I’d also like to mention that having TCPMP (Core) on my phone is nice because it can play a very large number of formats. I’ve tried sound files – OGG, WMA, MP3; various movie files – 3GP, AVI, MP4; various playlist files; image files – PNG, TIFF……the list is really quite large and I haven’t tried them all.
The 8525 come with a stereo headset which plugs into the bottom of the phone. It’s one of those where one side (R) is longer than the other (L) which annoys me (the shorter side always ‘pulls’ down even with the clip attached to my clothes) but the sound comes through fine. And there’s a volume control along the length of the headset. If you need to juice up the battery while you listen just plug in the included Y-cable. Click on the thumbnail picture at the top right of this article to see everything connected to my phone. It shows the AC Adapter connected to one side of the Y-cable while the headset is plugged into the right side. I can also use the USB Sync Cable (also included with the phone) plugged into my laptop to fill up the battery. No Syncing software needed either. Just plug in and juice up. If you want to Sync, then yes, you need the software which is included on the CD.
I’m investigating using Bluetooth and while there’s at least one free program that claims to let you hear audio through ones headset, I have yet to get this to work. My search continues.
I continued to look for map programs and found Google.
I mentioned Virtual Earth Mobile in my first article of this series. I still find that it’s very nice and competitive with Google. Aside from having to use the hardwired button to move the map up, down and sideways works quite nicely. And that isn’t difficult (Duh!), it’s just that it’s the only way to control that feature.
I can switch between Road Map Type or satellite Map. I can use the categories to pick a business or other type of location and get a route between addresses. It will show the list of directions so that I can easily follow it.
It lets you use GPS by choosing a COM port in the settings. And when I turned on the program today I was inforemed that a new version was available. It asked if i wanted it. When I clicked yes, I was immediately connected to the website for downloading. The installation process was easy and seamless. I noticed that I could switch between the US and the UK as a main area. I don’t think that was the case before but I can’t be sure. I immediately zoomed into Glasgow. neato! I love traveling to other places using my phone.
This Gif shows Glasgow and then Edenbrough.
Click on the thumbnail to see a gif anim of the main screen which shows the settings – you can even type in the name of programs you want to be exceptions although I can’t imagine why you would NOT want this. Then I screen captured what the menu looks like in Word Mobile. See ‘Save As..’ in the menu? Ta Da!! It doesn’t work in every program, but it’s nice to have it where ever!
Files can be saved in ‘apn’ format or exported as SVG. Only certain browsers can read this kind of ‘scalable vector graphic’ format – Newer versions of Opera and Firefox, Mozilla and Safari support SVG natively. IE does not support SVG, therefore it can only render svg with Adobe’s plugin. I tried it in IE 5.5 and it showed the page in gray tones.
Today Screen to save space there. Get Title Bar Date Time.cab from 8525software. This program has been optimized for the 8525 screen.
Get AlarmClock.WM2003.CAB and after installing it access it from the Programs list. The settings will let you repeat the alarm 15 time! holy cow, if that doesn’t wake you up, you are dead! As you can see there’s other settings available. It seems like I have to turn it on everytime so this is appears to be one of those Special Alarms rather than a daily thing. Heck, it’s good to have for those times you have to get up at 4AM and you know you REALLY need to and this will nag you until you turn it off.
Written by Cecilia