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Old 09-18-2008, 06:30 AM
Rocco Augusto
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1221715923.usr8.jpg" /></p><p>Have you ever been sitting down to a nice breakfast at a restaurant only to have your waiter accidentally knock a cup of water over right on top of your Smartphone? This happened to me yesterday while I was eating breakfast right before a meeting with a client. To make matters worse, I was expecting an email, and right as the cup was beginning to fall my screen lit up and the unmistakable sound of me receiving a new message rang through the air... as if my situation wasn't stressful enough, I was now left with that nagging questions of "Who was that message from?" and "What did that message say?" <br /><br />I learned two very important things yesterday. The first above all else is that I have an addiction. I am indeed addicted to my phone and the service that it provides at being my gateway to the Internet and vast amounts of information and when this flow of information is just snatched away by means other than my own, I learned that I can be incredibly tense, anxious, and cranky. Not being able to check my email knowing that I was probably missing something important was just nerve wrecking. Trying to remember all of my important contact information I use on a daily basis was frustrating as well. Not being able to check the Internet on a whim for whatever reason didn't seem to help my situation either, especially when a majority of my day involved waiting for other people.<br /><br />The worst part is that even though I knew my phone was now in Smartphone heaven, I still caught myself reaching for it more than a few times whenever I thought about emailing or messaging someone or even trying to figure out what time it was. At one point throughout the day I was talking to one of my clients about my phone ordeal and while telling them the story of my phone being destroyed, I caught myself reaching into my jacket pocket because <strong><em>his</em></strong> phone went off notifying <strong><em>him</em></strong> of a new message.<br /><br />Now I know more often than not we bust Microsoft's chops because we feel Windows Mobile could be a lot better than it is, and it could be,&nbsp; but not having my handset around I realized something else. Besides my undying love for the handset I will forever now refer to as the Crackjack - I know, original and catchy - I realized that it is incredibly easy to point out the flaws in the things that Microsoft does more often than not and I rarely give praise to Microsoft for the features that do work and happen to work so wonderfully that we never even realize how much of an impact they have on your daily routine until they're gone. In light of this I would like to take a second to point out some of my favorite Windows Mobile features that do not exist on this horribly inefficient pre-paid phone I am forced to use until I get a new handset.<br /><PAGE /><br />The first feature I would like to talk about is one that I never in a million years would have considered a "feature" of Windows Mobile - Smartdial. This is one of those features that you think is really cool when you see it demoed or use it for the first time, but you never really pay any attention to how useful it is until it is gone. I'm just so use to picking up my phone and dialing a few letters of the name or phone number and getting a list of what I wanted that now that this one tiny little basic feature is gone I literally find myself getting annoyed and frustrated every time I have to dial a new number.<br /><br />Next on my list of features I am on the verge of tears for not having is Internet Connection Sharing. If I have my laptop with me, it has just become second nature to plug in my data cable and use my handset as a modem. In most cases I find this to be distinctly faster if I want to do some quick browsing or I'm trying to find directions to a restaurant or want to write an email that is more than one sentence. Even with a QWERTY keypad, inputting more than a casual amount of data on any mobile device I have ever used is just too time consuming. I would rather have the option of using a much larger screen if given the chance and my Windows Mobile device via ICS has always given me the chance. <br /><br />There are more features but out of all of them these features are surprisingly the two features I miss the most not having. Missing out on my contacts and email is annoying but while in town and out and about during work hours, there is a fair chance I will have my laptop with me and you can't spit in Portland without running into an open Wi-Fi network somewhere.<br /><br />The only downside is now I have to get a new device and after spending the past day looking around, I really don&rsquo;t see anything on the market that is available in the US that I want. Sure I can get a Motorola Q9, Samsung Blackjack II or a T-Mobile Dash to cure my need for a QWERTY handset &ndash; but they&rsquo;re all old news and to be quite frank I find them all downright boring. If I am going to have to drop a few hundred dollars on a handset, I would like to feel like I am getting something new besides a new body for the device. Also with the release of the iPhone, it has forced handset makers to stop releasing such horribly ugly touch screen devices and lately I have really had my eye on an HTC Touch Diamond. To get a Touch Diamond however I would have to sign up with Sprint, which I am not in a contract so I could do, but I get horrible Sprint coverage in my neighborhood so that is out of the question. I could import a HTC Touch Diamond, but why in the world would I pay for HSDPA hardware I would never be able to use where I live? And where the heck is our Northern American HTC Touch Diamond?!<br /><br />This actually leads to an interesting side note of my aimless ranting. HTC, if you&rsquo;re reading this, you really should consider selling unlocked HTC branded phones here in the US. Everyone complains that there is not a market for it but that is because I can&rsquo;t think of anyone besides Dell and occasional Best Buy that does it. If there was an HTC store or even a Best Buy where I could have cruised in today and picked up the device I wanted, I wouldn&rsquo;t even be writing this. I would instead have written maybe a one paragraph blurb about the death of the longest surviving Smartphone I have ever owned and then went on to gush over my newly purchased HTC handset &ndash; which in turn would have made someone else want to go out and buy one and so on! <PAGE /><br /><br />Anyways, I digress. To get back on topic I am even kicking around the idea of getting the HTC Dream&nbsp; because it is the only new handset coming out that is even remotely interesting at the moment that is within my grasps to get. Plus since it was designed by HTC it would have a familiar feel to it<br /><br />While I know it sounds incredibly ridiculous, at least once in my life I want to own a Chinese knockoff of a popular electronic device and this might be the perfect time to take the plunge and buy a <a href="http://www.meizume.com/meizu-news/6857-m8-video-demonstration.html" target="_blank">Meizu M8</a> when they finally get released toward the end of the year. <br /><br />Then again these are all ideas I&rsquo;m kicking around in my head. I truly have no idea which direction to turn to get this whole Smartphone mishap under control. That is where you guys come in. No matter what I end up getting one of the first things I am going to do is snap some pictures of it and write up my thoughts on it for our readers. So what do you guys think, should I stick with the Smartphone and keep my fingers crossed that when Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 7 I will actually get to update my device and not waste several hundred dollars? Should I graduate to the Pocket PC world and bite my tongue and import a HTC Touch Diamond or HTC Touch HD? Should I be even more daring and fulfill a lifelong goal of once owning a sleek but obvious knockoff? Or should I take the plunge and dip my toes in the water of Google&rsquo;s pond and see what is going on outside of the Windows Mobile world?<br /><br />I figure no matter what I&rsquo;m doing, if I really hate my new device I can always return it and try a different option. Since I can&rsquo;t make the decision though, I&rsquo;m just going to throw it out there and get some input from everyone.</p>
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:59 AM
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Are you sure that's it dead? As long as you took the battery out as soon as possible and then left it a couple of days to dry, there's a good chance that it'll work again.
 
