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T-Mobile Dash

Mobile Tech

March 17, 2007 11:33 PM PST

IMG_7987.jpg After terrible customer service from Verizon after years of patronage, I decided to look for a new cell phone provider. I couldn't resist this deal on the T-Mobile Dash. One year contract, highly rated smart phone with Wi-Fi and Keyboard, cheap family voice plan and a free 512M memory card.

There are plenty of reviews on the Dash online, so I'll just focus on a few of the questions I still had and the Microsoft smartphone platform.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the hardware so far. The MS smart phone OS though still reminds me of Windows 3.1. Microsoft has really dropped the ball on promoting and improving this platform. It doesn't look much different than the last time I used it 4 years ago on iPaq. Not only could applications have a lot more polish, but it just seems like the whole metaphor isn't quite worked out. The soft keys are on opposite sides in different apps, and it seems like some type of smart use of overlays and context sensitive keys could really improve things.

I'm hoping that the Apple iPhone, and simple but slick apps like those from Google push Microsoft forward. People try to excuse Microsoft for lack of innovation, claiming it's just good business sense to follow. However, I think it actually comes down to a fundamental problem in their culture/hiring or management practices that continually stifles "coolness". XBox group excepted.

Let me know if there are other cool apps or tricks out there for Smart Phone.

Comments (7)

John, March 18, 2007 12:40 AM:

Please keep us posted on how you like this phone. I'm surprised you could not get opera to work. How about a review of core player? I assume you are using the free version? Also I think you should probably give skype a try. The cost per year is not that much and it gives you unlimited calls.

J, March 18, 2007 12:58 AM:

I'll try out skype. With the overclocking and wifi use though, I'm not sure how practical it is. I suppose for outgoing calls with no voice plan, or USB power tethered incoming calls, it could be useful.

mrsmayweather, March 24, 2007 11:05 PM:

you can google freeware for smart phones and get a memo application that will start from the menu. Yeah the gmail thing sucks, but I live in msn right now. You can configure gmail from the email function, but it's better through the java.
email me if you have any questions

J, May 4, 2007 05:22 PM:

The Windows Mobile 6 update for Dash is available!

Sen, March 29, 2008 05:58 AM:

for opera mini u may need to call and get the APN settings.. should work from there

allan, April 3, 2008 01:52 PM:

can I download google map application on the dash phone? If so, do I need to have internet up to use this map applicatio.

J, September 21, 2008 11:05 PM:

Year and a half followup... In general I'm disappointed at this phone's smartphone features. The hardware is fine, and call quality good. But the OS is just so unstable, Wi-Fi discovery slow, and IE browser terrible that I basically never use it. If I take a photo with the built in camera, and then kill the app with task manager, something keeps running and drains a full battery down in under 8 hours, even though usual standby time is several days. This is my first and last foray into the world of Windows Mobile. At version 6.1 it should really be more stable, slick and appropriate for a small device. I would give it another try if it were not for the iPhone and Android availability. Microsoft blew basically a ~10 year market lead.

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