Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mini-review


WOW!! I have been waiting for this phone for months. The rumor thread at pdaphonehome.com started last November and has gone over 6000 posts. It still hasn't been officially released, (you can get accessories, read on). Today it finally came. I bought it from someone who bought it new and kept it a week. I am taking a real chance here but I think it's worth it. I am sick of my Treo and already put the Q up for sale. I have ben using this phone since 11:00 am today and I thought I would share my first impressions. I am not giving this a 10 out of 10 lemme tell you right now, there are a few things I don't like.

Packaging:
The box is small compared to any other pdaphone I have gotten. Included is:
Phone
Standard Battery
Extended Battery
A/C Charger
Sync Cable
VZAccess Manager CD (For Tethering)
All the other manuals and User Manual CD

Note the packaging calls it a smartphone. That kinda bugs me.



Unlike the extended battery for the i730 this one is much slimmer MUCH. This is a pocketable phone with the extended battery which I like a lot. With the extended battery its still a skosh thinner than my Treo 700wx!



The highlight of this ppc for me is the external numeric keypad. you can bring up contacts quickly without using the touchscreen or extending the keyboard. You can also type SMS or emails with it (if you need to do so one-handed). When you are using the keyboard you can also enter numbers with it instead of using the function key on the keyboard and then pressing the number on the keyboard. The keyboard buttons have a nice feel and good tactile feedback. The soft keys on the keyboard and on the face are not directly under their screen counterparts. That bugs me. At least on the keyboard they could have repositioned the right soft key like I have seen on some HTC devices. On the face there's not much you can do since the keypad is there.

The slider is crisp and solid. No wiggling at all. When you push it about 1/3 of the way it springs the rest of the way open, just like the i730 did. Same thing for when you close it. There is a slight screen lag when going from either lanadscape to portrait, but nothing to complain about. I thought I would have problems with the send/end keys being on the corners but so far no accidental presses.



One thing I don't like so far is that the Start Menu and OK keys are on the side. I am not used to using side buttons at all except for the camera. Again I think this is the tradeoff for having a external keypad. I'm sure I can hack the soft key buttons on the front.

It's got a 1.3 MP camera, which is an improvement for i730 users because we didn't have a camera before. The camera works in landscape mode and you can use the numeric keypad to change the options. One hack that needs to be worked on is a flashlight prog. The flash only comes on when you take a picture. I only use a flash as a flashlight. I haven't printed any pics yet, I have one quick pic of my truck radio posted below. I hope it does well because my phone camera is my main shooter.

Reception and call sound is good so far. Speakerphone is good too.

The stylus loads in the side of the phone and not the top, which right now I don't like. The stylus is metal and has a cheap antenna feel.




The top of the ppc is made of hard rubber. I think it will defintely cut down on scratches. Kudos to Samsung. If this is like my old i730 it will be a tough rugged phone.

Another thing I didn't like was the absence of a cradle or at least some cheap form of holster. You really need a cradle if you tether because the USB cable does not charge the phone. I ordered those today. I had to give the Verizon guy the actual part numbers for the accessories, but they did show up in the system. Go figure, the phone doesn't exist and yet you can order accessories for it. One thing I will say nice about Verizon, if you are a power user like me you can join the Merits program and get 20% off all accessories and if they don't have it in stock at the store they will two-day Fed-Ex to your house for FREE.

Tomorrow will be first full day with a full charge on the batteries. I am going to try the standard battery first and will definitely post my results.

Ok, well if you have questions ask away.

As of today I would rate the phone a 7.0 out of ten. Most definitely a keeper.

14 comments:

Daniel Hill said...

How fast/responsive is the phone? I recently upgraded my vx6700 to Windows Mobile 6, and am loving it. Do you see enough differences between the two to drop $399 to upgrade? I do like the idea of having a dedicated keypad for dialing - I dislike the onscreen dialing.

Also - is there any GPS built into the phone?

sixftunda said...

The OS feels very similar to the cooked ROMS I used last year with my old 6700. For me it would definitely be worth spending the money based on the hardware differences alone between the 6700 and the 760. The feel and design of this unit blows the 6700 out of the water imo, but then the 6700 is 2 years old now isn't it?
As far as speed it's faster than my Treo 700. I did do the glyphcache hack to the registry just this morning to speed up portrait-to-landscape transfers. I am the kind of guy that doesn't get upset having to do hacks to a 400.00 phone :)
As far as GPS, I can't help you much there. I have never used it before ever. I know you can hook a GPS unit up to the phone via BT.

dhanchi said...

i got mine last week - i am selling it if anyone is interested. - going to stick wtih the LG-V or wait till the LG VX10000 comes out - i just don't need all the bells and whistles.

ant81896 said...

