In-depth review of T-Mobile's feature-packed MDA Windows Mobile PDA phone, AKA the HTC Wizard. With Video Tour.
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T-Mobile could have been satisfied just selling the MDA to the road warriors who spend more time on the road than in the office. The MDA has just about every feature those users need... and more, in a package smaller than past Pocket PC phones and even smaller than competitors like the Sidekick II. However, T-Mobile took care to include extra software and interface flourishes designed to make the MDA easier for the average person to use.
Despite T-Mobile's best efforts, you'll still have to deal with the occasional crash or hidden functions that are common to all Windows Mobile devices, but for day-to-day use, a little courage is all it takes to get the MDA working.
Does anyone know if I can read the contents of my flash drive on the MDA if I connect it using the mini UBS adapter ? This adapter converts the regular size male USB port into a mini male USB port and the MDA has a female mini USB slot. Can I read my USB flash drive using this port ?
Hello all, Most people who have used a MDA would agree that the stylus isn't the best. Does anyone knows a different stylus that I can use with the MDA which will still fit in the slot on the phone ? I am also looking for a hard case for my MDA. Best would be a hard case with stylus slot so that I can buy better stylus and put it in the slot on the hard case. anything like this exists ?
I've had the MDA since the day it came out.. (I work for TMO,) and while the screen looks pretty bad with the brightness down.. it can be turned up very easily. Go into settings>system>backlight. Voila! It gets bright enough to counteract most direct sunlight. As far as reception goes. Just flash a QTEK radio rom to it. I now have a phone with strong enough signal to make my computer speakers buzz from across the room. AS far as setting MP# and WMA ringtones.. the easy way to do it is to tap and hold on the music file until you get a dropdown menu. One of the first options you see it "Set as Ringtone." Done! My only problem is that the windows platform is not friendly enough. Granted.. I have no problem using it.. I'm a total phone... (continues)
The real issue with this device (and the others like it that are coming down the road) is that they are becoming more affordable. When they become affordable, people who have no real need or use for such a device are likely to buy it anyway because it's so gee-whizzy-bang cool and then get frustrated with it because they don't understand some important aspect of their new device (such as the connection between the device, ActiveSync, and Outlook or Exchange for example). Then they write horrible reviews and trash-talk the device and the device gets a bad rap.
The reality is that a convergence device like this (or the Palm Treo 700, or the various Samsung and Siemens models prior, or even a Blackberry to some lesser degree) is really not d... (continues)
I have to say that I agree with everything WinHack said. I would like to add that in some ways this the device is not as "mature" as WM5 and unfortunatly the device shell can't mature without replacement.
The 8125 is great, don't get me wrong. I wo... (continues)
So I use a 650 for work and the poorly manufactured buggy thing frustrates me all day long. I need a new device and want the same advertised features inb terms of email, messaging, aim, browsing and interent sharing to a laptop - and am not particularaly attached to plam OS.
Granted my 650 reboots itself randomly, it barely syncs email, Blazer is practically worthless and when i answer call waiting, i usually (a) can't be heard by the incomming caller or (b) cant retrieve my original call.
I had hoped it would be great for email (blackberry would be better) that it would work for messaging and aim (any qwerty device would suffice for these features) and i had hoped I would be able to use the bluetooth to establish an internet EDGE c... (continues)
To answer your primary question: WM5 already "is" the refinement thus far, and since it was just released last year (11 months, plus or minus) you can expect it to be at least another 6-9 months before WM5-SE (Second Edition) will even hit the rumor m... (continues)
Perhaps this is something that the Cingular 8125 version of the Wizard has that the T-Mobile MDA version does not. I can certainly attest that my Cingular does in fact have a zoom indicator right on the main screen of the camera display and I didn't h... (continues)
"It took a few tries to find where to set the ringtone. It is assigned from the phone application while the rest of the MDA's sound effects (including the new message alerts) are adjusted in the system settings."
Not quite. You can set the default ringtone in the system settings, as well.
BTW, PPC Profiles Pro is a free app that lets you set profiles, including ringtones, alerts, BT & flight settings, etc. Very easy to use. Find it here at http://www.modaco.com/PPCProfiles-Pro-f151.ht ml
That software caused too many bugs in my MDA. Instead, I just created a "My Documents" folder on my storage card, and windows will automatically populate those ringtones in its sounds list. This way you dont take up the device's storage memory/ram.
winhack and others, i want you to know that we appreciate your feedback. by tomorrow, when the video gets added to the article, corrections will also appear thanks to your posts here. it was lucky i had still had the mda, so i could test and confirm everything you said.
Could be my version of the software, but every 1 out of 4 times I hit reply to a text message, it pulls up the voice command menu. The signal is also kinda touchy. I have never dropped a call with it, but sometimes when I pull it out of my pocket it is searching, even in a good coverage area. I then have to manually search for a network to get signal back. Anyone else having these troubles?
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 exp... (continues)