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5 years ago

Motorola Launches Q11 Officially, Comes in December

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Motorla has officially launched the Q11 with the specs that we expected:

  • Talk and Standby Time: 450 minutes / 195 hours
  • Bands/Modes: Quad-band GPRS/EDGE Class 10
  • Camera: 3MP Fixed Focus, LED Flash, 8x Zoom
  • Memory: 128MB Flash, 64 MB RAM, optional microSD card up to 32GB
  • Weight: 115g
  • Dimensions: 117x64x11.7 mm
  • Battery: 1170 mAH
  • MicroUSB/USB 1.1, Bluetooth Class 1 v2.1
  • Display: 2.4“ 320 x 240 TFT 262K
  • GPS and aGPS
  • Wifi: 802.11b/g4
  • Chipset: LTE + Intel Bulverde, Freescale ARM 7 LTE
  • Windows Mobile 6.1

One new bit that's pretty interesting to see: ”WAP 2.2 / HTML / Pocket IE 6“ for the browser, which may mean the Q11 will be the first devices released with the new IE6 browser for Windows Mobile pre-installed.

It will hit in December, though pricing and availability are unknown. It's completely unclear whether or not AT&T will carry this (our hunch is that it's only 25% likely), but it does seem be a lock for Brazil.

We can't say we'd recommend it over a Q9h right now unless you're really hard-up for WiFi since this device drops 3G. Truth be told, we're still digging the not-so-ballyhooed improvements in the Silver Q9h.

[via Unwired View]

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5 years ago

Prices set for the AT&T Epix and Fuze?

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Prices set for the AT&T Epix and Fuze?

Engadget Mobile is reporting that it looks like AT&T has set the prices of the Samsung Epix at $199.99 after rebates and the Fuze at $299.99. Still no hard dates on when these two phones are due to hit the shelves.

Not much more to say, folks, except that now you know how much you're going to need to save if you're planning on re-upping a contract with AT&T for either one of these.

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5 years ago

Samsung i770 Surfaces

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Samsung i770 Surfaces

We've seen a few shots of the Samsung i770, but none as good as the above, posted at HoFo [via BGR]. The i770 looks to replace the awkward i760 by ditching the slider and going to a front-facing QWERTY. Palm had better try to get the Treo 800w released on Verizon on October 12th as previously rumored, because there's a lot of pent-up demand for a front-facing QWERTY WinMo smartphone on Verizon. This i770 looks to match the Treo 800w on pretty much every feature and will better it on thinness. One other way it will better the Treo 800w: it's a world-phone -- you can slap a SIM in there for use overseas.

Samsung is also doggedly pursuing their strategy of using the mini-mouse-pad in place of a standard D-Pad, though we hold out hope that the big silver circle surrounding it is clickable. We're doubting it, though, as it sounds like there's a switch to toggle the different pad modes between “swipe to scroll” and “mouse.”

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5 years ago

AT&T Pantech Duo Gets 6.1

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AT&T Pantech Duo Gets 6.1

The Duo of Pantech Duo owners (get it?) can finally rejoice because Microsoft is blessing them with 6.1. Don't remember the Duo? We forgive you, but recommend you check out the dual-slider action to get a feel for how its pending replacement will work.

We're actually a little surprised to see this dual slider get a 6.1 update, not that we're complaining. We sorta thought the new rule was that if a replacement is imminent, 6.1 wouldn't be. Isn't that the lesson we learned from the Treo 750, whose promised WM6.1 update is nowhere in sight? (Or, hopefully, the 750's WM6 download is being taken down to make way for it).

We digress. The new 6.1 is available through a "quick" download weighing in at 90Mbytes and as with all updates, make sure you back up all your info before you proceed. Looks like AT&T is actually following the road map they had set out.

Big thanks to Bla1ze for the tip!

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5 years ago

BlackBerry Storm Announced

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BlackBerry Storm Announced

The big news in smartphone land today is clearly the official announcement of the BlackBerry Storm. Our pals at CrackBerry.com have the full rundown of all you need to know. Here's the short version:

It's a touchscreen BlackBerry

Right now you're thinking “Uh, yeah, we knew that.” Point is: despite the large capacitive screen and surprisingly easy typing, there's nothing else really new here. It's is the BBOS that we've never grown fond of here at WMExperts, it has a relatively ho-hum form factor, oh, and it's locked down to Verizon only. It's still a BlackBerry underneath that touchscreen, for good or ill.

