The Cellphone That Does Everything Imaginable, at Least Sort Of

This phone seems to be on the edge of overboard I think. Oh sure, it supposedly has ‘everything’ so to speak. But is it something that I we can rely on when I just need a phone? Eh, I think it is pushing that ‘ol envelope a little bit too hard.

This week on ‘How to Do It,’ we’re going to show you how to play the flute, how to split an atom, and how to irrigate the Sahara Desert,” says the TV host in an old Monty Python skit. “But first, here’s Jackie to tell you all how to rid the world of all known diseases.”

“Well, first of all, become a doctor and discover a marvelous cure for something,” says Jackie, “so there’ll never be any diseases ever again.”

“Thanks, Jackie. Great idea.”

That must be one of the best-loved comedy sketches over at Samsung. How else can you explain its new MM-A800 phone for Sprint?

It takes two-megapixel photos (a first for a cellphone in the United States). It can scan in business cards, record 90-minute videos, play TV shows and even transcribe dictated speech.

Of course, what makes the Monty Python skit so funny is the infinite gulf between the simplicity of the “solutions” and the difficulty of executing them – and that’s what makes the A800 a little silly, too. If you reread the previous paragraph but add “sort of” after every phrase, you’ll get the idea. [Read the rest]