I got a hand-me-down Pocket PC Phone from Kartik. (Thanks Kartik!).
It’s the HTC Wallaby (aka O2 XDA, or T-Mobile MDA, etc.). HTC doesn’t advertise itself much, but they make just about every Pocket PC-based phone out there.
This device has replaced my old Sony-Ericsson T68i. It’s quite a bit bigger, but it adds so much that I don’t mind.
- I can get all my email all the time, kept up to date over my unlimited GPRS service.
- I can browse the web at any time
- I can use Outlook to manage my contacts, and they get synced up to the device. Easy.
- My daily calendar is in my pocket. I often forget the room number on the way to the meeting, so this is good.
- I can IM just about anywhere.
- I got a 512M SD card for only $50. Put music on it. With headphones, I have music on my commute. (iPod shuffle, ha!)
The web browser is a big help for taking the bus, in two ways:
- With “tracker” (aka “mybus“) I can find out how long until my bus arrives.
- With “tripplanner” I can figure out the best way to get from wherever I am to wherever I want to be.
I wish for a slightly larger display, and higher resolution. Some devices have VGA resolution, which would be very nice.
I wish the GPRS connectivity was slightly more reliable.
The IM is a bit dodgy because the GPRS link comes and goes. But when it’s working, I really wish for a keyboard.
The good news is that I rarely take my laptop anywhere, even to meetings.