Recent Articles

Headlines

5 years ago

HTC Touch Tutorials

1
1

HTC Touch Tutorials

I'm going to go ahead and count this new site detailing how to use the HTC Touch as evidence for HTC releasing the rumored CDMA version (Codenamed "Vogue") sometime in the near future. Why? Well, mostly because HTC seems to be throwing much more than their standard marketing weight behind it. The Touch currently occupies almost the entire HTC homepage, which I like except for the fact that they're trying to create a new word, "touchnology". Ugh.

Anyhow, the online tutorials detail how to bring up the Touch Cube (which, by the way, only has three sides. I would kill for a fourth that I could add apps to) as well as how to get around in the standard WM6 bits. I like the Touch, like it better than the iPhone, even. So while the standard interpretation of this site is likely just that HTC is positioning the Touch against the iPhone, my reading is that HTC really intends to release this to a wider audience.

Read: HTC's Touch Tutorials

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Toshiba G900 Reviews Trickling In

0
0

Toshiba G900 Reviews Trickling In

The Toshiba G900 is the very definition of mobile power. Check out some details on it courtesy of Tracy and Matt's blog: They have a Toshiba G900 and they aren't being reticent with the gadget pron. There's an unboxing, a few hi-res screen grabs, and a video of the ginormous screen.

Engadget has an unboxing gallery as well. US release is still unknown, but obviously it's available in Europe and Japan, as expected. If you're multilingual, check out the review at SoloPalmari.

800x480 resolution on that screen. I can hardly stand not having it.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Good iPhone Review

0
0

Good iPhone Review

Over at Phone different, Mike Overbo just posted his full review of the iPhone. There are a lot of little surprising bits in there, so it's definitely worth the read. Since I'm slowly becoming the "iPhone troll in residence" amongst our little family of sites, I'm going to post the relevant 'graf for WM users (For featurephone users, it's a 9/10, btw):

It will take some big software updates to compete effectively against Blackberries and Windows Mobile and the like in the business segment. Heavy email users will want to utilize their business webmail interface (in Exchange, it's Outlook Web Access) and the VPN option for security. **On the business side, the iPhone is currently 7/10**; a "C" if you want arbitrary letter grades.

Read: Phone different: Review: Apple iPhone 8GB

I'd say I agree with that, actually. Maybe a 6/10 for me on the productivity side, but where Mike dings the iPhone for certain problems I sideswipe it. It's not that the problems can't ultimately be fixed via updates (they could) or that they're that monumental (I'm undecided), it's just that they exist in exactly the places where I need a smartphone to be powerful - Mail, ToDo, and yes, 3rd party apps.

I've been using the iPhone for a week and after a week's worth of use I was impressed, but ultimately it's not for me. I'm back to using the HTC Touch as my main brain right now. I'll explain more later this week in Part 2 of my iPhone vs. HTC Touch articles. In the meantime, check out Mike's review (and no, I'm not just linking it because it's my name on the test email and text pics).

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Cavalier Clears FCC

0
0

HTC Cavalier Clears FCC

Honestly, we've been waiting a long time here for the HTC Cavalier. Looong time. We heard about it first in January's HTC roadmap, then again in January when BGR fondled one. Heck, we even saw somebody else bury the Cavalier in the snow(!). So after all that, it's good to see the FCC will let it be used here in the US.

But will anybody pick it up? The Cavalier is essentially a T-Mobile Dash with HSDPA. But T-Mobile still hasn't gotten their 3G act together, so I wouldn't hold my breath that they'll do it. That leaves us with AT&T, obviously, but I can't really see them doing anything other than sticking with the Blackjack for their 3G WM Smartphone. And I have to say I can't blame them - I'll take a better keyboard over included WiFi any day - is that crazy?

Anyhow, maybe HTC will just release the phone on their own, unlocked and ready to rock, without any carrier support. I hope they do, actually. Wouldn't it be nice if all phones were sold that way instead of with the horrible contract system we're still saddled with?

Read: FCC

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Omni Rendering and Specs

0
0

HTC Omni Rendering and Specs

Some bits about the Omni rumors that hit over yesterday's holiday - 1) I used to think that artistic renderings of this sort were basically unreliable, but I've come around and so I think we're going to see a device that looks very much like this image. 2) It's going to be super small for what is going to be built-in, although sadly not thinner than the HTC Advantage. Just not as wide. 3) How long before video-out is standard on smartphones? 4) In the leaked HTC roadmap last month (the reliability of which I'm still not sold on), there was no mention of the Omni. 5) Oh, yeah, the specs are as hot as the device is cool-looking. Creating the relevant hot/cool pun is left as an exercise for the reader.

