Samsung M8800 Pixon Review: Touch'n'shoot: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

By 11:50 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments


Modest retail package

The retail package of Samsung M8800 Pixon doesn't really spell high-end. Inside the relatively small box you will find a stylus to be hung on the lanyard eyelet, a two-piece wired headset and a DC charger. The handsfree set has a 3.5mm standard audio jack, which means you can easily replace the included headphones with ones of your choice.





Nice box but not too rich in content

This stylus solution, as we've repeatedly pointed, is quite inconvenient and basically means that most users will probably do without it. It wasn't too much of a problem with the LG KU990 Viewty, and it shouldn't be with the Pixon either, but why did they bother including it in the first place.

However, the fact that our Samsung M8800 Pixon retail package had no paperwork makes us think it might not be its final version. Besides, those packages have always been strongly market dependent, so you should hold our example with a pinch of salt.

Update 05 Dec: Things do see a small different with the final version of the retail package that we received. The additional load packs a 1GB microSD card, a Samsung Personal Computer (PC) Studio Compact Disk (CD) and finally, a user manual. There are no other changes.

Samsung M8800 Pixon 360-degree spin

Samsung M8800 Pixon stands at 107.9 x 54.6 x 13.8 mm or at least this is what the manufacturer says. However, upon a careful caliper measurement, the Pixon scored 14.5mm at its slimmest part. This still is acceptable but 0.7mm thicker than the official spec.

Just for the sake of comparison the LG KC910 Renoir is advertized as being 14mm thick, but our measurement proved that it's in fact 14.7mm in its slimmest part, so there you have it, Samsung Pixon is still the slimmest 8 megapixel handset out there.

Now before you jump to some conclusions that our measurement is consistently flawed by 0.7mm, let us just say that we did the same measurement of both the Apple iPhone and the Nokia N95 8GB and their thickness turned out EXACTLY as advertized.

That being said, we have to point out that it has become a habit for Samsung (and for LG) to measure their phones' thickness at the slimmest parts instead of the thickest. While in the case of the LG Renoir it's only the capturing camera lens that sticks out, in the Samsung Pixon is both the really large capturing camera lens and the grip at the back of the device. So as a result, Samsung Pixon leaves a rather bulky impression and the quoted thickness of 13-14mm is nothing but marketing smoke. Have that in mind when you read those specs aloud next time.

Samsung M8800 Pixon is nonetheless pocketable even if the weight of 121 g doesn't exactly put it in the strawweight category.

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Design and construction

The huge touchclassy screen doesn't leave too much space for creativity in design, but somehow the Pixon falls short of the seamless Apple iPhone or the sleek HTC Touch HD design. The digicam-styled back though creates an awareness of the handset's main intent. The projecting nest of the lens and bulging rubbery camera-style grip at the bottom do mean business.

There is only a single color version of the M8800 Pixon announced at this stage. If the demand turns out sufficient Samsung might come up with some recent editions (white comes to mind - just kidding!) but black is all you acquire for now.

The number of keys and controls on the Samsung M8800 Pixon is quite impressive for a touchclassy screen phone. For starters there are three hardware keys under the large display that takes most of the front. The Call and End buttons are on either side of a round back button. On the other discontinue of the phone's face we see the video-call camera, ambient light sensor and the earpiece.

The round black button is used as a Back key throughout the interface.





The three keys at the bottom are quite comfortable to utilize • Video-call camera, light sensor and earpiece

The left side of the Pixon hosts the microSD card slot, the Shortcuts menu key and the Hrecent key. The latter is used for locking (and unlocking) the touchscreen.





The hrecent key, shortcuts menu key and the microSD card slot are on the left

The bottom is quite plain, featuring the lanyard eyelet and the mouthpiece only.




Mouthpiece and lanyard eyelet is all you acquire at the bottom

The top is where the proprietary connectivity port is located. The other thing of interest here is the battery cover release button.




The battery cover latch and the Universal Serial Bus (USB) slot are on top

Moving to the correct side, we come upon the dedicated capturing camera key, gallery key and a volume rocker/zoom control. All those are self-explanatory, so we doubt it there is much to disclose you about them. As far as their size and ergonomics are concerned - the keys on the Pixon are small and discreet but nicely tactile and responsive. The shutter key is notable for offering fairly distinct half-press and full-press for the amazingly short travel it has.




Blue-tinted shutter key, gallery knob and volume rocker on the left

The back side of Samsung M8800 Pixon features the 8 megapixel autofocus capturing camera which - when not in utilize - lies under an automatic protective cover. Its low-light performance is helped by the included Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash but you probably shouldn't set your hopes too high. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash isn't remarkable for night photography.

The other item of interest here is the loudspeaker grill, placed on the side of the lens nest and forming a nice symmetrical pattern with the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. The rubbery bulge at the bottom of the rear acts as a proper digicam grip. It's also level with the projecting lens nest and that prevents wobbling of the handset when laid on its back.




The 8 megapixel capturing camera lens flanked by a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and loudspeaker grill

Removing the all-metal battery cover is a breeze thanks to the release latch at the top. Fitting it back in place is a small fiddly but not much of a burden. You will hardly need to do it often enough to create this an issue anyway.



The all-metal battery cover speaks well of the build quality

Below the cover hides the 1000 mAh Li-Ion battery quoted at 3 hours and 40 minutes of talk time or 290 hours in standby. While this might not sound too unsettling you will probably discontinue up charging your phone every other day even when using it sparingly. This isn't much of a problem to us but some users have the correct to disagree.



The large classy screen is merciless on the battery

The general build of Samsung M8800 Pixon is fine and the materials used recommdiscontinue adequate durability. They don't by any means yell expensive but hopefully the price tag will reflect that.




Samsung M8800 Pixon handles quite nicely


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