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  • Reply 61 of 100
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    My head is spinning after reading all this.



    No wonder I don't yet own a cell phone. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 62 of 100
    frawgzfrawgz Posts: 547member
    Are there any phones that display Unicode here in the States? I rather appreciate the iPod's ability to keep contacts and songs with non-ASCII characters.
  • Reply 63 of 100
    [quote]Originally posted by bradbower:

    <strong>Huh. The P800 really has everything I want. I forgot it had a camera in it. And it also has the software features I want, like browsing on all the different technologies, SyncML, even 3d games. I like the stylus approach much more than Nokia's uglybuttons/joystick thing, too.



    The size.. is perfect.



    AndohmigodlookatthiscutelittleDOCK!!







    Ok, it's settled. I'm waiting for this.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I'm with you. I bought a T-Mobile Sony-Ericsson T300 with a camera attachment for $50 with activation & rebate. But when I got home I went to the website and found the P800 on a "coming soon" page. I immediately returned the T100 and told the sales man to call me when the P800 comes in. Worst part about it is the dealer was clueless as to what a P800 is.



    I think the P800 is the most revolutionary phone design in the history of telecommuinications. I am blown away by the P800. I don't care how much it costs. It's global with built in camera (not the crappy stick-on camera), 140 MB of onboard RAM (including 128MB memory stick), has a huge color screen and Bluetooth. I think they got stuck on a boat in the dock lockout. My dealer says they are due in later this month.



    The P800 is why I am waiting for Bluetooth Macs. Just add a Bluetooth iBook and you're connected to the internet anywhere in the world for free.



    [ 12-05-2002: Message edited by: Multimedia ]</p>
  • Reply 64 of 100
    haraldharald Posts: 2,152member
    [quote]Originally posted by Multimedia:

    <strong> I think they got stuck on a boat in the dock lockout. My dealer says they are due in later this month.



    The P800 is why I am waiting for Bluetooth Macs. Just add a Bluetooth iBook and you're connected to the internet anywhere in the world for free.



    [ 12-05-2002: Message edited by: Multimedia ]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    This incredible, wonderful device MAAAAAY be in the US, but I doubt it, and you are going to have to wait until toward the end of January to get one in your hands.
  • Reply 65 of 100
    haraldharald Posts: 2,152member
    [quote]Originally posted by frawgz:

    <strong>Are there any phones that display Unicode here in the States? I rather appreciate the iPod's ability to keep contacts and songs with non-ASCII characters.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    GSM phones support "the GSM character set" which is all you can send via SMS. Eurocentric A-Z that works up to and including Greece. Different character sets exist for Hewbrew / Cyrillic / Arabic GSM phones which SEEM to be local-market hacks AFAICT.



    iSync / T68 certainly borks on arcane unicode characters ... not tried it on smartphone OS's ...



    ... good question ... !
  • Reply 66 of 100
    [quote]Originally posted by bradbower:

    <strong>I also wanted to post a nice little differentiation chart for those of us who are stuck between deciding on a T300 and a T68i:



    T68i:

    Size: 100x48x20mm

    Weight: 84g

    Voice Dialing: Yes

    Faceplates: No

    Calendar: Yes

    Bluetooth: Yes

    Downloadable games: No

    Ringer: Mono (regular) ringtones



    T300:

    Size: 106x48x22mm

    Weight: 101g

    Voice Dialing: No

    Faceplates: Yes

    Calendar: No

    Bluetooth: No

    Downloadable games: Yes

    Ringer: Polyphonic ringtones</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Thanks! But this only makes me more stuck...



    By the way, did you ever find out if the T300 will work with iSync over IR?
  • Reply 67 of 100
    Just bought a Motorola V60i. Nice, free phone.
  • Reply 68 of 100
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    [quote]Originally posted by ShawnPatrickJoyce:

    <strong>Just bought a Motorola V60i. Nice, free phone.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Does it have PIM functionality (i.e. phone book and calendar)? If yes, is there any way to synchronize it with a Mac?



