In honor of my birthday (oh, and the new PhatWare’s PhatPad 4.0 release), we are giving away 3 copies to you, our faithful readers.
New features in PhatPad 4.0 include improved inking and integration with handwriting recognition software on Tablet PCs and UMPCs, sinkable user interface with 9 pre-defined skins (including four skins similar to Microsoft Office 2007’s interface), document templates, and password-protection with 256-bit long security key and new proprietary encryption algorithms. You can read the full list here.
So how can you snag one of these [...]
When I talk to folks about phones, they inevitably ask about mine. So I show them all the fancy features, and their faces light up, but when I put in the disclaimer, “it’s a good PDA, but the phone isn’t very good” (referring to my XV6700) their smiles turn upside down. It’s a bit like holding a brick up to the side of your head, and the volume is generally low (unless you are using a headset).
The Cingular 8525 has changed my perception of PDA phones, at least in this regard. The call quality is fine, the volume is great even in somewhat noisy [...]
One thing I’ve noticed since using the Cingular 8525 that I haven’t heard much talk about is the amount of interference it generates. My XV6700 is bad, but the 8525 puts it to shame. Every time a data connection is made, any nearby speakers (that are attached via cables) will begin to buzz, pop, and hum – and quite loudly.
What does this mean for me? It means that I have to leave the phone in my office at night, or insure that that any speakers in the bedroom are turned off. A humming wake-up call at 2am is not an enjoyable experience…
Eighteen buttons (including the d-pad). That’s right, the Cingular 8525 has eighteen ways to not use the stylus. And that means almost all tasks can be accomplished without ever removing the stylus from its silo. The biggest helper? The scroll wheel located on the upper left hand of the device. The XV6700, in comparison, has fourteen inputs, but no scroll wheel. And let me tell you this, a scroll mechanism is very, very handy indeed.
I still have a tendency to use the touch screen when I don’t want to scroll through a huge list (or am web surfing), but have [...]
Preconception: Collapsing stylii are evil.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be so broad, but it has been my experience that collapsing stylii are painful to use and often break/fail to act as a decent input device due to their size.
The 8525 has a tiny collapsing stylus (about an inch and a half long at its smallest), but it has more heft than your standard plastic chopstick. This stylus certainly stays in its appropriate spot better than the XV6700, even though it is located on the bottom of the phone. Sliding out the stylus causes it to expand (smoothly but with no wiggle), [...]
Preconception: The keyboard on the 8525 is small.
I’ve read about this complaint through various sites. Truth be known, the layout and size of the keys on the 8525 is more than acceptable. Especially when you consider my massive fingers. In fact, having a slightly smaller keyboard actually gives you a place to rest your fingers when not typing.
While smaller than the XV6700 and the 8125, I feel that the layout is superiour to either. They’ve moved the number line to more of a 10-key layout (vs across the top line of keys). The number labels are now much [...]
Preconception 1: Battery life
As some of you know, my current day-to-day phone is a Verizon XV6700. An overall nice unit that has some pretty dismal battery life. One is lucky to get a full day of use out of the phone before the warnings start to appear. Mine is on the charger every night, and attached to power whenever possible. WiFi is always off, Bluetooth on, mid-level brightness, email set to manual, and very little surfing.
The 8525, on the other hand…let’s just say I’m impressed. For a PDA phone this unit has a lot of juice available. After a [...]
I’ve been using the Cingular 8525 (HTC Hermes) for the last couple of weeks, carefully analyzing the unit to determine its usefulness in my own work environment. As is the nature of the web, my initial perception of the unit (gathered from various sources), is sometimes different than the real world experiences.
Starting this Monday, I’ll be posting some initial perceptions, and what the reality turned out to be. If you have questions about the unit, time to ask – I’ll try to cover as many as I can.
Have a great weekend!
The MP3400 itself is a sleek looking unit (full specifications are available here), and comes with a leather case that fits snugly over the pack without blocking access to the indicator lights, buttons, or switches (Figure 1). The closing flap secures the lithium polymer unit in place, and Personally, that’s how I ended up working with the MP3400 for the majority of the time (not wanting to scratch its sleek finish).
Figure 1: The front of the MP3400 in the included leather [...]
We’ve been watching the growing patterns of iNav iGuidance (or variations thereof) for quite | some | time. And here we are, one year later, taking a look at the newest iteration, version 3.01. With an upgraded interface, but essentially the same application, could fiddling with a good thing prove to be a negative? Or are these changes simply another phase in this routing software’s evolution into something even more efficient and usable than before? [...]
We recently had a ten day run with Cingular’s 3125, and now that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve used the device, I thought I would return and give some final follow up thoughts.
Truthfully, other than the signal issues I had, the phone was simply fantastic. Now that I’m back with my XV6700, I’m plagued by battery life issues – not to mention it’s a bit like holding a brick up to your head. Sadly, I miss the 3125. Most notably its form factor. So slim and quite stylish. Much easier to carry than the behemoth I carry day to day. [...]
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Figure 1: The front of the K2000.
