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Tuesday, 15.04.08
UNVEILED: Samsung previews the SGH-i900 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During a Dutch telecom event called "Televisie 2008", Samsung unveiled a new Windows Mobile smartphone we've hard about before - the Samsung SGH-i900! And unlike previous rumors mentioned, it's not running anything different to Windows Mobile Professional and Samsung even confirmed that it will run Windows Mobile 6.1.
While most specs are unknown or at least unconfirmed yet, it's known that the i900 will feature at least triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g. While not yet confirmed, sources said the i900 also sports GPS and an FM radio.


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Thursday, 28.02.08
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Silently announced during this month's Mobile World Congress, I've just got my hands on a brand new Samsung SGH-i200 (most likely) Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone.
After the Samsung SGH-i300, this is Samsung's first standard candy bar 12-keys phone pad smartphone and therefore it might find its own audience since not everybody want to have BlackBerry kind of device these days.
Feature-wise, the SGH-i200 is quite comparable to the SGH-i620/SGH-i640 by featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. WiFi isn't built-in and also GPS is left.


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Thursday, 30.08.07
OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during its IFA press conference in Berlin, Samsung Germany officially announced the previously unveiled SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard HSDPA smartphone.
Featuring a slide-out QWERTY (for Germany QWERTZ) keyboard, the i620 is a kind of updated version of the Samsung SGH-i600. Like the i600, the i620 features triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband (2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0. However, it's now confirmed that the i620 hasn't has WiFi built-in.


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Thursday, 03.05.07
UNVEILED: Gigabyte announces new Windows Mobile 6 GPS-enabled Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gigabyte Communications recently launched a new Windows Mobile smartphone - the GSmart i300. Powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz, in the Chinese version the the i300 sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional (already), triband GSM/GPRS as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and mini USB 2.0! The 256 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM can be extended by miniSD flash memory cards.
Other highlights are the 2.1 megapixel camera with macro function and digital zoom and the inbuilt SiRF Star III GPS receiver.


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Friday, 20.04.07
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Ultra Messaging Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Samsung, I've recently got my hands on the final version of a Samsung SGH-i600, the EMEA/APAC version of Samsung's BlackJack which was launched late last year. While the i600 was announced earlier, the U.S. got it released faster but since last month, the i600 is also available across Europe. Generally speaking, the i600 is the follower of Samsung's earlier introduced SGH-i320 and like the i320, the i600 is sporting a QWERTY keyboard for easy typing. This makes the device definitely another BlackBerry competitor. The i600 is part of Samsung's Ultra series and this one is also called "Ultra Messaging". Only 11.8 mm thin, the i600 fits perfectly into Samsung's Ultra series but UMTS and HSDPA makes it quite unique today. Not too many keyboard enabled smartphones features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850 MHz aren't supported), singleband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 1.8 Kbps) as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR yet.


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Tuesday, 03.04.07
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Home Screen Carousel/Card Wheel Plug-In
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

It took a little bit longer for Samsung to release the long awaited SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone but Samsung used the delay to add something really useful to the EMEA/APAC version of the "BlackJack" - a pretty unique Home Screen plug-in called "Carousel" or "Card Wheel". Since Samsung's first introduction of a Windows Mobile Smartphone (the SGH-i300), the Korean mobile phone specialist always added its own flavored Home Screen plug-ins but this one is really a great and unique one since it adds fast and easy navigation to the i600 in a way, not seen before.

Basically, the Carousel/Card Wheel plug-in provides several decks which are accessed by using the D-Pad. Each deck contains grouped information which can be accessed straight from the Home Screen.


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Wednesday, 14.02.07
3GSM LIVE: Samsung has no further plans to release the SGH-i310
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since it was unveiled first time, during last year's CeBIT, it became silent about Samsung's Windows Mobile-based music device, the SGH-i310 (an updated follower of the initially launched SGH-i300) and yesterday, Samsung confirmed that it wont be released in most Western European markets anymore. While this doesn't means, that the i310 is completely discontinued, it means that the 8 GB HDD Windows Mobile Smartphone isn't planned to be released in Germany, UK, France, etc. anymore but there are good chances that you might still see it in Russia or even Italy (but nothing is confirmed yet).