    While thinking about synchronization, I had an idea. If there is no direct sync between a certain mobile phone and a Mac, could we bridge the sync via a Palm PDA? Macs and Palms sync easily. I assume that phones are more likely to talk to a Palm than to a Mac.



    Escher
  • Reply 69 of 100
    I don't know yet. I bought it off Amazon.com with a 1-yr AT&T service agreement. It certainly looks nice. Much smaller than my brother's i90c.
  • Reply 70 of 100
    bellebelle Posts: 1,574member
    There's full information available on the <a href="http://www.my-siemens.com/s55/"; target="_blank">Siemens S55</a> now. Looks like a nice phone.



    I've been looking through information on recent and upcoming Nokias - what's the situation with e-mail clients on its phones?
  • Reply 71 of 100
    bradbowerbradbower Posts: 1,068member
    [quote]Originally posted by Belle:

    <strong>There's full information available on the <a href="http://www.my-siemens.com/s55/"; target="_blank">Siemens S55</a> now. Looks like a nice phone.



    I've been looking through information on recent and upcoming Nokias - what's the situation with e-mail clients on its phones?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Belle, I thought of you when I noticed the unlocked S55s (with camera) on <a href="http://www.gsmphonesource.com"; target="_blank">www.gsmphonesource.com</a> . You might want to look into that, possibly buy a freebie-of-the-month with T-Mobile now to get on the great holiday promo plans, and then buy your own unlocked S55 from a third party like that after selling the freebie phone and making some money off of it. I'm thinking of doing it myself in order to get a T600.
  • Reply 72 of 100
    bellebelle Posts: 1,574member
    Thank you for the link. If it's going to take forever for Siemens to release the model here, I'll maybe go down this route. I don't particularly want the camera attachment, though.



    I've not read much about the T600. How does it compare to some of the other phones discussed in these threads?
  • Reply 73 of 100
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    FYI: The PowerPage is reporting on a reader's success using a Sony USB Bluetooth adapter with a <a href="http://www.powerpage.org/story.lasso?newsID=10308"; target="_blank">Nokia 7650</a>. Sounds like Address Book transfers work but not SMS sending.



    Escher
  • Reply 74 of 100
    bradbowerbradbower Posts: 1,068member
    [quote]Originally posted by Belle:

    <strong>Thank you for the link. If it's going to take forever for Siemens to release the model here, I'll maybe go down this route. I don't particularly want the camera attachment, though.



    I've not read much about the T600. How does it compare to some of the other phones discussed in these threads?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Curious.. why do you want the S55 if not for the camera attachment functionality and bundle pricing?



    The T600 is smaller than the T300, silvery-er, has Bluetooth, sort of like a better T68i. It has the features of both the T68i and the T300 that I like, without the crappy reception or the lack of PIM/Bluetooth function (respectively). Plus it's fairly rare, kind of unique.
  • Reply 75 of 100
    bellebelle Posts: 1,574member
    [quote]Originally posted by bradbower:

    <strong>Curious.. why do you want the S55 if not for the camera attachment functionality and bundle pricing?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Because it's one of very few phones available that has a bunch of interesting features without being a big, ugly camera phone.



    It's tri-band, has hands free speakerphone, Bluetooth, voice dialing, SyncML support, GPRS, vibrating alert, an e-mail client, and polyphonic ring tones.



    I'm not really too fussed about the frivolous stuff, but it's very difficult to find a phone with Bluetooth, SyncML and GPRS.

    [quote]<strong>The T600 is smaller than the T300, silvery-er, has Bluetooth, sort of like a better T68i. It has the features of both the T68i and the T300 that I like, without the crappy reception or the lack of PIM/Bluetooth function (respectively). Plus it's fairly rare, kind of unique.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    The Sony Ericsson site looks nice, but boy is it ever short on usable information.