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:23 AM
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It's still drying at the moment but i don't have high hopes for it. It has been two years this November though, it is time for a new handset anyways.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:01 AM
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Why not try a Nokia E71? It has the two features you miss most, and lots more. Battery life is amazing and the form factor is what you are used to. Or if you need to stick with WM, then the Treo Pro.

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Old 09-18-2008, 12:23 PM
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Why not try a Nokia E71? It has the two features you miss most, and lots more. Battery life is amazing and the form factor is what you are used to. Or if you need to stick with WM, then the Treo Pro.

David
I've been pondering the E71 myself, but I'm worried about how well it will interact with exchange. I haven't seen very many reviews that address its exchange support.

Also the last Nokia I had my hands on, the N95, I wasn't overly impressed with the dialing features. It didn't appear to have the nifty autocomplete/search while dialing, which I love.

I'm currently waiting for the Xpera X1 or Touch Pro.

-Jim

BTW, I hope the restaurant at least comp'd your meal.
 
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:24 PM
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Last year I had an iPaq 4705. I was using it one night while I was out, and when I got home, it was completely dead. It didn't work at all. I tried everything I could think of, took it apart, and couldn't find any obvious reason why it wouldn't work. I was left with my SonyEricsson z525, which was a good phone, but couldn't pick up the slack of a good Pocket PC device.

Long story short, I ended up getting an unlocked iPaq 6945, which I've been running ever since. I sent the 4705 to PDASmart.com for fixing, but since I've gotten used to a device with a QWERTY keyboard and a data connection, there's just no going back to a non-phone device.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:25 PM
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My Blackjack is still kicking (knock on wood), but it's been giving me quite a scare as of late. This morning it randomly shutdown then wouldn't start. I removed the battery for a bit then restarted and all was fine. But panic set in while this was all going down that'd I'd be stranded all day with out my smartphone - the mere thought is too much. Sorry to hear for your loss -- but look forward to reading more about what your next purchase is. I can't decide what to get!
 
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:01 PM
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I would suggest the Treo Pro. I recently got my wife the Treo 800W and was pleasantly suprised how well its been working. On the Sprint network she was still getting good bandwith even when she was not in EVDO RevA.

The manual switch for the wifi antenna really works well and saves on the battery life.

Plus the Pro's black & silver looks pretty classy.

Steve
 
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:15 PM
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I hope the waiter was sufficiently apologetic over his mistake. I agree with The Yaz in that the Treo Pro looks very nice. Keep us informed of what you get.
 
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:20 PM
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afaik, neither palmos nor symbian s60 client handles exchange folders, i.e., they can only get mail in inbox folder. This is unacceptable to me due to my exchange email rules and my gtd process. So winmo is my only choice.

why not wait for the htc touch hd, it's so sexy...
 
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