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5 years ago

iCEphone Mocks Your Pitiful Lack of Keyboard Shortcuts

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5 years ago

TreoCentral Views the Fuze - Smartphone Round Robin

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Our pal Jennifer at TreoCentral has our precious Fuze in hand and is putting it through its paces. Go on over and take a look at her initial thoughts on video (check out that blooper reel!).

Just as importantly, head on into our forums and help her out with some persistent syncing bugs she's been experiencing. It might also be a good time to suggest your favorite piece of Windows Mobile software to her. If we're gonna get this Fuze the fair hearing it deserves in this Smartphone Round Robin, it will help to give it a little software bump here and there.

Plus, you know, every day your comment there (and yes, here too), you're automatically entered for a chance to win a Fuze of your very own, with that bonus Redfly C8N we just told you about.

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5 years ago

BlueTrek BIZZ Review: MicroSD + BT?

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BlueTrek BIZZ Review: MicroSD + BT?

Here's a twist on the seemingly endless supply of Bluetooth headsets: when not in use, have it double as a microSD USB flash drive.

Eh? Sounds pretty cool, right? Just pull off the back and stick'er into your nearest computer friend and you have your BT friend doing double duty -- not to mention getting charged.

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5 years ago

Canada's Bell gets Touch Pro, Sprint style (Update: Telus Too)

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In the Further Adventures of the HTC Touch Pro, Canadian carrier Bell has launched its CDMA version [via] for $239 (Canadian) with the standard three-year contract. (That extra year has something to do with the metric system, we think.)

Actually, you get another $50 off with new service, brining the price of the phone down to a very respectable $189 (again, Canadian), even with the extra 365 days of servitude.

That's all well and good. But here's our thing:

We're all aware that there are two flavors of CDMA Touch Pro floating around out there. Sprint, Alltel and now Bell have one — the Sprint version — and Verizon's on the other side.

The question remains: Why? Until the Verizon Touch Pro is officially released, and that should be pretty soon, the speculation will have to continue.

Hit up any of the above links, and listen to the most recent WM Experts Podcast (about 14:30 in), for our takes the speculated discrepancies, be they processor lawsuit, keyboard style or just your basic Verizon lockdown.

Update: Telus has it for $299ca after rebate. Thanks rileyfreeman!

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5 years ago

Verizon's XV6900 / Touch 6.1 Update Leaks out

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Looks like phonenews [via] is hosting a sneaky update for you Verizon XV6900 owners. Namely, a Windows Mobile 6.1 update that adds a raft of new features: EVDO Rev A, 6.1 (duh), Opera Mobile, and VZ Navigator. As is Verizon's wont, the GPS will be locked down to only work with VZ Navigator, but a workaround is expected.

Since we BGR just said that the Touch Diamond on Verizon is getting pushed back to January, this looks like the best bet for you non-physical-keyboard Verizon folks. Hop to it!

Thanks to Berger for the tip!

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5 years ago

Redfly Gets Revved -- Two New Models

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Celio is updating their line of Redfly Mobile companions. There are two new models that replace the original C8: The C8N and the C7.

The C8N is pretty much identical to the original Redfly with a one important difference. They've added a “Media Port” which, with a $20 cable (you have to buy it separately) will allow you to use the Redfly as a screen for an iPod, Zune, or whatever else you've got with a composite video out (that's the 'yellow plug'). The cable also has another USB port on it for charging. Otherwise you're looking at the same 8 hours of battery life and an 8“ 800x480 screen. The price for this model is $299.

They're also introducing a newer low-end model called the C7. It's the same Redfly you know and possibly love but they've reduced costs by dropping the screen down to 7 inches (though it's still 800x480 screen resolution) and also by reducing the size of the battery to 5 hours instead of 8. The two changes combine to cut a half pound off the weight of the device. The price here: $229.

Both models also feature a slightly redesigned keyboard (though it's still not full sized), wherein the OK has been conveniently placed next to the arrow keys and the function keys at the top have been reordered. They're also both now a much more conservative black color. Overall, we're not entirely sure that it's a great idea to take a product that already requires some explanation and further muddy the waters by adding two different models. On the other hand, both models are better than the original in their own way: pick a media port or pick reduced weight.

You can get the full skinny on how the Redfly works by checking out our full review of the original Redfly. Speaking of that original, it's still keeping that reduced $199 price at the WMExperts Store until stock runs out.

