Built-in cameras are fast becoming a standard feature of mobile phones. If the phone you're looking at doesn't have a camera, either it's a business phone for use in offices where cameras are verboten or you're shopping in the bargain basement. Once you've ruled out phones from those groupings, the big question is: how much camera do you want?
A basic VGA (640x480-pixel) model is all you need for capturing quick snaps to share by MMS. If you want to print your photographs, look for a camera resolution of at least 1 megapixel. That'll capture enough detail for a standard 100x150mm print, although you won't match the quality of an image from a standalone camera. Other features to look for include a lens cover (or a slider design that protects the lens), a self-portrait mirror, a flash or light for taking photos at night and a dedicated shutter button, ideally on the side of the phone where it's easy to find and press. Make sure the phone has plenty of memory, ideally in the form of an upgradeable memory card.
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Reviewed on 1 December 2004
Radical styling conceals a surprisingly well-equipped phone with a broad range of features. The design won't suit everyone and the interface requires a Confucian calmness in the face of unexpected obstacles, but it'll blend in where other phones might jar. It's a fashion accessory with a practical twist: it can call a cab at the end of the evening Read more
Reviewed on 22 April 2005
Packing three different gadgets -- phone, camera and music player -- into one lump of plastic loses its appeal when you can't cram the device into your pocket. Despite the great screen, high-resolution camera and wide range of multimedia options, we couldn't fall in love with the lardy S700i Read more
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Reviewed on 24 April 2005
We had sky-high expectations for Nokia's new megapixel 7610 camera phone, but its lackluster features drag it back down to earth Read more
Reviewed on 30 November 2004