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Samsung i730 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone

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Review posted July 25, 2005 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

This is the year of the slider, and Pocket PC phones are no exception. The Samsung i730 features a slide-out thumb keyboard which marries the tactile feedback and excellent ergonomics of the Treo 650's keyboard with the slider design first seen on the HTC Blue Angel and Harrier series of devices (sold as the Audiovox XV6600 by Verizon, Siemens SX66 by Cingular and the Audiovox PPC-6601 by Sprint).

The i730 is a compact powerhouse: it currently has the fastest processor of any Pocket PC phone, a generous helping of memory and triple wireless. This CDMA phone, offered by Verizon Wireless, supports 1xRTT and EVDO for data, has Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b. Yet it's relatively small by Pocket PC standards, and is considerably smaller than the Audiovox (now UTStarcom) XV6600. Throw in a consumer AV remote, an SDIO slot, voice dialing and you've got the Samsung i730 running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. The only thing the i730 lacks is a camera, likely because the device targets corporate users who aren't allowed to have camera phones at work.

Samsung i730 open
back of samsung i730

 

In the Box

As with all Samsung smartphones, both Palm OS and Pocket PC, you get both a standard and extended battery in the box. In addition you get a folding sync cradle, a charger which you can plug into the cradle or directly into the phone, two styli, a stereo earbud headset with mic, a software CD with ActiveSync for Windows, a PDF manual and a Verizon welcome CD with Wireless Sync. The i730 doesn't come with a case, rather it comes with a plastic belt clip holster. One note about the cradle: if you're having trouble seating the device in the cradle, make sure you've swiveled the cradle to its full open position by rotating the back section as far as it can go.

Samsung i730

 

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Design and Ergonomics

The i730 is similar in size and weight to the popular Treo 650 and is smaller than its predecessor, the Samsung i700. It is a bit thicker than the Treo thanks to the slider keyboard design, but not by much. It is quite a bit thicker than the itsy i-mate JAM import GSM Pocket PC phone. Though not as portable as a standard cell phone, the i730 will fit into most pockets and feels good in the hand. Why is the i730 smaller than other Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phones? It has a 2.8" display rather than the standard 3.5" Pocket PC display. The resolution remains the same, so you'll see just as much on screen, though text and graphics will be smaller.

size comparison

The Audiovox SMT 5600, E-TEN M500, i730 and Palm Treo 650.

Samsung i730 and Sprint PPC-6700

The i730 and Sprint PPC-7600

size comparison

Compact phone pile-up: The Treo 650, Samsung i730 and the PPC-6700, top to bottom.

 

The unit has an external antenna on the upper right, and it's the retro extendable type, though we noticed no real improvement in reception with the antenna extended. Given the very visible antenna and phone-like appearance of the Samsung, Airline attendants will no doubt hassle you if you whip it out mid-flight. The up side is that the device has good reception that beasts the XV6600's internal antenna.

The i730's predominantly black front face is glossy and attractive. The device looks and feels well made. The side trim and back are silver, as are the buttons and d-pad up front. The earpiece speaker is located above the display, while the mic is at the bottom edge of the back half (keyboard slider half) of the phone. On the upper left side you'll find the standard 2.5mm stereo headset jack (it doesn't use the Samsung i700's oddball jack). The voice recorder button is located just below the jack, followed by the up/down volume rocker which controls PDA and ring volume when not in a call and call volume when in a call. Below that you'll find the power slider which has on, off and locked positions. The lock position is a godsend because the buttons require only a light touch, and it's much too easy to turn the phone on or unintentionally launch an app when handling the device. When the i730 is locked, you can still answer incoming calls by hitting the green call send button. A red flashing key lock reminder on the top taskbar lets you know if the phone is locked. Opening the slider will unlock the phone until you close the slider again.

On the back you'll find small stereo speakers and the user-replaceable battery. The SD slot is on the right side, as is the Voice Signal voice recognition button, which you must press and hold for a second unlike the other buttons. The sync connector and reset hole are on the bottom of the phone and the the single LED and IR window are located up top. Unlike other Pocket PC phones (except the i730's predecessor the i700), the unit doesn't flash an LED to let you know the phone is on and has service; something we find annoying. The i730 will light up its LED to alert you of missed calls (red), reminder and alarms, charging (purple) and Bluetooth on (blue).

