Comments: An experiment

Does the phone have a built in camera? That would be really neat: see something cool, take a snap with the phone and upload it instantly.

What input method are you using? I've grown accustomed to using Transcriber on my Jornada. It's a far cry from, say, the Newton or Graffitti. The only real problem I've had with it so far is that it's got difficulty with differentiating between F and f, and C and c, understandably. Does the PPC Phone Edition even support Transcriber, or do you have to hunt and peck on that infinitesimal virtual keyboard?

Posted by rfkj at January 15, 2004 9:20 PM

Nope, no built-in camera. The phone is the fairly crappy Siemens SX56 (note the $300 instant rebate on it) with a bad screen and poor ergo. But on the other hand the only reason I have one is because I need to use it for work, so if I wanted a better one I could go get one my own damn self.

I tried using transcriber, and got pretty good with it, but I'm much faster with the virtual keyboard and auto-complete.

This phone and a folding keyboard might not be a bad sub-notebook roaming setup -- a bit of web browsing, e-mail, and being able to post to this site. It's a small package, for a pretty small cost now -- the device is $99 after the rebate, a keyboard would be, what, another $100, and with t-mobiles $19.95 unlimited data plan, it'd be pretty reasonable.

On the other hand, a 12" laptop would be 1000% more flexible, and only about 2x the size of the pda/keyboard combo.

Posted by David Adam Edelstein at January 16, 2004 8:43 AM