Writing a review of a Sony-Ericsson T68i to PalmOne Tungsten T3 cable has been one of the hardest pieces I have ever written. Firstly, both the devices have Bluetooth, so, for me, a cable is almost always surplus to requirements- I had to get over this mentality, and, as such, the review should stand for all cables supplied by SupplyNet.com, rather than this one in particular. If you do not have the luxury of Bluetooth, and cannot cope with the constant balancing and aligning act associated with connecting over IrDA, looking at a cable could be the way forward. Secondly, there is only a limited amount you can write about a cable, so, this may be somewhat shorter than you are used to 🙂
The cable is well-built, and I would estimate it has 5 inches of wire each side of the central dividing block- this is plenty, to allow you to connect your devices, and be able to hold one in each hand, without the feeling of being shackled tightly together. Neither are you going to have a problem of excess cable getting in the way- I think that the design has been thought through well. Having a central dividing block is also useful from a consumer point of view, as well as being an easy way to join two piece of wire together. I am sure I am not the only person who suffers from losing cable off the side of a table etc- without a block somewhere along the run of the cable; I find that all too often it is too light to be usable. I have had this cable on my desk since receiving it, and I have not lost it once. Compare this with my phone charge cable, which I managed to lose virtually every day- this is certainly a useful.
The phone end of the cable was a tight fit, and I did worry whether it was going to damage the ports on my phone. I discovered that, for me at least, the solution was to push the connector in, but roll it out. Indeed, that was the only way I could remove the connector. This may be a good thing- if you are linking devices together, you do want to break the link accidentally. The connector is clearly marked â€œUpâ€?, so it is easy to place the connector correctly.
The PDA end of the cable was a better design, on the cable I received. It did not say â€œUpâ€?; instead there was a large button- the connector actually locked into place, and was released when the button was pressed. This is very sensible, as it meant the connection was secure, without the feeling that removing the connector could be damaging the port on my T3.
Using the cable was easy, but, only because my T3 automatically generates the settings for me- otherwise, it would have been a case of knowing what to do to make it work. The cable comes with a CD of instructions, but, I found this very hard to find my way around- clicking on a couple of the options revealed that the instructions are often â€œSame as Verizon connectionâ€?, but, with no back button or link, it became a chore to keep rerunning the CD. Instead, I would advise that you simply explore the CD, as the individual HTML files are clearly labeled. The CD only offers instructions for US phone providers, so if, like me, you are outside the States, you will have to call your phone provider to find out the details. The SupplyNet website, at the time of writing, did not provide any more assistance- clicking on the FAQ page linked to a PPC section.
Once I had the cable in place, and the connection set up correctly, the speed was fine. I was faster than connecting over my IrDA port, and had none of the juggling problems, but did not appear to be as fast as my Bluetooth connection. However, I stand by my earlier comment, and suggest that if you have two devices with Bluetooth, you are unlikely to use a cable anyway. If, though, your options are limited to cable or IrDA, I would be tempted to plump for the former for anything but the short communications (SMS etc, although that has not really taken off State-side, from what I understand).
Whilst the cable has many good things going for it, I have one, unfortunately major, gripe- its price. On the website, this cable is listed as costing $49.95- five cents under $50â€¦ When I was in my local electronics store, I was checking out PDA adapters, and discovered I could buy both connectors, and a length of cable, for less than the equivalent of $10. Sure, I would have had to put it together myself, but, the connectors had simply plugs, as did the cable- it was very easy. It would not have had the advantage of the central block, but, I am afraid that for the difference in price, that would have been something I were willing to risk.
To conclude, therefore, I would recommend this cable if you wanted to connect your PDA to your phone, and did not want the hassle of trying to find the necessary parts yourself. SupplyNet has a huge range of cables (more connectors than my electronics shop had), and are able to make cables to order should you not be able to find what you need. Their cables are of good quality, and are well-built. The only downsides are the documentation, and the price. http://www.thesupplynet.com