Keyboard

The keyboard slides up and down easily using a spring loaded mechanism that keeps it locked open or shut. Thus it won't flap around half-open in the purse or briefcase. If you wish you can set the unit to answer a call when the keyboard is opened and hang up when you slide it closed. If you slide the keyboard open, the i730 will turn on. The keyboard's QWERTY keyboard is excellent: the keys are domed and easy to distinguish from each other and key presses give an nice mechanical tactile click (though perhaps a little too loud for quiet environments). The keys are spaced a tiny bit farther apart than the Treo's, which improves the typing experience. However, gripping the slider rather than the phone's body when typing isn't quite as comfy.

The keys have a pleasing blue backlighting that's adequate and not blinding in dark environments. You can set the backlight timeout (1, 2, 4 or 8 seconds) and press any key to turn on backlighting. In addition to the standard QWERTY keys, there are Start Menu, contextual action, Fn and caps lock keys. The Fn button (used for numbers, along with high punctuation and symbols) isn't lockable with the usual rapid double-press. A freeware utility called NumLock takes care of the missing Fn lock feature (double-press Fn to lock, double press again to unlock using this utility). When the slider is open and the i730 is in the phone dialer screen, the device automatically uses numbers rather than letters for dialing. In fact, when the slider is open and you're in the dialer, the usual dialer screen is replaced by one which tells you the keypad is active and shows you a little graphic of the keyboard with number pad area highlighted to give you a clue.

Horsepower and Performance

The Samsung i730 is currently the fastest Pocket PC phone, and is fast even by non-phone Pocket PC standards. Its 520 MHz Intel XScale PXA272 processor performs well and the unit has impressive graphics benchmarks. Menus are responsive, videos are smooth and action games run well. The unit feels a tad faster than the XV6600 / Audiovox PPC-6601 and Siemens SX66, and is similar to the import E-TEN M500 GSM Pocket PC phone which offers excellent performance for a 400 MHZ machine. So if you have a need for speed, the i730 should be on your short list. Of course, such power has its price: battery life. Pocket PC phones don't usually run the very fastest processors because those consume more power, and the added drain of the mobile phone radio compounds power consumption issues. In fact, Samsung only claims 2.2 hours of talk time using the standard battery. The i730 doesn't offer any way to change the CPU speed, so you won't be able to step it down in order to conserve battery power out of the box.

A power user's device must also have plenty of memory and the i730 doesn't disappoint. It has 64 megs of RAM with approximately 57 megs available to the user to store files and applications, and 128 megs of ROM with approximately 86 megs available to store data. The large flash ROM area is particularly attractive because its contents won't be wiped out should the unit completely run out of battery power and it's large enough to support an upgrade to Windows Mobile 5, should Samsung and Verizon Wireless offer it.

For expansion the i730 has an SD slot supporting SDIO, which means you can use SD networking cards, camera cards and more in addition to SD memory cards. The slot is located on the side of the unit and is one of the few PDAs with a miniature door covering the slot when empty. The slot has a very snug fit but we had no trouble inserting and removing a variety of SD cards. In addition, the Samsung has consumer grade IR and Bluetooth for expansion.

Phone Features, EVDO Data and Reception

The Samsung i730 has good reception, matching many of Verizon's other offering such as their LG feature phones. It's not quite as good as the super RF Motorola V710 and is about equal to our XV6600. Given the large external antenna, we were surprised the i730 didn't surpass the XV6600, but reception is certainly very good in areas of strong, mid and low cell phone tower reception. Call quality itself fell short when voice privacy was turned on (it is on by default). Incoming calls dropped a letter or two of every 3rd word. Turning off voice privacy remedied the problem. Outgoing call volume is low, and about 1 out of 4 call recipients complained that our voices were faint. When that happened, we talked directly to the phone's mic, Nextel phone style and the call recipient could then hear us. Outgoing call volume through the included headset, as well as Bluetooth headsets is louder. Incoming call volume is absolutely excellent: in a quiet room, you'll likely need to set it at only 1/3 of maximum volume. Even in noisy environments, we didn't need to set it to max. And once voice privacy was turned off, incoming audio quality was superb.

