Thursday, January 11, 2007

Which phone?

I am in the market for a new cell phone to replace my antiquated little egg. I was pretty sure that I was going to get the Samsung SGH D900, a.k.a Black Carbon. That is, until Apple rocked my world, and the rest of the cell phone industry, with the iPhone. I'm pretty sure it's the best thing since sliced bread. So my quandary is: do I get the Black Carbon now, or wait until June for the iPhone? If you scroll down (unfortunately, my template is too narrow and changing its size messes up some previous Blogger doesn't do the best job of HTML generation), you can see a head-to-head comparison of the two:

CategoryBlack CarboniPhoneWinner
Cool factoriPhone
Cellular NetworksQuad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), EDGEQuad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), EDGEPush
Other ConnectivityBluetoothWi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0, USBiPhone
Display2.1 in 240x320, 262K color TFT3.5 in 320x480, 160 ppiiPhone
Camera3.0 megapixels2.0 megapixelsBlack Carbon
Music playbackAAC, MP3AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple LosslessPush
Video playback?H.264, MPEG-4iPhone
Input9 dedicated buttons, 2 soft buttons, flat number pad1 hard button, touch screeniPhone
Other featuresStandard cell phone fare + document viewer, TV outOS XiPhone
Battery life6.5 hrs talk5 hrs talk/video/browsing, 16 hrs audio playbackBlack Carbon
Size, weight4.1 x 2.0 x 0.51 in/106 x 51 x 12.9 mm, 3.3 oz/85 g4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 in/115 x 61 x 11.6 mm, 4.8 oz/135 gBlack Carbon
Storage60 MB internal, microSD4 GB or 8 GB internaliPhone
Price$400 (phone) + $75 (2 GB microSD card) = $475 $499 (4 GB) or $599 (8 GB)Push
AvailabilityNowJune 2007Black Carbon

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