Samsung i700

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The Samsung i700 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

A PDA-phone hybrid with a huge color display and a built-in camera, but no integral keyboard, powered by Miscrosoft's Pocket PC operating system. Samsung's designers made the decision to sacrifice a built-in keyboard in favor of an extra-large touch-sensitive display. It's up to potential users to decide if the trade-off is worth it: can you get used to tapping out messages with a stylus, or training yourself to print so that software can read your writing, or are you too accustomed to the feel of a push-button keypad on your fingertips? One point in the i700's favor is that the graphic-user interface phone pad is life-sized, so at least fingertip dialing is possible. Another point is that an accessory external keypad is available, made of flexible vinyl. If you have a hard surface in front of you, this could be a good solution for inputting text, but will cost extra.

Except for being too wide to feel natural held to your head, the i700 has better mobile phone features than most mobile phones. Calls can be made by suing the unit as a handset, with a headset, or by speakerphone. What really stands out is the i700's voice-dialing feature, which uses software from Voice Signal Technologies, and requires no special "training" to work. The i700 also supports SMS.

Compared to the competition, the i700 is superior in processing power, memory, Web browsing and multimedia. For e-mail retrieval, some business users might be better served by the BlackBerry family, but anyone else will be satisfied. The processor is a 300MHz PXA250 XScale Intel, matched with 64MB of RAM. Users have two data storage options: the on-board 4MB SafeStore Flash ROM, or buying a portable Flash memory stick and plugging it into the SD IO slot. Web browsing and multimedia work smoothly thanks to the i700's combination of hardware and software, although users must note that browsing performance depends as much on their service provider as on the unit. The same rule applies to checking e-mail: while the i700 features full support for Windows e-mail and popular file attachments, including e-mailed photos, users will have to investigate their provider's service plans and coverage areas. In terms of built-in support for e-mail, the i700 is only surpassed by the BlackBerry line, which supports IBM Lotus accounts as well as Windows.

Easily the most striking feature of the i700 is its brilliant 3.5-inch, 65,000-color TFT display. At present, no other PDA-phone hybrid has a screen this large: this is a true PDA as well as a full-featured mobile phone. Users can adjust brightness through five different settings, although in practice, the default (middle) setting is sufficient for all conditions except direct sunlight. In the sun, the i700's display washes out quite badly, more noticeably than some of its competitors.

The i700's built-in 0.3 megapixel camera is one of the unit's best features, and a real design accomplishment. Located at the top left of the handset in a wheel that can rotate to face toward the user or through a 270-degree arc to point out the back of the unit, it is easy to aim and snap pictures with, and comes with a variety of adjustable settings.

Samsung have done a good job with most of the i700's miscellaneous features, and the package as it ships comes with lots of high-quality extras. The unit ships with two batteries: a slimline model and an extended-life version. The headset included is stereo, with separate volume controls for each ear and a number of built-in controls: not only is it highly functional, the sound quality is high enough that you won't need new headphones to use the i700 as an MP3 player (Windows Media Player also comes installed). The SD IO slot will accept Bluetooth cards as well as GPS, Wireless LAN and others. Only one accessory that should have been included is missing: a screen protector, which you will need since most operations use the touch-sensitive screen. Third-party protectors are available, and users are strongly recommended to buy one and protect their investment.


Operating system
Pocket PC
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Common Questions


Samsung released the i700 on December 24, 2003.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung i700 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the i700 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your i700 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung i700's screen size is Unknown with 640 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Pocket PC 2002 (Merlin) or Windows Mobile 2003 (Ozone) operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, SD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Samsung i700 Specs

Overview
Release date December 24, 2003
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Pocket PC 2002 (Merlin) or Windows Mobile 2003 (Ozone)

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Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 64 MB
ROM 64 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.36 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Extended Battery, Headset, Software CD, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 7.1 x 2.0 cm (5.2 x 2.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight 190 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Stub
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WAV
Radio -
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Pre-installed
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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User Reviews


Hate it

cannot log calls to saved data and then enter contact info. A basic $29 phone function. Almost impossible to control what you are doing. You lose data at least once a week so don't not put it on the main charger at least twice a day. Phone chargers.....LOL now that is funny
Yahoo

Great Phone

from Yahoo
Pro: I has lots of applications and nice big screen Con: It runs slow sometimes The phone is great and you can do different things with the features. It is really helpful when I am out of town. The internet access is great and the windows is easy to learn.
Yahoo

i life saver

from Yahoo
Pro: The many features keeps the phone like new! Con: low battery life I'm am quite the busy bee and haveing this PDA on my hip keeps everything in line and in tune..Being an electronic toy geek at times, this device definately keeps my amazed and its ability to be so many devices in one is just AWESOME!!!!!
Pro: The many features keeps the phone like new! Con: low battery life I'm am quite the busy bee and haveing this PDA on my hip keeps everything in line and in tune..Being an electronic toy geek at times, this device definately keeps my amazed and its ability to be so many devices in one is just AWESOME!!!!! Less
Yahoo

Nice!

