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When is the 650 Going to be Replaced, and with what?

by BetterThanJake    Dec 29, 2004, 7:08 AM

Currently, I have a Samsung 530, which I like a lot, and I'm interested in moving up to a trimode phone WITHOUT a camera (my work doesn't allow cameraphones, an increasing trend).

I thought about the 650, but ended up not getting one for the following reasons:

1. No external screen.

Sorry, but this is huge for me. I want to be able to just whip the phone out of my pocket and see who's calling or tell the time without opening the phone.

2. No speakerphone.

Had one on my old Audiovox, and it was about the only thing I loved about that phone. When whatever company has you on hold with the bad elevator muzak playing for umpteen minutes, there's nothing better than NOT having to have the phone glued to your head. Ditto for checking a lot of messages at once. Why doesn't Samsung believe in speakphones?

3. Battery life

My 530 has so-so battery life, and from the ratings the 650's is similar. On my 530 the standard battery life is just short enough to be annoying, and the extended battery's bulk is just large enough to be annoying. Ugh.


So, does anyone know if Samsung is going to be replacing the 650 anytime in the next few months, and if they do so, will be they be addressing any of the above areas? If they did, they'd probably have the perfect basic phone.

(Of course, part of me is considering just leaving my phone in my car when I'm at work, and getting a high-end model, once the 3G phones start coming. But I work long hours and its inconvenient not to have the phone around.)

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