HTC Omni specs that we know about today are: - Windows Mobile 6.0 OS - UMTS/HSDPA connectivity - WVGA 4″ 800×480 px display, subdisplay - TV and VGA out - 256 ROM, 1280 RAM and microSD memory card slot - Wi-Fi b/g, USB and Bluetooth connectivity - GPS/A-GPS - Full QWERTY keyboard - Dimensions: 130 x 81 x16 mm

Read: HTC Omni pics and specs - Unwired View

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Slick: "Oops, I'm Late!" GPS auto-alert app

0

Mobility Site points us to a press release for "Oops, I'm Late!." It's a Windows Mobile app that takes a look at your location via GPS, compares it to your appointment in Pocket Outlook, and then if things are going badly auto-sends an SMS message to attendees (or your secretary) letting them you know you're en-route but late. It's a little steep at $69.99 for the Standard and $99.99 for the Pro (the Pro lets you use email instead of SMS and also set a default contact rather than just the attendees).

I'm a fan of these auto-sms apps and I am a little surprised we don't see more of them. I like Mobile Secretary a whole heckuva lot even though I only use it for forwarding of texts. I suppose people are wary of auto-sending apps (witness automatic Out of Office's fall from grace, sometimes they're just too annoying), but "Oops I'm Late!" looks like it has some smart software built in to prevent false positives.

Next step for the program: get a better name that doesn't require me to put quotes around it.

Oops I'm Late! is a notification application for Windows Mobile (5/6) phones based upon GPS. Whether you are late, on-time, or early, let Oops I'm Late! keep in touch rather than be distracted while driving.

Read: www.oopsimlate.com - Oops I'm Late!

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Google Buys GrandCentral

0
0

Google Buys GrandCentral

As expected, Google picked up GrandCentral, which is great news for GrandCentral users and potential future users. I said that my main concern with GrandCentral is whether or not they'd be able to keep the service running long-term - if you're going to consolidate your numbers into a single number you want to be darn sure that it's going to stick around for awhile. Now all Google has to do it get text-message forwarding working -- which I'm actually really optimistic about since they already have their fancy SMS search.

Being part of Google will helps us make our vision of improved voice communications one step closer to reality and bring innovative communications services to millions of users around the world. This will also ensure that your GrandCentral number is here for the long run, and that no matter how often you move, change jobs or phone providers, everyone can still reach you through the same phone number.

Read: GrandCentral: The New Way To Use Your Phones

Update: A little bad news - now that Google's messing with GrandCentral's innards, bringing them into the fold, they're limiting new sign-ups for awhile:

While we're moving their technology over to Google's network, a limited number of invitations will be available to register for a GrandCentral beta account. If you have a U.S. telephone number, you can sign up for an invitation at www.grandcentral.com. Current GrandCentral customers will continue to have uninterrupted access to the service.

Read: Official Google Blog: All aboard

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Yes, ATT Improved EDGE. Sheesh.

0
0

Yes, ATT Improved EDGE. Sheesh.

I'm seeing blog posts all over saying "OMG EDGE iz faster lolz!" Yes, yes it is, as we told you it would be a month ago (sigh). It's being called "Fine Edge", and AT&T says to expect up to 100kpbs, but in some areas you might even hit that theoretical ceiling of 200kpbs. It's all very satisfying, actually, because although I am a 3G man whenever possible, sometimes an EDGE-only Windows Mobile phone (like the HTC Touch or T-Mobile Dash) captures my heart and I settle.

The blogosphere was abuzz Friday with reports that AT&T's EDGE network was reaching uncharacteristically high speeds of 200 kilobits per second in advance of the Apple iPhone release.

Read: Did AT&T Quietly Improve EDGE Data Rates for IPhone? - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

LogMeIn Announces Remote Desktop for your Smartphone

0

I can't tell you how often the follow scenario plays out in my head:

Pal-o-mine: Dieter, my phone is acting weird. It seems to do XYZ.
Me: Oh, I think that's probably issue Q. Jump into the connection settings.
Pal-o-mine: Uh.
Me: Hit the Start button, then settings.
Pal-o-mine: Uh. Maybe you could come over?

Sigh. That's the price you pay for being an 'expert.' Ah well. LogMeIn, they of the easy-to-use over-the-web remote desktop services, have announced that they're coming out with a similar service for smartphones. As in: you tether your Windows Mobile phone to your computer, install their little app, and then somebody can remotely operate the smartphone over the web. It sounds like a mash-up of Remote Desktop and SOTI Pocket Controller Pro, and I approve. I'd approve more if I were an IT director in charge of supporting a large set of these phones, though. That's their target, and if it works I suspect they'll hit it square.

