Finally after something like twelve years with Orange, only five or six phones and one plan change ever, I’ve woken up and moved to get a better deal. Not only a better deal but a better phone. One which can successfully take away the need for my outdated and ailing Palm Pilot and replace my previous overly small Windows Mobile, but keep all the features of both.
No tall order is it? Yet I’ve done it and it’s working better than I expected.
There’s not a lot of choice when looking for a Windows Mobile Phone in the UK especially when you actually want one that’s usuable.
Abroad there seems to be so much more available. As an avid reader of Gizmodo and Engadget I’m actually amazed at the choices for mobile computing users. Yet you just can’t find any of those handsets over here and being offered by a phone provider.
That is until I caught the options from O2. Amongst their XDA range they sported two Mobile Windows Phones with proper QWERTY keyboards, something I was specifically looking for.
After a lot of deliberation I went for the Mini S rather than the next phone up, the Exec. The Mini S carries everything I wanted, and over the Exec it carried the physical size. Here are the features I was looking for and found in the S:
- First and foremost a phone
- Full POP3 Email
- Word Processing ability
- QWERTY keyboard
- Vibrating alarm
- Voice activation
- Outlook synchronisation for calendar, tasks and contacts
There were a number of reasons I wanted these features. I wanted to be able to carry all my contacts and calendar wherever I was; to be able to store passwords, etc and take with me; write articles and post them; be able to read my regular websites on the move as well as collect and respond to my email; use a bluetooth headset with voice activation for driving, basically replace my Palm, iPaq and my previous mobile all in one.
The Mini S is everything I need, and the only issue I’ve found with the phone is the convoluted process required to switch back and forth between WiFi and back to GPRS. It takes quite a few extra selects rather than just clicking WiFi on, however it does work superbly and the browser is very handy.
The rest of the phone is very useable and as soon as I had the handset powered up I was able to start writing, downloading email, etc. It did take some time to figure out the WiFi settings, but I got there.
So now I’m sitting in my cinema room, listening to the audio commentary for Sideways, and writing this on the Mini S.
I really do love this phone, it’s doing everything I wanted it to do and it’s very convenient and easy to use. Writing on the go is a very simple thing to do now. I’d wholly recommend it to anyone who wants a PDA combined with a mobile.