The Cingular 3125 is up and running. I took this picture of the Nokia E62 which is now retiring. Knowing that I don’t have e-mail yet setup on the Cingular 3125, I used MMS (Multimedia Message Service) to send the picture from the Cingular 3125 to to my laptop.
Browsing the Internet using the Cingular 3125 smartphone
The Cingular 3125 smartphone connects to the Internet using EDGE (speed being 2 to 4 times faster than the GPRS speed) which makes browsing reasonable. Typing the URL took some time though because I am not used to typing on the keypad yet (most of the devices I used so far in the 81-day-experiment had a full QWERTY keyboard, except for the BlackBerry Pearl which didn't have the full QWERTY keyboard but still used the QWERTY layout). But I can see myself getting used to the Cingular 3125 keypad and its typing methods fairly quickly.
More about the typing methods on the Cingular 3125 smartphone
You have three typing methods (or modes) that the Cingular 3125 smartphone supports: One being the “Multipress”, the second being the “T9 Text Input”, and the third being the “Numeric”. When you are in a numeric field such as a phone number field, the “Numeric” method is enabled by default. When you are in a text field, the “Multipress” method is enabled, and you can press the * key and hold it for a second or two, and then select another method from the popup menu.
In the Multipress method, as its name indicates, you press one or more times on a key on the keypad in order to type one of the letters that are marked on that key. For instance the “2” key on the keypad also has the “ABC” letters on it. So you would press once to type the letter “A”, twice to type the letter “B”, or three times to type the letter “C”.
When using the “T9 Text Input” method on the other hand, you don’t need to press multiple times on the keys. You just type the desired word by pressing on the corresponding keys once each, and the Cingular 3125 predicts what you’re typing and displays the word. If there are multiples words that match what you type, you will have the option of choosing one of them.
Back to browsing on the Cingular 3125 smartphone
I went to the People-OnTheGo home page, and I wanted to login to the online courses. So I needed to type my e-mail and password.
When typing my e-mail, I needed the “@” sign and also the hyphen. These symbols are not on the keypad. To type a symbol you can either use the “1” key and press it multiple times until you get to the desired symbol. Or you can press the * key and hold it for a second or two, and then select Symbols from the popup menu (which displays a list of the available symbols and allows you to select one).
To type my password, I switched to the “Numeric” method (by pressing and holding the * key and then selecting the numbers). The login process was successful and I was able to navigate to the desired screen. Later in the experiment, I will perform the same Web form test that I performed with the previous devices in order to find out more about how the Cingular 3125 browser behaves when given a more complex set of data entry fields.
Navigation on the Cingular 3125 smartphone
The navigation on the Cingular 3125 smartphone is mostly performed via the 5 way navigation key, the home and back keys, and the soft left and right keys (no stylus and no touch screen). This navigation is easy and efficient. so far, it is probably the most streamlined navigation among the Windows Mobile devices that I used so far in the 81-day-experiment (the Treo 700w, the Motorola Q, the and T-Mobile MDA).
The navigation in the Cingular 3125 reminded me of the navigation in the Motorola Q except that the Motorola Q had the “extra” Thumb Wheel and back key that are on the side of the device (which I didn’t end up using much because for me they seemed to be redundant with instead of complementing the 5-way navigation).