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":
MemoPad, an application which allows me to create and sync text notes on my i300 and sync it with my Outlooks? This got my attention and I've opened the PDF-manual and look what I've found:
Either Samsung made a 1:1 copy of the well known Syncdate SmartphoneNotes or this is SmartphoneNotes with a new name, licensed to Samsung! :-)
However, it looks like this is SmartphoneNotes 1, not the latest SmartphoneNotes 2, which came with a lot of enhancements.
But great to see, Samsung made some real investigations what the Smartphone platform (and their customers) is missing and that they have licensed the number one Notes application for the i300! Well done Samsung which brings me back to my initial thought that I should check the attached CD-ROMs more frequent.
20.11.05 - Stand-by Time: Since I received the i300 one month ago, it's my Smartphone of choice I'm using day in, day out and as much I enjoy it (no, I don't miss Windows Mobile 5.0 too much on Smartphones while I would seriously miss it on Pocket PCs if I would use a non-WM5.0 Pocket PC now) I must admit that the battery stand-by isn't the best, at least not if you use the multimedia features of the phone.
The hard disk asks for a battery tribute and for sure you use the HDD often, either for playback multimedia files like photos or videos or to store photos and for sure I'm also using the HDD to store my navigation maps.
If you frequently access the HDD, the (standard) battery might last one (office) day only which is way too short. However, this weekend I made a couple of phone calls only but haven't listened any MP3s and the from yesterday noon to now, it drained around 30 % "only". That's a serious difference to lasting one office day only.
As fancy as a hard disk is, I'm not sure how usable it is.
However, if you run too low (20 % battery), the device is automatically detaching the HDD to expand the battery life.
Cheers ~ Arne