...All of which isn't to say we don't think it's a Big Deal and won't pick up some possibly deserved kudos, just we're just saying that it doesn't seem like the breakout, game-changing device some are hoping to come out of Waterloo. Or maybe we're just displacing some bitterness about not being able to get the touchscreen device of our dreams here in the US. You never know, we're not psychologists.

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5 years ago

Treo Pro + S&C Cable now in the WMExperts Store

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(Sponsored Post)

The WMExperts Store is happy to announce that we are now carrying the unlocked Treo Pro bundled with a free Retractable microUSB Sync&Charge cable for $549.95!

WMExperts readers are very familiar with the Treo Pro because of all the coverage here on the WMExperts Blog. Now, if you were planning on purchasing the Treo Pro, you can support the site by purchasing it directly from the WMExperts Store. The store also features a wide variety of compatible Treo Pro Accessories, including cases, cables, bluetooth headsets, and more.

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5 years ago

Firefox Mobile alpha coming 'in a few weeks'

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A few weeks ago we paid little lip service to a rumor that Firefox Mobile wouldn't see the light of day until 2010. And it appears we were right, with Mozilla CEOJohn Lilly says "we'll see some alphas in a few weeks."

While that doesn't mean we'll be getting our hands on Firefox Mobile anytime soon (think alpha releases, then beta releases, then final product), it's still a lot better than that 2010 report. So look out, Opera and Skyfire. There's going to be a little more competition.

Check out the whole Q&A with Mozilla's CEO over at LinuxInsider. [Via Unwired View & Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung Omnia (non-US edition)

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia: More on the Name Game

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5 years ago

Motorola Q11: 3G not making the cut?

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Motorola Q11: 3G not making the cut?

Our friends over at WmPoweruser.com have discovered more details on the Motorola Q11. While Motorola is maintaining several features of the Q line such as the larger keypad, thin form factor and quality screen, they have apparently has cut 3G connectivity from the feature list. It is reported that Motorola has added Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS with turn-by-turn software, and a 3mp camera.

The lack of 3G might jeopardize the chances of the Q11 hitting AT&T

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5 years ago

Touch HD NOT Coming to the US!

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Touch HD NOT Coming to the US!

HTC just broke the horrible news via twitter:

sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news. we do have other cool stuff coming

In other words, the Touch HD with its gigantic screen, 3.5 mm headset jack, and general iPhone-challenging form factor is going to be import-only for the US and, on top of that, it's likely never to see the 3G bands used by AT&T. The dream, our friends, is officially dead on this side of the pond. At least the import of the non-3G-compatible version will be legal by dint of the recent FCC approval. HTC's grand tradition of release CDMA versions of most of their stuff here also has hit quite the speedbump, too.

...Of course, the 'other cool stuff' intrigues us, but it's not much consolation just now. Meanwhile, you'll have to excuse us while we wither under the jibes of our iPhone-toting friends in the US.

(side note: comments a little broken right now, if you head to the forums and log in, you'll be able to comment. Alternately, just go here. Update: Comments Fixed)

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 21

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Weekly Software Wrangle 21

Welcome to Software Wrangle 21! Although the days are getting shorter, there's still time to saddle up and wrangle some software before the sun sets! So draw your WM phones from their holsters, check out these apps, and do some downloading!

This week, WM Standard new software is Chronos Alarm Clock for SPV v3.9.6 and Spb Online Smartphone. Updated software includes 8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone and PDATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & Tv. The free app this week is CellSpin.

WM Professional new software are Oxford Beginner's Chines Dictionary and DiabeticDiary Free Beta. Updated software includes Airscanner Mobile Firewall and Diamond TV v2.0. Freeware is TodayAgenda v1.5.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Chronos Alarm Clock for SPV v3.9.6 by Activekitten Ltd. If the standard clock you have on your WM smartphone doesn't give you all the functionality you need, you can try Chronos Alarm Clock for a richness of features.