    The product page doesn't list Bluetooth or GPRS, though? I like the grayscale screen. Color isn't necessary, and it saves the battery. And the size is unbelievable!
  • Reply 76 of 100
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    Belle: bradbower pointed us to the <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/"; target="_blank">PhoneScoop</a> website in another thread. They have a little bit of information on the <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?id=213"; target="_blank">Siemens S56</a>, which I remember to be the North American version of the S55, right?



    As for the T600, it looks to be a decent phone with good PIM and Bluetooth for synching. I wonder how soon Apple will have Bluetooth in all Macs so that we can avoid those Bluetooth USB dongles. I don't like dongles (although I could probably live with a dongle attached to my iMac's keyboard, but not to my iBook).



    Escher



    [ 12-17-2002: Message edited by: Escher ]</p>
  • Reply 77 of 100
    bellebelle Posts: 1,574member
    [quote]Originally posted by Escher:

    <strong>Belle: bradbower pointed us to the <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/"; target="_blank">PhoneScoop</a> website in another thread. They have a little bit of information on the <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?id=219"; target="_blank">Siemens S56</a>, which I remember to be the North American version of the S55, right?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Yeah, it'll be the S56 here. Your link is wrong, though. The correct one is <a href="http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?id=213"; target="_blank">here</a>.



    Though I notice it's listed here as dual band, whereas the S55 is triple band.

    [quote]<strong>As for the T600, it looks to be a decent phone with good PIM and Bluetooth for synching. I wonder how soon Apple will have Bluetooth in all Macs so that we can avoid those Bluetooth USB dongles. I don't like dongles (although I could probably live with a dongle attached to my iMac's keyboard, but not to my iBook).</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Where have you found information on the T600? According to all Sony Ericsson's information, the T600 has neither Bluetooth nor GPRS.



    It is a little strange that Bluetooth hasn't appeared in Macs yet, especially the 'Books. Perhaps we should expect a big announcement tying in new hardware (or a new combo AirPort card) and iSync 1.0?
  • Reply 78 of 100
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    [quote]Originally posted by Belle:

    <strong>Though I notice it's listed here as dual band, whereas the S55 is triple band.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Yeah. What's up with that? If I'm going to buy any GSM phone it absolutely and unconditionally has to be tri-band. My hope is that PhoneScoop's info is incomplete. I'm really curious to see how the S56's Bluetooth, SyncML and GPRS will work with Macs. If it works at least as well as with the T68i, I'd rather get the Siemens because it is 100 times more beautiful.



    [quote]<strong>Where have you found information on the T600?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I confess that I was simply relying on statements from Harald and bradbower. Thank goodness I'm not a journalist.



    [quote]<strong>Perhaps we should expect a big announcement tying in new hardware (or a new combo AirPort card) and iSync 1.0?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    That would be incredibly sweet! I've often been slow at adopting new technologies (I didn't buy a CD-ROM until 1997 and still haven't burned a CD-R, even though I bought a burner 18 months ago). But this time I'm ready to jump into the fray. I'm just waiting for the optimal combination of hardware, software and services.



    Escher
  • Reply 79 of 100
    My S55 is on the way...

    It will arrive this week. I ordered it with the Cam here in Germany in combination with a contract for 199 EUR (that is about 199 $). I will post pics this week/ or weekend.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to try it with iSync because I don't have a bluetooth stick yet.
  • Reply 80 of 100
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    [quote]Originally posted by macrescue:

    <strong>I will post pics this week/ or weekend.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    We look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your review. Im voraus schon vielen Dank, macrescue. Ich freue mich ungemein auf deine Photos.



    [quote]<strong>Unfortunately I will not be able to try it with iSync because I don't have a bluetooth stick yet. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Don't dispair. Just go out and buy one, before your S55 even gets to you. Seriously, I think it would be a shame not to be able to take advantage of the built-in Bluetooth of the S55. From what I understand, many different brands of USB BT adapters work with iSync, not just the D-Link one that Apple sells.



    Escher



    PS: You can click on the Edit button above your post to edit or delete its contents. (Unfortunately, you can't delete the post completely.)



    [ 12-17-2002: Message edited by: Escher ]</p>
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