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Monday, 09.10.06
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently released Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphones follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY thumb keyboard - as also build by Motorola as the Motorola Q and HTC as HTC Excalibur (O2 Xda cosmo/T-Mobile Dash).
The i320 measures 59 x 111 x 11.5 millimeters and weights 95 grams only. It's powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2.5 Smartphone Edition which means it hasn't has a touch screen but is used with the keyboard only. It's powered by a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz (which is quite unusual for today's Windows Mobile Smartphones). It supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE WAN communication featuring GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz but lacks GSM 850 MHz support as used in most parts of the U.S.
While the i320 also supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth protocols for stereo), it lacks - like the Motorola Q but unlike the HTC Excalibur - W-LAN. However, unlike the Excalibur, the i320 has infrared onboard as well.
The memory is quite generous for a Windows Mobile Smartphone since it is featuring 160 MB ROM and 64 MG SDRAM which can be extended with a micoSD card.
The crisp 2.2" QVGA display supports the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors. The CMOS sensor camera supports 1.3 mega pixels and allows to record videos as well as taking photos.


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Thursday, 14.09.06
VIEWER: Picsel releases its document Proviewer to consumers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

Picsel Technologies, a dynamic mobile platform provider that brings mobile content to life, today announced it is making Picsel's Proviewer application available direct to consumers. So far, available to ODMs only (for instance the Motorola MPx220 and the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphones were equipped with the Picsel Proviewer), the launch follows substantial prosumer demand for direct access to the application. Picsel have shipped over 40 million units of the attachment viewer worldwide and are bringing this fantastic solution direct to consumers, thus allowing mobile users to take full advantage of the best attachment viewing experience on the market.


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Saturday, 05.08.06
APPROVED: Samsung's 8 GB SGH-i310 Windows Mobile Smartphone received the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Engadget Mobile found out, Samsung's SGH-i310 (the 8 GB follower of the SGH-i300) Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone got the approval by the FCC.
However, the initial specifications indicated, that the i310 is a triband GSM device only, which makes a US release unlikely (since it misses the GSM 850 MHz band). Not sure if Samsung either changed this in the last minute to quadband or why Samsung is filling a FCC approval? The SAR report indicates at least a GSM 1900 MHz and Bluetooth 2400 MHz tests only, not a single word about GSM 850 MHz.
Nevertheless, no word yet which carrier (doesn't matter if US, Europe or Asia) is going to pick it up, after just a few carrier picked up the i310's forerunner, the SGH-i300, which - unfortunately - came with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition the same time, Windows Mobile 5.0 was released.


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Thursday, 04.05.06
POLL: Candybar - Clamshell or Slider - what's your choice? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 10 - Polls

Since the first launch of the Windows Mobile Smartphone, we get "tons" (if you can say this in relation to Windows Mobile Smartphones) of candybar Smartphones. From the HTC SPVs to the Samsung i300/310 and the soon to be launched HTC Breeze. However, in the same time (and I'm only talking about GSM phones now) we only got three clamshell devices (Motorola MPx200/MPx220) and the soon to be launched HTC Star Trek (aka Dopod S300). We haven't seen a single Windows Mobile Smartphone slider yet, such a nice one as recently released by LG as the Chocolate or the soon to be launched Samsung SGH-E900 and it makes me wonder why we haven't seen this form factor for Smartphones by now?
Is there no market for slider Smartphones, does the OMDs just misses an opportunity or is it just me who like sliders as well?


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Wednesday, 19.04.06
AVAILABILITY: Samsung SGH-i300x on sale now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the Samsung SGH-i300x wasn't just a marketing fake but real, at least one company is selling and shipping it worldwide now: Singapore-based doml.com.
It's selling the "International English Version" of the i300x (you remember - the i300 refresh with a 4GB HDD which surfaced back in January) for around US$ 699.99 plus shipping costs. Unfortunately doml.com isn't saying which Windows Mobile version the i300x is about (Windows Mobile 2003SE vs. Windows Mobile 5.0) nor they are saying a word about the user interface languages (English can be expected but is it US or UK English and what's with the other languages like German, French, Spanish, etc).


