New Phone = New Problems

So a couple of days ago I went out and got myself a new phone - the Cingular 8125. It's a rebadged HTC Wizard running Windows Mobile 5.

Unfortunately, it's slow, and it's buggy. I opened the contacts - and nothing appeared in the list. Reset, and they're back. Occasionally it slows down to a crawl. (Turning off Receive all incoming beams in the Beam/IR settings helps with that, but still).

It also doesn't work that great as a phone - I mean, it works and everything, but there's something about the convenience of a real numeric keypad.

And then there's the mandatory $39.99/month EDGE data service charge. Which frankly is a little much, when it appears to work slower than GPRS for most of the things I use the phone for (namely MSN Messenger).

All in all, I'm a little nonplussed. Why put together such a powerful hardware package if you're not going to give it a CPU that has the oomph to drive it?

I'm going to give it a couple more days to woo me, then take it back and swap it for a refurbished MPx220 again. At least I can live with the issues with that phone.

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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Akula wrote on Monday, July 3, 2006:

You should try the Cingular 2125…I just picked it up a few months ago and is working great, though it is more of a cell and less of a PDA…

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