Like all Windows Mobile Pocket PC phones, the i730 has a large on-screen dialer suitable for finger dialing, or you may use the keyboard to dial. When the keyboard is open, the phone defaults to use it rather than the on-screen dialer. Again, like all Pocket PC phones, the i730 has speed dialing, call history, call muting, speaker phone (press and hold the green call send button to turn on the speaker phone), dialing directly from contacts as well as other built-in applications and you can take notes while in a call using the Notes shortcut in the dialer screen. In addition you get the excellent Voice Signal voice dialing software which allows you to dial any of your contacts by name, and dial by speaking the digits you wish to dial. Voice Signal also allows you to open programs via voice, though its selection of possible commands isn't nearly as expansive as Microsoft Voice Command. Then again, Voice Signal isn't as much of a memory hog and supports voice dialing over Bluetooth, unlike MS Voice Command. Voice Signal is very accurate when talking directly to the handset, and uses true voice recognition (you need not record voice tags or train it). Voice dialing over Bluetooth headsets and car kits is much less accurate, alas; but we tested a Voice Signal update for the i730 that does improve things greatly. To be fair, the E-TEN M500, one of the few other Pocket PC phones that supports voice dialing over Bluetooth, isn't very accurate when used with Bluetooth either.

The i730 supports both 1xRTT and EVDO for data. EVDO is very fast, and in our tests we got an average of 350k, which is more than three times faster than 1xRTT and EDGE. Testing our Audiovox / UTStarcom XV6600 Windows Mobile Pocket PC phone along side the Samsung, we got somewhat higher speeds averaging 475k and found that the XV6600 was more sensitive to EVDO signals. EVDO speeds range from 300 to 600k. Verizon offers EVDO in approximately 50 major metro areas at this time, and is working to cover every major US city. You need not pay extra for EVDO: Verizon's $45 per month PDA data plan allows you to use both 1xRTT and EVDO. If EVDO is available in your area, the phone will automatically use that faster connection. Not a bad deal for near WiFi speeds! Now you need not run to a WiFi HotSpot to get a fast connection, unlike paid services from T-Mobile which are available at Starbucks among other locations, and have a range of only 150 feet.

WiFi

Yes, this is a triple wireless device, and as such it sports 802.11b WiFi. Unlike any other WiFi-enabled smartphone we've seen, you must turn off the phone radio to use WiFi. When you turn on WiFi, the device will ask you if it's OK to disable the phone. Say OK and it turns off the phone and turns on WiFi. Unfortunately, it doesn't automatically turn the phone back on when you turn off WiFi, so you must remember to do this yourself. Yes, this means you won't be able to make or receive calls while using WiFi, and all incoming calls will go directly to voicemail. We're not sure why Samsung and Verizon have done this, but we suspect the simultaneous drain of the phone's radio and WiFi would be too much for the battery.

Samsung provides a Today Screen plugin for managing both Bluetooth and WiFi. Tap the WiFi button to bring up a screen with a big button labeled "disabled". Tap the button and the device will turn on WiFi and the button will say "enabled".  After that, you'll use the Windows Mobile Connection Manager to create and manage connections. WiFi worked well for us and the unit had average range compared to other handhelds. We tested it with Linksys WiFi access points and at public places such as Starbucks using T-Mobile's HotSpot service. At times, the Samsung didn't automatically re-connect to a preferred HotSpot after we turned WiFi off then on again later in the day. When this happened we went directly to the Connections tab on the Pocket PC and tapped and held that connection to reconnect. Battery life isn't good when using WiFi, and we got about 1.75 hours of continuous use with the standard battery (screen brightness was set to medium). If you plan on using WiFi a good deal, use the included extended battery and bring the standard battery along in case you need to swap in a spare. Note that the i730 does not support LEAP.

Bluetooth

Yes, Verizon disables Bluetooth DUN (dial up networking) on all phones including the i730, so let's get that out of the way first. This means you won't be able to use the i730 as a wireless modem for your notebook over Bluetooth. This is understandable, as Verizon doesn't want bandwidth hog notebooks getting free access to their very high speed EVDO network. There are industrious folks who've found the USB modem drivers for the i730 however, which means you can use the device as a modem over USB. Since USB is much faster than Bluetooth, it actually makes much better sense to use USB for an EVDO connection (Bluetooth tops off around 220k).

Bluetooth is well implemented on the Samsung i730, with a clean, simple user interface that helps you get the job done. While it lacks the Wizard found on some other models which walks you through new connection creation, it's usable and reliable. The Samsung supports hands free, headset, OBEX FTP, serial port and HID profiles. This is the first Pocket PC we've seen that supports HID out of the box, with no added drivers needed. Windows Mobile 5 will add that as a standard profile, so Samsung is a little ahead of the game. HID stands for Human Interface Device, which is the techie way of referring to input devices such as keyboards, mice and trackpads. We used the Bluetooth manager to set up our Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard and it worked perfectly-- no drivers needed. Very nice! Bluetooth does reduce battery life on the i730, and we found that leaving it turned on (but not actively using it) increased battery drain by 15%.