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Monday, 03.04.06
UTILITY: WM5torage makes your Windows Mobile 5 device a USB Stick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:41 CET under 01 - General News

WM5torage will export the flash memory card inside Windows Mobile 5.0 (only) Smartphones and Pocket PCs as a usual USB Mass Storage device (ordinary called  "USB Disk") - effectively turning Smartphones and Pocket PCs into flash reader (albeit USB 1.0 only and therefore not too fast) and USB sticks.

It was designed and tested with the HTC Tornado Smartphone with the recent firmware update. According to the developer, it could work with other phones and even with Pocket PCs, however he isn't guaranteeing any further compatibilities.

When activated, the memory card will not be accessible from the device but from the connected PC only, as all access to the flash card will be routed through the USB connection.


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Monday, 06.03.06
FOLLOWER: Samsung to release the SGH-i310 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung today announced to unveil its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone during CeBIT this week. As the name of the new device mentions, the SGH-i310 is the successor of the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Smartphone but this time it looks like Samsung did everything right. Beside the extended memory (8 GB HDD instead of 3 GB HDD only), the i310 is announced to use Windows Mobile 5.0 (instead of Windows Mobile 2003 SE).
Other features are 2 megapixel camera with flash, TV-output, audio support for MP3, WMA, AAC, stereo speakers, support for A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth profiles, USB 2.0 and microSD memory card storage. The press release isn't saying anything about the supported wireless standards but it can be expected, that the i310 will support at least GSM and GPRS, UMTS isn't expected yet.


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Tuesday, 31.01.06
UTILITY: Xbar for Smartphone and Pocket PC got an update from 3.0 to 3.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:03 CET under 01 - General News

Back in November, Xbar was completely redesigned and launched as Xbar 3 Beta which was released back in December as the final version. This week, Xbar got its update to 3.1.
xBar is a task-switcher and -manager as well as a thermometer for your Windows Mobile Smartphones and gives you the full power of its multitasking capabilities. In my opinion one of the "must have" apps for Smartphones and still my "all-time favorite".

Since the first Beta of xBar 3, it's code-signed and therefore fully compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone and Pocket PC as well as it supports QVGA for Smartphones (like the Samsung SGH-i300 or Orange C600) and VGA for Pocket PCs.


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Tuesday, 17.01.06
REFRESH: Samsung to re-release the Samsung SGH-i300 as I300X with 4 GB hard disk
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you follow the Smartphone developments, you know for sure the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone which was released late last year, first time show-cased at last year's CeBIT and which was one of the launch (event only) devices of the Windows Mobile 5.0 launch.
Nevertheless, it came with a - today - fairly small hard disk and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Still, the i300 is a superior phone (which I had to return, unfortunately, I'm really missing it) but for sure, in this setup it can not compete with more state of the art Smartphones, like the latest HTC devices which even supports W-LAN, anymore.


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Thursday, 12.01.06
UTILITY: Makayama presents the first video ringtone solution for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 01 - General News

Makayama Interactive today announces Watchtone Studio Pro 2.0. This professional software allows companies to tap into the lucrative market of video ringtones. With the software it's possible to create video ringtones that will run on more then 50 mobile phones, the highest number in the market. The new version adds support for the growing market segment of Windows Mobile devices.

Watchtone Studio Pro 2.0 is the easiest tool for content aggregators, ringtone providers and others with a video, film or TV catalogue, to create video ringtones which can be sold over-the-air to consumers. A Symbian version, supporting , Series 60, was already available, but has now been extended to support the growing segment of Windows Mobile based Smartphones.


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Monday, 19.12.05
UPGRADE: Say good-bye to 1900 MHz only GSM phones in the U.S.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile has acquired as many as possible GSM 850 MHz frequencies during the past months to roll-out their GSM 850 MHz network to improve coverage and reception, according an interview with T-Mobile's senior vice president of Engineering Operations, Neville Ray, posted on BetaNews.

