I’ve been using Palmtop Computers and more recently Mobile Smartphones for 21 years now! Supporting users of: Symbian Smartphones, Psion Palmtops, Palm, Blackberry, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, iPhone & iPod Touch and Android devices, otherwise known as PDAs, oh AND the great new PsiXpda UMPC with:
- TECHNICAL SUPPORT & TRAINING…
- Transfer of data from old PDAs (E.g. Psion, Palm, Pocket PC etc) to new PDAs (E.g. iPhone, Blackberry etc);
- Synchronisation of PDA data (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks & Notes) with PC software (E.g. Microsoft Outlook);
- Back Up of data on to PC/Mac or memory card;
- Configuration of email;
- Advice on upgrade options and
- MORE! (BUT, PLEASE NOTE – I don’t sell PDAs/Smartphones OR repair them)
Look no further, you won’t be dissapointed! get in touch with Ozzie on +44 (0)7889 374086 or via an email to ozziehallosman [at] btinternet [dot] com, also see http://www.palmtopman.com. I trust you can understand my email address (to avoid spamming software!!!).
These days new smartphones are released sadly with SO many bugs! (E.g. The Nokia N97’s currently at v.22!) Resulting in a rediculous situation of ‘Joe public’ ending up effectively as Beta testers! Well that’s what I think. But luckily new devices are generally followed by firmware upgrades from the manufacturers. Now, if you’ve got an unlocked device you can benefit from getting the very latest firmware upgrades as they’re released; either as an upgrade directly on the device (best via a 3G or Wi-Fi connection) or during a connection with PC Suite or Ovi Suite on your PC via a broadband connection. BUT, if your device is locked to a network provider such as Orange or Vodafone etc in the UK, you’ll unfortately have to wait for firmware upgrades to first be approved by the networks, uurrgghh! Which could mean the upgrade which positively fixes problems and adds enhancements may take weeks/months to be available! 😦 So, my recommendation is to try where possible to get hold of factory unlocked devices. I’ve also been told by a great local Nokia Care Centre to me (Fleet Communications, Eltham (SE London)) that if ‘Care Centres’ do a firmware upgrade to a (High Street) unlocked device it is likely to be re-locked after the upgrade to it’s original network!
Then I found this site… http://www.unlockedmobilephones.org.uk/
Having been a user of PDAs (Portable Digital Assistants) for 21 years now! since the days when Psion Palmtop computers ruled the world 🙂 well, not exactly but certainly when I stopped using paper in my good old FiloFax for my PIM (Personal Information Management) for diary/calendar, address book, notes, to-do lists. Right from the start I soon grew into a ‘power user’ utilising features/utilities of all the models of the good old Psion Palmtop Computers.
Over the last 21 years my use of PDAs and since mobiles evolved into smartphones (my very first one being the world’s first from Ericsson, the R380) has very much stayed utilising the core functionality of PIM with electronic management of Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes. Then soon after mobiles were born, I utilised mobile data comms alongside a PDA at first via the aged Infra Red; for emails and early web browsing. Also synchronising PIM data with Microsoft Office and Photograph Albums.
Then as smartphones evolved my use other than PIM extended to music, videos, photography and file exchange with Microsoft Office Word documents & Excel spreadsheets. Now utilising built-in GPS receivers for Satellite Navigation.
So, here is a list of what I want to use in my next Smartphone: Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes (all in Sync with Microsoft Outlook 2003, must move on to 2007 soon), File exchange/creation of Microsoft Office Word & Excel documents, Multiple Email accounts, Web Browsing, SatNav, MP3(Music)/MP4(Video) Player, QWERTY Keyboard, Alarms, MSN Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, File Manager, PDF Reader, Dictionary, Calculator, Voice Recorder. Screenshot and iPlayer apps. Don’t ask for much, do I! 🙂 I did say I was a ‘Power User’ of PDAs 🙂
Well, to be honest, more or less all the latest Smartphones give what I’m looking for and in some cases a bit more. So now, what OS platform will I go for…? Well, in summary:
- Blackberry – although my use over many months was good, with great PIM functionality, I have the bad memory of RIM’s Blackberry ROM Firmware upgrade messing up my calendar, see my blog. So, Blackberry? No I don’t think so.
- Palm – although, this OS has been resurected in the form of the Palm Pre, I keep moving away from touch screens/pen input to QWERTY keyboards.
- Android – although, I’m impressed with my first insight, the T-Mobile Pulse, again – I keep moving away from touch screens/pen input to QWERTY keyboards.
- Maemo – too new, expected to be buggy, out of principle, don’t want to be a beta tester for new designs, being a power user, I need my chosen OS to be ‘sound’ with minimal bugs etc.
- Windows Mobile – although this is the ultimate match for sync with my desktop PIM from Microsoft Office, I fell out of love with the Windows Mobile OS on my last Samsung Omnia, my experience wasn’t great.
- iPhone – tempted due to the fanastic touch screen utility and lovely large screen, however, I just love a physical QWERTY keyboard.
- Symbian – my current love, in the form of S60 3rd Ed.on my Nokia E55. Very very tempted by the Nokia N97 Mini. All my needs met, nice screen and good QWERTY keyboard.
As I stressed to the sales assistants when I visited a Vodafone and CarPhone Warehouse store today; my priorities in order of importance apart from my full power-house spec is: Maximum (unlimited would be good) Data allowance: for SatNav, Emails/Web Browsing, Minutes and Texts.
In my opinion and as their current posters say “Our 3G network was made for surfing the internet on the go”, 3 give the best data allowance for your money. Unfortunately, 3 only do the Nokia N97 Classic, not the N97 Mini. The Classic is bigger and has wasted keyboard space with a D-Pad on the left.
So at the moment, my No.1 choice is the Nokia N97 Mini…
What I need to decide on is, do I go for a ‘locked’ Vodafone device for free on an 18 month contract and ruin the warranty by getting it unlocked so I can get firmware upgrades when Nokia issue them. From Steve’s great Phone Show video or side-line Phone Show Chat Podcast, I hear that it’s currently at v.11 with fixes to it’s RAM management. Steve’s productions are a great reliable source of information. Or, do I buy any unlocked device from my favourite second-hand store www.cex.co.uk (with a 1yr warantee) or take a chance on www.ebay.co.uk. Hummmm, undecided at the mo.
A very useful facility within the PsiXpda is the onboard ‘3G Modem’, with an easy removable cover enabling quick access to the mobile SIM card. You can create different profiles for use with different mobile networks, e.g. Orange, 3, O2, Vodafone etc or one for your home town and even others in different Countries you may travel to.
The program what runs 3G connectivity is called ‘Mobile Partner’. This software has an address book or can list the contacts from the SIM card. It also enables sending and receiving of SMS (text messages). Voice phone calls (either via the speaker/mic or headset) can also be made by manual number entry into the ‘on screen’ keypad directly or from the Address Book.
As if last night’s news from ‘London Lite’ wasn’t enough of a surprise, it’s now been announced that the Apple iPhone will be available next year on Vodafone too!
Let’s hope that the iPhone being available from O2, Orange and Vodafone will create a price war; resulting in better deals for us consumers 🙂