Test Driving the Audiovox SMT5600

The other day, Josh bartered an Audiovox SMT5600 from a common friend of ours and after finding that he couldn’t leave his blackberry behind, decided to loan it to me for a while to test drive. I am going to post my personal review of the phone on this page, but have decided not to do so in a one-time post. I think the review would get too long for this format, so I have decided to write a series of posts about my impressions. (For reference sake, I am coming to this device most recently from a Nokia 3650)

So after three days of use, here are my initial thoughts on the phone…

Things I like:
• Initial setup and ActiveSync was really easy
• Provides more contact data than any phone I have ever seen
• Pocket IE beats my WAP browser on 3650 hands down!
• Camera is better than 3650
• Phone is not just a black box (I will explain this one more later)
• It’s nice that it charges over USB
• Lots of customization!
• Constant connectivity is nice (easier to achieve than with other devices I’ve used)
• Automatic profile selection (chooses meeting profile during appointments)

Things I am not crazy about:
• Battery life stinks (more like a PDA than a phone)
• Data input is miserable
• Reception doesn’t seem as good as my 3650
• I have had to reboot it several times
• The rocker “directional pad” is difficult to use

The general impression is favorable, but I am starting to wonder if a smart phone is for me or not. I will talk about this as well as breaking out many of the items listed above in future posts, so stay tuned…


One thought on “Test Driving the Audiovox SMT5600

  1. Hey Brian, I’m looking forward to hearing more about the phone on tinypodcast. (Without ever touching the phone) I feel like I need this phone.

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