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PDA phone comparison

2009-May

Current situation / requirements

i-mate PDA2k

  • excellent screen size for GPS navigation: 56x74mm
  • Windows Mobile - the platform with the most GPS navigation software options, and most varied softwar
  • acceptable visibility in daylight
  • hardware buttons to switch between audio player and GPS navigation apps while driving
  • touch screen: resistive (i.e. you can use any object). Capacitive technology means you must use your fingers. No more operating the PDA on the ski slopes unless you take a glove off.

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Acer F900

  • + 480x800 display, 49.91 x 83.18mm
  • 63.5 x 117.5 x 12.85, 150g
  • 533MHz, 128MiB RAM, 256MiB ROM
  • - not officially available yet, only 2 froogle vendors
  • - GPS: SiRF starIII, geotagging, QuickGPS; no A-GPS (?)
  • 3.15MP camera with flash
    • - 320x240 video recording
  • FM radio
  • microSDHC up to 32GB
  • mini-USB
  • + GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100, CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
  • + Windows Mobile 6.1

Acer Tempo M900

  • - slide-out keyboard, bulky

Android

  • no on-screen keyboard (must slide and use the physical keyboard): http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=14533 http://gizmodo.com/5062977/t+mobile-g1-google-android-phone-review http://www.googleandblog.com/g1-google-phone-vs-iphone/3567/

Asus P550

  • - outdated

Asus P835

GIGA-BYTE GSmart MW700

  • - screen too small

Gigabyte g-Smart s1200

  • + 480x800 display, resistive
  • 3.15MP camera with flash
  • - only 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • only 1 froogle vendor, $1000

HTC Max 4G

HTC Touch HD

HTC Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond2

  • + 480x800
  • - "the screen is glossy and makes for a nice mirror, but this comes in annoying if you need to use the device in intense light – it´s almost impossible to read whatever pops up on the display, because it gets way too gray"
  • + card slot
  • + Windows Mobile 6.1
  • - UMTS / HSDPA 900/2100 won't work for 3G in the US
  • - 5MP camera has no flash
    • - video recording: VGA or lower, but fixed @ 15fps due to idiot patent restrictions. Get the 30fps version
    • + "subjectively, the camera on the Diamond2 fares even a notch above the one on the LG KM900 Arena"
  • - fingerprint nightmare: "It takes so little for the handset to get all greasy and miserably looking"
  • + awesome call quality, confirmed
  • + 107.9 x 53.1 x 13.7 mm , 117.5g
  • 288 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, 300 MB storage
  • + standard mini-USB
  • + WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, FM radio, 3G, quad-band GSM
  • + A-GPS: Qualcomm gpsOne chipset, which comes along with the Qualcomm 7200A platform
  • + "When connected to a computer, the Diamond2 prompts you to select among ActiveSync, Mass Storage or Modem modes"
  • + excellent XviD video but skips on DivX. Convert beforehand.

HTC's Iolite

  • - no North American version: http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=14772
  • - 3.2 megapixel camera
  • + 103g, 102 mm x 53.5 mm x 14.5 mm

HTC Magic

  • - Android OS

HTC Mogul

LG GC900 Viewty Smart

  • - available in 2009-May
  • - NOT a smartphone. Runs some proprietary OS, not Windows Mobile.
  • - proprietary USB
  • 108.9 x 56.1 x 12.4 mm, 102 g
  • 3" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen TFT of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • 1.5GB flash storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • + camera: 8 megapixel autofocus
    • + LED flash, manual focus, geo-tagging, image stabilization
    • + Video recording: 720x480@30fps, VGA@30fps, QVGA time-lapse and slow-mo video recording

LG GD900 Crystal

  • - not yet available
  • - useless transparent number dialing pad slides out

LG GM730

  • - 240x400, 3" display
  • 109.8 x 56.5 x 11.9 mm
  • + apparently the only LG phone so far running Windows Mobile
  • + 5MP camera with video; no mentions anywhere about camera flash
  • microSD up to 16GB
  • micro-USB

LG KC910 Renoir

LG KC910i Renoir

LG KM 900 Arena

Mitac MIO Explora K70

  • - only 128MB RAM
  • + 240x400 display

Motorola Evoke QA4

  • too narrow, too thick

Motorola MOTOSURF A3100

  • - screen too small

Panasonic P905i

A fancy cellphone that doubles as a 3-inch TV and features 3-G, GPS, a 5.1-megapixel camera, and motion sensors for Wii-style games

Pharos Traveler 137

  • - Viewable Display-Size: 1.96 " x 3.27 " (49.91 x 83.18 millimeters)

Samsung i900 Omnia (WiTu in Russia)

  • + Windows Mobile
  • + better camera than the HTC HD, with flash, which can work as torch
  • - 240x400
  • - poor to unusable in bright sunlight
  • - proprietary USB connector

Samsung i8910 Omnia HD

  • + OLED screen, super feature-packed
  • - Symbian OS
  • - Unfortunately, you can hardly see any details on the screen if you take the phone outdoors in bright sunlight, especially if you happen to forget to wipe the fingerprint-smudged surface clean. - would suck for GPS driving

Samsung Impression

  • too narrow and too thick

Samsung Pixon

  • no WiFi
  • proprietary USB connector
  • 240x400
  • + "brightness sensor, which when activated makes the display usable in sunny days"

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

  • - built-in keyboard

Toshiba TG01

  • "available in 2009 Q2" but already on froogle
  • + Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro
  • + 1GHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD slot up to 16GB
  • + 129 x 70 x 9.9 mm, 129g
  • + 480 x 800, TFT resistive, zoom bar
  • 3.15MP camera, most likely no flash
  • + great battery life (review)
  • glossy
  • microUSB
  • too big?
  • no reviews?

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