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Living with a Microsoft SmartPhone
Posted on 26-Nov-2003 21:54. | Tags Filed under: News.


Living with a Microsoft SmartPhone
What you do when you have a list of things that should work, but don't? Post the list in your blogs, where users can be warned. That's what Barry Dorrans did when he found his Windows Mobile Smartphone was less than satisfactory.

"When Orange released the first Microsoft powered SmartPhone to the market I had just upgraded to the first Nokia picture phone and so I had to wait for a year unless I wanted to get gouged on the handset price. I waited, keeping in mind the old adage of never buying Microsoft's V1 products, and 2 weeks ago the e200 hit the market. After a week of calling around stores I finally found one in stock, caught the tube to the store, handed over my plastic and took delivery of a shining new SPV E200...

Of course there are buts. Some of them are small problems; some of them are simply stupidity on Microsoft or Orange's part."

This is the list of "little" bugs:
  • Battery life is under 24 hours with Bluetooth on.
  • Still on Bluetooth, there's no automatic "on" when an incoming call arrives.
  • It doesn't appear to have a DUN profile.
  • The call quality leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Some people report the camera takes pictures with a green hue.
  • There's a bug in the background checking of emails, if you have multiple accounts, it only checks the currently active one.
  • The joystick is 4 directional only, there are no diagonal directions.
  • The T9 dictionary forgets custom words.
  • The MMS implementation doesn't include sound messages.
  • Pocket Internet Explorer doesn't tell how big a file is as you download it, you see a progress screen which states xKB of "0 bytes", and it's always 0 bytes. If you click a cab file link which returns a 404 IE displays "CAB file doesn't exist.. We should output 404 headers etc here".
  • Can't use tunes on SD card as ringtones.



  • More information: http://idunno.org/displayBlog.aspx/2003112501...

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