Thursday, May 11, 2006

Samsung ZX10 Offers Megapixel Camera and MP3 Player

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Samsung's latest technology clamshell phone, the ZX10, gives you advanced mobile features that include a 1.3 Megapixel digital camera an MP3 player and UMTS cellular broadband for fast downloads and streaming multimedia.

Closed, this cell phone has about the same footprint as a business card. You might be tempted to think that all you'll get in such a package is basic communications and perhaps a VGA camera. Not any more. Technology advances are changing the rules on size vs performance.

Let's start with the camera. The Samsung ZX10 offers a 1.3 megapixel digital camera with up to 1280 x 1024 pixels per photo. This level of resolution captures pictures worth printing as well as sharing electronically. The camera is equipped with a flash and multi-shot capability. It can be set to camcorder mode to capture videos up to an hour long. You read that right. It's true that video capture is limited to 15 or 30 seconds on most camera phones. This one lets you "film" the entire office party to make sure you got the goods on ALL the executives. Just make sure to back up that video pronto. In fact, video capture is limited only by the amount of available memory.

Another cool feature is the built-in MP3 music player that stores playlists on the removable expansion card. While the camera has a generous 50 MB of built-in memory, you can pop a microSD/TransFlash expansion card in to get the music and video storage capacity you need.

The Samsung ZX10 is a phone for both today and tomorrow. It's high speed data capability offers the latest in cellular broadband service called UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), a third generation or 3G technology. You'll be able to download streaming or on-demand video at up to 384 Kbps. That's far beyond the EDGE technology built-into many advanced GSM phones which gives you up to 144 Kbps download. UMTS is fast enough to be the equal of many DSL services but without being tied to a phone line. You take your high speed data with you. The ZX10 has the capability of providing you with broadband Internet access, with a mobile Web browser and POP3 Email client already built-in.

Actually, you have several messaging modes with the Samsung ZX10. In addition to standard SMS text messaging with pre-created message templates, you can send or receive pictures or video messages with multimedia messaging. Instant messaging capability using AOL, Yahoo! and ICQ messengers is included.

All this multimedia capability deserves a decent color display and the ZX10 doesn't disappoint. The 176 x 220 pixel main display is capable of showing over 262,000 colors.

Other desirable features include a speakerphone, voice memo recorder, a phone book with up to 1,000 contacts, 3D gaming support for downloadable Java titles, quad band GSM coverage for worldwide cellular network compatibility, a currency converter, calculator, to-do list and calendar. By the way, this phone weighs just 3.7 ounces so it won't be weighing down your pocket or purse.

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