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4 years ago

Touch Pro 2 Camera Revisited

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Touch Pro 2 Camera Revisited

We decided to revisit the Touch Pro 2's camera, this time using Sprint's version of the phone. The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2's camera was nice, and we were curious how Sprint's measured up.

Software associated with the camera was virtually identical. You still lack the presence of a physical shutter button and instead have a shutter symbol on the screen to tap. The focal point is movable and, as with the T-Mobile version, there is no front-facing camera.

Follow the break for some sample shots as well as a sample video.

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4 years ago

Possible pricing for AT&T Touch Pro 2, Touch Diamond 2 and Nüvifone G60

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The AT&T news keeps on a'comin' this weekend. After getting an idea of when the HTC Touch Pro 2 (aka Tilt 2) may be released, and then seeing it show up in inventory, the Boy Genius Report now says it has pricing information for it, as well as a couple of other anticiapted phones. Let's do this the easy way:

  • Tilt 2: $299 after contract and $50 rebate; $499 retail.
  • Touch Diamond 2: Codenamed the Warhawk and already seen at the FCC, will be known as the Pure and will go for $199 after contract and $40 rebate. Retails for $349. Update: BGR's updated and it now appears that the Diamond 2, er, Pure will go for $149.99 after contract and $50 rebate. (See the pic here.) The retail price still stands (and is pretty darn good).
  • Garmin-Asus Nüvifone G60: It lives! And it'll cost $299.99 after contract and $100 rebate. Will retail for $549.99.

No word on release dates for the later two phones, but remember that we're expecting the Tilt 2 in about a month.

(And remember, folks, the above picture is just an early render of the Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 on AT&T. We're actually expecting the Tilt 2 to look like this.)

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Zune HD (Part 2)

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We're now a few days into the Zune HD (read Part 1 here) and we're more sure of this than ever: It is not gunning for the iPod Touch. It is not a PDA. It is not a smartphone with the radio yanked out.

It is, however, a kick-arse MP3 player, with potential on the software side for much more.

Watch our brief hands-on video above, and join us after the break for a look at what Microsoft got right, and what leaves us wanting.

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4 years ago

HP Obsidian, LG Monoco seen with Tilt 2 on leaked AT&T roadmap

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Yep, this is what it looks like: A roadmap for AT&T, snagged by the Boy Genius Report. We're expecting the Tilt 2, natch, seen here with its original "Fortress" codename.

Of course, the really juicy fruit here are the LG Monoco and HP iPAQ Obsidian, two phones we've been dying to get our hands on since their initial leaks. If the roadmap holds -- and we've got reason to believe it will -- we could see both of those phones by the holidays.

And not to be ignored as the Samsung Jack and Epix, which appear to be slated for updates to Windows Mobile 6.5

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4 years ago

AT&T A-List plans go live

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AT&T A-List plans go live

As our pals at The iPhone Blog point out, AT&T's "A-List" plans went live this morning. The details:

  • For individual plans ($59.99 and 900-plus minutes): Designate any five numbers to call for free.
  • For FamilyTalk plans ($89.99 and 1,400-plus minutes): Pick 10 numbers to call for free.
  • Any domestic U.S. number applies, including landlines.

On top of that, rollover minutes still apply, so you'll likely be stockpiling even more of them. If your plan already meets the requirements, you can start adding numbers now. Otherwise, AT&T will, ahem, gladly upgrade your plan.

Check out more here.

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4 years ago

More Microsoft 'Pink' phone rumors surface ... On a Mac site?

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First things first: This rumor is sourced back to a Mac fan site, so we're going to take everything with a grain of salt, and for good reason. (Even if we're talking two sites here.)

That said, 9to5mac is reporting [via Engadget] that Microsoft is prepping a couple of slider phones as part of the infamous Project Pink, all of which spawned from the acquisition of Sidekick-maker Danger. Said phones could make an appearance at CES in January.

The codenames: Turtle and Pure.

Says 9to5mac:

One device is "squircle" in shape like the past Zune's buttons. The slide out keyboard houses the mic at the bottom and it is meant to be open when being used as a phone. This device is code-named "Turtle" and looks like a dressed up Motorola QA1.

The other device is more traditionally-shaped candybar slider and is code-named "Pure". The devices had previously been rumored to be carried on Verizon but we haven't heard anything more in this area.

They will continue to use the App Store model that the Sidekick has employed with over-the-air applications appearing on your phone bill. Danger's phone App Store predated Apple's by two years.

The site also says it's been given "pretty detailed pictures and could possibly post them" later ... Or put them up on Twitter. Those are two things that scream linkbait to us, but stranger things have happened.

Obvious questions remain: Would this be separate from other Windows Mobile 7 devices? Separate from Windows Marketplace for Mobile?

Either way, here's where we stand: It's time for Microsoft to make a phone. Apologies for further Zune HD gushing, but they've got the operating system. They're prepping the app store. It's time to put two and two together, folks. I don't care what Microsoft's said in the past.

Mr. Ballmer: Tear. Down. That. Wall.

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4 years ago

Tilt 2 (aka Touch Pro 2) is in AT&T's system

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It seems like only yesterday that we learned the Tilt 2 (aka the HTC Touch Pro 2) is poised for a possible Oct. 18 launch on AT&T. And now we're seeing evidence of the phone in AT&T's inventory system, courtesy of the Boy Genius Report.

