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5 years ago

Review: SPB Brain Evolution

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Review: SPB Brain Evolution

Few games pique my interest on mobile devices. Call me old school but if I’m going to game, I need a dedicated system designed for gaming such as the Sony PSP. Part of that has to do with the awkward controls in action games, the tiny screen, poor resolution and that odd side effect of absolutely killing the battery of what should be an important tool!

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5 years ago

Mini-Review: Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin: Interview Edition

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5 years ago

Motorola to Farm Out Some Windows Mobile Development

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Arne Hess over at the::unwired is reporting that Motorola is turning to a bunch of Taiwanese OEMs to do much of their future Windows Mobile R&D and manufacturing. This initially sent a chill though WMExperts HQ - as Motorola's Windows Mobile work on the Q9 series has been pretty much the only bright spot the company's had of late. However, it looks like the team that brought the Q from our least favorite to among our two to three most favorite WM phones will thankfully be staying in place.

Nope, instead it looks as though Motorola is just planning on adding more WM phones to its stable. That's alright, we suppose, though we do worry about Moto's inability to focus on any one thing, ever. Let's see what major smartphone platforms Moto is trying to support right now, shall we? ...Android, Symbian's UIQ (their stake was just approved), Windows Mobile, JUIX, ...did we miss any? Probably. We guess you could argue they're not putting all their eggs in one basket, but how long before you have more baskets than eggs? All we're saying is keep that Q division around -- they're doing good work. Kay?

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5 years ago

Live Pics of Samsung i325 “Ace”

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Live Pics of Samsung i325 “Ace”

We'd like to say that this Samsung i325 (Codename: “Ace”) is more exciting than the last time it popped up. Sadly, we cannot. What we can say is that it's exactly what we expected, a BlackJack-alike for Sprint's network - right on down to the original scroll wheel on the side instead of the BlackJack II's newer, trendier, and better 5-way/scroll wheel combo.

The info on Samsung i325 camera, QWERTY keyboard and OS was spot-on. And Samsung SPH-i325 also has microSD memory card slot, non-touchscreen display, thumb-wheel navigation, Bluetooth and EvDO data support

Read: Sprint Samsung Ace i325 phone. Live pics and more details - Unwired View

Phone Scoop reported that it's already passed the FCC, too, so get prepared by, um... taking a nap or something. We're guessing (read: hoping) that it will debut at a low price point, though we won't hazard a guess at when.

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5 years ago

Make an HTC Ad, Win an HTC Smarpthone

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We're posting the above video because it's informative. It lets you know that you can make up a video ad and send it to zooppa for a chance to win a TYTN II or an HTC Touch. Well, ok, we're also posting it because it is so mind-bendingly corny it borders on the surreal. Seriously, we were smiling and tearing up just a little by the end, nevermind that the smile was a rictus and the tears were blood.

You can check out what's been submitted so far here.

Via ppcmag

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5 years ago

How To: Increase Battery Life on your Windows Mobile Smarpthone

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No matter how big the battery on your phone, you'll always want to get a little more life out of it. Lately many phones - especially Windows Mobile phones - have been shaving their batteries down to achieve better form factors. So this guide, Part IV in the series (the rest are here), will tell you the tips and tricks you need to know to max out the battery life on your Windows Mobile smartphone.

The following may sound like a obvious statement, but it is important to have this line of thought when optimizing your phone to save battery power: In order to increase your battery life you need to decrease the power used. There are many things you can do to decrease the power used. Some of the steps may be changing the default settings, including possibly tweaking the registry of your phone, while others may included adapting some of your habits while using your phone.

The first step in increasing your battery life is to identify the most common sources of battery drain and take steps to minimize their impact on the life of your battery per charge. When I am talking about battery drain or conservation issues, there are a lot of little things you can do that make a HUGE difference. My goal is to provide the most comprehensive list of battery saving tips you have seen in one place before. Now lets start looking at these power hungry culprits that will suck the life right out of your battery and the steps we all need to take to limit the drain on our battery as much as possible. I have divided this up into 4 sections including Connections, Usage Habits, Tools, and Advanced.

Connections

Data Communication: This includes WiFi, EVDO, Edge, 1x, etc... whatever line communication you have established and is active to transfer data. Please note that WiFi is the king of battery drain among all the data communication connection options.

