recently I purchased the galaxy camera, great device, lots of innovation etc.
However there is a fairly major issue with these devices.
Ive just paid nearly the full retail price to have mine repaired on account of running an app that activated the camera.
The device was being used as a GPS navigator, in a car, the app activates the video camera when the car speed is below 20km/h ( it's a car jacking evidence collection app basically) either way the lens then protrudes, the device pushes it's self out of it mount and gets damaged, damaging the lens and the mainboard behind it. The same thing happens if it's screen up on a table, the camera lens pushes the device up into the air.
every time you turn this device on the lens extends, usually into the palm of your hand.
remember this is a hybrid device a tablet/camera if you like. If it was just a camera, sure , one would expect the lens to be out constantly. But this device is held like a tablet, mounted in cars and left screen up on tables and desks.
Samsung must know how to use proximity sensors and accelerometers yet they didn't think that you could check the path the lens will take, or not let it protrude if the accelerometer detects that it is camera down/screen up ?
It will cost $450 to have this fixed, and Samsung dont seem tho think this is a design issue
I'm curious to see how many others have issues with this device, and if you do own one, be very very carefull, the lens mechanism is extremely weak and prone to breakages.
Thanks for letting us know we will talk about it at MWC
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