So, I know that I said that when my phone contract expired I was going to switch to PalmOS or BlackBerry, because the software on the AT&T 8525 (a.k.a. HTC Hermes) was so sucky.
But when push came to shove and I needed to buy a new phone (because I dropped the old one for the nth time and the LCD broke), I looked at all the options and decided, despite my misgivings, that I was going to have to go with the Tilt, AT&T’s Windows Mobile 6.1 replacement for the 8525. Here’s why:
- As cool as it is, the iPhone is ruled out because tethering my laptop to the network through my phone is a non-negotiable feature, one that the iPhone doesn’t offer (well, it does if you jailbreak it, but I’m not willing to jailbreak a phone paid for by my employer and make myself dependent on features that the vendor doesn’t support).
- PalmOS and Blackberry are both ruled out because none of the AT&T PalmOS or Blackberry OS phones support 3G. Given how heavily I use the network through my phone, EDGE-only is simply not an option. There are other reasons, too, but this is the biggest one.
(I’d love to go with the Google Phone, but it’s not available yet from AT&T and I don’t know if an unlocked T-Mobile Google Phone would be fully functional on the AT&T network. Even if it would be, I’m sure it would take me a buttload of time to make it work, and that’s time I don’t have. Really, I just want to be able to buy a PDA Phone from AT&T that does what I need out of the box and doesn’t suck. Is that too much to ask? Apparently, yes, it is.)
And so, although my gut was telling me that I was not going to be happy, I went ahead and ordered the Tilt. “How bad could it be?” I thought to myself. “Surely in Windows Mobile 6.1 they will have addressed the stability problems in Windows Mobile 6.0, right?” Yeah, right, pull the other one.