Well, I tried playing 720p WMV videos but had the same effect as on the Touch Player: sound only; no video. Oh well, hopefully they will release a patch/firmware to make this work. The way I look at it, if the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD with a 600 MHz processor can record and play 720p videos smoothly, I don’t see why an 800 MHz CPU cannot!?!
You probably read on magazines or online reviews mentioning the i8000H uses MiniUSB. Well, that’s not entirely true. It maybe MiniUSB but it is proprietory. It is not the same MiniUSB plug used by portable USB hard disks or as in some of the HTC Touch phones. Their MiniUSB You can only be bought at Samsung shops and chances are they will make a killing for it. I’ll know by tomorrow as I need to buy a couple of these cables as well as their proprietory “MiniUSB” TV-Out cables.
Another bullsh-it thing they advertise is the 4GB MicroSD card that comes with the phone. Yes, it’s a 4GB Class 4 Micro SD card but you can only use up to 1GB. The other 3GB cannot be partitioned or formatted. I have no idea what available tools to make use of that space. Even the trusty and reliable Hewlett Packard USB Storage Format Tool cannot identify the remaining space. Additionally, the 1GB is not exactly 1024 MB; the Pagago data occupies 200Mb while leaving only about 760Mb of usable available space. I never like Papago anways. I’d rather use Google maps. Anyway, that 4GB MicroSD is totally useless and permanently stays inside the packaging.
Some guys of the forums mentioned the Touch Player supports external subtitle files such as .SRT. I tried but I cannot get it to display. More tests are needed….
Not too sure about the latest HTC models but the i8000H is the only WinMobile phone I know that allows you to switch between English and Chinese GUI interfaces. As if that wasn’t enough, with the English interface, you can also read Chinese characters without installing additional software. Now that is really something to write home about.
Did you know when you enabled the Widget you can switch between 3 different desktops, much like the multi-desktop tool that comes with your graphic card drivers. Each desktop can have its own wallpaper and widgets. You can display different widgets on each desktop, which I thought was really really useful. While my primary desktop only shows my favorite wallpaper, the other two desktops can be cluttered with widgets that suit my needs. A little flicker of the thumb on the screen switches between the different desktops. Now that is simplicity and convenience!
Living in the suburbs of Tseung Kwan O, network signals, regardless its PCCW, Smartone, or 3, with the HTC Touch is the worst of its kind. At home I normally had to forward all calls to the home phone number. Otherwise, phone conversations can be very stuttering and often times disconnect. At all times, the HTC Touch can only show 1 notch. With the i8000H, it is never less than 3 notches out of a maximum of 4. The more reason this shi-tty HTC Touch needs to go!!
Some dude by the name of Speleomaniac over at Madaco wrote a tool to convert HTC-only Accelerometer games to work on the i8000H. That again gave a big thumbs up to the i8000H.
With all these benefits stacking up, I have decided to buy another but this time it’s for for myself and ditch that shi-tty HTC Touch I had been using the last 6 months. I will need to chip out another $3200 for the trade-in. I hope it is worth it and hopefully it will last for at least a couple of years. fingers crossed!