Summary: If you don't mind the price, the Samsung Memoir lives up to its promise as a top-notch camera phone.
Pros: The Samsung Memoir has a handsome and slim design with a styling that makes it look like a camera. The TouchWiz interface makes navigation a breeze and we love that you can upload your photos directly to online sharing sites. The photo quality is top-notch, and the overall feature set is very impressive. It has great performance as well.
Cons: The Samsung Memoir lacks Wi-Fi, its Web browser is not the greatest, and the touch-screen interface takes some acclimation. You are limited to preloaded TouchWiz widgets.
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
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 screen. The other aspects are about average, making the expensive Memoir best for camera consumers who need a phone on the side – and not the other way around.
Pros: Detailed screen; solid touchscreen; easy, powerful 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.