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Topic # 12494 20-Mar-2007 12:08
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Has anyone managed to buy one of these, I see they are on the VF website. There appears to be a hack required to install your self signed certificate, are there any other hacks you need to use this device? Is it any good as a phone?

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Reply # 64396 20-Mar-2007 12:20
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The phone is good - look for a review here soon.

You do need a hackto install self signed certificates, but ASUS promised me they are going to release a Cert Load tool. Just nothing happened yet, even though Vodafone is well aware of this issue.

The phone works well, and comes with Opera browser as the default browser. I've used it in the U.S. for a week, no problems roaming on AT&T/Cingular and T-Mobile.

If you need to load a self signed ceritifcate contact me in private and I will give you instructions.





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Reply # 64398 20-Mar-2007 12:32
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Oh we're looking at getting this in next two months or so to use as our "activity phones" so we don't have to carry the pricier pocketpc out about. Being WM5, it's good that the contact can stay intact for good length of time without charging and just swap the SIM, do quick ActiveSync with Exchange and off we go.




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  Reply # 64541 21-Mar-2007 15:02
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chiefie: Oh we're looking at getting this in next two months or so to use as our "activity phones" so we don't have to carry the pricier pocketpc out about. Being WM5, it's good that the contact can stay intact for good length of time without charging and just swap the SIM, do quick ActiveSync with Exchange and off we go.


That was my intention also. I have a SIM for work and one of my own. The work one is in teh JasJar, which is a rubbish phone, but as it's at my desk it's ok. When I'm on my own phone (currentlty a Nokia) I find the synchronising to a paired machine somewhat quaint now that I have been using ActiveSync with Exchange.

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  Reply # 64796 23-Mar-2007 07:44
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I've found the battery life on the Vodafone 1210 to be a bit dissapointing. Has anyone else had a similar experience ... or have I just got a bad battery?






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  Reply # 65454 29-Mar-2007 15:34
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paulspain: I've found the battery life on the Vodafone 1210 to be a bit dissapointing. Has anyone else had a similar experience ... or have I just got a bad battery?


Is the battery bad compared to other 3G phones?



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  Reply # 65584 30-Mar-2007 11:17
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paulspain: I've found the battery life on the Vodafone 1210 to be a bit dissapointing. Has anyone else had a similar experience ... or have I just got a bad battery?


What is it like as a phone? My current WM5 device (JasJar) is possibly the worse phone I have ever used (although a superior pocket PC), it can not make a 3G call without inadvertantly triggering the voice dial, and it gets confused with the bluetooth headset (sometimes it's there, sometimes it isn't), it fails to make calls more often than it does, etc. etc.

I want one of these as my actual phone (I already have 2 SIMs) and looking for a good phone with some WM5 features.

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Reply # 65585 30-Mar-2007 11:35
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Very good as a phone. As for battery life, it could be that you are in a bad 3G area, and it keeps switching over? IIRC GSM technologies require more power when your signal is lower.

Overall the battery life was ok for me, but not longer than 36 hours. I have Direct Push enabled, and I get lots of e-mails, almost constantly synchronising...







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  Reply # 66257 4-Apr-2007 11:08
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freitasm:

Very good as a phone. As for battery life, it could be that you are in a bad 3G area, and it keeps switching over? IIRC GSM technologies require more power when your signal is lower.

Overall the battery life was ok for me, but not longer than 36 hours. I have Direct Push enabled, and I get lots of e-mails, almost constantly synchronising...



Bought the phone on Saturday, and yes, it is a good phone. Direct, pattern match, contact searching is fantastic (type and go). For a Nokia user the difference in the space key is the only challenge. The ROM upgrade allowed self signed cert to be installed and fully operational in about 30 minutes from start to fully synchronised. Screen is crisp and clear and although some odd functional differences between WM5 smartphone and WM5 pocket PC, I'm a happy with it.

The JasJar and phone do not seem to be causing duplicates in ActiveSync, and are, so far, playing nicely together (but you known what children can be like if left unsupervised :-)

However, the battery life is poor. Getting 36 hours so far in strong 3G coverage area.

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  Reply # 66265 4-Apr-2007 11:45
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Where do you get it? I can't seem to find any in Christchurch at all... it is almost like the shipment doesn't get to Christchurch's stores.




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  Reply # 66439 5-Apr-2007 13:00
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chiefie: Where do you get it? I can't seem to find any in Christchurch at all... it is almost like the shipment doesn't get to Christchurch's stores.


I'm in jafa town, so I assume we get more allocation. The dealers don't seem to have any, but I managed to intercept one at a vodafone store before they even had a chance to open it (nice to break the seal). The more I use it the more I like it, many functional aspects are just that little nicer that the JasJar, especially the "home" button.

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  Reply # 66441 5-Apr-2007 13:05
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Functional-wise it's behave similarly to PocketPC, except the touchscreen etc. I first used WM with Imate Smartphone2 coming from being a loyal Nokia supporter for years.

We saw the review on the April edition of oOo mobile, and it stated that is has 3 days (i think? or 3 hours) talk time and 12 days standby... am a bit sceptical though.

I told my partner that the picture shown is the actual size and very small, and he's liking it. So we may get 2 of it for the odd weekends out so if the phones are damaged then at least it won't burn our pockets too badly. hehe..




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  Reply # 66443 5-Apr-2007 13:12
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chiefie: Functional-wise it's behave similarly to PocketPC, except the touchscreen etc. I first used WM with Imate Smartphone2 coming from being a loyal Nokia supporter for years.



We saw the review on the April edition of oOo mobile, and it stated that is has 3 days (i think? or 3 hours) talk time and 12 days standby... am a bit sceptical though.



I told my partner that the picture shown is the actual size and very small, and he's liking it. So we may get 2 of it for the odd weekends out so if the phones are damaged then at least it won't burn our pockets too badly. hehe..


I think I'm burning through my battery by using bluetooth headset and messing about with the browser, also using ActiveSync and PushMail probably has an impact. The JasJar eats its battery also, so I've gotten used to it. I've come from the Nokia school also and this is has been a happy transition (unlike my attempt to try a SonyEricsson in the past).

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  Reply # 66446 5-Apr-2007 13:22
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oh. that could take quite a bit of impact. I don't use Bluetooth headset (much/yet)... Though I have DirectPush on the whole time and Jasjam's battery last very very well. And the data usage isn't huge too. :-D




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  Reply # 66450 5-Apr-2007 13:42
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chiefie: oh. that could take quite a bit of impact. I don't use Bluetooth headset (much/yet)... Though I have DirectPush on the whole time and Jasjam's battery last very very well. And the data usage isn't huge too. :-D


I do about an hour of calls on the jasjar and about half an hour on the 1210 per day, this, in combination with using a blueTooth headset probably contribute to my high battery usage.

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