Oh, I was very happy about this. I had ran through all of the disasters in my head and had come to terms with the fact this phone could very well one day save my life and while it seemed unlikely that any of the above should happen, and I prayed certainly not, I knew that if nothing else, I could get some pretty darn great photographs of my husband and that sounded pretty enticing. Me and my Samsung would go about recording family history so that years after I’m long gone, there will be photographic evidence of my life for my great, great grandchildren to marvel at and to say what a nut grandmother Sadi was and so on, but oh, how we love her clever pictures! Yes, it would be great.
I did my part. I coded in all of my friend’s numbers and email addresses. I input the numbers for Flickr and Blogger so that I could upload photos direct. I downloaded my favorite Bob Dylan Ringtone “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” which I have had on every phone since you could download it. I was locked and loaded, ready for action.
The call feature seemed to work fine; a bit staticky, but for the most part, I could hear the other person and they could hear me, though I noticed on this phone, that there was no Speaker function, which meant that while I was typing at my desk, I had to sit with the phone wedded between my neck and shoulder while talking and while on hold with Verizon DSL and could not put the phone on Speaker as I had been able to do with my “inferior” model. Score one for Sanyo. 0 for Samsung.
My call was dropped three times while I was on hold because the battery kept running low. Finally, i had to plug the phone in and make my call from the outlet where I sat on the floor. It seems that all the gizmos and bright lights that make this phone so fancy also wear down the battery in lightning speed as well. Yet another point against the phone.
Then the ultimate test; the camera feature. I had to admit, I was excited about this. A zoom feature! What could be better…? So I set up the camera and as I did with my old one, I had it propped up and ready to set the automatic timer. The problem I ran into was that this one would not stay bent at a right angle and instead, had to bend farther over in order to stay in place and not snap shut. It was a fine point to find the midway between where it would stay open and where it would snap shut and it was frustrating having to find this every time I wanted to take a shot. Then, to set the automatic timer, I had to get my thankfully thin and fine hands between the angles and set the timer – which, if I had bigger hands, would have been impossible. Okay, so timer set, ready to go. Flash flash, picture taken. I go to check my results and am disappointed. The photo is too grainy, too blue and no matter how many times I retake the photo or adjust the “high end” settings to “High Resolution” and “Top Quality” etc , the pictures still come out fuzzy and ghostly, which lend s them a grainy effect which is not unpleasant sometimes, but all the time? Do I want every photo to look blurry and grainy? It seems I do not have a choice.