The Good Compact; full-featured Palm PDA integrated with a phone; improved color screen; decent battery life; analog roaming.
The Bad Expensive; no expansion slot; no speakerphone.
The Bottom Line It may not be for heavy e-mail use, but the compact i500 is one of the most civil marriages of a phone and a PDA that we've seen to date.
Previous Palm-powered phones, including Samsung's own i300 and i330, all had at least one fairly significant drawback. Some were a little too bulky; others had screens that weren't quite up to snuff. But as soon as we got our hands on Samsung's SPH-i500, we knew this Palm phone had turned the corner. No, it's not perfect, especially if you're looking to do serious e-mailing. And yes, we'll nitpick and bemoan its current over-$500 price. But the i500 is still a tempting choice for those who want to consolidate their phone and PDA. For a Palm phone, the i500 is small. With the standard battery installed, this pocket-friendly, flip-style model weighs 5.1 ounces and measures 3.4 by 2.13 by 1.03 inches, only slightly bigger than camera phone. The screen is obviously not a full-size Palm display and is a bit smaller than the . However, it supports 65,536 colors and looks better than both the 7135's and the Handspring Treo 300's displays. The upcoming Treo 600's screen appears to be its equal, though neither display has high resolution.