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Review: T-Mobile MDA

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Buggy Software

by jeversol    May 3, 2006, 1:55 PM

My wife and I both picked up MDAs a few months ago. I had heard about all of the bugs in the software and other crippling that T-Mobile implemented in the device. The first thing I did was load newer firmware on mine (not official firmware. Search teh internets and you'll find info on how to load other manufacturer's firmware on your device).

With newer imate software loaded on my MDA, I have easier Bluetooth transfers, indicators for caps/symbol when using the QWERTY keyboard, a Java Virtual Machine, no more random radio system crashes, and more goodness. My wife continues to have problems where her radio will randomly crash, either giving the appearance that it is working as normal or spontaneously turning "Airplane mode" on. She's expressed concerns over ever needing her phone in an emergency because she might have to do a reset and wait 2 minutes for it to boot up before she could call emergency services if she ever needed to.

The hardware is solid. The software leaves a LOT to be desired. Luckily, we can fix software problems... if not now, in the future.

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