from Yahoo
Pro: _ Con: _ Nice phone

Super phone

Samsung i700 is phenomenal. Can''t imagine better unless pictures get a little more clear with higher def.
Amazon

Bulky, poorly designed nuisance gadget

from Amazon
I have had this phone now for a couple of years and it is definately a love/hate relationship. LOVE: Phone/PDA/internet browser in one. HATE: User interface, buttons that stick out causing them to be pressed inadvertantly (I will be walking along and hear dialtones or my wife saying "hello? hello?" bec...More
I have had this phone now for a couple of years and it is definately a love/hate relationship. LOVE: Phone/PDA/internet browser in one. HATE: User interface, buttons that stick out causing them to be pressed inadvertantly (I will be walking along and hear dialtones or my wife saying "hello? hello?" because the dial button has been bumped in my pocket), and embarassingly large size. I paid $800 a few years ago and I am GLAD it's cheaper now. I look forward to when it dies so I can get a smaller phone. Less
Amazon

Bulky, poorly designed nuisance gadget

from Amazon
I have had this phone now for a couple of years and it is definately a love/hate relationship. LOVE: Phone/PDA/internet browser in one. HATE: User interface, buttons that stick out causing them to be pressed inadvertantly (I will be walking along and hear dialtones or my wife saying "hello? hello?" bec...More
I have had this phone now for a couple of years and it is definately a love/hate relationship. LOVE: Phone/PDA/internet browser in one. HATE: User interface, buttons that stick out causing them to be pressed inadvertantly (I will be walking along and hear dialtones or my wife saying "hello? hello?" because the dial button has been bumped in my pocket), and embarassingly large size. I paid $800 a few years ago and I am GLAD it's cheaper now. I look forward to when it dies so I can get a smaller phone. Less
Yahoo

Average battery life

from Yahoo
Pro: Lots of excellent applications Con: Battery life I read in the desription, "Average battery life 130 hours." That is so far off, it is fraud. Even with the large battery. If you turn it off with the phone on wake up, it won't get 12 hours. With any kind of usage, I give it 6-8 hours on a charge....More
Pro: Lots of excellent applications Con: Battery life I read in the desription, "Average battery life 130 hours." That is so far off, it is fraud. Even with the large battery. If you turn it off with the phone on wake up, it won't get 12 hours. With any kind of usage, I give it 6-8 hours on a charge. That considered, I like my access to my MS Outlook calendar and contacts. Worth the hassle. Less
Yahoo

Samsung SPH i700

from Yahoo
Pro: Excellant Service any place in the country Con: It's heavy with the extended battery pack. No Bluetooth. If it came with Bluetooth it would be one hell of a machine.

13 months and still going

ok I''ve had this phone for 13 months and it still works. Well the little battery died at probably 6 months and the cradle mounting for charging the phone failed at 9 months so I have to pull the battery out and put it in the cradle while it is charging I use the little battery for holding the memory,...More
ok I''ve had this phone for 13 months and it still works. Well the little battery died at probably 6 months and the cradle mounting for charging the phone failed at 9 months so I have to pull the battery out and put it in the cradle while it is charging I use the little battery for holding the memory, but not for phone calls because it really has lost 90% of it''s holding power. Anyhow, I won''t repeat what the others have said, but the one year contract is best, because the phone may not make it much more beyond that. I can watch movies on it and that is so cool. But you have to get a freebie piece of software that excellerates the processor up to 333 mhz and also buy the movie transfer software from makayama. It copies the movie from a cd to a file that you would drop onto a sd chip that inserts into the phone. Another worthwhile freebie piece of software is called killpop and it stops the phone signal information from popping up at random moments while you might be typing a text doc or whatever. I really miss the hard keyboard that was on my last pda (treo 270 type) because these screen type keyboards cannot really be operated with one hand or with just your thumbs. I also have a wifi card, but I was told that the one without the memory was the only one that would work on this samsung, so you might check that out. but the brouser works and it also is so cooool. who else can sit in the coffee shop and pull something out of thier pocket and surf? I have no idea what the other fellow couldn''t see in sunlight on the screen ? you might as well turn the backlight off if you are outside in bright direct sunlight because this is a transflective type of screen, which means that if the sun is shining on the screen, it is freakishly visible. It is really a big phone with the big battery ( which I have to use now) but it still goes in my pocket. If the guy who has the phone turning on at random times activates the keyboard lock it will stop the phone from doing all those bad things that can wreck his day. I had the same problem for 12 months untill I did this. The on button is too sensitive, and does turn it self on once in a while, but the fix is good. This is really a computer. Don''t buy it if you think that it is a phone. That price should tell anybody that this is just that. I also bought a pixma ip90 portable printer that runs through the ir port. It really only will do pictures text files and a few other documents. But I suspect that I would have to buy some support software to do acrobat printouts and stuff like that. But it works for on the road printouts. The only other thing is that this unit is fragile, I only know that by looking at it. I baby it, so I haven''t had to take it to the shop yet. I have had to reset it about once every month but that''s not bad. I use the backup program as well once a week and I save it to a chip that stays on my desk, just in case the phone falls in the creek or is left at the bar or is stolen or .. . . . . . Less

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