For headsets and car kits we tested the Parrot EasyDrive car kit which worked flawlessly (great volume, good clarity and excellent handoff), the Jabra BT800 (caller ID worked with one of our two i730 units, and call quality and handoff were good with both), the Logitech Mobile Freedom (low outgoing call volume), Plantronics M3500 (excellent in all respects) and the Motorola HS820 (incoming call volume could be louder). We got about 15 feet of range with these devices before static crept into the picture, which is average to better than average for a Pocket PC phone. The i730 was a good Bluetooth partner, with reliable connections and consistent hand-offs.

 

screen shot

Above: Bluetooth manager in the HID screen

Benchmarks

As you'd expect, the 520 MHz Samsung i730 benchmarks very well and wins most tests since it has the fastest processor of any Pocket PC Phone. The import E-TEN M500 GSM Pocket PC phone did take a few first place spots, even though it runs on a 400 MHz Samsung processor. The i730 benchmarks similarly to the Dell Axim X50 520 MHz model Pocket PC, so you're not sacrificing speed by adding the phone. If you've got the old Samsung i700 from Verizon, you'll clearly notice the difference going from its 300 MHz processor to the i730. Of course, the HP iPAQ 6315 with its much slower 168 MHz Texas Instruments comes in at the bottom of the pack. But the flip side is that it has the longest battery life and will run twice as long as the i730 in a charge.

Display, Gaming and Multimedia

Though the i730, like the i-mate JAM and E-TEN M500, has a 2.8" display rather than the standard 3.5" display used on Pocket PCs, the screen is easily readable. Unless you have poor eyesight, the i730 should work out just fine. The display is exceptionally bright and the highest brightness setting is simply blinding in dim rooms. It's very sharp, crisp and vivid as well. Text is razor sharp and photos look vibrant: folks who saw it commented on the wonderful display immediately. The screen is reasonably color neutral, so whites appear white. Since it runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, it supports both portrait and landscape orientations.

This is the first Pocket PC to sport built in stereo speakers and they do sound good! Not only do speakerphone calls sound louder and richer, but movies might not sending you running for headphones. For MP3 playback using the included Windows Media Player 10, you'll want to use the included stereo earbud headphones since the speakers still aren't high fidelity. To be fair, we can't think of a portable device with built in speakers that are good enough for extended music listening.

To further increase your listening pleasure, Samsung includes SRS WOW. Launch the utility from the taskbar to enable or disable this feature. It offers enhanced sound through the built in stereo speakers and through the stereo headset. SRS has several sound EQ presets, including normal, classical, jazz and rock. You can tweak the 3D effect, focus and TruBass using sliders. Yes, it does make a big difference. Turn it off and you'll be missing it instantly. A good media player application with EQ can accomplish much of the same effect, but SRS does add a bit of spatial separation which makes music and especially movies sound a bit better than EQ alone.

Games we tested ran well on the i730, including Sky Force, Bejeweled 2, Jack the Uni-Psychle and Tennis Addict . The d-pad is large and responsive, though it doesn't support simultaneous button presses, which diminishes the fun of action and flight shooter games.

