Sprint Samsung Intrepid Windows Phone review

Samsung Intrepid
The boys over at WMexperts just posted a review of the qwerty Windows Mobile smartphone, the Samsung Intrepid which is available now on Sprint.

The specifications of the Intrepid are pretty solid, save one area: the screen (more on that later). The device has about 150MB of available RAM after a soft-reset and about 260MB of storage space — those are numbers we like. It also sports a 528MHz processor, which feels adequate but for some reason not that fast, either.

Overall, the device is quite light and some have interpreted this as “cheap-feeling.” We disagree. The Intrepid is quite light at just 4 ounces, more than 2 ounces lighter than a Touch Pro 2. The phone has a very professional look to it and the dark chrome has a nice elegance. And, yeah, it looks like a BlackBerry, which isn’t a bad thing.

The Intrepid is also the first Windows Mobile phone to feature the TellMe application by default (strange, given that Microsoft announced a few months ago that all WinMo 6.5 phones were supposed to feature this app…). Here’s the conclusion:

- Pros
Lightweight
Good phone/messaging device
Great battery life
Professional looking
Perfect for business types
GSM/WiFi
Excellent Keyboard

- Cons
Screen is not so good
Quirks with the software
Boring software
Annoying Power button
Awkward placement of microUSB/3.5mm jack
Reception is so-so

Source: WMexperts

BlackBerry Storm vs Storm2 video

Pocketnow has just posted a fairly good video comparaison of the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2.

They’ve also posted a hardware tour of the Storm2:

As I said earlier it looks like the devices is too little too late compared to phones like the HTC HD2 and Motorola Droid. Maybe RIM should stick to non-touchscreen devices…

Source: Pocketnow

Symbian CEO trashes Google’s Android on video

Here’s an “interesting” video shot by GigaOM in which you can see that Symbian‘s CEO, Lee Williams decided to speak his mind about Google’s Android and Apple:

“I don’t view Apple as evil, just greedy. Google … Come on.”

I agree with most of what he said. 99% of Google’s revenues comes from targeted advertising and Android is only used to track ( cookie-ing ) users’ lifes & habits just like they do with search/gmail (your mails are scanned to better target ads) etc.. Now it’s obviously up to the users to agree with this, so Symbian can’t do anything about it. The other part is that even though Google “claims” that Android is OpenSource/free to use etc, it’s a “lie”. Just look at what happened to XDA modders a couple of weeks ago and HTC when it changed the Vanilla UI, included Microsoft Exchange support and Multi-Touch (the Google logo got stripped off the devices). Google has more control over Android than Microsoft over Windows Mobile, which is…ironic.. People can hate the iPhone all they want, but atleast Apple has always set the record straight about it.

Source: GigaOM