Testing

Testing: (I’m updating this post during an experiment in wireless mobility as I am following a trend of turning ones blog into a gadget lab.) I’ve landed in Atlanta and am testing whether I can post something on this blog while being driven in a taxi at 75 miles per hour using my Mac and Treo 700-p with “mobile broadband.” Apparently, I can. Now I am testing whether or not I can survive this taxi ride all the way to Buckhead.

One of the problems I’ve had with the phone in other cities (this is my sixth or seventh) is the connection dropping. It doesn’t take much to reconnect, however, it’s still annoying. I stayed connected for a 8 solid minutes of reckless driving — very impressive — before dropping out briefly as we rocketed past downtown Atlanta.

I don’t know which impresses me more: that I stayed connected for all but once during the ride, or that we made it under ten minutes.

Update: I’m answering Jeff Jarvis who is expecting to receive a Treo 700p this week. Here are the good-to-bad things I’ve found in the first month of using the phone:

  • Good: I’m using bluetooth for the connection between phone and computer — look mom, no wires! And no cards sticking into the side of my computer.
  • Good: Connection speed (I’m not speaking scientifically, merely as it relates to my experience) is similar from going from dial up to ISDN (but not to cable or DSL).
  • Good: I’ve used my Mac to access the Internet via bluetooth via the phone in many major urban areas and it works standing still or moving at 85 miles per hour (which is what I unwillingly tested last night in the cab). Cities tested: Atlanta, Nashville, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Providence. I use the Sprint Vision-branded version of Ev-do (or, “mobile broadband” as the technology is being marketed to consumers).
  • Very Good: Because I travel so much and was forced to purchase wi-fi in airports and hotels, I have already come out ahead on monthly charges for wi-fi access charges. I especially enjoy not paying for accessing the pay wi-fi at the Nashville airport.
  • Bad: Every couple of days, I have to go through the Bluetooth set up process to get the phone to work with the computer. Either there’s a glitch or I’m not locking down the recognition between my phone and my computer.
  • Bad: If something is not up- or downloading, the connection times out quickly — this many be a preference or default setting. I haven’t figured out how to extend the time before the time-out occurs.
  • Bad: Random loss of connectivity. Again, this reminds me of the early days of dial up when the connection would drop and you’d have to dial back up. Although, the redial is a lot faster in this situation.
  • Bottomline: I love it. (And I haven’t even mentioned all of the other neat features of the phone.)

    • Jeff Jarvis

      Hey, friend… Are you using bluetooth or usb? My 700p arrives this week and i hope to get rid of my verizon evdo card. how’s the speed?

    • bhudgins

      Don’t encourage him Jeff. I feel sure this is a step toward his ultimate goal of real-time blogging while driving.

    • Kerry Woo

      Rex, what third party software are you using other than the Bluetooth connections?