Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Cingular 8125 Pocket PC With Rebate

The stunning new Cingular 8125 is arguably the most capable mobile device going. It's a PC, a cell phone, a digital camera, a music player, a gaming computer, a multimedia viewer, and a wireless messaging device. Oh, yes, it's also a VoIP phone when you're at a WiFi Hotspot. Anything else you'd like it to do?

What Makes the Cingular 8125 state of the art? It starts with the 200 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor running the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Windows Mobile gives you the common look and feel with your office PC applications. Windows Mobile gives you Pocket Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Media Player 10, plus MS Pocket Explorer with HTML support for mobile Web browsing. It's basically your office on your phone.

The Cingular 8125 looks like one cool PDA in its closed state. Close? Yes, this mobile device sports something you don't have on your PDA. It's a slide out QWERTY keyboard. And here's another magic trick. Presto, Chango! When you slide out the keyboard, the color display automatically rotates its content so that you have notebook-like display with the wide aspect ratio to go with your keyboard. Close the phone and the display switches back to a format that is taller than wide for use in the vertical PDA / phone position.

I was going to say that this is like having two devices in one, but its more like three. First, the PDA presentation so you can use the 8125 as an organizer. Second, the notebook computer presentation with display atop QWERTY keyboard for data entry and messaging. Third, it's a cell phone.

The Cingular 8125 works as a standard cellular phone with quad band GSM capability. It has Bluetooth communications so you can choose to hold the device to your ear like you would any other phone or clip on a Bluetooth headset and communicate hands-free. On the cellular network, the 8125 is EDGE compatible for high speed data downloads.

When you are near a wireless access point or WiFi Hotspot, the Cingular 8125 communicates like your laptop computer using the WiFi 802.11 b/g support with speeds up to 54 Mbps. Skype software comes built-in for voice communications over the Internet using Skype's VoIP.

You also have powerful text and multimedia messaging capabilities. MSN Messenger is built-in, as well as MS Outlook with document attachment viewing support. You can use standard SMS text messaging or take and receive picture and video messages with multimedia messaging. The digital camera in the 8125 has 1.3 Megapixel resolution and a LED flash. It will take great still shots and capture short video clips. Other multimedia capability includes Windows Media 10 that lets you playback MP3 music with stereo speakers included.

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