"great phone"on by drakefantastic
Pros keyboard is comfortable and accomidates giant thumbs, quick processor, uncrippled wifi and bluetooth.
Cons phone quality is tinny, needs an up-down scroll button, side call button is easy to hit when typing
Summary I have had this phone for a month now (was on of "the 40") and i love it. one handed operation is a little tough--T9 would have been useful on the front numeric keyboard, however, the front does feature auto complete.
The only annoying thing about the phone is that when typing on the keyboard, it is easy to hit the green call button, which brings up a different menu. i would also like to have a up and down scroll button for web browsing with one hand.
this phone is capable with media--i can watch youtube via tcpmp and flashbundle. i can listen to MP3s and even set them to be my ring tone. it has the standard 2.5 mm jack, so you need a converter for regular headphones.
WM6 could use a few updates on this phone. there is no snooze button on the alarm. mobile office does not yet open office 2007 document--though i hear an update is coming. there is no native zip support, and the close button doesn't close the applications. after downloading a few mobile apps, i am pretty satisfied.
there could be more memory on the phone. when using PIE, it can get sluggish depending on the site and my memory drops. if you want a more desktop like browsing experience, you can use the included picsel browser, however, none of these have flash support.
the phone works well, though it is not the most comfortable when holding it up to my ear...and i get ear smudges on the screen. i can hear the callers fine, though they sound tinny. with my jawbone callers sound better.
the form factor is perfect for me. some complained that the phone is too big...but if it were any smaller, the buttons would not accommodate my hands. the construction feels solid and the slider is sturdy. i have dropped it once and i held up fine.
the phone comes with two batteries. i only use the extended battery, which usually lasts a day and a half depending on use. the desktop charger on the vzw website does not seem to sync the phone, which seems a little dumb, but it only came out today and accessories may be added.
all in all, i love this phone. it is dependable, and most of my issues are desired tweaks to the OS and not the phone. so far, it is the best pda offering from Verizon, and as they only seem to come only with one PDA a year, we are fortunate this is a good one.
Pros The Swiss Army Knife of smartphones. Power users only apply.
Cons Heavy, poor U/I, difficult to use, proprietary cables.
Summary Just coming off a T-Mobile Dash and I already miss it's UI. However, I'm happy to be back on the Verizon network! The i760 has everything: Touch screen, full keyboard, Wi-Fi, bill screen and more. But, they missed the mark on the UI. For example, you often get to a screen where in order to close it, you need to either use the stylus to hit the tiny "X", or use the OK key. The problem is; the OK key is only on the slider keyboard. Why didn't they just make the OK the center button on the navigation wheel or use the "CLR" key? (Note: you can use the Red END Key on the side of the phone to go back to the HOME screen, but that doesn't close the application.) Next, the keyboard doesn't have a num-lock function, so you either have to use the key pad or have to keep hitting the num function. The keyboard is also missing the apostrophe character. You can only get to it from a special symbol list and pick from the screen. Lastly, the # key defaults to a space, even when you are in a form that requires numbers.
Also, when you press a key for a short period of time on other Smartphone and the Blackberry, it gives you the shifted character, not on this phone.
I also found keyboard very tight, especially when pressing the Y or U key, which often resulted in me press the green call key on the side of the phone!
Now, this may sound like I'm being picky, but I'm a "power user" and expect these obvious UI functions on a expensive Smartphone as i760.
It also missing Profiles, which I found to be very useful on the Q and Dash.
I found the phone slippery. Because of it's weight, I'm affraid that I may drop it. I wish it had a "sticky" finish like the Dash.
Lastly, the USB cable that comes with phone, won't charge the battery! I called Samsung and they said they plan to have a USB data/charging cable in the future. Also, the audio jack is not standard.
Now, you may ask why I gave this phone a 7. The phone is powerful, fast, battery life is good and the touch screen (with a stylus) is nice, especially with cut & paste features.
Being on the Verizon network, and having WiFi moved my rating from a 5 to 7. So, being that I disliked the Q for many reasons, moved to the T-Mobile Dash because it is best Smartphone for its size and price, but couldn't get service inside my home, I'm left to with the i760 on the Verizon network. So, I'll have to get used to this un-intuitive UI. Hopefully, they read these posts.Updated
Since I first submitted my review, I found out how to perform a num-lock. Also found that one of the side buttons performs the "OK" function. without having to sliding out the keyboard by assigning one of the buttons to perform this function (I used the button camera side key). I find this useful when using Google maps while the i7650 is mounted horizontally in my car.Updated
Since I submitted my review, I found out how to perform a num-lock function by holding don't the key until I see an up-arrow with lines through it on the screen. I also found out that one of the side buttons performs the OK function.
A new function I learned is how to rotate the screen while the slider keyboard is closed. I find this useful when mounting the phone horizontally in my car when using Google maps.Updated
I learned where to find the apostrophe charater is on the main keypboard: Num + B key. It is shown as a backquote on the keyboard.
I also recommend buying the egrips.com sticky grip strips to help you hold the phone. They don't have an set for the i760 yet, but the standard set will do. I also, purchased an invisibleSHIELD screen protector from ZAGG as recommended by another reviewer - a must have!
After a week now, and I'm still having issue keyboard and the bulk of this phone, but I'm very happy with sound and reception.
Pros Slider, WiFI, Windows OS
Cons Haven't found any yet!
Summary I know it's a little early to review this phone since I have only been using it for 24 hours now, but this isn't my first Smartphone so I am able to get a good idea as to whether or not I will like this phone and I will have to say that I LOVE it! I previously had a Verizon 6700 and a Q.
