Samsung Pixon 12 review

Do more megapixels make for a better mobile?

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The Samsung Pixon 12 M8910 is full to bursting with connectivity options, with 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as well as microUSB synchronisation.

The data connection is pretty good, with a small blue square in the top left-hand corner with a lovely little 'receiving icon' showing it's connected and receiving data on 3G. And when you move up to 3.5G, it heads into a red square, which might seem superficial but we liked it a lot.

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We liked the GPS a lot less though - mostly because it seemed to never work. Not only did the aGPS take ages to kick in (what's the point in having it if it doesn't offer you speedy access to your rough location?) but the full GPS seemed to be having a snooze whenever we fired up Google Maps.

Yet when we used Navigator, Samsung's paid for navigational software, it seemed to run like a dream, with the little GPS symbol popping up and suddenly finding a fair few bars to play with.

We're not saying that Samsung has made Google Maps harder to use on purpose, but if there is some way of making it work faster we couldn't find it, and that means that those out there less bothered to spend hours trawling through settings won't be able to either.

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The Bluetooth connectivity is good though, and takes its lead from Samsung's decent performance in this category, and pairing up our Altec Lansing BackBeat 906 BackBeat's worked a treat. We like these phones because they give good sound quality and are comfortable to wear, and especially because they always pair easily with phones, which is a bizarrely hard thing to do with a lot of Bluetooth devices.

PC Connectivity

We've said it before, but the Samsung PC Studio software is among the best out there at the moment. Nokia's Ovi effort isn't bad, and allows you to do things on the web (such as mapping a route) and send it to your phone. However, PC Studio from Samsung just works simply and adds to the phone, whereas a lot of others just complement it.

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Being able to easily organise all your files in a quick and easy to use way is a very underrated thing on a mobile phone, and given the performance of even the most basic feature phone is such that connecting to the PC is a necessary occurrence, you can see why it's important to have some decent software on board.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory150 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time3 Hour
Product ModelGT-M8910 Pixon12
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)119 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107.9 mm
Width53 mm
Depth13.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time250 Hour
Product NameGT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeOLED
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-M8910MKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • GT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual