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5 years ago

AT&T's HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian in the flesh

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Whoa. Welcome back, iPAQ. What you see here is the HP iPAQ K3 "Obsidian," which has made an appearance in Vietnam a couple of months after we first learned of its existence. VNExpress has it that this Windows Mobile 6.5 phone sports a 2.46-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a Qualcomm 7200A processor @ 528MHz, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, GPS, 3.2MB camera and WiFi b/g. So, things have been upgraded since we saw the early leaked specs.

As you can see, this one's branded for AT&T and, yes, there's a stylus. Assuming that the keyboard holds up, and it at least looks solid from here, this could well be a triumphant return for HP and the iPAQ line.

A couple more pictures after the break, and a whole bunch more at VNExpress. (And, er, apologies for Google's, um, translation.)

Via GSMArena and wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Couple of T-Mo Touch Pro 2s on eBay

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You're definitely going to be paying a premium here for a phone you should be able to get in a couple of weeks, but that's the price for being the first on your block with a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 — and unlocked, at that.

A couple of the highly anticipated phones (or not, depending on which comments you're reading) have made it onto the online auction site a few weeks before the expected official release, and they're fetching a pretty penny. [via tmonews]

The first auction ends at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and bidding, get this, is at $1,049.99 at the time of this writing. The second auction ends July 29 and currently is at a much more respectable $525, though we don't expect it to stay there for long.

So, how badly do you want a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2?

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5 years ago

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web interface

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Along with the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, the other major release we're expecting this fall is the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. We've gotten teasers of what the Marketplace may look like on a phone. We learned that Marketplace will be available to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 phones, too. Now here's a look at the Web interface, courtesy of pocketnow.

Squint with us after the break as we try to glean every last drop of info from this shot, and more.

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5 years ago

A look at the Samsung Omnia II user interface

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Here's a YouTube video of the Samsung Omnia II [via wmpoweruser] being put through its paces, nearly Charlie Chaplin-style. Our 30-second impression: Despite the overkill on pastels and the insipid sounds that come with every tap on the screen — and we're sure those are two things you can change — the UI looks very finger-friendly and should be worth further study.

Discuss.

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Q4 results down, as expected

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Microsoft reported its fourth-quarter numbers this afternoon after the markets closed. As expected, numbers were down. The details of the period that ended June 30:

  • $13.10 billion in revenue, down 17 percent from the same period last year.
  • For the fiscal year that ended June 30, Microsoft pulled in $58.44 billion, down 3 percent from last fiscal year.
  • For the fiscal year, profit fell 17 percent to $14.6 billion, down from $17.7 billion.

Along with the economic problems all businesses have faced, Microsoft also took hits from $193 million in legal charges, $108 million of impairments to investments, and $40 million in severance charges from cutting staff. Because of the upcoming release of Windows 7, $276 million of revenue from the Windows division was deferred.

After-hours trading Thursday saw shares fall to $1.94, or about 7.6 percent, to $23.62.


Full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

Omnia II passes FCC with AT&T bands

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5 years ago

Review: Tipper

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Review: Tipper

We’ve all had the experience. You’re out to dinner with friends and splitting the check has become an exercise in futility. Sure you could do the math, either in your head or by using the built in calculator on that cool Windows Mobile device you carry in your pocket; but both of those require thinking, which can be a lot to ask for.

Tipper for Windows Mobile Pocket PC (their name for it, one of these days the developers are going to catch up to the new naming scheme for Windows Mobile), solves this problem. Tipper is designed to assist in calculating tips and split checks between multiple people.

There are some twists to this application, which are detailed for you after the break.

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5 years ago

Telus Snap $29 at Best Buy Canada

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Telus Snap $29 at Best Buy Canada

Yeah, it's pretty tough to beat the $49.99 Verizon Ozone, which is VZW's contribution to the HTC Snap line. But Canada's Telus network has done it. The Telus Snap is running $29.99 at Canadian Best Buys. Of course, that's with the Canadian standard three-year plan, and Verizon and Telus aren't in some international, cross-border competition, so we're kinda talking apples and oranges here.

If any of our neighbors to the north pick this up and want to do up a review, e-mail us. We'll make ya famous.

MobileSyrup via IntoMobile

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5 years ago

Verizon Ozone: Hands On!

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Verizon Ozone: Hands On!

So last we checked in we went over the Sprint version of the HTC Snap (hands on; review), which while a pretty solid WM6.1 Standard device, it did have quite a few annoyances (cough, keyboard, cough).

Lo and behold, the Verizon version (called the Ozone for some reason) is like a dream come true. It's as if someone waved their hand and magically fixed all the boneheaded problems with the Sprint model.  Not only is the design better, it has WiFi and is a world phone with a GSM radio — all for $100 less than Sprint is selling . How is that even possible?

Dare we say ... way to go Verizon? Read on for some quick pics, an overview of features and some brief comparisons to the Sprint Snap.

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5 years ago

Review: SPB News 2.0

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Review: SPB News 2.0

One of the major benefits of having a mobile device is the ability to stay connected and have instant communication in many different forms. One problem that can come up with the relatively small devices that we carry is actually getting access to the vast amount of information that is available on the Internet. Every once in a while, evolutions in separate technologies sync up and complement each other extremely well. Such is the case with mobile devices and syndication.

For the uninitiated, syndication in the form of Atom or RSS feeds (you can find ours here) offers a simple method of gathering articles or news items from various places around the internet and centralizing them in a feed reader. We’ve featured a number of feed readers on WMExperts including Newsbreak, Viigo, FeedMe, and even Google Reader within Kinoma Play.

SPB software sets the standard when it comes to Windows Mobile software. SPB is updating their Insight RSS aggregator and giving us SPB News 2.0 for $19.95. A free upgrade will be available for owners of Insight.

The full review is after the break.

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5 years ago

The HTC Firestone, all shiny-like

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The HTC Firestone, all shiny-like

Time to play "Real or Not Real." What we have here purportedly is a leaked render of the HTC Firestone. A refresher on the specs we heard earlier:

  • Phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100. (That's missing the U.S. 3G band, natch.)
  • Windows Mobile 6.5.
  • 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen.
  • Qualcomm 8250 processor at 600MHz.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • Micro SD.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • G Sensor.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 8MP camera

Of course, all this is far, far from being official. And then there's the latest rumor that the Firestone and the Leo are one in the same, so throw that into the mix as well. Either way, we're not too sure about the offset call/end buttons. And, well, then there's the giant front-facing speaker. We're going to reserve further judgment until things firm up a bit, but you folks feel free to let it all loose in the comments.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Satellite Phone; One Step Closer

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TerreStar is reporting it has successfully a test of their TS-1 satellite with a Windows Mobile satellite phone. On July 1, 2009, TerreStar launched a 15,000-pound communications satellite that's about the size of a minivan (soccer mom not included) into orbit. The 500-beam antenna array is capable of covering all of the United States and Canada.

The success of this launch and testing likely will keep TerreStar on track with an end of the year launch on their WinMo Satellite phone. Plans are still being reported that TerreStar will partner with AT&T to provide traditional service when not relying on satellite service.

Still no word on pricing, but the design of the Windows Mobile satellite phone remains slim with no chunky antenna.

Via Windows for Devices

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5 years ago

Sixteen minutes with HTC's Eric Lin

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Sixteen minutes with HTC's Eric Lin

HTC's global PR and online community manager, Eric Lin, recently sat down with Pocketnow for a chat. He didn't let too much slip (hey, that's his job), but we do learn a couple of things:

On getting rid of the D-pad on the front some upcoming phones:

"It provides this extra decision time. 'Oh, do I touch the screen? Or do I use the navigation pad?' "

On HTC manufacturing the Zune HD:

"HTC does not manufacture any devices for other companies outside of a few navigation devices at this point in time."

On HTC developing its own OS

"We definitely don't have our own operating system yet, but, that doesn't mean that we don't investigate it, that we don't try it and, who knows what's gonna happen in the future. Like, if we find the right thing, then it's possible that we could totally do that."

A couple of interesting details, indeed. Check out the whole interview after the break. (For more from Eric's sit-down with Akihabra News earlier this year, click here.)

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5 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Clip Case Sideways

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Review: Nite Ize Clip Case Sideways

Nite Ize offers a unique range of phone cases ranging from the spacious Cargo Clip Case to the shoe-wanna-be Croc-o-dial Case. Compared to those two cases, the Clip Case Sideways almost looks dull.

We recently took the Clip Case Sideways out for a test drive with the Samsung Jack as well as the AT&T Fuze and found it to be anything but dull. It wasn't perfect but check in after the break to see how it measured up.

 

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5 years ago

WiMAX Samsung Mondi to be released Aug. 1; available in Portland, Atlanta, Las Vegas

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Dieter got his hands on the WiMAX-enabled Samsung Mondi back at CTIA in April and was less than impressed. Samsung decided to release the device anyway, and it comes alongside the launch of WiMAX service in Las Vegas.

Sammy says the 4G Mondi will be available in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. — three of the initial WiMAX launch cities — starting Aug. 1 for an undisclosed sum.

The Mondi's specs that we know of, if you're still interested:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • 4.3-inch, 800x480 touchscreen.
  • Dimensions: 4.88 x 3.03 x 0.63 inches.
  • WiMAX 4G speeds.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 3MP autofocus camera with face recognition and panaramic shots.
  • Slide-down keyboard.
  • 4GB internal memory.
  • 256MB RAM

More on the Mondi at Samsung's site, and the full presser's here. More on Clear's WiMAX launch in Vegas here.

Via Engadget Mobile

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