Samsung Delivers Small and

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-03-24 Print this article Print

Sassy"> Palm users, rejoice! Theres a neat, new Samsung Palm device on the way.
The new i505, due out in the third quarter, runs on the GSM network. Its thinner and lighter than Samsungs previous smartphones or, as the company calls them, Mobile Intelligent Terminals (MITs). The device includes a nifty pivoting screen—Samsungs first—that lets you use the i505 as a standard clamshell phone or as a flat Palm. The screen twists like a Tablet PC and lets the Palm screen lie flat on top of the phone keyboard. The unit runs version 5.2 of the Palm OS and includes a camera and a media player. Although a carrier hasnt been announced, the word "T-Mobile" was emblazoned across the top of the units home screen.
Samsung is also experimenting with different enclosures. The bottom of the D415 slides down to increase the length of the phone when making a call. Its a neat design, and it feels solid. The d415 should be available in the next month or two and includes 64-ton polyphonic ringers—whatever that means. A GSM phone as well, it includes a still and video camera with a 262k color screen. But if you really want to do video with your phone, consider Samsungs new a690. Also available in the second quarter, Samsung claims that its the lightest phone with built-in video and photo imaging. It has color displays both on top and inside and allows for video and photo e-mail. But the coolest part of the phone is on the back. When youre taking a video, a super-bright, white LED comes on, illuminating the subject of your video—assuming they arent all the way across the room. LEDs are perfect for this type of application, as theyre bright, rarely burn out and use little battery. This could be the video phone to beat in the market later this year. Next Page: Sony Ericsson disappoints from product perspective.

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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