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5 years ago

Bank of America Reveals 800w

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Bank of America Reveals 800w

Check out what leadbyxampl has discovered in our forums: the Bank of America mobile banking site lists the devices that it's compatible with. It's standard fare ...except that they list support for the Treo 800w. Now, this sort of “leak” happens quite a bit and it's no confirmation of anything (not that we need it, we know the Treo 800w is coming). Well, ok, it might be a confirmation that the 800w is coming “soonish” -- the listing gets a little extra street cred for correctly identifying the internal code name for the PalmOS Centro. If they're “in-the-know” enough to call the Centro a “Gryphon,” perhaps their listing of the 800w isn't just some hopeful bank teller.

Maybe folks entering in the Rumortastic 800w Giveaway want to give Bank of America a call? (Hint: that's a joke.)

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5 years ago

Trick of the Day: Speed up your web browsing in Internet Explorer Mobile!

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5 years ago

Ask WMExperts: Sprint Touch Edition

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Ask WMExperts: Sprint Touch Edition

The voting came in on our “Pick Out Next WM Smartphone” contest and the winner was the Sprint Touch by a wide, wide margin. Actually, the real winner was blue4shizzle, who was picked in a random drawing from amongst the votes for the Touch. Congrats Blue - email coming shortly with your prize.

It's actually no surprise to me that the Sprint Touch was chosen to take the place of the Motorola Q9h. Our comparison of the iPhone and the original HTC Touch, lengthy-video-style, is still amongst our top articles.

So! I'll be rocking the Sprint Touch for a couple weeks, forwarding my text messages because I still can't find a service that offers universal phone and text forwarding (Dear Google, Please Fix This, Love WMExperts). If you've got questions, the Sprint Touch currently sitting in my hand has answers. Ask 'em in this thread and I'll answer them.

If your first question is “How's all that TouchFLO 2 action?”, let me answer that right here, right now: Sprint ruined it by putting their own apps on it, apps I don't want. Time to get registry hacking.

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5 years ago

HTC S710 Vox ROM Update

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HTC S710 Vox ROM Update

File under Catch-up:

Back on Feb. 1st HTC released a ROM Update for the HTC S710, aka the Vox. You can go grab it over at HTC's e-club if you purchased a Vox despite our review warning you that the keyboard was a pain. Our other gripe was that the Vox felt a little slow from time to time, but perhaps that issue is addressed in this update?

HTC's not saying it is - what they are saying you can get the snazzy connection setup app that fills in those nasty ISP settings for you: “New features and improvements are available with this operating software update, including the Connection Setup application which has been added to allow easy setup of connection settings.”

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile: 14.3 Million Handsets in 6 Months

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My, but it has been a big day here at WMExperts. Our review of the Motorola Q9h -- normally the sort of article that sits at the top as a shining achievement -- has been lost on the front page amidst a flurry of great news coming out of the Mobile World Congress. We're seeing great news like Microsoft is beefing up WinMo's consumer chops by purchasing Sidekick creator Danger; like Sony Ericsson joining the Windows Mobile Team; like HTC releasing/announcing one, two, three new devices.

What better way to cap off such a great day for Windows Mobile than to provide a bit of perspective to the recent iPhone sales numbers. In the past 6 months, 14.3 million Windows Mobile devices have been sold worldwide. That number has been driven by the surprising success of the HTC Touch (2 million devices) and the Samsung BlackJack (over a million). It's a heapin' helpin' of smartphones, and the number is only going to get bigger in the next 6 months with new devices and new OS updates to add more enterprise and consumer features.

[via Pocket-lint]

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5 years ago

MSN Direct Now Available for Windows Mobile - MWC

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MSN Direct, once the favorite of nerd watch wearers everywhere, is finally available on a platform that people actually use -- Windows Mobile. The service, if you haven't heard of it, gives you quick access to news, weather, stock updates, and a bit more. It's basically a lightweight widget platform.

