While we took a look at Browser Plus a few weeks ago, the add-on to Mobile Internet Explorer that gave us tabbed browsing, a new contender has come forth to offer some similar and unique features.
Browse On goes for $0.99 in the Marketplace and it's biggest selling point would be the ability to open a new Tab in Landscape and type in the web address directly. That's because in normal Mobile IE and Browser Plus, the address bar is not available in Landscape, requiring you to switch orientation, type, then switch back. The second selling point is the full screen mode in Portrait. This feature auto-hides the address bar in the default orientation, give you more browsing space.
Overall, the look and speed of the app is great and while it lacks "incognito" and "reader" modes like Browser Plus, the full screen emphasis and better landscape browsing make it a worthy app. No trial mode is available.
We reviewed Flight Control for Windows Mobile not too long ago and found it to be an entertaining, addictive gaming app. Namco's Flight Control has made the transition to Windows Phone 7 and is just as entertaining and as addictive. If anything, the capacitive touch screen has improved game play.
Flight Contol has been well received on other platforms such as the iPhone and to see how well the aplication transitioned to Windows Phone 7, just ease on past the break.
We've looked at the Ecolife cases before and were impressed with the quality and durability. I've been carrying my AT&T Tilt2 in Ecolife's Elements Side Case for about six months and it's still going strong. The Top Case fits the LG Quantum nicely and I recently took the case for a test drive with the new Windows Phone.
Follow the break to see what impression the Elements Case made.
In a new video on YouTube, it's alleged (and seemingly demonstrated) that the HD7 suffers from an antenna/reception issue similar to the Apple iPhone 4--namely if you grip it a certain way, it has a noticeable effect on the reception, up to the point where calls and data are dropped. This so-called "death grip" problem dubbed antenna-gate by many is related to having the antenna near the bottom of the phone, which is a design choice to keep the antenna (and radiation) away from the head.
At first, we were skeptical of the evidence found in the video, noting that in general, T-Mobile's coverage and reception is worse than AT&T and to put it bluntly, the HD7's overall signal reception was not the best to begin with. In turn, we tried to duplicate the situation numerous times and in the video above, you'll see our results which came as a surprise. In short, the HD7 does appear to have a death-grip problem--even to the point where data can be held up.
By way of comparison (not in the video though) the Samsug Focus seems to be just fine. Combined with the "pink camera" issue, the HD7 to looks have a few notches against it. Feel free to chime in with your experiences in comments! See the original YouTube video after the break.
LG has joined the party! The LG Quantum is available over at AT&T to complete the wireless provider's initial Windows Phone 7 lineup.
The Samsung Focus's main features would be the thin size and Super-AMOLED screen. The HTC Surround's key feature would be the slide out Yamaha speakers. The LG Quantum's key features, the slide-out keyboard and DLNA compatibility.
Can the physical keyboard and DLNA give the Quantum a leg up on the competition? Or will the smaller form factor dampen the impact of the LG Quantum?
While the official Twitter and Seesmic apps get all the press, this little program has snuck by a lot of people. It's free, just like the others, but offers some unique features like counters and very smooth scrolling.
The app is quite fast with an intuitive layout, making it one of our favorite Twitter apps out there.
Next week, the developer is planning to release a new version featuring a Live Tile for your start screen, as teased below.
We knew it wasn't much in terms of security, so unlocking Windows Phone 7 to "developer mode" to enable is now a done deal.
What this means for the community is now you can install unapproved applications onto your device, such as apps that modify the UI or access lower level functionality like the phone. The first recent example of such software was this augmented reality app that accessed the camera API.
Of course we still need an alternative Martketplace to distribute said software, much like Apple's Cydia. We imagine that this won't take too long, leading to rapid growth in the home-brew community for Windows Phone 7.
The unlocker, called ChevronWP7, was completed by Rafael, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, with the latter two becoming household names by now. To enable the unlocked, developer mode, you simple download the file, connect your phone to your computer and run the installation. Seems easy enough and we're told there's no risk.
