Excerpt: Released in February of 2009, the innovative Samsung Memoir is a phone that can quite possibly replace a digital point and shoot camera. Designed to look and function like a camera, but have all the features of a smartphone, the Samsung Memoir was well...
Conclusion: The Samsung Memoir should be one of the hottest phones of 2009. It has a wonderful touch screen interface courtesy of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and the large haptic display. The camera is superb and it's the fastest autofocus we've seen on a high resolution camera phone. The Memoir has a very good web browser by touch screen standards, an excellent on-screen keyboard, an accelerometer and proximity sensor-- all the right features to combat iPhoneitus.
Pros: Very good touch screen experience, attractive camera-like design, looks high quality. Has 3G and a good web browser by feature phone standards. The TouchWiz software includes a large selection of widgets (more than the Behold) and they're actually useful (TeleNav, photo viewer, voice dialing and more). Super camera with fast autofocus. Easily accessible microSD card slot.
Cons: Call voice quality through handset is mediocre. T-Mobile's data plan is expensive if you wish to access the Net and the data connection is proxied through a gateway. Limited email account support.
Conclusion: The Memoir is an admirable cameraphone that has a lot of other highs. While the phone performance could have been better, it was acceptable given the otherwise strong feature set. We like to see Samsung bringing a headlining product to the US not too long after its international debut, and hope that the Memoir will sell well and help start a trend. For those looking to replace their point and shoot the Memoir definitely deserves a long look.
Pros: Best cameraphone the States has ever seen, Crisper images and Xenon flash improves on the Pixon, Good size and design
Cons: Poor phone performance, TouchWiz is only so-so when it comes to functionality, Still not a solid nighttime camera
Summary: Cameraphone fans will love the Samsung Memoir, but we're not so sure about everyone else. Its average multimedia features won't impress audiophiles, and its lack of Wi-Fi and an app store won't satisfy those folks craving a handset with smartphone capabilities. But it does deliver what it promises: a feature-rich camera with above-average quality.
Summary: The Samsung Memoir is certainly the best camera phone available in the U.S. It takes very good shots, especially in low light, and Samsung makes uploading images to popular sharing sites easy—even if you need to dial down the image size to do so quickly. That’s why Wi-Fi would be some welcome on this device. Also, the sluggish touchscreen interface is a bit frustrating, and the lack of an optical zoom could be a deal breaker for some.
Pros: Sharp 8-MP Camera, Great shots outdoors and indoors, Works with Flickr Photobucket and other sharing sites, Integrated GPS, Earbuds and 1GB microSD Card included,
Cons: No optical zoom, Expensive, Poor Web browser, Lacks Wi-Fi, Proprietary headphone jack,