Cingular will be sending your intrepid reporter a 3G PDA, the Cingular 8525 Pocket PC to play around with. To which I say, ‘Woot!’ This model is the first UMTS/HSDPA-enabled PDA in North America and the only PDA in the U.S. with international 3G capabilities. Maybe I can try calling some folks I know in Scotland?
I’ll also be testing out the Wi-Fi (802.11 b and g) and Bluetooth 2.0 features. I’ll also report on the QWERTY slider keyboard. I’m not generally a big fan of text messaging, but my brother is, so I’ll have him give his opinion. I think this will be the model with the 2.0 megapixel camera, so I’m curious to see if it’s better than most 1.3 cell cameras (which, in my opinion tend to be a bit, eh, crappy)
As I reported in a previous article the Big Deal with this device is the TeleNav GPS NavigatorTM feature.
Another feature I’m looking forward to trying is being able to download and review files While taking a call. I mean, wow! Cells are becoming more computer-like. Which is the right move.
Pricing and Availability
The Cingular 8525 Pocket PC will be available exclusively from Cingular for as low as $399.99 beginning Thursday, November 16, in Cingular retail stores nationwide, select national retailers, www.cingular.com , and through Cingular’s B2B direct sales team. For more information, please go to www.cingular.com/8525
A talented and Emmy-winning digital special effects technician by trade, Cecilia has also made her mark over the years as a writer in video editing magazines. Her CV includes HBO’s "From the Earth to the Moon" and SciFi Channel’s "Frank Herbert's Dune" and "Children of Dune". The most recent Visual Effects work was done for an online film: "Eye of the Bennu". This project was notable for being the first film made entirely by people only communicating over the Internet. No one has ever actually met in person. A virtual film made by virtual people. Cecilia is currently making props for a short film project about a violent monk. Hmm.