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Review: T-Mobile MDA

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Clock

Microsoft has finally caught on to the fact that phones now serve as watches, but they've hidden the preference that makes the MDA useful as a watch. By default, the time is only visible from the home screen. Despite the large status bar across the top of all applications, the time is not displayed anywhere else. However there is a tap in the time and date settings that will make the clock visible in the status bar all the time. When the screen is turned off, all the keys are locked. There is no key to press to get a clock to appear. The only way to turn the screen back on is a quick press of the power button.

Bluetooth

The MDA is capable of far more Bluetooth functionality than the phone reports. It supports headset and hands free profiles and paired with our headset easily. Even though the phone doesn't tell other devices, it also supports OBEX and DUN profiles. We were able to send and receive files of all types from Vcard to MP3. Getting DUN to work was more effort but still possible.

Java

The MDA does not come with a Java engine. Many third party ones are available for Windows Mobile devices, which you can download and install on your own if you need to run Java applications.

Other

There is an alarm clock application which can store multiple alarms, each with its own unique settings for what day of the week to sound and what sound to play. The alarm cannot turn on the phone to sound an alarm. The calculator uses the touch screen to emulate a simple calculator, which makes it very easy to use. Windows Media player is a robust application for both audio and video files. You can assign custom D-Pad and button functions for it when the player is in the foreground. It can play WMA, MP3 and most common audio files, and WMV or 3GP videos. Videos can be played in a number of orientations including horizontal full screen.

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