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5 years ago

Review: Seidio 3-in-1 Retractable Stylus for Mogul, XV6800

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5 years ago

Review: OnCourse Navigator 6 (OCN6)

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5 years ago

8525 Windows Mobile 6 Download Deadline Lifted

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Coming Soon(ish). It's Fast.

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of SkyFire, Opera comes out punching with a video demo of Opera Mobile 9.5. The new stuff is sweet. First up, wicked fast rendering, about 2.5 times faster than Pocket IE (Opera rubs it in just a little much in the video). Opera also gets that we usually want a decent, usable fullscreen mode by default. There's a little semi-transparent area you can tap to bring up your various buttons. It follows the iPhone's lead by rendering the entire page and letting you zoom in to what you're interested in. That rendering also looks awfully darn accurate, too. We could go on... Oh, let's go on: Better tab support. Double-tap to zoom in and out. Stored passwords. Auto-send images directly from the browser. Fast.

Oh, and widgets, because everybody needs widgets. Remember the original wireless Palm pilot and its quasi-apps that were really just light portals to web information? Yeah, it's like that.

Opera Mobile 9.5

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5 years ago

Vito Threaded SMS: Now Available

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Vito Threaded SMS: Now Available

Well, looky here. With the first screen shots of WM 6.1 and the subsequent Mogul ROM, lots of WM users are finally gearing up for native-based threaded SMS, long the hallmark of PalmOS and the Treo 750.

And who has come to steal their thunder? Maybe Vito Technology and their http://iwindowsmobile.com/ suite. Read on for a first look at Vito's new SMS-Chat app for WM Professional!

A couple months back, Vito launched their iwindowsmobile website, dedicated to their growing selection of (cough) iPhone-inspired software. One app that has been curiously under the "coming soon" banner for too long was "SMS-Chat" and now it's finally available.

Nate Adcock over at PPC Mag got his hands on a few promo screen-shots of Vito's long awaited chat-style app. Our verdict? Looks mighty tasty, in fact just from the visual aspect, it seems to smoke Redmond's conspicuously, yet not unappreciated attempt.

Features Include:

  • Threaded messaging
  • Send multiple SMS
  • Forward, resend or delete messages
  • Quick contacts look-up

Eh, whatever your choice at least you'll have more of them in a couple of months.

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5 years ago

Microsoft + Yahoo: Good for Windows Mobile, Bad for Microsoft.

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Now that we've had some time to mull over the Microsoft offer near-hostile take over attempt on Yahoo, we're fast becoming skeptical. Don't get us wrong, we agree with Segan, Zeman, Woyke, and many others that the merger creates stupendous new opportunities in the mobile space. If were were only looking at Windows Mobile and online services for Windows Mobile, we're talking a no-brainer here.

But there's more to it. Yahoo doesn't exactly use Microsoft code for anything and Microsoft doesn't use anybody else's code. The reasoning that's getting offered up is long on buzzwords like synergy and short on real, immediate benefits to either Microsoft or the end user. Google doesn't like it and while that's no surprise, they're not wrong to point out that MS has a history of stifling competition. Microsoft's response to Google claims that if they don't acquire Yahoo, then Google will end up stifling competition. Also, both companies claim that their dad can beat up your dad. Nyah.

Typically a merger/acquisition like this is a way to quickly ramp up some product or service that's been stalled internally -- that you don't want to take the time to learn and build yourself. You could make the case that Yahoo is a good fit in that regard. However, it seems like the work of integrating Yahoo's code and culture into Microsoft is much greater than the work of just filling out MSN to really compete with Google. The integration just won't work, as Mike Mace points out:

Q. What do you get when you combine Yahoo and Microsoft?
A. Microsoft.

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5 years ago

Motorola Drama

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5 years ago

Improve your WM sound: SRS WOW Plugin

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We all have been underwhelmed by our WM device speakers at one time or another. Sure, some devices are actually quite usable and pleasant (e.g. Motorola Q + Q9 series have fantastic stereo speakers) but a lot of devices are quite "...eh".

One trick to improve that sound (and the one via your headphones) is via an audio plugin that artificially enhances the sound--much like the "loud" button on your fancy-schmancy car stereo. Well now you can do the same for your PPC and even WM Smartphone device.

We won't get into the details as Werner "Menneisyys" Ruotsalainen over at PPC-Mag (who makes me look like an amateur any day) has gone above and beyond in explaining how it all works and how to get it on your device. And although Werner shows that this does increase your CPU usage, it ain't too bad at all and well worth the trade-off for better sound.

Read: Great sound enhancer SRS WOW HD released for all Windows Mobile devices!

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Beta ROM w/ 6.1 Features Leaked for the Mogul!

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The Presses: Stop them! stroths in the forums alerts us to the fact that if you're into hacking the Mogul, you should take a flyer on the previously leaked ROM and check out this one: Windows Mobile 6.1. It was put together by no2chem at the PPCGeeks forums. You'll get your threaded text on, but it looks like it might not be the full Windows Mobile 6.1.

