Vodafone 1210

Filed under: mobile,review — jaydublu @ 7:59 pm

Boring post perhaps, but we’ve got a few more phones on trial – I’m trying to persuade them that Blackberries are hard work – we don’t run Exchange Server and the grief we have to go to getting emails working on those things…

We’ve had much better results with Active Sync on WindowsMobile devices. Last time I has a Vodafone v1605 (for the FoWA 2007 event – it was great as a PDA, but not a very good phone), this time I’ve borrowed a Vodafone 1210 which is more phone sized but still runs Windows Mobile.

So it’s the same width and thickness as my K750i, about half an inch longer – it’s phone sized. Quite confortable in my pocket, it looks neat, and so far battery life has been acceptable. I’ve not used it much as a phone yet – I wouldn’t call myself a power user – but the few times I have it’s performed quite well, so it qualifies as a phone, and I’d be perfectly happy to carry it around.

We got Active Sync talking to our Kerio mail server without much hassle, but we’ve got the hang of that now with WM5 devices. Yes, it handles email well – perfectly capable of reading emails, and if you can bear the restrictions of using the numeric keypad to type in (it does t9 predictive text, but what phone doesn’t?) it will send too.

The keyboard restrictions and the reduced features of the Smartphone edition of WM5 limit the things usefulness as a PDA – but it’s a phone so who cares?

The Internet browser worked as expected, quite useable given the limitations of the screen and keypad.

My main bugbear – it’s not got a camera.

Given that though, if I wanted a phone with email, it’s a definite contender. But there are still a few more to try…

Back to normal

Filed under: life,mobile,review,tinkering — jaydublu @ 8:36 am

It surprised me how relieved I was last night when I took my SIM card out of the smartphone I had on loan and fired up my usual phone – normality returned, and there was almost a sigh of satisfaction.

It’s hard to pin the blame on any one aspect of the newcomer – it was a bit too big, it wasn’t a very good phone (usability of that side was terrible) nor was it a very good PDA (screen res was only a quarter of the Loox – 240×320 instead of 480×640). The 3G GPRS was impressive, but even though I wasn’t paying the bandwidth I still felt guilty and longed for guiltfree WiFi.

Having said that I feel the experiment was a success – I now know I’m happier with a phone being a good phone, and a seperate PDA.

Now who did I lend the Loox to?

New Toy – Palm Treo 750v

Filed under: mobile,review,tinkering — jaydublu @ 11:57 am

It’s only on loan, but I’ve got a Palm Treo 750v to play with for a week or so – it’s a smartphone running Windows Mobile – the immediate difference from my PDA is that it’s also a phone – 3G GPRS can be used for connectivity. It’s a smaller screen, and has a ‘real’ qwerty keyboard. Oh, and no WIFI, which means I feel guilty using up any transfer.

Even if I had the chance I don’t know if I’d want to keep it – it doesn’t sit as well in my trouser pocket as my K750i, and not as nice to use as a PDA as the Loox. And now I’ve fifured out how to get the phone to provide GPRS connectivity to the PDA – I didn’t blog that did I? Use *99***1# as a number for the ‘modem’ to dial and it uses GPRS – I get the best of each role, but with two devices.

I wonder if I could get hold of a Qtek 910?

WM5 irritation

Filed under: mobile,rants — jaydublu @ 9:19 am

So what is it that irritates me most about WM5? It’s got to be the lack of feedback about why things aren’t working.

I’m a bit of a geek, and a fiddler, and have a great talent for pushing boundaries and breaking things. But also for persevering and eventually getting things working as well as possible.

I’ve also recently been breaking the habit of a lifetime, and have started to RTFM – perhaps this is my problem?

OK – specifics – I ‘acquired’ this PDA of mine to experience the Internet on mobile devices (other than my phone) and to do this you normally need Internet connectivity. So I’m trying to get wifi working with some success, and I wad hoping to get my phone to provide access via bluetooth when wifi isn’t available.

Connectivity through the phone has been a total no-go so far – it seems to want modems and phone numbers. Wifi access when it works is great, but it can be a right fiddle connecting sometimes – and here’s where some form of feedback would be great.

There’s no convincing indication that connectivity is in place, other than trying to connect to something like Google. I miss the command line, ipconfig and ping.

My current suspicion is DNS but without some decent utilities I can’t prove that. I have tried installing or using a variety of connection managers including Hitchhiker but none are working.