More details on the SMT5600

So, in an earlier post, I wrote about some of the virtues and vices of the Audiovox SMT5600 and promised to expound on them at a future time. Tonight I thought I would write a little more detail about one of each. For the sake of consistency, I chose constant connectivity and the need to reboot.

Constant connectivity was nice

We were at the grocery store when my wife asked if I knew how late Costco was open. “I don’t know, but I can find out” was my reply. Seconds later, I had the Costco web page up, searched for our local store, and had the hours displayed on the Audiovox screen. GPRS isn’t the world’s fastest connection, but it sure is handy (when you can get internet connectivity anywhere with a cell signal). The browser on the phone is surprisingly capable and constant email delivery was very nice, but there were some problems…

The need to reboot several times

Periodically, I found that the device would lose connectivity which could only be restored by rebooting the phone. I don’t know if this is a problem with the phone or my service through T-Mobile, but it was annoying whatever the cause. Connectivity wasn’t the only cause for reboots. I also had a periodic memory problem that was always cured by rebooting as well. A number of times, I went to capture an image with the camera and received an error message saying there wasn’t sufficient storage space to take the picture even though the counter said I had plenty of memory left. After a reboot and no other changes…the picture would take just fine. This kind of thing is really annoying – especially when the phone reboots as slow as this one does.

So, the verdict here: I could live with an occasional reboot to have the ability to always be connected – constant connectivity could easily become an addition for me!