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The Prophet Is Fantastic!

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It occurs to me that there aren't that many posts on these sort of boards which go on about how brilliant a given device is as most people tend to post with questions about issues they're having. Well, I thought I'd break the mould and post a thread which was pretty much totally in favour of my phone telling you all what I love about it!

I've an Orange SPV m600 in black on T-Mobile's Flex tarrif with Web n Walk. I got it second hand and have had it for a few months now. Its blinking excellent! In addition to the phone itself I have a 4GB card and a BT GPS dongle, plus BT stereo headphones for music listening and a BT earpiece for the car.

What do I use it for?

- As a phone. Its got excellent reception - the radio is shed loads better than my old HTC Universal. The sound quality is fine. Phone Pad means its easy to phone my friends without needing to get the stylus out.

- As a texting machine. I send texts using my stylus. Happy to do so. I use it loads for this.

- For email. I have a mail2web exchange account (free) and with Direct Push I get all my emails straight to my phone. It costs me nothing due to Web N Walk.

- As my diary. With Direct Push I have my diary synced to my phone and always up to date. And its free.

- As my address book. Again, with an exchange account this works fantastically.

- As my reading book. I have MobiPocket on here and about 30 books of various descriptions. I am never without my book when I have ten minutes to myself and fancy reading. I can read in bed and fall asleep and my book automatically remembers where I got up to.

- As an alarm clock. It wakes me up every morning.

- As my music player. I have 53 albums on my SD card at present. I have BT stereo headphones which I use when at work which are fantastic quality and the abilty to listen wirelessly is brill.

- Music in the car. I have a Brodit car mount and have my headphone jack plugged into the AUX-In on my stereo so I can play those 53 albums through my car speakers along with Sat Nav.

- Phone in the car. I also have a BT headphone ear piece so can answer calls in the car if necessary. All hands free and legal.

- Sat Nav in my car. I bought TomTom6. Wicked application. I've got the Traffic update subscription and with Web N Walk I get instant free updates to live traffic information and TomTom will reroute me around traffic to get there efficiently. I can navigate to my friend's houses using the Contacts option. Wonderful stuff. When overclocked to 247MHz the m600 happily handles Sat Nav and Media Player at the same time.

- Sat Nav on my bike. I'm a keen mountain biker. I use Memory Map (own all of the south of England and all National Parks) with my m600 mounted on the handle bars of my bike in a water proof case - which is also crash resistant. Its not broken yet and its great to have an OS map on your handle bars when riding. Fab!

- WiFi Internet browsing. At home when I want to look something up on the net or follow a link in an email I've received I simply switch on WiFi and it hooks up to my home Wifi net. That goes really quick. I never have problems finding or connecting to it. I sometimes use this in public hotspots too.

- GPRS Internet Browsing. If there's no WiFi available I'll just use GPRS. Okay, this is not as fast as 3G but its certainly good enough for most browsing I have to do when away from a computer or a WiFi network. Seeing as I work on PCs with full internet access and have a WiFi net at home I only need to use this when out and about so that's not all that often. And of course with Web N Walk its totally free.

And the thing is I get all this in a lovely small form factor which fits in my jeans pocket and doesn't look like a brick when held to my ear. Amazing.

There are only two things I can think of which would improve the m600. One is a quality camera - but there is no PPC phone which has one yet. And the other is 3G. But seeing as that only effects speed, not cost or availablity this is just a nice thing to have, not a requirement.

I don't know anyone else who has a phone that can do what my phone does. Every person who has a normal phone and sees what I use mine for is impressed. And they all think about getting one. I've so far converted three friends to PPC phones from 'normal' ones. They are all hooked as well now I think.

All in all - I love my phone!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers

Blakey

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I have to agree, the Prophet is one of my favourite devices ever ;)

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Hi Paul,

I don't know if you're even aware but as it happens I own the m600 you used to own. ;)

Cheers!

Blakey

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;)

Have you seen a Trinity device? Spiritual successor to the Prophet y'know...

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Don't tempt me!!!! ;)

Not seen one in the flesh yet, nope. I think I might quite like one but there are a few downsides.

It has 3G (which would be a bonus of course) which might use up more battery.

It has a built in GPS but I don't know if that's actually as powerful/accurate/long lasting as a separate BT GPS dongle.

Still a rubbish camera.

No standard headphone jack means I'd need an attachment to get it connected to my car stereo.

