|Sprint's PPC-6700 |
Is there anything it can't do?
Closed, the 6700 has four basic keys and a five-way joystick to run the phone. But I found during my two-week trial that I was using the stylus and touch screen to do most of my navigating. The touch screen has a number pad for dialing and you can pull up an onscreen keypad for typing.
As for utility, the fast Net connections were huge. Between Sprint's EV-DO cellular network and the local WiFi, the download speeds were quite impressive. The phone switches automatically to the swiftest network access.
Given the shrunken screen size, it was helpful to pick sites with smaller mobile formats, but I had no trouble, for example, checking eBay's ( EBAY) full-sized pages for prices on the 6700. And while we're on price, recent online bidding was close to $700. Sprint just started offering the phone to business users for $480 with a two-year contract, and the company plans a bigger consumer launch this month. The 6700 is clearly aimed at the Treo and Blackberry crowd. Like nearly all higher-tier phones, it comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera. And it was very easy to take pictures with the phone. With a Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, you get all the programs you adore so much -- Outlook, Word, Excel, Windows Media. Even sweeter is the familiar Windows sluggishness you get when the programming requests pile on. Aside from those sclerotic moments, though, the 416MHz Intel processor was plenty fast. Though Outlook runs email for the device, you can easily get access to your Yahoo! ( YHOO), MSN and Hotmail accounts. You can even get Outlook to check those accounts every few minutes. It's not as immediate as RIM's push system that automatically sends your mail to your phone, but it's handy.