Cell Phone

Mar 07 2006

In December, I got a new cell phone after deciding that my Treo 650 was a piece of junk.

I ended up replacing it with a I-Mate K-Jam – which is also known as an HTC Wizard… and is now also known as the Cingular 8125 or the T-Mobile MDA. Since I bought the unlocked version before it was officially released in the US, I paid a fortune for it. (You can read a recent review of the Cingular 8125 here and another one here.)

The K-Jam is nice… it has a huge screen, a 1.3megapixel camera, built-in Wifi and its still about the same size as the Treo 650 (if not exactly the same size).

The past few months of owning it have been pretty good – most importantly it doesn’t have the reboot problem like the Treo has. I only have two complaints about it:

  1. Its not built for one-handed operation like a typical cell phone or the Treo. Which is a real pain when you’re trying to make a call while driving, or even walking.
  2. The processor on it is pretty slow. I can get it to slow down to a crawl while surfing and emailing at the same time (which happens a lot, apparently)

After seeing how little Palm did to improve the one-handed operation of the PocketPC OS in their latest phone, the 700w, I wasn’t all that dissappointed in the end about the first issue. But the slow processor issue was a bit of a problem.

Until the new firmware update came out for the K-Jam! 🙂

The phone seems much more responsive now – only time will tell if it is really faster. They’ve made some tweaks to the apps here and there… but the biggest addition is that the new version of the OS supports true push-email on Exchange… it works, its fast, and its pretty sweet.

All in all, I’m glad I switched to the K-Jam – I’ll take slow over rebooting any day… and now that it does true push email, theres no reason to consider switching to a Blackberry. W00t! 🙂

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