This is probably the best time of the year in San Francisco (the real summer "gets" here in September or October). Today, the T-Mobile MDA camera helped me document the beautiful day including a morning session at a nearby coffee shop.
I also learned today that if you press the camera button to take a picture, and not wait for an extra second or so before you move, you might get some interesting effects such as the abstract picture of the coffee cup you see on the left.
Little mishaps here and there
The camera froze for a minute or so today and when I gave up on it and started to look for some way to reset the device, it came back to life again. This happened again later when I was trying to close another screen.
After taking one of the pictures later on, I decided to send it to someone (via MMS which seems to be working fine), and therefore opened the sliding keyboard to type the recipient’s address. However the picture and the text fields didn’t adjust to the landscape position (so here I am, tilting my head, trying to make sense out of what I am typing).
This one may be more of a usability thing, but when the I wanted to fill out the recipient’s address field (also when sending a photo via MMS), the cursor was not visible, and there was no way to get the focus to field without using the stylus (I tried to type letters, use the arrow keys, use the 5-way navigation button, but nothing worked).
In general the device seems to be slow, and that coupled with the above behaviors including the occasional freezing, may mean that this specific device has a defect or that a software upgrade is necessary. Knowing that I am preparing for an overseas trip in a couple of days, I am trying to avoid doing something dramatic such as exchanging the device or upgrading the software before I leave.
Preparing for my overseas trip
The T-Mobile MDA is going to accompany me to London on Monday, and then the BlackBerry 8700 will take over in a few days while I am still in London, and will accompany me to Germany. This will be an opportunity to experience the devices’ international capabilities and also T-Mobile’s network and support services for T-Mobile U.S. customers outside the U.S.
Tomorrow, in addition to getting e-mail working, which is crucial for my trip, I will need to get some information about the international rates for voice and data, and see how I can avoid the $1000 phone bill stories that we occasionally hear from international business travelers.