Pros Size, Weight, Color, Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, WiFi, Optical Mouse, Keyboard
Cons Battery life could be better, but this is a typical complaint for a phone with this many features.
Summary I have been a Microsoft handheld device owner from way back into the early Pocket PC operating system days & the more recent Windows Mobile OS. My experience with most Windows Mobile phones can be summed up as "A Pocket PC trying badly to be a phone. Windows Mobile 6.1 for me, has blended the two devices (PC & Phone) well enough for me to be really excited about the Saga. Hardware wise, it is the perfect size, the perfect weight, the perfect look. My prior phone, the Samsung SCH-i730, was basically a brick I wanted a lightweight phone with no flip covers & no slide-out keyboards. I wanted it all at my fingertips the momemt I reached for it. This phone has satisfied my needs well.
Pros - Customizable
- Thin & portable
- Good keyboard
- Touch mouse & stylus
Cons - Small screen makes internet browsing hard
- Short battery life (but can be extended)
Summary The Saga is the best portable workstation on the market right now - works with outlook, has Office Mobile, and the Today screen can be customized to your liking. The real trick is to play with it and figure out how to do things like change the ringers or set up the hotkeys. A lot of the complaints so far have been about WinMo 6.1... yes it can be buggy, yes it can lag. When it does, don't take the battery out - hit the reset button. It's conveniently located there on the side for a reason!
The battery power is lacking compared to most phones (which is why it got 4.5 instead of 5.0 stars). The key is to watch your power consumption. Don't turn on bluetooth, wireless, or cellular data (for internet and email) unless you're actively using them. That will seriously lengthen your battery life.
The other gripe is the internet browsing is difficult using the touch mouse. You'll need to switch back into navigation mode for it to be effective.
This is not an iPhone, nor is it a spiffy touch screen-only jobber. It's not meant to be. This is for power users who need a mobile command center. If you're looking for something more trendy or playful, try the Omnia. All in all, this is a great phone, though. I'm definitely happy with it.
Pros This is my first Smart Phone and have loved it so far (3 weeks). Have had no trouble with it and no freezes. I love the mouse in addition to the touch and scroll functions. Keyboard is not small for my big fingers. Can't wait to test the Sim card
Cons Regular battery charge lasts less than a day with very moderate use. Bought an extended one as well based on advice of a previos reviewer. Verizon needs to (and apparently have heard will) unlock the phone to use the Sim card more broadly.
Summary I bought the Samsung Saga after learning of it through a "soft" introduction by Verizon. I had tried the Blackberry storm in the store and found it a bit awkward with a touch and its feedback, plus the slowness in various transitions. This has all been detailed on the review of the Storm on CNET. I took a chance on buying the Saga on-line before it appeared in stores and have been very happy. This is my first smart phone and so I like all the features that it offers. I wanted a dual global phone because I go on extended trips overseas and wanted to be able to use local Sim cards. Unfortunately the phone is locked at present, but according to verizon customer service and various blogs, they will unlock the phone no earlier than 60 days after launch. So I am looking forward to that. I LOVE the mouse and have been using it much more than the touch/stylus, or scroll (which I don't like). It took me a while to learn how to download my favorite .wav and music for my ring tones. The screen is small especially for web browsing but that's ok. By far the terrible part of this phone is the battery and its consumption. The charge on the regular battery is poor, lasts less than a day with moderate phone use (1 hour)...but I do have the bluetooth on constantly, and annoyingly the phone keeps accessing Broad band automatically...glad I got the data plan. Wifi is good and when you have it on and the Broad band access off, it will connect to the Web using the Wifi. Camer is good, actually took some pictures of my patients for cosmetic lid surgery (I am an eye surgeon) and the quality was very good..as good as a decent camera. I could then easily sync it to my PC at work or email it to myself. I downloaded some music and the speaker phone sounded pretty reasonable. I have to get an adapter to try the headphones as the socket does not fit the standard headphone jacks.
All in all, I am very pleased with the phone but hate the battery and aam anticipating the unlock code so I can use any Sim card internationally. As far as Verizon, I think they have superior coverage nationwide.
"iPhone destroyer"on by phwtos
Pros optical mouse, wifi, Rev. A, touchscreen, Opera mobile pre-installed, good keyboard, slim, global phone with gsm and cdma radios, Samsung build quality.
Cons length of the phone.
Summary This phone is completely spec'd out with everything you could want in a smartphone. There is nothing else this thing could have except perhaps multi-touch. But an optical-mouse is a compelling and useful navigation tool which many other phones do not have. Full business suite. Get your work done on the go wherever you are in the world.
"Poor battery life"on by rgracial
Pros Slim form factor. Tactile keyboard. Customizable mouse & touchscreen capabilities.
Cons Life is short due to continuous running of broadband connection. You can turn the connection off but it restarts with every email (unlike the Blackberry Curve that fetches then disconnects automatically). Screen hard to read outdoors.
Summary Even with an extended life battery the phone can't deliver much more than basic phone usage in a day. Forget using bluetooth, wifi and broadband simultaneously. You can carry an extra battery but who want's the hassle?