Quote:>I was all but decided to spring for a 3870 'til I read some posts in this
>newsgroups about the terrible problems with lockups and over-rated
>bluetooth. Keeping in mind that the unfortunate folks MAY BE a minority...
I've only had one critical lockup which required a hard reset and that was
when installing Dashboard from the CD that comes with it. Having said
that, I've got extremely frequent Bluetooth stack problems which
necessitate multiple soft resets in a normal day of usage. This problem
for all practical purposes wipes out the use of the 'Permanent PIM'
Quote:>QUESTION: does anyone have a 3870, AND is using the bluetooth features AND
>still thinks it's a great PPC with little or no probs? Or is it really a
>cool-looking but poorly designed, prematurely released hunk of junk?
It's useful, certainly. GPRS browsing works well and it's nice to leave
your phone in your bag when surfing. On the downside, there aren't enough
sites that format their content for portrait VGA form factors and Pocket IE
leaves a bit to be desired in the amount of help it gives you with such
issues. The BT stack problem is incredibly annoying, though - you really
have no idea when it might give out (though it doesn't seem to die
mid-session, which is a plus). Problems are amplified when trying to USB
ActiveSync. BT and ActiveSync seem to be mutually exclusive.
On balance, there's just enough useful usage inbetween problems to make it
useful in a pinch. However, it does feel like a technology preview rather
than the finished article, and I'm amazed at Compaq's alleged attitude when
it comes to sorting out a fix for the problem. If this is the typical
experience, I'll be looking at a different vendor (Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket
LOOX?) for the next-gen products.