T-Mobile Dash Smartphone Mini-Review

I have been using my new T-Mobile Dash Smartphone this week instead of my Sprint Pocket PC 6700. First off, the biggest difference is the size of the phones. The Dash is small, lightweight, thin, and fits in your pocket (weird, you would think “pocket pc” would fit in your pocket). The Dash is running Windows Mobile 5.0 with the messaging updates, so that is cool. It also is expected to get the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.0.

The Dash has built in wi-fi, Bluetooth, just like the PPC. Mobile IE, and applications to open up word docs and other office docs. There is a built in IM application that I just can’t seem to get working. The IM app has ICQ, Yahoo, and AIM.

One of the best parts of the Dash is the camera. The resolution is very good, and the pictures are the best I have seen from a cell phone. I haven’t tried video yet, but will soon.

With T-Mobile, there is an obvious difference, and its the myFaves feature. You can add up to 5 people from any carrier, and you get unlimited calls to them. This is a pretty sweet feature.

As well as all the previous features, there is Activesync with Exchange, the normal Windows Mobile stuff. The keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard, the keys are a little small, but I have bigger hands so maybe that’s why. With my T-Mobile plan I have tethering, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I have tried it on my Pocket PC in the past, and it worked, but was kind of a pain to get set up, Once I get going on the T-Mobile I will probably blog about that

All in all the T-Mobile wins out in my opinion. I like the Pocket PC but it is just too bulky. It seems that the Sprint device also is chatty on the network, where the T-Mobile device only connects when it needs to. The battery life seems better on the T-Mobile.

This post is kind of all over the place, I’m not a professional reviewer, but I guess you get the picture 🙂

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

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