The 850 MHz roll-out will be mainly throughout the central part of the United States. However, the rollout would also include rural areas of the Northeast and West. Altogether, nearly 400,000 square miles of new coverage has been added during 2005, according to Ray.


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Thursday, 15.12.05
RELEASED: O2 UK has the Samsung SGH-i300 in stock and on sale
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, just in time before Christmas (to make it a gift yourself or let Santa know right in time), O2 UK released the long awaited Samsung i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Unfortunately it's running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition only but nevertheless, it's utilizing the latest AKU (3.0), support Bluetooth Stereo (which Windows Mobile 5.0 users have to wait for until early next year) and the 3 GB hard disk gives you enough space to store your songs, navigation maps and videos.


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Thursday, 01.12.05
PREVIEW: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 Bluetooth A2DP Profile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last week I wrote the first time about the next coming Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 and it's new Bluetooth features and the announced support for the Bluetooth A2DP Profile and today I had the chance to test it the first time!
What means A2DP for you? Basically it provides you Bluetooth stereo support for headsets which means you can listen your favorite music without any disturbing wires. That's cool and handy and in the future - I'm sure - we will see more and more car stereo devices which supports it as an input method as well which means as soon as you enter your car, your device will connects with your car stereo and you can continue listening your music on your car stereo!


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Monday, 28.11.05
REVIEW: Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 Hands Free Bluetooth Profile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

On Saturday, I've written about Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 1.1 (Adoption Kit Update) which brings the Bluetooth Hands Free Profile along.
With AKU 1.1 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone, new Bluetooth profiles were added, namely hands free (beside headset which was already supported) as well as supporting phonebook transfer to a variety of car manufacturers Bluetooth car kits.

Until AKU 1.1 for Windows Mobile 5.0 and on all the previous Windows Mobile versions, the Bluetooth car kit experience was weak since it basically worked in headset mode only (which means your car kit had to support the headset profile beside the hands free profile also):


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Friday, 25.11.05
CONNECTIVITY: Microsoft to expands the Bluetooth profiles in Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:14 CET under 01 - General News

Seriously we have to admit that in the past, Bluetooth wasn't treated too serious by Microsoft. If you see the PC world, it took until Service Pack 2 for Windows XP to get native Bluetooth support from Microsoft and also with Windows Mobile it took until Windows Mobile 2003.
However, also the ODMs missed the opportunities later, Microsoft provided with the native Bluetooth stack for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone because the Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack implementation was designed to be just a framework including the most important profiles and ODMs were asked to add more profiles as required.


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Tuesday, 22.11.05
FOLLOW-UP: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 Second Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

22.11.05 - CD-ROM: Sometimes it's worth to check the attached CD-ROMs which comes with Pocket PC or Smartphones, something I hadn't done for a long time anyway since the freebee iPAQ time is gone, where Pocket PCs came with loads of goodies.
Anyway, for some reasons I popped the i300 CD-ROM into the drive today and what have I found there under "Enhance Your Experience"? A tool called "MemoPad":


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UPGRADE: Xetra xBar 3.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My all-time favorite Smartphone application (together with SmartphoneNotes) xBar got a refresh from Xetra and is available in version 3.0 now.
xBar is a task-switcher and -manager as well as a thermometer for your Windows Mobile Smartphones and gives you the full power of its multitasking capabilities. In my opinion one of the "must have" apps for Smartphones.

xBar 3 is code-signed and therefore fully compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone as well as it supports QVGA for Smartphones now (like the Samsung SGH-i300 or Orange C600) as well as VGA for Pocket PC (like the O2 Xda Exec) because v3 was also re-released for Pocket PCs.


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Sunday, 20.11.05
REVEALED: O2 UK will carry the Samsung SGH-i300 from December
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Xda mini S confirmation, Gears also confirmed that O2 UK will definitely carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone which O2 UK announced earlier but which was delayed (original launch-date was expected for October) and is still listed on O2's online shop to become available in December 2005.
However, in the same flyer where the Xda mini S appeared, O2 UK also lists the Samsung i300 now.


