EDGE isn't deployed at all on T-Mobile UK AFAIK. To be honest, if you're just browsing mobile optimised sites / doing push email, I am of the opinion GPRS is fine. If you're surfing sites with fat graphics content, then you are of course going to benefit from a faster connection.
Are you sure you want a X500 when the X500+ is around the corner? If so, I imagine once the X500+ hits the streets, it'll push the price of the X500 down.
Thanks for that. I'm showing my ignorance there re EDGE but at least now I know. I think my use will almost entirely be to get to my Google Email, which does have mobile-optimised stuff for at least the email although I also tend to keep key spreadsheets and word documents within Google too so that might be a bit more bandwidth-intensive (but then again, maybe not). I suspect my other main web use would be the occassional visit to Wikipedia, mostly to settle pub arguments! Out of interest though, do you have any feel for what sort of download rates do you typically see on T-Mobile GPRS?
Re your second question, it's the battery life that really scares me about the X500+ (that's the one that was renamed the X800 isn't it)? I see in your reply to my post in the beginners forum (thanks for that) that you should be getting yours next week so I'll be really (really, really) interested to hear your experiences with that, particularly with respect to battery life. You spooked me a bit (in the other thread) regarding 3G power consumption but then, as you pointed out, one can always just leave it on the 2G setting most of the time. The other thing that worries me is what that VGA screen will do to battery life. The X500 reviews all seem fairly consistent regarding about 10-11 hours battery life for regular (or even fairly heavy) PDA usage or for playing music with the screen forced to stay on maximum brightness so if it's similar for the X500+/X800 then yes, I would most definitely go for that model, but if the battery life is much below 10 hours then I would have a dilema. I'm a bit spoiled with my Sony TH-55 which gives about 12-14 hours of typical PDA usage (although admittedly I run the screen at a very low backlight setting).
Edited by JulianL, 17 May 2007 - 11:52 AM.