BGR points out that what we're looking at are several SKUs, including insurance options and phones without cameras.

Just a month to go, folks. (We hope.) Getting excited yet?

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4 years ago

From the iPhone to Zune HD in 12 hours

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It hasn't been a big secret that Microsoft has been trying to woo iPhone developers to its own platforms. We've already seen them doing so with Windows Mobile. Now we're seeing it happen with the Zune HD.

But just how easy is it to port an app? Try 12 hours, as seen with Wordmonger in the video above.

Written in C# with OpenGL for the iPhone and ported with XNA Game Studio 3.1 for the Zune HD, the video above shows Wordmonger running on both devices. Of course, one major drawback to the Zune HD is a that it doesn't have a speaker, which is a big turn-off if you don't want to wear headphones for casual gaming. (Count me in that crowd.) Look for Wordmonger on the iPhone by Thanksgiving. No word on an actual Zune launch.

But either way, this is a sure sign that the Zune HD can and will run third-party apps — just as soon as Microsoft allows.

Redmond Pie [via TiPB - thanks, Taimur!]

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4 years ago

AT&T Microcell rumored to appear next week

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For those patiently waiting for AT&T's Microcell device, the hope of bringing more bars to your house might become reality shortly. Yahoo [via Engadget] is reporting that the 3G Microcell is expected to launch in the next few days in selected markets. While the full list of markets hasn't been announced, the initial launch is believed to include Atlanta, San Antonio, Seattle and North Carolina.

The Microcell has been in testing phases throughout the summer and full roll-out should be by the end of this year. The 3G tower will boost reception in homes with poor network coverage.

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4 years ago

AT&T's Tilt 2 now rumored for Oct. 18 (updated)

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AT&T has been eerily silent the past few months in regards to the Touch Pro 2 (aka Tilt 2) while Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile all got theirs out into the wild. But whoever's feeding the BGR this morning now says that the follow-up to the Fuze will be ready to go on Oct. 6. And everybody's putting two and two together and expecting Windows Mobile 6.5 to be on the phone at release.

See? We're calling Oct. 6 the Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day for a reason.

Update: BGR updates its story and says things are a little behind and we should now look for an Oct. 18 launch. Hey, we've waited this long ... :-/

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4 years ago

HTC Leo comes out of the shadows

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HTC Leo comes out of the shadows

We're trying not to be very, very angry toward whomever's hand that is, for it is holding not online an HTC Touch Diamond 2, but the HTC Leo, as well. As a reminder, the Touch Diamond 2's screen is 3.2 inches diagonal (just a shade smaller than the Zune HD, btw), and here we get a real feel for just how massive the Leo's screen is. It could be that dude in the picture just has massive hands, but we're starting to get the feeling that the Leo won't be as unwieldy as we first feared.

Oh, and 10 minutes of video goodness are after the break. And plenty more from the source at ai.rs.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in

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4 years ago

HTC Whitestone now is the Imagio, rumored for Oct. 6 launch on Verizon

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Two juicy nuggets emerged this morning from the Boy Genius Report's ninjas regarding the HTC Whitestone, the sort-of-but-not-really successor to the HTC Touch Diamond (insofar as it's a black slab sans keyboard):

  1. Henceforth it shall be called the Verizon Imagio. (Sounds more like a "Harry Potter" spell, but whatever.)
  2. It'll be released as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day.

Specs remain as we first reported:

  • Qualcomm 7600 @ 528MHz
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM
  • 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen
  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera/Anti-handshaking
  • gpsOne (aGPS and full GPS)
  • GSM/CDMA World phone

Can Oct. 6 come soon enough for you guys?

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4 years ago

Sony's Xperia X2 Price Confirmed?

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Sony's Xperia X2 Price Confirmed?

We reported last week that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 had surfaced on Expansys's website for the modest price of 604 British Pounds (about $1,000 U.S.). According the a report by Solapalmari, an Italian website, a Sony Ericsson senior executive who preferred to remain nameless has set the price point for the X2 somewhere between 590 and 600 Euro. That's in the 533 British Pound or $880 U.S. dollar neighborhood.

The Senior Executive's tip came via Facebook which presents several questions on credibility of the source. However, stranger things have happened and if accurate, the X2 still remains a tad on the pricey side and will struggle to compete with the HTC Touch Pro 2 who's price point is about 150 British Pounds less. For us in the U.S. market, there is always a chance the X2 will be picked up by a service provider and offered at a discounted price (along with the customary contract extension).

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

Microsoft can remotely kill Marketplace apps

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile is due to launch in a few weeks and there has been some speculation as to whether Microsoft would have the ability to remotely delete apps from handsets.  These rumors were put to rest during Microsoft's presentation at the Tech-Ed New Zealand conference.

In the event an application is approved but later pulled, Microsoft can automatically wipe the app from any phone that downloaded the app. At this time, it is not clear if refunds for paid apps will be automatic.

While this may seem heavy handed, other app stores have similar policies concerning downloadable content and the ability to remotely delete apps. Amazon has remotely deleted books from their Kindle readers (Orwell's 1984, of course). Apple has chosen to pull unapproved apps from the store while leaving users' devices alone.

In the presentation, Microsoft also reaffirmed it's ban against certain apps including those that replace "core functionality" as well as rejecting mapping and navigational software from its store. Microsoft did note that they will continue to let users download and install Windows Mobile apps from outside the Marketplace.

Via Electonista

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