Posts by DickieAdams

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    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 found that the tip of my finger ...

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    Bluetooth Headset Talk Time | Standby (hours) Weight (grams | ounces) Approx Street Price SoundID SoundMate 4 | 70 11.4 | 0.40 $249 Plantronics Discovery 655 3.5-10 | 80 9.00 | 0.32 $70 BluAnt X3 Micro 7 | 180 13.0 | 0.46 $50 Logitech Mobile Express 4 | 250 14.2 | 0.50 $40 Bluetrek X2 14 | 500 15.0 | 0.59 $50 Tekkeon ezTalker ET3000 5 | 120 25.0 | 0.90 $60 Jabra JX10 6 | 300 10.0 | 0.35 $140 Southwing SH310 6 | 300 11.0 | 0.38 $60 Motorola H300 30 | 700 25.0 | 0.88 $50 Plantronics Discovery 640 15 | 300 9.00 | 0.32 $80 Movon MF200 5 | 150 15.0 | 0.53 $115 Logitech Mobile Traveller ...

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    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), returning the stylus ...

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    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 larger to boot. The backlight is a ...

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    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 day of use, I'm usually at 50% power, ...

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    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!

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    THE GOODS 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 case. The back of the leather case has a belt loop, although with as long as this unit is, you might ...

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    (sponsor) INTRODUCTION 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? Read on for the review! UPGRADES, UPGRADES There is an extensive list of changes from version 2.x to version ...

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    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. Unfortunately, since I'm with Verizon, changing phones on a ...

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    (all images link to higher resolution) 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. The back of the K2000 speaker protrudes slightly just below the power/input ...

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    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 efficiently?

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    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 the XV6700. Navigation: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day ...

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    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 a little doubtful if it is the unit or the ...

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    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 finish the conversation. But as I was changing, I was thinking "You ...

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    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 of the menu next to the ...

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    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? (all images link to higher resolution) 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 on the coat hook (Figure 2) just above the BlackCoat ...

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    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 past? Navigation: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

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    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 within minutes. As it stood, I ...

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    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 seconds when it connects for a voice dial)? ...

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    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 yet. Another missing item for me is the lack of ...

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    We recently reviewed the Qtek 8500, and just to add a little more context, I'll be checking in over the next ten days with the Cingular version - the 3125. Today is day one... And of course, day one started out with a box being delivered to my door. Open it and tada! - Smartphone. Now, I'm a long time PDA user. And a recent PDA-phone user. But this is the first Smartphone that I've used for more than just a few minutes. And so far, I'm unimpressed. Yes, the phone looks sleek. It fits into ones pocket much better than the XV6700 I carry around now. But the interface is so, well, different ...

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    Alas, poor William, as right as you were on so many things, you were wrong in ways you could never imagine. Even in our digital age, the radio still holds a place in our psyche. And why not? The technology is easy to use, and has a worldwide appeal. So we present Sonnet Technologies' iFreq, an FM transmitter designed for the Nano, but can also be used for other dockable iPods. Does the iFreq refute William's claim, or are these just signs that radio is on the way out? Read on for the review! SLIM FIT From the first view of the front of the iFreq (Figure 1), one can see the careful, ...

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    How fitting a statement for the world of pocket electronics. And as we follow the urge to further miniaturize our gadgets, one must wonder, how small is too small? In this review we are looking at Newton Peripherals' MoGo Mouse - a Bluetooth mouse of very small proportions that fits into the PCMCIA slot of your laptop computer. Is its smallness a fault, or is the MoGo another small thing in life that will allow one to accomplish those proverbial great things? Read on for the review! THIN IS IN? When this unit arrived, it still wasn't available to the general public, as it is now. ...

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    INTRODUCTION Going to the gym with your portable electronic device can be quite hazardous. You can either wear an arm strap (to the tightness of a blood pressure cuff) or a belt clip (how many have you broken in the last year), possible stick the unit in your workout pants, or set it on the stationary bike, and hope you remember it when you get up. SCOTTeVEST hopes to help reduce that fear and loathing with their Performance T-shirt. A TEC-enabled tee made of 3M's Quick Dry™ fabric that comes in both a long and short-sleeve configuration. Did it turn out to be hot or cool? Read on ...

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    WHAT'S INSIDE Not much to this mouse. With the BT500+ is a CD (with utilities for non-XP/OSX users), a quick setup guide, a small black bag (not pictured), and a USB charging cable (Figure 1). The bag is called a "nonwoven fabric pouch", has a pull-string, and is approximately the same size of the mouse itself. (all images link to higher resolution) Figure 1: The Utility CD, quick setup guide, and the USB charger. As for the mouse, it currently comes in one color.  White. There are a total of three buttons (left, right, wheel), and a unique looking split scroll wheel. ...

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