Being the geek that I am I finally decided it was time to get a phone that did more than just make calls. There are a few reasons for this, such as wanting to experiment more with bluetooth, hack around on Windows Mobile, use a headset in the car to avoid crashing, and increase my geek status :)
I decided to go with the XV6700 from Verizon:
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Having just picked up the phone Wednesday night, here are my initial impressions:

  • The phone comes with Wifi, and it works great. I picked up my neighbors wireless network from two houses away!
  • The user interface is pretty slick, it runs Windows Mobile 5.0 (I know its Windoze), has a full querty keyboard, joystick control and stylus.
  • The Motorola H500 bluetooth headset seemed to work okay at first, but it is very uncomfortable and not loud enough.
  • One really annoying thing that I hope to fix with some hacks is that you can not do voice activated dialing via a bluetooth headset. This just plain sucks. If anyone knows of any hacks, please let me know.
  • The phone is also much smaller than I thought, although the belt clip that I bought (along with the car charger and headset for $80) is a little clumsy and big.
  • It also comes with an infrared port, which I am hoping can be used as a universal remote for my entertainment center
  • I have yet to get the phone to sync with my outlook mail and calendar, not sure why yet, I get some unspecified error that I need to investigate
  • No support under OS X, yet, there is a company called Markspace that makes a product that will sync PDAs with OS X, including Entourage, iCal, etc… They do not yet support Windows Mobile 5.0, but are working on it.
  • The web works awesome, both through Wifi and EVDO. Its nice having the Interweb everywhere :) I plan to pick up Pocket Streets 2005 so I don’t get lost (Which looks like I will also be buying a bluetooth enabled GPS to go with it).
  • The camera works great, check out this pic I grabbed this morning in the parking lot. W00t!

More to come!
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Paul Asadoorian is the Founder & CEO of Security Weekly, where the flagship show recently re-titled "Paul's Security Weekly" has been airing for over 8 years. By day he is the Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security. Paul produces and hosts the various shows here at Security Weekly, all dedicated to providing the latest security news, interviews with the industries finest and technical how-to segments. Paul is also the founder and host of "The Stogie Geeks Show", featuring cigar reviews for cigar enthusiasts.

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