I got some mixed news today relating to my sports teams. I added my favorite college football teams (Michigan and Stanford) to the Cingular 3125 smartphone home page (which is the MEdia Net page available from Cingular and which can be personalized to provide you with the news that is important to you--by the way, this is not a typo in MEdia Net, it is capital M and capital E as in “ME”).
I learned that Michigan is ranking high these days while Stanford lost to Arizona State (38 to 3). I also got the latest weather update in San Francisco (where I am heading tonight after my conference is over) as well as some national and international news. The Cingular 3125 and MEdia Net coupled with the EDGE speed, make this personalized information easily accessible in one page instead of having to look for it in various websites. This makes the Cingular 3125 smartphone a true 24x7 savvy digital assistant.
How about watching TV on the Cingular 3125
While taking a break at the café today, I decided to check out the TV feature on the Cingular 3125 smartphone (called MobiTV). I went through the installation and setup process which seems to have completed successfully but unfortunately I was only able to get sound and no picture. I will have to research this further because I am eager to see what TV looks like on the small screen and if I would really use it from time to time (it could have been a useful feature during the World cup a few months ago).
Working with Attachments
Back to business, viewing attachments on the Cingular 3125 was straight forward today. Knowing that I have set a size limit for retrieving e-mail messages (5K), the attachments I received today were not automatically downloaded to the Cingular 3125 smartphone. Instead, a link to the attachment was displayed in the related e-mail message. To download an attachment, I had to select its link, and then select Send/Receive from the menu. Knowing that I get a lot of attachments, setting such a size limit and downloading the attachments on an as-needed-basis is the way to go for me.
The Cingular 3125 with Windows Mobile supports all kinds of attachments, but you can only view them and not edit them. This is probably not an issue for most users. If however you really need to edit attachments on your smartphone, you probably want to consider some of other devices that I used earlier in the 81-day-experiment (those who have a QWERTY keyboard, a larger screen, and that come with the software needed to edit the desired document types--such as the Treo 700p, Treo 700w, T-Mobile MDA, and Nokia E62).