I almost want to say that I canâ€™t live without my phone but that would be ridiculous. Of course, I can live without my phone. I just wouldnâ€™t feel complete. Two Mondays past, I exposed my phone to the elements; rain, slush and cold, for about 2 hours.
I once read that no one loves their phone completely, thereâ€™s always something youâ€™d like to change or add to your phone. This is true; my phone is far from perfect but it brought me so much joy, convenience and ease I feel itâ€™s perfect enough.
Iâ€™ve had my I-mate Jamin (aka HTP Prophet, Qtek S200) for almost a year now. Itâ€™s my first ever pocket PC.
Prior to this, I had an Innostream 55, a very cute little phone, great conversation piece… but not so great phone. It shipped with an application called Lady Scheduler and a slew of other wacky stuff. The battery got wonky on me and I got tired of carrying a cell phone, MP3 player and a PDA.
I did a little research and opted for Jamin (ok, I liked the name!)
First thing I did was to get a 2GB SD card; I have so much awesome crap on there itâ€™s daunting.
- The Good:
- My songs, podcasts and videos on the go
- Word, Excel, PDF viewer
- Outlook with calendar, contacts etc.
- MSN Messenger, Skype and any other IM type compatible with WM5
- 2 Mega pixel camera â€“ Most of the pictures on this blog were taken with the phoneâ€™s camera
- Voice dialing for contacts and applications
- A slew of downloadable third party applications
- Charging via USB cable
- OK battery life considering all it does
- The Bad:
- Sluggish (200 MHz CPU), not as fast as Iâ€™d like it to be, although you get used to it
- Poor quality speakers, I barely use this, I normally hook it up to my Bose computer speakers
- 2.5MM headset jack, I have a 3.5MM converter, tragedy averted.
- Camera lag and not so great night time pictures
- Requires frequent resets to keep it sane
That Monday, I took out the battery and the SD card, and laid it out to dry overnight. I put it back together in the morning and… viola! Like magic it worked.
I appreciate my phone now more than ever, I wonder if there’re other people out there who feel the same way about their phones.