the Ultimate series ~:~ Samsung SGH-i900

Posted: April 20, 2008 by ralliart12 in Ring-ding
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The past few months seen the influx of a heightened interest in PDA phones, particularly those with a full qwerty keypad which the Blackberries are the representative models. I was looking out for a mobile with full qwerty keypad also, and my initial choice was the Motorola Q9M, as shown below:

However, Singapore telco like to do stupid things and brought in the Motorola Q9H instead, which offers 3.5G(calling it HSDPA doesn’t alleviate the situation, morons) instead of WiFi. So, despite the soft rubbery grippy back and cooler demeanor of a Motorola, and a Windows Mobile interface as opposed to BlackBerry’s spartan interface, no Wifi = no-go for me.

Then I chanced upon the Samsung i780 in a brochure and it seems to pack a punch, as below:

Key features include:

  • WiFi
  • 3.5G(hedge-ass-dee-pee-air)
  • GPS
  • Full QWERTY keypad
  • Optical joystick (a.k.a. trackball/pad-like surface for you to control your on-screen cursor/pointer, like the Blackberries)
  • 2.6″ TFT Touch-screen
  • 2MP camera
  • WM6

How cool is that! And a 14xxmAh capacity battery helps a lot too! Summary? If you have have WLAN access point you can switch over to 3.5G or use the built-in GPS to find a place that has WiFi. If you are sick of typing you can either use the stylus to navigate or even the integrated trackpad too!

Now, at the Ultimate series, we do not leave things as such, so I actually stumbled upon…this:

Now, I know it doesn’t have a physical QWERTY keypad, but it does offer few feature over the i780, namely:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 5 mega-pixel camera (with auto-focus)
  • Even larger 3.5″ 240X400 Touch-screen
  • FM Radio
  • TV-out
  • 8GB of internal memory
  • WiFi, GPS, 3.5G, of course

So, if you want a physical keypad, wait for i780 to have a price slash(it’s currently sold out in Singapore, btw), if you want a more useful(for productivity) “iPhone”, wait for the i900(in case, you haven’t figure out, this is the model no.). Now, tell me why do I keep running into Samsung products…?

P.S. I know the i900 photo ain’t impressive, but note that this is a prototype shot.


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