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Why the Samsung i760 is better than the iPhone for business users

The Samsung i760 Windows Mobile 6 Professional edition phone

By Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP

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I recently replaced my ancient but trusty Samsung i730, which was running WM 2003, with its shiny new successor, an i760 running WM6. What a difference, both in terms of the hardware and the software.

The i730 got the job done. I could connect to Verizon's fast EV-DO network and get my e-mail, look things up on the Web, open Word and Excel documents, and make phone calls. But it was big and clunky and heavy and not very pretty.

I had seen the i760 at the Verizon booth at CES last January and wanted it ever since, but the supposed release date "sometime in the summer" came and went with no sign of it. Meanwhile, I envied those folks with sleek, slim phones and for several months, I even seriously considered buying an iPhone. It's pretty, all right. But I just couldn't get past the drawbacks. So I kept waiting.

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Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...

17 comments
kphayes710
kphayes710

Will Windows Mobile 6 support Public Folders from Outlook? This is one reason I would not be interested in this phone or any Windows Smartphone. My business uses Public Folders extensively and the fact the Microsoft is leaving them behind is horrible!

voicetypeg
voicetypeg

I've had the i730 PPC and the i600 Smartphone Windows Mobile from Samsung and was extremely satisified with both, but will never buy another Samsung phone until they change the charger connector. As I travel almost 100% and try to get a full charge whenever possible, after about a year or so, the charger connector in the phone refuses to charge. ( no, it's not the charger itself as I've tried multiple car chargers as well and still no charging). Evidently, the pin contacts get worn and just don't contact. Once Samsumg gets a more realiable charging connector, I'll be a customer of theirs again. Until then, I'm sticking with the Motorola Q.

shel-10
shel-10

Wouldn't is be great if all of the manufacturers would standardize on a single connector. They could use the same type of USB found on many media devices.

Mattster67
Mattster67

If manufacturers standardized on anything. Imagine one charger for all devices, wow, and then there was much rejoicing.

jemery
jemery

Can you get Blackberry functionality onto the i760?

sub_techrep
sub_techrep

We're always going to get the iFanatics telling us that an iPhone is the best or an iMac is the best or an iPod is the best etc etc etc but their one-eyed (or one-i?) view of the world is jaundiced by their bias. The article is about the suitability of one product over another for the BUSINESS user and, in that regard, it must be apparent, even to the iFanatics, that the iPhone isn't aimed at the business user market. Since I require function over form, I, too, use a WM6 phone. It's 3G with HSDPA (2Mb/s), has a huge amount of software available (without having to hack the phone), has a camera, media player, Exchange, all the connectivity I can use and all the data I need. The interface is, for me, very intuitive and the slide-out qwerty keyboard makes replying to e-mail and SMS very easy. It has Remote Desktop so that, not only can I access and control a server, I can access and control my desktop in my office when I am away from it. We don't mind if users choose iPhones (in fact one has) - we just don't want to listen to them whinge when they discover that they can't do everything we can with a WM6 device (listening, Alan?).

royswhite
royswhite

Yes and my maxbox cars have real doors, hood and trunk that can open but I still can't drive it....you're using it all wrong. Sure it runs windows mobile - but a PDA is not for replacng your laptop/desktop - to make a spreadsheet on a PDA is a bad use of time - that's not it's purpose....if you want to play, go for it...if you want to use a PDA for it's purpose - stay connected and have the ability to see your information quickly, go for the iPhone. Zig Zigglar would be aahamed....

brian_flan
brian_flan

Ahem... Matchbox, not Maxbox. Are you sure you ever owned one? ;-)

fdaugherty
fdaugherty

Has anyone looked at the XV6800? I'm interested in a comparison to the Samsung i760

travisn000
travisn000

I'm also a loyal i730 user; but unlike the author, I love the smaller keyboard.. IHMO much better -- I can use it one or two handed with relative ease! Also I think there are two samsung i760's out there; the the SGH- and the SCH- ..I forget which is which, but the other one has the keyboard like the i730.

shel-10
shel-10

The SCH is about the size of a typical flip phone, and does not use the WM OS. Open the lid in a vertical position and you have a standard phone arrangement. Open the lid in the horizontal, and you have a keyboard. The phone looks like a neat idea, but using it as a phone is difficult because you have to use the keyboard for dialing.

juan
juan

Ok, I must have missed something.....becasue I don't see or have read anything about how this compares to the iPhone. ....hmmm!

sheridan
sheridan

I have an SPV M3100 which is very similar. So I think you missed out Terminal Server, which is brilliant for fixing our main server remotely when I'm out and about. You also missed full integration with Act! contact manager software for detailed CRM ability. You also missed the ability to manage several email accounts. You also missed Media Player - I can work and play when on the train. You probably missed a few others... do I care? No it is simply the best phone and system about for anyone in business or a techie! Sheridan

gcrain
gcrain

If you are supporting Windows servers you have to use a Windows Mobile phone. The rest of the world is free to use a vastly superior device.

johnmckay
johnmckay

- No 3g to support the tremendous browser(the feature I do love)! - Dodgy, selective bluetooth that can't work with my printer or headset! - No stylus; text entry is a pain! - No support for Exchange email. I've gone back to my Blackberry. M 8100 is a functional tool as opposed to a well specced toy. The iphone is an overhyped browsing/media toy that doesn't offer my business anything. My kids think it's great, but they're at school, and love toys!