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Smartphones at Rice University Marc Scarborough Information Technology Quick Introduction What is a ‘Smartphone’? What devices are out there? What works with Rice services? So, what phone should I buy / recommend? What about software? Who can I call for help? What is a ‘Smartphone’?

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Smartphones atRice University

Marc Scarborough

Information Technology


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Quick Introduction

  • What is a ‘Smartphone’?

  • What devices are out there?

  • What works with Rice services?

  • So, what phone should I buy / recommend?

  • What about software?

  • Who can I call for help?


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What is a ‘Smartphone’?

  • First - what is a PDA?

    • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

    • Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes

    • Then came Web and Email

    • Palms, PocketPCs

  • Smartphones are cell phones with PDA functionality

    • Now with the ability to synchronize this information over-the-air (OTA) via cell towers or Wi-Fi (like Rice wireless)

    • Information is either sent to the phone (push) or the phone connects to the server (pull)

    • Blackberries, Treos


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What devices are out there?

  • Windows Mobile

    • Smartphone (no touchscreen)

    • PocketPC (touchscreen)

  • Palm

    • Treo 650, 680, 700, 750

  • Symbian

    • e61


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What works with Rice services?

  • Calendar, Tasks and Contacts

    • Oracle Calendar can manage these

      • SyncML for mobile sync

  • Email

    • Cyrus (new mail server) and RUF (old mail server)

      • IMAPs and SMTPs (standards based)

  • Web

    • Any smartphone with a web client and a data plan

      • HTTP and HTTPs

  • Office Applications

    • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF


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What phone should I buy?

  • T-Mobile Dash

  • Windows Mobile 5 & 6 Smartphone

  • GSM/EDGE (2G)

  • 802.11g & Bluetooth

  • 1.3 Mega Camera

  • MicroSD Memory Slot

  • 4.4” x 2.5” x 0.5”

  • Sprint Q

  • Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone

  • CDMA/1xEV-DO (3G)

  • Bluetooth & InfraRed

  • 1.3 Mega Camera

  • MiniSD Memory Slot

  • 4.6"x 2.5" x 0.45”

  • Verizon Q (Black)

  • Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone

  • CDMA/1xEV-DO (3G)

  • Bluetooth & InfraRed

  • 1.3 Mega Camera

  • MiniSD Memory Slot

  • 4.6"x 2.5" x 0.45”

  • Cingular/AT&T Blackjack

  • Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone

  • GSM/HSDPA (3G)

  • Bluetooth

  • 1.3 Mega Camera

  • MicroSD Memory Slot

  • 4.4” x 2.3” x 0.5”


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What about software?

  • Synchronizing Calendar, Contacts and Tasks

    • Purchase Synthesis SyncML to synchronize with Oracle Calendar

      • $60.00

  • Checking Email

    • All devices come with an IMAP email client that can access Rice Email servers.

  • Viewing and Editing Office Documents

    • All devices come with an office document viewer

    • Purchase ‘Documents to Go’ to edit them

      • $30.00

  • Surfing the Web

    • All devices come with Pocket Internet Explorer


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Who can I ask for help?

  • Links for the software

    • Synthesis SyncML

      • http://www.synthesis.ch/dl_client.php?bp=CPDA&pv=SMPWM&vtag=1

    • Documents to Go

      • http://www.dataviz.com/products/documentstogo/winmobile/index.html

  • Links online

    • Rice

      • http://www.rice.edu/it/pda/index.html

  • Help Desk and Divisional Consultants

    • Many have smartphones and have been thoroughly testing them



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