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I have always wanted to get a phone which is sort of "all in one". And when Samsung INNOV8 came out, I knew I found what I was looking for. This phone is not too bulky and heavy but not too diminutive at the same time. For me personally, I find it very elegant and business looking, not a chance it could be mistaken as a toy :-). It has a very generous display of 2.8" for a very good viewing of pictures and movies. I also liked its navigational keys. Unlike trackballs, these do not get stiff and stacked up. It also has a couple of shortcut buttons which allows you to assign two applications to give you fast access to your frequently use functions. The INNOV8 has an optical mouse which is definitely more handy compared to the touchscreen devices. And just the perfect keypad! The camera has 8 megapixels and I love the photos I am getting. There is a 3-way switch to choose picture, video and preview modes. On one side is the volume rocker. The unlocking mechanism for the battery is a brilliant idea! I still have my Innov8 (though as a secondary unit) and I can say, all in all, it was/is an excellent choice.
I purchased my Samsung Innov8 round about the time all of my mates were getting the Nokia N95.I was attracted to its suave sleeker qualities; it was less chunky and looked better when you pulled it out of your pocket and flashed it around the pub. It was certainly much better than my previous Nokia something or other that resembled a brick, which I had been using after losing my beloved Samsung D900!
After taking this piece of carefully carved architecture out of its box, slamming in the SIM card, and eagerly turning it on, my first thoughts on the beautiful object were; "It does far more than just send black and white text messages and make phone calls in bad quality, so that swung it for me. It was literally "The Samsung's version of the Nokia N95", that was good enough!
The Samsung Curse: Unfortunately for me, I have never owned a piece of Samsung technology for longer than about 4 months. For some reason, I have always managed to lose damage or break each one I have ever had within this time. I was left so utterly bereaved after losing my beloved E550 that I think I may have actually been left scarred for the rest of my phone purchasing life. I got the E550 after I lost my lovely Motorola V220 which seemed to go on forever until I ran in torrential rain once, and after surviving its first drowning I gave it prior to that, it gave up the ghost and completely conked out. The E550 was more than an apt replacement for the V220, for the while that I had it. My friend still has hers now, and how I miss that thing! Anyway, I "then" lost the D900 there on after, and my 8MP Samsung camera my fiancé bought me on the top of Wornside whilst trudging on the Three Yorkshire Peaks. Despite all this kerfuffle, I got my next Samsung phone regardless and then, probably stupidly as I thought what an idiot I really must be for not doing so, didn't take out insurance. I haven't been lucky with this one either. Firstly, one time someone else I didn't know picked it up mistaking it for their own phone and managed to get it home. They were so slow about giving it back that I nearly went into CompEXchange (CEX) in town to buy a new one, but I bugged them for weeks and my phone was eventually returned. The relief I felt to have the thing back in my hands again was like being sent to heaven rather than hell in the afterlife. I was wiping the sweat from my brow and put it straight back on charge when I got back home. (Phew!)
Bad points: One thing I really didn't know about Samsung's until recently was that the chip inside the phone (like most modern appliances, TV's and the like), is that after a while they decide to just die on you and finish up doing bugger all. Not quite so long ago I sent my Samsung phone back to Samsung to have the earphone piece fixed and to get the picture back on my screen. I was one day I was having a particularly bad time. I was due to go to an interview and my car battery was flat, and I was in the middle of ringing my fiancé due to the emergency, when the ear piece cut out. As well as being utterly stressed from the whole experience, I also couldn't hear a thing down my phone. I was pretty devastated that I was carless and phoneless all at the same time but more so I was also interview less because I couldn't get there. I' not disputing that obviously I was not meant to get to the interview in the first place, the Gods seemed to have other idea's, but this was highly frustrating and it took me ages before I worked out I could use the Speakerphone to make calls instead. This wasn't so bad, but a little inconvenient. I didn't bother getting it fixed. Meh, what's the point? It was all right, it worked better than all my other now non existent Samsung's and at least I still had the thing in my possession better than I'd achieved in the past. Well it wasn't long before one day the thing had been on charge so it had plenty of battery life, and I needed to know the time so I pulled it out of my pocket and bham, no screen. What? Well I was fully destroyed this time so got the Warrantee and took the thing back down to where I purchased it at the Carphone Warehouse. I could write a review about those guys too, they were so utterly helpful. Either they have had the same problem with these phones so many times, or maybe with today's phones just in general or whatever, they were quick to log and send it, and thanks to the and Samsung, I had it back in my clutches in a matter of days (for the second time!) I have a feeling that they may have just replaced a chip in the circuit board with a new one, and I a now hoping this one will last till the end of my contract... we will see!
