"& days so far and I'm not impressed!!!"1.5 starson by owensct
Pros: Removable battery, stereo speakers, Phone
Cons: small screen, Wi-Fi problems, Limited Applications
Summary: First off let me qualify this by saying that I am a long time Palm user, my current Palm is the Tungsten T3. One of my friends who works for Verizon who had also been a long time Palm user, (He switched to Pocket PC about two years ago) told me that the Samsung i730 was coming out and that I had to get it as it was the absolute bomb.
I’ve had it for 1 week and so far I’m not very impressed, part of which could be as a result of my unfamiliarity with the Pocket PC platform. The obvious question is since I’m not impressed with the pocket PC then why am I even looking at it? Several reasons:
1. Because the vast majority of people whom I deal with on a regular basis keep toting the Pocket PC platforms as the wave of the future.
While I have been 80% satisfied with the Palm devices I have used, (Palm III, M505 and Tungsten T3), the things I am not happy about are as follows:
1. Palm’s technical support is has gone from poor, to bad to non-existent.
2. In their higher end machines Palm continues to use those lousy single voice alarms, in today’s world of multimedia there is no excuse for this.
3. The lack of supported drivers for Palms and the Bluetooth phones I have owned. I am on my second Bluetooth phone, (my first was a Timeport 270c) a Motorola V710 and there are still no drivers that will allow me to take advantage of the capabilities of my Palm and phone mated together.
4. Despite advances Palm is still trailing behind the Pocket PC platform in it’s ability to Multi-task.
5. Palm’s continued lack of network support and it’s inability to allow a user to separate work and personal items when syncing the device.
So the next obvious question is why am I not impressed with the capabilities of the i730 at this point:
1. For the functionality you get out of the box the i730 is way too expensive.
2. Despite my own technical knowledge and the assistance of my company networking department I have been unable to connect to any of six different Wi-Fi networks. It either cannot see then at all, three out of the six (Six access points, three at work and three at home) or it sees then and states they are available, but cannot connect. This shouldn’t be that hard.
3. The screen is too small; this is in part because it is a phone and a PDA.
4. The out of the box functionality is not there. When comparing the Palm and the Pocket PC the Palm has far more out of the box functionality and applications than the Samsung, most of which one has to buy third party to get on the I730.
5. I was under the impression that the Pocket PC can do things that a Palm cannot match, but in every case so far for every application for the i730 I have found the same or similar applications available for the Palm. This brings me to my next point.
6. In looking at the list of available applications for the i730 and the Palm by going to Palmgear.com and PocketGear.com. The list of available applications for the Palm easily outstrips the Pocket PC at this point.
7. In looking at just the applications I use on a regular basis with my Palm, in some cases there is no comparable applications available for the i730.
8. Performance. The thought has frequently been conveyed to me that the Pocket PC devices outstrip the Palm platform in performance. In my side by side comparison of my Tungsten T3, (an older Palm device) and the new Samsung i730 I found that for most usage the Palm is equally as fast as or only slightly slower than the i730. Certainly not enough of a speed difference to justify the increased cost.
Finally, while I recognize that the Pocket PC platform will most likely displace the Palm platform, based on my comments above and due to the fact that Palm is consistently a dollar short and a day late in matching features of the latest Pocket PC devices. However, in the case of the i730 I feel that dollar for dollar and feature for feature the Palm platform still easily beats the i730, especially in the case of the new Palm devices.
Also, while I didn’t intend this to be a comparison of the Palm and Pocket PC it is apparent that it is. My excuse being that I am looking to replace a Palm with a Pocket PC device.
Also, if you’re a former Palm user who is now using Pocket PC and are very happy with it I would like to know what it is about the Pocket PC that you feel is superior to the Palm platform functionality.