Chronos fills a gap in PocketPC operating systems by offering an unlimited number of alarms and timers with customizable sound and time settings. You can select the sound file and volume. MP3 and OGG files are supported. Two countdowns with lap times lets you track time spent on certain task. A skin-able clock with screensaver and chime sound allows you to have better control over your time.

Get Chronos Alarm Clock for $14.95 here.



The next new WM Standard app is Spb Online Smartphone v1.0 by Spb Software House. This app gives you a little bit of everything to enhance your smartphone online experience.

Mobile TV, radio, news, weather and online games combined in one application with breakthrough usability optimized for smartphones.

Features: - TV: IP-TV with usability optimized for mobile devices - Fast channel switching - Picture-in-picture - Integrated TV guide - On-screen controls - Radio: Hundreds radio stations - Finger friendly interface - Built in radio stations catalog - Real time radio streaming - Online Games: Casual multiplayer online games - Much more.

Get Spb Online Smartphone v1.0 for $29.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone v1.5 by Hero Craft is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. Not a bad deal to get 8 games in one package!

The Arcade Park collection has been carefully designed to revive legendary games from the past - this pack represents great value with 8 arcade games in one! Classics such as Arcade Ball, Asteroids, Rushman, Digger, Gold Hunter and Galaxy Invaders are available alongside military games Real Tanx and Riverside Assault.

Features: - Eight different games in one collection - High-quality animation and graphics - Various game modes - Many bonuses, enemies and surprises - Customizable controls - The chance to create a record for inclusion in the hall of fame

Get 8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone v1.5 for $14.41here.

PDATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & TV v3.3 by Beta3 is the next updated app this week. How would you like to stream all kinds of media to your WM smartphone without using up a bunch of your memory?

PDAtuner - LIVE Music, Online Radio & TV. Over 2300 channels - Online - updated weekly online - no upgrade costs - NO download required - save on memory - uses your existing Windows Media Player or any of the free mp3 players! - Visit PDAtuner com on your pda/smartphone to see all channels available.

Features: - LIVE Music, Online Radio & TV from around the world on your Phone - Over 1000 US & Canadian streams - Over 1000 international (Non US) streams - Channels categorised by Country, State... - Fully searchable - Channels grouped by genres - 60s70s,.. Contemporary, CHR, Christian, Classical....News, Sport - over 30 genres - Windows Media and mp3 formats listed giving you the widest channel selection - NO download required - save on memory - and much more.

Get DATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & TV v3.3 for $11.90 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


The free app for WM Standard this week is CellSpin at www.smartphone-freeware.com. Do you like to blog and want to get your mobile blogging groove on?

CellSpin is a FREE and easy to use mobile blogging app that lets you blog photos, audio, video, and text to Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Picasa, YouTube, Live Journal, MySpace, and more!

Things you can do with CellSpin: - Voice blogging - Photo blogging - Text blogging - Video blogging - Use CellSpin as a voice notes application - Use the Select Media button to select and post pre-existing media from your phone - Use MySpace and Facebook MoBlog applications from CellSpin. - And more!

You can get CellSpin for Free right here.

WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is Oxford Beginner

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5 years ago

Treo Pro's Camera: Lighting is the Key to Decent Images

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5 years ago

Taste the rainbow of Touch Diamond

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Taste the rainbow of Touch Diamond

Speaking of the Touch Diamond, it looks like you can now get it in myriad colors — if you're in France. [via]

Will we see these colors (black, fuchsia, white, brown, blue, purple, red and yellow) here? That'll be up to the carriers, unless HTC decides to send us some of that rainbow goodness in an unlocked device. And remember that Sprint worked up a cool red-backed scheme for its Diamond.

The real question: Would a fuchsia Touch Diamond get ol' Malatesta to warm up to the black slab form factor?

Thanks, Diego!

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5 years ago

'Oops, I'm Late' now tweets and, er, Facebooks

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If rule No. 1 in business is "Location, location, location," rule No. 2 should be "Your butt better be on time."

Consider the following:

You're on your way to an important meeting full of important people, but there's just no way you're going to get there on time. If only there were a way to discretely — or, not so discretely — let a colleague know you're on your way, but running late.

Enter "Oops, I'm Late", which uses your GPS (built-in or Bluetooth) to determine if you're going to make it to your appointment on time. It's recently been updated Version 1.2.2 with support for Twitter and Facebook, and it's now available for free, if you don't mind putting up with some third-party advertising.

