Pros & Cons: Smartphones

Windows Mobile Smartphones were first introduced in 2002. Since then, the OS and software suite have gone through significant changes and have improved markedly. These days everybody is talking about Windows Mobile 5.0 and the new phones coming with this operating system. Together with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack, these phones will have all the functionality of a Blackberry and an iPod together. You can stay in touch with your office and check your e-mail on the go. But you also can listen to your favorite music or play a game while waiting at the airport for a flight.

The rest of this article focuses on the features that help differentiate one device from another and lists the pros and cons of each. Here are some pros and cons common to all Windows Mobile Smartphones:

Pros (common to all Smartphones)

  • Combines PDA and mobile phone functionality in a mobile phone form factor.
  • Most of them have tri- or quad-band GSM Modules for worldwide use.
  • Plays videos and music files with Windows Media Player Mobile, making it a portable multimedia-device.
  • Strong support from third-party software developers, especially game/entertainment developers.
  • Variety of accessories, including GPS navigation software and Bluetooth headsets.
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 devices are capable of push e-mail.
  • Has as a QVGA-resolution color screen.

Cons (common to all Smartphones)

  • Limited text-entry capability (on those Smartphones with numeric-only keypads; others have QWERTY keypads).
  • Smaller, harder to read screen than Pocket PC.
  • Nationwide coverage, especially for high-speed data, is really limited to areas with larger population densities. Check your carriers coverage before committing to their wireless plan.
  • Does not have the same set of built-in applications found on the Pocket PC—most notably, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Mobile are missing.

The Smartphone user

  • Wants the look and feel of a mobile phone but with some Pocket PC capabilities.
  • Wants to have a mobile game and entertainment machine.
  • Wants to have his or her normal Microsoft Outlook database of contacts, appointments, tasks, etc., in his or her phone.
  • Wants to be able to access e-mail anywhere, anytime.
  • Wants a small, lightweight device that's easy to carry around.

Cingular 2125

The Cingular 2125 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 GSM/GPRS/EDGE Smartphone with a 200 MHz TI processor, 2.2 inch diagonal QVGA color display, 64MB of flash ROM (21 MB accessible for file/data storage).


  • Small, lightweight device easy to carry.
  • Bright, readable screen.
  • Quad-band, GSM/GPRS phone; EDGE capability for fast wireless data.
  • 1.3 mega pixel digital camera.
  • Bluetooth capability.


  • No Wi-Fi
  • MiniSD card slot suitable only for memory expansion.
  • Not suitable for extensive text entry.

Who is the Cingular 2125 user?

  • A personal or professional user who wants a small Smartphone and does not intend on composing long responses to text messages or e-mail.

Experts feedback

  • Comment: Its a responsive device. I love the joystick, and it has a very clear, bright screen. The keys are a little close together; occasionally I mistyped letter. (Mordy Mueller)


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