I just got this months PC Magazine in the mail. Something significant to note is the Editors' Choices in the Mobile Devices section.
I am glad to see a couple of my favorite mobile devices were selected. I agree with the choices for the PDA's. The hx4700 is my current favorite of the Pocket PC models and the Zire really is impressive (but doesn't really stand a chance to compete against the hx4700) For the Phones category there are some other good choices. The Audiovox SMT5600 really is a rockin' smartphone running the Windows Mobile software. I am glad to see they listed it above the Nokia as I believe it also stands a bit better in that category. I am not sure how the MPx-220 didn't make it here. For the GPS Devices again a familiar name with TomTom Bluetooth GPS Receiver. I don't know if I am as hot on this selection as I believe there are some better hardware devices in this area with the Pharos iGPS and the CoPilot bluetooth receiver. I found the TomTom to be a bit large and not as reliable in staying connected on the Pocket PC's I tested it with. I may just have to replace my TomTom receiver.
Now the one I REALLY feel strongly against is the BlackBerry being selected in the Phones and Phone/E-mail category.
I have the 7100 and not only do I feel ANY Pocket PC Phone Edition or the Treo 600/650 are FAR superior to the BlackBerry but to put the 7100 in the running as a smartphone is a
S T R E T C H ! ! !
The touch screen and user interface of any PDA is much superior to the BlackBerry thumbwheel approach. I get literally TONS of email and trying to go through it or reply to it on my 7100 becomes a chore. Probably the biggest thing that comes to mind using email on my Pocket PC is that I use is Spell Check... Try that on a BlackBerry. Can you imagine getting a business email that has spelling errors? Oh yeah that speaks highly of the business.
Now that I got that off my chest :-) on page 110 they featured a Sierra Wireless Voq Professional Phone as one of the great holiday gift ideas. Even this phone should have beat out the Blackberry in both categories. OK now I really got it off my chest. ;-)
- hp iPAQ hx4700
- palmOne Zire 72
- BlackBerry 7100t
- Audiovox SMT5600
- Nokia 6620
- TomTom Bluetooth GPS Receiver
- TomTom GO