Couple of tips:
You may have to install the registry file on ChevronWP7.com, we did
Make sure the lock screen is not on when you try or you'll get an error
Being offered over at the Zune Marketplace for Windows Phone 7, the $.99 app is a finger-friendly doodle pad that has tons of options for tapping into your creative juices. Draw! can be used in portrait or landscape orientations and has multi-touch support (you can draw with two fingers at once).
Controls are lined up at the bottom of the screen and include your brush, fill and stamp tools; color selector; eraser; a magic button for image effects (ripple effect, glow, twist, etc.); picture tool to insert pre-drawn cartoons or a Bing Image; undo/redo controls; and file options.
Windows Phone 7 gives you the advantage of staying in touch with various aspects of your life. From email to appointments to Facebook status, your Windows Phone adds a mobile touch to your life. If you make use of Craig's List and need to stay in touch on the go, myCraigsAds might be of use.
The $1.99 application is available over at the Marketplace and gives you the ability to search, monitor and create posts to Craig's List. These abilities are spread out nicely over a four page hub...
AT&T isn't the only one offering a BOGO sale on Black Friday. T-Mobile has joined the fun by offering a "buy one, get one free" on select smartphones.
The good news for Windows Phone fans is that the HTC HD7 is included on the list.
The BOGO offer is for new and existing customers (those eligible for upgrade) who sign up for a T-Mobile family plan with a two-year agreement and purchase one of the featured devicesa can get a new featured smartphone free (which includes the HD7). The new in-store BOGO promotion will be available Nov. 26 through Jan.18, to allow those who want to avoid the Black Friday crowds have the opportunity to take advantage of the offer.
First of all, the Microsoft announcement indicated that these games would be available at or shortly after the launch.
Today at Gamescom 2010, the world’s largest gaming conference underway in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft announced the first wave of video games that will be available for Windows Phone 7 at launch or shortly after.
Second, we’ve already seen some exciting titles show up that weren’t on the original list including Tetris and Need For Speed Unleashed from Electronic Arts.
The first 50 titles – a mix of new and familiar games that target both the casual and hardcore gamer – are just a sampling of what will ship this holiday…
The bottom line is that Microsoft isn’t doing anyone a disservice by releasing Xbox Live games a few at a time. Last week we saw Assassin’s Creed and The Oregon Trail; this week we have access to Butterfly and Women’s Murder Club. Hopefully it allows people like me to budget their game purchases instead of dropping a couple hundred dollars in the Marketplace at a single sitting. I also believe that this is a marketing decision, allowing Microsoft to bring attention to a couple of new things each week so they don’t get buried under the pile of games that were already released.
Microsoft’s PowerPoint is one of the most used applications in the business world (see our Office Hub review here). One of the newer features in PowerPoint is the ability to broadcast your presentation simultaneously to people in multiple locations. This facilitates conference calls and is of great use to businesses looking to enhance communication and maximize the use of available resources.
Hit the break for more details on what you need to make this work.
SPB Software is no stranger to Windows Phone users--their Mobile Shell became one of the most used UI replacements for Windows Mobile history. So of course it's no surprise that many of us are wondering what their status is in regards to Windows Phone 7? With Mobile Shell, Wallet, Time and TV they have a nice catalog and who knows what they could create for WP7.
Well, as you can probably read from the Tweet above, it looks like they are on the fence waiting for users to chime in and show demand.
How can you show demand? Glad you asked. Well we know one way is to take their SPB Survey 2010, which they do every year and is one of the largest polls of smartphone preferences out there (plus you can win stuff). If that doesn't suit your fancy, we suppose hitting them with email and tweets are alternatives. Either way, feel free to let them know!
A few days ago we broke the news about the Genuine Software checker for Windows Phone 7. To recap, the system would check the OS against the hardware using PVK (private keys)--if no match occurred, then the OS would be crippled (no cloud services).
Now DFT, the team behind the attempted Windows Phone 7-to-HD2 port, have come forward and said that indeed, this is the case. The result, as predicted, is that the OS is "mostly a demo" without the Live services but that "...it will be released soon, but don't expect anything from it - without Live services it's not really usable".
Looks like Microsoft has won this battle, for now. But it is still early in the game and perhaps someone will figure a way around the security.
Bottom line: if you were expecting a usable port to happen anytime soon for your HD2, you can stop hoping now.