Monday, June 08, 2009

Samsung Memoir Phone Captures Memories

You know how it is. The most important things happen when you don't have a camera. That's why you've been thinking about getting a new cell phone with a built-in camera. Sure, the picture quality won't hold a candle to your fancy digital camera. But at least you'll have something for the memory book. A little blurry beats a blank page any day.

Well, forget that. Now you don't have to settle for either carrying a cell phone or a digital camera. The Samsung Memoir gives you both. This new touch screen phone is intended to satisfy both amateur and professional photographers alike. Imagine, an 8.0 Megapixel camera right in your phone.

The Memoir goes way beyond mere Megapixels. In addition to a resolution that rivals most of the digital cameras that you'll actually keep with you, this one features auto-focus, a real xenon flash, 16x digital zoom and 6 shooting modes. You get 12 preset scene options including panorama, smile detection and blink detection. Yes, this camera knows when someone blinked so you can get the shot right. It looks like a camera and it acts like a camera.

So far, so good. But here's where the sum is better than the two parts. Having a phone and a camera in a single package not only gives you better portability, but features neither gadget provides alone. For instance, the Samsung Memoir connects to the T-Mobile 3G data network. That gives you the option to quickly and easily upload the pictures you take to Flickr, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish and Photobucket.

There's also a GPS capability built-in. Sure, you'll get the same turn by turn directions that other smartphones offer. But you'll also have the ability to do Geo-Tagging. That's where the integrated GPS can be used to tag your photographs with the location where they were snapped.

Picture and video messaging? Of course. Just add this optional service to your calling plan and you're good to go.

I did say video messaging. The Samsung Memoir not only takes astounding high resolution still photos. It's also a great camcorder that can record up to 1 hour of video capture. For this capacity just add up to 16 GB in the expandable memory slot to supplement the built-in 100 MB of memory.

Don't forget the huge 1.6 x 2.6 inch high resolution color main display. That's puts a lot of lesser cameras to shame, and a lot of phones as well. This one supports over 262,000 colors. Yes, it's touchscreen for easy operation. The TouchWiz user interface makes this display easy to customize as well.

But, just a second. I don't want to be carrying a brick around just to have both a phone and a high performance camera in one package. Fortunately, there's no need to. The Samsung Memoir is a mere 0.6 inches thick. That's what they used to call a really thin phone. How they packaged a 3G touchscreen phone with a 8 Megapixel digital camera in a 4.2 inch x 2.1 in x 0.6 in. case is pretty amazing in itself.

Did I mention that the Memoir is also a cell phone? It is, and a versatile one at that. It's internationally compatible so you can take it around the world. This is what's called a quad band GSM phone for use on the most common cellular airwaves worldwide. It's also compatible with T-Mobiles myFaves service when you order a suitable wireless plan.

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