Posts Tagged ‘Three Mobile’

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Syncing with your PC, in Vista 64? Probably not.

December 7, 2007

3 Skypephone
So, today is my third day with the new Three Skypephone.

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OK, let’s interrupt it there for just 2 seconds, just because I really should put something in that may interest people considering the following incredibly boring stuff that follows after this public service announcement (I class it as a service, I guess I’m kinda helping you guys right?)

3Mobilebuzz are giving away Skypephones!
The catch is that it’s actually a competition, which means doing something and that will probably not appeal to the lazy types out there, but head on over and check it out. Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that kind of thing.

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I finally got round to removing the plastic shield from the screen and I also phoned Three so I can give them my PAC code to get my number moved over from my old provider to the new PAYG sim.
Apparently this takes 5-7 days but as a bonus Three do give you £10 of credit although that only lasts 30 days, it means I can spend it trying out all the video messaging and stuff that I’ve still yet to test.

The Skype service so far has been good apart from the odd niggle every now and then with it not refreshing my contacts online status properly, and sometimes delivering my messages a couple of minutes later than they should be delivered, but otherwise it’s pretty good.

Things the Skype software can do:

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It’s ALL about size (and how you use it) – Another Rant, yay!

December 6, 2007

3 SkypephoneToday I just fancied going over my size issues.
No, not that, minds out of the gutter please 😛

What I mean is the actual size of the phone and how it’s possibly a little bit small.

I’ve always had problems with mobile phone keypads and they are one thing I always moan about when I change phones. Most recently on my other half’s s500i it was how badly built and rattly it was, and that due to some really bad over sight the glue used to bind the keys caused the plastic to weaken and crack in half, resulting with half keys that would either fall off or not work.
Someone clearly didn’t do their QA work properly on that one.

Anyway, Key size is pretty important for usability as is the spacing and all the time phones get smaller so do the key pads, and my large (perhaps even oversized) hands keep crying at me and complaining that one of these days the already mild RSI conditions that I have will get much much worse if I continue to do silly things like try to use Instant messengers on a phone.

This phone really is no exception to the “we-must-make-it-tiny-for-fashion” club that most mobile manufacturers have subscribed to. It’s wafer thin (mint? cookie for the person who gets the reference) and really has a few too many keys for the small face of it.
The trouble in trying to increase usability and functions is that you actually generally decrease usability as you have to put more buttons on for the ever growing features. While this in itself isn’t a problem, you really should increase the size of the object so that buttons are still as easy to press as before (really, I’m starting to bore myself here).

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