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Eric

What do you know about the i730 having blackberry support?

Eric

What do you know about the i730 having blackberry support?

Lee Walton

What sense does it make to have "blackberry support" on the i730? The i730 has native support for Exchange 2003, something that the blackberry is lacking. I don't see what problem "blackberry support" solves.

Arsi Nmadar

I have a Blackberry 7520 (Bluetooth) and cannot receive phone call if I am surfing the Net. So the problem is not specifically associated with i730s.

Kal

nice review; please excuse my ignorance regarding these questions. can you use the phone and pda capabilities simultaneously?
any experience with receiving text messages in areas with poor wireless phone reception (eg hospitals)?
thanks.

Kenneth H. Cho, M.D.

Since I work in the Department of Defense, they will only allow Blackberry push, so although we have the capability, we are not allowed to use it. Therefore, some other Blackberry work around would be nice, so I can stop carrying around both devices.

A second problem I am having is that the Voice Signal is very poor at recognition, especially for numbers. I am using a Motorola HS810 headset. Any suggestions? Thanks.

John Hernandez

Hi Dale,

What did you mean by:

"- The earphone jack is more of the universal standard instead of the unique i700/i600 version with the wierd collar."

I thought this meant I could plug any earbuds into the i730 unlike my i700 but this is not the case.

Also, I tested a NES emulator on my i730 and found that you couldn't press two buttons at the same time. I remember having similar problems with my old iPAQ years back. This was not the case w/ my i700. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

cupra4

Does anyone has more info of the release of the GSM versions of the i730 and i750 ? I cannot find it anywhere and am looking for one. Thanks to all.

cupra4

Does anyone have more info of the release of the GSM versions of the i730 and i750 ? I cannot find it anywhere and am looking for one. Thanks to all.

cupra4

Does anyone have more info of the release of the GSM versions of the i730 and i750 ? I cannot find it anywhere and am looking for one. Thanks to all.

cupra4

Sorry, very slow connection. Please remove the duplicates. Thanks.

Dave McCombs

Hey Kenneth Cho. You said you work for the DOD and they only allow Blackberry Push email? This seems crazy since it is routed through Canada and falls outside of US control. Is this really the case?

Arsi Namdar

I just received my Samsung i730 offered through Verizon in my area. Upon the initial inspection the phone passed every aspect except that it did not fit properly in the cradle. the problem had to do with the battery charger's port size (almost 1 inch) that did not connect tightly to the phone. I am used the LG chargers that accept round, 2.5mm plugs and the Blackberry with a USB power connection and this incompatibility frustrated the heck out of me. The result? the phone was immediately sent back to Verizon and the account cancelled. I'll never buy another device that has this kind of design again. THEY ARE TROUBLE AND NOT WORTH IT.

J.C.

Sorry to hear it uses the same charger/cables/cradle as the i600. I have constant connection problems with the pins in these chargers/cables (replaced 3 car charger cables in 1 year) and is the one thing I dislike about my i 600....OH WELL!

J.G.

One problem with the i730 is that leaving my BT-capable car turns BT OFF on the i730, which means I need to remember to turn BT back ON. Fortunately, a fix is available for this: http://www.exposecorp.com/i730bt.htm

Chris

I Received my first I730 on Friday 7-15-2005. Off the bat the phone worked great, but found that the phone was jumping into Roaming when making or receiving calls. May hours to tech support revealed nothing and I got a replacement. 3 replacements later and about 15 hours with the Verizon store and online support it was revealed that there is a run of phones out there that have the wrong software. For instance, my phone only allows for Home and Automatic Reception. Well my plan and particular area requires Automatic B. This ended up being a huge issue. With the phone constantly in roaming with in service area, the phone will not work properly. I am to receive a new phone today 7-20-2005 with the newer version of the software. I believe that this has to do with the Verizon Certification. There are a lot of these phones out there, and this particular problem will only affect a small amount of users, but please be aware of this issue.

The phone is great. The user capability is nice whether using the touch screen or using the keyboard. I definitely agree that the phone should be manufactured in landscape mode. Maybe future release.

Also note, that to use full real-time e-mail capabilities like the Blackberry is possible without the re-director software or wireless sync installed, but it requires a little more thinking. Basically you use normal active sync, but don’t sync the inbox, then you set up a redirector account through VZ and it pushes the e-mail to the device. Its rather clever and it does work. The drawback is that is has to be on an interval that you set up.

I’ve had no problems with charging, or using any of the advanced functions. Bluetooth works great, the WI-FI does use more battery, but the speed is incredible. All in all, this device is truly one of a kind and is definitely the best of all the Pocket PC PDA's. I am hanging in and being patient until my problem is fixed. I cant wait to really start hammering on this thing. Oh yeah, make sure you get the replacement insurance. These are pricy even with the discounts.

Nathan S

How are you running WM5.0 on the Blue Angel MDA3 device. Is it possible that you could distribute the rom. Alot of people are trying to do this.
Thank You.

Bruce McClure

Hi, great thread. One really dumb question I have after using an i730 for a few weeks. How do you power the thing down with out taking the battery out? I'm new to this modern a device and the OS, and for the life of me I can not get it to turn all the way off! Thanks, Bruce

Bobby

Hey J.G.,

I'm having the same problem you are with the phone constantly in roaming mode. I also have been through 3 phones with no resolution yet. I'm curious to see what happened with your situation. Did it ever get sorted out?

As for Nathan S, you have to use the keylock slide lever on the lower left hand side of the unit to power the PDA off.

Bruce McClure

Got the PDA power down with the slide, but I work in areas where the entire device, including phone, needs to be powered down. Anyone know how to do that without removing the battery?

Bruce McClure

Got the PDA power down with the slide, but I work in areas where the entire device, including phone, needs to be powered down. Anyone know how to do that without removing the battery?

Styles

Powering Down..

PDA
Depress the slider on the bottom left (quickly release) turns off the pda.

Phone
The Red button lower right face.. Just hold it down to turn off the phone.

i730

The i730 is a great fully featured phone. The extra features, such as WIFI do eat up battery time. Thankfully, Samsung ships the phone with both a standard and extended battery. Use the standard for light use and the extended for heavier use.

Note: if you do buy a case, make sure the phone fits with each of the different sized batteries. The extended battery is thicker than the standard.

Tom Doerr

Dale, thanks so much. This is the best review I have found. One quick question, please. C-NET said that about half of the people that they called with the i730 complained that they had trouble hearing the person who talked into the i730. How often does this happen for you? Did you find a workaround by tweaking something?

Carey Northington

I have never owned a PDA but I would like one as I begin a new ministry with Crown Financial Ministries in the Dayton, OH area. I'll be organizing teams, meeting others for lunch, working out of my home, etc. I need to be organized, go online while I'm out, maintain a calendar. My email is all web based rather than POP3. I use Verizon for my cell phone. What do you suggest for a PDA? And when is a good time to get a good deal? Thanks for any help.

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