triman (triman) wrote,

So mad, so much fun!

Back 3-years ago I used my blog to document the trials and tribulations of my attempts to use the new TREO 650 PDA/Phone. It was one of the first real phones, full function PDA's, with full Internet browsing, email, a camera and an MP3 player. Fast foward to last year, the Treo650 still works well, albeit slow when online. However the microphone no longer works and you have to use a bluetooth or cable attached headset. And so it was, I signed up for a new AT&T contract in Austin to get a 512 area code and I managed to swing a free HTC Hermes/AT&T 8525.

It's basically an updated version of the Treo 650, except for the tech/spec minded, it's radically different. First, it's got 128Mb of built-in memory, it runs Windows Mobile, I jacked it from WM5 to WM6 using vp3G's WM6 v3.0 ROM. It's got a higher res camera, 2M pixels, HSDPA networking, which works great here in Austin, it does video/MP3 etc.

However, the fun part is after a bit of playing around, I've worked out how to get Realplayer on the HTC to play the BBC Radio London radio station to play. It's so much fun, for me at least. I plug it into the BOSE Stereo I have at home, into the car stereo etc. It's so weird, using a phone, normal retail price $650, billions dollars of investment in the Internet, I've turned this all into a $15 portable radio from the 70's!

If you have a phone that does Realplayer, check out this link, it has pretty much everything you'll need, apart from that is either an Internet capable phone, such as the Nokia N95, a Windows mobile or Palm based PDA.
Tags: htc att8525, internet, radio
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