TIPPINST -- After nearly a year of using the Nokia 9500 Communicator, I've noticed that I'm attracting the attention of people who search for things related to the phone before buying it. They come looking for answers to questions that are not in the owner's manual. Here are answers to some of the common questions.
Question: How about using the Nokia 9500 GPRS and Wi-Fi simultaneously?
Answer: I have never done this because my applications are either internet browsing or mail services. You have to establish a data connection with only one flavour of access. You cannot run a browser on Wi-Fi and mail on GPRS simultaneously since you have to designate one mode as the primary means of connection in the "Tools, Control Panel, Connections, Internet setup" area.
Question: What do you do when you lose all means of connecting over Wi-Fi?
Answer: I shut down all data connections, delete all Wi-Fi connections, reboot the phone, then reinstall the Wi-Fi connection that I want to use.
Question: Can you connect to every Wi-Fi node that the phone sees?
Question: How good is the Wi-Fi detector on the Nokia 9500?
Answer: Better than a keychain Kensington Wi-Fi detector.
Question: Do other people feel sorry for you when you expose your Nokia Communicator?
Answer: Yes, they do. Most people think it's a remnant of the 20th century because it's so big and doesn't look trendy enough for fashionistas. This reaction means that for the first time, I can walk away from my restaurant table with the phone in full view and nobody wants to steal it. Note: this does not apply when in the company of (sic)Reportors.
Question: What's the financial impact of owning a Nokia 9500?
Answer: I have cut at least 30% off my phone bill because of less expensive GPRS services and near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi hotspots in the vicinity of my common workplaces.
Question: What's the strangest thing you've done with the phone?
Answer: I've used it as a waypoint for students to send images from their Bluetooth phones to the Nokia 9500 and then sent those images onward to a Bluetooth laptop for uploading onto Flickr. I've also used the phone to change television channels through its IR port. And I've played music and images from the phone to my television using Sony's MMV-100 media viewer.
Question: What about the picture quality?
Answer: On screen, it's crisp and sharp. From its on-board camera, the images are no better than VGA quality. That's been alright for my "idea snaps" taken inside shops, art galleries and at shows.
Previously on IrishEyes: my first impressions of the Nokia 9500.