Monthly Archives: August 2005

Sharp 3 Megapixel Cameras for Cameraphones

Sharp 3 megapixles cameras fro cell phonesCD Info reports about that Sharp Brings 3-Megapixel Camera to Mobile Phones:

“Sharp Corporation has developed two new 3-megapixel CCD camera modules intended for use in camera-equipped mobile phones. The two camera modules feature a built-in autofocus function and the new LZ0P3758 features, in addition, an all-internal optical zoom lens that is switchable between normal and 2X zoom. Both models will be available in quantity beginning in September 2005.

Cameras designed to be embedded in mobile phones are experiencing rapidly growing user demands for compact size, as well as greater functionality and higher image quality on a par with ordinary digital cameras.

The LZ0P3758 CCD camera module developed offers sophisticated functionality, including a 3-megapixel CCD, 2X optical zoom and autofocus, and is also equipped with an all-internal zoom system in which the lens section does not protrude from the module body. Plus, Sharp’s proprietary high-density surface mount technology makes possible a compact module form factor with a volume of only 4.7 cc. The modules also feature a FIT CCD image sensor and high-performance lens, promising high resolution and high image quality with minimal distortion.”

Nokia 6682 Reviews

Nokia 6682 cellphoneHere are some reviews of the Nokia 6682 1.2 megapixel camera phone with flash.

Nokia 6682 Reviews

Nokia 6682 receives 4 points (out of 5) in a cameraphone review from PC Magazine:

A smartphone with the accent on “phone,” the Nokia 6682 is a powerful, flexible device for people who want a phone that happens to do more than just make calls. The Nokia 6682 is the successor to the Nokia 6620 and the Nokia 7610, and it improves on both of them. Like the 6620 and 7610, it runs on the Symbian Series 60 operating system. Symbian Series 60, like Windows Mobile and Palm OS, has plenty of third-party software support; Symbian phones, however, typically focus more on phone functions than on messaging.

The bottom line of this Nokia 6682 review: “A powerful, flexible smartphone that never forgets it’s first and foremost a phone.”

Another good Nokia 6682 review comes from BargainPDA that states:

“After several weeks with the 6682 as my primary phone and sometimes PDA, I enjoy it. It’s small enough to be pocketable, but has enough functionality to let me put out fires when they occur. I don’t feel comfortable living on the 6682 as a PDA for an extended period of time, but that’s largely due to the input issues, lack of Exchange connection and a few software limitations. I feel like this device serves well as a notebook compliment, for someone who doesn’t really need the features of a full-fledged PDA, but needs more than what a typical mobile phone can deliver. ”

Phone Scoop also reviews the Nokia 6682 the and writes :

“Considering its great battery life, reception, camera and features, there are few for whom the 6682 would not be a great phone. Like all smartphones, the 6682 has a steeper learning curve than most feature phones. Nokia continues to make progress with Series 60 in an effort to make it the most user-friendly smartphone OS, and they continue to dominate the smartphone market thanks to these efforts. Once familiar with the 6682 and its OS, there are few needs it can’t safisfy.”

Motorola Q Review

Motorola Q Camera PhoneCnet Reviews has a Motorola Q review and states:

The Motorola Q has a full QWERTY keyboard, but unlike similarly eqiupped devices, the Q is superthin at 0.4 inch. A full-fledged enterprise device, the Motorola Q will run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0, so staying in touch with the office will be a breeze. Additionally, business users will be able to take advantage of the Motorola Q’s myriad voice features. On the lighter side, its 1.3-megapixel camera, its support for a ton of audio (iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, and QCELP) and video (MPEG-4, AAC, and WMV) formats, and its relatively large screen show the makings of an excellent multimedia device.

And in the end:
“Of all the would-be competitors to the Palm Treo 650 we’ve seen, the Motorola Q seems best poised to surpass it. Its sexy form factor is enough to garner a ton of attention.”

Samsung SCH i730 Review – MobileBurn

Samsung SCH i730 cell phoneMobileBurn has a review of the Samsung SCH-i730 cellphone and writes about its size and look:

Make no bones about it, the SCH-i730 is a very large device – even for a Pocket PC PDA. At 191g (6.7oz) with the slim 1100mAh battery (add 18g/.6oz for the extended 1700mAh unit), the i730 is a device that makes its presence in your pocket known. It is also relatively large in a physical sense, measuring almost exactly the same as a Sony Ericsson P910: its dimensions are 115mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.5″ x 2.3″ x 1″), not including the stub antenna. Using the extended battery increases the i730’s thickness 25% further. Extending the keyboard increases the length to 154mm (6.1″).

The conclusion of this nice Samsung SCH i730 review:
“While the Samsung SCH-i730, with its Bluetooth, WiFi, and EV-DO data support, makes a damn versatile connected PDA device, it just is completely inadequate for most people as a mobile phone. The very poor battery life and even worse reception keep the i730 from being a capable mobile phone. With those two things fixed, Samsung would be on to something. There are other issues, of course, but for a device as large and expensive as the SCH-i730, poor battery life and reception are deal breakers.”

