Device Advice: Samsung’s iPhone killer

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If your customer is after a super slim pocket phone, then the i8910 won’t be the one for them. But if they want something that can record and play HD content and play it on the massively impressive 3.7- inch widescreen, then there’s little else out there to come close.

This isn’t the most attractive handset and placed beside an iPhone, the Apple device wins in the design stakes. But all of the things that impress are inside. All you have to say is the following to your customers, and it will certainly sell – fastest processor available on a Symbian smartphone, HD capabilities, 8-megapixel autofocus camera, FM radio, surround sound and DLNA to wirelessly play HD videos on a PC or suitable TV.

The last major Symbian device from Samsung was the i8510 ‘Innov8’. While that used Series 60 3rd Edition, this uses the touchscreen 5th Edition. Unlike all the S60 5th Edition devices, the i8910 HD uses a capacitive touchscreen, so it’s properly touch sensitive like the iPhone – instead of needing pressure applied. As a result, it’s more responsive than any other Symbian-powered model on sale.

In the UK, the phone is being ranged by Orange only, which is offering it free on £30 monthly contracts. Good value, indeed. Orange has replaced Samsung’s Share Pix service with Orange Photo to allow easy uploading of photos to online galleries and social networking sites. Orange has also embedded its Orange Maps navigation service as well as its own Music Store.

There’s so much more to come from this phone as well. Samsung may have announced a nonsmartphone with a superfast ‘800MHz Application Processor’ but this is definitely not slow. It also has 250MB of RAM to cope with running a lot of applications at once, and it’s quick to swap between one and another.

Messaging and email are straightforward, although the email client could show more detail and the web browser is starting to show its age – it supports multiple windows but you can’t open multiple pages and jump between them. Nor can you easily go back without waiting for the previous page to reload.

Full article in Mobile News issue 444 (July 27, 2009).

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