It's a free service, but of course you'll want to make sure you've got an unlimited data plan. It looks like, at least initially, it may only support Windows Mobile Standard.

Let's see: MSN Direct + Danger + Zumobi (Microsoft made a deal to distribute it) + Yahoo (assuming Microsoft can bully stockholders into overruling the Board that rejected their offer) == Windows Mobile is quickly getting positioned to be the premier platform for online services.

You data belongs in the cloud, not trapped on your desktop and your smartphone, painfully getting synced manually. It's looking like whether you're in enterprise or a consumer, it won't be long before Windows Mobile will be the best choice to keep you truly wireless.

MSN Direct, Press Release

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5 years ago

Microsoft Buys Sidekick Maker Danger

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Microsoft Buys Sidekick Maker Danger

This is big news:

Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Danger Inc., the company responsible for the software and services powering many popular consumer handsets. The acquisition will align Danger’s nearly 10 years of expertise in the mobile consumer space with Microsoft’s vision to provide innovative and compelling mobile experiences to a growing base of customers.
- [press release]

So Windows Mobile has an image of being a business user / power user / techno user OS, eh? How will Microsoft deal with that? With a giant influx of talent from the group that makes the favorite device of children and celebrity endorsers everywhere, of course.

Robbie Bach, who heads up the division that runs WinMo (and entertainment devices), had a chat with PCMag about the deal. The Sidekick is going to stick around as it is (at least for awhile). What Microsoft is really interested in, it seems, is Danger's services - even though the Sidekick is the simplest of smart phones these days, it does a stellar job of storing its data “in the cloud” -- exactly where it belongs.

Bodes well for Windows Mobile's future consumer appeal!

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5 years ago

Iris Web Browser Brings Webkit to Windows Mobile, TODAY

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Good lord, the mobile browser space on Windows Mobile is absolute on fire lately. The newest entrant is Iris, from Torch Mobile. They announced at MWC and you can go download it right now. Iris is getting distributed by Trolltech - those crazy Linux Smartphone developers who were recently purchased by Nokia. But whatever, it's available on Windows Mobile.

Iris, like Safari on the iPhone and Nokia's browsers, is based on Webkit. It certainly seems to render everything exactly as it ought -- in fact it renders perhaps a little too well as it doesn't seem to offer any smart-wrapping features for text. Generally speaking it doesn't seem to have Still, if you're looking for a free option that will render just like you expect, Iris might be fun.

Getcher screenies:

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5 years ago

HTC Unveils Updated Advantage

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HTC Unveils Updated Advantage

You maybe have met the Advantage before - perhaps at a CompUSA firesale (CompUSA being one of the few places you could score an advantage). The Advantage is a strange duck, it's a Windows Mobile device with a 640x480 resolution touchscreen and a little separate keyboard. While it's technically a smartphone, it's certainly not something you'd want to hold up your ear (doesn't work that any anyhow). Still, though, it's an interesting concept and could be just the sort of in-between device you've been looking for.

Enough exposition: HTC is announcing that they're upping the specs on the Advantage today, it's now the X7510. What's changed? Well they've fixed up the keyboard by adding in haptic feedback, doubled the memory to 16 gigs, updated TouchFLO, tossed in Opera 9.5 (or will, that is), and pumped up the battery to 2100mAH (!). You still get the Triband HSDPA/Quad-Band EDGE + WiFi + 3.1MP camera + Bluetooth + tilt-sensing G sensor + GPS (TomTom included).

