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- EvDo high speed internet.
- WiFi - even faster internet.
- Bluetooth - hello hands free.
- With a simple cord to a laptop, it is a modem.
- Full keyboard.
- Full blown PocketPC OS.
In one purchase, I have eliminated my bulky IPAQ and replaced that EvDo card that was costing $90 a month.
Ultimately, it is as close to the perfect phone as I have ever had. [vzwshop.com...]
I know of several other Webmasterworld folk who recently bought one too.
I use a remote desktop feature to scrape my own desktop and view email that way. You can also use webmail (with evdo - gmail is pretty fast - there is also PDA version of some webmail like hotmail and yahoo)
I do not like the Verizon Wireless sync, because it pushes all your outlook email and contacts up to a verizon server and then pushes it to the handheld - which is a security and privacy breech to me.
All-in-all, this is just one awesome little phone. The keyboard and evdo just rock. I added a bluetooth headset.
EquityMind has switched from a Treo as well and calls it the best phone he has ever had.
I just think this is one of the best peice of electronic equipment since I have owned since the commodore 64 *woof*woof*.
I never used the Internet on my Treo, I just didnt see it as an effective tool. With the Samsung i730, I truly have an effective (and VERY fast) web browser that I use for forum reading and posting, checking Gmail, I have even purchased an airline ticket over the web on it during a session at a conference!
My only gripe is not being able to receive phone calls while using the wifi. This just seems like it would be easy to have an alert if there is a phonecall and keep the cellular signal available. Hopefully we'll see a hack or somethin' for this.
Overall though, pretty sweet. I had the hp6315 for a while and returned it. I think this one's a keeper.
It only took me about a day to realize that it's an awesome little device.
I'm still fine-tuning mine - I've had it for about two weeks now.
I already have my drug and chemotherapy handbooks loaded on it and I use it religiously at work.
I use pocket Outlook - I get my email delivered to me every 10 minutes. Then, when I check email from home, it's all synched to my desktop. Fabulous!
I'm still trying to figure out which Bluetooth headset to get ... I don't think I like the one Brett has.
> must have apps
For you - try NetFront browser. It has a "autocruise" mode where you dump a set of urls into it, and it "autocruises" them on your schedule. AKA: spiders them! with me dude? it's awesome.
vxutils (ping - tracert..etc)
cerdisp: (from microsoft). It is a remote display. While your phone is in the craddle, you can shadow it on the desktop and use your mouse then.
Powertoys for pocketpc...
winampaq - winamp for pocketpc. run those mp3s baby.
aim - because msn messinger is lame...
resco file explorer - because the built in one is lame too.
RealVnc for pocketpc (shadow your desktop machine...awesome)
today screen weather display. it gives you up to 8 cities to track. It is nice when you are traveling to see what the weather is going to be. (vegas: 92 and sunny today)
hit pdaphone home and read the i730 faq. Get the bigdialler.dl hack and then get NumLock to save your dialing sanity.
> must have
atleast 4-5 one gig cards. lol
> must have
the cable to jack your laptop into the phone to use as a modem.
the adapter for the headset jack that adapts to normal stereo headphones. then just jack in for killer mp3 playing or to a fm transmitter to pick it up on your car stereo)
screen protectors. Hawkgirl has a source on those.
bluetooth headset. I'd recommend the logitech mobile freedom pro (I think that is the name. the one with the boom mic. I love it)
Thanks for the review.
Thanks for the great list btw BT...definitely a couple on there that I will have to score (mainly the phone to laptop cable). I picked up ONE nice 1 GB card...very handy.
I'm really lookin' forward to usin' it in a metro area with the high speed cellular connection. It's very cool that they give ya two batteries too.
from that wired article:
a recent class action suit, filed against Palm for bugs in its Treo line, suggests consumers aren't as pleased with these devices as the press might have been.
Palm-based Treo handsets have turned out to have more than their share of problems, from syncing conflicts to inexplicable phone reboots. And while Palm hasn't come out and said as much, there can be little doubt that the company is crossing its fingers that Windows Mobile will give it a little more stability. (Which would be strange, really, since Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition quickly developed its own reputation for bugs and quirks.)
I love the functionality of my Treo, but the reliability is lacking. Since my first Ipaq, I have wanted a pocketPC platform to do what the Treo could do. if the Samsung pulls it off, MS owes them for helping drive the stake thru the heart of the Palm OS.