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Cingular 2125 Review Roundup

25 April 2006

Cingular 2125
It’s been awhile since my original Cingular 2125 post, and there have been quite a few reviews since then. Here we go.

CNet reviews the Cingular 2125 and writes – ‘The 2125 is Cingular’s first company-branded B2B device and offers many of the same great qualities of the SMT5600, but it adds some upgrades, such as the latest Windows Mobile 5 OS and a better camera. Unfortunately, the 2125 falls a bit behind some of its competition–the T-Mobile SDA–with its lack of Wi-Fi and its average call quality. That said, the 2125’s pros outweigh the cons, and it’s still a powerful smart phone that will help mobile professionals be more productive on the road. The Cingular 2125 is available now for $299.99, but you should be able to get it for less with service.’

PDAStreet reviews the Cingular 2125 and were confused by the power button – ‘One of the few design failures is the power button, located at the phone’s top front. It looks like a standard button, so the logical guess is that you can push it. But no, it doesn’t work that way.
Rather than pushing in, you need to push down. It helps to dig a fingernail into one of the grooves around the button and tug down, because the whole area is a button, not just the circular area marked by the power symbol. It’s not a huge problem—once you know how to turn the phone on you know—but it’s a strange way to welcome people to a phone that’s otherwise simple to use.’

PC Mag reviews the Cingular 2125 and writes – ‘The Cingular 2125 is smaller and brighter and syncs better with PCs than the competing Nokia 6682, although the 6682 has a better camera. And the phone is better all around than the venerable, beloved Audiovox SMT 5600, with a faster modem, newer OS, and higher-res camera. We’re reserving our Editors’ Choice in keyboardless smartphones for the T-Mobile SDA, the 2125’s overachieving sibling, which has Wi-Fi and dedicated music buttons. Nonetheless, the 2125 is a fine little smartphone, especially if you’re hooking into a Microsoft world.’

Mobile Tech Review also reviewed the Cingular 2125, and they wrote – ‘A great device which fits an amazing number of features into a compact package. If you’re looking for a smartphone and are a Cingular customer, but don’t want to haul around a PDA-sized device, this should be on your short list. The phone syncs easily to MS Outlook on Windows desktops using the included USB cable, does a very good job of handling email including Exchange, and has a web browser that beats non-smartphone competitors and gives recent S60 Nokia phones such as the 6682 a run for their money. The stunning QVGA display is perfect not only for web browsing but photo and document viewing. but it doesn’t compare well with the T-Mobile SDA which adds WiFi and dedicated multimedia buttons for music lovers.’

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