mar 2009, 16:49

2. luisandres58 (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

I don't know how you really rate but if you add and then divide the numbers you get a 7.8 rating. How can you give a 9.5 as a phone ( unless is a mistake)? As a camera I understand, but as phone in your review you killed it!

posted on 17 Mar 2009, 05:42

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Hey, please check our "How do we rate?" page.http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/howdowerate.php Although it has its cons, this camera phone scores excellent in its class.

posted on 16 Mar 2009, 18:38

3. Charlie (unregistered)

No Wi-Fi = poop. End of story.

posted on 09 Oct 2009, 17:58

8. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


posted on 17 Mar 2009, 15:35

5. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)

"Unfortunately call quality was downright abysmal. Callers frequently had to ask us to repeat ourselves, and told us that this was the worst phone we’ve ever tested. " Rated 9.5 out of 10 by phonearena.com I can see the advertising campaign now...... This might have been a different story if the camera by itself was rated on a different website (i.e. dpreview.com). But on a phone web site when a phone is said to be "the worst phone we ever tested", it is safe to say that it does not deserve a 9.5 rating. Just my 2 cents.

posted on 18 Mar 2009, 11:48

6. Pr0cl1v1ty (Posts: 60; Member since: 26 Oct 2008)

lessthanzach you probably had a defective phone, were in a loud area, or your signal sucks because i have the phone and everyone says its BETTER than my iphones and never had one complaint

posted on 20 Mar 2009, 23:02

7. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)

I don't have this phone, Pr0cl1v1ty. I don't even have T-Mobile. What I made was a sarcastic remark that involved QUOTING phone arena's review. Notice the lovely QUOTATION marks which elegantly indicate my reference to the relevant article that we are discussing. If you would please take the time to read phonearena.com's review of this device, specifically the performance section, then return and re-comment it would be much appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day.

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Display240 x 400 pixels TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.17 x 2.11 x 0.55 inches
(106 x 53.6 x 14 mm)
4.40 oz  (125 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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