Andrew and I spent almost an hour with these devices today and left the Samsung booth rather frustrated. The quality is not great for either device and there are some other significant issues. The i500 is very small though and will turn a few heads as a result.
Samsung is making a big splash at this year’s CES, they are definitely one of the most prominently featured vendors at the show this year. The outside of the Las Vegas convention center is adorned with large Samsung logos and they have two very large booth areas set up in different buildings. As far as PDA related releases from Samsung, the electronics up and comer had on display it s currently available I-330 Palm OS Phone, released just a few weeks ago. We were more excited by the yet to be released smart phones, the Palm OS based I-500 model and the Pocket PC based I-700.
The I-500 is a very small, sleek, and compact device. We are disappointed it doesn t have any memory expansion slots, but it s small size would probably make it hard to incorporate into the I-500. Another thing that may be troublesome is the graffiti section being seperated from the screen. It’s also very small, almost half the size of a standard graffiti area. I used it for roughly 10 minutes and actually found data entry much easier than expected. Feast your eyes on these Samsung I-500 pictures from the CES floor:
The I-700 device was on display also, this device looks very much like other Pocket PC OS phones currently on the market, such as the Audiovox Thera, but the I-700 introduces a camera, something we haven t seen with a Pocket PC based phone yet. Don t get too excited, the camera is nothing to write home about, it s more of a gimmicky add-on than anything but fun to have. One problem with the camera is the housing feels very cheap and the dial is not very fluid. I would have liked to have seen Samsung build in an auto-launch feature for the camera, a la Sony. Check out the pictures below of the I-700 device: