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Using the Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone
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The real benefit of sending images via Bluetooth is when you are traveling and you need to download the images to an external storage device (since the storage capacity on the P800 is rather small), such as a Pocket PC equipped with a SD card. Here I am also sending the image to my iPaq 3870:

Receiving a photo on the Pocket PC
Figure 10. Receiving a photo on the Pocket PC

Downloading MP3 Files and MP4 Movies

Another great feature of the P800 is the ability to play MP3 music files and MP4 movies. You can download your MP3s and MP4s either from the mobile Internet (through GPRS) or copy directly into the Memory Stick Duo via the Memory Stick Duo adapter. You need a reader for the Memory Stick card though, which is not a common device on most computers. You can also use the synchronizing software and the SyncStation provided with the P800:

The P800 with the SyncStation
Figure 11. The P800 with the SyncStation
Synchronizing files between the P800 and the desktop
Figure 12. Synchronizing files between the P800 and the desktop

I prefer using Bluetooth, but the transfer rate is slow.

Receiving a MP3 file from the Mac
Figure 13. Receiving a MP3 file from the Mac

Another gripe that I have is the limited storage capacity of the Memory Stick Duo card. 16MB is barely sufficient for five songs. It would be good to have a bigger capacity memory card. During my testing, I realized that all items downloaded onto the P800 would always be saved in the internal flash memory. I can't seem to find a way to redirect the item to be saved on the external Memory Stick Duo.

Using the Address book

One interesting aspect of the Address book is that you can attach a picture to person contact records. So the next time you meet someone and need to remember his or her phone number, take a snapshot and store it into your P800.

You can now literally "see" who is calling!

Assigning a photo to an Address book entry
Figure 14. Assigning a photo to an Address book entry

Screen Capture in P800

One of the problems that I often face when doing review for gadgets is capturing screenshots. While it is possible to get a digital camera to capture the screenshots, it is always better for the device to be able to capture it internally.

Fortunately, capturing screenshots in the P800 is not difficult. Screen Capture by PSI NT is a good example of a P800 application.

Capturing screenshots using Screen Capture by PSI NT
Figure 15. Capturing screenshots using Screen Capture by PSI NT.

On the whole, I think this is a cool device with some many features squeezed into a small form factor. Also, the Symbian platform allows application developers to create new killer applications on the P800, which is a vital key to ensuring the success of the product.

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Appendix

Reviews of Sony Ericsson P800

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) http://weimenglee.blogspot.com is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.


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