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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 at rice university

Smartphones atRice University

Marc Scarborough

Information Technology

quick introduction
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
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
what devices are out there
What devices are out there?
  • Windows Mobile
    • Smartphone (no touchscreen)
    • PocketPC (touchscreen)
  • Palm
    • Treo 650, 680, 700, 750
  • Symbian
    • e61
what works with rice services
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
what phone should i buy
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”
what about software
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
who can i ask for help
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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