Having sold the MDA Vario and the TomTom free GPS package I got with the 750v, I had some ebay money to spend on a new gadget. I was tempted by a few, just for a change, including the Toshiba G900 but it is too bulky and the HTC P4350, but it is 3G less and that is now one of my key must-haves.
I have enjoyed the simplicity of the HTC Vox and the simpler WM o/s so I was quite keen to get a device that has this and also 3G, hence my splashing out on a new Samsung i600. I’ve only had it a couple of days and my intial fears, from reading various forums, were that the battery life would be poor but so far, using just the standard battery, it has been acceptable. It also came with a 2nd battery, a bigger capacity one and a revised back cover which is a nice touch from Samsung and an unusual one too although some might see it as an admission of supplying a device with an inadequate battery just to get the i600 ahead in the slim fashion stakes.
This runs windows mobile 5 for smartphones and does not come with the word and excel applications so those of you who need this and editing power will need DocstoGo and expanded email data storage to cope with the influx of future DocstoGo upgrading emails. It does however come with Picsel Viewer…ahem..so you can use that to view documents. It also comes with its own RSS reader built in but I’ve not really tried that out as yet.
Lets get into the important bits…form-factor. It is virtually the same width and height as the treo 680 but is much thinner and much lighter. I’m so used to devices being heavyish it is a bit disconcerting to have such a light one at first. It looks and feels nice in the hand. I’ve been using it with the extended battery as it just feels too thin with the normal one, even with the bigger one attched it is still small.
Rather worringly, I have not been able to set it up with active sync yet which is rendering my useage of it as nominal. This is proving to be a major drawback to date although oddly it has synced just fine with Missing Sync on my mac at home. I can’t think what is going wrong with activesync. Another drawback is the small screen, it’s the smallest by far on any device I have used to date and I’m not sure how I will cope with it, if at all. If I can’t get it to sync on the work pc by close of play on Friday I will be returning it to Expansys because a smartphone that cannot sync is like..emmm…is like…well…it’s like something that is really not much use at all.