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Sunday, March 04, 2007

New phone

It was time to buy a new phone, my wish list was:
  • Compatible with 3G networks.
  • Wifi built in.
  • Runs Windows Mobile.
  • Has a keyboard.
  • Built in GPS.
  • Available now.

Only one phone met my criteria, the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOK T830. It does have the disadvantage of being a bit bigger than my previous phone (the i-mate JAM) and being quite expensive but other than that it's great.

Around the house I can use it as a Skype phone connected to my wireless network (this also works fine on the road where there is 3G coverage but bends the T&Cs of my unlimited data plan a bit).

The phone doesn't come with any navigation software built in, but Google have just released a native Windows version of Google Local Mobile with built in GPS functionality. It is great fun running it in satellite photo move, zooming right in and watching the flashing dot move around the satellite photo as you walk! I won't be getting any seperate navigation software, I will be sticking to my Tom Tom when driving and Google Maps will be great for getting lost on foot.

My only teething problem so far has been getting the device to sync with the new Mobile Device Center in Windows Vista. The computer would recognise the phone as a guest but would not set up a sync relationship, it kept on saying that the device wasn't recognised and I should disconnect and reconnect it. This problem was solved by upgrading to the latest firmware, but it's not as simple as it sounds. The flash utility for the firmware also failed to work through the Windows Vista Mobile Device Center so I had to dig out my old laptop that still runs Windows XP and used that to flash the firmware. Now all is fine and I sync using my main Vista PC.

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1 Comments:

  • £500 is a lot to spend on a phone that you may end up donating to Oxford chavs!

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:09 pm  

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