Audiovox SMT 5600 mini-review

Hmm, it’s been quite a while since I posted something, I’ll try to rectify that today…

About a month or so ago I went ahead and got the Audiovox SMT 5600 from Cingular. I won’t do a full-fledged review of the phone because there are plenty of them out there. I’ll just share a few of the things I do with the phone.

  • One of my favorite things about the phone is something I didn’t expect to be using. I haven’t ever really used Outlook to organize my life, but as part of Microsoft Windows Mobile Outlook syncronization is built in so I decided to give Outlook a shot. Currently I’m just using the Tasks feature of Outlook. As I’m sitting at my computer I can make up to-do lists in Outlook and then when I sync the phone to my PC those lists get transferred to my phone automatically. Then when I’m on the job or wherever, I can use the phone to check off items that I’ve completed. Next time I sync my phone the items I’ve completed are automatically synced back to Outlook. I find this to be very handy.
  • Another thing I do with the phone is use it as an MP3 player. When circumstances permit I use headphones, but the integrated speaker isn’t bad at all. I use this mode when I have the phone in it’s holder which is attached to my tool belt at work. My tool belt has suspenders and the phone is held on the suspenders up on my chest and I can hear the phone just fine as well as hear people around me. Additionally, I’ve recently decided to try some podcasts of different talk shows I usually am only able to listen to part of while I’m driving around in my vehicle, now my PC automatically downloads new episodes of such shows and then Windows Media Player syncs them to my phone.
  • Orb. While it doesn’t happen that often, there are times where I’m stuck somewhere waiting for something like a meeting or whatever. If I’m tired of listening to MP3’s I can browse to a website on Pocket Internet Explorer and then stream any of the hundreds of videos and movies I have stored on my home PC to my phone. While the phone only has a GPRS radio capable of around 40kbps, the screen is small enough that the data rate of such videos isn’t that great and the stuff is pretty watchable. This leads me to another thing I use the phone for a lot.
  • Pocket Internet Explorer. I’ve gotten to the point where I use my mobile internet connection all the time. From using Google Mobile, to mobile, to Wapedia.
  • To tell you the truth, I’ve yet to find any real negatives to this phone….

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