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4 years ago

iPhone hands-on video - Smartphone Round Robin

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"Wow, that's a lot of apps." Those were some of the first words out of my mouth when I sat down to take a look at the iPhone. You know, the platform that has single-handedly killed off every other smartphone known to -- oh, wait. We're all still here? Good.

So, to get the discussion going, I've started a thread in The iPhone Blog's forums. And I expect each and every one of you go post in it. Often. Oh, and each time you do, you have a chance to win a smartphone of your choice (up to $1,000). Plus there's the whole thing about keeping the Windows Mobile end up, and that's important, too.

Hit up the video after the break, where Rene Ritchie, editor at The iPhone Blog, learns me a thing or three about the iPhone. And be sure to check out all the other goings on in the third annual Smartphone Round Robin.

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4 years ago

Yes. This is exactly what unboxings are like

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4 years ago

Verizon getting LG VS750 in early 2010. Variant of GM750?

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Word is that Verizon is set to get a mysterious WM6.5 LG device called the VS750.  Not much is known about the guy at this time, but call us crazy if it doesn't sound like the CDMA variant of the GM750 recently released in Europe (see our hands-on from October).

If true, it's not as tech-tastic as the LG eXpo on AT&T but it ain't half bad either.  The GM750 had the following specs:

  • BT 2.1
  • WiFi
  • 3-inch 240x400 display
  • 1000 mAh battery
  • 5 MP camera
  • Optical joystick

And if this is not a CDMA variant of the GM750 well...LG get better naming schemes.  And congrats on landing on Verizon, we're kinda psyched about your growing U.S. presence.

[via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 20 Dec 2009

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Week one of the Smartphone Round Robin is over and week two begins tomorrow. We've just scratched the surface here and already we've run the gamut from a Windows Mobile user examining webOS to a BlackBerry user having an encounter with the Droid. If you have a Smartphone need, we're pretty confident that the Round Robin will help you find out how to fill it.

We could go on, but there's egg nog to be spiked and presents to be wrapped, so hit up the updates page for a list of reviews by platform and hit this post up after the break for the best of Smartphone Experts this week.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Epsode 82

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WMExperts Podcast Epsode 82


As a special holiday treat, we're publishing nice and early this weekend. And on  top of that, we've got exclusive HD2 news, a review of the HP Glisten, a whole bunch of Microsoft news, and we tackle a couple of your questions. And don't forget us during the holiday break. We'll be here again next weekend.

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4 years ago

Review: SPB Time v3.0

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Review: SPB Time v3.0

SPB Software recently released an updated version of Time. Time is a one-stop shop for all your time-keeping needs, and the updated version (v3.0) is packed full of analog and digital modes, a world clock, timers, stopwatches and alarms. It may very well be all you'd ever need in a time application.

So what's new with v3.0? Here are the highlights:

  • Online skin catalog
  • Three alarms: Classic, Paranoid, and Bio
  • Improved touch UI
  • Scrollable Calendar
  • Moon Phases
  • Mobile Shell Widgets
  • New alarm sounds

We took SPB Time v3.0 out for a test drive. More after the break.

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4 years ago

Manila 2.5.1921 (HD2 USA) features new Documents Tab

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With that leaked ROM for the upcoming T-Mobile HD2 for the U.S. market comes a new version of TouchFLO 2.5 (aka Manila). 

One of those features is a new "documents tab" which evidently lets your browse through your \My Documents folder right in TouchFLO.

Goes to see HTC is not resting on expanding the reach and depth of Manila.  We suppose you can look forward this enhancement from your local chef in a short bit.

Edit:  Ignore the WM6.5.x in the pic--part of a custom ROM, not HD2 which is WM6.5.

thanks Muttim86

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile is good enough for U.S. Army

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Sure while everyone is taking pot-shots at Windows Mobile and market share hub-bub, people are using it left and right to get things done in the world.  The latest group to do so is not some fly-by night company but the United States Army.

Launching their Go Mobile Gear, designed for the modern, tech savvy solider (who would be laughed off the battle field for having a pansy iPhone), the U.S. military has approved a handful of  "...communications and conferencing devices that can fit into a soldier’s pocket while going easy on the service’s pocketbook."

Soldiers can use these devices to access "...the Army Knowledge Online portal, a repository of online information, distance learning tools, e-mail and other resources for 2.6 million Army users. The Web-based service is now part of a broader service known as Defense Knowledge Online."

So what does the military consider to be solid devices for the troops?

(Funny, I have half of that stuff....Army here I come!)

The whole kit (we imagine only one phone of course) can be had for about $1,000.  It's a pretty huge endeveor too by the military, which states:

Each piece of the Go Mobile kit has to meet stringent Defense Department information assurance requirements," Parker said. The project is getting ready for its first phase of deployment for garrison training. The next phase will be the tactical environment, which will require hardening of the equipment to military specifications, including both Mil-Std 810-F and Mil-Std 810-G requirements.

And joking aside, the military is evidently "tech agnostic" as they do plan to look at and roll out iPhone and Android sometime in the future.  But for now, it's all WinMo baby.

[Government Computer News via Federal Computer Week]

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4 years ago

AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure get hotfixes

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AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure get hotfixes

We've stumbled across two hotfixes for the AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure. The first fix addresses inconsistent caller id functions and the second where the Windows phone freezes in the SMS application.

