After first being demonstrated early this year, the Samsung SPH-i330 Palm OS smartphone is finally available.
It is on sale now from Sprint PCS for $500, or $450 with a new service activation. Amazon is taking pre-orders for it at $500, but its price drops to $350 with a new service activation.
As a smartphone, the i330 combines the functions of a handheld computer and a mobile phone.
The i330 uses a 66MHz Dragonball processor to run Palm OS 3.5.3 and has 16MB of RAM. It comes with the standard Palm OS applications and can run almost all of the software written for the Palm platform. It also comes with the Blazer Web browser and PocketMirror to allow it to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook.
This smartphone can connect to CDMA 1XRTT wireless networks, allowing it to transfer data at up to 144 kbps, though 40 to 60 kbps is a more realistic, real world, speed.
The i330 has hot keys allowing the user to dial numbers from the phone book without using the stylus, plus it is equipped with voice-activated dialing, voice-memo, speed-dialing, and call logs. In addition, the i330 offers speakerphone capabilities with the option to mute conversations during calls.
It uses a 256 color, 160 by 240 pixel screen. It doesn’t have a built-in keyboard; instead, the i330 uses a virtual keyboard that is displayed on the screen. The entire unit is 4.9 by 2.4 by .7 inches and weighs 5.8 ounces.
It uses a removable lithium ion battery. The standard one offers 170 minutes of talk time and 174 hours of standby time and an extended life battery will be sold separately.
Other accessories that will be available include a digital camera, keyboard, and cradle.
This is an updated version of the SPH-i300, which the company began offering about a year ago. When compared with its predecessor, the new version offers an updated design that is lighter and thinner, plus more memory. In addition, the i300 can not connect to high-speed CDMA 1XRTT wireless networks, like Sprint Vision. Its price has been reduced to $400.
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