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Bluetooth Phones and Mac OS X in Perfect Sync

by Derrick Story
Mar. 12, 2004

A great benefit to being a technology writer is that I can rationalize just about any new toy purchase, even if it's justifying it to myself. A chapter in my soon-to-be-released book, Digital Photography Hacks, focuses on camera phone tricks. Of course I had to get my hands on a camera phone to fully explore its hackable nature.

I played with a Treo 600 for a while, and really enjoyed using it. In fact, you'll see it in some of the book illustrations. But the Treo had a major drawback: no Bluetooth. Since my PowerBook has Bluetooth built in, and I'm running Mac OS X, it seemed to me that any phone I get serious about needs to have this connectivity.

I sought the advice of MobileWhack guru, Rael Dornfest, and he suggested I look at the Sony Ericsson Z600 Smartphone. Among its other great features, the Z600 has Bluetooth and syncs nicely with Mac OS X. After just a few days of use I came to one conclusion: Bluetooth is important to me.

Here are a few areas that I've come to appreciate how this technology improves my daily workflow:

The Z600 has an easy on/off switch for Bluetooth, so when I'm out and about in public, I can turn off the connectivity and not have to worry about Bluesnarfing.

I've been following the Bluetooth story for quite sometime, and I was wondering if this technology was ever going to get off the ground. Well, for Mac OS X users, it's not only off the ground, it's flying high. I'm better organized than ever, and it isn't even work to do so.

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.

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