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Reformed Sony Ericsson fan boy starts the year right with a Nokia

One of the things I did just as 2009 ended was to get a new phone. But months before the actual purchase, I had already decided on a brand and line—the Nokia E series.

After years of using Sony Ericsson phones—starting with the lethal-looking Ericsson R320—I decided early last year to switch to Nokia.

The decision to leave Sony Ericsson was spurred by two things: 1.) I felt that SonyEricsson abandoned its users of the UIQ platform (the system that ran in the P800/P900 and P1) and 2.) the company insists on using proprietary connectors for such things as headphones instead of using standard interfaces like 3.5 mm audio jacks.

I also came to love Nokia units after testing a few of its units. I particularly liked the Nokia E71 and had decided by April to buy the latest unit in the E series line in December.

Nokia E63
NOKIA E63. For just P11,000, you get a phone that excels in messaging—SMS, e-mail, IM and Web connectivity.

Then, I got hooked on running.

My priorities shifted and I found myself choosing to spend more on running-related gear—shoes, apparel, GPS watches—and running books than on a phone.

I wanted the best phone I could get for the lowest price possible.

The E63 is that phone.

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Why I’m leaving Sony Ericsson for Nokia

Like Saul, my conversion happened on the road.

I was on my way to a meeting and needed to constantly check my e-mail as well as keep my instant messaging (IM) accounts online when it hit me, like the Biblical blinding light, that the Nokia E71 is the best mobile Internet device I’ve used.

It isn’t just the ease by which the device is able to use multiple Internet access points—from various wi-fi hot spots with different security settings to HSPA —it is also the dependability of the device in keeping that connection. Nokia E71

In the two weeks that I was asked to test an E71 review unit, I’ve never experienced having difficulty going online and staying there.

When I was asked by Nokia to test the E71, I was a rabid Sony Ericsson fan boy. But a decade of using Sony Ericsson phones was no match with just a fortnight with the E71. By the end of the test, I had decided to shift to an Eseries device later this year.

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It works: Gmail mobile app on SE K750i and Smart connection

I finally got my Sony Ericsson K750i to work with the Gmail for mobile application released last week. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t get the inbox to load.

It was puzzling as I could access the Internet using Opera Mini. I kept changing Internet settings and I still couldn’t go past the “loading” screen for the inbox. Just as frustration was threatening to boil over, I spotted the solution.

Gmail for mobile application on K750i ACCESSING GMAIL ON K750i. I finally got to connect to my Gmail account using my Sony Ericsson K750i and a Smart Buddy connection. Click on photo to enlarge.

It turns out that you have to specify the Internet settings for Java applications in the K750i. If you’re using a Sony Ericsson with a Smart account, this might do the trick for you: Go to Settings then Connectivity then Settings for Java and pick Smart Internet. That solved the issue for me and I can now use Gmail on my phone.

The application is indeed faster and better to use. I have never been able to use the K750i’s default email program to connect to my Gmail account. I remember spending days trying to make it work a few months back, to no avail.