Sprint Now Offering Samsung i500 Palm OS Smartphone

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Sprint PCS is now carrying the SPH-i500, a smartphone from Samsung that runs the Palm OS.

The i500 uses a clamshell design, with the screen on the top half and the Graffiti area and telephone keypad on the bottom. It has a screen that is slightly taller than 160-by-160 pixels, giving some extra room for icons related to its mobile phone function. Its touch screen can display 65,000 colors. It’s 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches when closed and weighs 4.5 ounces. Its rechargeable battery is removable.

It runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and has 16MB of memory.

The i500 can connect to Sprint’s high-speed CDMA 1XRTT wireless networks and can handle both voice and data. It comes with the Handspring Blazer web browser and includes support for email, SMS, and gpsOne. It also has voice memo and voice dialing capabilities.

It will come with two batteries. Sprint says the smaller one will offer up to 2.8 hours of continuous talk time or 210 hours of continuous standby time. The larger one offers up to 4.2 hours of continuous talk or 250 hours of continuous standby time.

The SPH-i500 costs $600 and is available today.

It shouldn’t be confused with the SGH-i500, another Samsung smartphone that is not yet available. That model will run Palm OS 5.2 on a 300 MHz processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM, an integrated digital camera with flash, and an SD slot.

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