If you're brave, let us know how it works for ya! If you're not so brave, well, at least take heart that all this Mogul news is surely a sign that the official release is just around the corner.

(Thanks for the tip, stroths, sorry for the typo in the original post!)

no2chem built a beta WM 6.1 ROM that works with the Mogul and I am currently running it on mine. One of the nice features is integrated threaded sms. This is good news for those of you who had issues with the palm threaded sms.
- WM 6.1 Beta ROM Available for Mogul - GPS Enabled - WM Experts

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5 years ago

More Windows Mobile 6.1 Screenshot Surface

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5 years ago

A Brief Thought on the Microsoft Proposal to buy Yahoo

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We are reading through the various punditry now, and from a Windows Mobile fan's perspective, this could potentially be really great. The merger of MSN and Yahoo's services -- both online and desktop -- would become best of breed right quick. The implications are wide reaching, too. For example, Microsoft would then own Flickr and have a vested interest in making that work better with Windows Mobile. Microsoft knows that online services are where it's going to be (heck, it's where it's at now), so this would also help them against Google.

So we'll see how it goes down. Here's the thing, though: does anybody else feel like this is AOL/Time Warner all over again?

Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share
Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders, better choice and innovation for customers and partners - Press Release

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5 years ago

Asus M930i: In the Flesh

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Asus M930i: In the Flesh

Not that we'll see this device in the U.S. officially anytime soon but here are some of the first live shots of the Nokia-esque Asus M930i, an interesting entry into the competitive WM6 Standard world. The features on the device aren't too shabby and while the design is certainly...interesting. Well, at least Asus is trying something different from the likes of HTC and Palm.

Check out the specs, a first opinion and some comparison shots (Treo 680 + iPod Touch) after the jump...

Of note is the bump to a quad-band for this fella as it was earlier reported to only be tri-band, so if you wants it here in the States, feel free to import. Also, looks like the camera, processor and memory were bumped downward. Dream high, shoot low.

  • Dual Display (2.6' & 2.0")
  • HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)/EDGE
  • 450mhz
  • WM6 Standard
  • 256mb Storage + 64mb RAM + microSD
  • Wifi
  • BT 2.0
  • Full KB
  • 2MP camera

But what is up with the 64mb of DDR RAM? Sure, reports on the DDR update to WM RAM has been positive (it's faster) but 64mb for WM6, even the Standard, is quite weak. And how does the device fair? Well according to Tam who had a hands-on:

From an usability standpoint, I dare to question the tradeoffs made in the M930i
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5 years ago

Review: Sprint Mogul, PPC-6800

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Review: Sprint Mogul, PPC-6800

The Sprint Mogul has been out for little while now, but with Verizon's recent release of their own version called the XV6800 I wanted to offer a review of the Mogul (Henceforth we'll call it the "PPC 6800.")

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5 years ago

Pick Our Next WM Smartphone and Review (and Win!)

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We'll be posting up a full review of the Motorola Q9h and the Mogul next week (and even a mini-review of the Motorola MC35). There'll be more smackdowns to come too (intra-carrier style), but for now I'm itching to try something new out. I've already said that I prefer the Q9h to the BlackJack II, but as sbono13 pointed out in the comments, the BJII is a full $200 bucks cheaper (with contract) than the Q9h... so I'm thinking I should give that device a full rundown as well. Toss in the fact that I have (unfairly?) poo-poohed the Pantech Duo and the Samsung i760 and suddenly we're looking at a whole smorgasbord of Windows Mobile smartphones. That's a situation I love, but I can't decide.

So, what to do about that itch? Let you decide. Head on over to the thread associated with this post and vote in the poll. We'll leave the poll open through Tuesday, February 5th. We're also making your choices public so we can track 'em, not because we're nefarious, but because we'll choose one lucky voter from the top choice to win a $100 coupon at the WMExperts Store!

After the break - see the smartphones sitting on my desk, waiting on my eternal judgment (and the full rules to the contest). To vote, just click on this here link

Here are the

I'd like to stick to phones that have carrier support in the US, if you're wondering about the choices above.

Contest Rules

  1. Not open to Smartphone Experts employees or contractors (but mods, go for it)
  2. Coupon only good for merchandise, you'll have to pay the S&H (sorry)
  3. 1 entry per person
  4. Contest ends on February 5th at Midnight.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random from all the people who voted for the smartphone that receives the most votes (in other words, there's strategy involved!)
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5 years ago

Pantech Duo Coming in Red Next Week

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Pantech Duo Coming in Red Next Week

We weren't terribly impressed during our First Look at the Pantech Duo, but we're willing to give the little guy another chance (stay tuned, should be fun). We're hearing from a few sources that it's actually more popular than we expected.

Given that, it's not a gigantic surprise that it's joining the red phone bandwagon next week. The price for a red Pantech Duo is still going to be $99 after contract.

[via Crave]

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