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Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

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User Interface, Phonebook and Organizer:

The Samsung Intrepid i350 is among the crop of Windows Mobile 6.5 launch devices.  The latest version of Windows Mobile offers a much needed visual overhaul that starts with the homescreen.  It is now a very functional list of items like messaging, calendar, multimedia and Internet Explorer, along with others.  It is more than just a simple list, however, and when a particular item is highlighted you can oftentimes scroll right and left to view information.  For instance, when Photos are selected you can scroll through your album and the Internet Exporer tab will let you cycle through favorites.

The home screen of the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The home screen of the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The home screen of the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The home screen of the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

The home screen of the Samsung Intrepid i350


Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350 - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Samples taken with the Samsung Intrepid i350



Another noticeable change is the Start Menu which has received the now familiar honeycomb makeover.  The menu can be rearranged as the user wishes, but instead of a simple drag-and-drop like found on webOS icons can only be moved to the top or locked.  Context menus now more finger-friendly thanks to larger graphics, but many settings menus still have small check boxes and tiny tabs.  Programs have new icons, but for the most part they remain largely unchanged.  WinMo 6.5 offers some nice improvements, but it’s far from the overhaul that the system needs.

The start menu - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The start menu - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

The start menu



The phonebook is one of the few applications to get reworked, and like the menus is now more finger-friendly.  The contacts now have more spacing between them and have a small picture to the left for a more modern look.  Their functionality remains the same however, and there is a slot for just about any bit of information you could want for a contact.  The calendar, tasks and notes program are all the same as Windows Mobile past.  All of these programs are perfectly functional, but even with the slight rework of the contacts app they just don’t have the design polish of modern smartphones.

The phonebook and calendar - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The phonebook and calendar - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
The phonebook and calendar - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

The phonebook and calendar




Software:

Windows Phones now ship with Microsoft MyPhone, a program we first saw earlier this year, and is available for download on older WinMo devices.  This excellent backup service stores your contacts, calendar, tasks, texts as well as photos, video, music and on the internal storage, with the option to back those on the storage card up as well.  You can customize which items are backed up, and since the service only gives you 200MBs of space backing up larger files like music is impractical.  Contacts and text messages can be viewed online and other cool features include mapping the last known location of a lost phone and uploading pictures to social networking sites.

Microsoft MyPhone - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Microsoft MyPhone - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Microsoft MyPhone



Another cool features exclusive to the Samsung Intrepid i350 is Tellme, which we’ve seen on RIM devices before.  This speech-to-action service allows the user to do many things, such as initiate and then dictate a text message, perform a web search or dial a contact.  If it could incorporate navigation it would be perfect, but it still might be the best speech recognition program we’ve used.

Another cool feature is Tellme - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Another cool feature is Tellme



Other pre-installed items include Microsoft’s new weather and money widgets and Sprint’s NFL, NASCAR, Music Store, IM and Navigation apps.  There is a business card reader, a remote desktop program and of course Office Mobile to keep productivity up to snuff.

Widgets and Office Mobile - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Widgets and Office Mobile - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Widgets and Office Mobile - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Widgets and Office Mobile - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Widgets and Office Mobile



Marketplace is now live, which finally gives Windows users a unified place to find apps.  The problem is that there are still thousands of apps out there which are not available for via Marketplace, as opposed to the App Store, App Catalog or Android Market which offer one portal for all (official) applications.  It’s a move in the right direction if nothing else.

Marketplace is now live - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Marketplace is now live - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Marketplace is now live - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Marketplace is now live



Messaging, Connectivity and Data:

There really isn’t much new here, save for a few visual tweaks.  As you would expect pretty much all forms of communication are supported, including SMS, MMS, POP and IMAP as well as Microsoft Exchange.  Text messages are threaded just as they were before, and MMS has been incorporated into it like we first saw on the Treo Pro.

The Samsung Intrepid i350 supports

all communication forms - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

The Samsung Intrepid i350
supports all communication forms



The Samsung Intrepid i350 is a world phone, featuring a dual-band CDMA radio as well as a quad-band GSM radio.  For data it uses Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network and is complimented by Wi-Fi.  It ships with the latest version of Internet Explorer, which is worlds better than previous iterations.  It is much more Opera Mobile-like, with hidden controls, limited Flash support and vastly improved rendering.  It is now a viable player in the mobile browser world, but Mobile Safari and the webOS browser are still in a different class.  Skyfire is available in the Marketplace which is a slightly better browser, mostly because of its full Flash support.

Samsung Intrepid i350 ships the latest version of Internet Explorer - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samsung Intrepid i350 ships the latest version of Internet Explorer - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review
Samsung Intrepid i350 ships the latest version of Internet Explorer - Samsung Intrepid i350 Review

Samsung Intrepid i350 ships the latest version of Internet Explorer


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Samsung Intrepid

Samsung Intrepid

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (157 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.88 x 2.44 x 0.53 inches
(124 x 62 x 13 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery1480 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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