I woke up today and went to open my razor phone and crunch **#%" the hinge was stuck. I managed to break it loose for use but I knew that it was only a matter of days before the poor thing seized up for good.
I was all ready sizing up the other phones so it on took a little time to decide. I must have a keyboard, it is just too hard to write on a phone pad. I also wanted a replacement for my aged Zire 72s. At first I was planning on a black berry, but then it caught my eye. A full qwerty keyboard, large bright screen, 3G network access and a PIM that will sync with outlook. the Samsung blackjack II.
It is quite a change to use a windows mobile device rather than a palm but in some ways it is more flexible, after some hacks. The Blackjack II has a built in gps receiver but comes locked to the map service Telenav. Not being a fan of paying for every little thing I looked for a hack and found it at modaco.com. After installing this hack and the Google map application I could get a lock on satellites in about two minutes with much better accuracy the cell tower system I would have to use otherwise.
Next up was the limitation to 300k files for ringtones. I found the answer here. Once done you put the mp3’s of your choice in the my documentsmy sounds folder. Then use the settings app on your phone to select the ringtone/song of your choice.
Third, I need some other sounds for notifications. Here is where it get sticky, to use other mp3 sound files for notifications you have to add the file name to the registry entry, HKEY_CURRENT_USERControlPanelSounds. The sound will now show up for you to use.
Another feature I need is to use the phone to access the net when WIFI is not available. nI had been using the Motorola software with my razor V3, it was slow but better than no access. The Blackjack II is a 3g enabled phone so it was even more desirable to us the laptop with it. I found the answer here, scroll down to the message from chudy2 dated 12-10-07.
So far, after about 2 weeks, I am happy with the phone. Dialing is easy, accessing the contact list is a breeze with a quick search feature, type in a couple letters to find your contact. Making an entry in the calendar is simple, although my palm has agendus and I think that works better. I did try the windows mobile version of agendus but it is still too bugy.
I use the calendar entries to track my time and I found you should not use the attendee field or it will email a meeting request to the person you just worked for.
I am not happy with the office mobile programs though. I have documents to go on the palm and it allows you to create a document on the device and has many formatting features. I will likely put it on the phone later, it costs about 30.
The next hurtle is flash. As soon as I find a hack that works I’ll post it.