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Blackberry Pearl 8100 v. Orange SPV M5000

A few days ago my work replaced my aging (and ailing) Orange SPV M5000 with a sparkley new BlackBerry Pearl 8100. The M5000 (also called an XDA I think) is a behemoth in comparison to the BlackBerry Pearl, and this is probably going to be the most significant difference for me now that I’ve got the Pearl.


Update 27/09/07: OK, I started writing this post a few days ago and was planning on doing a detailed comparison of the two devices. It’s been sitting in my drafts as I’ve been a bit busy, but using the Pearl every day I’m finding it hard to come up with any real problems.

The battery life on the Pearl is brilliant compared to the SPV, as is the performance of the device (switching applications etc.). I guess you could say the keyboard is a bit small, but then everything is compared to a full size keyboard, so it’s not something to really moan about (it is a pocket telephone at the end of the day). Talking of size, it’s great to be able to slip this into your pocket without looking too pleased to see someone, and it’s remarkably light too (even given its size). I guess you could say that as a telephone it lets itself down a bit — the sound of the person you’re talking to is a bit poor.

So is that a good review? No, probably not, but in my opinion there is no competition: the Pearl kicks the SPV’s bottom!

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Go go gadget…. Overkill?

Nah, you can never have gadget overkill! Long time no blog. So what’s been going on? Well, not a huge amount hence the lack of content, but today was a bit of a gadget frenzy. I got a Blackberry Perl to replace my work phone (a brick of a phone in the shape of an Orange SPV M5000), and so far I’m fairly impressed with it. I guess most notably it’s a lot smaller than the SPV. It’s too early to write a long review on the thing, but the sound (when using it as a telephone) was a bit poor. Other than that it seems OK. It’s small and I can get my email on it nice and easily.

But a new mobile phone doesn’t make a gadget frenzy, does it?! So what other goodies did I get then?! Well, seeing as you asked, my Infrant ReadyNAS NV+ (or Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ since they got bought out) arrived today. This is a networked attached storage (NAS) device, and I’ve got it to store all my RAW images from my camera. It has four disk bays, and my version came with 2 x 500GB drives. This gives me a total storage of 500GB, but with disk mirroring for redundancy. As I run out of space I can add more hard disks to the two spare bays to increase the storage space.

So far I’m extremely impressed with it. Performance-wise it seems much quicker at both read/write activities than my older Lacie single-disc NAS, and the configuration interface is very good. I also picked up a cheap APC UPS. The ReadyNAS detects the presence of the UPC (via a USB lead), and it improves the buffering/writing speed to the NAS because it knows it has a more reliable power source (so can rely on the RAM in the NAS for buffering more). My UPS is still charging up, so I’ll find out tomorrow if this all works as expected.

So that’s the gadgets done. In other news, I had a short ‘break’ in Marrakech a few weeks ago. My one tip from that trip would be to never fly Royal Air Maroc! They seem to be the most disorganised airline on the planet — or at least that I’ve encountered. I took some photos but they’re not that great. I’m sure if I hadn’t been delayed for 7 hours in Casablanca airport I wouldn’t have been so tired for the next few days, which would have meant I could get up early to take some photos in the best light. Instead I mainly snapped around midday!

Ho hum.

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Motorola MOTORAZR maxx V6

IMG_5392, uploaded by Mark Sweeting.

I finally got around to replacing my old Sony Ericsson K750i. After two frustrating years with these Sony telephones (the joystick stopped working on both of them after just a few months), I’ve gone for something totally different: a Motorola MOTORAZR maxx V6. The MOTORAZR maxx V6 is a bit different to my old ‘phones, so here are my thoughts so far.

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Blogging from my PDA - not quite

I was quite excited to get an Orange SPV M5000 on Monday. ‘Work’ is trialling them with their pre- and post-sales techies, and the bundle we’ve got (at the moment) is particularly good. With WiFi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth (and IR) they promised to be really useful tools, allowing us to keep in touch with the office while we’re out an about quite easily.

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OK, getting a bit sad now….

.. or did that happen years ago? Perhaps.