The support technician directs the device owner to a webpage, where a small applet is downloaded to the mobile device. The end user is provided a connection code that can be given before connecting to the Internet or while speaking on a land line. The technician then connects to the mobile device to gain complete control. At this point, the technician can make fixes, update software, conduct training sessions or configure settings - even view the display and use the keypad, as if the phone were in his hand.

Read: LogMeIn Announces First Web-based Remote Support Tool for Smartphones @ PhoneMag.com

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Touch vs iPhone, Part 1

1
1

HTC Touch vs iPhone, Part 1

Here they are on my desk, sitting quietly next to each other. On the inside, though, both are smoldering cauldrons of hate and jealousy. Seriously, there's almost steam rising out of the speaker grills on each phone. We'll get to software in part two (here's a preview, though, it's apples and oranges / featurephone v smartphone), but for today let's just compare the hardware. I'm sure that nobody out there would actually base their purchasing decision between these two on which is thinner (iPhone), but it's still fun to look.

Read on for some pics and thoughts.

Buttons

The HTC Touch has the fewest buttons of any WM device I've used. It's positively button-aenemic, there's power on the top, a camera button, the 5-way, send, end, and a volume slider. Given my standard usage habits, I found this to be pretty aggravating.

Of course, compared to the iPhone the Touch is just awash in buttons. The iPhone has power, home, a volume rocker and a ringer switch. On both devices the tactile feedback on the buttons is satisfying - both have good clicky-ness, though the iPhone's button have more travel.

I know, I know, I'm writing about buttons on devices whose main selling point is that they don't primarily use buttons. Fine, let's move on. Before I do, though, slightly related to buttons are indicator lights. The Touch has 'em (elegantly hidden within the speaker grille and blinking in various colors and rates to tell you your signal for Cell, WiFi, and Bluetooth), the iPhone does not.

Advantage: Touch. Yes, I get what Apple's aiming for here, but the Touch is example #1 that you can have some buttons without killing the elegance of the device.

Touchscreens

Sorry, HTC. The touch loses, but it's not your fault. You thought the touch was playing in the big leagues, but it turns out it was just AAA ball. The touchscreen on the Touch is really very good - it's actually among the top 2 or 3 touchscreens I've ever used in my life, actually. It's not a gigantic screen, but compared to some of the stuff I'd been using lately (Treos and Blackjacks), it's more than enough. Brightness, response, contrast, etc etc.. All fine, good even.

But the screen on the iPhone is just abso-@$@#$@-lutely stupendous. It's gigantic, 3.5 inches, and high-res, and it sports 160 pixels per inch. It's bright. It has the oft-mentioned "multitouch" feature which is fun (but won't change your life, sorry).

The iPhone also has an ambient light sensor tucked away in there so it doesn't blast your eyes out when you're using it in the dark or fail to even appear on in direct sunlight. It's really nice. Also nice is the proximity sensor that prevents it from working when held up to your face. Finally, the iPhone's glass surface really does feel much nicer than the Touch's plastic.

Advantage: iPhone. "Advantage" isn't the right word here. It's a blowout, it's almost not even fair.

Dimensions

The short of it is that the iPhone is thinner and taller, but they are about the same width. Their weight also isn't all the noticeable to me, either.

The long of it is that physically-speaking they're both very satisfying devices to hold in your hand. I prefer the soft-touch-paint approach of the Touch a little more than the brushed-metal feel of the iPhone, I think it helps grip-ability more. But the brushed-metal of the iPhone isn't exactly a slippery doomsday scenario, it seems fine.

The iPhone is more rounded than the Touch on the sides, which is nice but not essential.

Advantage: iPhone by a slim margin. It's a surprising result, perhaps, but I stand by it. Yes, the iPhone is more elegant and polished overall than the Touch. But the Touch's short stature makes it feel very nice held up to the ear and in your hand. By comparison, I'm almost tempted to call the iPhone a slab.

iPhone vs Touch Hardware edition: iPhone wins.

The Touch held up remarkably well for me, much better than expected when I was imagining it next to the juggernaut that is Apple hardware design. It put up a valiant effort, but I suppose from a hardware perspective it was doomed from the start.

Coming up later is the main event: Specs and Software. Stay tuned!

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

8525 Price Drop

0
0

8525 Price Drop

..Must...Not...Refer...to...Jesus...Phone.....Sigh, have to do it.

