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Samsung SPH-i300
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Compatible networks CDMA 800/1900 / AMPS 800
Availability by country 2001
Successor Samsung SPH-i330
Form factor candybar
Dimensions 4.9 by 2.28 by 0.82 inches
Weight 6 oz (170 g)
Operating system Palm OS 3.5
Memory 8 MB[1]
Battery Li-ion
Data inputs Graffiti, touchscreen
Display 160 × 240 px, 256 color
Connectivity DE-9 Serial port via cradle, infrared (IrDA)

The Samsung SPH-i300 was an early Palm OS-based smartphone manufactured by Samsung. It was released around 2001. It was marketed in the United States for use on Sprint's mobile phone network. It was the first "PDA phone" (as devices that combined phone and PDA functions were then called) in the USA with a color screen.

The CDMA phone has a candybar-style design. It operates like a standard color Palm OS device, but several hard (external) and software buttons launch the 'phone' application, which manages calls.

The phone shipped with a charging cradle with a DE-9 serial port, extra battery, and a case.

Applications[edit]

Installed applications included ones carried over from existing Palm handheld non-phone devices: Graffiti, Memo Pad, Date Book, Scheduler, Calculator, To Do List, Alarm/Clock, Address Book, Expense Manager, and Palm Desktop Software. ZIO PalmGolf was another application.

In addition, applications to support voice and data communications were included: Blazer, Mail, Messages, Phone, Speed Dial, Voice Dial, and Voice Memo.

History and reception[edit]

The SPH-i300 was the first Palm-OS-based smartphone from Samsung, and cost $499. The phone was not compatible with Sprint's 3G network and its maximum connection speed of 14.4kbit/s made browsing slow, but browsing "the real web" in 2001 was an advance on the WAP browsers on other mobile phones. It competed with another Palm OS phone, the Kyocera QCP-6035.[1]

Follow-up SPH-i330 model[edit]

Samsung followed up the SPH-i300 with the SPH-i330 in 2003, also on Sprint. The SPH-i330 has a more rounded body and PC connectivity over USB rather than a serial port, but has the same screen, Palm OS version, and general feature set as the SPH-i300.[2]

References[edit]

  • All details and specifications are from the CNET review[3] and specification page[4] unless otherwise indicated.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Bruce; Brown, Marge (2001-11-02). "Samsung Seeks the Perfect Combo PDA/Phone". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ M. Wiley (2003-03-21). "Samsung SPH-i330 Review". IGN Gear. IGN. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ David Carnoy (2001-10-21). "Samsung SPH-I300 (Sprint) Smartphone reviews". CNET reviews. CNET. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Samsung SPH-I300 (Sprint) specs and Smartphone specifications". CNET Reviews. CNET. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 

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