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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 02.04.07 - 15:19:39 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 19904x
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Not too new for Americans, this month Samsung also started shipping the European version of the BlackJack - the Samsung SGH-i600. And following my earlier preview of a i600 prototype, today I've received a commercial version of Samsung's latest UMTS and HSDPA enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone.
And waiting was absolutely worth. The only 11.8 mm thin UMTS and HSDPA Smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard also features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850 MHz aren't supported) as well as WiFi b/g (something the BlackJack lacks) and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. It blends the feature-rich, desktop functionality of the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform with extensive multimedia capabilities to help people work on the go, stay in touch with family and friends or just have fun. It is also the first smart phone to support web applications such as podcasting and RSS Reader.

A key feature of the continuing success of the Ultra Messaging i600 is its QWERTY keyboard with wheel key, perfectly designed for composing messages or E-Mails. In addition to this, the customized thumbwheel makes navigation simpler than ever:







A complete review will follow soon. In the meantime feel free to ask your questions in the comments bellow.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by lucozadenrg on 02.04.07 - 17:09:39

Hi,

I have one of these on the way in any case, but it ouwl be good to know:
Comparison with SGH-i320
Battery Life comparison (once you have had a chance to use it - and especially now that AT&T are shipping extended battery for the i607)
How is the sound compared to twin speakers on i320?
Pictures of the new Samsung front end plugin - what is it like in operation
Any news from samsung on whether there will be a WM6 upgrade?

Look forward to the full review!

cheers l

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.04.07 - 10:33:32

lucozadenrg wrote:

Comparison with SGH-i320

Do you mean size or function comparison? For size comparison, [selfurl=http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3410]please see here[/selfurl], where I previewed an early prototype back in November.

Battery Life comparison (once you have had a chance to use it - and especially now that AT&T are shipping extended battery for the i607)

Battery testing is one the way. However, please keep in mind I'm testing the SGH-i600, not the US American SGH-i607 aka BlackJack and i600 doesn't includes the extended battery but two standard batteries only.

How is the sound compared to twin speakers on i320?

Have to test it.

Pictures of the new Samsung front end plugin - what is it like in operation

This is coming later in a sperate review. [selfurl=http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3743]UPDATE: The review is now here[/selfurl].

Any news from samsung on whether there will be a WM6 upgrade?

You mean for the i600? No news yet; I haven't heard anything new.

Posted by JoJO on 03.04.07 - 11:06:28

As always, the best hands-on pics in the net. Thanks a lot. One thought/question: What’s this camera hump is about? I mean if it would be a 2 or even 3 mega-pixel cam, no problem but having 1.3 mega-pixel only and getting such a hump? I don’t see a reason, especially if I compare it with the q9. :-( Definitely had the hope that the i600 is released with a improved camera.

Posted by Iván on 03.04.07 - 13:35:59

Thanks for your pics. I visit your website very often and it's the firs time I write a comment.
Do you know if the Samsung great homescreen plugin is only to be included in the unlocked version of the phone and not in the operatos version?
I ask this because in Spain, Vodafone has released this phone but it does not come with the plugin neither pocket msn.
Also, do you think is it posible to extract the plugin and install it in any other i600?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.04.07 - 14:40:58

Hola and welcome to your first comment! smile
The "problem" with such extras like the Home Screen plug-in (and even MSN Messenger) is, that these are not Windows Mobile "core functionalities" and carriers are free to select/disable these functionalities. For instance also the Samsung SGH-i300 O2 Germany sold excluded Samsung's (other) Home Screen plug-in.
Also, Vodafone is (unfortunately) well known for excluding the MSN Messenger from its Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

Regarding extracting the plug-in: this is something others tried already as well, without any luck (so far) and I didn't dived into that deep yet. For the missing Messenger - the best I can advice is to use a 3rd party application.

Posted by lucozadenrg on 03.04.07 - 15:54:16

Arne Hess wrote:

lucozadenrg wrote:

Comparison with SGH-i320

Do you mean size or function comparison? For size comparison, [selfurl=http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3410]please see here[/selfurl], where I previewed an early prototype back in November.
Apologies - I forgot about the photoview - I was referring in general to size (already done) but lso general feel, how the buttons feel in particular and general speed etc

Battery Life comparison (once you have had a chance to use it - and especially now that AT&T are shipping extended battery for the i607)

Battery testing is one the way. However, please keep in mind I'm testing the SGH-i600, not the US American SGH-i607 aka BlackJack and i600 doesn't includes the extended battery but two standard batteries only.
Understood - It will be interesting to see if the battery life on 3G and WiFi lasts well or if there may a requirement for a larger battery.....

How is the sound compared to twin speakers on i320?

Have to test it.

Pictures of the new Samsung front end plugin - what is it like in operation

This is coming later in a sperate review. [selfurl=http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3743]UPDATE: The review is now here[/selfurl].

Any news from samsung on whether there will be a WM6 upgrade?

You mean for the i600? No news yet; I haven't heard anything new.

One other thing - would be great to see how well slingplayer works on 3G and 802.11!

Cheers
l

Posted by Iván on 03.04.07 - 16:07:39

Thank you for the quick answer. Nice job! It's a pity I will have to purchase it from Samsung unlocked if I want that plugin sad

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.04.07 - 16:42:07

lucozadenrg wrote:

One other thing - would be great to see how well slingplayer works on 3G and 802.11!l

This, you can be sure, will be part of the review but I can tell you already that it is doing fine. smile Also a couple of U.S. friend are using their BlackJacks for their Slingbox! smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.04.07 - 18:11:32

Iván wrote:

Thank you for the quick answer. Nice job! It's a pity I will have to purchase it from Samsung unlocked if I want that plugin sad

Iván, not realy a 1:1 copy but you might want to check out [selfurl=http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3747]V2R's Active UI which was released today[/selfurl] as well.

Posted by lucozadenrg on 04.04.07 - 18:07:12

Quick update,  my i600 finally turned up!

Not much chance to use it yet, but initial thoughts (compared to SGH-i320 and HTC MteOR are:
Keypad Buttons MUCH better
System Volume seems a bit quieter than mi SGH-i320
Quick Launch - seems great (not sure what the % at the bottom is for, signal or battery as they are both about the same at the moment)
Card Wheel Homescreen - liking it so far
HSDPA - Great, makes a great modem as well which charges off the USB at the same time as far as I can see
WLAN - Having a few problems, seems OK when SSID is available, couldnt find the MAC on the box anywhere and if I turn off the SSID on my Access Point after connection the WLAN disappears from the i600 Wireless Manager Menu!  (May be meant to I haven't read the manual properly yet!)
Usual push email knobs and whistes that mean it is great for work
.....and the best part.....finally.........I can send business cards (details at least) via SMS as well as full vCard by MMS.  This certainly wasn't on my version of the i320 (also WM5) or any of the other WM Smartphones I have had without a third party app. Hoorah.

If this had GPS and a 3 year talk time I may well have found my perfect device, but so far seems as close as I have ever got!!

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