So let’s see. Who got sucked into the hype and like a million others went out and bought an iPhone? Oops… you did?
Well, if you *did* rush out and buy one I doubt you’ll be too happy reading the rest of this article.
To be honest I was considering rushing out with the rest of the herd to get my grubby little hands on a grubby little screen but after after a lot of reading round I decided to wait awhile and see what the reviews were like about the machine in use. I also wanted to wait out and see what the alternatives were because several stories made oblique references to ‘new touch phones’ that were coming onto the market, but mostly without any specifics.
I began reading around a wider circle and stopped short when I came to two new phones, one was the HTC Diamond which is a *beautiful* piece of kit with pretty good specs the other was the Samsung Omnia which is where I now am… drooling! The phone is good looking but the specs… ohhh… the specs!!!
For those of you with iPhones, compare what Apple has provided with your bright new offering, with the Samsung machine specs:
- 3.2-inch wide touch display
- stereo Bluetooth,
- 8/16 GB internal memory
- memory card slot (accepts up to 16GB micro-sd card)
- 5 MP camera (with sports auto-focus, geo-tagging, auto-panorama, stabilizer, face detection, smile detection, and video editing)
- FM radio
- 12.5mm body
… well yes there’s more, but I’m sure you get the picture?
There’s a review at http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/9459.html if you’re interested.
For me the appeal of the Samsung lies in the radio, the GPS and the 5Mp camera. However, the Div-X support… and the ability to support 16Gb mini-SD cards *as well as* the inbuilt 8/16Gb will mean I could carry several full length movies to watch if I was ever anywhere where I (or the kids) could otherwise be bored rigid! 🙂
Currently, from the published specs, it seems to be really approaching the ‘all-in-one’ mobile computer, PDA. phone concept many of us have been looking for. Of course usability is something that only comes with hands-on experience.
Despite the fact that my iMate JasJam comes with a slide-out keyboard, I rarely use it.
For preference, I use the touch screen and have almost exclusively since purchase! So for me, character recognition is something else I’ve come to expect as a must have… and something else the iPhone seems to have ignored.
Of course *price* is an all-consuming sticking point for many, including myself, so no matter how good a device it is, if it simply costs too much when it is available in Australia, then no matter what it offers, it’ll just have to be put on the wish list and wait.
Right now tho I’m waiting for a test model to become available… and if it’s available on an affordable ‘plan. I’m sure I won’t have long to wait. 🙂