Samsung Memoir Review: Main Specifications, Design, Build Quality and Ergonomics
19 May 2010
Summary: The Samsung Memoir is the latest multimedia phone for US markets integrated with an 8 megapixel camera, powerful xenon flash and 16x digital zoom. Here is a look at its main specifications, looks, design and ergonomics.
Summary: Is it a mobile phone that takes pictures, or a digital camera that makes calls? That's what the 8-megapixel Samsung Memoir may have you asking. And, after spending some time testing out this phone, I'd say the answer is both. This is a device that is, truly, just about equal parts camera and phone.
Excerpt: We have waited a long time for a quality camera phone above 5 megapixels, and that time has finally come. The Samsung Memoir from T-Mobile packs a World Class 8 Megapixel Camera. A clever design gives this device a split personality depending on which face you have forward.
Summary: Now here’s a concept: Instead of cramming a low-rent camera into a cell phone, why not start with a robust camera and go from there? The Samsung Memoir taps into the booming market for Facebook photos of total debauchery with a device that closes the chapter on crappy cell phone pics.
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.
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 ...
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...
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
Excerpt: Camera phones have gotten a bad rap – and rightfully so. Traditionally still an afterthought, camera capabilities are subpar on even the most sophisticated smartphones. The Samsung Memoir SGH-t929 puts the visuals first, providing a robust 8 megapixel camera and video recorder with a wide detailed...
Pros: Detailed screen; solid touchscreen; easy, powerful camera
Excerpt: You like the nightlife? You like to boogie? So does Samsung’s new Memoir camera phone. If you have trouble remembering your nocturnal escapades, fear not: This phone will log all your activities in 8-megapixel stills and MPEG video.
Pros: Far ahead of most phones with 8-megapixel shots. Cool touchscreen and accelerometer helps you shoot or view pictures. Compact, pocket-friendly shape, even for hipsters in painted-on jeans.
Cons: Vampiric light sensitivity makes for washed-out shots. Slow to focus, shoot and recover. E-mail functions are even slower. The screen is hard to see in sunlight. Lens cover doesn’t close all the time, so the lens can get dusty.