Goodbye to an old friend - hello to a new 'smart phone'


Andrea Kendall has been a Graphics and User Interface programmer and designer for over 20 years. She is passionate about designing for the user and is currently working on implementing a Web 2.0 GUI using Woodstock.


 

Well after 10 long years of faithful service my Sharp Wizard died.

 10 Sharp Wizard

 

Question: Why did I keep this so long?
Answer

Just look at that keyboard.   It is so easy to type on.

Anyway, I dropped it last week and the plastic hinge broke.    

   
While I was really tempted to get an iPhone, I decided to go with the Sprint HTC phone. The first thing I like about the phone is the nice keyboard.  The other thing I like is that it is based on an OS I am familiar with -  Windows XP.

Sharp HTC 'smart phone'

Things I don't like about the phone are:
  • It can be hard to tell if you have closed a program (and it can only run so many)
    • You have to go into another program to check for running programs and stop them (I do this every time I go to turn off the phone)
  • It can be hard to tell if the actual phone is on or it is in  flight mode
  • It seems a little too easy to make a phone call when viewing contacts
  • It does not come with enough memory to actually use the built in camera and run anything else
  • The sales person told me it had everything it needed to back up the phone but it turned out I needed Outlook  if running on Windows XP

Now to be fair the sales person did warn me that this was a more 'geeky' phone.

Yes, I could return the phone and exchange it for the Palm OS one but I figure I will get past the learning curve.  However, it will never be the same as my Sharp Wizard..

So goodbye to an old friend.  

Note: I can still turn on the old Sharp Wizard which I am doing because I have to get all the important data off it.  The Sharp was so old it used a COM port and had proprietary software (long lost)  to back up the data.

 


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