Tons of features,
Only in the german version, sorry.
The german version is more actual and has more text/links
within, since it is the original version of this article,
and some stuff is specifically for germany...
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Positive: Small, nearly no weight, battery, features
Negative: Display-size, software (see text)
After I've heard of an (firm-internal) ePlus special campaign
in July that was actually unbeatable, I got myself a contract.
Of course I could select a new mobile-phone, which should
replace my good old NEC (see my
- in german) - which lately due to the high age unfortunately
more than ever freaked out. My desision fell on the T39m first
of all due to the Design, and afterwards also because of the
tons of features.
At 07.09.01 I got the T39m, which I believe should be established
on the market as "T36". This is my first Ericsson
by the way.
Introduced enough, let's start:
It comes along with many features e.g. Bluetooth, infrared
interface, calendar with Organizer- and date-function, Outlook
synchronisation *, PC software, EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service
= long SMS with 6x160 characters), 2 games (are however rather
moderate, and probably meant for Nokia users ;), TriBand ability
(GSM 900/1800/1900, thus in- and outside of Europe usable!),
Dictation function (quality/length adjustable), GPRS (general
packet radio service) and HSCSD (High speed Circuit Switched
Standards such as vibrating ring, WAP Browser (v1.2.1), eMailbox,
T9, VoiceDial, 4 graytone-display, date, stop watch, timer,
alarm-bell, calculator, 30 numbers calling list, memory for
511 numbers and profiles are also integrated, how it should
be for a mobile-phone in this price-category (around the 600-800,-DM
without contract **). Additionally it is ultralight (86g)
and super-small (96x50x18mm), it's even carriable in a trouser
pocket without disturbing, and the flip does act as a keyboard
disabling wich therefore is not needed anymore.
If one wants to switch fastly to 'silent-mode', then one only
needs to press on ' C ' for a long time and acknowledge with
YES, very practically.
One can put VoiceDial directly on the flip-function, i.e.
if one opens the flip and says the desired name, it simply
calls his number.
The flip serves also the acceptance of an incoming call, but
that is however customizable.
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SMS: Quite good is that behind the file name (Inbox, Sent,
etc.) a number indicates the amount of (new) messages. When
a call is incoming whilst typing SMS, the written text is
saved automatically in the directory 'Unsent', and therefore
considered as a big plus for this phone :)
If the display is in powersaving-mode, a possibly selected
background picture is faded out and only one line with text
is displayed on the bottom. Since idiotically the name of
the network provider alternates with the time-display, no
fast view on the clock is possible in this (normal) mode.
One must wait usually until the display switches to 'time'
(I have always the luck to see my provider-name instead of
the time). That is just as sucky as with the NEC, there alternates
the LOCKED (keyboard-lock) display also with the time :(
Additionally it's noticeable that the line rather above or
in the center should be displayed, since one mostly looks
on the mobile-phone from inclined down if it lays on the desk
for example, and then the line down is a little bit covered.
The circumstance that the 'C' key (cancel) does not react
from the closed status sucks, even 'C' would be still attainable
from the 'outside' in the closed status of the flip. One could
light up the display quickly to read the time...
The laterally attached 'Scrollbutton' has the function of
displaying an infobox in normal mode, which shows date, profile,
estimated remaining battery-time and few further data. That
is practical, however it is here exactly the same: if the
flip is closed and one presses this scrollbutton, no light
is switched on till one opens the flip... For my terms too
much powersaving-goodies. I don't wanna have to open the flip
each time to have light.
Also the Scrollbutton does not function in every case when
long text is accommodated, which should still is modified.
If we already talk about the light: The service/info-LED attached
above cannot be disabled! It blinks all 2 or 3 seconds to
show that the mobile-phone is connected (whereby one can actually
notice whether one switched it on or not...). That is nervy
and diverting (e.g. whilst driving), it should only flash
if one gets a SMS or a eMail, but the Ericsson software-programmers
probably have a different opinion.
