Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

My Take – Samsung i608 3G Video Phone


The much anticipated Samsung i608 (the 3G blackjack with video call capability) is finally launched in Hong Kong and I got to play with it for a bit today. My first feeling towards the phone, ubber-plastic. The phone have the most awful plastic feel to it (maybe that’s why it’s so light, @ 105g). It is very thin, @ 11.8mm and it fits nicely when tuck into my front shirt pocket. Apart from that real plastic feel, the other major bum factor (trust me, there’s a few) is the what Samsung does so well, and that is not incorporating the industry standard mini USB adapter. Instead, one is stuck with their proprietary USB charging cable and that means you probably need another one if you are planning to have one at home and one in the office and trust me, you need an extra one as reviews on local forum indicated that the i608 is a battery hungry master.

“Battery is really a problem of Samsung, the standard battery can’t last for 2 days if you use if frequently. Yesterday I use it for ~30mins voice call, ~30mins WiFi, 15mins game….then it is down to 50% by 8PM….”

“到中午食飯已經無晒電…..發現左部機系電力低下時, 會自動關左backlight去節能, 更嚴重時直頭關埋receiver, 即系變左flight mode, 打唔到電話, 都幾智能……” (RingHK.com i608 user forum)

The biggest bum factor regarding the i608 is that when used as a HSDPA (1.8 Mbps) modem connected to the notebook via the USB, the phone would not be charged up like the HTC’s phone (that I think is a major design flaw), imagine how long it would take to drain the i608 when used as a modem.

Well, so much for the bumming factors. During the promotion launch , you’ll get a free Executive Pack which includes a Plantronics Explorer 220 Bluetooth Headset, a Plantronics Designer Case, and a 1GB microSD™ memory card. Still not too bad a deal if you’re really looking for a WM6 smartphone, with a nice keypad and all the freebies. The going price is HK$4,280. For more info and full specification, check out Samsung’s press release here.


October 30, 2007 - Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Review, Smartphone | , ,


  1. hongkongphooey! We need your help! Someone over on HowardForums let a friend flash the i608 ROM on to their i607. The phone boots and semi-works, but the phone has no radio rom code, nor does the USB appear to work. The person is trying to get the regular i607 ROM back on, but can’t get the phone in to USB Downloader mode (which you must use for updating the ROM). Do you know what key-press/power-on combination is used to get the i608 in to USB Downloader mode?

    Comment by Runbuh | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Sorry I don’t but if anyone here knows, please leave the key combo at the comment section as this sounds really bad. Hope you can find the key combo soon.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi There,

    Maybe you can help me , somebody has bought the telephone mentioned above.
    It has been bought in Hongkong and the device only seems to boot in Mandarin.
    It seems to me that the windows mobile version only is installed in mandarin.
    Is there a way to set the device to english.

    Your help is very much appreciated.


    Comment by william | January 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. I afraid not. If the default language is in Chinese, there’s no way to change it unless you flash the ROM. But it will void the warranty and you will have to bear the risk. Try googling it and see if there’s any English ROM around.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | January 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. Could you help me how to install my mms and internet on my phone samsung sgh i608? I,ve been to globe and smart but according to them the specs are not available on their system. Second I want to install the disk to my laptop computer VISTA but cannot read said disk. What must I do? Can I insert a higher capacity memory card to my phone (e.g. 4GB Transcend) thanks

    Comment by Richard | June 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Sorry, I don’t have that phone. Try “googling” it. Good luck.

      Comment by hongkongphooey | June 30, 2009 | Reply

  6. I wanted to download a mobile application for booking tickets on this phone(Samsung SGH-I608).It displays the error message”this file cannot be viewed on this device” Please help how to sort out this problem.

    Comment by rms | June 5, 2010 | Reply

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