Here's the deal - a $150 price drop on the powerhouse AT&T 8525 (someday it will even get that promised WM6 upgrade) would and should be news on its own. But Infoworld is pretty sure that the price drop is iPhone-release-related. As in - the 8525 is cheaper, easier to type on, and better for actual business use than the iPhone. Or maybe as in - "Oh, we're out of iPhones, but check out this smartphone, the 8525. It has a full keyboard." The latter thought doesn't make me proud, but it's certainly possible.

Or maybe the price drop has nothing to do at all with the iPhone release. Maybe, just maybe, AT&T is clearing inventory to make way for the HTC Kaiser. That thought does make me proud - proud to be an HTC fanboy.

AT&T has not set an end date for the 8525's $299 promotional pricing, but it will end.

The 8525's killer feature will be its Windows Mobile 6 upgrade, which AT&T promises for the third quarter of this year. Expect it to be downloadable, but not necessarily free.

Read: Enterprise Mac | InfoWorld | AT&T positions new 8525 Pocket PC, promo price $299, as key iPhone alternative | June 26, 2007 10:14 PM | By Tom Yager

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Advantage Docking Station

1
1

HTC Advantage Docking Station

Jenn over at pocketables found that HTC Advtange docking station we glimpsed a few days ago. Looks like you can import it from the UK for 70 pounds (or $140US or so, plus shipping, natch). For those of you keeping score, that's in the neighborhood of $300 less than a Foleo will set you back - that's assuming you have an HTC Advantage, though. If you don't, well, move along, nothing to see here.

Read: HTC Advantage docking station costs $140 (Thanks, Jenn!)

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

For Whom the iPhone Tolls

0
0

For Whom the iPhone Tolls

No, don't you worry, WMExperts is still here and will still be here after iDay. But despite (because) the fact that capitalization humor is played out, the week's iPhone iNsanity is pretty tiring. So tiring, in fact, that I'm just flat-out not going to cover it here for the rest of the week. There is good coverage over at phone different, especially this post, which details some Windows Mobile vs. iPhone sniping. Then again, there's a rumor that Apple is, in fact, going to get Push Exchange email on the iPhone in the near future, which will definitely take away one of Windows Mobile's primary advantages. If that's true, I hope MS is charging them a lot for it.

The real deal is that the reviews are pouring in from the heavy-hitters in the tech-review world. Opinions are good, generally, but I have to say that I feel for future iPhone users: No cut and paste and EDGE speeds is going to make the iPhone feel a little like the Dash when it comes to being productive with the internets. Oh, and it doesn't look like there's A2DP support either. Oops.

Anyhow, expect light posting for the next few days here at WME. Call it an iPhone funk.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Shiny Kaiser Pics at MEDC Europe

0
0

Shiny Kaiser Pics at MEDC Europe

There's another Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon happening, this time in Germany. Which means that HTC is trotting out its latest and greatest. That's probably the best look I've had yet of the hinge on the flip-up slider to come, the HTC Kaiser. Looking good, HTC, I just wish that sketchy leaked roadmap had a US release date on it.

Also new (at left) is this docking station for the HTC Advantage, which adds USB ports (for keyboard and mouse), a headphone port, and a VGA-out. As in - Windows Mobile Device as Desktop Replacement. Foleo, eat your heart out.

Read: Jason Langridge's WebLog

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Silverlight: Bearing Down on Flash?

0
0

Silverlight: Bearing Down on Flash?

Ars Technica is reporting that there's now a Linux-based browser plugin for Microsoft's Silverlight. Silverlight is a cross platform "media plugin" that looks to be positioned as a very nice Flash competitor. With all the brouhaha about YouTube not working so well on WM phones (er, not working at all except on a select few, like the HTC Touch in my pocket, Nyah Nyah!), Silverlight's cross-platform abilities could make it a real competitor in internet multimedia. There was already a great demo of a Baseball app on Windows Mobile that looks really slick.

Anyhow, the good news here is that Microsoft made the necessary tools available for Silverlight to work cross-platform and somebody got it working on Linux. There are big players on board (hello streaming movies on Netflix!) so I'm hopeful that we're going to see some really dynamic, media rich stuff on mobile phones soon.

Actually, what I'm really hoping is that Photon (the next version of Windows Mobile, also known as "The Second Coming") is going to sport a Silverlight-based UI. That would add a lot of fancy graphical features without much overhead and help Windows Mobile have the speed and eye-candy of a certain other mobile phone that you may have heard of.

After 20 days of "intense" programming, Novell's Mono development team has successfully produced a functioning prototype of Moonlight, an open-source Mono-based implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight rich-media application development framework

Read: Mono Silverlight implementation emerges after epic hackathon

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
Show More Headlines

Pages