One thing we had to keep close to the vest here: for our Smartphone Round Robin we're giving away an HTC Fuze and a Redfly. What we didn't tell you is that the Redfly we're giving away is the new C8N. That's right, every day you comment in an official Round Robin post or forum at WMExperts you're entered for another chance to win this great package -- check out all of our updates to the Round Robin here.

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5 years ago

Shadow II: Delayed? Delayed.

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5 years ago

LG Incite Hits AT&T

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LG Incite Hits AT&T

Engadget told us it was coming, AT&T tells us that, yes, it's here. Don't tell Malatesta, but we've got another basic slab phone on the block: the LG Incite. We've seen non-US WM phones from LG before, so we'll be interested to see how they build one up for the States. Here's how:

  • 4.21 x 2.2 x 0.55 inches
  • 256 mb ROM / 128 RAM / MicroSD
  • Tri-Band 3G, Quad-Band EDGE
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • WiFi and Bluetooth (corrected)
  • Wacky 240x400 screen resolution on a 3“ screen
  • Windows Mobile Pro 6.1
  • Touchscreen Only, just send & and, no d-pad
  • XM and Pandora streaming radio(!)
  • 3mp camera
  • 1300 mAh battery good for 8.7 hours of talk(?!)
  • What looks to be some custom Today Screen plugins

All this can be yours for $500 off-contract or $199 with 2 years and mail-in rebates and suchlike. What say you, folks, interested?

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia (non-US) Gets a New Rom

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Good news for people waiting for the Omnia on Verizon (and yes, possibly AT&T): Samsung is continuing to work on their customizations on top of Windows Mobile. Their latest “Singapore ROM” has new (and needed) features like flick-scrolling, more screen animations, a better build of Opera 9.5, and a new profiles widget for their TouchWiz interface. If you're a dirty importer (like we were when we got the Omnia), you can grab the new ROM here.

Samsung is behind the curve on touch-only interfaces compared to HTC, but they seem to be catching up right quick. Part of this is just getting more feedback and experience with Windows Mobile, we're sure, but part of it is also that Samsung really seems to be pumping a lot of resources into this TouchWiz thing. They're using it as the only interface for their touch-only featurephone+ devices like the Samsung Behold, so the fact that they can also add it on top of Windows Mobile is a potential time saver for them and a big advantage.

Now, if only the new ROM could replace the optical mouse. Seriously, Samsung, listen to us: We. Don't. Like. It.

[via pocketnow]

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5 years ago

Qualcomm all about LTE now

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Qualcomm all about LTE now

Qualcomm wants to stay ahead of the game or at least with the changing times and as a result they have decided to cancel development of Ultra Mobile Broadband products and focus on LTE instead. Long Term Evolution will be playing a major part in the way we use our mobile devices in the future to feed our internet needs. Big guns like AT&T and Verizon have already joined the club.

Sampling for the new multi-mode chips are already in action meaning we might see some devices, if not the network itseof, in 2009. Slap these new chips in some hot devices coupled with a 20 Meg connection and you have yourself one powerful combination. The future looks bright for our mobile devices and with WiMAX coming in, we might just have broadband speeds on our mobiles sooner than we thought. Great job Qualcomm. Guess this means that it's time to start agitating for 5G, innit?

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5 years ago

Alltel Touch Pro dropping this week

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Alltel Touch Pro dropping this week

We'd originally put out a BOLO on the Alltel Touch Pro for Nov. 14 or so. Obviously that's passed. Now we're being told to look for it this Thursday, Nov. 20.

Still no official word on pricing, though we'd previously been told around $300. But it could well be more, given that Verizon, which as we all know has swallowed up Alltel, reportedly will sell its Touch Pro for $350.

Update: OK, the Alltel Touch Pro's now available for pre-sale at Best Buy for a whopping $999. That better be a typo. Other pricing is as follows:

  • Two-Year Price: $379.99, with a $100.00 mail-in rebate, resulting in a final price of $279.99
  • One-Year Price: $439.99
  • Non-Contract Price: $599.99
  • Prepaid Price: Not available for prepaid

More pics after the jump.

And thanks, Brandon, for the heads up!

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5 years ago

Xperia X1a makes an appearance at the FCC

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We've already mentioned that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a (or the SEX1a as Malatesta's taken to calling it) is available for pre-order at Best Buy for the low, low price of $1 million $800 (albeit unlocked).

Now we bring mention of the X1a's romp through the Federal Communications Commission [via Engadget Mobile], including some obligatory FCC-style candid external and internal shots. (Warning: pdf links.)

So head on over to the FCC site if you're wanting to take a look at just what makes this guy tick. And then try to figure out how you can justify that much money for the thing.