With my NEC e.g. the service LED, and signaled only the input
of SMS or critical energy status is disconnectible.
Also the acknowledgement-tone is EXTREMELY nervy if one
makes an incorrect input or a function to call which is
not available. One cannot disable this. Besides it is also
louder than all other signals... Should one have oneself
to be ashamed in front of other humans, if one makes an
error? Amusing way of thinking.
Also when logging onto the network after switching on, there
are unfortunately 3 ack.-tones, which cannot be disabled.
Who knows, perhaps the developers were somewhat playful
in their T39-phase...
The battery has only 600mAh to offer, on the paper for today's
conditions thus not very much, but the Ericsson nevertheless
goes so to being sufficient SAM with the meager and breath-thin
energy source around that these for at least 200 hours normal
operation been sufficient.
The vibration alarm sounds sometimes, particularly with
the receipt of SMS and if perhaps the mobile-phone is situated
on the desk softly bedded, somewhat too cheaply, but I am
too delicate there also simply only by the really very good
VA of the NEC *g*. Additionally I can already imagine that's
impossible to get a good VA in such a flat phone.
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To the keyboard quality would be to be said perhaps also
still importantly briefly: It is only my third mobile-phone,
but it is actually good to serve, and also the message tapping
does not fall heavily, but small little quieter keys would
be desirable in some situations. I was so far simply used
to that and find it better.
Thanks to the Bluetooth-technique one can use also a radio
Headset with the T39, which operates by radio within a 10
meter-radius. That is with 450, - average price not even
cheap. There exists also the following accessoires: CommuniCam
(digital camera), the ChatBoard, and the MP3-Player, all
this can be connected down at the mobile-phone. Noble objects
for each T39-user...
A small bug was noticeable when I was switching off the
phone and the enabled alarm exactly rings in that moment:
I had to pull the battery out - a hard reset. To the provided
PC software I can only say that it can manage all basic
adjustments of the phone, but it does unfortunately not
offer more... There is no program for the Auspielen of a
new background picture, one can call tones only very with
difficulty edit, etc.... Which it is also somewhat stupid
that the 6 background in the T39 are fixed integrated and
one can take only one space. Simple reason: Upsetting the
integrated Logos is stop simply not, and one could replace
her loosely with netteren, if it went.
Another small negative thing is with the Design: I do not
understand why the mobile-phone is available in only 3 colours
(Icecap Blue, Classic Blue and rose White). 'no silver?'
will each design-oriented trendy guy will ask himself? I
asked myself too, and decided to take Classic Blue, that
looks admittedly rather well.
In any case and despite the many deficits - which certainly
are remediable by a software update, I think - my recommendation
for a first-class HighEnd product. I have, by the way, a
version manufactured in Malaysia, rumours say that there
exists another Swedish version, which should be slightly
better processed. For my concerns, the flap is properly
built and there are no negative things to say about this.
Accessories are hard to get at the moment, due to the introduction
on the market, which shortly took place, but that will surely
change quite soon. Even the technics-store of my confidence
;) wanted to get some essential things such as Headset and
a car-charger-cable pretty soon.
(* Okay, the Outlook-thing is probably no benediction,
but who needs it should use it ;)
(** You should check for it through alleauktionen.de, it
browses all german auctions, or a similiar searchengine
for local auctons in your country)
Shockwave-presentation (test the phone from heart to skin)
& Infos 1
& Infos 2
& Infos 3
testing of one of the games
To display the firmware-version and more go in the Service-menu
(press the key sequence r*ll*l *. legend: r = menu key on
the right, l = menu key left, * = asterisk). Some of the available
functions in this menu:
Software-version, SIMlock-info., IMEI
Service-tests: Real time clock, Microphone/Speaker/Buzzer/Vibra,
keyboard, LED/Illumination, display, Flips (how often the
flip was used)
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