I picked up a Nokia 6600  this weekend from T-Mobile  and so far it is a really great phone, quite a step up from my old Kyocera. I also picked up a Nokia 3595  for my fiance and it is a great little phone too. The 6600  will set you back about $299 from Amazon – which is $100 bucks cheaper than picking it up in a T-Mobile store or even their own website where they are charging $399 for it – yikes! The 3595  is free right now from T-Mobile if you purchase it online from T-Mobile or $50 at their stores.
I had been looking to get a good Bluetooth phone for sometime now to utilize the Bluetooth capabilities of my 15″ Apple Powerboook and I am so pleased with the functionality it provides. I was going to wait to get my hands on a Motorola MPx  which looks very compelling and would be perfect for me – but I needed something now – I’m sure I might pick one up once they are out. Anyway, back to the 6600 – I am using Apples iSync and Address book – it took just a few minute to get the phone paired up with my laptop and the phone with all my contact information – including thumbnails and images of each contact. iSync has supported the 6600 since the last release of version 1.4 – no hacks required or modified 3650 profiles – built in native support. It was just as easy to send SMS messages through the phone right from the address book, a cool feature. I like that I can quickly send files back and forth between the phone and laptop as well. So far I have used this feature to send installers to the phone, like the Opera Web Browser for Series 60 phones, and some ringtones, and .wav files to do a little customization.
Using Apples Quicktime Pro it only takes a second or two to output 3GP video and audio files  that play back on the built in Realmedia player. I have never been a fan of Real – but it works pretty well thanks to how easy Apples Quicktime Pro handles the exporting options. Quicktime Pro even allows you to export AMR-NB audio files that are great for making small speech based ring tones. I have found the quality is better with regular .wav files for music and other items, but for speech the AMR-NB is great. The Nokia 6600 also supports AMR-WB (wideband) but it doesn’t look like Apple has included support for that yet with their 3GP export options (Although I haven’t installed Quicktime 6.5.1 yet – I’m still at 6.5 so I’ll have to test this again shortly).
I found several other cool utilities for the Mac OS X that enhance the functionality and usefulness of using a Bluetooth phone with a Bluetooth capable Mac running OS X:
I’m sure theres more out there, but I’ve only had the phone for a day so far. I’m really pleased that now I’ll be able to use the phone for data connections on my lpatop via GPRS when I’m away from the office and not near a WiFi hotspot. I’m not sure how I did without this before!
So far I have only two complaints:
I do have hopes now that Flashcast has been talked about more lately and with Juha Christensen  at the wheel as President of Mobile and Devices division of Macromedia, and the success of Flash on the NTT DoCoMo 505i phones running Flash, that we will be seeing something sooner rather than later for the Series 60 phones as well as other interesting mobile devices. All I know is I can’t wait for it to be available. Thoughts?