Anyway, my new telephone came this afternoon, so for a bit of light relief I’ve been playing with the Sony Ericsson theme generator. So here are the results of my labour:

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Anna Falchi theme for Sony Ericsson K700i
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(You can get the theme here if you really want it!)

I was inspired by forgetfoo, who uses the picture as a wallpaper for his ‘FooDesktop’. Anyway, after a quick search of Google I found the original and tweaked it for use on my own desktop.

So there you have it: matching computer and phone desktops. Is that sad? (Don’t answer that please…)

Right, I think I’m going to prepare my dinner (casserole) now, so that it’s ready for when I’m hungry instead of the usual 10:30 PM…

Sony Ericsson K700i

Why am I still working on a Saturday? Not good. Still, things should ease off in about five weeks. Hopefully.

Orange have been mucking around on my ‘phone upgrade, but I finally got ’round to ordering a new one. Some of you may remember that I upgraded to the Orange SPV C500 a few weeks ago. The one they sent me was broken (there’s a surprise - don’t touch a smartphone with a barge pole), so I sent it back for a replacement. I waited for two weeks for the handset to come in the post but it didn’t turn up. So I called, and guess what they said?

“Sorry Sir, the courier company tried to deliver it three times last week, but no one was home.”

That’s strange I thought, as I work from home most days… Anyway, they said they would try again on Monday so I thought, OK, I’ll give them another chance.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the handset never turned up, and another call to Orange later I found out that the handset upgrade had been cancelled several weeks ago. Bunch of cretins.

Anyway, I’ve been too busy to really investigate an alternative handset, but my existing “smartphone” (term used loosely) is just so broken these days that I’ve had to make some time.

So I’ve gone for a Sony Ericsson K700i. I wonder what will go wrong with this one?

On the plus side, they wanted to charge me £49.99 to upgrade, which is bloody stupid as I’ve been paying them a small fortune every month, and the last phone that I got off them (the “smartphone” - which I had to pay for, I might add) was a pile of crap and was broken from day #1! So after I explained this, an almost helpful lady called Dawn in the customer relateions department was able to take forty quid off the price.

Are there any good ‘phone companies out there?? Why do we put up being treated so badly?

A jiffy bag is on it’s way…

Another 26 minutes on the phone to Orange, and now I’m going to get a replacement handset. Got to wait probably until Monday for the jiffy bag to arrive, then a few more days for them to get my ‘phone back, then a few more days to get my replacement ‘phone. All a bit of a pain really.

I wish I was a lumberjack. With my best buddy by my side, we’d sing, sing, sing…

I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

Sorry, went off on one again.

Damn pain these nubile telephones.

SPV C500: Day 1

My new ‘phone came yesterday, and there are some good things and some bad things.

To start with the bad:

  1. There seems to be something wrong with the way Orange Customer Services line works, as it doesn’t recognise my key presses when they say something like “Push #1 for sales, #2 for support” etc. This was happening last week with my old ‘phone, so I find it hard to believe it is a handset problem.
  2. The GPRS was broken most of yesterday. I couldn’t get through on my mobile (because the buttons don’t work), so I had to call the customer service people on a landline. After about 40 mins of messing around, the woman on the other end sais “Oh look! There’s a problem with the GPRS gateway which is it isn’t working!“. So after about 8 sim updates and an expensive call, there was nothing wrong with the ‘phone.
  3. The ‘press and hold #1 for voicemail’ doesn’t work. It appears to have the number ‘+’ programmed into the key and not my answerphone. So that’s great. I now have to dial 1-2-3 to get my voicemail which I guess isn’t the end of the world, but the #1 key should work!
  4. Not really a ‘phone issue, but on the whole, Orange customer service sucks!

So what about the good things?

  1. It seems slightly quicker in operation than my old SPV E100 (turning off and booting up especially).
  2. It is a lot smaller than my old SPV E100!
  3. The battery life seems better, though it was plugged into my computer most of yesterday…
  4. It supports IMAP, though I’ve not managed to get this to work yet…

I’ve not got a lot to say on the positive front. I don’t expect to rave about a ‘phone: it’s just a phone after all. However, it does bug me when stuff doesn’t work like it should do.

No doubt I will have more to say on this ‘phone as I use it more.