Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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The Samsung i600 as an iPod

Some background: Late last month, I transitioned to a new position in my department. For most of 2003, I worked on MSN Mobile Premium Edition, an MSN client [Hotmail and Messenger] that runs in the Qualcomm BREW environment. In early 2004, I went away to work on some other stuff that wasn't as interesting; eventually, cooler heads prevailed and put me back on MSN clients.

So, I'm now working on Pocket MSN. As a result, I had to go to Verizon Wireless and buy a new phone: a Samsung i600 Windows Mobile™-based Smartphone.

To make things more complicated, as with most prerelease software, there are special developer only builds that do things like spew log files to disk. On a phone, this isn't easy because there isn't a disk; there is some memory, but it's very, very small. Naturally, this problem is solved by buying a SD card. Of course, log files aren't the only thing you can put on an SD card.

In yesterday's meeting, our test manager said that he was having trouble playing back MP3 files on his Pocket PC while running our beta software... so now I have an excuse to rip the CDs in my car, copy them to the SD card, and play them back on my phone. Heck, the i600 even came with headphones.

The verdict? Good quality at 64 Kbps, Windows Media format. However, there could definitely be more bass, and I'm getting weird noise artifacts of some kind or another. Oh, and the playlist always seems to get the track order backwards. Still, not bad. I'm amused that I can use my phone as a Walkman at all.
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