The quest for the ultimate mobile office

5Jan - by - 7 - In Mobile

Here I am again, on my quest for the ultimate mobile office (the holy grail has been found in the meantime, right?).
I bought a Nokia 6600 a while ago, probably the best Symbian Series 60 smartphone on the market today. It’s got all the whizbang features: nice big screen, Bluetooth, J2ME MIDP 2.0, Symbian OS 7, Opera browser, eMail client, MMC card slot, VGA camera with photo and video support – what more could you possibly ask for?
Yet, I still find myself unhappy with the 6600. OK, it may not be intended to replace a PDA, but if it can’t, I can find a smaller phone.
So, let’s see how the 6600 does as a PDA, shall we? What do I do while I’m on the road?

Read eMail. Well, at about 200 SPAM emails a day you can imagine how I think about downloading them via GPRS, paying by the kByte. Thank you very much.

Browse the web. Yes, Opera is probably the best browser there is on a mobile phone. Still, this is no fun. GPRS speed leaves much to be desired, and I find myself constantly scrolling to be able to read text.

Manage my appointments. This is where it really sucks. Have you ever used Agenda on an old Psion 3? Why is it so hard for *everyone* (Palm, PocketPC included) to implement a simple week view where you can actually see more than just time bars? Unusable.

Manage my contacts. This is where Series 60 shines – full scale contacts directory, even with a picture. Well done.

So, all in all, not too bad. But: three things that I really miss compared to my Tungsten C:
WiFi. 200 SPAMs? zzzzzip, done
Big screen. Although the 6600 screen is huge for a phone, it’s tiny for a PDA.
A keyboard. This is what I miss most. Have you ever written an email with a phone keyboard? I beg your pardon.

So, as long as my financial situation doesn’t allow me to keep the 6600 as a toy, I’ll go back to my trusty Siemens ME45 and a Palm Tungsten C. The 6600 is definitely the best Series 60 phone there is, the size is perfect for a SmartPhone, but it still has a long way to go to replace my PDA. And no, the P800/P900 are no alternative, either – much too big for an everyday phone.

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  4. Have you tried a blackberry? It has the missing keyboard, the e-mail viewer pages, so is very cost-effective over GPRS. Whilst the diary is still not as good as the Psion original, the larger screen definitely helps. For me, it’s streets ahead of any of the other combos you mention as an e-mail + phone + PDA device (and I’ve tried most of them all too).

    Chuck.
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  5. Have you tried a blackberry? It has the missing keyboard, the e-mail viewer pages, so is very cost-effective over GPRS. Whilst the diary is still not as good as the Psion original, the larger screen definitely helps. For me, it's streets ahead of any of the other combos you mention as an e-mail + phone + PDA device (and I've tried most of them all too).

    Chuck.
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  6. The business idea behind the holy grail of the ultimate mobile office is that it will never be found…handset business is not a hollywood movie but about making money and make people upgrade frequently…
    However…glad you now also regard a missing keyboard as a definite showstopper. Still can’t believe that people see T9 sufficient for SMS and eMail, probably because they have never done it with a Treo or Tungsten C.
    Blackberry is no alternative for me as well, as there are just too many usefull apps for PalmOS available.
    So again, the Treo is the only path to the Holy Grail for me. Having used the 180 and 270, the 600 is a heavy improvement of that product line: full PalmOS5, SD Slot, camera, good battery life and….keyboard of course. Bluetooth is missing and Wifi, and it’s 160 resolution, but yet the best feature set with the best form factor when it comes to the mobile office. If the rumours are true that there will be an update which enhances highRes and bluetooth, then I’m personally getting close to the secret chamber, since Bletooth ICS can overcome missing Wifi for me. Check out hxxp://www.bargainpda.com/price/default.asp?productID=1161&brandName=Palm&productName=Treo+610&display=productDetail .
    Cheers and GOOD HUNTING !

  7. The business idea behind the holy grail of the ultimate mobile office is that it will never be found…handset business is not a hollywood movie but about making money and make people upgrade frequently…
    However…glad you now also regard a missing keyboard as a definite showstopper. Still can't believe that people see T9 sufficient for SMS and eMail, probably because they have never done it with a Treo or Tungsten C.
    Blackberry is no alternative for me as well, as there are just too many usefull apps for PalmOS available.
    So again, the Treo is the only path to the Holy Grail for me. Having used the 180 and 270, the 600 is a heavy improvement of that product line: full PalmOS5, SD Slot, camera, good battery life and….keyboard of course. Bluetooth is missing and Wifi, and it's 160 resolution, but yet the best feature set with the best form factor when it comes to the mobile office. If the rumours are true that there will be an update which enhances highRes and bluetooth, then I'm personally getting close to the secret chamber, since Bletooth ICS can overcome missing Wifi for me. Check out hxxp://www.bargainpda.com/price/default.asp?productID=1161&brandName=Palm&productName=Treo+610&display=productDetail .
    Cheers and GOOD HUNTING !

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