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Tuesday, 15.11.05
REVEALED: O2 Germany to carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In today's shop-flyer, (valid from today until 30.11.) O2 Germany has published on page 12, that it plans to carry the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone.
The i300 is the first Windows Mobile Smartphone with a 3 GB HDD and sports a QVGA (320 x 240) color display.
In addition it includes Bluetooth (including the Bluetooth Stereo profile) as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera with photo-light. (for more information, read my previous review of the SGH-i300 here and here).
As we got confirmed before already, also O2 has announced the i300 with "Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone", so now it is clear that it wont be released - at least not from O2 Germany - with Windows Mobile 5.0 (at least not yet) unfortunately:


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Saturday, 29.10.05
THOUGHT: Where is the Bluetooth Car Kit with Bluetooth A2DP support?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Maybe there is one but if so, I haven't seen it so far. Why does I look for such a Bluetooth car kit and why is is so interesting? Pretty easy - in this case you can use your mobile phone to playback your music files through your car HiFi system.
As you can read in my Samsung SGH-i300 review, the Samsung, as well as other modern mobile phones finally supports the A2DP Bluetooth stereo profile. The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is designed to transfer a stereo audio stream like music from an MP3 player to a headset or car radio. It includes mandatory support for low complexity subband codec (SBC) and supports optionally: MPEG-1,2 Audio, MPEG-2,4 AAC and ATRAC (from Wikipedia).


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REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 SE - Part II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

In part 2 of the Samsung SGH-i300 review I'm concentrating on the software and the features, after part 1 of the review was about the design, size and hardware-usability.
As we got confirmed now, at least the first series of the to be released SGH-i300 is definitely working with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition instead of Windows Mobile 5.0 which has some serious advantages over 2003 SE. So the question is, if the i300 is outdated already, right before it hits the stores and the simple answer is yes - if you just follow the feature-sheet. For sure, nobody would buy a PC today which is running Windows 2000 only and denies any upgrade possibilities to Windows XP. On the other side, in my humble opinion it is slightly different with mobile devices, especially with mobile phones (and I already know for this sentence I will be criticized). A Windows Mobile device isn't bad at all, just because it isn't running the latest software, if - and that's even more important - the whole package you get for the money is worth.


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Monday, 24.10.05
CONFUSION: Is the Samsung SGH-i300 released with Windows Mobile 2003 SE and 5.0? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Interesting. While I wrote in my Samsung SGH-i300 review from Saturday, that the device will be launched with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, instead of the expected Windows Mobile 5.0, "Gears" from CoolSmartPhone.com claims that O2 UK has confirmed that it will be launched (in the UK) with Windows Mobile 5.0 (instead of 2003 Second Edition):


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Saturday, 22.10.05
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 SE - Part I
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

For some days now, I'm using the lately officially announced Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone, Samsung's latest Windows Mobile product the the first Smartphone which makes it to the European market, after the company announced their first Windows Mobile Smartphone, the SGH-i250, which - however - never made it to the market.

Unlike the SGH-i250, which was a clam-shell phone, the i300 is a candy-bar device and what makes it so unique is the fact that it has a 3 GB hard disk drive to store all type of files and applications as well a mechanical navigation wheel. In addition, for sure, it has the built-in memory as well as a microSD (previously known as TransFlash) memory card slot. Also it features a 1.3 megapixel camera with photo light, Bluetooth (but no W-LAN), a navigation-pad which also can be used as scroll wheel, a 65K color - QVGA (240x320 pixel) screen and is a tri-band GSM/GPRS (GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz) phone but misses support for GSM 850 MHz as well as UMTS WCDMA support.
Unlike announced before - for instance on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 launch event - the current SGH-i300 devices which will make it to the market soon doesn't features Windows Mobile 5.0 but the older Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition version only!


