The camera phone has been steadily evolving and we’re up to 12 megapixels right now with features like face, smile and even blink detection technology putting them almost on the same league as some compact digicams that cost just as much. So far there have been just two 12MP camera phones that have been officially available on the market and Spice’s S-1200 is the third. They’ve managed to beat the competition’s pricing quite drastically but will it live up to their standards? Take a closer look.
A tad bulky
The 2.4-inch TFT LCD sports a 240 x 320 pixel resolution and is sharp enough to read clearly even in bright sunlit conditions. While the navigation system and the buttons around it are okay, the keypad is a little too congested and typing is not easy at all. The bottom of the nav-pad is too close to the ‘2’ key which makes hitting that button a real problem. It’ll take some getting used to. The middle section of keys double up for camera shortcuts as do the top and bottom buttons on the nav-pad (zoom in and out). On one side are the volume keys that can also be used for zooming, followed by the camera activation key that also works as the selector to switch between stills and video, and then the Shutter release. A universal mini USB port is at the bottom and a microSD card slot (supports 32GB cards) is located on the other side. Not incorporating a standardized 3.5 mm hands-free, with so much space available, was a bad idea.
Features and Performance
Simple Java based UI
Not too great in the media dept.
For photos, Spice has included a Photo Editor software. A voice recording option is also available but for clear recordings, you’ll have to keep the handset at least a foot away from you. A couple of games that are thrown in and are quite entertaining.
Decent connectivity options
What’s missing is a stand-alone Facebook app that would allow you to easily upload images to the site. Considering the camera is the handset’s main asset this would have helped it sell better.
Updated 20 May, 2013, 1:04 pm IST
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