I had the chance last week to play with Samsung latest smartphone; Samsung Omnia 2 aka i8000. I must admit the new Samsung Touch Wiz Interface is just AWESOME! The scroll is smooth, functional, predictable and surprisingly nice to look at. There were lots of additional softwares added by Samsung too.
Nothing like the previous Samsung Omnia. I was also told it will be priced somewhere around RM2,599 (head on with HTC Touch Diamond 2).
Stay tuned for the followup review on the actual units of more screen shots and pictures!
When I ask someone who has not used a PDA before; “Why are you not using a PDA?” or “Will you use a PDA?”, some of the most common replies I get are…
A1: “My RM300 phone already has appointment and task built in. So I don’t need a powerful device to do it.”
A2: “I don’t have so many contacts/email to store.”
A3: “I don’t need to set appointments as I am not in sales/marketing line.”
A5: “Don’t know how to use.”
Generally, when people think of PDA, they think of only appointments, task and contacts. PDA has evolve so much since the day I started using it. I do not blame them for thinking that way as PDA was mainly used for that purpose 5 to 6 years ago. Palm was so popular back then people generally refer PDA as Palm. How things have changed. I hope to bridge the knowledge gap with the simple slideshow I created below.
Buying a PDA is very much like buying a computer. It is all about what you install into it that makes it worth while.
Recent years, prices of PDA has also come down to a very reasonable range. Did you know that you can get a PDA phone with Bluetooth, WiFi, 2MP camera, GPS with Touch Screen for under RM1,000?
Hint: HTC P3300
Anyway, back to the functions of PDA… Did you know that
you can search through ANY words among your thousands of SMS?
you can sort your SMS like a chat window? Making it easier to reply and read your SMS instead of just Inbox/Outbox.
you can schedule a SMS to be sent tomorrow, next week, next month and even a year later? Never forget a birthday wish!
you can watch youtube movies clips anytime, anywhere?
you can do PUSH EMAIL on Windows Exchange Server? Arguably faster than Blackberry?
Too bad it doesn’t comes with bright yellow like it’s laptop brother but it sure looks great! They have the “ZX1” embossed on the side as the On/Off button, the Lamborghini outer logo shaped centre button and even carbon fibre wallpaper background to match the “carbon fibre” housing on the phone.
What about specification? Will it live up to it’s name?
Dimensions: 115.6mm x 59.4mm x 13.2 mm (119gram)
Networks: Quadband with 3G & HSDPA
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS
OS: Windows Mobile 6.1
Camera: 3MP camera with Autofocus
Processor: IT2431 450MHz
Memory: 128MB/256MB (RAM/ROM) with MicroSD slot
Battery: 1150mAh Li-on with 5 hours talk time
Rumour has it that it will come installed with Asus new Touch UI (very iPhone like) on this new Smartphone.