Right out of the box the phone feels well made. The sliding keyboard pops out in a snappy way. Transition from vertical to horizontal viewing is quick. The keyboard is not slippery at all. Very roomy and quick to respond. I have had no trouble with the amount of room on the top row either.
I charged it and began using it right away. So far I have been using the phone on the extended battery for 24 hours and I still have over 1/2 a charge. In the first 24 hours, I have used it tons. Synching with my PC, WiFi internet browsing, playing videos and listening to music. Heck, I was even browsing the internet WHILE I listened to tunes with absolutely no lag time!
Call quality has been excellent. Right off the bat my husband said I sounded clearer than I had on my previous 2 phones. I used the phone in a hilly area that is notorious for dropped calls and did not lose my call. The speakerphone and earphone are quite loud. My WMA ringtones are VERY loud. I have no problems hearing anyone or hearing the phone ring.
I will also say that it is the best sounding mp3 playing phone I have ever heard. I can actually use this phone to listen to music and it sounds very good. I tend to be anti-Ipod and all my devices run WMP for the convenience. I am also a Napster To Go subscriber and love the fact that I can use that service with this phone. I can synchronize with Napster and use the phone just like I would my Gigabeat. I curretly have a 1gb card but I will be getting a larger card because I can really see myself using this phone to listen to music.
Touch screen is quick to respond. I love the external keypad for phone dialing. I found on the 6700 I had issues pushing screen buttons and what not and find the external dial pad much easier to use.
The phone has a 'sleep' feature that turns the touch screen off until you press the on/off button. I will have to say I love this feature. I can throw the phone in my purse and not have to worry about who my phone is randomly calling.
I have played with the camera and video recorder and I personally find the quality very good for a cell phone camera. I am usually pretty shaky when I take a picture and I had no issues with the clarity of the picture or video. Flash is a little bright and tends to wash things out if you are too close, but I am not using this for a camera and that feature to me is just a convenience in case I'm out and feel the need to capture a moment.
I have been trying to find CONS and really cannot. I'm trying to get used to the Send/End buttons being on the side of the phone. I will have to say that I have ended a call because of the button placement but I am guessing it is just a learning curve and I will have to learn how to hold this phone.
Verizon doesn't offer Vcast and the ringtone features on their Smartphones and frankly I could care less. I make my own ringtones and download my own video content.
I would recommend getting a screen protector. I personally love the Invisible Shield protectors. I don't work for them! I had a leftover 6700 screen protector that I used on my Samsung and it fit perfectly. Their website doesn't have a protector for the i760 yet so if you are interested just order the protector for the 6700.
I would recommend this phone to anyone that is in the market for Smartphone!
Pros Excellent phone/PDA, very good looking comes fully loaded
Cons why did we have to wait sooo long for it to come out!!
Summary Frankly, I am sick and tired of seeing 6.5 - 7.3 ratings from CNET on pretty much all windows mobile or for that matter any non-apple product. It is so obvious that the people at CNET have a huge bias towards apple products. The very same things that they complain about on other phones seems to have not been a problem on the iphone (for example they say the i760 has a "slippery" keyboard - its not i've used a blackberry, treo, and a Q and this is by far the best keyboard so far, yet the iphone which is completely touchscreen keyboard they dont have a problem with??)
about the i760:
this phone is great, i dont know why CNET mentions that they were "scared" of the phone and show how "big" it is next to that palm unit. i just replaced my treo with the i760 and its both smaller and thinner than the treo!!!
pros: everything seems great on this phone - although i only have it a day so far.
cons: wish it was out 6 months ago, stylus is a little wierd, and some times when pressing the talk button the keyboard will start to slide out.
Pros battery life, stability, usability, form, function, style
Cons screen brightness must be at least 3/4 the way bright to see in direct sunlight, but with that setting it's easily viewable.
Summary This phone has real world usability. I came from a Samsung SCH-i730 which was a good design, however this model is better in nearly every way. I wasn't sold with the horizontal slide out at first (the i730 was vertical slide), but I quickly became accustomed to it and now like it better.
I've owned a lot of phones in my time and this one proves to have that special touch of extreme, meticulous thought put into it before it was built.
Example of niceness:
I don't have to lock the phone anymore. While it's easy to do so, the buttons are arranged in a way that hasn't triggered an accidental miss-dial yet. It goes into a battery saving standby mode after about 10 seconds and no key will turn it on except for the top "wake-up" button which would be just about impossible to accidentally hit, but is easy and convenient to use regularly.
All the sounds (thanks to MS) have been tuned to be so pleasing now. I left it on the stock ring tone because it's actually really pleasant to hear, but not annoying (hard combo to find).
Samsung's design makes nice use of the WM6 software. There are no buttons on the phone that do not make sense or are "extra".
The phone is easy to hold w/out hitting a ton of buttons accidentally (a big issue with the i730).
I can't believe how good the batt life is. I easily use it hard all day on the slim battery. I use the slighly larger battery that it comes with as my back-up. I have the data plan so I'm constantly picking up large and frequent e-mails (full download, not just headers) and it doesn't miss a beat.
This thing is truly a work-horse phone for the mobile professional. If you like PDA phones (Treo, i730, ...maybe blackberry user), then you'll assuredly love this phone.
PS. Judging by CNET's weak review, they didn't give it enough time to really learn it's groove. It's not like other phones. It doesn't need a scroll wheel (there's so many other ways to access data including your voice). If they are going to write a review, they should work on being less biased towards the norm and open to change. Quite possibly the best phone currently for this market segment. A+ overall Samsung...when are you going to joing the NYSE so us loyal Americans can start investing in your company?!?!