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5 years ago

Adobe to Demo Flash Player 10 on WM

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Adobe to Demo Flash Player 10 on WM

We already know that the next version of Internet Explorer, “6 on 6,” is pretty ho-hum except for this little tidbit: Flash Lite support. That means many flash videos will work just fine and that pleases us. Doesn't make Adobe happy enough, though, as they're planning on demoing Flash Player 10 on Windows Mobile today. That's the full flash there, kiddos. Of course, Adobe may also feel that their hand is forced -- they can't let Silverlight get the jump on 'em.

It's a testament to the power, flexibility, and openness of Windows Mobile that Adobe is able just go ahead and do this thing. That ought to be something you could take for granted, but of course if we're talking about Flash and Mobile the ongoing iPhone drama is always in the background. According to Adobe, “it is really up to Apple” to allow them to ship a Flash Player for the platform.

We'll be talking a bit more about this open vs. closed issue when it's our turn with the iPhone for the Smartphone Round Robin

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5 years ago

Net Neutrality Advocates Part of new U.S. Administration (Hooray!)

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So while we don't get too much into politics and general telecommunications news, the issue of "Network Neutrality" is highly relevant for all you WMExperts out there. And make no mistake about it: we here at WME strongly advocate the "dump pipe" model for mobile internet access.

Net Neutrality, for those who aren't in the know, is basically what we have now: your ISP cannot dictate what computer, software, OS you use to access the Internet and they cannot arbitrarily control network speeds, giving primacy to their own content while shafting their competitors (although Bittorent has thrown a wrench into this i.e. "traffic shaping").

However all is not well, as many ISPs (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and even Sprint/XOHM) are either advocating or flat out implementing restrictions on how you can use the internet. This is what many in the industry (Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Skype, Yahoo, etc.) all fear, as it takes the choice away from the consumer and gives the power to the ISPs. Those against net-neutrality are even getting bills passed in their favor to benefit their interests. Yikes.

(Still unsure of what is at stake and what all of this means? Click here to get a primer.)

Good news though: President-elect Obama has appointed two net neutrality advocates to their FCC review team (they guide the President on pertinent FCC issues). While this doesn't guarantee a positive outcome in this debate, it sure feels a lot better.

Considering Windows Mobile users are literally at the cutting edge of mobile technology--we're arguably the most open and unrestricted of the iPhone/Android/RIM crowd--this issue of net neutrality is what drives our community, resulting in a trickle down effect for everyone else. Bringing things back to mobile -- the line between your broadband pipe for your desktop and your mobile internet is inevitably going to blur in the future, so it's going to apply. Even if we're wrong on that prediction, more restrictions on your desktop would likely make it easier to add restrictions to mobile broadband.

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5 years ago

Announcing the Smartphone Round Robin!

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Announcing the Smartphone Round Robin!

(Instead of giving you a roundup of last week's news, today I'm excited to give you a glimpse into the news you're going to see at our Smartphone Experts sites over the next two months! -- Dieter)

We are pleased to announce the Smartphone Round Robin!. Each year the editors of the Smartphone Experts family of sites literally trade their phones to see what life is like on the "other side." What you're going to see over the course of the next two months is each of our five SPE Community Editors reviewing smartphones that they're not used to using. Each editor has a checklist of "Must-Dos" that ensure they're getting the full experience with each smartphone. It's quite a ride.

Read on for more on the Smartphone Round Robin and for details on how you can win one of five Smartphone Prize Packs!

More importantly for you, at the end of the Smartphone Round Robin we will be giving away five smartphones -- one from each site! All you need to do to qualify is post a response to any official Round Robin thread in our forums or comment on a Round Robin blog post (with a valid email address). Be sure to check out the Full contest rules for more information. Huge thanks go out to our Round Robin Sponsors: Palm, Celio (makers of the Redfly), Case-Mate, and Smartphone Outlet. Here's what you can win:

So don't just sit back and watch -- participate! You can check out a full list of all of the latest Blog posts and Forum posts on our Smartphone Round Robin Updates Page. There are chances to chat and win right now as our editors have already started asking questions in our forums. Finally, if you're an RSS user, you can track the whole event from our RSS Feed or even get daily email updates.

So head on into our forums and help us out this week and every week through the end of the year -- there's no better way to both spread the word about your favorite Smartphone or to learn more about what those other smartphones are all about. Or heck, we'll kick things off here too, this is an official Round Robin post, comment here for your chance to win an HTC Fuze!

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