The gym was busy today at the hotel where I am staying for my conference. It is Southern California after all, and not only the Gym is overlooking a large swimming pool, but on each treadmill screen, you have your own personal TV (picture on the right) and can watch your favorite program while working out (multitasking at its best, but after watching and flipping channels for about 10 minutes, I got tired of it, and went back to my iPod instead). By the way, having a camera on the device is being useful again.
The Cingular 3125 Screens and Menus
The screen is nicely lit and easy to read even though the font is a bit small. I am also finding the menus and screen content are nicely arranged to minimize the amount of scrolling that you have to do. For instance, when you select the Start button, you get the first screen of frequently used programs and utilities, and then you can select the “More” option to see more.
It is a good time to point out again that the Cingular 3125 is a Windows Mobile device. If you are using Windows on your desktop, you will feel right at home with the Start button and the typical Windows applications. However if you are using a Mac, the Cingular 3125 is not for you (in this case, you may want to refer to other devices such as the Treo 700p and the BlackBerry models I used earlier in the 81-day-experiment).
By the way, I was able to change the font size on the home screen to a larger font, but not the font within the menus and other screens.
The Cingular 3125 menus are numbered
What a great idea! When you get to a menu, the menu items are numbered, so you don’t have to scroll up and down using the 5-way key navigation to select a menu item (or use the first letter or a designated underlined letter that you have to look for). Instead, you just press the corresponding number.
More about typing on the Cingular 3125
The keys on the keypad are large and have a nice and distinct feel to them. I am still getting used to typing, but improving rapidly. The typing methods are starting to make sense (see the details from yesterday--day #67, October 19, 2006). I am finding it easy to switch between the different typing methods using the * key. The “1” key is being quite useful in accessing the symbols (such as the period, hyphen, and @ sign) and the # key to type spaces.
The phone comes with a stereo earpiece