Good points: The rest of this phone however! Is fabulous! It takes a lot of playing with to find all the bits and pieces which are hidden in the settings but you can have your own ring tones and "message tones" which you couldn't get with all the other Samsung's. It could be improved by having some sort of "locking" button so the little buttons for the camera on the outside don't get pressed in your bag or pocket, but I think this is true of a lot of today's phones. The sound quality is far superior to some Sony Ericsson's I have experienced and the camera folds up so neat and tidy, it's almost better than the one my Fiancé bought me for my birthday that got broke. I will not go so far as to say it is better, any normal camera will always have more settings than a phone camera and better picture quality, but as far as phone's go, and camera's go, I am no professional photographer and don't care for the best of the best in that sector, but this one does me fine. I can see the photo's clearly enough and it's all about the memories so if you're like me it's all groovy. Lastly but not leastly, it's all buttons, rwahhhhh!! Hurray!! I hate these touch screens, they're rubbish! I will never get one of those and these days that what Samsung seem to be pumping out off the production factory, touch screen and those little pencil's you always lose. Meh, no me at all. This one is great for its purpose.
Overall: If you purchase a Samsung, don't ever be fooled, you will also purchase the Samsung curse with it. I will not say that after my fourth product I have effectively broken it for me because this thing will probably strike back and bite me in the butt, but I love these things. They are sexy, suave and absolutely fabulous!! You will be enchanted, not disappointed.
before i had this i had a n95 from release day and as you know the n95 is a great phone ok not with out its problems but what phone isn't? This phone i also got on release day and out of the box its thinner then the n95 has bigger screen and has two extra buttons.
The os for this phone is the same from the n95 so updating to this phone was easy as everything was in the same place. The two extra buttons made a big difference and made operation the phone faster. The camera on the phone was the selling point for me and a upgrade from my 5mg pixel n95. great camera not had any problems with it and it takes great pictures. So not only a great smart phone a great camera aswell. So this phone is pretty much a new n95 with a new improved camera otherwise the same, which for me was good.
At first glance the i8510 looked like it was everything I needed from a phone. A specification that boasted 8mpx camera, wifi, bluetooth alongside a dozen other impressive characteristics.
And for the first 20 minutes, it was. However, upon trying to take my first photo I was presented with blurry, out of focus, off colour photos that took up to 10 seconds to capture and due to a phone delay, 20 seconds to delete. I tried changing the white balance from auto to every available setting, and tried to change the scene from auto to everything from flourescent to nightlight. But nothing would allow me to take a quality photo. I engaged the facial recognician tool- but instead of enhancing the features of my subjects- it just took even longer for my photos to capture. Not good.
It was over the next week or so, that I realised how often I was being forced to charge my i8510. Even if it was only being used for a few text messages a day the phone was requiring a full charging almost every other day without fail, and god forbid I were to play music for 30 minutes or make a call! Not good.
As I continued using the phone I noticed delays in the menu function (especially if you use a downloaded theme), and, if all this was not enough to cope with- last week (at just 10 weeks old) the "select" and "answer" buttons on my phone ceased to function, and the screen started to black out for minutes at a time. Not good.
So, my i8510 has been sent away to be replaced (with all my irretrievable data, so important fuzzy photos on it, soon to be gone forever by, hopefully, a working replacement.
But considering the number of functions they tried to squeeze into this "smartphone" I am not hopeful for my next attempt with this particular model. ahem...Not good...