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15 December 2013
I have been using this phone for about a month, its not heavy or bulky so much that you would notice. It is not much bigger than the old LG Viewty that I used to have and loved. I even bought the CAPDASE jacket which makes it even thicker but I feel evens up the lens side.
It has a decent optical zoom and better than carrying a compact camera and a phone or simply trying to take pictures with a standard phone. It has a tripod mount and i am just waiting for a mount to arrive for the handlebars of my motorcycle so that I can take travel movies.
Other negatives cited include only the 8gb internal memory, well, Its not unusual to need to buy external memeory. I upgraded to a 64gb card and put 20gb of music on, still leaving around 40gb for apps and photos. I have a pro SLR camera, with two 16gb cards, which is sufficient for my photographic needs, 40gb then, exceeds that especially when the picture size is fairly small at 16mp jpg rather than capturing RAW.
Battery life is excellent, it lasts me around one day without a charge, better than the HTC I have that lasts only 8-10 hours. The battery and SIM are easily accessible from a flip up door, so this could be a second phone that you take with you on days out perhaps.
My only gripes are that the picture size could be bigger, only 16mp, and tethering/ reverse tethering is complicated, having to root the phone to do the latter. There are only two USB options on the galaxy menu: camera or media device.I also don't like the fact that its not possible to initiate movies from the shutter button, although this does allow stills to be captured during filming, I would like to attach the camera to the strap of my backpack which would make the reverse of the phone inaccessible.
If you travel a bit and like taking photos, this could be the phone for you.
I am down grading review from 4 to 3*
Issues that I have found:
1.The lens has a glass outer in front of the auto lens cap, this tends to gets smudged and potentially scratched making the camera useless or would need an expensive repair.
2.I have found that tiny specs of dust/lint have started to accumulate in front of the lens behind the glass. I just need one in the middle of the lens and the camera will not be useable.