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I-mate SP5 A2DP

Posted in Gadgets | Windows Mobile at Monday, 24 April 2006 05:19 Pacific Daylight Time

Lately I've enjoyed listening to DotNetRocks and HanselMinutes during my commutes to/from the client. I was using the cheap headphones that come with the SP5 which work pretty well in that taking a call while listening to a show is pretty seamless. However, being a gadget guy I thought I would like to upgrade to some better headphones.

Round One - My wife bought me a the HS850 handsfree device from Best Buy. I set it up and start my drive to work. I put the headset on and hit play on the phone. Strangely the audio comes out of the phone's speaker instead of the headset. With a little google research I figure out that I will need stereo headphones to play windows media to the hands-free headphones. The HS850 goes back and I order the HT820 stereo headphones.

Round Two - The new headphones come in and while the hands free part of the headphones work just fine with my SP5, the stereo part does not. A little more google research and I figure out that the phone would need to support A2DP which is part of the AKU2 update. I already have applied that update from i-mate so I put in some support requests and post questions to their support forums: no response. I give i-mate a 1 of 10 for their support on this. As far as I can tell, the A2DP support was pulled from the SP5 AKU2 update, maybe in the next update.

Round Three - Ok fine, my perfect scenario won't work, maybe I can salvage the situation a little by using the headphones with my Toshiba M2 laptop since it has bluetooth. Well I'll skip all the work it took to get a Toshiba bluetooth stack with A2DP, but eventually I found the download (hint: it is the one for the m5 (v4)). Everything seems to be great until I try to connect to the headphones and get the screenshot above. WTF is SCMS-T?!?! Thankfully I was able to google up a solution from here to here to finally here which contains a link to this file. Run the file and it turns off the SCMS-T requirement. Sweeet! Now I'm listening to music and when a call comes in on my phone I can answer it while the music pauses. Fast forward, skip tracks, etc. It all works great, as long as I run that program everytime I reboot my laptop. :(

 

Why is this so difficult? At this point I'm ready to buy an MP3 player to use as my music source and just deal with having multiple devices. But I can't seem to find a player that supports A2DP over bluetooth. Imate: update your software! Toshiba: WTF is SCMS-T? Motorola: I love the headsets!

Update: [via SmartPhoneThoughts]:

"The guys over at xda-developers.com did it again and found a way to enable A2DP on Windows Mobile AKU 2 updated devices, even if your operator left out the A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth stereo profile out!"

Amazing! Downloading now....

Update2: It works! I can now use my HT820 headphones with my sp5. The interface has a few bugs (like windows media doesn't automatically restart when I'm done with a call), but hey it works. If you're looking to get this working go here and/or here. I had to turn off bluetooth, then power down and back up to get it working on my phone.

Mobile Data Access Speeds

Posted in Gadgets | Windows Mobile at Monday, 24 April 2006 02:58 Pacific Daylight Time

Just read t-mobile vs. verizon and I have to agree with the conclusion (vzw beats tmo every day of the week). I'm a tmo customer since I get the plan as part of my compensation package. So I ran the same tests on my phone and the best I could do was 190 kbit/sec with the 1MB test (I couldn't figure out how to do a screen capture).

I really like the sp5 (despite the lack of a2dp support, more on that later) and the new push email support rocks. Whenever my phone buzzes at work I know that I need to hit send/receive in Outlook. But I'm definately tempted to make a switch to vzw because of the faster data access (Sprint is just as fast, but do you really want to deal with that company?).

Use your SmartPhone as a Modem

Posted in General | Avanade | Gadgets | Windows Mobile at Wednesday, 28 September 2005 04:14 Pacific Daylight Time

Today I needed an Internet connection on my laptop to send in my time report, but I couldn't plug it into the network at the client. After some searching I found this article on Smart Phone Thoughts which worked perfectly:

Smartphones, in spite of their small form factor, pack in a lot of power and functionality. And combine that with the unlimited Internet data plans that are now available from most carriers, you get a powerful mobile device that lets you check email and surf the Net. Sometimes you may run into the limitations of the small screen and the lack of keyboard/thumb-board. That's when the Bluetooth functionality and a laptop can come in handy. So the next time you're on vacation or on a business trip and want to reply to your emails, you can connect your laptop to the Internet using your Smartphone as the modem.

This will become even more useful as carriers upgrade their networks to support faster connections, but it worked great as it is for my purposes.

Qtek 8310 coming to T-mobile in October

Posted in Gadgets | Windows Mobile at Thursday, 25 August 2005 04:17 Pacific Daylight Time

via Engadget:

HTC Tornado Qtek 8310We’ve received confirmation from several different sources now that T-Mobile is going to be the first (and possibly only) US carrier to get its hands on the HTC Tornado (aka the Qtek 8310), that new Windows Mobile-powered Smartphone that comes with built-in WiFi and a QVGA display. Better yet, they’re aiming for a $200 price point (with a one year contract, natch) and probably won’t be crippling Bluetooth on the phone. Not sure what it’ll be called when it turns up on T-Mobile (it definitely won’t be called the Qtek 8310 or the HTC Tornado), but we did have a chance to play around with this phone for a few minutes yesterday. All we gotta say (for now) is that the QVGA display is totally slick.

This looks like a great replacement for my current smart phone, the i-mate sp3i. Hopefully there will be a sim free version from expansys soon.

i-mate SP3i

Posted in Gadgets | Windows Mobile at Tuesday, 26 April 2005 06:43 Pacific Daylight Time

A month ago I decided to take the plunge and buy a SmartPhone. With my new job I have a gadget budget so that helped me make the decision. After doing some research I decided to get the i-mate SP3i.

The pros:

  • Nice and small phone
  • Internet access - Syncs with Exchange (thanks to Chris De Herrera who helped me get the settings correct for T-Mobile at the last SoCal .Net Insiders meeting).
  • Syncs with my Outlook on my laptop
  • Best of all - Compact .Net Framework - so I can play around with custom SmartPhone apps
  • Bluetooth

The cons:

Overall it is a pretty cool phone, but the joystick issue is a deal breaker if I can't get it fixed. Especially since the phone isn't cheap. At this point I'm not sure what i-mate's response is going to be (and I suppose I should also contact the vendor I bought it from).

Update: Expansys sent me out a new unit this morning to replace my defective one! They even gave me free second day air shipping. I'm impressed with their customer service! Hopefully the new phone doesn't end up with the same issue.

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