Benchmark Results

 
HP iPAQ 6315
(2003, 168MHz Ti)
E-TEN M500 (400 MHz Samsung)
Siemens SX66 (XDA IIs / MDA III, 400 MHz)
Dell Axim X50 (520MHz, Max mode)
Samsung i700 (2002 OS), 300Mhz XScale
Samsung i730
520 MHz XScale
Spb Benchmark index
742
1655
1325
1803
917
1703
CPU index
714
1677
1812
2070
878
2000
File system index
667
1471
1031
1287
854
1213
Graphics index
1674
2756
1179
4653
1649
3796
Platform index
731
1536
1122
1350
700
1201
Write 1 MB file (KB/sec)
600
1413
1245
1548
550
1548
Read 1 MB file (MB/sec)
11.1
26.3
25.9
29.3
17.8
27.8
Copy 1 MB file (KB/sec)
588
1402
1251
1549
564
1550
Write 10 KB x 100 files (KB/sec)
467
1052
817
1039
407
1014
Read 10 KB x 100 files (MB/sec)
5.22
11.4
7.42
10.7
5.79
9.47
Copy 10 KB x 100 files (KB/sec)
435
938
701
874
355
827
Directory list of 2000 files (thousands of files/sec)
20.2
39.2
18.7
22.8
94.8
21.3
Internal database read (records/sec)
591
1386
1385
1709
715
1682
Graphics test: DDB BitBlt (frames/sec)
236
324
122
288
122
216
Graphics test: DIB BitBlt (frames/sec)
12.3
25
23.1
33
22.8
33.5
Graphics test: GAPI BitBlt (frames/sec)
259
390
135
901
216
647
Pocket Word document open (KB/sec)
26.3
59.5
37.5
40.9
22.9
38.4
Pocket Internet Explorer HTML load (KB/sec)
5.51
10.8
7.54
8.36
5.53
6.89
Pocket Internet Explorer JPEG load (KB/sec)
108
231
229
272
68.9
179
File Explorer large folder list (files/sec)
469
783
536
604
231
512
Compress 1 MB file using ZIP (KB/sec)
170
328
238
273
60.8
246
Decompress 1024x768 JPEG file (KB/sec)
230
568
610
752
396
764
Arkaball frames per second (frames/sec)
87.4
170
98.8
277
106
242
CPU test: Whetstones MFLOPS (Mop/sec)
0.03
0.084
0.076
0.097
0.057
0.099
CPU test: Whetstones MOPS (Mop/sec)
24.3
55.5
54.9
70.4
55.4
71.9
CPU test: Whetstones MWIPS (Mop/sec)
2.14
5.45
4.95
6.39
3.65
6.51
Memory test: copy 1 MB using memcpy (MB/sec)
29.9
70.8
105
104
70.1
99.6

Battery Life

Samsung is always generous when it comes to smartphone batteries, be it Palm OS or Pocket PC. They provide both a standard and extended battery in the box. The standard battery fits flush with the device and is 1100 mAh. That's a low capacity battery for a PDA that doubles as a phone (the phone's radio consumers a good bit of power even when the PDA is turned off). It's especially low for a fast 520 Mhz machine, though the smaller 2.8" display does help offset battery drain. That said, if you're a light to moderate PDA and phone user, the standard battery will get you through the day easily. In fact, it will last 2 to 3 days if you're in an EVDO area (EVDO seems kinder to battery life than 1xRTT even if you're not using the connection). If you talk for 45 minutes per day, use the PDA functions several times a day, play games, surf the web for an hour over EVDO or 1xRTT, and have the device set to check email several times per hour, use the 1700 mAh extended battery or you won't make it through the day. That 1700 mAh battery has less juice that the Palm Treo 650 and about 200 - 300 mAh more than competing Pocket PC phones running on slower processors, so the extended battery is somewhat closer to a standard battery in terms of capacity. WiFi significantly reduces runtimes, so if you're a heavy WiFi user, you'll want to keep both batteries with you. Using the standard battery, we were able to surf the web using WiFi for 1.5 hours before the i730 hit the 20% charge mark. Bluetooth impacts battery life by approximately 15% if you leave Bluetooth on all day, even if you don't actively use a Bluetooth device with the i730. Using a Bluetooth device such as a headset for all calls doesn't result in much additional battery drain.

The included cradle can charge both the i730 and a second battery simultaneously, so you'll be able to have both charged and ready to go. The one drawback is that the extended battery is significantly thicker and adds both bulk and weight to an otherwise compact PPC phone (see photo, right). For you Verizon customers considering a move from the XV6600 to the i730, you'll get modest runtime gains in the trade— more than modest if you take into account the Samsung's included second battery. Our i730 with standard battery ran a bit longer than the XV6600. With the extended battery, the Samsung ran about 1.5 hours longer than the XV. the XV6600 has a 1490 mAh battery for comparison, but a slower processor (uses less power), though a larger display (which consumes more power). For more info on the XV6600, see our review of the Audiovox PPC-6601 which is its mirror image offered by Sprint.

Consumer IR and AV Remote

The i730 has consumer IR (stronger, longer range IR) and comes with a wonderful AV remote control program that you can use to control your home stereo and entertainment center components. It's a learning remote which means it will work with any piece of gear: to train it you'll aim the component's remote at the i730 and press the given button to teach the i730 that button's function. The remote comes with a few brands (Samsung, Sony and etc.) so you likely won't have to to train it for each component you own. The AV screen shows five types of devices you can control: TV, DVD, VCR, Audio and Other. Tap one to control that device. For devices like cable boxes and trained devices, use the Other category. You can add buttons to the remote, move them around and assign them to any function you wish, so if you want the volume buttons for the TV remote to actually control the stereo's volume, you can train it to do that easily. The software's versatility and strong IR combine to make this app a real winner!

