Rivals: Samsung i8910 HD versus iPhone 3G
Samsung recently launched its latest touchscreen mobile phone, the i8910 HD. The title hints at one of its main features - the ability to view, shoot, and output high definition video.
How does it shape up against the iPhone 3G? Read on to find out.
Look & Feel
The Samsung i8910 HD has a look not dissimilar to the LG Viewty Smart II, with slightly more curves in the screen than the iPhone 3G, and with physical buttons underneath the screen.
The iPhone 3G is slightly thinner and smaller than the Samsung i8910 HD, at 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm versus 123 x 59 x 12.9mm.
The i8910 HD is quite a heavy beast, at 671g compared to the iPhone at 133g.
The Samsung i8910 HD has a stunning 3.7-inch AMOLED widescreen with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. That compares with the iPhone 3G's 3.5-inch screen and 480 x 320 resolution.
The iPhone's camera pales into insignificance when up against the i8910 HD's 8-megapixel affair. Not only that, but the featureless iPhone camera is no match for the plethora of features including 4x digital zoom, power LED, autofocus, various shot modes and photo effects, plus video recording in MPEG4 / 3GPP format at up to 720p/30fps.
The iPhone 3G handles AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV audio and H.264 video.
The i8910 HD handles MP3 / AMR-NB/I-Melody / SMAF / XMF / MIDI / SP MIDI / AAC / AAC+ / Enhaced AAC+ / WMA audio, and MPEG4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / Dvix / Xvid video formats.
Both units have A-GPS built in. The i8910 HD also features an electronic compass.
The i8910 has its own built-in dedicated turn-by-turn sat-nav software, while the iPhone 3G currently has Google Maps.
Both phones operate on 3G networks and have built in Wi-Fi. The i8910 HD has full Bluetooth 2.1 and A2DP support - this will be added to the iPhone 3G with this summer's software update.
The i8910 HD handles SMS, EMS and MMS while the iPhone currently only handles SMS (MMS is coming with the software upgrade).
The i8910 has built-in FM radio.
The i8910 HD has Pocket Internet Explorer and Opera 9.5 browsers built in, while the iPhone uses the Safari web browser.
The iPhone 3G uses Apple's OS X operating system. The i8910 HD uses Symbian S60.
Both handsets have either 8GB or 16GB of fixed internal memory, but the i8910 HD is also expandable using up to 16GB microSD cards.
Both handsets feature an accelerometer. The iPhone also has proximity sensor.
The i8910 HD should be able to handle any third-party applications available for the Symbian S60 platform, while the iPhone 3G can obtain applications via the iTunes App Store.
Pricing & Networks
In the UK, the Samsung i8910 HD will be available in June. Exact pricing and networks to be confirmed.
The iPhone 3G is currently locked in to the O2 network. Pricing from free on 24 month contracts, also available from £342.50 on Pay & Go.
The Samsung i8910 HD is a highly capable cameraphone that's great for those wanting to dabble with high definition video as well as have access to a range of applications on the Symbian S60 platform.
Purely on specs, it rivals the iPhone 3G on a number of aspects, but at the end of the day it still comes down to usability, and I can't help feeling the iPhone 3G will win on that one.
A great effort from Samsung.
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