The Good Compact; full-featured PDA integrated with a phone; high-resolution screen; SDIO-compatible expansion slot; extended battery included.
The Bad Expensive; no Bluetooth; uses 2002 operating system.
The Bottom Line Samsung's Windows Mobile smart phone has a slick design and offers excellent integration with Outlook, but it's no e-mail demon.
Samsung currently has two very similar-looking smart phones on the market, the i500 and i600, but they run very different operating systems. While the former has a touch screen and is powered by the Palm OS, the i600 runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2002, a stripped-down version of the Pocket PC OS. There's a lot to like about this well-designed, feature-rich model for Verizon Wireless. However, the lack of a built-in keyboard limits the i600's wireless e-mail prowess. In other words, this won't replace a .
Editor's note: We have changed the rating in this review to reflect recent changes in our rating scale. Click here to find out more. Like its Palm sibling, the i600 is fairly compact for a smart phone. With the standard battery installed, this flip-style model weighs 5.3 ounces and measures 3.54 by 2.1 by 0.92 inches, only slightly bigger than camera phone. The 176x220-pixel screen is obviously not a full-size Pocket PC display, but it supports 65,536 colors and is quite sharp and readable. As noted, it's not a touch screen; Windows Mobile OS handsets are designed to be operated with one hand, sans stylus.