I am still at my conference today and the Cingular 3125 smartphone continues to help me communicate with the outside world (using the phone and some occasional text messages). Putting the Cingular 3125 on mute during the presentations was much easier and more intuitive than what I experienced with the Nokia E62 when it went off during a meeting a week or two ago (day #59 on October 11, 2006). The Today screen in the Cingular 3125 gave me easy access to the Profiles screen from which I selected the Silent profile.
E-mail setup on the Cingular 3125 smartphone
E-mail setup was quick and easy. I completed the whole process on the device itself in just a few minutes. I was prompted to provide my e-mail account information and within minutes, I was receiving and sending e-mails. I configured e-mail so that it retrieves my messages automatically every 15 minutes.
The Cingular 3125 smartphone also supports corporate e-mail and push technology. This can be accomplish using the Xpress Mail service from Cingular (which works with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, or IMAP accounts), using Good Mobile Messaging, or using Microsoft DirectPush. I might setup Xpress Mail later to check it out.
Synchronizing the Cingular 3125 with my laptop
Getting the synchronization process configured was also quick and easy, knowing that I had ActiveSync already on my laptop. ActiveSync recognized the Cingular 3125 device as soon as I connected it to my laptop and prompted me for some synchronization options. Soon after, my contacts, appointments, notes, and tasks were all on the Cingular 3125.
Filling out a Web form using the Cingular 3125
Today I went back to the Web form that I used with the previous devices, and I tried to fill it out using the Cingular 3125. I was able to login successfully, but once I was in the survey application, selecting the link to open the Web form did not work even after several attempts.
As I test this Web form with more devices, it is becoming clear that the stylus and touch screen are necessary in order to navigate and fill out checkboxes and option buttons. Accordingly, if you think that this is an important need when you’re on the go, you probably want to consider a devices with a stylus and a touch screen.
The Cingular 3125 is a true one-hand device
The Cingular 3125 is a true one-hand device. This is the second one-hand device in the 81-day-experiment. The first one was the BlackBerry Pearl. The Cingular 3125 and the BlackBerry Pearl seem to belong to the same category of handheld devices which I would call “business-social”. They provide the standard business functions while they are small in size (pocket size) and provide a whole range of multi-media capabilities such as music, pictures, and video (more on categories and how the devices rank within these categories later in the 81-day-experiment).