How do you reduce the amount of data transfers your phone does? To start to answer this, it is important to realize that there are programs that will attempt to update themselves all on their own. Every time a program tries to update itself, it establishes a data connection. You will want to look at the settings of all of the 3rd party programs you have installed to verify if there are any options asking if you want the program to automatically check for the latest version updates, to get updated information to use, etc. These will certainly include programs that need daily or hourly updated information like weather, news headlines, movie schedules, stock quotes, etc. Unless you are actually a stock broker and need the latest info from 4 minutes ago then limit it to updating itself only once a day if possible, setting these programs to download the latest info every hour is a total waste of the precious minutes your battery has left during that day. Here are a couple screenshots as examples:

Wireless LAN: First of all, if the life of your battery is a concern, then do not use WiFi unless absolutely needed, or if you need to use WiFi, then plug in your phone if at all possible. WiFi will suck your battery dry faster than anything else I have experienced, as soon as 25 minutes on some phones. But when you do use WiFi, there is a step you can take to help reduce the power consumption needed. In WM06 you can click on Menu / Settings / Connections / Wireless LAN. Then click on the "Power Mode" tab. Then slide the handle on the bar all the way to the right labeled "Best Battery".


IR Beam: The Infrared beam is usually on by default, always searching for something to connect with. Sometimes, depending on your phone, taking this one step of disabling this will add an extra hour or more of battery life to your day. This is simple to do. Click on Menu / Setting / Connections / Beam. Then uncheck the box "Receive all incoming beams".

Email & SMS: Every time an email or SMS is sent or received a data connection is established and used. Unless your work demands that you receive your emails immediately, set your email program to only download your emails every 30 to 60 minutes. If you set up your email to be connected to an Exchange Server at work and have your emails pushed to your phone immediately, you will be using up more battery power and might have to plan to top off your phone in the car or during a lunch break to give a little extra charge to you battery. A detailed tutorial on setting up and configuring your email will be a later edition of the WM Guide.

Bad Reception Areas: Try to stay out of bad or borderline reception areas if battery power is a concern. Whenever your phone is constantly looking for a stronger signal, or a signal at all, it is zapping your battery like crazy. If you are in an area that you know does not get good reception, constantly switches in and out of roaming, in and out a solid EVDO connection, then plan on your battery life being half as long as normal, or worse. Unless you set your phone to No Roaming, which may restrict you from being able to make or receive any calls, the only fix is to top off your battery every chance you get or get to a good reception area. If you want to restrict the phone from automatically switching back and forth in Roaming, open the phone app by pushing the hardware phone button. In WM6 click on Menu / Options. At the bottom click on the tap called "Services". Select "Roaming" and click "Get Settings"... then select your "(Carrier) Only", i.e. "Sprint Only". Click "Ok".

Usage Habits

Even though several of the points below should officially be in the connections section above, I included them below if there was really nothing to do to improve your battery life besides altering how you use them.

Voice Calls: On most phones, you can only talk for 2-4 hours at a time per charge. The obvious solution here is to limit the gift of gab. If you know you are going to have to talk an extra long time, i.e. a 1 hour conference call for work, then you are simply going to have to plan to limit other use of your phone (i.e. no games, internet browsing, etc.) or top off the battery whenever possible in the car, or plug it in while eating lunch, or carry a spare battery, or use a battery with extended capacity.

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5 years ago

HTC: Rollin!

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HTC: Rollin!

Brighthand (among others) is reporting that HTC is rocking lately, they're pulling in all sorts of money:

HTC's revenue in October was NT$13.1 million (US$404.8 million), up 22.3% over the same month in the previous year.

Although that was the most the company had ever taken in during a month, this was surpassed in November. HTC's revenue then was NT$14.5 million (US$449.3 million),  a year-over-year growth of 32.7%.

Year-over-year of 20-30%... in a market where the pressure to create inexpensive, low-margin smartphone is growing... all while increasing their focus on both R&D and Brand-awareness... well, my hat is off to you, HTC.

It's a relief to see a manufacturer getting it right, especially after Motorola's recent drama and especially after Friday's gigantic downer-of-a-financial-report from Palm. Seriously, avert your eyes from Palm's stock right now. Eyes averted? Good, now you need someplace to put 'em. May we suggest looking over at HTC again, that shining beacon of Windows Mobile goodness? Engadget scored an interview with CEO Peter Chou that's pretty interesting, if a little heavy on the Android.

