The accelerometer provides a novel tilt mechanism for moving from one image to the next. It works, but can get irritating when you’ve accidentally jolted images along for the umpteenth time. You can search through images too, and upload them to a variety of online websites and blogs using the pre-loaded Shozu app.
Videos clip can be uploaded too, though lack of Wi-Fi means its slower than it could be. The Pixon can capture video at 640 x 480 and 720 x 480 (WVGA) both at up to 30f/s. Or you can shoot 320 x 240, 120f/s footage for slow-motion playback. Playback looks great on the phone and on a PC. Again, there are some tidy editing facilities to trim and splice clips, and a soundtrack.
The accelerometer proves useful by adjusting the screen from portrait to landscape
The Pixon supports MPEG 4, WMV, DivX and XviD, and software is provided to convert files first. However, Samsung hasn’t packaged this device with iPhone-bothering levels storage capacity. There’s 200MB of internal user memory plus a 1GB Micro SD card included in the box, though 8GB cards are supported.
The music player can still do a fine job, and is well capable of pleasing your ears. The touch interface is uncomplicated and intuitive, with familiar control buttons and track categories to choose from. The performance of the bundled in-ear earphones is rather good - they deliver a full and detailed sound, with plenty of bass.
An adaptor is supplied for a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can upgrade your ear-gear. Though the phone uses a typical all-purpose Samsung headset/charger/USB connector, at least it sits on top of the device rather than the side. Wireless Bluetooth earphones can also be used too.
The Pixon has a GPS receiver, though its contribution is limited by the software. Google Maps is included, with its neat location, routing and service finding that combines with the A-GPS system for exact positioning. It's a useful extra to have on any phone, though it’s not the sort of step-by-step voice-guided satnav package you can get for high-end smartphone devices.
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