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19 November 2005



Hi Neville,

I bought a SPV c550 Smartphone about 6 weeks ago and I highly recommend it. I'll give you a run down why I think it's great:

I have all my contacts synched with Outlook on my lap top. This is great incase something happens to either your phone or computer. I have my calendar and appointments synched also.

It has an external flash card. The standard card that comes with it is only 128mb but you can buy a 2GB card. I'm thinking of buying one so I can listen to music and podcasts on the move without lumbering my iPod with me. **Windows Media player only. I'd love a mobile iTunes!**

If you use bloglines or newsgator you can read your feed through their mobile versions. This is great as it synchs your feeds - stopping you from reading the same posts twice.

Personally I found both a little too slow so I paid the $20 for a year's subscription to FreeNews. A handy little Java based mobile feed reader that is very quick indeed.

Gmail Lite. A mobile version of Gmail developed by SourceForge that lets you send and receive email on the move. I use this very regularly.

I have Google Mobile and Technorati Mobile in my favourites bookmarks too.

POP3 and IMAP4 email. Haven't figured this one out yet - I'll get back to you.

1.3 mega pixel camera/video camera. You can send pictures by email - ideal for moblogging. If my blog was up on Friday I was going to moblog the conference as I have the WordPress plugin Poastie installed.

There's dozens of applications too. I'm thinking about downloading the Opera Mobile browser. This apparently condenses normal websites to fit on the Smartphone's screen.

You can install the TomTom Sat Nav system on it and also watch full length movies too. Again, haven’t figured this out yet, I’ve got the applications to do it – just haven’t figured it out.

For someone who does a lot of flying like yourself, you can also switch it to flight mode, so you can still listen to podcasts, read Word docs etc etc while flying.

Plus there is a large British based SPV following that will help you with any problems. Once or twice I got carried away installing too many applications at once and it crashed. I posted on the SPV forum and within a day someone replied with the solution.

I’m starting to think that Smartphones are the way forward.

If you do end up buying a SPV, let me know and I’ll email you all the applications and SPV movies I have.

P.S. Got my blog up and running now. Still missing a lot of posts and having one or two technical difficulties, but at least it's back up!

Also, tried to link all that I've mentioned in this post but it says your blog doesn't allow HTML comments :(


I'm beginning to drool after reading this, Stephen! Looks like I'd need to have an account with Orange, though (I use Vodafone).

Still, this looks very impressive. Bookmarked your recommendation along with Tom's Qtek...


Yes it's an Orange phone, but you can easily unlock it. I've already unlocked mine and tried it with a Vodafone sim card. It was a cinch!


Alternatively, buy one of eBay already unlocked.


That's a hack worth knowing about. Thanks.

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