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.
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!