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Review GSM-phone Siemens SX1. Data transfer, bluetooth, IrDa, cable
This phone features all possible ways of synchronizing with different devices: smartphones, Pocket PC and PC. It will not take long before smartphones will have WiFi support, but it’s not present for now, that’s why let’s say that Siemens SX1 has all possible features.
The USB-cable is meant for synchronization with PC, it can’t be used for data transfer. Using Siemens SX1 as GPRS modem via IrDA or Bluetooth seems more logical, the cable is not so convenient in our daily life. By the way, the phone has GPRS class 10.
Let’s start with the IrDA. Nothing special was noticed, it works as it should be and allows receiving/sending any data. The functionality rate is set to maximum. The image, ring tone and other file transfer to different devices is made really nice; this transfer can be made via IrDA or Bluetooth. It’s a big advantage for users; they are not limited in their possibilities.
The same thing can be said about data receiving. For some reason the developers decided to place all incoming files as messages to the Incoming folder. A special icon on the left shows the way how the file was transferred. You can open the “message” and if the file has supported, start working with it. The received applications will ask to be installed at once. For some reason this seems to be simple and logical.
The real problems being in case the phone can’t recognize the received file format. The message will not be opened, and you will be forced to find this file yourself by browsing through folders via file manager, not an easy task indeed. But a casual user will not encounter this problem.
Bluetooth works nicely, FTP-profile is supported. Data transfer goes easy and unconstrained. The fact that the device asks if the connection should be activated or no can be added to the disadvantages list. It would have been great, if a possibility to remove this request existed. The possibility to work with several devices at once is another wonderful advantage. You are free to work with your laptop and handsfree at once.
And now let’s talk about the most interesting aspect – compatibility with Bluetooth- garnitures. Here we encountered the fact that Siemens SX1 supports almost all garnitures that work with Nokia 6600/3650. A special confirmation that this accessory is compatible with Siemens SX1 is not required. Everything works even without testing. Expecting any incompatibility considering the fact that these devices are really similar was a foolish thing to do. It’s been 6 months since I was using SX1, during this term I was using mostly Sony Ericsson’s garnitures (I just love them, and have a lot of them), but such accessories Plantronics M3000, Jabra BT200 (version for N3650) worked perfectly as well.
By concluding my story about the data transfer, I’d like to point out that the device has all data transfer technologies installed, and the smartphone doesn’t encounter any problems in this section. In case you’re curious – IrDA and Bluetooth can work at the same time.
The official Russian shipping includes predefined GPRS settings for the three biggest network operators in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In case you don’t want to spend a lot of time with setting up these settings, you can request them at Siemens website. Let’s pretend that you had entered the settings and are ready to see what’s going on the web.
The standard package only includes WAP-browser v2.0 that allows viewing xHTML pages. Everything is okay here, except for the fact that Russian encoding is unreadable and buggy. I can’t say if the same problems are encountered with other Languages that differ from latin alphabet, but the Cyrillic has this problem for sure. On the whole there aren’t any difficulties in using the wap-browser. But you should download a normal browser. There isn’t an alternative for Opera Symbian edition for today. Version 6 and its modifications suit ideally for this smartphone.
Another WAP-browser’s problem shows up when you are typing the address, if you press “*” button (that calls additional symbol list), the typed address will disappear. You will have to press any key in order it to appear again. Small software shortcoming, I believe it will be fixed in the upcoming firmware versions.
Published 13 February 2004
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