Samsung's Galaxy Camera is a winner
I am not a Samsung fan, and I love Apple products, but Samsung's Galaxy Camera has got me really impressed. The Galaxy Camera is not the first ever implementation of the phone/camera hybrid, but it certainly is one of the best. While I may not have the complete information about this device and/or competing products, judging from the specs, videos and photos taken of and taken by this device, I can assume that this is one hell of a powerhouse and will easily best its competitors.
If you look at all the other Android camera hybrids out there, such as the Nikon S800c, Polaroid SC1630, and arguably the NEX-5R which has an app market of some sort, the Galaxy Camera dominates them. While Nikon and Sony maybe strong in their optics, the S800c only has Android 2.3, and I'm not sure whether it is upgradeable. Sony's app market will be quite limited. Meanwhile, the Polaroid is more obscure in their point and shoot business, and I'm not sure whether the SC1630 is running the latest software. As consumers generally love to look at specs, the Galaxy Camera won't disappoint: it's huge 4.8 inch 1280 x 720 screen combined with its quad-core processor is going to entice a lot of people easily. (this is starting to sound like an advertisement). However, it has to be thicker than normal cameraphones because it has to accomodate all that lens and motors.
Nevertheless, it's strongest point is its user friendliness. Correct me if this is already existent is some other products, but this image is something that blew my mind:
For once, Samsung actually made a very nice GUI that is user friendly. It's looks really neat and clear and enables easy control of settings. It also serves to tell other manufacturers of this new camera/phone hybrid segment that it ain't good to just slap an Android system into a camera without actually converging both systems into a usable one, or else consumers will have a hard time trying to figure out what to do.
The moral of this article is just to restate the idea that the first maker is not always the best, but the one that implements it best will be a winner. This applies to the smartphone category as well, but let's not argue about that.