April 19, 2005
One of the coolest cell phones coming to market is Samsung Electronics
SGH-I300, which has a 3Gbyte hard-disk drive, granting it more storage space than any other phone on the market. It supports various audio formats (MP3, WMA, Ogg, AAC, and AAC+ audio files) and video standards that will turn this phone into a mean miniature multimedia machine! Video support includes the MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media Video standards. It comes with a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, scroll wheel navigation, Bluetooth, a 262,000 color 240x320 LCD screen, and a TransFlash memory card slot. Copying files to the SGH-I300 couldn't be easier - you simply connect the USB cable (uses USB 2.0 spec) and drag-and-drop your files to the newly mapped drive.
The SGH-I300 runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. It's the second handset from Samsung to include a hard disk drive, but the first to support the dominant GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard as well as GPRS. It doesn't support EDGE. The GSM support is great news for gadget freaks world-wide since the previous model only worked in Samsung's home market. The bad news is that no official launch date or price for the handset has been announced.
Those who clumisily drop their phones often need not apply. No doubt the SGH-I300 will be very pricey and with a hard disk inside, dropping it from 5' up or higher cannot be good for the hard drive or your wallet for repairs. I'm willing to take that risk...