Samsung G800

In the first month of 2008, we finally see the first major mobilephone arrival from Samsung. In fact, SGH-G800 is released Oct 2007. G800 officially hits the Singapore's big 3 network providers' store today.


  • 5 megapixels, autofocus, xenon flash, face detection
  • 3x Optical Zoom (yes, its OPTICAL zoom!)
  • TFT, 256K Colours display
  • 18.8mm thick, 134g heavy
  • micro SD, 160MB internal memory
  • 3.5G
  • Document Viewer
  • TV-Out
  • Bluetooth
The question is; is this more of a mobilephone or digital camera? The fact that mobilephone do not come with optical zoom vanished with the appearence of G800. On of it, Samsung even managed to throw in face detection technology into this latest gadget.

G800 is also something not in the range of Samsung's recent style of producing slick phones. At 18.8mm it is rather thick.

In my opinion, the make-or-break point for G800 will be its photo quality and GSM arena has a very comprehensive review of it. In a nutshell though, G800 produces excellent photos, very good details but do not expect it to par the current "pure" digital cameras. Thumb-downs include a poor user interface and the flash is not sufficiently bright. And video lovers please look to LG Viewty instead.

G800 is one of the pioneer camera mobilephone with optical zoom and I believed more is on the way. And by the way, some reviews mention the flaws such as slow read of external storage card and poor display screen. Remember to check them out if you are going to buy one!

G800 comes in charcoal grey and silver, selling at S$668 (Singtel 2 year contract), S$448 (M1 2 year contract) and S$398 (Starhub, 2 year contract). All contracts refer to the basic plans that I suppose most people subcribe to.

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