More on the application, those third-party ads, pricing options and our (brief) concerns after the jump.

The application

We were fans of "Oops I'm Late" after our first taste of it more than a year ago. The basic premise is this:

Take an appointment. The app attempts to automatically find its location with Yahoo maps and GeoNames.org. It initially thought my HR Conference Room was in eastern Europe, but whatever. You can help it out with the address.

You then designate who you want to notify in the even that you're going to be late. That can be one of your contacts by SMS, or you can go hardcore and let everyone know you're behind schedule by posting on Twitter of Facebook.

We'll stick with the personal touch, for now, thanks.

"Oops I'm Late"  then uses your GPS to determine where you are, how fast you're moving and whether you're going to get to your destination in time for the appointment. If you're not, it fires off a customizable message and gives the recipient an ETA. Here's the default:

Time is very important, both yours and mine. If possible, I attempt to be on time, but cannot always control traffic; this message is intended to inform you. I'm running late but will be there in a moment. Current ETA: %ETA%. Thanks. %SYSOwnerName%

Actually, these messages are stupidly (as in holy crap!) customizable, calling on your phone's system properties to plug in the variables. We're not quite talking constant updates to twitter as to your location/status, but it's close. Here's another example, from www.twitter.com/oopsimlate:

Sitting in my office and am 0.13 mi close to 7-Eleven. Likely to arrive 5:10 PM. My battery is only at 86% full. I haven’t read 39 emails.

It takes a few clicks to get everything set up. But once you get the hang of things, it at least becomes a little quicker (natch).

Advertising on the free version

When I first launched "Oops, I'm late," I was prompted to install a third-party app called Soma Launcher. Needless to say, this caused some hesitation and seemed to scream "Malware!" — and not as in, "Hey, Malatesta's got this great program ..." After all, we began this adventure to test out a free app, which any self-respecting Windows Mobile user will do before forking over any money.

After doing a  little digging at www.smaato.com, it appears that the Soma software is just a means to push advertising to a specific application (or applications) on your phone. Check out more at their Web site, but here's the company line:

Smaato Inc. is an ad-enabler for mobile phones, pioneering with its mobile advertising platform SOMA™ (Smaato Open Mobile Advertising) for the delivery of targeted mobile advertising. Smaato is partnering with international brands, advertising agencies, media companies, carriers and software developers for its cutting edge mobile advertising platform.

With its services Smaato addresses the rapidly growing mobile advertising market. Research company Informa Telecoms & Media predicts over US$11.35 billion of advertising spend on mobile channels by 2011 (informa research September 2006).

Silicon Valley based Smaato provides smarter, ad-enabled choices for global mobile phone users in their daily communication needs. Smaato News is an ad-enabled mobile RSS newsreader and ad-enabled Smaato Cost provides mobile cost control in real time. Independent software developers and content publishers are invited to use the open SOMA™ mobile advertising platform for their own mobile applications.

From the looks of things, this could have legs. There are beta clients for the iPhone and Android platforms, and Symbian S60, Java, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Palm clients are already up and running.

The question is: Just how much free advertising are you willing to put up with to us an application for free? You already see it in iPhone apps, as well as in gaming consoles such as the xBox.

The big difference here is that you have to consciously download a third-party application to do it, and that's when the hesitation comes it. Force-feed me free advertising, and I'll grudgingly swallow it. Give me a choice, and I'll likely eat elsewhere.

The bottom line

Fortunately, you don't have to put up with the free advertising — and that said, other than having to load an application just for ads, their placement within "Oops, I'm Late" is clean and for the most part non-intrusive.

And if you want to skip the ads altogether, there are several pricing options (Windows Mobile Standard and Professional): Add supported (free); Economy ($4.99); Standard ($14.99); and Professional ($24.99.) The features unlocked in each pricier version are a bit numerous, so check out the Web site for the full deets. Be forewarned: You can't send e-mail notifications that you're late unless you buy the full professional version.

The real bottom line here is that the app works. If being late is a problem for you, and you need to discretely alert someone that you're on your way, "Oops, I'm Late" will do it. If you're not prone to gridlock or procrastination, you can probably live without.

Or, you could just get your butt there on time.

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