Micro SD means I'd need to buy a new card to put all my music on.

And I might need a new Brodit adaptor and bike case if the Trinity is not exactly the same dimensions as the Prophet.

All in all I don't think all that makes it worth spending £400 on a SIM free 'upgrade' as I'm in the middle of my contract. I'll wait and see what loveliness is out and about in the same form factor come December when I'm due an upgrade.

I'm keeping my eye open for a follow up machine but I'm so happy with the m600 I'm in no rush!!

Blakey

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I loved my Prophet - it was a great step forward from my M500 - but similarly the Hermes was a big step forward again - in data and processor speed.

Seriously - dont try out someone's Hermes or similar - it would be like test-driving a 911 turbo and then getting back into a golf.

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Hermes is the SPV m1300, right? If so then I've tried it and don't like it. I've no interest in the slideout keyboard and its just slightly too big. I know its a fraction of a smidge bigger than the m600 but ever since my first JAM a few years ago I absolutely adore the form factor of that suite of phones. Anything bigger is too big to be a phone and anything smaller has too small a screen.

Just my opinion of course. ;)

Blakey

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What a refreshing thread!

you could start a new trend 'Why I love my phone' ;)

Seriously though I feel the same about my Wizard, even after a year its still great, the only thing i'd like is a faster processor

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I took the M600 as a free upgrade and traded my Universal on Ebay. I thought I no longer needed the Universal because I had finished my exams and did a lot of reading on it in the past.

While the form factor is excellent on the M600, 6 months later and I still can't get over that let down feeling anytime I use it. And guess what I'm doing a lot of reading still if not more so I'm CRAVING vga screen again ( For my eyes' sake, you know) . :D

Hm, maybe the AMEO might help to complement my M600! I wonder........ ;)

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Took my m600 out on the hills this weekend with Memory Map. Once mounted on my bike handlebars and once walking. Performed amazingly well and with a whole day (6 to 7 hours) on the hills it was still running at about 40%-50% battery life. And that was with the phone module switched on the whole time in a location where the reception was very low and so it was constantly searching for a signal. I reckon I could hugely improve that if I switched off the phone and just had it running BT and Memory Map.

Big success and another reason I love my phone!

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yeah, it does rock.

especially since i have got it to sync with my pc again (been a little shy on features since i lost connectivity and hard reset losing all contacts and syncing!)

blakey - which waterproof case do you use? and can i take it swimming?!

dr_nick

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i do want WM6 though ;)

and 3g so wouldn't need broadband at home ;(

and wish i was on a tariff where internet mins are free so could benefit from tomtom traffic and the like

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As if the Prophet wasn't great enough already, a little bird told me some enterprising types have got WM6 running on it ;)

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You want to tell us more Paul?

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blakey - which waterproof case do you use? and can i take it swimming?!

This is still the case I'm using and I've never taken it swimming but so far its done a great job in keeping my phone dry. It is a really tight squeeze though so if they do a lightly bigger case I'd recommend that.

http://www.modaco.com/Waterproof-Case-t247717.html

Cheers

Blakey

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i'm still using my sandwich bags for walking in the hills, but really want something to encourage me to swim more...

suppose would need waterproof bluetooth headphones or a case with cable out...

hmm

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paul,

a link to more info about this WM6 or your little bird source would be intriguing...

oh and a 500mhz processor and 3G would be useful too... ;)

dr_nick

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paul,

a link to more info about this WM6 or your little bird source would be intriguing...

oh and a 500mhz processor and 3G would be useful too... ;)

dr_nick

im sure a look at xda developers would prove beneficial :D

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im sure a look at xda developers would prove beneficial ;)

but they dont have the windows ROMs anymore - coz MS made them take them down...

grr

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but they dont have the windows ROMs anymore - coz MS made them take them down...

grr

Just had to mention that they are, actually all still there. Just not on their own FTP. Of course on these boards I won't refer by name to any copyright infringing works but can I just say that, if I did, a certain update package provided by some of our Thai friends, would be getting a very good review from me.

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Just had to mention that they are, actually all still there. Just not on their own FTP. Of course on these boards I won't refer by name to any copyright infringing works but can I just say that, if I did, a certain update package provided by some of our Thai friends, would be getting a very good review from me.

grrrrrrrrrrrrrr... this is even worse than knowing it isnt available.

i can't find it.

and noone can tell me where o look...

i will have another try (has been a while)

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