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Cingular 8125 Review

11 February 2006

Cingular 8125
With such a great design, it was only a matter of time before Cingular adopted the HTC Wizard ( GSM version of the HTC Apache. ) Cingular calls it the 8125, and no doubt it’ll be successful. I just can’t say enough good things about this design. The 8125 looks like it has a nicer keyboard than the Sprint PPC-6700 that I’m used to. It also has an internal antenna, which is a big deal to some people. I’ve always though phones looked wierd without an antenna.

Cingular 8125 Reviews

Gear Live reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘The HTC Wizard immediately impresses any user right out of the box. It’s much smaller than you would think for a device packing the functionality it does and easily fits into a pocket. It’s slightly smaller than the highly popular Treo 650, and due to its internal antenna feels much smaller in a pocket or bag. The easy access form factor and well placed hardware buttons make the device easy to use as a phone single handed, and with both hands as a road warriors dream mobile communications device.’

PocketPC Central has some news on the availability of the Cingular 8125 – ‘The Cingular 8125 and 8100 are now available to Cingular B2B customers, but the release date for other Cingular customers is set for late February 2006. As new information surfaces, it will be reported here.’

Mobility Site reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘I really like this device. Other than GPS, which I only use on occasion, this thing is the complete package. It has good data speeds, a great sounding phone, and a built in Pocket PC that ain’t too shabby. The slide out keyboard makes web browsing (lots of forum posting) a snap. The camera is useless, but who uses a camera on a phone anyway? The Cingular 8125 has a great form factor that is a tad thick, but very pocketable. With the mini SD card, I can load this device up with all the mindless games I like to play. If I had to pick one device I have tested to carry for an extended period of time, it would be a toss up between this and the iPAQ 6515, with the 8125 winning out due to its superb battery life. ‘

Mobile Tech Review
reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘We’ve come a long way in a year: not only do we have healthy a selection of juicy PPC phones on sale by all US carriers, but Cingular now offers a phone that’s leaps and bounds better than the Siemens SX66. The Cingular 8125 is compact, stable and runs the latest Windows Mobile OS. This phone is attractive, well-made and somehow manages to shoehorn every imaginable feature into a small package. We love the bright, colorful display, roomy keyboard and good voice quality. EDGE, WiFi and Bluetooth will keep you connected to most anything, anywhere and Cingular’s EDGE speeds on their MEdia Net plan are impressive. Though not the fastest kid on the block, the 8125 does have very good battery life by PPC standards and runs most apps quickly enough, even games. The 8125 loses a half star to the PPC-6700 and XV6700 only because it lacks 3G, which is an important feature for a data-centric device. Though we don’t give 1/4 stars, we wish we could add one to move this device just above the 4 star K-JAM since the 8125 has a better keyboard and more attractive and ergonomic casing. If you’re also considering the HP iPAQ hw6515, we say the Cingular 8125 beats it (unless you need the iPAQ’s integrated GPS) because the iPAQ has a lower resolution 240 x 240 display and runs the old 2003SE OS.’

CNet also reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) Cingular 8125 in the San Francisco area, and call quality was a mixed bag. On our end, callers sounded clear, and volume was plenty adequate, but our friends said we sounded far away; plus, they could definitely tell we were using a cell phone. The speakerphone, which can be activated only once you’re on a call, was also mediocre. Conversations were a bit garbled, and we had to jack the volume to the highest level to hear our callers. On the upside, we had no problems pairing the 8125 with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset; audio quality was subpar, but this may have more to do with the headset than the actual phone.’

PC Mag reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘In Cingular’s lineup, the 8125’s nearest competitor is the HP iPAQ hw6515. With its 312-MHz processor and older Windows Mobile 2003 SE OS, the hw6515 feels considerably faster, and it’s slimmer than the boxy 8125. The hw6515 also has integrated GPS, an unusual feature. But the 8125 ultimately pulls ahead with its higher-res screen, better keyboard and, most important, Wi-Fi.
That said, the 8125 still isn’t the best Pocket PC out there; that award still goes to the Sprint PPC-6700, with its powerful 416-MHz processor and intoxicating mix of Wi-Fi and high-speed EV-DO cellular networking.’

Pocket PC Central
reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – If you plan on making a lot of voice calls without using a Bluetooth or wired headset, the Cingular 8125 just isn’t for you. Cingular customers who desperately want a Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC will have to make do for now, but if you aren’t still harboring a secret love for your 1994 Motorola brick, think long and hard about replacing your RAZR.
On the other hand, if your primary use for the Cingular 8125 will be data (text messaging, e-mailing, wireless web browsing, etc.), the unit works quite well, and we can recommend the Cingular 8125 without hesitation. Its solid, well-designed keyboard, excellent camera and built-in EDGE Mobile Broadband make it a worthwhile mobile data device.’

Brighthand just reviewed the Cingular 8125 and seemed to impressed, though not overly so – ‘The Cingular 8125 is certainly not a flashy device, and doesn’t stand out dramatically in either specs or features. But it’s solid, and has a respectable mix of features that make it a dependable data device that also does voice. It lacks 3G data, but has the benefits of GSM flexibility. There’s no flash, very little excess of style, and almost nothing in the way of “fun” or non-vital features. But if your main goal is a large, comfortable keyboard on a data-oriented GSM device, the 8125 fulfills that rather well.’

Uncrate reviews the Cingular 8125 and has this to say – ‘Since it runs Windows Mobile 5.0, you can do tons more on it than a normal cell phone. Mobile email and web browsing is top notch, instant messaging with AOL, MSN, Yahoo! and ICQ is super easy, and the included Windows Media Player plays MP3s well enough that you won’t kill yourself if you forgot your iPod at home. Overall, the Cingular 8125 caught us off-guard — we weren’t expecting such a great device. But after giving it a shot, we’re happy to recommend it to anyone needing the swiss army knife of phones.’

News Factor reviews the Cingular 8125 and writes – ‘Best of all, the new handset incorporates a higher-speed EDGE component that is capable of delivering data at speeds ranging between 150 and 200 Kbps. Sensitive data stored on the smartphone can be protected by requiring the use of a password every time the device is turned on.’

Engadget Mobile reviews the Cingular 8125 and is very very impressed with what they find – ‘Ambitious users can also download and watch Windows Media content on the 8125, including transferring recorded Tivo programs to the phone via USB or transferring songs from music PlaysForSure services such as Yahoo Music Unlimited or Napster To Go. And maybe that’s where the similarities between the 8125 and your PC of yesteryear end: your old PC would have a hard time keeping up. It’s definitely better suited for the power user, but the 8125 may be one of the best mobile PC replacements we’ve seen yet see on the US market.’

The Cingular 8125 is loaded with all the goodies ( Thanks Mobile Tracker for the details ) , including:
Quad-band GSM + EDGE
Bluetooth & WiFi
MiniSD slot
128MB SDRAM, 64MB Flash
1.3MP Digital Camera

And strangely enough, a 200 MHZ OMAP CPU, instead of the 416MHZ Intel found in the HTC Apache. Reports are that it’s pretty snappy; I just find it strange to use this CPU.

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