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4 years ago

HTC Touch2 Gets Reviewed

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HTC Touch2 Gets Reviewed

While the HTC Touch2 was announced just the other day, a Russian Web site has gotten their hands on the phone to review. Mobile-Review rates the Touch2 with decent marks indicating the phone has good build quality, great performance, good call quality and good battery life.

As far as speed goes, the review states, "The speed of the interface Touch2 raises no objections, the operations of opening files, programs, the transition between tabbed shell occur instantly." And that makes sense, given the processor is very similar to what we find in more high-end HTC devices.

The review doesn't give high marks to the Touch2's camera, noting bland colors and image blur. Also noted is that the navigational buttons are difficult to manipulate for those with large fingers. They appear to sit flush with the Touch2's surface making it difficult to press. The reviewer indicates if they were raised just a little, they would be more appealing.

The HTC Touch2 is due to hit shelves in Europe and Asia on October 6 with an expected price tag in the neighborhood of $500. While several are already running cooked versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 on their HTC devices, the Touch2 is the first new HTC phone to launch with WM 6.5. No word yet if the Touch2 will make its way to the U.S. market.

Mobile Review via Boy Genius Report

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4 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 now available online

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If for whatever reason you haven't taken advantage of Sprint's telesales service and already have your Touch Pro 2 on the way, it's now available on Sprint's Web site, way, way down at the bottom of the smartphone listings, below the original Touch Pro and as far from the Palm Pre as it could possibly be. (Yeah, Sprint, we're calling you out on that.)

Pricing remains as before — $349.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. Or $600 outright.

Presumably the Touch Pro 2 should be available in stores anytime now, so chime in if you see one in the flesh.

Thanks, @rrescot

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4 years ago

More proof of Verizon Touch Pro 2 on Sept. 11

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That rumored Sept. 11 launch date for the Verizon version of the HTC Touch Pro 2 is solidifying, with Engadget scoring the official spec sheet. Nothing in there we didn't already know. It's still a world phone with GSM and CDMA radios. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still there. We do get more pricing information: $299.99 before $100 rebate; it'll cost you $489 outright.

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4 years ago

Samsung Intrepid to follow the Ace on Sprint

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For those of you waiting on the follow-up to the Samsung Ace, it looks like it's on it's way. The Boy Genius Report scored a Sprint rebate sheet that shows the Samsung Intrepid, believed to be the Ace's sequel. Rumored specs are a 528MHz processor, 3MP camera, CDMA and GSM radios for world capability, WiFi, aGPS and 512MB ROM/256MB RAM. The QWERTY keyboard and QVGA screen also are on board, natch.

As for pricing and availability? Gonna have to wait on those.

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4 years ago

WinMo 6.5 upgrade to be available Oct. 6 for HTC Touch Pro 2, Touch Diamond 2, Snap

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That the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 will be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't really news. HTC CEO Peter Chou spilled the beans on that one before WinMo 6.5 was even announced. But we are learning that the Snap also will be graced with the upgrade, and HTC will make the upgrades available for all three phones on the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day.

That said, we're still not entirely sure if we're just talking unlocked phones, or if U.S. carrier-sanctioned phones will get in on the action, too. Stay tuned.

AreaMobile.de via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Review: moTweets

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Review: moTweets

As Twitter garners more and more of a following, it becomes crucial to be able to follow and manage tweets while mobile. Up to this point some of our favorite Windows Mobile clients have been Twikini and PockeTwit. A new contestant is making a play for this segment. Panoramic Software of Phone Genius fame recently launched moTweets, a Twitter application for Windows Mobile Professional devices.

We’ve put moTweets through its paces; the verdict follows.

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4 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2's are being delivered: Get yours yet?

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If you've been following our coverage, you'll know that you can now order the Sprint Touch Pro 2 from Sprint telesales directly (866-866-7509).

A few lucky users got theirs delivered yesterday -- a mere 24 hrs after placing their order! Not bad. Of course the rest of us (including yours truly) will have to wait till Tuesday (we loved that band) due to that Labor Day/Sprint doesn't deliver on Saturday's thing (boo).

So, did you get yours yet?  If so, does it have unicorn support, fairy-dusted magic battery life and dream-fulfilling processing power? Let us know in comments!

Photos via stevedusa

   

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4 years ago

Firefox mobile Alpha 3 out for Windows Mobile

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The folks at Mozilla have released the Alpha 3 build of Fennec, aka the mobile Firefox browser.

