Short version. The Palm Pixi Plus camera is crap!
Long version. The Pixi Plus offers significant value with significant compromise. While the software is elegant and intuitive, the hardware is cheap and slow. Ditto the camera…
I’ve already covered the pros and cons of the Nokia N81 8GB as a music phone. But what about its camera?
Like the other 2 megapixel N-series devices I’ve tested, the camera in the N81 8 GB features an LED flash, but no auto-focus or macro.
Hopefully, Nokia can address this with future firmware!
But as I mentioned before, there appears to be a green tint problem with the camera. Perhaps it’s a firmware problem? The (CMOS) sensor is noisy in low light, but this is somewhat alleviated by the LED flash.
Ultimately, the N76 takes adequate pictures for a device without auto-focus or macro.
What’s all red (or black) and chrome, thin, and sprinkled with Symbian goodness? Well it’s the sexy Nokia N76 of course :)
Since the N76 was released several months ago, there is plenty of information available online already, but here are my observations.
– Thin and sexy N-series device
– Standard 3.5 mm audio connector (with TV output)
– Standard mini-USB connector
– Nice internal screen
– No WiFi or US-compatible 3G
– No GPS
– So-so camera performance (compared to other 2 megapixel N-series devices – probably a firmware issue – more on this soon)
– Poor build quality (chrome paint flaking off on this well-used demo unit)
I think the N76 is a better choice than the N75 (which I reviewed last year) because it’s thinner, sexier, and features standard connectors. Sure, the N75 adds US-compatible 3G, but it’s only UMTS, and EDGE on the N76 is almost as fast!
There are a couple of areas where the N76 suffers from form over function. The lid cannot be fully opened when a cable is inserted in either the audio or USB connectors. The mirror-like external screen is too dim when viewed in direct sunlight.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the N76 despite it being a clamshell phone (which is my least favorite form factor). It’s a very attractive N-series device which obliterates the Motorola RAZR and the like (after which it’s clearly modeled) in terms of features.
On the positive side, the camera is equipped with an LED flash and a digital zoom. On the negative side, it is missing two important features: auto-focus and macro!
That being said, over the past few days I’ve really learned to appreciate the Curve – it’s a well designed phone (both hardware and software) with a well balanced set of features.
When compared to other 2 megapixel devices, the Sony Ericsson W800i takes nicer pictures despite having been released 2 years ago!
What do you think?