Samsung Pixon 12 review

Do more megapixels make for a better mobile?

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There's an easy way to tell if a phone is geared towards media or not, and that's if it has a 3.5mm headphone jack. This one does not, and in omitting that Samsung has firmly classed the phone as good, but a long way from perfect.

We know that barely a year ago the headphone port was a high-end luxury, but now we want it on all our phones as memory gets larger and screens get easier to watch for longer periods. And we know Samsung can do it, as it has done on the Jet S8000 and the forthcoming i7500 Galaxy phone as well.

There's not a lot wrong with the adaptor, but it adds a huge amount of length to your probably already pretty long headphones, and has the added possibility of breaking, or at least ruining the quality of your audio.

The samsung pixon 12 m8910 music player

The music player on the Samsung Pixon 12 M8910 is OK though, despite the presence of the adaptor. Plug in some decent buds (and coil the metres of cable around your arm) and you're good to go.

Sound was a little on the tinny side, and when using the speaker things got a lot worse, but then again we luckily don't know many people that like to play music out loud on their mobile.

The music can be viewed in two ways - using the portrait mode allows you to see the album artwork or visualisations, and flipping it into portrait will enable a 'flow' of 'covers' (or you might call it a 'cover flow'), which is strangely laggy, meaning it'll take you a while to parse through all the albums you have on offer.

The samsung pixon 12 m8910 coverflow

The video player is of decent quality, and allows you to play a whole range of files, such as AVI, MP4 and even DivX too, which is a nice touch on a mobile phone.

We've been incensed recently by Nokia's apparent ceiling on video resolution on its handsets, so it's nice to see that issue's being addressed here (and to be fair on most Samsung phones). As you can imagine, the OLED screen gives lovely colours and deep contrast, but isn't as beautiful as the Samsung i8910 HD's for instance.

It's also a little bit glossy for watching videos, meaning you can be checking out Match of the Day on the train and for much of it you'll be watching yourself watching the football, which could lead to an endless internal loop that will leave you weeping.

The samsung pixon 12 m8910 video

The FM radio on board is of decent quality, and the headphone antenna worked well, with much less distortion than we're used to on mobile phone radios. The self tuning didn't automatically save the stations with their names, which is weird as RDS was present.

The FM radio also seemed to be a battery drainer, but with ability to record music and find it as well (thanks to being able to record a snippet of the track, and find it for purchase on the Samsung music portal) it's another good effort from the Koreans.

The samsung pixon 12 m8910 gallery

The gallery for viewing photos on the Samsung Pixon 12 M8910 is pretty good too, although it has that annoying 'tilt-to-view' function, where instead of swiping through photos (although you can) you have to tilt the phone to scroll through, which gets tiresome when it doesn't accurately respond to tilts. It's an interesting experiment, but we're not sure it works properly.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeOLED
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-M8910MKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Package Contents
  • GT-M8910 Pixon12 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual