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5 years ago

HTC Diamond and Raphael Leaked

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HTC Diamond and Raphael Leaked

How do you improve upon a grainy, leaked spy shot of upcoming HTC Devices? Why, with a grainy, leaked spy shot of a document detailing the specs of said devices! Just such a document made its way to Engadget Mobile, who also kindly provides a gallery. Here's what we've got coming down the pike from HTC:

  1. Diamond. This replaces the Touch and looks to be available on Sprint. It's new, squarish look is pretty nice and it continues the trend of eschewing physical buttons for on-screen interaction. Expect WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO (Rev A?), and a 3mp camera. More details -- we lack them. Expected in November.
  2. Raphael. This looks like a great device, replacing the Mogul on Sprint again. WiFi, GPS, EVDO, 3mp camera. It's also nice to see that HTC has found a design look they like and are going to keep it across multiple devices. Expected in September.

Perhaps the best news about both devices, though, is that they're going to sport VGA displays! These certainly qualify for HTC's claim that

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5 years ago

MWg Zinc II Slider: WM6.1 Pro is Fast

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New to us: Phonemag brings us a link to a review of the MWg Zinc II at TrustedReviews. It's a quad-band GSM WM6.1 Pro device, with a sliding keyboard and a wicked-fast 500MHz Processor. Since a small player like MWg isn't likely to get carrier pick up in the US here, the story here is actually that Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro is pretty quick and nice. We (and Microsoft too) have devoted most of our attention to the improvements to WM Standard Edition, but there are a couple of benefits to the Touchscreen side too.

The features for Pro that might get the most attention are Threaded SMS messaging, a new Task Manager, and the slightly improved Pocket IE. Still, it's good to know that WM6.1 adds “teh snappy” too. ...or at least it does on a 500MHz processor.

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5 years ago

Full Posts on WMExperts RSS Feed

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Full Posts on WMExperts RSS Feed

It's going to be a light posting day here at WMExperts. We're attending Sofcon in California today -- an academic conference dedicated to talking about the future of mobility, to wit:

What do consumers want? How can providers deliver it? What obstacles must be cleared? What partnerships make sense? What grand challenges need to be solved? How can Silicon Valley help close the gap with the rest of the world? Where should investors, creators, and customers of the mobile industry place their bets?

Should be a good time for a recovering academic like yours-truly, however I wouldn't expect any big news, Windows Mobile-wise.

The point of this post, though, is to let you know that we've switched the WMExperts RSS feed to full posts, including the “read more” bits. We'll make a trade-off in the near future by adding some ads for the WMExperts Store, but since a full third of our readership seems to be coming in via RSS, it was the right thing to do.

In other site news (and speaking of yours-truly), I'll be a guest on the 100th episode of The Cell Phone Junkie. It's truly a big accomplishment for Mickey and Joey and they deserve congratulations for hitting 100 shows. Here at WMExperts we're only 1/10th of the way there with our podcast. If you're not already a listener, you should be. Check it out.

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5 years ago

HTC: Hey Guys, Turns Out We Made That Smartphone You're Using

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Ok, so the headline is a pitch-perfect example of why we're not writing ad copy. The gist, though, is that HTC is preparing to really start this effort to increase their brand awareness that they've been chatting it up for some time now (their December financial report was just the most recent instance of such chatting). We're also just starting to see HTC get carriers to admit that its HTC that makes stuff like the Shadow, the Tilt, the MDA, the Mogul, and so on -- we're all for these being clearly known as HTC devices. In fact, we think it's better for the carriers to associate themselves with the HTC brand than it is to pretend that the “Verizon XV6800” came out of Verizon's labs. You guys have that network thing down, stick with that.

Anyhow, back to HTC. The next step is to up and get some commercials on the air. And of course, on YouTube, as you can see in the (slightly creepy?) video above. Expect to see more from HTC in the coming weeks and months. More, that is, in addition to the mystery event on May 6th, the just-leaked images, and the fact that there's a better than 50% chance that the phone on your belt is already an HTC product. Oh, and then there's this from HTC's YouTube page:

Sure, they're playing us like a tune with this stuff, but sometimes it's nice to get played -- especially if the end result is a great device, right?

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5 years ago

HTC Spy Shot: New Devices?

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HTC Spy Shot: New Devices?

Do you see what deuxani sees [via]? We do: we see what seem to be some brand new HTC smartphones. There on the lower right two spots and again on the lower left - those sure don't look familiar to our eyes. Engadget Mobile suggests one of them is a T-Mobile MDA Compact IV (i.e. European-only, like the previous MDA compacts), the rest looks like new stuff to us. The sort of new stuff that HTC might unveil at a special event in London on May 6th.

Thankfully, these all appear to be Windows Mobile (note the dialer on that lower-left slider). It won't be long, though, before we're seeing spy shots of HTC hardware sporting Android. That'll be tough, won't it? Meanwhile, we'll be staring at this spy shot long and hard, looking for evidence that we're finally going to see some higher screen resolutions for Windows Mobile come out of HTC's Magic Labs.

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Super Slim Rubberized Hard Case for AT&T Tilt

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Aluminum Case for BlackJack II

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT5010 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Hulu to Go Mobile? Yes Please.

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Hulu to Go Mobile? Yes Please.

We're not too proud to admit: we love hulu.com. Where else can you get Fantasy Island and Battlestar Galactica (the original and still the best!) and Kojak and Airwolf all for-free watching some ads? Well, right now, it's only at hulu and only on your desktop.

Take heart, fans of cop shows, for according to mocoNews we might be able to indulge our predilection for quality television on the go soon enough. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar hinted that they're working on it, saying

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5 years ago

CooTek TouchPal Soft Keyboard hits Version 3

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Now that the HTC Touch has been made available on the big three CDMA carriers (That's Verizon, Alltel, and Sprint, by the way), there are a bunch of folks probably wondering if there's a better way to type on it. Well, we've told you before it was TouchPal by CooTek and it looks like that advice is going to stay the same - development continues on the software and we're now seeing Version 3, which has a few new features we like the sound of:

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5 years ago

How To: Set Up SMS Notifications for Gmail Mobile

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Many of us use the built in email client on Windows Mobile but sometimes we get creative. Sometimes we venture out and decide to download Java and the Gmail app along with it. Then we have full access to our email. All the beauty of archive, threaded email, contacts, and search is at our finger tips. Yet it still lacks something. It lacks alerts. Unfortunately at the moment there is no way to be alerted from the Java Gmail app when a new email has arrived.

So today we will be demonstrating a temporary fix.

The first thing that you are going to want to do is go into your Gmail settings. Click on forwarding. Then click on the button that says

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5 years ago

HP IPAQ 900 Looks Powerful, Strangely Forlorn

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We really are very fond of the iPaq Messenger 510, which we nabbed a hands-on with at CES. It's a cute little bugger and makes working with VOIP and your office's SIP a cinch. The bad news is that the 510 hasn't and doesn't look to get any carrier support anytime soon. Things are even worse for the iPaq 610, which got sued off our shores back in February - that's a bummer because it has a neat virtual 5-way touchpad that makes more space for a bigger screen.

Basically the message here is don't get too excited about the iPaq 900, which Engadget Mobile just spotted on the FCC's website. If you haven't caught our drift yet, it would be a crying shame if this iPaq didn't get picked up and saw a wider audience, but given the iPaq's recent history our breath is decidedly not held.

Ok, that's a lie. We're really hoping that AT&T will pick this up. Why's that?

  • Windows Mobile 6 Pro
  • QuadBand GSM / HSDPA
  • WiFi / AGPS / Bluetooth
  • 3 Megapixel Camera
  • Front-facing 320x240 Touchscreen
  • 1940 mAh batter (!)
  • 520Mhz CPU
  • 128MB RAM / 256 ROM

HAWT. Go check out the FCC's images after the break!

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5 years ago

Verizon XV6900, The Touch, Now Available

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We told you that the Verizon XV6900, aka the Touch, would be available on April 16th. Lo and Behold, the Verizon Wireless XV6900 Product Page is indeed up and ready to accept your order. You're looking at dropping $299 US on the sucker after rebates and contracts and whatnot.

We all know the Touch very well by now, but it's unclear as of yet what version of TouchFLO we're looking at. It could be crippled, crap-app-filled version that Sprint gave unto us. It could also be the un-crippled, points-directly-to-Windows-Apps properly, and also has a real fourth side to the TouchFLO Cube that Alltel dropped.

Either way, Verizon's version comes in Arctic white and rocks the standard EVDO, Bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6, 128RAM / 256 ROM, and 2 megapixel camera. If you grab one, do please let us know about the TouchFLO on it: is it good times or bad?

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5 years ago

Sprint's Ensemble Billing: 2 Parts Awesome, 1 Part Lame

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Co-Podcaster and all-around-Windows-Mobile-Expert Malatesta is reporting to us via SMS that his Sprint data isn't working. He's in New York City and started losing data yesterday at 4pm Eastern. Reprovision, reprovision... 5 times and no dice. He called up Sprint Tech Support (brave man) and they claimed: “We are experiencing a nation outage.”

We're very confident that Sprint is not actually experiencing a nationwide data outage. What's more likely is that Mal just switched over to Sprint's Ensemble Biling. Switching over to Ensemble has caused some problems for some of our forum users as well, which is a bummer because the new billing system (which everybody, slowly, is going to be migrated to eventually) is great. What's so great about Ensemble Billing?

  • It's not outsourced like their previous billing system, presumably meaning that once they're all-Ensemble their customer service should improve by dint of their solution being in-house and better known
  • You can add a “Pick 3” plan similar to T-Mobile's MyFave's or Alltel's Circle
  • It will move the merger of Sprint and Nextel just a little closer to completion
  • You can switch phones online!

That last one is really cool - just punch in your phone's data and your number can migrate to that Sprint phone you got as a hand-me-down from that rich uncle of yours, no more waiting to talk to a Sprint rep on the phone.

Still and all, who's on and who's not on the Ensemble system is still a bit of a crap shoot. Add in the crap shoot of whether or not moving to the new system will kill your ability to provision your data or keep calls from dropping and you have a lot of craps your shooting. Guess it's not just RIM that has these sorts of problems, eh?

How about you? Got Data?

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5 years ago

Bluetooth Headsets: To Hook or Not to Hook?

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