A closer look at the front (Figure 2), reveals a clear over black front with the PowerTraveller logo in a hologrammed emblem. The text across the bottom doesn’t do much other than offer up ideas of what you might attach to the unit. The exterior of the K2000D is plastic, but has help up remarkably well to any scratches or scrapes (which is more than I can say for my Vision:M).
Figure 2: The PowerTraveller logo – so bright and shiny.
According to Engadget Mobile through their well-known and respected tipster, “roc a fella”, Verizon customers should be able to snag a 700wx in the very near future. Biggest upgrade? Extra RAM. Which makes you wonder if this was Palm’s idea from the start, planned obsolescence.
In any respect, I know plenty of 700w users who are anxious to see this upgrade, especially considering the troubles PPCTechs had with trying to upgrade the RAM.
Will you upgrade if you have the chance? Or have you, like me, found another phone that fits your needs more [...]
As day ten draws to a close, I find myself wondering how much I’ll miss the Cingular 3125 after it is packaged back up and sent back to its home. I will certainly miss the long battery life and the form factor. I will not miss the fact that it didn’t have a touchscreen (and therefore wasn’t a true Pocket PC), or the sometimes miserable signal.
I will miss the easy to read screens, but not the proprietary power/audio jack. I’m sure to miss the flip-style most of all.
Thanks for reading! I’ll post comments soon about the switch back to [...]
As I’ve mentioned previously in other posts on the 3125, those I show the device to are quite impressed with multiple aspects of the unit (such as the keypad, the screen, and the music capabilities), not to mention the price. So it’s a little hard to point out some of the inadequacies that I’ve found while using it. True, no phone fits everyone, but I really feel like the 3125 has given me more hassle than value at this point.
Sadly, at this point, there isn’t a Verizon model that is available for proper comparison, and so I’m always left feeling [...]
When you call someone from a new phone, their first question should be something along the lines of, “What number are you calling from?”, not “I can’t understand what you are saying,” or “You keep fading in and out,” or “Hello? Are you there?”… And all three of those comments happened yesterday while I was driving down I-5 from Portland to Salem. I do not get the same comments while on my XV6700.
Thankfully, I had my XV6700 with me yesterday (needed it to review another application), and was able to switch phones and [...]
Rereading the spec sheet tonight, I did notice that this phone can be purchased without a camera (the 3100) – a handy item indeed for those folks out there who cannot have cameras in their workplace. Not that the camera on the 3125 is anything to write home about. 1.3 megapixels does not a good camera make. And without a flash, or even a light source, all of your pictures will require lighting from somewhere.
During a recent trip to our neighborhood eatery, I tried to snap a photo of my wife in a slightly darkened room, but couldn’t see a thing. I did get a photo [...]
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
In keeping with the Koyono style, red is the highlight of choice. Hidden and waiting to be revealed, such as behind the collar (Figure 1), the effect draws attention without being flashy. Amazing what a tiny splash of color can make against such a stark background, isn’t it?
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Figure 1: The Koyono standard red collar highlight.
And while the top picture gives the impression that the interior of the collar, the only red highlighting on the BlackCoat Sport is found [...]
I cannot believe how good the battery life is on this 3125. It blows my XV6700 out of the water. Even with Bluetooth running, calls, and surfing, I ran for almost a day and a half without plugging in, and the meter only dropped two bars.
Battery life can be such a fickle thing. What works well for one, may not be for another. I just have my Verizon XV6700 to compare to – which can only last one day if I’m lucky. A huge bonus in my book to the 3125.
What sort of life do you get with your Smartphone vs PocketPC phones you’ve had in the [...]
All calls forwarded! Yep, went solo on the 3125 for the first time. Boldly going where…well, you can see where that joke was headed. Prior to today, I carried both phones, just in case. Yes, some calls still had problems (lowest dropped calls, they say, but then don’t mention the quality of said calls), but I was able to navigate with relative ease.
The problem is, about mid-day I got a call from someone who needed help while I was on the road. With my XV6700, I could have launched LogMeIn (the PDA version), connected to that machine, and solved the problem [...]
I’ve never been a fan of proprietary hardware, and the combo headset/power jack on the 3125 is no exception. While the included headphones don’t sound bad, why shouldn’t I be able to use my favorite set of earplugs instead. At this point there doesn’t seem to be an adapter available. Hopefully that will be resolved in the future.
Thankfully, a Y-adapter is included to allow for both charging and listening at the same time, but it detracts from the overall form factor.
Anyone have a registry edit to allow for bluetooth audio (longer than the few [...]
While the interface on the 3125 still is taking some getting used to, I’m quickly learning the menus. But now I’m experiencing a bit of button envy – from both sides!
First, having an actual number pad through which I can dial numbers is something I’ve always missed since switching to the XV6700. But the complete lack of a QWERTY keyboard to do the most simple messaging, surfing, and editing is also slows things down. The 3125 feels like a real phone (even though the I get daily quality complaints), but it doesn’t really feel like a PDA [...]