Pros beautiful screen color, screen flips around for viewing as lcd
Cons pics are very grainy no matter what setting or situation, can not feel vibrate mode at all
Summary I was using the LG VX8700 with the 2mp camera. I paid full price to upgrade to this phone because I thought it would rock. I was let down by samsung. For the pros, it looks cool, the screen rotates and flips to double as a lcd viewing screen. It will take panoramic shots"nice feature". Thats all for my pros. The cons.....it is 3 times as thick as any other phone made today. If you like to use the vibrate mode, you will not feel it unless the phone is actually in your hand its that bad. Now the worst part of all...the photo quality was horrible, 3mp and even in sunlight, totally still shots were very grainy. Big delay with time from snapping the shutter button. My LG vx8700 2mp takes crystal clear and crisp photos that are totally amazing!! I figure most phones should get better like this now but they don't, If u research you will find most people say the same about the LG vx8700. For $400 I paid for this phone, it is being sold and I am going back to my LG vx8700 so I can take a clear crisp picture again. No other phone compares and I buy and try a lot of phones. two thumbs down for this expensive piece of crap.
Pros good camera/camcorder, large internal screen, and easy to use buttons
Cons camera zoom isn't as good as I expected
Pros Has everything, short of being a PDA; stylish
Cons Verizon interface is bland; does not come with USB cable, Music Manager CD, or headset; need to learn how to use camera; a little expensive
Summary I read many reviews of the Flipshot before deciding to buy it. Several of the negative customer reviews (here on CNET and on other sites) seem to focus on the camera; the main complaint being that the shutter is slow and finicky (goes from photo to video when held down). But as I played with the phone, I realized that the issue is really with the AutoFocus and AutoFlash features.
For the AutoFocus feature, you first have to push down halfway on the button, let it focus, and then push the rest of the way. This takes longer than expected, my guess is that people using the phone get impatient so they push and hold down the shutter button waiting for the shutter to go, and then suddenly they're in video mode. This happened to me and I got annoyed. Then as I read the directions (which few of us really do) and played with the phone more, I realized the culprit was the AutoFocus feature. The solution? Turn off AutoFocus, it's easy to do and you don't need it. I took several photos without AutoFocus and they were fine. The only time you really need it is when doing a close-up of a still item. That said, the shutter button is still little finicky when AutoFocus is off; you need to give it a firm quick press, not a slow press, otherwise the camera will switch to video.
As to the slow shutter speed, I figured out this is primarily due to the AutoFlash feature. When in AutoFlash, there is a slight delay for the flash before the shutter goes off. The solution? Turn off AutoFlash, you don't really need it either unless it's quite dark. Sure, it helps, but non-flash photos were fine. I used the camera without AutoFlash in some dim settings and the photos were fine, better than my Razr and better than my wife's Krzr.
Once you turn off AutoFocus and AutoFlash, they stay turned off too, even for your next session of photo-taking. The camera on this phone takes great photos, better than most other phones, and has photo-related features that most other phones don't have. It is NOT, however, a substitute for a digital camera. If you are an ocassional picture taker, and want the convenience of having a good camera on your phone, then the Flipshot is an ideal choice. If, however, you take many photos and are looking for a camera substitute, this is not it. Also, Samsung or Verizon should have included a USB cable to transfer photos to a PC. You have to buy that separately.
The phone is a head-turner. It's not "sexy" like the Razr was when it first came out, but it looks and feels solid, even stylish in my opinion. A few people have seen my phone and asked me to take a look at it, since it has a nice design.
As a phone, it's fine. I've seen some complaints about the call quality, but I have had no problems (in San Francisco Bay Area). The volume is quite good. The are not many ringtones offeres, but I don't really care about ringtones.
The MP3 player is just okay, the standard bland Verizon interface. Verizon needs to get out of the phone OS software business, and just concentrate on phone service. Verizon phones have the worst interfaces. But it's functional.
So, if you want a very good overall phone that has everything but PDA functionality, then the Flipshot is a good choice and comes in an eye-catching style. It was only a little thicker than my Razr and thinner. I recommend it.
Finally, some have complained about a software problem with the Calendar. I don't use the Calendar for appointments, so this is not an issue for me.
"Sent it back"on by ArtInvent
Pros Good screen. Hi res camera. Attractive.
Cons Camera is slow. Audio quality for phone is awful. Lots of inconveniences.
Summary For what is supposed to be the top Verizon camera-phone, I expected that at least these two functions would be impressive, but not so. 3MP imaging is not bad, but there is so much shutter lag on the camera that it's hardly usable. By the time the picture snaps you'll be lucky if your subject is still in sight. The flash is almost useless. The phone audio suffers from a constant rasping sound whenever one party starts speaking. This was compared to older Samsung and LG phones in the exact same place and time, they sounded much better. Simply couldn't stand listening to it. It's a very good looking phone. But there are three hidden touch audio control buttons on the front display that are very hard to find, never could hit them reliably. The top level menus look nice but beyond that it's the same tired old Verizon menu structure. The AC adapter is in an awkward place on the side of the phone. The MicroSD slot is inaccessible, you have to remove the entire front case cover, and it's quite difficult to pull the card out. And if you don't buy the non-standard USB adapter (extra $) pulling the card out is the only way to transfer your photos and music.
Pretty but that's about it. Sent it back. Do not get this phone.
"Terrific Phone"on by Eric_in_Ohio
Pros Excellent reception and call quality, Large beautiful screen with vivid colors, Excellent camera with several editing features, Key pad is easy to use with easily discernable keys, Fast web browser
Cons I haven't encountered any yet
Summary Maybe my enthusiasm should be tempered as I've only owned this phone for two days, but I'm really very happy with it so far. My experience with the camera has been excellent (sharp pictures). Personally, I think it has a very classy look and it's overall a very well designed phone. I gave the flipshot a 9 versus a 10 only because I haven't used the phone long enough to verify that there are no noticeable negatives.