It may not be the smallest little guy around, but HTC makes up for it with some power, hey? Oh, and it's going to sport a “Future Version of Windows Mobile” when it's available in March. Cue the ORLY owl.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces Shift is Now Available in Europe with Origami Goodness

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The HTC Shift, if you didn't know, is a sweet mashup of a UMPC and a Windows Mobile device. HTC calls the “SnapVUE,” we call it “The magic button that instantly switches between Windows Mobile and Vista.” It's available, at long last, but it looks like Europe is getting it first (is anybody else detecting a theme here). In our hands-on with the HTC Shift during CES 2008, we didn't spend too much time on the Vista side of things and that's looking like perhaps it was a good decision. A good decision because the Vista side of the Shift just got a lot spicier with the addition of Microsoft's Origami software.

Origami (it's ok, we forgot it existed too) is Microsoft's suite of neat tools specifically designed for touchscreen UMPCs. It has widgets like Picture-based passwords, re-vamped interfaces with big, touchable buttons, and little notepads.

HTC has managed to pick up carrier support from Telefonica and Orange in various countries, selling the Shift for 1199 Euro.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces P3470, GPS + EDGE

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HTC Announces P3470, GPS + EDGE

MWC 2008 is still swinging, the latest to come out is the HTC P3470. It's a lowish-end Windows Mobile 6 Pro device: Think HTC Touch minus TouchFLO and WiFi, but you can add in GPS. The P3470 comes pre-equipped with TomTom for navigation and has the HTC Home Screen we've all come to know and love. It's “lowish-end” because it's EDGE only, folks, no 3G or WiFi. One nice bit, it looks like that 5-way pad might double as a scroll wheel.

That said, it's awfully tiny (see the specs below) and clocks in at 449 Euro before subsidies. Note the “Euro” in that price, there, looks like this thing will be launching on Orange first. We might see it here in the states someday, though, as it is Quad-Band.

Full Specs and few more pics after the break!

  • Size: 108 x 58.3 x 15.7 mm
  • Weight: 122 g
  • Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 6® Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch QVGA flat touch screen
  • Camera: 2 megapixel with macro focus
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash, 128 MB RAM
  • Removable memory: microSDTM slot
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 Full-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 350 minutes*
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 240 hours*
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 850, 200MHz

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Super Slim Hard Case for Mogul

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola Q9h Global for AT&T

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5 years ago

Hands-On with Opera Mobile 9.5

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Hands-On with Opera Mobile 9.5

Get yourself over to The Unwired to see a hands-on video with Opera Mobile 9.5, on display at MWC. Arne has scored some of the details we've been waiting for, namely:

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 will not be using a proxy server (unlike SkyFire). This is good news.
  • It should be available in late Spring
  • It's still wicked fast
  • It shares the code base with the desktop version of Opera 9
  • There will probably be a public Beta
  • They haven't decide on a price

Ah, conventions, how you make us revert to bullet points. If you're wondering, the device pictured above is the HTC Cruise.

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Joins the Windows Mobile Camp!

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You smell that, folks? It's the excitement coming out of Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress. First up: we have a new manufacturer in the Windows Mobile camp, and it's Sony Ericsson! The picture above is the Sony XPERIA X1 (do we really have to capitalize it like that?). The X1 is a Widows Mobile 6 Professional Slider - a combination of a Touchscreen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard is nothing new. But check out this pic of exactly how it slides out - it arcs:

Shiny, no? They've added some interface tweaks on top of WM too, some ZuMobi-esque “Panels” that you can slide around to you heart's content. There's also the “optical joystick” that we panned on the Samsung SGH-i780. Thankfully there's also the standard 5-way on there as well.

Specs are hotness too:

  • HSDPA/HSUPA (Quad Band, too), WiFi
  • aGPS
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
  • 145 grams
  • “VGA” Screen

Read that last one again, why don't you? That's “VGA” (Sony's term, not ours, thanks for the correction tferrill!), as in 800x600. It should be arriving “second half of 2008” in “selected markets.” Select us! Select us!

More photos after the break! Also after the break, a fancy video commercial snippet that will show you the new panels interface

Note - the device doesn't show its face until a full minute in.

Engadget is reporting that the XPERIA X1 is actually manufactured by HTC. Hunh.

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