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    Posted on October 31st, 2009 wt8008 No comments

    In August, my family got some new cell phones, the LG Incite and Samsung Eternity. As you can see it is currently November, so this is old news.

    The phone only comes in silver, and it is a touchscreen based phone. The touchscreen itself is average, but should be more responsive. When comparing with the Eternity, it is obvious that the Incite is not as responsive, and both phones use a resistive touchscreen. There is no D-pad on the phone, so the touchscreen is the main way to navigate through the interface, although there is a small scroll wheel on the side. Other buttons include a camera button and lock button, but the buttons can be customized to open other programs or perform other actions. The phone also includes a 3.5mm standard headphone jack, useful for listening to phone calls or music, without any special plugs. Before, I didn’t like having my iPod and cell phone together in my pocket, but since I always carry my combined mp3 with me, I listen to Podcasts daily. (More TWiT listeners ;)) Of course, the iPod interface is not comparable with my phone, but I don’t find it worth the extra effort to carry it for a few minutes of music/podcast appreciation on the short walk to class. The camera is 3 megapixels, but from CNet sample photos, the camera on the Eternity results in pictures with better brightness, especially in low light situations. There is also a stylus, but there is no proper place for it on the phone. The stylus just ties onto the phone, and hangs off of it. I feel that the stylus gets in the way when it is hanging there, so I didn’t put mines on. The phone includes internal A-GPS that works well with the Google Maps, especially on satellite view! I disabled the “A” part of A-GPS, because assisted GPS uses the cellular towards to give an initial position, while the GPS hunts and locks to the satellites. This method works by having the towards send data to your phone, about 7KB each time. Data? That is a no-go for me, since it is $2/MB, so 7KB rounds up to $2.

    I was able to get the phone for free without a dataplan. The price and the lack of dataplan requirement was the reason why I purchased this phone. There are registry hacks to disable MediaNET, as smartphones can use lots of data by itself, by auto-connecting to the Internet and check email or update weather conditions. The ability to disable built-in data, including auto-connecting to 3G/EDGE was also an important consideration before I got the phone.

    From the factory the phone runs Windows Mobile 6.1, which is not finger friendly at all, once you move away from LG’s interface into Windows Mobile land, the tiny buttons and scroll bars are very difficult to work with, and impossible if you were on-the-go. The leaked Windows Mobile 6.5 versions out there are way better, they definitively do not require a stylus. With WinMo 6.1, it would be handy to have one around, but with 6.5, you can toss it out. The phone has limited memory, so multitasking can slow down the phone a lot. (Although, I can also consider myself lucky for being able to multitask.) From time to time, I need to verify sure programs are actually exited, and not still running in the background, as lack of memory is not good, especially for running Internet browsers. Sometimes, I will get out of memory errors, when opening new programs, and if there are memory leaks, then a reboot is in order.

    Google Sync for Windows Mobile via Google’s exchange server is also a convenient feature that syncs my contacts, email, and calendar onto my phone. Activesync automatically keeps my phone up to date via WiFi. Calendar with alarm reminds sometimes can come in handy. Syncing contacts allows for backing up, and handling only one address book. It can also support push email, but nzane2k noted that it was slow to push. When I move around WiFi hotspots, I sometimes need to manually restart the syncing process.

    I have tried to take a few photos, but I didn’t really try hard at all.

    LG Incite box and free Bluetooth headset

    LG Incite box and free Bluetooth headset

    Where is the phone

    Where is the phone

    Comes with a USB cable, Samsung users don't get one!

    Comes with a USB cable, Samsung users don't get one!

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