As I picked up the packet of material for my friend Dan who is participating in the US Half Marathon in San Francisco tomorrow, I took a picture of the map that was on the wall showing the finish line. This is yet another use of having the T-Mobile Dash with the camera ready to document events and information as they happen.
The T-Mobile Dash in Summary
This may be yet another breakthrough device in the category of business/social devices. Just as thin as the BlackBerry Pearl, slightly wider to accommodate the QWERTY keyboard, and fully loaded with both business and social applications. On the inside (which means navigation and applications) it is almost identical to the Cingular 3125 with two clear advantages, one again being the QWERTY Keyboard, and the other being the Wi-Fi capability.
The T-Mobile Dash is a pleasure to use, and to look at
From a usability standpoint, the T-Mobile Dash has been a pleasure to use. Windows Mobile on the T-Mobile Dash (same implementation on Cingular 3125) has come a long way. Yes, you do have a back button. What a simple yet essential concept. The menus are numbered. Another simple yet important concept. The screens and applications are nicely organized in reasonable chunks that are easy to grasp.
Another interesting aspect of the T-Mobile Dash is that it has virtually no keys or buttons on the side of the device. This is actually a good thing. With devices such as the T-Mobile MDA (which I used earlier in the 81-day-experiment), there was an abundance of side keys which almost seemed like “landmines” that kept going off unexpectedly when I tried to slide the keyboard open or change the device orientation to take a picture.
My short answer here would be no! But there could be a much longer discussion on this topic, and I am sure one can argue for both points of views. In essence however, having used many of these mobile devices operating systems and seen them evolve over the last 10+ years, for me Windows Mobile still has the feel of a desktop that is trying to fit and find a home on the little mobile device. This “desktop” feel is more subtle that it used to be, and more related to the minute details of getting in and out screens, and typing text, and navigating places.
The Wi-Fi more useful than what you think
The Wi-Fi is a also pleasure to have. Especially if you are in an area where Wi-Fi is easily available everywhere. Be careful though because Wi-Fi uses more battery power. So if you are going to be out and about using Wi-Fi extensively, you may want to pack the USB cable and maybe even the charger. However, I didn’t run into battery issues in the last 9 days, which is encouraging.
The multi-media capabilities
While I haven’t expanded on the multi-media capabilities in the T-Mobile Dash, they are strong and similar to those I described in the Cingular 3125 (please refer to the Cingular 3125 days earlier in the 81-day-experiment for details).
All in all, a must-consider device
As you can see, the T-Mobile Dash is a powerful business and social device that has been delivered in the form of a small and slick smartphone. I don’t know how, but the T-Mobile Dash even managed to make the space for a full QWERTY keyboard. Taking advantage of the Wi-Fi and the T-Mobile hotspots network gives it a whole new dimension and an added advantage of high-speed connectivity. And with Windows Mobile having come a long way, there is not much to complain about!