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5 years ago

Video Walkthrough of Windows Mobile 6.1

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Video Walkthrough of Windows Mobile 6.1

You've seen the pictures of Windows Mobile 6.1, now here's the video. Boy, Boy Genius, we know you like the music, but could you turn it down so we can hear you talking? Or maybe it's necessary to hide this leaked phone's location. I guess I'd check all the closets at Redmond, if I were a Microsoft employee.

Anyhow, we'd like to say that the video is chock full of crazy new features, but it looks like Windows Mobile 6.1 will really be a “.1” update. At least nobody's claiming it will save the planet, but the up/down, left/right paradigm does nicely confirm the earlier rumors, no?

Read: Windows Mobile 6.1 video walkthrough! | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

News from the WMExperts Store

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News from the WMExperts Store

Hey ho - we have some exciting bits of news from the folks over at the WMExperts Store. First bit - we're told that Gift Certificates are now live and ready to go, just in time for Holiday shopping. They start at $25 and go on up, and the nice bit is you can either print it out yourself and wrap it up or you can just email the sucker directly to your giftee.

The Gift Certificates use PayPal's system... which means the store as a whole now does as well! So when you check out now you have the option to enter all your information or just log into PayPal where you likely have it all conveniently saved anyway. Noyce.

Lastly, the kind folks there at the store have created a coupon for all us little campers. We know a bunch of ya are hunkered down from the crazy amount of snow that's been flying around lately, so you won't be leaving your cozy little homes this weekend anyway. So this weekend only (i.e though midnight on Sunday), you can use the coupon code SNOWEDIN to get 10% off your order.

(...no, it won't work when you try to buy a gift certificate, you sneaky git. But it will work when your loved one redeems it.)

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5 years ago

iPhone-up your WM Device

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iPhone-up your WM Device

So we obviously heart Windows Mobile, but some folks on our platform-of-choice have a little space carved out for the iPhone. Can't blame 'em, it does bring the shiny UI better than anybody else. Well, VITO Technology is apparently one of those latter folks. They've been around developing Windows Mobile software for a long time (here's a roundup of their offerings back in March), and with the ability to crank out great apps like the following they should be around for a long time to come.

They've started up a new site, iwindowsmobile, which features some of their software that does a good job emulating (or bettering) the iPhone's interface. My personal favorite (at least until SMS-Chat is available) is probably ZoomBoard, which gives you a soft keyboard with a big old magifying-glass type zoom on the top so you can see just which button you're hitting with a quickness.

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5 years ago

Bluetooth Keyboard Video Smackdown

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5 years ago

Review: Extreme Text Threaded SMS

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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin: Triumphant Return to Windows Mobile!

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5 years ago

ATT to Verizon: You Want to be Open? You Can't Handle The Open!

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This is exactly the kind of fight we like to see.

So last week Verizon announced their “Any App, Any Device” program - basically promising that they'd be open and let any handset (after it's been tested) be used on their network. Of course, that 'testing' part sounds a little sketchy, and let's face it - how many non-Verizon CDMA phones do you have lying around (or want to make in your basement) that are unlocked and ready to rock on Verizon? So - nice thought, good to see you moving away from evil, Verizon, but the earth has not shook.

Well, AT&T has responded and their response basically boils down to this: “We use SIM cards, ever heard of 'em?” Yes, folks, AT&T cares not which GSM phone you use and it's always pretty much been like that - so the 'Openness' that Verizon has just started has always been around on GSM networks.

“You can use any handset on our network you want,” says Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T's wireless business. “We don't prohibit it, or even police it.”

Read: USA Today via Engadget Mobile

Allowing 'other unlocked' handsets on your network is very nice, Verizon and AT&T, thank you. Now: quit locking down features like GPS and Bluetooth and trying to turn every blasted thing under the sun into a for-pay 'service' when all we're really doing is using bandwidth from your pipe. If Verizon and AT&T are serious about this 'open' thing, maybe they'll stop being jerks to folks like Skype. Because Skype (and others) want to use that bandwidth pipe and are being blocked.

We're happy these companies are talking about being open, but they don't get the benefit of the doubt from us anymore that they are open because of their history. Actions > Words, guys.

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