Samsung SGH-i900 – Some Concerns

Nothing is perfect. I have yet bought or used a phone that I couldn’t live without. And therefore the upcoming Samsung SGH-i900 won’t be any different. But so far, the phone’s design and specification is appealing to me a lot more than any phone currently available in the market. So hopefully my concerns below won’t see the light of day. 

My first concern is the battery capacity. In my opinion, a phone like this with all the high end features and large 3.5″ display should come with a replaceable battery holding at anything between 1200 and 1500 mAh of power.

My second concern is the large touchscreen. Some touchscreen phones these days aren’t as responsive as they should be. On some phones, users have to press a bit harder for the touch to register since there seems to be a space between the touch surface and the actual LCD beneath it. This is somewhat annoying to me and I hope it won’t be much of a concern for this particular phone.

I don’t care much about the weight of the phone. No matter how much heavy a phone can get, I am sure it will never be substantial.

Another concern is text input. I know that Windows Mobile comes with a built in virtual keyboard but it’s tiny, looks ugly, and you need a stylus to use it. I am thinking since this phone comes with a pretty large screen, Samsung should have included a special QWERTY keyboard that is user and finger friendly. It’s already unfortunate that there isn’t a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard built into the phone.

Finally, my last concern is the phone’s home screen. No one wants to see the default dull and boring Windows Mobile home screen. A special home screen plugin would be necessary for such a slick and shiny phone in order to seperate it from other Windows Mobile phones.

I really do have high expectations for this phone and I hope Samsung won’t put me down. Samsung is known for its high quality products therefore I hope this product isn’t an exception.

 

Musicovery – Interactive Web Radio

Musicovery 

This is a site I stumbled upon on my web surfing adventure last night. It’s called Musicovery and it’s all about online music. What’s cool about this is that you can set the type of music you want to listen to according to several factors like your mood, type of dance, and your emotional status.

I have been using it for two days now and so far I haven’t seen anything that disappoints me. The only drawback is the media rich site where the user interaction might be affected due to a slow system. But as long as your computer is fairly new then this shouldn’t be a concern.

There is no need to register or signup. It’s a free service and I hope it remains this way. So go ahead and check it out.

Samsung SGH-i900 – It’s Worth The Wait

Samsung SGH-i900 Today I came across this post on IntoMobile.com saying that Samsung is working on a new phone, Samsung SGH-i900. It could be the phone that I am destined to own. The phone has all those high-end features that I want plus a gorgeous large 3.5″ screen (an asset in my opinion).

I will certainly keep an eye on all news related to this phone. Here are the anticipated specifications so far (taken straight from this post on IntoMobile.com):

The Samsung SGH-i900 brings together the best of both worlds, and it does it in style. With a full-body, 3.5-inch (240×400) touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Samsung i900 gives Windows Mobile fans a chance to one-up iPhone owners. And, with a feature-set that includes HSDPA, WiFi, FM radio, 5 megapixel camera, TV-out, 16GB of onboard storage, microSDHC card slot, and Bluetooth 2.2 with A2DP – all packed into a 112×56×13mm package, the Samsung i900 easily outpaces the current iPhone’s meager offerings. And, there’s some sort of fingerprint-scanner/touch-sensitive navigation pad at the bottom of the display.

Deselect Features to Uninstall? Huh?

Gizmo Director Shouldn’t it be “Select features you would like to remove” instead? 

I have installed hundreds of programs through-out my entire life and whenever I try to uninstall a program I usually select what I want to remove and not the other way around.

The uninstall process should always be consistent so that we don’t end up confusing the end user. I believe displaying a message like the one shown on the left from Gizmo Director is somewhat confusing and is definitely a bad UI.

Just Installed Windows XP Service Pack 3

Win SP3 So I installed SP3 on two different machines and so far so good. Although I did notice one tiny problem after installation. Windows Live Messenger seemed to give me an error when it first launches. It says something about a problem with the Windows Live Messenger package. But of course a simple uninstall and reinstall of Windows Live Messenger did solve this issue. 

Other than that, everything seems to run smoothly. Of course SP3 didn’t add any new functionality or features. It’s simply a package containing all updates released after SP2.

Anyway, the only change you will see is a new service pack number under the System Properties window.