OK, Since we are on this topic?. I picked up a Samsung BlackJack about a week ago, and to this point, I have some very mixed emotions?. I used to have an old Palm PDA and I carried my cell phone, so You can understand that trying to go to one device was a no brainer?. I love the look and feel of the phone, as it is a LOT slimmer than a Treo or Blackberry and the bluetooth headset and built in speaker phone makes it a breeze to talk and work, drive etc. while on the phone. The screen is nice and bright, and since it runs Windows mobile 5, it is fairly familiar when You look at the screen and the way it interacts with the user. The on board camera works great and takes wonderful photos after You get the settings right(1.4 MegaPixel). Now for the bad stuff!. It EATS batteries. Samsung must be aware of this?, as they shipped it out with 2 batt. in the box. If You leave the house with a fresh batt. installed, You can bet that it will almost be out of juice by the time You walk in the door at night?, so if You are a true road warrior?, You may be screwed without a spot to plug in the charger during the day?.. It also comes with a data/modem cable that allows You to sync. the phone with Outlook on Your desktop. It even ships with a registered copy of Outlook and the key so You can do a fresh install. All of that would be great if I could just get the [EMAIL PROTECTED]& phone to sync with the Outlook program!.To this point?, it is a no-go!. Another negative is that You can only edit Your appointment settings on the desk top computer. If You are on the road and want to edit or add a new event or appointment?, FORGET IT!. You will have to write it on a piece of paper and enter it when You get back to the PC. THAT IS STUPID!!!!! Even though it touts being an MP3 player, You still need to install a microSD card for storage(extra expense) AND there is no 1/8 phone jack for head phones???. If You want head phones?, You have to buy a proprietary setup from Samsung and it plugs into the same port as the data cable. What this means is that if You are on the plane and You want to listen to music, thats great?, but don't forget, You will also need to charge the batt. at some point, and You CAN NOT do both, unless You pack the spare batt. along to every place You go AND the portable charger that uses a 110AC outlet and a small black charger box.

Patrick Leary wrote:
Nice OT thread guys; I am learning and hope others chime in.

Patrick Leary

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Subject: Re: [WISPA] SmartPhone Happiness...


It's funny you posted this message today.... I just picked up a new "test" phone I am trying to replace my Treo 650. I grabbed an HP iPaq 6945 from Cingular for $189 (with two year contract) and have been playing with it on an off for the last couple of days.

The biggest advantage to this phone is the built-in GPS, along with WiFi

and Bluetooth. There are some neat functions that are already built-in to the main OS... such as the camera showing GPS coordinates on the picture when you take it (if you enable that option). Also, many commercial map programs (TomTom 6, etc.) work on this phone with the GPS. With a simple car mount and car adapter, you have a full-fledged GPS device built into your phone. There are also programs that will connect to WiFi and update GPS coordinates to a website... so you could have real-time locations for your installers with no monthly fee. ;)

It's running Windows Mobile 5, which is better than any other Windows phone OS I have used, but still not as easy to navigate as the Palm OS. The biggest feature on the Treo 650 for me is the SMS messaging. It's easy to access (single button) and it keeps a chat dialog going with each person you have talked to. I send and receive over 100 messages per

day, sometimes 200-300. It's quick, easy, and can be done with one hand.

If there was just a simple program that would function the same, the iPaq could be a great phone for me.

I should also mention I purchased a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. This is a

pretty cool device as well.... built in WiFi and Bluetooth, running Linux with a nice GUI. Nice wide, bright screen too. It just doesn't have a phone or GPS, just WiFi. Still pretty cool for that type of a


Matt Larsen - Lists wrote:
It was finally time to replace my Nokia 6800 with 600 hours and a broken screen from being dropped too many times, so I decided to get a

Nokia E70 phone.

It has been a little bit of a challenge, but it is pretty close to cell phone nirvana. It has been able to do I have wanted to accomplish with a PDA or cell phone combined.

The first main issue was getting the phone contacts/calendar/notes synchronized with my PC. My previous phone was extremely flaky when used with the Nokia PC Suite software, and only connected about one in

every 10 times. I had to install, reinstall, run a registry cleaner and then reinstall the software but I was finally able to get a reliable connection between my PC and phone. Once accomplished, I was

able to get all of my items synced up in a repeatable, reliable fashion. With all their available resources, I am amazed that Nokia was not able to this process worked out better. The second item was seeing how Internet access worked on the phone. GPRS seems to work fine, but I was more interested in the wifi connectivity feature of the phone. The E70 will browse for an available access point and the process for connecting is pretty straightforward. I have to pass on huge props for the Internet browser on the E70. I would prefer using the smaller screen E70 browser than the browser on all of the PocketPCs that I have used. It

is that good. It was reliable, viewable, easy to navigate and there have been no weird format surprises. All told - the Internet access components work very well. I have not gotten the instant messaging to

work yet, but it looks like other have, so I will still have that to work on.

The last and most interesting piece was the struggle to get VOIP working on a cell phone. My cell coverage at my house and many other places in my service area is very spotty, so I have been looking forward to having a phone that could roam to wifi and keep my roaming minutes down to a minimum. I was able to find a couple of links to guides on how to set the phone up with an asterisk voip server and was

finally able to get it to connect to my office voip phone system. After all the hassles and reported problems on user forums, I was very

pleasantly surprised by the performance of the voip part of the E70. It is actually clearer than regular cell calls, with just a little bit

of breakup when the wifi signal gets low. Best of all, my outgoing calls all go through my office system when I am in range of a wifi access point, meaning less minutes on my cell phone plan. I should also be able to use the voip when I go to remote tower sites that used

to not work at all on the regular cell network or incurred roaming charges. All in all, I am very impressed with the E70. I am going to officially retire my iPaqs to other tasks and use this as my primary PIM/phone/voip phone.
Matt Larsen

PS - I purchased my E70 from Tiger Direct for about $435, but they are

also available at voip-supply.com for $385.

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