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Do More, Do it better, have fun doing it.
, January 13, 2011
GXV3175 Current status - 13th January 2011 -
(Firmware versions Boot:188.8.131.52, Core: 184.108.40.206, Base: 220.127.116.11, DSP: 18.104.22.168, Prog: 22.214.171.124, GUI-A: 126.96.36.199, GUI-B 188.8.131.52, Recovery: 184.108.40.206, Supplement: 220.127.116.11):
The Navigation feels good. New users will get the hang of the "new" navigation easily. The basic idea is that you either
* Point and click
* Point long enough (Options will popup)
* Slide with the finger
* Drag and drop
The basic phone functions and some previously existing applications (same as on GXV3140) are working.
Note that all currently existing applications have a new quality (visually and functionally).
That includes of course the phone function itself, the phonebook, 3-way voice or video conferencing etc.,
Whats nice is that it doesn't stop there.
The calculator f.e now offers three interface types: "Simple, Science and Finance" and those work surprisingly exactly the way you would imagine them to do.
Science and Finance mode with all respect, deserve their own documentation to maximize efficiency.
Perhaps one of the lesser known applications is called "Movie Trailer".
Think of it as your personal in-flight entertainment program.
It opens up and shows you the latest cinema film trailers. (The GXV3140 does that too).
Whats new is that now you have also the space to show their stories, background info etc.
Wanna see it ? No problem, click on the "watch now" button and it plays the trailer.
The applications start fast, especially the browser. Internet access feels quick.
Application quality seems to be improved (robust) when compared to the GXV3140.
Applications (f.e Internet radio) can be minimized.
Pressing on the icon will preview the application.
Clicking on the preview will bring it back into the foreground.
The higher spec hardware (double amount of Memory, bigger screen, probably also faster CPU, additional USB port) does seem to be well appreciated by the applications. There is no stuttering anymore (compare to GXV3140) when running Internet radio and screensaver same time.
Whats NOT YET in the official release ?
Rumours have it that Skype wont come due to "Skype stopped providing the needed SDK", which sounds like a lame excuse to us.
IM status is unknown.
Update: 27th July 2011
Grandstream released today new Firmware 18.104.22.168 which adds new functionality like BLF, Twitter, Facebook, games etc. .
It also impressively increases usability to a new level again. The phone feels much smoother now.
Update: 28th Dec 2011
So as of now Skype and IM are still not there yet on the GXV3175.
Also it doesnt look as if development is going on for it anymore.
I can only guess that Grandstream are only doing bugfixes from now on.
If thats the case, than we will probably see a new product coming soon.
In the meantime if you need Skype or IM urgently consider using the GXV3140.
Exception IM and Skype.
In addition it offers a different navigation method (touch panel) and more in any aspect we could think of.
* Quality of navigation improved,
* Visual quality more clear,
* more information,
* faster access,
* new voice quality (especially for hands free function),
* High spec hardware
The old standard tip applies also here, always upgrade first to the latest firmware version.
Then enjoy your new phone ;-)
>> Do More, Do it better, have fun doing it. <<
--- Comparing the GXV3140 and GXV3175 ---
"Which phone is better ?" is one of the questions you might be asked or even asking yourself.
We have taken some memos how we "feel" they are different. Hopefully you will find it useful.
The GXV3140 is basically a SIP phone with a built in phonebook that looks and feels first like an ordinary phone.
And it can of course be used in that way. On top of it it has many additional features that an ordinary phone doesnt have
(Video calls, Skype, 3-way Conferencing, Chat, Browser, ...).
The GXV3175 is doing similar or even the same things but using a different approach.
It uses a touch panel to navigate (no buttons as the GXV3140). This changes the way of interaction.
With a touch panel you don't immediately "feel" that you pressed something.
You will have to wait for the visual or acoustical indication that you actually hit the target, while with the button pressed you can feel the resistance.
Customers that are used to pressing buttons will most likely prefer the GXV3140.
Customers that are used to touch panels will most likely prefer the GXV3175.