Samsung SCH-220 Code for MetroPCS and LG Shine II for ATandT
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Today we'll look at two different smartphones, the Samsung SCH-220 Code and the LG Shine II. Different in style and emphasis, either one may suit your needs, depending on your carrier of choice and what you're looking for in a smartphone.
MetroPCS users looking to jump into a smartphone should keep their eyes on the Samsung SCH-220 Code. It's the first smartphone for MetroPCS that runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. It has some nice productivity features and a messaging-friendly design as well. You can get the Samsung Code for $299.99 with a monthly service plan from MetroPCS.
The basic features on the Samsung Code include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, a calculator, a unit converter, a stopwatch, and an alarm clock. It also supports voice dialing, speed dialing, three-way calling, and conference calling. To keep you organized there is a calendar, a to-do list, and a scheduler. There is also a voice recorder that you can use to record all of the essential thoughts that pop into your head from time to time.
You can store as many contacts as will fit within the phone's available memory and input several phone numbers, an email address, notes, and more for each. You can also sort your contacts into different groups for better organization and pair each with its own photo and ringtone. If you don't like the standard ringtones that come on the phone, you can always download more from the carrier. You can also personalize the look of the Code with different wallpapers and themes.
One of the more advanced features on the Samsung Code is its inclusion of stereo Bluetooth. It supports various profiles such as hands-free kits, stereo headsets, file transfer, object push, A/V remote control, and more. If you happen to get lost while on the road, you can use the Code's integrated GPS to help you out. When used with the carrier's MetroNavigator service, the Code will give you information on local businesses, traffic data, and voice-guided turn-by-turn instructions to point you in the right direction.
One disappointment in the feature set of the Code is its lack of integrated Wi-Fi. The phone is 3G capable, though, so you can connect to the Internet. When connected, you can surf the net using the Code's full HTML browser.
The Code also comes with some features that make it a sort of mini-office while on the road. Since it operates on the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, the Code has Microsoft Office Mobile Suite that allows you to view and edit documents from programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. There is also a PDF viewer on board.
You can sync the phone to your Microsoft Outlook through an Exchange server to get all of your contacts, tasks, and calendar right onto the phone. It also supports POP3 and IMAP4 email accounts from popular services like AOL, Gmail, and Yahoo. Besides the standard text and multimedia messaging, you can also keep in contact with others on the Code through instant messaging.
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