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07. 11. 2006

3.2 megapixel hello - The Samsung a990


Samsung and Verizon Wireless have beat the rest of the mobile device makers to the punch by rolling out a cell phone with a 3.2 mega pixel digital camera crammed inside. The Samsung a990 has become the highest resolution camera phone available in the American market. The a990 is a full out multimedia experience offering a high resolution auto focus camera, MP3 playback, a video recorder, and full mobile web access.

Nicely enough, the phone is equipped with Bluetooth for headsets and data link, but the phone also supports printing stored photos directly to a Bluetooth enabled printer. Extra data storage is available via microSD and TransFlash memory cards. My favorite new Samsung default feature is a translational text mode for business cards. Just shoot a photo of a business card and the phone's software is able to interpret the text to automatically add a new entry to the phone's contact list.

Verizon definitely has the right idea. The company has also been making a push to educate consumers on their VZ Navigator system that uses GPS chips in the phone to provide real-time driving directions. Seeing as how a single device is now able to provide a telephone, a high quality camera, mp3's, web access, and driving directions, there may not be many other devices that I need to buy. Mark my words: the company that is able to reduce the number of devices I carry to exactly one will be the winner of the technology wars.

Thanks to Mobile Review for defining the Business Card mode, and thanks to Mobiledia for the pictures.

Posted by Johnny    Category: devices
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