Both fixes are not ROM updates and will not cause you to lose your data. HTC notes that these fixes will survive a hard reset and will only need to be installed once. Do note that the fixes might not load if you're running a custom ROM. Stock AT&T only, it looks like.

The fixes for the Tilt 2 can be found here and for the Pure here. It appears that these issues are present only in the AT&T models so Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile users need not worry.

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4 years ago

Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal USB car charger/adapter

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4 years ago

Windows phone marketing campaign appears to be in the works

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Looks like we might be in store for a new Windows phone marketing push, right about the time of CES. Gizmodo snagged shots from a Crispin Porter ad agency wall (note to any business that splurges on a projector -- that's how it's done!) showing real-time jobs. Listed under Jan. 4 is "Windows Phone Banners - Phase 2 Media." Jan 8 brings "Windows Phone Q3 Media Refresh."

Breaking out our crystal ball, that could mean a few things:

  • Some long-awaited Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades could be on the way.
  • It could mean the Windows Marketplace for Mobile Phase 2 we'd heard about, though the timing would be off.
  • Third-quarter media refresh? Windows Mobile 7 might still be possible then, or it could be some sort of multimedia/Marketplace thing. Or it could just mean new ads, as in advertising media. We're just throwing things against the wall here.

Regardless, we'll keep our eyes peeled in Las Vegas for anything new. (And we'll keep our eyes peeled for those Burger King funnel cake sticks, too.)

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 headed for T-Mobile U.S. (probably in March)

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We're calling it folks: we now believe T-Mobile is the U.S. destination for the famous HTC HD2 (watch our hands-on here).  Sorry to the other carriers, thanks for playing. We're also hearing a tentative release window of March.

How do we know?  One of our trusty ninjas hooked us up with the still-in-testing ROM files for said device.

Having dumped the .nbh file ourselves, we can verify that indeed this sucker is a T-Mobile HD2 ROM (see below screen shot).  And no, we will not share this, so don't bother askin'.

Here are some stats:

  • Leo ROM 2.01 (big jump from v1.61 leak)
  • WM6.5 build 21869
  • Opera 9.7.0.35627
  • OzIM_US_1.0.5.1.139
  • Teeter 2.0 (ooh, a new version)
  • TMOUS_Manila_Core 2.5.1921401

Of course that's just a drop in the bucket from the External Packages folder, but you get the drift.

So T-Mobilers, a huge congrats.  And to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, as far as we know, curses to you.

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4 years ago

webOS review - Smartphone Round Robin

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Myriad metaphors come to mind when thinking about Palm and Microsoft. David and Goliath. A young upstart fighter who took a couple of punches, versus an aging but still powerful opponent. A young executive overtaking the old man in the corner office. Take your pick.

In the past year, Palm announced and delivered on a new (and some say revolutionary) operating system and a pair of new phones. Microsoft announced and delivered another iteration of its operating system, which has found itself on a number of new devices. Their stories parallel each other, though many say the companies and their platforms are traveling in opposite directions.

After the break, we go in-depth with Palm's webOS from a Windows Mobile perspective, Smartphone Round Robin-style.

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4 years ago

More Bad News on Market Share for Windows Mobile

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Windows Mobile has taken another hit in the PR department. In a report coming from comScore, Microsoft now sits in third place behind RIM and Apple in regards to devices that are currently in use. ComScore, a research firm, conducted a monthly poll in which the inquired of respondents which type of phone the own. According to FierceDeveloper.com, comScore found that 14.9 million respondents use a Blackberry phone. iPhone was listed in second place at 8.9 million users, while Microsoft came in third at 7.1 million for Windows Mobile. Upwards of 196 million reported that their phone did not use a proprietary OS.

While polls of this nature aren’t perfect, this is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from other realms. One doesn’t have to search very hard to find multiple reports of the demise of Windows Mobile as a platform.

My primary question is how much of this is due to Windows Mobile being weak in the brand recognition department? Many people don’t even realize that they are using a Windows Mobile phone, much less what flavor of the OS it is running. Without a doubt, Microsoft has a high bar to shoot for with Windows Mobile 7, not the least of which is a release date that doesn’t slip into the distant future.

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4 years ago

Twitter finally hits Zune HD

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Twitter finally hits Zune HD

The Zune HD (read our reviews here and here) is still not a Windows Mobile phone, no matter how much I wish it to be so. (And no matter how many times I try talking into it.) That said, it desperately has been in need of a Twitter application. Microsoft finally delivered. Sort of.

I'm so distraught over the $@!#^& automatic censoring that's built in (and can't be turned off), I can't even bring myself to review it. (And don't get me started on the settings menu.) The good news is Microsoft reportedly is updating the app to remove the censorship. But, c'mon, guys. That never should have made it out the door.

There is a bit of good news in that Microsoft dropped the ads from its "utility" apps. But it still takes way to long to launch the calculator. Ugh.

Anyhoo, we'll let our pal Matt Miller from ZDNet and NokiaExperts fame do his thing. Thanks for taking one for the team here, Matt. Check out his full rundown at ZDNet, and peep his video after the break.

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