The 8 megapixel autofocus Samsung Memoir t929 makes mincemeat of every high end camera phone offered by a US carrier, including its cousin the Samsung Behold. This T-Mobile phone features Samsung's TouchWiz user interface with a 240 x 400 pixel touch screen that has automatic rotation via accelerometer and haptic feedback. It looks like a retro Leica camera; very chic. The Memoir has an HTML browser with 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth with stereo support, an SDHC microSD card slot and both music and video players. Destined to be one of the hot phones of 2009, we're thrilled to see Samsung and T-Mobile take the big step into high-end touch screen imaging phones in the US. This review includes a video review.
I love you guys as a review site and I frequently read here. However!
You guys are driving me crazy with your the incomplete specs you put on your reviews. I'm always having to go to other web sites to find more complete data. Take this review for example; On the bottom, in the specs section, you fail to mention the operating system. Also, under performance you put "100 megs internal storage, can store up to 2,000 contacts.".... ummm, that has nothing to do with performance. Storage, yes. Performance, no. What CPU is this thing running? At the very least you can put "unknown" then at least I know it's "unknown" and won't have to read the article 3 times thinking I missed it. What about ram? Again, even putting "unknown" would be helpful.
Feature phone operating systems are generally proprietary and are developed in-house by the manufacturer. So we'd have to put something vague like "LG proprietary OS", or Samsung OS. There often is no public name for the operating system. If there is a name, say the Moto phones that run Linux variants, we state it. Smartphones always have a branded and disclosed OS, so you'll always find that info in our specs section and in the body of the review.
When the manufacturer (or a testing utility) tells us what CPU a phone has, we state it in the specs, likewise for RAM. If they will not state this info and there's no utility to find out, then we have to leave those specs out. So if it's not there, take it to indicate it's unknown .
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview