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A new day, a new phone.

A new day, a new phone.

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Bias declaration: I've been a fan of Windows Mobile since before we started using the name. But having picked up my new Orange E650 aka HTC S710 codename “Vox” I'm left thinking "Boy oh boy Mobile 6 devices are a jump forward". You could dismiss some of the changes as cosmetic, but I find they really help readability especially with the new screens – as with my new camera, small screens seem big step in the last couple of years. Jason’s got a run down of the changes in mobile 6 and a demo on youtube. Instead of repeating his work,here's a run down of my first few hours with the E650

Orange activated my existing number on the new phone less than an hour after I collected it - about 12 noon. Vista’s Mobile Device Centre set itself up automatically when I plugged the phone in. That walked me through setting up Server and let me get the certificate needed for corporate WiFi access (a bit of a fiddle), and I installed OneNote mobile and Communicator mobile: both worked first time (although communicator was wrongly configured).
I had to do a telephone interview at 4PM – when I was sorting out a problem with my car. I needed the other interviewer to set up a 3 way call. I tried to IM him (and discovered the configuration gremlin). So I used the (new) GAL look-up to find his phone number and call him. The candidates CV was in a word document in my inbox, so I downloaded that and was able to view it on the phone while we were talking to him. I wanted to make some notes, so I switched to speaker phone, slid out the keyboard and tapped them into onenote. Fantastic. When I got home I setup the Bluetooth pairing with the laptop, syncing my interview notes into OneNote on my PC, and put together my own home screen layout, finally I tried to charge the phone with a standard cable and my Swiss Word Adapter – success! no more special cables. I picked up mail over the home WiFi network – including one from expansys saying they’ve shipped my memory card, Y adapter – which will live in the car with a double USB car power adapter (which will also power my GPS puck with the lead pictured here), and. All I have to do now is sort out a satisfactory Bluetooth hands-free solution – the result of an unsatisfactory one is pictured here

I compared the amount of stuff I used to carry and what I have now. So I’ve taken 4 points.

  • What I had the day after I got my original iPaq in 2000
  • What I had the day before the first Smartphone arrived in 2001 
  • What I've had for longest (the C500 – functionally not much different from the original SPV, but worked better)
  • What I have now.

  

2000

2001

2004

2007

Hardware

Phone Model and size
(my reaction)

Nokia 7110
141g, 125cc
(125 x 53 x 24 mm)
(Reputedly Nokia's worst phone to date)

Ericsson T39.
94g, 108cc
(105 x 49 x 21 mm)
(Great battery life, but dreadful UI)

SPV C500
103g, 86cc
107 x 46 x 18mm
(A proper smartphone not a prototype)

SPV E650
140g, 90cc
101 x 50 x 18mm
(WOW !)

PDA Model and size

iPAQ 3650
170g, 173cc
130 x 83 x 16 mm

iPAQ 3650 + CF/Bluetooth jacket
235g, 320cc (139 x 92 x 25)
or PCMCIA jacket 270g, 383cc (139 x 92 x 30mm)

 

  

Input

Phone: "multi tap"
PDA: Stylus only

Phone: T9,
PDA: Stylus or Targus keyboard 335 g 367cc
140 x 105 x 25mm

T9 or Bluetooth Freedom keyboard
204g 278cc
(145 x 99 x 19mm)

T9 / Integrated Mini Qwerty

Memory + Expansion

32MB

32mb + CF via Jacket*

32mb + Mini-SD

64mb + Micro-SD

Camera

No

CF/PCMCIA available for Jacket*

640x480

1600x1200

Display

240x320

240x320

176x220

240x320

Works in US

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

GPS

No

Jacket* Available

Via Bluetooth

Via Bluetooth

Applications

Word & Excel

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Power Point & PDF

No

No

No

Yes

Onenote and Communicator

No

No

Yes (Orange require developer unlock)

Yes

Mail

PDA: plain-text sync with PC,

PDA: plain-text sync with MIS Server PC
Phone: WAP (MIS)

Plain-text sync with E2K3 Server

Rich text sync + mailbox search with E2k7 server

Personal contacts

Sync PC-PDA

Sync PC-PDA (MIS sync broke addresses)

Sync E2K3Server-Phone

Sync E2K7 Server- phone

Corporate Address book

No

Via WAP on phone

Add on Application

Yes, integrated

Web Access

Offline sync

Offline sync or On-line WiFi

On-line, GPRS

Online, WiFi or GPRS

Corporate Management

No

No

No

Yes

Connections

WIFI

No

802.11b via PCMCIA Jacket*

No

802.11g integrated

GPRS

No

Not authorized

Yes

Yes + Edge

Bluetooth

No

Yes (phone)
Via Jacket*(PDA )

Yes

Yes, with stereo support

Connection to PC & charger

Proprietary

Proprietary

Bluetooth or Mini USB (non standard charger)

Bluetooth or Mini USB (Standard charger)

Music

3.5mm Jack

3.5mm Jack

2.5mm jack

Proprietary or Bluetooth

 

So is anything wrong with the new phone ? I don't like having to buy an adapter to connect headphones or changing my memory card again – what was the point of mini-SD? At 140g it is a shade heavy (conventional wisdom says the optimal weight and size for a phone is about 100g and 100cc) . Installing communicator doesn't enable IM functions from Contacts or Mail. And Mail doesn't support voting buttons ... not much really.

 

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