The smartphone market is just starting to heat up, and the competition could drive a technofile crazy. With the amazingly user-friendly and super-fast Droid, and it’s quick successor, the Motorola Devour having so many new applications (apps) that turn their cameras into mega-multimedia devices, these two Motorola and Google combined efforts have many people jumping the IPhone and Blackberry trains. Laptops are jealous of these smartphone dynamos, and what they can do with a camera, within seconds.
Imagine being in a store, and seeing a big-ticket item that you want to buy. You take a picture of the unit’s barcode, tap on an app’s icon on the smartohone’s home page, and all of a sudden your screen is showing you any other places nearby, or within your desired driving distance, that have the same item, and their prices in descending order. You also get a map, showing the other store’s locations, as well as how to get to each from where you are, overlaid on either Google Maps, Google Earth, or even Google Streets Live.
With all of the apps that the Droid and Devour have access to that improve their cameras, and the possible uses of their cameras,, using the Android platform, are taking fast control of the smartphone industry. Some of the better smartphone cameras include;
The Nokia N97 is a smartphone with a camera that could put many digital cameras to shame. A Carl Zeiss lens, 5MP of picture clarity, taking 2854×1938 resolution pictures. The N97 provides two camera lenses, one for picture chatting or picture texting, and one for taking external pictures and video. The homescreen can be used as a viewfinder, or to look through the stored pictures and videos. Video can be taken at “DVD quality” and 16:9 aspect ratio. The N97 is surely one camera that was made into a cell phone, as opposed to the other way around.
The Samsung Omnia 2, the replacement for the short-lived Samsung i8510, is a beautiful little smartphone, with a 5MP camera and an LED flash, with an autofocus option. You no longer need an expensive digital camera or camcorder to take night vision pictures, since the Samsung Omnia will do that, too.
The Samsung Memoir actually looks like a digital camera on the rear face-plate. The camera on the Memoir boasts an amazingly clear and crisp 8MP camera, with a Xenon flash for realistic lighting in any condition. With all of this dedication to the camera portion of the smartphone, the Memoir will make you wonder if it is a cell phone with a camera, or a camera with a cell phone.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1cell phone has a 3.2 Mega Pixel camera, with in-camera editing and auto-focus. The X1 has a second camera, mounted on top of the homescreen, for video conferencing or video chatting, and both cameras have similar features.
With so many smart phones hitting the shelves lately, mainly due to the Android platform making multitasking on a cell phone seem simple compared to a laptop, improving upon the cameras and what they can do was a logical extension of cell phone upgrades.
Click. Tap. It really is that simple with a smartphone, equipped with a good camera, a flash, auto focus and picture editing software, or apps. The only real problem is that you know that if you rush out and buy one of these smartphones for their cameras or camera options, you will see an upgrade on the shelves within months.