It it the last Open Studios weekend in San Francisco. The T-Mobile Dash will make the tour with me and probably document some of the festivities. I already made my first call using the stereo headset that came with the T-Mobile Dash. The stereo headset transforms the sound quality and makes the phone conversation come to life. The stereo headset seems to be the latest addition to the smartphone offerings. The Cingular 3125 came with a similar one.
Wi-Fi is working seamlessly. Once I enabled Wi-Fi on the T-Mobile Dash, which is just one click in the “Comm Manager” application, the Wi-Fi network was automatically detected and in no time, I was browsing the Internet and retrieving e-mail via the Wi-Fi network.
The keyboard! Wow! Back to a full QWERTY keyboard. Typing now feels super fast. Moving from the “keypad” (on the Cingular 3125 that I have been using for the last 9 days) to the full QWERTY “keyboard” of the T-Mobile Dash feels like having been in a dark room for a while, and then suddenly I am out and can see the light again.
The T-Mobile Dash weights just enough so that you feel you are holding something of value, and is thin enough to fit easily in a pocket or purse. There are no extra shortcut keys on the side of the device, so you are not likely to accidentally start the camera or voice recording (something I experienced with some of the other devices). Instead, the shortcut keys reside on the bottom row of the keyboard (such as camera, Internet, and e-mail shortcuts).
My first impressions of the T-Mobile Dash are quite favorable. Let us see what the next few days will bring.