The Audiovox SMT 5600 Rocks!
So better late than never, but I must add my ringing endorsement to the Audiovox SMT 5600 Microsoft Smartphone.
I bought the Audiovox SMT 5600 on Amazon.com a few weeks back for $200. It also had a $150 rebate but I’m not sure if I will end up qualifying for it or not as I changed the type of AT&T; Wireless service that I signed up for.
My main reason for buying the phone was that I wanted something that I could sync up with my contacts in Outlook and even more significantly use it as an mp3 player.
As a phone the unit does a great job. It comes stock with a set of headphones that have a built in microphone. The headphones sound great and the mic works equally well. I’m really happy with the phone part.
Then there’s the syncing to Outlook — an absolute cinch. The software loaded up without any problem and the sync software is really intuitive. Now all of my Outlook contacts are on my smartphone. I was not using Outlook as my primary contact manager before (I’ve been using ACT for years) but will now migrate all my data over to Outlook and get rid of ACT. If I’m looking to call someone I just start pushing the numbers that correspond with the letters in their name and their name pops up and you select it and it auto calls them.
The phone has a camera but I was not very impressed with the photo quality. It’s hard for me to review this though as day in and day out I’m typically using a Canon EOS 10D SLR so most photographs are going to look bad in comparison. The camera feature will really only be used by me if I see something really photoworthy and don’t have my Canon.
The big killer feature for me is Windows Media player on the phone. First off, the sound quality is phenomenal — better than any .mp3 player I’ve ever heard. Better than the iPod in my opinion or other .mp3 players I’ve tried. It is especially good at the high volume range which is where I listen to most of my music on my noisy BART commute. The phone is Windows Media Player 10 friendly and I just plugged it in, randomized my 5 star list and then transferred about 50 .mp3s over. Again, the sound quality is first rate. You just sync to it as an approved device and you are in business. You even get a little photo of the album artwork as you listen to it.
The phone has a speakerphone option and I can play music out loud as well which also sounds remarkably good for such a tiny little phone.
There are lots of other typical smartphone features, email, internet, file transfers, etc. I thought Thomashawk.com looked pretty cool on the little screen when I booted it up.
Thanks to Robert Scoble for piquing my interest in this phone in the first place and thanks Josh Bancroft for hooking me up on the 1 GB chip from Kaitliac! I received it in the mail today and it is more than ample storage for my present needs. I hadn’t been able to find a 1 GB chip but now I’m set. And thanks to two other Microsofters, Sean Alexander and Sam Kamel who let me play with their SMT 5600s as well.
This really is a great phone and if you are in the market for a new one you should definitely check it out.