Well, my girlfriend upgraded her phone to the M600 on Sun 28th - which meant she had a better phone than me (M2000) couldn't have THAT!, I've had my eye on the Hermes for ages, so I've been hunting and I was finally successful!
So on Thursday 3rd I went into a Vodafone shop and instead of the blank look I had received in previous shops, the sales assistant told me they were not allowed to sell the v1605 in the shops yet, but is only being sold over the telephone by Vodafone Direct (0870 0700191).
So of course I called them, telephone menu system a bit painful and annoying, but got through to a helpful guy, who had not heard of the phone, but was surprised by the specs. On a £35 price plan, with £60 data bundle, still unsure about this and will double check before I start using 3G, it cost me £75...
Anyway, the choice was waiting til Monday or paying an extra £7 for rush delivery on Sat...so Saturday it was
Fatter that I though, but nice and compact, loads of hardware buttons, 6 on the side on the device including the jog dial (a god send and I have been waiting for a phone again with a Jog Dial, since my Sony Z5) However the Z5's Jog dial you could go Up, Down, In (Enter/OK), click back and click forward...great design...
No standard headphone socket, but instead it shares the mini usb port - annoying gonna have to look for a adapter... Was confused by the Ok button on the left side of the device, next to the Jog Dial - why another Ok button, the Navigation pad has one and there is another one under the right WM5 soft key. Ah! playing with the phone, reveals that this is actually a Ok in the sense of closing the current window, or if you are on the Today Screen opens the Start Menu - brilliant! The camera button on the bottom righthand side, is a bit of a pain in Portrait mode - however makes sense in Landscape.
The navigation pad feels a bit plastic fanstatic! And I cannot seem to change the two hardware buttons under the soft key buttons (Start menu and the Ok button) - any suggestions?
MicroSD - Ridiculously small - of course my 2Gb SD card is pointless now - however the g/f already has her eyes on it... Over to MobyMemory then...
My old device - (M2000/Blue Angel) was of course WM2003SE, so this was my first play at WM5 - well needed improvements, but the soft keys are gonna take some getting used to. Hopefully the bluetooth on this device works better than the M200 BlueTooth Stack
Comm Manager - my favourite improvement - instead of me poking the bottom right of the screen for the WiFi, a hardware button and quick and easy access for, WiFi, BlueTooth, Vibrate, ActiveSnyc , Flight mode, Push email - I think and another - guess I will have to open the manual!
At Last I can use OneNote Mobile - very cool program so am going to enjoy using it.
The Vodafone experience
I've been used to Orange and O2 personalizing their phones and bundling software - Vodafone must have missed that meeting. Absolutely diddly squat! No bundled software, no network operator extras - of course the last one isn't bad as the O2 skin - used to wind me up!
Great phone, glad I waited instead of going for the M600 or M5000. The thickness my put some people off, but a big step up from the M2000 - good phone, but just that bit too big! This phone all those features and a 2Mp camera - hurrah I can use the OCR of pictures within OneNote Mobile...