Even though it is day #81 of the 81-day-experiment, we still have 2 more days to go with the T-Mobile Dash. It seems that the trip I took to Europe in late September/early October caused this 2-day discrepancy (it may have been the BlackBerry 8700 that got the extra 2 days at that time). I will give the T-Mobile Dash its fare share and take an extra couple of days to work with it and summarize my conclusions.
It seems that some reviews of the T-Mobile Dash indicated that the voice/sound quality of the T-Mobile Dash was not satisfactory, and I got asked to comment on this. My experience with the voice/sound quality has been actually great. I have been mostly using the stereo headset that came with the T-Mobile Dash and the voice quality during phone conversations has been amazingly good. Even when I did not use the stereo headset, I did not notice anything unusual about the voice quality.
More on the Windows Mobile interface with the T-Mobile Dash
T-Mobile Dash uses Windows Mobile, and the interface is actually very similar to the Cingular 3125 Windows Mobile I used earlier in the 81-day-experiment. This means you get the Today screen as your home screen where you can see today’s appointments, date and time, number of messages in your inbox, and other helpful information. You can also see on top a list of the recently used applications and choose one. Most importantly, from Today’s screen you can also access the Start menu.
When you select the Start menu by pressing the left soft key, you can see all the applications and settings available to you. You can select “More” (by pressing the left soft key again) to quickly scroll to the next screen of icons. You can press the center key in the 5-way navigation key to launch an application or open a folder to see the underlying icons.
Minor inconveniences I encountered in Windows Mobile
I found that the T-Mobile Dash, Cingular 3125, and Motorola Q Windows Mobile interface to be more streamlined and easier to navigate than the Treo 700w and the T-Mobile MDA. For instance, a simple yet critical difference is that the T-Mobile Dash, Cingular 3125, and Motorola Q offer the “back” key (one of the keys next to the 5-way navigation key), which is proving to be instrumental for smooth and quick navigation.
Even with the streamlined navigation of the T-Mobile Dash, Cingular 3125, and Motorola Q, there are still some occasional loose ends. For instance, in some cases I wasn’t able to exit or cancel from certain screens by simply pressing the back button. After I clicked the left soft button to start a new e-mail in the T-Mobile Dash e-mail application, but then decided to quit, the back button wouldn’t let me quit. I had to select the menu, and then select Cancel Message from the menu in order to exit the new e-mail screen. Why not let the back button do its job?
A similar issue I encountered in the Cingular 3125, and not as much in the T-Mobile Dash, is getting almost “stuck” in a browser screen. The back button kept trying to reload the previous page and no longer responded to further back button presses. The stop/cancel button would only stop the reloading. The only way out was to press on the home key to get back to the home screen, and let that webpage stay on-hold in the browser.