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Great camera, but unlocked version may come from other country
on July 19, 2013
Before purchasing this camera, I found the local BestBuy has GC110 model without 3G priced at $449. I looked it up at Amazon, found this GC100 3G version even unlocked is about $100 less. I was very suspicious about this deal, but still made the order.
The camera arrived as brand new and I am feeling better. Love the camera and especially the screen, the biggest screen you can find for P&S camera. The camera package are printed in Poland language (like samsung.pl) But the package was sealed very well and definitely not previously opened one.
One small problem: the power adapter came with the package does not work: basically it charges very very slow, like 10% overnight. Called U.S. Samsung CSR and was told to switch to PC USB, then the battery is able to charge to full quickly. Samsung CSR (in the U.S.) could not find the IMEI# from this camera (I think it's because it's from outside of the U.S.). But she is nice enough to offer me with a replacement adapter. Honestly, the adapter looks cheap made, and it's black/odd and does not match with the gorgeous camera white. I guess it could be swapped to be able to use in the U.S.
Before receiving the replacement adapter, I found I can use any USB (iPhone, iPad, computers, etc) to charge it. So, the adapter issue became a minor issue now. Then quickly, I found out the battery drains too fast. I think this could be common issue of an Android system or the battery is too small for this camera. Using wifi about 30 min, I downloaded and installed some apps, read some news, the battery dropped from 100% to 80%. Maybe some big downloads like 150M offline GPS maps had some impact. Then with WIFI on for about 2 hours later (almost doing nothing), the battery dropped to 70%. Then, I used the offline GPS app to guide me home about 15mins' drive, it dropped to 60%. Wow! Seems I will need to keep in charged all the time. So far, I've not tried battery drain if using camera only but I will do soon. Hopefully, if I do all tricks to conserve the battery, like turn off wifi, lower display brightness, etc, I will be able to take 350 pictures as in spec.
Anyway, bought this camera for it's Android system and the huge screen. Certainly, it has some downsides comparing to others like Canon/Nikon, but it's just what I need. I will also need to try out 3G soon to see whether unlocking works or not.