First Thoughts – Cingular 8125 Pocket PC phone

by Reads (17,079)

Cingular’s new Pocket PC phone mixes EDGE, Bluetooth, WiFi, and 128 MB of memory in with a large keyboard and lightweight design.

 

While the styling is different, the specs and functions of the Cingular 8125 are almost identical to the HTC Apache, also known as the Sprint PPC6700. No surprise, as the two devices are manufactured by the same company.

Despite it’s size, the 8125 was surprisingly light, just 5.3 ounces. It’s constructed along similar lines as the Apache, with a plastic casing and slider design, but with some added refinements that I found pleasant. For instance, there is a full five application buttons scattered around the case, on the sides and top corners, which gives you a lot more flexibility than the Apache.

On the downside, these buttons don’t include dedicated OK/close and Start menu buttons, so one-handed navigation is more tricky. The stylus is a strange design, and it’s in an odd place–the bottom right corner of the case. Battery life hasn’t been great, at least during my use so far, but is acceptable.

Unlike with certain other wireless providers who shall not be named, you can use Bluetooth, WiFi, and the phone radio simultaneously.

Don’t go away, this is just the start. We’ll have a complete review soon, with all the detail you could ever want to know.

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