PC Mag reviews the Cingular 8525: 3G data and voice at the same time!


Cingular_8525Sascha Segan at PC Mag got his mitts on the Cingular 8525 (aka: the Hermes) Windows Mobile smartphone and if I were a mobile maven on Cingular’s network, I’d be looking forward this to this offering. The 8525 succeeds the 8125 and offers many of the same features: QVGA screen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, Bluetooth and more. The processor gets a bump to 400 MHz (double the clock speed of the 8125), while the camera tops out at 2 Megapixels.

The key difference is in the 3G radio as the 8525 supports Cingular’s HSDPA network; reported throughput in the review is around 850 Kbps on the download side, which is extremely comparable to the EV-DO results I routinely get with my XV 6700 on Verizon’s network. Here’s the stunner though: HSDPA allows for simultaneous voice and data, something that my EV-DO device does not support; this alone would be worth the $399 with two-year contract to me. Watch for the phone around mid-month, but read the review now.

Update: the official Cingular press release with full details is now available.



I really look forward to getting thisd phone. Also, this phone has a GPS system within it. Which is quite awesome, if you ask me.

Colin Walker

Having had my Hermes (Vario II) on T-Mobile here in the UK for a while now I can’t recommend the phone highly enough – it’s fantastic!

It may not be the smallest device you’ll have in your pocket but then you don’t expect slimline with the slide out keyboard and these specs.

I’ve had speeds of around 1.2mbps and others have reported 1.4mbps here in the UK.

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