- August 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm #1797
Any one knows when Omnia II (i8000) will be on sale in major retailers in Hong Kong? Imported ones (mostly from Singapore) are now being sold in ???? and on-line at Yahoo around HK$5000.August 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm #1798
If you were referring to the Samsung Jet 8000 series, it’s officially out. It sells for about HK3300. Lacking an OS is probably why it’s relatively cheap.
My wife was asking about it but I told her this is not a smartphone as it is neither a Windows Mobile or a Symbian OS. It may be powerful but lacking an OS will be a major inconvenience unless she has no plans to install any good apps.
I told her to consider the Omnia 8910HD instead…August 7, 2009 at 2:24 am #1799
I noticed the Samsung “Jet” in Fortress today as well, however as it wasn’t near $5000 I didn’t think this was what awtchan was looking for… (?)August 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm #1800
Well, if it’s 5000 bucks, it could be the Pixon M8910, which sells for around $4800. However, I am not sure if it has officially been released in HK or “water goods”
Check out the review here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_m8910_pixon12-2813.phpAugust 10, 2009 at 5:27 am #1801
The question can be laid to rest. I just bought one at a shop in Wanchai which cost me $5,400 (paid $3,500 for trade-in). It was imported from Singapore with “SingTel” label stuck at the battery cover. Not regretting it as the Amoled screen with the 800 Hz CPU renders an almost flawless video performance via Coreplayer.August 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm #1802
800 Mhz…so that must be the Jet as you originally stated. Wow…$5400 for a $3300 phone. The store really made a killing! …must be short supplied…September 18, 2009 at 6:56 am #1803
hey awtchan, how are you liking the Omnia II?September 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm #1804
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.October 3, 2009 at 6:32 am #1805
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!October 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm #1806
After buying the second i8000H I learnt the 4Gb card that came with the phone was quite format-able. Therefore, it could only mean the 4Gb card that came with the first i8000H was faulty and the salesman at Wilson was aware of this problem. After calling Samsung customer service I learnt that the card was not warranted by Samsung but by the card’s distributor. Take the card and warranty to:
Room F, 5th Floor, 139 Hennessy Road, China Overseas Building, Wai Chai. Tel: 2865-2070
Btw, those guys at Wilson were surprisingly courteous and informative, which was somewhat unusual for Hong Kong retailers. We traded in my our HTC Touch Cruise II for the i8000H $3280 based on their advertisements in a computer magazine. Unfortunately we did not bring along the actual ad that showed $3280 and instead we were told that based on their offer I will have to chip in $3380 instead. After explaining the cost mention in the magazine ad they insisted they were not aware of that price. After telling them to wait while I go buy the magazine to show them the proof, they instead insisted that I talk to their manager. Without any hassle he said “…it’s only a hundred bucks difference. Take it”
Another thing is the trade-in offer. Wilson was the only place willing to take the Cruise 09 for $2400 while everywhere include Fortress, Broadway and various street pawnshops can only offer $1900 at the most. Smartone is NOT willing to accept this phone despite them still selling them at $3880 a piece. Some street hawkers even dare to offer $1,200. According to Wilson’s brochures, they skipped a few middlemen, hence the reason of their generous offers. No wonder the place was packed with people buying phones….non-stop for the duration of our stay there, almost an hour.
Last but not least, free plastic screen protectors for both our i8000H despite one of them purchased elsewhere. 🙂
We like that place. We will only buy from them from now on!
I also learnt the Bluetake i-Phone Mini Bluetooth AD2P stereo headphones I have been using the last 4 years was not the cause for the lousy reception (audio stuttering), abrupt disconnection and inability to remote control Windows Media Player (play, pause, stop, forward, backward, next file, etc). It seems the problems were caused by incompatibilities with HTC phones (also tested on HTC Touch 3D and Touch HD). I am now able to use ALL functions with the i8000H. I am rejoiced!
Oh yeah, I called Samsung asking for the availability of their proprietory data and TV-out cable. They are out of TV-out cables and no idea when they will be available again. And the data cable….$98 each. OUCH! Told ya they will make a killing!October 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm #1807
Something wonderful happened:
I found that the Nokia N95’s TV-Out RGB cable works on the i8000H. Quality isn’t good but viewable. TV-Out cable for the i8000H is still out of stock and Samsung still don’t know when they will be available.
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