After watching my Treo 650 looping restart all morning, I’ve decided to leave it 1 and move to a very utilitarian Nokia 6086.
Things I dislike about the Nokia:
- Flip phone. I’m just not a big fan.
- Display is much less attractive than the Treo’s.
- Only 500 slots in the Contacts list (I had to clean out my Address Book).
- Clumbsy and ill-organized menu system, pointless ‘my shortcuts’ menu.
- Mute isn’t a button on the keypad.
- Need to clear messages (‘Battery Full’, etc) before it recognizes keypad entry
Things I like quite a bit about the Nokia
- Uses Apple’s iSync thanks to a small hack from shadowmoon 2. Even with Missing Sync, the Treo’s syncing was unreliable.
- BluePhoneElite2 support. Neither Treo or iPhone have this to any useful manner.
- Calls over WiFi.
- It’s a disposable phone that I can’t wait to dispose of.
Dave Winer’s review-at-one-month confirms I made the right decision not picking up an iPhone.
I just added a synchronization command to my regular backup script. Feels like tech working for me, not me playing with tech. A good feeling.
UPDATE 31 July 2007:
My number has been ported to the new Nokia. Yea! So far, with my little playing around, it works as expected. I’m actually finding I can dial much faster and more reliably from the Nokia keypad than I ever could from the Treo. I’ll miss Chatter – but I think I’ll get over it. 🙂
1. And unless something very interesting happens, Palm for good.
2. As simple as it looks, I hosed my system the first time I did it. Had to restart in Safe Mode and wait through an fsck to get back to normal. No fun. Second time, no problems.
UPDATE 21 August 2007:
I’m happy for 2 things:
- The Nokia moves so seamlessly and actively between the wifi and TMobile networks. Even sitting right next to my router, the phone is constantly bouncing back and forth.
- Call initiated on the wifi network that move to the TMobile network don’t go against my minutes.
UPDATE 26 November 2007
This Nokia is turning out to be a pretty horrible phone. Mute & loudspeaker, my two most used functions during conference calls, are a pain to access – even when the screen doesn’t fall asleep and go black during a call. While dialing is faster than the Treo, it’s still cumbersome – using this keypad for text messages makes me cringe. And needing to clear every message the phone wants to tell me before I can tell it to do something isn’t right. Plus, I’ve gotten lost enough to justify hiring a full-time guide, let alone a magical device w/ Google Maps on it.
As I suspected, T-Mobile has added more phones to the WiFi lineup – namely a. Blackberry Curve. Attractive, but I’m not sure if I want to go back to Missing Sync.