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Thursday, 20.10.05
ANNOUNCED: Samsung officially introduces the SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Samsung Korea announced the official release of its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone - the SGH-i300 which was unveiled last CeBIT already.
Unlike previous announcements, the release version will comes with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone instead of Microsoft's latest version - Windows Mobile 5.0 (even if the Samsung was showcased at Microsoft's WM5.0 launch event).
Nevertheless, the other features are pretty state of the art or even better since it will features a QVGA screen, tri-band GSM/GPRS (GSM 900, 1800 and 1900) as well as Bluetooth (but not W-LAN).
The absolute highlight for sure is the 3GB hard disk and in addition it supports microSD memory cards (unfortunately not SD or miniSD). For navigation, you can either use the d-pad the standard left/right/up/down way or you can scroll the (mechanical) wheel (like with the 1st generation iPod).


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Monday, 29.08.05
CONFORMITY: Samsung SGH-I300 received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the news from last week, that O2 UK is expected to ship the Samsung SGH-I300 from October, phoneArena.com also found it at FCC now, where it got its type-approval last week.

On CeBIT, Samsung announced the the SGH-I300 availability for Europe during Q3 2005. However, so far it's not released here but since it got the FCC approval now, it could be also sold in the US, even if there are no information about a quad-band or US-based tri-ban version available.


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Friday, 26.08.05
LINK: Will the Samsung SGH-I300 become available from O2 UK in October?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How British the Inquirer found out, O2 UK has the Samsung SGH-I300 on its "coming soon" page (together with the Motorola "Pebl" aka Motorola V6) to be available during October 05.
According to The Inquirer, the I300 should go on sale for around £ 79.99 which is something US$ 144.230 or 117.27 Euro with a O2 contract, not a bad price at all for a 3 GB HDD phone with (hopefully) Windows Mobile 5.0 (so far I've seen both, Windows Mobile 2003SE and 5.0 on a SGH-I300):


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Tuesday, 10.05.05
UNVEILED: Microsoft officially announced the release of Windows Mobile 5.0 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 01 - General News

During his keynote at the Microsoft Mobile & Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas, which he is currently holding, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced the new Windows Mobile 5.0, previously known under its code name "Magneto" and rumored as "Windows Mobile 2005". Windows Mobile 5.0 is the base operating system for Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones and a completely new developed operating system, based on Windows CE 5 which includes new, improved and enhanced applications as well.


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Saturday, 07.05.05
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

There are not too many new Windows Mobile Smartphones in the (public) pipeline we know about (beside the expected Orange C550) but one of the most promising and innovative one is the Samsung SGH-i300 which was first time publicly shown on CeBIT two month ago.

Last week I got the chance to hold it in my hands again (switched off so I can not tell you more about software details) but actually I had the chance to make some more detailed photos. Since it was a prototype only I'm not sure about the color, etc. but it gave me a good impression about its weight and size.


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Wednesday, 27.04.05
MOBILE MEDIA: Nokia announced its first mass storage mobilephone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 01 - General News

Not many mobile phones have been touted as "iPod killers", maybe the first one was be the HTC Magician (i-mate JAM, Xda mini) which has a similar shape but misses the hard disk, the other one might be the Samsung SGH-i300 which is a Windows Mobile Smartphone and includes a 3 GB HDD.

However, today's announced Nokia N91 combines a mobile phone with a 4-gigabyte hard disk to create a portable music player with room for up to 3000 songs and supports MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA.


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Thursday, 10.03.05
CEBIT LIVE: Samsung SGH-I300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I just came back from the Samsung stand where I spent plenty of time by playing with the Samsung SGH-I300 aka "Thor" and I have to admit I'm impressed. It's a pretty huge candybar design (as long as the HTC Magician aka i-mate JAM) but unlike the Magician it's running the Smartphone not Pocket PC Phone Edition Windows Mobile version.


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CeBIT: The IT fair starts today in Hannover
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:40 CET under 01 - General News

Today is CeBIT start and as every year since 1993 I'm joining it as well. While I don't have too many appointments today I will take the chance to roam around to get some inspiration and to find some new stuff.

What I already know is O2 will showoff their latest UMTS product called Surf@home and also Vodafone will showoff a similar product which lets you access the Internet from home via UMTS.

Since yesterday, there are also more information available about Samsung's latest Windows Mobile device called SGH-i300 aka "Thor".
It's a Windows Mobile Smartphone with a QVGA screen-resolution and a 3 GB HDD. 8O


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