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XV6600 vrs. Samsung i730


Jun 7, 2005, 2:05 AM
When the XV6600 first came out, I was pretty excited about it, especially the EVDO service. I was even told by a Verizon data tech that I could use it on a limited bases as a high speed modem for a laptop or desk top PC and even a Mac, which would be a big plus for me. Camera with flash, good size display, Pocket PC functionality, key board and graffiti, life was looking good!

Then I heard about the Samsung i730. The processor specs are better and it definitely looks better. Life got a little more complicated.

I'd like some input. Here is what I've heard:

XV6600: No Wi-Fi (may be the same for the i730. Not big for me in either case). Poor blue tooth, poor speaker and ringer volumes, both of which I've heard have software fixes. N...

Jun 15, 2005, 10:30 PM
I'm in the same boat..

i don't know what to get..

650 or 6600 or the 730..

Jun 16, 2005, 12:43 AM
I had a Treo 600 when it first came out. at the time it was the best thing on the market. I had Sprint service which totally sucked.

The 650 is an improvement, but the xv6600 and the i730 blow it away. If for no other reason than the 650 isn't EVDO capable. The connection speed fore me is big. The larger screens on the XV6600 and the i730 is also important for Office aps and Internet.

There is a lot I like about the xv6600. Larger screen and keyboard is nice. It might be more compatible as a laptop modem. The big, actually huge concerns that I have with the XV6600 is that I've heard complaints about it locking up and crashing, and that it's not compatible with Windows Mobile 5, which I absolutely want to get ASAP. If the i730 does...

Jun 28, 2005, 7:23 PM
I missed this forum a few srolls back but I think I will go with the i730 and keep the 6600 as a 2nd'ary.

Im with VZW and they dump support for every phone they carry when they feel like it plus my 6600 is great but to much of a hassle when it locks up on me 3-4 times a day....so ultimately I hope the i730 will blow the 6600 away. Shocked

Jul 4, 2005, 5:12 PM
I am a verizon and nextel rep in indianapolis. I am also on the Verizon Beta test team and get phones about 6 months before the hit the market, sometime 6 days but whos complaining about vip perks. I have had the 6600 for a while now and for someone who can have any phone he wants and who has tried them all, I give this phone alot of respect. It has every feature that is availible on the market for the most part. I does have its flaws. 1 its an audiovox, which in car terms its a chevy, not the best but a good car. 2nd it doesnt have a external antenna. I have tested alot of phones lately and the ones without external antennas dont have the reception in less than perfect areas. With this phone you must term on the GPS Location. This really im...

Jul 5, 2005, 12:11 AM
Thanks eif2461. Good info.

I've been looking at both phones for a while.

My draws to the 6600 are the larger screen and the ability to use it occasionally via Blue Tooth as a broadband modem (VZN) for a laptop or a desktop with no other potion for Internet connection.

The Cons to the 6600 are the frequent crashes and inability to upgrade it to WM5.

Aside from the smaller screen, the biggest concern I have with the i730 is the possible inability to use it as a modem.

Any comments?

Jul 6, 2005, 8:48 AM
ejf2461 you have the first good info I've seen. I'm also in the Indy area and just fumbled my i600 into Geist this weekend. I was looking for the i645 or the Nextel i930 but I can't wait around till fall, it's only been a few days and I'm going nuts without a good PDA/phone. If you're sure about the i730 with a camera feel free to e-mail me your store info and I'll be in to get one on the release date. Thanks for the info.

Jul 12, 2005, 5:09 PM
i heard from a very reliable source that the i930 is planned for september of this year.

Jul 6, 2005, 10:22 AM
The upgrade link you refer to takes you to an upgrade for the WOC (non-camera version) which has been out for MONTHS now and doesn't address the myriad of annoying flaws present in this device. I first had one W/O camera for a few months and have had this one w/camera now for about 3 months. I utilize the Goodlink software to get Outlook content from our Exchange server (which is VERY convenient), BUT the Good software and the BT software don't play well together. Sometimes it may go 2-3 days without a lockup and sometimes I have to boot the darn things SEVERAL times in a single day.

It hasn't gotten bad enough that I want to chunk it in a can, but it does get frustrating at times. All that said, the phone/PDA has many great features ...

Jul 6, 2005, 4:48 PM
I haven't heard of crashing problems with the i730. It' a fairly new phone, but if it had the problems that the 6600 has, I think we would have heard about it by now.

I heard a number of people talking about WM5 being more stable. I haven't seen that officially anywhere, but I have seen that it turn smart PDA, dumb phone into a smart PDA, smart phone. It also runs more efficiently, so there is a significant battery life increase, which is important for both the 6600 and the i730.

Jul 7, 2005, 9:00 AM
Thanks for the info!!! I have to ask Why would Verizon/Samsung release the I730 with or without the camera and not give consumers an option. What verizon did was take advantage of the consumer.Unless they are willing to swap phones, The will lose both reputation and business, Any Idea the cost of the I730 with the camera?
Stay tuned.

Jul 7, 2005, 2:10 PM
efj2461, I hope you're right about the camera version as I am impatiently waiting for it. There are alot of people at http://www.pdaphonehome.com that would like more info about the camera version. If it would be possible for you to post info there as well, we would all greatly appreciate it. I know I'm asking a big favor here, but could you possibly post pix of your phone with the camera there? Thanks SOOOOO much in advance.

Jul 19, 2005, 7:55 PM

I have been trying to figure out if Verizon plans to release a camera version of the i730. I noticed that you mentioned it would be out around July 17th. When I call Verizon, no one seems to be aware of a camera version of the phone today (July 18th). I figured by now they would at least KNOW about it and know when it will be out.

Jul 27, 2005, 12:11 AM
Well, in my area Verizon still doesn't have the i730 w/camera...any ideas? Also, maybe it's just me, but I seem to have a problem everytime I put the phone back in the holster of either turning down the volume or opening something i didn't intend to open. I realize there is a lock, but then when I try to unlock it, I turn it off...could be because of my fat fingers who knows. In any case, there are a few things that I don't like, but I don't guess it really matters, they're not going to change it now. If you have info about the camera phone, let me know. Thanks.

Aug 17, 2005, 4:56 PM
Is there a camera version coming for the i730?

Aug 18, 2005, 11:49 AM
I hate to break it to you but there is and executive assistant in verizion that has openly stated that it would not come out. Please refer to pdaphone.com under the camera release forum.

I wish it was not true. None the less, I am looking foward for the ppc 6700 from sprint.



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