All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

Old 12-07-2008, 10:41 PM
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Question UIQ or Windows Mobile?

Yo, Crazy Dog & friends, you seem to have a pretty hold of you phone and the English language - I was wondering if you could give me your take on my following ...

I've been a Nokia smartphone user since pre 7650, but I've grown tired, I need a change and I want to know what others have to offer.

I was an iPaq user for a few years, pre the phone convergence, so I'm familiar with the mobile Windows platform (although I'm talking the 2003 version here). I liked the big screen, the many different input methods, particularly the Transcriber, which allowed handwriting (recognition) across the whole screen. Ok, maybe it was bit too big, but it made overviewing documents and surfing easier on the eye. That said, I found the browser useless.

Two months ago I started using an old Sony Ericsson k750i, as my 2nd Nokia N73 gave up and I needed a pocket camera in a hurry. I've grown to like the little thing, and find I'm curious to discover more from the Swedes, but at the same time, I am nervous that the proprietary nature of the GUI will limit my possibilities when it comes to synchronizing and working with Microsoft software and files.

I'm a (mature) student, and so I would like something I can take notes on - to eventually become Word Documents; view Powerpoint slides, Google the Web & Internet Radio (anything else is a plus, YouTube for example)

Other requirements would be: Windows Live Messenger (really like the Agile Messenger send photo function on s60 devices); Skype;

Music is not super important, as it won't necessarily be my primary mp3 device, but I like having radio in board, and a 3.5mm jack is ideal, 'cos I get through headphones like sock, and I can't be buying ones with special plugs on every 3 months.

The camera, on the other hand, is important. I have a proper camera, but that won't fit in my pocket. Being a dad, I like to have the possibilty to catch the moment digitally at any time. My N73 was the best I had experienced since my first 7650, but still I found it slow and unreliable. The quality was ok, but as long as were above 2mp, and the picture is comfortably viewable and sharp, I'm not expecting miracles.

So now I'm thinking Sony Ericsson W960i, with it's cut little one-handed operation, sexy little candy bare with no Cybershot, but a flash, or an HTC with seemless integration with My Documents folder and Microsoft applications (it should be noted I loathe the extent to which Microsoft is part of my electronic world) and touch-flo interface, but no flash - and no keyboard (that could make taking notes in lectures pretty difficult at spped and length).

Well that's enough parameters and variables for now. Can you identify with any of it, and give me your feedback as seasoned users of W9 5/6 0 phones?

my current favourites are:

SE W960i
HTC Diamond Touch (might wait for the Pro's keyboard)


Old 25-02-2009, 10:57 AM
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Cool My personal experience with the w960i

I have had my w960i since its was barely even out. I paid $650 for it so that tells you i got this phone as soon as it was possible to buy. Let me say i have used alot of Nokia phones in the past and i was always fairly satisfied with my Nokia as i found them to be very user-friendly and very functional as a phone first and foremost. I bought my w960i mainly for music and for the touchscreen, but i must say there are quite a few things that were tremendous problems for me.

1st: First and foremost the messaging on this phone is terrible. The interface is plain dumb....theres a LITTLE TINY arrow that you must click to change in between folders and its quite frankly annoying. Why couldnt there simply be folders to click on that were displayed? Anything at all would be more user friendly than this interface. Previously in this thread i believe it was discussed about leaving a message and it being saved in the drafts folder. It does save a draft of the message, but the problem i had is that it would save the message EVEN IF you told it not to by default save it. So after a few days you would have 30 or 40 messages that were blank and sitting in the draft folder. Then in order to delete them you can either delete them all or here is where the fun can go through and select each message individually with a RIDICULOUSLY small check box that you must put a check in and wait it gets better...if you accidentally click the message instead of the retardedly small check box then it opens the message and the other 42 messages that you had taken the time to check all become unselected so you have to start over. DUMB....How can this not seriously be changed with a firmware update? Did Q&A even try texting before they shipped this phone out to the masses? Surely they used this phone and realized the messaging interface is annoying?

2nd: Now lets get to my favorite problem. My phone would lock up on me on an average of 3 times a day. I am not exaggerating at all. If the phone was left on it would simply lock up after sitting awhile, but heres the cool part. You wouldnt actually know the phone was jammed up until you tried to use it AND everyone that had been calling and texting you for the past 2 hours while your phone was locked simply would get voicemail and the texts dont come through on your end. So picture yourself setting your alarm to got bed on your cellphone only to oversleep work by a few hours because your phone locked up AND NO PHONE CALLS came through nor would your alarm go off. So you reboot the phone and then after it turns on its like YOU HAVE 22 NEW TEXT MESSAGES because it downloads them all now that its not crapped out anymore. This problem alone makes the phone horrible. It has single handedly snaked me from getting laid on numerous occassions at 3am...enuff said
I will say that the music is fantastic. It really is, i can jam out forever on this thing and it sounds wonderful. I actually liked this phone quite alot, but it has some SERIOUS flaws. Overall i thought that the software was very slow. Everytime i sent a message i had to wait a solid 2 seconds while the phone was unresponsive. It wouldnt be so bad but every time this thing locks up you have to disassemble the plastic case or whatever case you have on it to get the battery out and reset it....and its not exactly fast for it to reboot either.

It also appears there is a WIDESPREAD problem with the touchscreen not working after awhile as i have read nothing but posts on here about the touchscreen acting stupid AND i personally had problems with mine randomly not working.

One last gripe, why doesnt the SE website have the w960i listed in its support at all. Did they forget they made it? I tried to find forums on their website and the dropdown list of phones for them only includes the w950i which isnt the same phone.
Im at a point now where im torn because my screen is cracked. So should i pay the $60 for a new screen and use it even if only for an mp3 player or do i just go get an iphone for 200? Ah the dilemma....

Old 30-03-2009, 11:56 AM
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Its a very nice phone

I just ordered a new w960 , because i just LUV the phone. I use it together with TomTom and I got Divx on it.. even i created my car-kit together with the head-phone wire and my car stereo. Only thing i had to buy was the HCH-72 Carkit holder. So also using the mp3 and Divx movies with the sound of my car-stereo

I was out to the shop to buy a Xperia,since i need Windows Mobile to run my farm-management program, but i found there still is NONE Windows Mobile phone created that is farmer-proof , and the W960 lasts pretty long, probably the best farmer-proof smartphone yet !!! Only pity is that my management program doesnt run on it.

Its really a waste that UIQ runned bankrupt,because its one of the better operating systems ever!!

So now Sony has to try to make up their minds on their future Operating System .. the Xperia runs on Windows Mobile (WM) and their new concept, the Idou (beautiful phone ! (also not farmer proof:( )) runs on Symbian s60

We all loyal UIQ users sure will miss our own UIQ..

Only negative detail i have with the W960 is it doesnt have internal Gps antenna (aGps) If it had that, it still would be a top-phone


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