Samsung i8510 8GB
The Samsung i8510 is a slide phone with a staggering 8.0 Megapixel camera with auto focus, flash, face detection, blink detection and it can also record video. The features for the i8510 don't stop there; HSDPA and Wi-Fi for fast web browsing, Bluetooth v2.0, built in GPS for SatNav software, 8GB internal memory and an MP3 player are all included.
Design and Display
The i8510 is a tough-looking, relatively large phone that feels reassuringly solid a smooth slider mechanism brings it together. The i8510's screen packs some punch, but isn't as sharp as we expected, particularly when watching videos.The INNOV8 has a design that it simple yet elegant. Its dimensions are rather large and it is a bit bulky too. It comes dressed in all black and the matte finish at the back prevents fingerprints. The slider works perfectly smoothly without any creaking sounds. Above the display are the loudspeaker, ambient light sensor and the video-call camera. Display occupies the most of the space at the front and the rest is occupied by the six navigation buttons and the D-pad.
The INNOV8 has a 2.8″ TFT display with 240 x 320 resolution. The display produces sharp and bright images and overall is a great experience. The movie playback is smooth and 2.8″ screen is just fine to stuff movies into its large internal memory. In bright sunlight, the display performs much better than its predecessors and now is quite visible, not as good as its Nokia counterparts though.
Keypad and User Interface
The keypad of the i8510 is flat but has good ergonomics. The keys are large enough even for big fingers and have enough space between them to prevent typos. They present good tactile feedback making it a SMS junkies phone. You hardly find such good keypads in slider phones.
The phone has the latest Symbian OS installed with Feature Pack 2. This is the same OS found in the latest offering from Nokia, however Samsung has customized it to make it look different. There are a couple of active standby modes you can choose from. It has built-in accelerometer leading to automatic screen rotation except in the main menu and the home screen. It has transition effects too while changing the orientation, a nice touch.
The task manager pop-ups at bottom and has improved graphics. The phone does have any hardware acceleration but while navigation you can not notice the difference. The Symbian OS has obvious advantages over other OSes due to its vast library of available applications and to a extent ease of use too.