Mobile camera phones review

No longer is the humble mobile phone merely a communication device.
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  • Updated:26 Mar 2009


Mobile phone

It’s official, Australians can’t do without their mobile phone, in fact there are now more active mobile phones than people, with 21 million currently in circulation. However many of these phones can do little more than make calls and perform basic tasks such as sending an SMS.

We tested 21 of the latest mobile phones which also focus on performing just as well taking a picture as taking a call. While our testers did evaluate all these models with an emphasis on their ability to capture, show and share a photo image, they must at the end of the day, perform well as a mobile phone.

Our lab assessed how easy it was to make and take calls, the sound quality of the call and how well the phone performs carrying out everyday tasks such as sending and receiving an SMS playing music and saving a contact.

Because most mobile phones now come with such a wide variety of features, applications, sizes and way of operating you’ll need to work out how and where you’d use one before choosing a model. This is where CHOICE can help.

All the phones we tested will work on a 3G network, which means they are more than capable of dealing with multimedia content such as online video.

Please note: this information was current as of July 2007 but is still a useful guide to today's market.

Apple iPhoneWhere's the iPhone?

While the iPhone has taken much of the mobile world by storm and is no doubt one of the most popular phones going around, camera performance is not one of its most powerful features. In fact, it only has a 2 Megapixel resolution camera and is unable to capture video at all. Check out our NextG story for a look at how the iPhone performs on this network and in general as an all round mobile solution.

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Brands tested

  • LG KC910 Renoir
  • LG KU990 Viewty
  • Nokia 6210 Navigator
  • Nokia 6220 Classic
  • Nokia 6600 Slide
  • Nokia E66
  • Nokia E71
  • Nokia N78
  • Nokia N85
  • Nokia N95 8GB
  • Nokia N96
  • Samsung I8510 Innov8
  • Samsung SGH-F480 Touchwiz
  • Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia
  • Samsung SGH-U900
  • Sony Ericsson C702
  • Sony Ericsson C902
  • Sony Ericsson C905
  • Sony Ericsson W902
  • Sony Ericsson W980i
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

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