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Unboxing the Cinuglar 8525 PDA Phone (30 photos)

I got a new phone/pda/communicator device this week – the Cingular 8525. It’s an awesome device, and I’m really loving it so far. The feature that was most important to me, the 3G data speeds, have been better than I hoped. I average about 850Kbps at home, and downtown Portland yesterday, with 3 or 4 bars, I managed a speed test over 1Mbps. :-)

I’ve posted 30 photos of the obligatory Unboxing Ceremony, which you can find in this Flickr set. Actually, my wonderful wife Rachel was the cameraperson, and she did a great job. My daughter Emma also makes a cameo appearance in some of the photos – she just loves to be part of what Daddy is doing, and she loves Daddy’s new “Microsoft phone” (I have no idea where she got that – I’ve never used that phrase :-)).

Here are some photo highlights:

The box contents: the 8525, a standard mini USB type B cable, AC adapter, 1300mAH battery, spare extendable stylus, software CDs, manuals, etc. The usual.


Closeup of the camera on the back. The usual tiny mirror for self portraits (does anyone use these?) with the reflection of my Canon SD700 IS. The thing I want to point out here is the little slider to the right of the lens. You can’t see it very well in this picture, but it moves from a “normal” position to a “macro” position. I think it actually physically moves the lens back and forth between a normal lens and a “macro” lens, to focus on close up objects. A very nice feature. The camera itself is pretty good, but it’s still a phone camera. Nothing stellar, but the 1600×1200 2.0 megapixel resolution is better than a kick in the teeth.


Ooh, shiny! :-)


I just liked how this shot came out with Emma. Gratuitous cute kid picture. 😉

I’ll be posting more thoughts and impressions as I use the device. So far, I love the speed, both of the processor/system, and the speedy 3G UMTS/HSDPA wireless data connection. I have a metal case for it that’s OK, but it’s a little awkward to use inside a hard case, so I’m not sure if I just need to get accustomed to it, or if I’m going to switch to some other kind of carry option. Vaja makes a nice leather pouch for the 8525, starting at $65, which, like all Vaja items, is very tempting. :-) Stay subscribed for updates, and let me know if you have any questions!

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15 thoughts on “Unboxing the Cinuglar 8525 PDA Phone (30 photos)

  1. I am torn. I REALLY want a 3G phone (mainly for the use as a bluetooth modem), but I am going to be using the iPhone eventually, so do I want to get used to all of the speed and power?

    Uggggg

  2. Matt Davis says:

    So how much are you feeding the AT&T nee Cingular nee AT&T beast every month for the privilege of HSDPA + voice? Do they have a more reasonable data plan yet, or is it still in the $40-50 a month + standard voice charges?

  3. IntelWife says:

    We have a 500 minute plan and my husband has the 8525 with the

    BM ME NET MAIL UNL Plan and that is 19.99 a month. Make sure that you go through Intel to get that price though, otherwise it is more than 35.00 a month. My husband loves his 8525 and when we were in Hawaii it was the perfect way to be connected to the internet when we needed it.

  4. @Matt – The unlimited data plan is usually $39, and Amazon had one for $49 with unlimited text messages. I’m in the process of getting my plans converted to the Intel discount through the Premier program, so I hope my plan costs go down.

    Thanks for that tip, IntelWife. I’ll have to look into getting that cheaper plan. :-)

  5. It’s really a thick one, isn’t it? I do not envy your new gadget… I envy your 3G and your really affordable data plans.
    My Qtek S200 also has a 2 MP camera with that macro key, it gives some utility in PDAphone cameras… now I do not copy notes and papers with relevant information… I photograph them!

    P.S.: Emma is really a piece of cute. I love her appearences. And the “Microsoft Phone” quote was quite funny, she will soon be *writing* review with her dad…

  6. It’s really a thick one, isn’t it? I do not envy your new gadget… I envy your 3G and your really affordable data plans.
    My Qtek S200 also has a 2 MP camera with that macro key, it gives some utility in PDAphone cameras… now I do not copy notes and papers with relevant information… I photograph them!

    Question: what’s the difference between 8525 and TyTN? They look the same!

    P.S.: Emma is really a piece of cute. I love her appearences. And the “Microsoft Phone” quote was quite funny, she will soon be *writing* review with her dad…

  7. John says:

    A little tip for all you who what this phone without the huge data plan price. If you get the Smartphone Connect Unlimited you get the same speeds at a more reasonable price of only 19.99 a month. I switched to it a while ago and there is no difference in the performance. The only catch is that it only works on Windows Mobile Devices. However since the 8525 is a windows mobile device….. you are good to go. Just thought I would pass the savings on to the rest of you. Have a good one.

  8. Joe Perrin says:

    Hi Josh,

    I am interested in an update from you about this phone. I’d like to purchase one but wanted to check with you to see if you are still happy with it. Any annoyances or issues? Is there any must have accessories or 3rd party software?

    Any insight would be just swell.

    Thanks.

  9. I still love it, and recommend it. As long as you know what you’re getting in to (it’s Windows Mobile, so you have to reboot it once in a while, and it’s not tiny), you’ll love it. The fast data connection (HSDPA/UMTS) is awesome. There’s lots of good WM software – I highly recommend WIndows Live Search ( wls.live.com) or Google Maps for Mobile (google.com/gmm), and Shozu is a great app for camera/video publishing. Scanr is a great service for scanning business cards and documents, no software needed (just take a photo and email it to them), and comvu.com has Pocketcaster, which lets you stream video live from your phone to the Internet.

    Hope that helps! :-)

  10. Joe Perrin says:

    Thanks for the info Josh.

    Do you use a Bluetooth headset with the 8525?

    Also, I was looking into buying some screen protectors and a case of some sort. I look forward to your recommendations.

    Thanks,

    Joe.

  11. I do, a Plantronics 510. Works fine.

    I highly recommend Boxwave screen protectors. I’m using an aluminum case I got (search 8525 case on Amazon), but I’m not entirely happy with it – the “door” on it opens easily, and my phone has fallen out onto the floor several times. I’m thinking of going to egrips, which I’ve used in the past, and loved.

    Hope that helps! :-)

  12. Quintrn says:

    I have had the 8525 for about 2 months, on AT&T 450 min and unlimited data plan. Works great for email. I have the spb pocket plus application, it allows icons on the today screen (just like windows) it also has a task manager so you can actually close an application or just minimize it. I also use MobiTV that came with it, with 3g you get streaming live TV and its great. I also have a 2gb SD card which fits about 4 movies on it and tons of pics and music. I love the pullout keyboard it makes emailing much easier on the go, and also editing word and excel docs easy. I dont think it is to thick at all, just the right size.

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