Last October I complained about predictive text on my Alcatel cellphone. I bought the phone because it:
- was cheap
- was tiny
- had great battery life
I’ve long looked at the Ericsson T68i, having heard it was a great phone, especially for Mac users. It was more than I wanted to pay though, until yesterday when I found it at about half its previous price. Having recently been paid for a large job I snapped it up. Then of course I had to go and buy a Bluetooth adapter for my Powerbook.
Within moments of charging the phone up and switching on I was impressed. It’s much easier to use than my little Alcatel. The screen’s larger and uses helpful colours and icons. Before long I was texting a friend and experimenting with email and WAP.
A quick google brought me to John Chang’s weblog entry where I picked up a couple of tips, such as this:
I never thought I’d understand why you’d ever need a color screen in a cell phone. I still don’t, but now that I have one, hey, it’s kind of nice. 256 colors at 100×80 resolution. You can even upload JPG and GIF files via Bluetooth. It sounds silly, but it looks nice.
A few moments later I had photos of my partner and my cats gracing the phone’s screen.
Salling Clicker (US$19.95 shareware) is a utility to remotely control applications on your Macintosh computer with a mobile phone or handheld computer. Control iTunes, Keynote, PowerPoint, DVD Player, and more and extend it with AppleScript. This is a beauty and I’ve paid up. Having recently created a KeyNote presentation to help me out while teaching introductory XHTML classes this will be invaluable.
The Bluetooth adapter I bought (some no-brand thing) works just fine. I plugged it in to my Powerbook and all the right software and settings magically appeared. I have one problem though: one USB port is already occupied by my graphics tablet and the adapter is a millimetre or two too wide to allow another plug beside it. I tried plugging it in to a hub but that didn’t work too well. I’m experimenting now with a couple of extender cables. Also, at a couple of inches long, it sticks out quite a way from the back of the machine. Since my powerbook spends most of its time on my lap, that’s not so desirable. Maybe instead of spending $100 on an adapter I should have spent $6,000 on a new Powerbook with built-in Bluetooth …