 

side of Samsung i730, standard battery

Standard battery

 

Extended battery

AV remote screen shot

AV Remote Control main screen

AV remote screen

First page of TV control buttons (page 2 has channel number buttons)

 

Software

The i730 runs the Windows Mobile 2003 SE for Pocket PC Phone operating system and comes with the usual suite of Windows Mobile applications. These include pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, File Explorer, clock, MSN Messenger, Pictures (a photo viewer), Terminal Services, Windows Media Player 10, Calculator and the games Solitaire and Jawbreaker. ActiveSync for Windows PCs and Outlook 2002 are included on the CD and you can sync your Pocket PC's Inbox, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes to Outlook.

In addition to the standard Windows Mobile bundle, Samsung includes their MITs launcher, which is customizable and makes it easy to launch a variety of applications and settings one-handed using the the d-pad. Picsel Viewer, a very capable application that allows you to view (but not edit) native MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files as well as web sites comes pre-installed on the i730. This is the first time we've seen Picsel on a Pocket PC, previously it was only bunded with select Sony Clies running Palm OS. Samsung's Flash ROM erase utility allows you to wipe out the contents of flash ROM, which is handy if you wish to sell the unit or send it in for service (flash ROM isn't erased by a hard reset). And lastly, Verizon's Wireless Sync made by Intellisync comes with all Verizon smartphones including the i730: you can sync to your desktop from anywhere using Verizon's data network (your desktop must be turned on) or if your company has opted for the corporate package, you can sync to MS Exchange over the air.

MITS screen shot

Samsung's MITs launcher

Conclusion

The Swiss Army Knife of Pocket PC phones. It has everything except a camera: Bluetooth, WiFi, EVDO, an AV remote, excellent thumb keyboard and voice recognition. Not only that, it's quite compact, especially with the standard battery. If you're a power user craving serious processing power, plenty of memory and triple wireless, the i730 beckons. The keyboard slider is well made and has nice spring-loaded action and the keyboard itself is on par with the Treo 650. The screen is vibrant and bright, incoming call volume is good enough for even noisy places and Bluetooth plays well with all the headsets we tested. Samsung includes nice goodies in the box: both a standard and extended battery, a folding cradle which can charge both batteries, a stereo headset and a spare stylus. Not bad, though the Samsung isn't perfect. Battery life isn't stellar, you must turn off the phone to use WiFi and the buttons are maddeningly easy to press by accident. Yes it has a key lock slider, but who wants to use that to carry the phone from one room to the next? Gamers won't be happy that the i730 doesn't support simultaneous button presses. And of course, as per Verizon's rule, it doesn't support Bluetooth DUN.

List Price: $499 to $599 with contract, $719 retail without contract extension.

Web sites: www.samsung.com, www.verizonwireless.com

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Specs:

Display: Transflective TFT color LCD. 65K colors, screen size diag: 2.8 ". Resolution: 240 x 320.Supports both portrait and landscape orientations.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. Both standard 1100 mAh and 1700 mAh extended battery included in the box. Claimed talk time: 2.2 hours. Claimed standby time: 5.4 days.

Performance: 520 MHz Intel XScale PXA 272 processor. 64 MB built-in RAM (57 megs available). 128 MB Flash ROM with 86 megs available in SafeStore for your use.

Size: 4.53 x 2.28 x 0.94 inches. Weight: 6.34 ounces.

Audio: Built in stereo speakers, mic and 2.5mm stereo headphone jack. Stereo earbud headset with mic and call volume and send/end button included. Voice Recorder, Voice Signal (speech recognition) and Windows Pocket Media Player 10 included for your MP3 pleasure.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b and Bluetooth.

Phone: CDMA dual band (800 and 1900 MHz) digital only. 1xRTT and EVDO for data.

Software: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC Phone operating system. Microsoft Pocket Office suite including Pocket Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Outlook. Also, Terminal Services, MSN Messenger, Pocket Windows Media Player 10, calculator, and Voice Recorder as well as handwriting recognition. 3rd party and Samsung software: Picsel Viewer, MITs Launcher, AV Remote Control, Today Screen Plugin to control WiFi and Bluetooth, Verizon's Wireless Sync. ActiveSync 3.7 and Outlook 2002 for PCs included.

Expansion: 1 SD (Secure Digital) slot supporting SDIO and SDIO Now!.

 

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