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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the Nokia I remember. The company just unveiled the Nokia Asha 501, which has a completely new version of the Asha software platform. Fast, responsive, stunningly great and simple hardware, and an unbeatable price ($99!). It borrows a lot from MeeGo on the N9, and overall excites me infinitely more than their Lumia offerings. I want one of these so bad.
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by B. Janssen on Thu 9th May 2013 22:58 UTC
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Over the years I realized I don't need the many features of modern smartphones. Given that I'm traveling to less well connected areas I just need a phone that is able to act as a PIM (e-mails, calendar) with the more than common 2G connections. The added battery time is just a bonus (electricity is not a problem where I travel.)

I would like to see a review that focuses on the usability of a PIM-oriented phone device on 2G. We all know that in well connected areas iPhones and Android flagships such as the HTC One are working fine. But how about southern Italy, northern Norway, central Germany and many other territories where connectivity is less than perfect and I still want to receive e-mails without growing a beard?

I tested them all, Android or iPhone, they all suck in badly connected areas. They all fall back to being about as useful as my shitty backup Samsung E1190 for about ten times the price. And that's just disappointing.

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Moochman Member since:

I think it mostly has to do with the e-mail delivery protocol, which is dependent on what kind of e-mail service (server) you are using in combination with the smartphone OS you are using.

Historically, painless low-bandwidth e-mail was one of BlackBerry's big strengths, largely because it was delivered via a proprietary server platform that compressed e-mails and efficiently pushed them to the device. Now however with BlackBerry 10 they have switched to simply supporting IMAP, POP and Exchange ActiveSync just like everyone else...

ActiveSync is indeed a better-performing option than normal IMAP or POP, but it's usually only supported for corporate e-mail via an Exchange server. Microsoft offers free ActiveSync support for accounts, but they're the only ones I know of offering it for free. They also offer paid enterprise-grade hosted "Exchange Online" accounts for $4/month. Google used to offer free ActiveSync for Gmail, but now they only offer IMAP or push via the native app for free; if you want ActiveSync it costs $5/month for the full Google Apps for Business suite. Yahoo and Apple both offers free Push IMAP for iOS only.

At some point there is supposed to be an open standard for efficient syncing of e-mail, codenamed "Lemonade":
But given that right now even the older Push IMAP standard is almost completely unsupported by everyone, I'm not holding my breath....

To summarize, here is a guide to getting the best mobile e-mail experience depending on which e-mail service and which OS you are using. (I really did my research for this comment! ;) ) If you're using...

-A corporate Exchange server -> use ActiveSync (any device)

-Hotmail/ -> use ActiveSync (any device)

-Gmail & iOS -> either use the native app, or forward it to iCloud mail and have it pushed from there, or pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Gmail & Android -> either use the native app or pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Gmail & another platform -> pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Yahoo! Mail & iOS -> use Push IMAP

-iOS & any other e-mail account -> forward it to iCloud e-mail and have it pushed from there

-Otherwise -> pay Microsoft $4/month for Exchange Online, forward your mail to that account and have it pushed via ActiveSync from there.

Hope that helps you! ;)

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NuxRo Member since:

ActiveSync is indeed a better-performing option than normal IMAP or POP, but it's usually only supported for corporate e-mail via an Exchange server.

You are wrong, not sure about the performance point of view, but you can run your own Activesync "server". Check z-push for example, an open source implementation from Zarafa, it's basically a few PHP scripts that you can put on your web host.

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orfanum Member since:

+10 Having spent the past two days travelling up North and down South in the UK (on a certain network that I will allude to only by saying 'The future's not bright, the future's not Orange (as was)' I utterly agree with you. Connectivity here is approaching Third World standards (sorry, Third World, actually, given the growth of mobile phones there as communications solutions, I would probably beg to have Third-world levels of connectivity). I find myself doing other things with this SII a) because it effectively can't act as a phone in business-related context and b) this other stuff, such as a camera, just happens to be there. This is just not a smart state of affairs.


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