I am interested in your i760, email me at ant81896@optonline.net

Anonymous said...

So you know... the merits program give you 25% off not 20.

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate very much if you could post a video of the phone on youtube. Maybe about 3 to 4 minutes, showing us some of the details that might be missed in your blog.

Thank you very much.

sixftunda said...

I think I can make a video for ya. I will probably wait until Sunday then I can include the accessories Fed Ex is bringing me. I also have a busy weekend.

Anonymous said...

could you comment on the cpu performance vs the i730? how responsive is it? also, hows the video performance? I'm hoping the CPU + WM6 is a step up.

jmthomas2 said...

Anyone have access or a phone for sale?
Please email me at jmthomas2@cox.net

Professor Arion Londraville said...

My VX6700 has a 1.3 camera on it, but it gives photos a purple tint. And, when you just want a quick shot, it seems to take forever to load the camera app (about 6-8 seconds).

Any funny business with the camera on the 760? Is it quick? Could we please see an example shot or two that were taken with it?

Thanks! :D

sixftunda said...

Hey folks I have been posting tons of stuff and gotten lots of requests for things, (pics, questions, etc.) be sure to check to whole blog and not just this review. I will answer all questions and fulfill almost all requests but it will prolly be in a new blog entry :) Thanks and welcome!!

Scott said...

Hi, thanks for all the information on your experience with the i760. Would you please post the Verizon part numbers for the i760 and the accessories? Our b2b rep is saying the i760 isn't available yet, but I'm guessing it might be if they look in the right place. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm currently looking into purchasing this phone. I currently have a chocholate now. I've seen so many reviews about this phone and I was wondering what your input is on it now after you've had it for a while. could you please email me at majorblondie2011@aim.com thanks

The Camera Fanatic said...

Great blog.

I own both the Nuvi 660 and the 760, I'm writing this review for people having trouble deciding between the two as the price difference between the two products at the time of this review is about 100 dollars. I'm not going to focus on the feature differences, as that information can be easily obtained from specifications and online reviews. The 660 was a fine product back in 2005-2006, but the new 760 outdoes the 660 in practically everything, but there are some key usability fixes that make the 760 a better buy for the frequent user.

http://tinyurl.com/gnuvi760

1. 760 has much better fonts for street names than the 660. This may seem like a trivial update to some, but the 760's fonts greatly improve visibility. The 660 uses all capitalized text for street names on the map, and the font is incredibly cartoonish and unaligned, something like the scribbling Comic Sans font on the PC. The 760 uses your standard Verdana-like font with street names in capitalized and lowercase letters. The fonts on the 760 are smaller, cleaner and surprisingly much easier to read while driving. The maps end up looking professional, and not some cartoony children's video game.

2. 760 has better rendering in 3D map mode than the 660. In the 660 when you are zoomed in under 3D map mode, the roads close to your car are displayed incredibly large, so large that they run into other roads, making the zoom function essentially kind of useless for dense roads. The 760 does not oversize your roads just because you zoomed in to view smaller roads in detail. This fix is very nice for those who drive in places with dense roadways, like New York City.

3. No antenna on the 760 makes hooking up your Nuvi to the cradle one step easier. On the 660 you need to flip up the antenna before attaching the cradle. For people who park their cars on the street overnight, removing the GPS from the cradle for storage in the console or glove compartment is a must, and it's a lot easier hooking up the 760 to the cradle than the 660. It's hard to aim the 660 to its cradle in the dark as you have to align both the bottom edge and the charge port under the antenna. In the 760, the charge port is directly on the bottom of the unit; you can attach it to the cradle with one hand in the dark easily on the 760.

4. It takes the 660 a good 45 seconds on average (sometimes longer than 2 minutes) after boot up to locate the satellite on a cold start. If you have firmware 2.6 installed on the 760, the satellite acquisition time after boot up is between 10-20 seconds. After the firmware update, my 760 also holds a stronger lock to the satellites than my 660, I can get satellite lock inside my house with the 760, whereas I can't get a lock with my 660 (adjusting the antenna does very little).

5. The ability to set multiple ad hoc viapoints on the 760 means it's a lot easier creating alternate routes (very handy to avoid a specific interstate or a high traffic road). Whereas the 660 gives you just one viapoint.

UPDATE: This GPS is currently on sale at Amazon… now is your chance to buy one, if you haven’t already. You can find the product page here:

http://tinyurl.com/gnuvi760