I'm thinking of getting Samsung i780 that would replace my HTC Kaiser / TyTN II. I have nothing against the latter one, I'm pretty happy with it, but I like i780's form factor - it's thinner, lighter, and has qwerty keyboard always handy. Since I've been using HTC products quite a while (Wizard -> Hermes -> Kaiser), I'm mostly concerned about brand change, as I already know what roughly can I expect from HTC device. So, I have few doubts that I'd like to clear up before I finally decide.
* Charging via USB cable. I found the other topic that concludes USB cables included in some units (particularly Greek) are charging device while connected to computer, others not. Any particular experiences with UK stock? (I'm planning to get an unbranded device, probably from handtec.co.uk)
* Does bluetooth support DUN profile, hence device could be used as BT modem?
* Also, is there an Internet Sharing application, that shares GPRS/3G connection through BT/USB, just like in HTC devices?
* Voice dialling - I already know i780 doesn't have it by default, but does Cyberon Voice Speed Dial work (installed separately)?
* In regards to screen size and software compability, I'm particularly interested in following applications: Pocket Zen Phone, GSFinder, Birthdays (Today plugin), Synthesis SyncML, vxUtils -- any experiences with those?
* GPS, how does it really compares with Kaiser? Does it work OK with Google Maps?
* How EDGE/HSDPA coverage is indicated? Does it show [E] and [H] icons respectively?
I'm really impressed with Samsung i780, I've also read some positive reviews, and I'm almost convinced to let my Kaiser go. But as usual, devil hides beneath little details like those above, and I'd appreciate any replies on them. TIA
As part of the team who helps run www.pda-247.com, I naturally have had load of different devices. IMO, the Samsung i780 is the best yet. Here are some
links to the reviews on our website. Shaun (owner of site) and I also have an i780 blog. Not sure if you have seen these but :-
Full review by myself http://www.pda-247.c...ead.php?t=22621
First Impressions by Shaun/Mehttp://www.pda-247.c...ead.php?t=22434
Our Blog - http://i780.wordpress.com/
Main site http://www.pda-247.com/wm.shtml
Going back to some of your questions, I believe Samsung i780 is better built than HTC. HTC are still very well made. Samsung support is excellent. I had an Samsung i600 last year, bricked it, and got a 2 day turnaround inclusive of posting.
Google Maps works fine. Not sure about the other software as I dont have it installed. I use TT6 daily (GPS Proxy used as well), Garmin XT works fine as well.
Compatibility. There are 2 options. Running device at 128dpi or installing realvga and moving it to 96dpi. At 96dpi more apps will work, but the fonts are small. 128dpi is great for poor eyesight. Personally preference. I use realvga.
The form factor IMO is brilliant. After using the i600, I would NEVER have a sliding keyboard. With the i780 you can move around the apps, menus using keyboard shortcuts with ease.
Samsung include a lot of extras.
Internet connection is there as HTC with 3g /usb etc..
The accessories are slim at present. I got a car charger that can charge device. The usb lead supplied doesnt charge, just keeps the level constant. There will be and are in Japan, usb leads that fully charge the i780.However, the battery life is far superior to the HTC. I change batteries daily. As the i780 comes with 2 batteries, I use the charging pod to charge up the old one and then swap over. For example, 24 hours later, my battery is at 70%. And use it a lot.
The 3g symbols do change, cant remember exactly how. 3g = 3g 3g+ = H. In manual again.