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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 07.05.05 - 14:09:24 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 20122x
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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.

If you haven't heard about the Samsung SGH-i300 yet, it's the first Windows Mobile Smartphone to sport a built-in hard drive (3 GB). It runs on Windows Mobile and includes a 1.3 megapixel digital camera (with flash), Bluetooth, an rocking scroll wheel navigation, a 262,000 color, 240x320 LCD screen and is expected to support MP3, WMA, AAC (haven't heard anything about iPod/iTunes compatibility yet in terms of DRM support) and AAC+ audio files. In addition to the HDD it will also support an extra storage card which is - unfortunately - TransFlash (now known as microSD).
The hard drive is expected to work plug-and-play which means you can connect the phone up to your PC over USB (and Bluetooth) and just drag and drop your files since it should be recognized as a removable storage disk. There's no need to use ActiveSync to get your files copied. Last but not least, it's expected to be a tri-band GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz) phone "only" which will limit the use in North America where GSM 850 is used in addition to GSM 1900.

Even if it comes without inbuilt Wi-Fi (like the Nokia N91) it can and will compete with the N91 - I'm sure. Unfortunately I haven't heard anything newer about a planned release date, expected retail price of which (if any) carrier will pick it up but I truly hope it will make it to the market, not like the last Samsung Smartphone, the SGH-i250 (seen on CeBIT 2004) we never saw.

So what do you think - is this something for you as well?

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by smeg6 on 07.05.05 - 16:11:41

Wow, that has some really nice features.  Lets hope it comes out soon.  A HD in a Smartphone would be pretty sweet.  Wonder how expensive that is going to be!

Posted by Sweety on 07.05.05 - 16:25:52

That's such a sweety!!! I wanted it from the first day I saw it.
Now all we need to know is the release date and the price. Hope my carrier is going to pick it up also. Orange, can you hear me? wink
Thanks for the new pictures, theý make even more lust! Hope to see a full review here soon!

Posted by jomni on 09.05.05 - 03:01:47

Hard drives have moving parts compared to flash memory.  The disk in the hard drive must revolve at a very fast rate while accessing data.  This motor function means that this device would be more power-hungry than usual.   If added with the Windows Mobile OS and 3rd party apps, which are also power-hungry, won't this negatively affect battery life.  (Unless Samsung uses a battery with more than standard capacity.)

Posted by vudu on 09.05.05 - 07:56:22

I wonder tha same thing, Jomni, but I am excited about hard drives in these devices...i would love to have a little hard drive in my Jam, for example, to really turn it into a full fledged MP3 player. THe specs on this Samsung do make me salivate, though. Don't like the current design as much as the design of the Imate smartphone (I like metallic/chrome finishes). Thanks for the pics Arne.

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.05.05 - 10:55:37

jomni wrote:

Hard drives have moving parts compared to flash memory.  The disk in the hard drive must revolve at a very fast rate while accessing data.  This motor function means that this device would be more power-hungry than usual.   If added with the Windows Mobile OS and 3rd party apps, which are also power-hungry, won't this negatively affect battery life.  (Unless Samsung uses a battery with more than standard capacity.)

I think the case is a different one: for "regular" Smartphone applications you use either the internal or microSD memory, like we do it with our current Smartphones.
However, for memory hungry files you can use the HDD like for music or navigation-maps. IMHO this makes sense, using a dual flash/HDD memory option.
Nevertheless I have another fear: mobile phones can drop and dropping a HDD isn't a good idea at all as long as it isn't shock resistant and I wonder how Samsung will manage this.

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.05.05 - 10:57:09

vudu wrote:

Don't like the current design as much as the design of the Imate smartphone (I like metallic/chrome finishes). Thanks for the pics Arne.

I wouldn't bet on the design (color-wise) yet. I've also seen dual silver/black versions which looked sweet too! smile

Posted by jomni on 10.05.05 - 02:19:27

@Arne,  You're probably right. You have a choice! An informed user will install his essential everyday apps in flash memory while he will place other large (less frequently used) files in the HD like MP3.  But then again, if the user is not informed he will put everything in the hard drive and accessing it frequently will result into more battery drain than using flash memory.  But flash memory of the same capacity 3GB are alrady in the market so why won't Samsung just use flash memory (costs?)?

Posted by Arne Hess on 11.05.05 - 08:06:04

Arne Hess wrote:

vudu wrote:

Don't like the current design as much as the design of the Imate smartphone (I like metallic/chrome finishes). Thanks for the pics Arne.

I wouldn't bet on the design (color-wise) yet. I've also seen dual silver/black versions which looked sweet too! smile

Just coming back to this metallic/chrome, silver/black topic - Bill Gates was showing the bi-color version yesterday during his Windows Mobile 5.0 keynote.

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