Intial thoughts on the SE P910a

I received my Sony Ericsson P910a from Buy.com yesterday and now I am in the proces of trying to decide if I keep it or go for the TORQ P100 instead. I only have the available funds for one device and have been pretty happy with the fast TORQ that should be getting a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade.

I have only had the P910a for a couple hours, but the reception I am getting with T-Mobile blows away ANY device I have ever tried. I had a full 4 out of 5 bars at my house last night, which is unheard of for my house. The device is much lighter than I thought it would be, but still feels like it is high quality. The jog dial is handy and I like the flip up phone keypad. The QWERTY keyboard is ok, but it doesn’t have a tab key to move through fields and is not backlit. There also are now arrows to move me right and left and thus text fields that are off the screen are tedious to work with the stylus. The stylus is like the old toothpick Sony CLIE models and is a joke compared to the nice one on the TORQ. The device isn’t as zippy at switching apps as the TORQ is. The device has Opera 6.3, but the latest version is not available for UIQ yet and there doesn’t appear to be anyway to delete old bookmarks and the menus don’t have that many options. The OliveTree Bible Reader program works on the device, but isn’t near as full featured or user friendly as PocketBible on the TORQ. Handmark Express also seems to be having issues relaunching after it was working for me yesterday. The camera is VGA and doesn’t take as nice of photos as the TORQ either.

So after reading all these initial impressions you may be thinking there is no contest and the TORQ should win out. However, I have a Dell Axim X50v that will get Windows Mobile 5.0 this fall so I was thinking it would be better to have a mobile phone with a different OS. Then again, I have a Nokia 7610 with Symbian Series 60 that is also a very nice device and don’t really need a UIQ Smartphone. I have time to return the P910a to Buy.com if I am not satisfied so I will give it a few more days of trials.

I would like a device that is stable, has a loud speaker and speakerphone, and can be relied upon to be there when I need it with decent reception. Any thoughts on these two devices?

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  1. #1 by Rafe on August 23, 2005 - 07:55

    The P910a will be replaced by the next version of the P Series in a few months time (upgraded camera, UTMS (3g) connectivity, and UIQ 3 (instead of UIQ 2.1). That said the P910 is a very powerful device, that has a lot going for it. I find the speaker phone one of the best I’ve used on a smartphone (nearly as good as the Nokia 9500). The recepttion radio is also very good, though I haven’t noticed a device as being bad for quite some time. Check out eBible by Symbianware (http://www.symbianware.com/product.php?id=ebible_uiq&pl=se_p910)

    Agree about the stylus – I use the one handed options (via the jog dial) the majoritty of the time.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on August 23, 2005 - 08:04

    Thanks for the eBible tip Rafe.

    The keyboard implementation is poor like it is in the current WM 2003 OS. Is there a way to tab through different fields and perform functions without having to use the stylus so much?

    For example, if I am in Calendar and want to switch to week or month view I think I have to use the stylus. Also, is there anyway to “smart dial” with the P910? By this I mean I like the way a WM Smartphone allows me to start entering a name or number with the keypad and have my contacts filtered quickly.

    I have to research and test the P910 a bit more before I decide on what direction I am heading.

  3. #3 by Rafe on August 23, 2005 - 12:58

    I agree about the keyboard. I rarely use it myself. Instead I use the handwriting recognisiton and for any serious data entry I use a Bluetooth keyboard.

    I can’t think of ‘smart dial’ off the top of my head. I usually just used the jog dial in flippled closed mode / voice commands. A contacts extension program such as VITO QuickContact might do this.

    Tabbing through different fields – try the jog dial, I’m not using a P910a day to day at the moment and don;t have one in front of me to check, but I seem to recall you could the jog dial for this. You can also use the jog dial to get at menu etc.

    I reckon F(x) might be useful in your line of work – http://www.symbianfx.com/.

    Feel free to drop me an email if you wish.

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