Samsung Delivers Small and
Sassy"> Palm users, rejoice! Theres a neat, new Samsung Palm device on the way.
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 ringerswhatever 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 videoassuming 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.
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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 screenSamsungs firstthat 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.