Sony Ericsson P950 – P1000 Hermione

sony ericsson p950 p1000 hermioneThere are a lot of rumours online that the phone in this picture is real. Some are calling it the Sony Ericsson P950/P1000 others are using the name Sony Ericsson Hermione P910i and others are just calling it the Sony Ericsson Hermione.

The rumours state that The Sony Ericsson Hermione, or P910i will be a 3G UTMS phone with a 2 megapixel camera.

We will see if this new Sony Ericsson smartphone model is a real one or just some nice photoshop edited picture…

Panasonic X800 Smartphone Review

Panasonic X800 SmartphonePanasonic X800 Smartphone is a Symbian OS clamshell aith VGA camera, Bluetooth and GPRS measuring 100mm x 48mm x 17.2mm (3.94″ x 1.89″ x .68″)

X800 has a main TFT LCD display of 176 x 208 pixels with 65k colors. It also has an external display of 64 x 96 pixels (CSTN/56k colors).

Panasonic X800 Review

MobileBurn features a Panasonic X800 review and writes:

“The X800 is a good looking effort by Panasonic, but its UI leaves a lot to be desired. The absence of shortcut allocation to the D-Pad and side button, and poor keypad backlighting was very disappointing. I don’t believe that the X800 is good enough to compete with other Symbian OS smartphones out there in terms of functionality. However, it will appeal to clamshell zealots and the fashion-conscious. If you are looking for a smartphone, but do not wish to weigh your pants down, the Panasonic X800 might be the phone for you, but only if you can overlook its flaws.”

Toshiba TS 912 Cellphone

Toshiba TS912 cellphoneThere is a Toshiba TS 921 – EXCLUSIVE Review from Pocket Lint that states:

It’s early days for Toshiba in the phone market in the UK and unfortunately you can see it clearly from the TS 921. Like NEC when it launched its first 3G handset in the UK last year, the phone is a mammoth anti-mugging device. Its large rugged look may work in Japan where it was originally conceived, but we aren’t having any of it.

The problem seems to stems from a design and form factor that’s out of date to anyone outside an army. There is nothing overtly wrong with the phone, in fact it actually has some good things going for it, which we will come to later.

The Toshiba TS 912 Cellphone receives 6 points out of 10 in this review…

Sony Ericsson K750i Cameraphone Review

Sony Ericsson K750i Cell PhoneDPexpert has a first look review of the Sony Ericssion K750i camera phone and writes :

So far we are impressed with the K750i. Images are reasonably well exposed with decent colour rendition. They are a little soft. The camera excels at close-ups of faces or objects and is at its limits with landscapes.

We were inspired to take a serious look at the K750i by the photographs taken by Melbourne photographer Laurie Davis on his trip to Europe. Laurie carried two Sony Ericsson phones and he took some beautiful pictures that are now displayed on his web site.

Sony Ericsson acknowledge that this phone will be mainly used for self-portraits by providing a tiny concave mirror alongside the lens for framing the photographer’s face. Very clever!

Read more Sony Ericsson K750i Reviews

Sharp 903SH Review from Pocket Lint

Sharp 903 SH cell phone with digital cameraPocket Lint features a Sharp 903SH 3G mobile phone review and here is their opinion:

The Sharp 903SH is the first 3.2 megapixel camera phone in the UK and if this is the start of things to come, Canon, Kodak, Nikon et al should start getting worried or basically dump the low end of their ranges.

This Sharp cameraphone receives 9 points out of 10 (very impressive) and the verdict of this review of the Sarp 903SH cameraphone is:
“To say we were impressed with this phone would be an understatement. We recently looked at Sony Ericsson’s K750i and we were very impressed with the picture quality and that was only 2 megapixels. Here you’ve got 3.2 and an optical zoom making this a photographer’s dream. Before you ask, yes the extra megapixel is worth it.

With 3G added into the mix and tri-band connectivity it’s hard to see where you can go wrong with this one. As in the Minidisc market, Sharp have responded to a would be pioneer and leader with an equally competent package, which excels over its rival in some areas. Sony Ericsson would do well to hit back with its response before the end of the year.

We want one for keeps and so should you.”

Read more about the Sharp 903SH 3MP camera phone here.

Samsung P207 Review – Mobile Tracker

Samsung P207 Cell PhoneJon from Mobile Tracker published an Samsung P207 review and wrote:

“Overall the voice features were impressive, but I’m not sure if I would use them on an ongoing basis…
In the end I enjoyed this handset, but would not purchase it for myself. Bluetooth is a dealbreaker for me, especially when there are features like a camera and MP3 ringtones. If there was an updated version made with Bluetooth, it would be a killer mid-tier phone. The display and design are the two selling points to the phone, with the speech-to-text stuff being a bonus.

If you’re the type that buys a lot of accessories, the Samsung P207 might not be the phone for you. Since the P207 doesn’t have a standard headset jack, you’re going to have to get a headset built specially for it. But if you’re after a stylish phone without paying a premium, the P207 might be your jam.”

You can read more Samsung P207 reviews here.