It’s a delight to use. Main option icons are lined up on either side of the viewfinder display - tapping them pulls up a further set of large icons in the centre, with labels to make choosing the right one easy. There are plenty of pre-sets and for scenes and different lighting situations, plus various autofocus options, including a macro mode for close-ups and face detection. Both are useful, with the macro shot option yielding excellent results.
There’s no touch-the-screen-to-focus option as there is on the Renoir, but you do get a smile-detection option: when you press the shutter, it only snaps when it spots a smile. Similarly, you can eliminate unwanted shut eyes in subjects. These aids work well, though they aren’t infallible.
the camera array has an automatic lens cover, rather than the LG Renoir slide-control type
Image quality is extremely impressive on this device. It’s capable of capturing very high quality shots for a mobile phone, with excellent detail and lovely colour rendition – accurate and vibrant, with decent exposure control and contrast.
Auto settings work very well, ensuring the majority of our shots looked good without much effort from us. We were taken with the indoor shooting capabilities too – it does a fine job at adjusting to lighting conditions. The dual-LED flash does a decent job at throwing light onto scenes without overwhelming subjects, helping get reasonable shots in dim conditions.
Other features include a way to link people in shots to previously entered phonebook entries, plus a typically lavish array of frames, effects and tweaks, and editing options. Samsung has again provided a clever Panorama mode which utilises the accelerometer for framing and stitching together a series of continuous shots.
An anti-shake setting is also available, plus there’s Wide Dynamic Range shooting for tricky lighting situations, and ISO adjustment among the options. Pictures can be geo-tagged, so that you can see where shots were taken on suitable mapping applications and online services.
Further to my last comment..
I have found a big bug with the software of the phone and it is going back.
Before I start, all the numbers involved ARE stored in my phonebook!
If I send a message on the phone to a contact, it will display the name of the contact that I sent it to. Likewise, if they reply it will display their name. However, if I receive a message from someone before I have sent them a message, the phone displays their number and not their name. Also, if I have messages in my inbox or sentbox with the sender's/receiver's name with them and then restart my phone, I find that when I go back into the inbox or sentbox, the names have disappeared and just the phone numbers are displayed. This issue can be resolved by sending a text message to each contact involved, which then updates all messages I have sent and received to/from that person with their name. It will not update the messages with the contacts name if they send me a message, only if I send them a message, and only if I select their name when composing a message rather than replying to a message that I have received from them.
Received and played about..
It's a good phone, there's no doubt about that. The screen is responsive, bright, clear, the qwerty virtual keyboard is great for typing texts, it has push email which works great with my Yahoo account, camera is very nice, the user interface is far superior to Windows Mobile.
But it's got some very annoying problems too. The messaging program is rubbish, I much prefered the one on Win Mo 5, it has annoying things like not telling you how many messages the message that you are composing will take until you click through to send. There are no arrows for scrolling left and right when composing messages, so you gotta be really accurate with your fingers. The default web browser is rubbish, so I put Opera Mobile on it but I would have much preferred Opera Mini. Customisation is nearly non-existant, no themes, no screensavers, auto key-lock is on or off with no option to change the timeout. My Samsung X600 from way back in 2003 allowed me to do these things..
RE: Just ordered...
The on screen pad isn't as annoying as the Tocco, and if you turn it sideways you get a full qwerty keyboard when typing :D