O2 Joggler: review O2 Joggler: review

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O2 Joggler review

The O2 Joggler has just arrived in shops, and while you’ve seen our first poke around with the touchscreen calendar, you’re probably itching to know if it’s worth the cost of admission. We’ve tested it out this week, so see if the O2 Joggler is what you need in our review right here.

You might be tempted to call the O2 Joggler a home hub if BT hadn’t already nabbed the name: it’s a Wi-Fi friendly, touchscreen, digital photo frame sized device that helps co-ordinate your home life. Central to that is the calendar, the same one as you’ll find on the O2 website. Registration is quick and it texts you with reminders for events like clockwork.

O2 has bunged several other features into the O2 Joggler too mind: weather forecasts, news and media playback all do as advertised with absolutely no stumbling blocks. The O2 Joggler had no problem handling .avi files off a USB key, and you can stream media from a PC via UPnP, though O2 doesn’t flag it up in the instructions anywhere.

O2 Joggler hands-on photos

It’s not all virtual milk and honey though. Several O2 Joggler features promised, like SMS messaging and internet radio, are still MIA, but our biggest gripe is with the traffic feature. Zoomed into the closest level, it shows just 4 roads and the motorway for the whole of west London, making it as useful as a seat belt made of paper for a mum on a school run.

The O2 Joggler isn’t advanced, and it’s not any more helpful than your own phone calendar if you live alone, but it’s a great way to keep track of everyone, especially if there are kids in the house.

Love: Great size, calendar works a treat.

Hate: Traffic feature is pointless, some features still greyed out.

Overall: The O2 Joggler would have been a cutting edge gadget in 2006, but it still has a place now on the kitchen counter for families.

Score: 3/5

Out Now | £150 | O2

  • drewandy

    A cheap netbook in the kitchen does alot more, maybe version 2 will have it all sorted.

  • CJ84

    It’s an Amstrad emailer for 2009 :-( Version 2…. why bother!?

  • Ben Sillis

    It’s a specific market that will make use of this, but for that group (Families, not especially tech savvy, without smartphones) it still serves a purpose. But if you know that a netbook is a cheap alternative, you already know it’s not something you need.

  • Cointreauman

    Look at the Terms and Conditions very closely before you give the phone companies your data which they can use at will

    This is form just one part of the exptensive Ts and Cs

    3. Use and Disclosure of Information

    3.1 You authorise us to use and disclose, in the UK and abroad, information about you, your use of the Service (including, but not limited to, phone numbers/email addresses of calls, texts and other communications “Communications” made and received by you and the date, duration, time and cost of such Communications), how you conduct your O2 Calendar and/or O2 Joggler and your location for the purposes of operating your O2 Calendar and/or O2 Joggler and providing you with the Service or as required under law to our associated companies or agents, any telecommunications company, debt collection agency or credit reference agency. You agree that the information may be used by other parties in assessing applications for credit from you and members of your household and for debt tracing, credit management and may be used by us or other parties for crime and fraud detection and prevention.

    3.2 You also agree to the information described being used, analysed and assessed by us, and the other parties identified in clause 15.1 and selected third parties for marketing purposes including amongst other things to identify and offer you by phone, post, the Network, your Mobile Phone, email, text (SMS), media messaging, automated dialing equipment or other means, any further products, services and offers which we think might interest you. If you do not wish your details to be used for marketing purposes, please write to us; c/o The Data Controller, Telefónica O2 UK Limited, 260 Bath Road, Slough SL1 4DX or you can email us at mycare@o2mail.co.uk stating your full name, address and Mobile Phone number.

  • Bill Hill

    why have such a good machine when you cant use it to its full potential ??
    O2 have put their operating system and it sucks!! but hopefully hackthejogler.com will come up with a solution soon…. cause this is potentially on massive ipod!!!… :)

  • http://www.streetarticles.com/internet-and-businesses-online/list-pay-day-pro-2-review-a-members-thoughts List Pay Day Pro 2

    Awesome post! The joggler looks really cool, I might get one now that I read your review!

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