[quote]Originally posted by Escher:
<strong>Any updated thoughts on the P800, Harald
? You've had several weeks to test it to death now. Any progress on the Mac compatibility front now that iSync has reached 1.0? Did the P800 survive Y2k3?
I can officially say I have tested it to death. I don't think there's one thing I've not done
So I know all it's little foibles (remarkably few) and all that's good about it (remarkable) and yes, iSync ... I know all about that
little fellow ... In a nutshell, this thing OWNS ME. But ...
There's something weird with the P800 Bluetooth implementation, or possibly the SyncML implementation, and a huge and very technical thread on the Apple discussion boards. In a nutshell, you can send files back and forth and it works wonderfully. You can't sync it with iSync or successfully link it with Address Book. Some say they know a fix is coming. I know for a FACT (directly relevant SE employee) there's P800's syncing via iSync in this world ... I don't know who needs to release new software however. Timescale ... who knows.
HOWEVER, and this is the biggun, MAYBE tomorrow Apple will introduce a .Mac SyncML server so we can sync the phone via GPRS or GSM to our .Mac iSync server. Phew, acronym city. I am certain this will happen soon if not tomorrow as the phones support it, no-one's done it, Apple have mentioned Address Book --> iSync --> .Mac integration and it's innovative. I have no insider knowledge of THIS, it's just a no-brainer. In the short term, contacts can just be beamed over via BT and automatically get slurped up.
Apart from that ... this thing still surprises me. Insanely cool. I've been playing with the voice recognition stuff on the phone. The technology is vastly better then any other I've seen. "Magic Word" for example is now usable. You set the phone to permanently listen for a phrase (remember PlainTalk?) and when it hears it does what it's told.
Imagine this: walking down the road with the phone in your pocket and the headphones on. You're talking to other people, then realise you need to call a friend. You say, "My blower." It bleeps. You say "Hassan i Sabbah." It repeats his scurvy name back to you and phones him up.
No hands.SO. DAMN. COOL.
The speakerphone is just great too. You're on the phone and need to take a note, so you just flip the flippy flip, let it go into speaker mode and use the jotter to write things down. Of course, it recongnises written numbers so you can dial with a single jab of the prong once you've hung up.
I also did my first "snap a picture and send it as an email instantly" the other day. Amazing. I have now got MMS working too, so I can send pictures in a jiffy to the one person I know on the same network with a capable phone.
I could just go on and on and on about the bugger. So many small details of usability and UI that are just great.
And there are no, I repeat, NO, little niggly usability issues that piss you off with common tasks (apart from the major issue of 'iSync doesn't work'). Maybe the fact that you're limited to MemoryStick which is expensive and reduced the ability of the device to act as an MP3 player (I mean, listen to me ... what a complaint!).
Apple aren't going to release a phone. I just don't see how they can compete in the way iPod pissed over other MP3 players.
Any Q's I'll be glad to answer.