First impressions out of the box is that the thing isn't as big as I was expecting. About the same size as a normal PDA but a bit thicker. Feels very weighty with the top cover being made from brushed metal.
Upon opening the device you can feel the quality of the hinge/rotate mechanism. No way this thing is going to break with extended useage.
The first thing that you notice when powering it on is how fantastic the screen is. If you've used an HX4700 or X50v you will know what I'm on about. It's a 640x480 VGA display and looks stunning. No cramming websites in to one column mode with this device.
First boot takes about a minute as it moves all it's factory data around.
This device runs Windows Mobile 5 which has one distinct advantage over previous versions of Windows Mobile.
- Memory is handled more like a PC. You have persistant flash for storing your apps and volatile RAM for running the programs. This means that if you run the battery down there is no chance you will ever lose your apps or data files. Big bonus.
So. On to the useage.
If you have never used a PDA/Phone device or discounted them in the past, you will probably hate it. All the same problems still exist such as the difficulty in quickly dialing a number that isn't in the phone book. General size of the device making you look like a fool holding it to your ear. Problems with carrying such a heavy device around in your pocket. etc.
If you have used a device like this before, or you are used to carrying a PDA and phone around with you, this is the device for you. You will love it.
From a mobile working perspective, this thing is a god-send. A full keyboard means that writing e-mails or documents is a doddle. The board is big enough to 4-finger type on a surface but small enough to work as a thumb board when the device is held in both hands. Very nice.
3G data functionality is excellent with signal strength being way better than my old Z1010. Browsing the web in a 3G area is fast, and I mean FAST. It's not going to compare with broadband in your house but it's ISDN territory easily. Pages load quickly and the VGA screen means that you aren't scrolling the things around all over the place.
A really nice feature is that you can make/recieve a voice call while using the 3G data and it won't drop the data connection.
Wifi performance is on a par with most devices of this type. Decent signal reception and OK performance.
As a phone it works well. The calls are clean and the speaker loud. The in built speakerphone works well too. Very useable especially if the device is sat on a table.
One point though regarding phone calls:
Due to the lack of an external display (you aren't going to want to leave it in PDA mode exposing that screen to the inside of your pocket) a bluetooth headset with a caller ID display is essential. The only 2 I know of with this feature are the SE HBH-660 and the Jabra BT-800. I have both of them and the Jabra is the best by far.
If you are looking at getting a JASJAR then factor in the cost for one of these. It's a bit of a pain having to open the device to see who's calling.
So to sum up we shall end with the old good points/bad points list
Does absolutely everything
Good 1.3MP camera
Not for everyone
No external display
Not as fast you might like
MS BT stack rather than WIDCOMM