My wife bought the i8000 too and she thinks she likes it. However, she complains she can barely hear the ringtone when placed in her purse as compared to her previous Nokia N95. I think the reason was because the N95 has two speakers, one on each side; if you cover one speaker, the other can still be heard. The i8000 on the other hand was has only one speaker, hence the muffled sound. Having used HTC/Dopod phones this many years I am used to this problem. She just have to get used to it.
The other thing I don’t like is the mass storage function. There is no settings to prompt you for a choice between Activesync and mass storage, as with the HTC phones. If you want to enable mass storage, you need to enable it first.
There are also bugs with the TouchWiz v2.0 interface, and quite annoying too. There are times when you switch between WinMobile interface and the TouchWiz, you might loose all icons. It happens quite often and the only way we know how to remedy this is to restart (shutdown and poweron) the phone. IF you don’t use TouchWiz, this will not be a problem but then the TouchWiz interface is much more user friendly than the default WinMobile one. It would be a bad idea NOT to use the TouchWiz interface.
The damn AMOLED is really amazing. Placing side by side with my HTC Touch really puts the Touch to shame. The superior picture quality on the i8000 was very very noticeable and playing a 720×480 XviD movie on it makes us want to watch longer. As a matter of fact, we think playing a movie on it is more enjoyable than playing in on a LCD monitor and possibly even a large LCD TV. No exaggeration. The screen is really beautiful.
I tried playing a 720p HD XviD movie on it and the TouchPlayer (the player that came with the i8000) refused to play but you can hear the AC3 5:1 audio. That means the player supports not only stereo sound but also video embedded with AC3 audio. That’s good to hear because some standard DivX/XviD videos do come with AC3 audio. I forgot to try the same video on Windows Media Player. I wonder if it will play 1280×720 videos….
My wife mentioned the response time on the camera was faster than on his Kodak and Panasonic digital cameras. I haven’t spent too much time on the camera, so I’ll take her word for it.
One important note about the 480×800 screen resolution is that all those old apps and games that worked on my 240×320 HTC, do not work well with this phone. I need to download newer versions of all apps and games. In some cases, I may have to buy new versions.
Last but not least, we didn’t spend too much time checking which store sells the cheapest. We simply went to PCCW and bought it from there. The price for the phone was $5300 minus $800 rebate if using the cheapest $149/month plan (3000 mins, 300 Min, NowTV, Free WiFi, 100Mb data). If you choose the $399 unlimited data plan (xxx mins, 300 Min TV, Free WiFi, Unlimited Data), the phone price would be $5400 minus $2400 rebate. Both plans require 18 months contract. We traded in the N95 (not the 8Gb version) for $1200. Therefore, the phone worked out to $4100 minus the $800 rebate, which will be refunded piece by piece over the 18 months period or about $44/month refund. Our $149/month plan now worked out to $105/month. I was already paying $98/month but with only 60Mb data.