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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Samsung SGH i320 - Q's got some competition

On the coat tails of the RAZR's success, Motorola was hoping that its new smartphone, the Q, would cause the same stir and buying frenzy that the RAZR and SLVR did. But it seems that Samsung doesn't like when Motorola gets all of the attention (can we say "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"). That last piece was a Brady Bunch reference in case you didn't realize, I know I have way too much time on my hands!

The Samsung SGH i320 is a direct competitor to the Motorola Q and the fact that its smaller and thinner than the Q may make it more desirable in some eyes.
For me it'll come down to how much more I'll have to shell out for a slightly thinner/smaller phone, do you think they'll take blood as a form of payment. But, bragging rights are all that matters in the gadget world and Motorola has just lost them to the i320. Not only is the i320 thinner than the Q, it supports GSM which means that this gadget is compatible with your jet-setting lifestyle, no matter where you go (almost).

Unfortunately the phone runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 - I hate it - but with no other alternative, we can't fault Samsung because Microsoft runs the world. Of course the phone sports a 1.3 mega-pixel camera, a 2.2" LCD, Bluetooth, and high-quality dual speakers; what phone doesn't come with these features nowadays. The smartphone is designed for users who want to chat, read, and send emails on the go. An embedded messaging platform allows for easy IM and the mobile mail functions enable users to send/receive a multitude of file types. There is 120 MB of embedded memory and a microSD slot to allow for additional memory and storage. Lastly, the phone weighs in at 95 grams, for all of us in the US that's 3.35 ounces.

The only place I think the i320 falls short is its name. Motorola understands that a cool name can totally change the image of your product, the RAZR is a great example. I guess this means that Bill Shakespeare was wrong all along, a rose by any other word wouldn't smell as sweet. If I had to judge these two phones just on their names, I would have to give props to the Q for a stylish/understated name that certainly tells your more than i320. Thankfully we don't judge books by their covers here and the name aside, the i320 looks to be a great contender for the Q. Here's to hoping someone will give Motorola a run for their money!


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