I couldn’t resist and wait for that much anticipated Apple iPhone. Besides, the lack of 3G capability and the ability to manually change batteries is a huge turn-off. For a while now, I’ve been scouting for a PDA or a smartphone and I’ve actually considered the new but expensive Treo 750 and the updated Nokia E61i. Sadly, none of the cellphone or gadget blogs that I read didn’t really gave me good reviews about them. In fact, I relied mostly on gadget forums and tech sites to get feedback about these phones. I guess most gadget blogs aren’t a good source of product reviews since they don’t usually own (or even seen or touched) the devices they’re blogging about. That’s for another discussion altogether.
Moving forward, I was keen on getting myself that well-equipped and appropriately priced Nokia E61i but during my tour to the phone stores, I discovered the Samsung SGH i600 smartphone. It’s commonly known as Blackjack in some regions and was released last December 2006.
Using my old Nokia 6233, I Googled it for a quick review of the feature set and found that it came very close to the Treo and the E61i.
- HSDPA(1.8Mbps) / UMTS / EDGE / GPRS
- GSM / Tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- 1.3 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus (2 x Digital Zoom)
- 65,536 Color TFT Screen (QVGA, 2.3″)
- QWERTY Keyboard / Thumb-wheel
- Memory: ROM 128MB RAM 64MB
- External Memory (microSD)
- Video Player (H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV )
- Music Player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV)
- Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP,AVRCP) / USB 1.1
- WAP 2.0 / Active Sync ML
- Mobile Printing (BPP, Pictbridge)
- OS: Windows Media Player 5.0
- Push e-mail: MS Direct Push
- Document Viewer
- Speaker Phone
- Web App.: MSN, RSS Reader. Pod Casting
- Dimension: 113 x 59 x 11.8mm, 105g
- Battery Time (1200mAh: 4hr 45min on GSM)
Been playing with it for a couple of days now and the only app I have downloaded into it is Opera Mini. Just love the scroll wheel that controls a Vista-like flipping window. Full review will be up on PTB later this afternoon/evening.
So far, I’m pretty happy with it. Just in case someone asks, it costs just under Php25k.