Hands-on report from the Samsung launch event in New York City for their late-2005 / early-2006 lineup.
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Samsung introduced a handful of major new phones this week at a low-key event in New York City. They included the company's first WCDMA phone for the U.S., first GSMM Push-To-Talk phone, a RAZR-like phone, and a new music phone.
Also on deck was the i830, a spinoff of the i730 Windows Mobile PDA-phone currently offered by Verizon. The i830 is exactly like the i730 spec-for-spec, except it adds GSM for world roaming, while removing Wi-Fi. The i830 is Samsung's 2nd CDMA+GSM hybrid world phone for the U.S., following the A790 currently offered by both Verizon and Sprint.
Actually, it could technically be their 3rd such phone, depending on release dates, since Samsung was also showing off the A795, which is simply an A790 without a camera.
There wasn't really any point in taking photos of the i830, since it looks identical to the i730.
There was another phone that wasn't announced or shown at the event, but was in the press kit they handed out.
The T709 is a new slide-style GSM phone for T-Mobile with Wi-Fi. It also has EDGE high-speed data, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and speakerphone. It will join several other GSM / Wi-Fi phones coming to the U.S. in the first quarter of next year, including Motorola's A910.
It's important not to confuse the T709 with the T809, which is a different Samsung slider coming to T-Mobile soon.
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Where can I find the specs for Samsung T709? I like T809, but I would like to compare with T709. T709 looks smaller and has a better looking. Also Wifi is a huge feature. At least I would not buy another phone in awhile. Does anyone know?