First Thoughts – Cingular 2125 Smartphone

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The Cingular 2125 is one of the latest Windows Mobile-based Smartphone devices to come to the US. Successor to the Audiovox SMT5600, the 2125 adds a sharper screen, EDGE data, and the latest OS.

The Cingular 2125 is the official name of what’s otherwise called the HTC Faraday. It comes with 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM (20 MB available), and a 195 MHz processor. I didn’t think that I was going to like the 2125 much when I first got my hands on it. No touchscreen? Egads! But it’s actually shaped up rather well. The battery life has been quite impressive for a converged device. I’m charging it as I write this for the first time since I got it last Friday, even after a full weekend of intensive use. The interface–while heavy on joystick action and keypad clicking–is functional. Entering any kind of text longer than a website address is admittedly very tedious unless you’re an accomplished SMS chimp–hum. Did I type that out loud?

It also has the virtue of grabbing a signal and holding on with both hands. I compared it against a Nokia GSM phone that I happened to have, one known for being able to hold a signal, and the 2125 outpaces it easily. Though I might be a little concerned about the power of its broadcast, when I can actually hear it inducing signals in my home entertainment system’s speakers.

Don’t go away, because we’ve got plenty more information for you in our full review, coming soon.

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