Nokia 3650- How good in the real World?
I know at least a few on this board have posted about the Nokia 3650 phone. I figure that with the types of people that come to a site discussing computers in cars, there have to be at least a few others using it. I'm considering getting this phone. With the exception of its size, it really looks like a great device.
Here's the problem: I've been lurking a bit over at Nokia3650.net on the forums, and I'm getting second thoughts. It seems as though there are some problems with connecting to a PC with Bluetooth. Most importantly, I've read some things about being required to dismiss an alert or two in order to connect which could be a problem. It might not be anything major. After all, the people who have success with it aren't going to post complaints on a message board
I hope that anyone with some experience setting up and using this phone could answer a few questions.
1- Is setting up a Bluetooth connection with a PC really as difficult as people make it out to be?
2- Can a connection be made from the phone's end without any input to the PC (ie. no keyboard, mouse or monitor)?
3- Has anybody used Bemused to control an MP3 player in a car? How stable is it? How easy to use?
4- How easy/ reliable is it as a Bluetooth modem?
This looks like a great device on paper, but I'm wondering if it is all it's cracked up to be in the real world. So if anyone has one of these and uses the more advanced features, please be brutally honest and share your experiences. How good is it?
3650 is great, but sounding even better now...
I have a 3650, and love it, but right now I am dealing with the dismisal of a dialog every time my phone connects to my computer. I bought a belkin bluetooth connector, thinking this was "high-end" enough. Churnopol, I'm very curious what you mean by "good quality dongle," and "latest widcomm drivers" as I would love to get a more autmated bluetooth setup going here at home (so then of course I could transfer that setup to the car :) ) I have read a number of people claiming that some of the later Widcomm drivers actually are detremental to the 3650 bluetooth setup.
I have used the modem on the phone to make voice dials and pickups using the standard AT commands, and of course I issued them over bluetooth, which is cool enough in and of itself. It even supports coller-id AT commands, so I could easily envision (and this is still my plan of course) writing an ap to assist me in the car (touch-screen friendly and all that). I haven't succeeded, and actually don't think it's possible, in connecting my phone to another modem and then using the internet connection that provides. The other nice thing about it is that it has echo-cancellation built in, so that if you take the mic/speaker jack and split it using a mini-jack y-splitter, you can plug one end into a microphone, and the other end into an FM-modulator and have a poor-man's car speaker-phone. Many other phones get confused when you do this, and continually send the speaker output back through the mic, getting you all sorts of awful feedback. So although I haven't made use of the past few features I just mentioned, they're there for the taking :)
Not to mention how easy it is to write software for it (hence the proliferation of so many third-party apps). It's the perfect "hackable" phone IMHO.
I look forward to churnopol telling me how it could be even better :)