Much-improved, says Mozilla's Brad Lassey (read our early Q&A with him) are start-up times, better panning, and some support for phones other than the HTC Touch Pro.

Go get the CAB file here, and if out there's running a brand-spanking new Touch Pro 2, let us know how it looks on there. (And remember, you can play with the Fennec lastest desktop emulator here.)

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4 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 rumored for Sept. 11, $199

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No hard and firm source on this, but we're inclined to believe one of the Boy Genius' ninjas who's dropped a hint that the Verizon Touch Pro 2 will be available on Sept. 11 -- as in one week from now. And the best part: Verizon again is going uber-competitive on the pricing at $199.99 after $100 rebate and the usual 2-year contract. (Remember that they undercut everybody with their version of the Snap, too.)

So, that'd make three out of four. Anybody think AT&T's prepping something for that Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day?

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4 years ago

An early unboxing of the Sprint Touch Pro 2

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409

So here are some screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409.5.4.0, snagged by Da_G over at XDA Developers and posted up at Redmond Pie. Here we see WM6.5 continue to progress to a more finger-friendly operating system.

What interests us more, however, is the following statement from Redmond Pie, which would confirm what we've been suspecting all along:

It must be noted here that the Builds in the 23XXX branch have nothing to do with the first Windows Mobile 6.5 powered phones set to launch in October. The version that will be launched on those phones are from 21XXX branch which were compiled last month. The Builds in 23XXX branch are perhaps more looking like a part of Windows Mobile 6.5.1 release.

That's right in line with what we've been suspecting. While that's no big deal for anyone who knows their way around XDA, it doesn't bode well for the more, shall we say, "normal" users, and those waiting for the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day. Guess we'll just have to hope the carriers and manufacturers put out updates on their own. :-/

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia X2 Videos Surface

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Sony Xperia X2 Videos Surface

It was only a matter of time before hands-on videos for the Sony-Ericcson Xperia X2 to surface and here's a short and sweet overview of the new Windows Mobile phone as presented by SE-First.

Can't say there's any surprises in the design of the X2.  The battery door does appear to have a safety latch and you can't miss the 3.5mm jack.  If you've survived the techno sound track, follow the break for yet another hands-on video from EngadgetMobile that focuses on the X2's unique user interface.

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4 years ago

Why do we need capacitive touchscreens?

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Well, you found us out. Deep down in our heart of hearts, we don't like resistive touchscreens. And we don't like you if you do. Yep. That's our big secret. (For those keeping score at home, we also don't like broccoli, counties that don't follow Daylight Savings Time, and drivers who use the parking brake on level roads.)

Folks, let's everybody take a deep breath here. Buried within an announcement of a new phone was a brief parenthetical stating that the device (unfortunately) had a resistive touchscreen. Why is this "unfortunate?" Because as the rest of the smartphone world supports capacitive screens, Windows Mobile still does not. iPhone? Yep. Android? Got it. Palm's webOS? Sure thing. (As to whatever evil creature was sacrificed to create BlackBerry's touchscreen, well ...)

If there's one thing we Windows Mobile fans are particularly proud of, it's that our operating system of choice covers just about every permutation of phone out there. Keyboard/no keyboard. Umpteen different screen resolutions at a number of DPIs. D-pad/no D-pad. 3.5mm headphone jack/stupid proprietary adapte -- well, certainly we're all on the same page on that one, right?

Point is, it doesn't matter whether you think capacitive touchscreens are better than resistive. Different strokes for different folks. We're really not advocating one way or another. It's your phone. Hell, my daily driver doesn't even have a touchscreen, so there. It's unfortunate that current Windows phones (and upcoming phones, at least for a while longer) don't have the option of using either capacitive or resistive touchscreens. That deprives you, the user, or the choice. And if you want to put up with that, well, you know where to go.

Now that we all have our knickers untwisted, sound off in the poll below, and then yell at us some more in the comments.

Fess up - capacitive screens? Or Resistive screens?(opinion)
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4 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 Tutorials

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Sprint Touch Pro 2 Tutorials

Need something to pass the time while you wait for the Sprint Touch Pro 2 to be released? Sprint may have just what you need over on their support pages. Sprint has added tutorials and instructional videos for the Touch Pro 2 on their website's support page.

The tutorials range in topic from installing and charging the battery to setting up your email accounts. The videos offer a broad overview of the Touch Pro 2 as well as more specific instructions on the GPS system, Touchflo 3D and other features on the Touch Pro 2. Sprint also makes available the Touch Pro 2's User Guide for those in need of some light reading.

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