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“I decided it was time to sell my faithful IPAQ 3950...”

Written on: 21/07/2003 by (1 review written)

Good Points
Early attempt at integrating a mobile phone with a PDA
Larger than most colour screen

Bad Points
Very awkward to use, virtual keyboard too small & handwriting recognition too slow.
Large brick like design with no facility to customize OS or covers
Poor camera quality, software support, not a real PDA in every sense

General Comments
I decided it was time to sell my faithful IPAQ 3950 PDA and buy a fully integrated mobile phone / PDA. I asked the advice of several 'experts' in various phone outlets and was told the P800 was the one for me. "It does everything" I was told and sure enough it does - unfortunately, unconvincingly.

The P800 boasts most features including an MP3/Movie player, camera, synchronisation with PIM such as MS Outlook and looks like it may just pull it off. A phone the size of a standard house brick must be packed with technology I thought. Well, the phone does do what it says on the box and for that I cannot criticise Sony. However, I suspect there will be two distinctive camps in the P800 debate - those that have previously owned such as a Comapq IPAQ and those that have only used mobile phones. The IPAQ users will immediately fall out with the awful screen and feel of the 800. It is too small to actually view documents on and in truth offers no discernable advantage over the Sony T610. The 800 looks promising when first switched on but quickly reveals it's true colours as fat phone without the great personality which would rescue you from the jibes of friends and colleagues.

If you have owned a decent PDA such as the 400mhz IPAQ don't go near the P800 - even with a nine foot blue tooth connection. It will dissapoint I guarantee - If you have only ever used a mobile phone and can live with the comical design then you will probably be very impressed. It is - as stated previously on this site - a poor attempt at a PDA. Get yourself a T610 - very small, sexy looking and capable phone happy to bluetooth to with Outlook/Lotus.

The P800 is a brave attempt at what is cutting edge technology but sadly will be spoken about in the same breath as the Sinclair C5, Betamax Video Recorders, and lava lamps in years to come. Wait six months and the market will be flooded with just what we are all waiting for - a real PC 2003, mobile PDA that looks as good as it feels

Nick Butler

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