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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 pics emerge

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5 years ago

Summer giveaway: Win a BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Speakerphone

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5 years ago

See? Motorola hasn't forgotten Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Zune HD knocks off at least one pair of socks

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Cnet recently spent some quality time with the Zune HD, and the initial reaction is good. (As a reminder: We're watching the soon-to-be-released Zune HD pretty closely for the following reasons: 1. We're still looking for a bit of convergence between the Zune and Windows Mobile, hopefully starting with WM7. 2. The browser is based on a "flavor" of IE6 mobile. 3. Tegra processor. 4. OLED screen. 5. It's some very cool poop from Microsoft.)

Let's focus on No. 2 for a second. (Yeah, we just said No. 2 and cool poop in the same post. Go ahead. ... We'll wait.)

Says Donald Bell:

Speaking of Wi-Fi, the Zune's new Web browser smokes. Not since first using the iPhone have I been this impressed with a mobile web browser. There's no branding on the browser, but I was told it was cooked up by Microsoft's Internet Explorer team (makes sense). Page load was snappy, and pinching and reorienting pages work just like the iPhone and iPod Touch. You also get a fast on-screen keyboard with a nice little magnifier effect with each keystroke. The only bad news on the browser is that there's no support for Flash audio and video content. So Pandora and YouTube are out, but I was able to get onto Facebook and Twitter.

Read his full hands-on here. Bell also raves about the quality of the Zune HD as a digital audio player and is quite keen on the screen.

Now we're throwing out some pretty big "ifs" here, especially seeing as how the Zune HD has only been in a few, select hands. But if indeed the browser is that good, and indeed the media side of the device is that good, and indeed Microsoft is melding the Zune with Windows Mobile in some fashion, then we all should have a lot to look forward to.

We hope.

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5 years ago

Sense UI on the WinMo HTC Vogue

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Sense UI on the WinMo HTC Vogue

Here's a video of the Sense UI stripped out of the Android-based HTC Hero and slapped into the HTC Vogue, the stalwart Windows Mobile device.

Yeah, it's running on Android within Linux on top of Windows Mobile, so it's not you're really running Sense on top of Windows Mobile, like TouchFLO 3D does now. But it is pretty darn cool, and it works pretty well. (What you see here, apparently, is an early build, and things have gotten snappier.) It also has the hooks for basic phone devices. And as Rory mentions in the video, it's more proof-of-concept than actually everyday workhorse.

Keep an eye on the project homepage if this is your cup of tea.

This Mobile Life via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 pricing revisited

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On Saturday we asked if $299, after the 2-year contract rebate, was too high a price for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. In our unscientific poll, 79 percent of you (783 votes) said yes, and that it's tough to compete with the likes of a $99 iPhone 3G at that price. Twenty-nine percent (203 votes) said no, it's not too much.

Well, TmoNews has revised its anticipated price of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, and it's not good. They're now looking at $349 after contract. Ouch. But that is unofficial, and anything could happen.

As we discussed in the latest WMExperts podcast, you do have to take total cost of ownership into account — as in the cost of the phone plus the cost of the voice/data plans over the length of the contract. But let's face it: That's a chunk of change up front, and a $349 smartphone isn't going to grow market share the way a $99 smartphone will.

Update: Oooo. Forgot about T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan. Good thing TmoNews remembered.

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5 years ago

HTC placeholder page for Sprint Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Handmark's Handmarket moves out of Beta

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We made mention of Handmark's Handmarket Apps going Beta, and now the software developer/provider has taken the "beta" tag off its app store. The new Windows Mobile app store can be downloaded over at Handmark's website putting a wide variety of games, themes, applications, ringtones and more a click away.

Commenting on the release of Handmarket Apps, Evan Conway, Handmark's Executive Vice President of Marketing, said, "As a leading mobile content provider, we see the need for a better mobile shopping experience on Windows Mobile phones."

The release of Handmarket Apps places a convenient and simply way to access software titles for you Windows Mobile phone.  Definitely encouraging news for the Windows Mobile industry.

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5 years ago

Microsoft pokes the bear, offers dev guide for porting iPhone apps to Windows Mobile

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Gotta love Microsoft for this one. The mother ship shows its chutzpah and has released a developers guide for porting iPhone apps over to Windows mobile 6.5, using an app called Amplitude for the case study. All in all, not a bad idea, really. Let's face it: There are a bunch of apps we'd love to see running natively on Windows Mobile. (And we've got a few that would be killer on the iPhone, though there's no way Apple would let most of the them into the App Store.)

Yeah, yeah. Microsoft (and us, by extension) are just opening ourselves up for further ridicule here. Go head, Apple lovers, joke all you want. But while you're doing so, we'll be sitting here enjoying our excellent third-party media players and Google Voice. Microsoft opening its (far less Draconian) doors to developers is a win for them, and for us.

Via the Windows Team Blog

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5 years ago

Sprint: Go fast, turn left, buy a Touch Pro 2

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We really have zero doubt that we'll see the Touch Pro 2 on Sprint, and this just about wraps it up. We've gotten a glimpse at the leaked phone itself. We seen ROMs that point to its release. And now it's appeared on Sprint's NASCAR site for, natch, the Sprint Cup. [via Engadget]

It's a little odd that the phone's listed as the Rhodium, which as we all know is its HTC codename. (The asterisk, for the record, points to the Rhodium as one of the "devices (that) support NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile full audio and video content.")

So we'll avoid saying that Sprint's revving its engine on the Touch Pro 2 (or getting ready to drop the green flag) and instead say that it's coming, get ready.

And if you ain't first, you're last.

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5 years ago

Review: Dorothy Browser Beta 0.2.0

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Review: Dorothy Browser Beta 0.2.0

Just when it looked as if the mobile web browser market had settled down a bit, another one emerges from the shadows. Dorothy Browser is the latest webkit powered browser to hit the Windows Mobile scene. Dorothy is only for WM Professional devices (no word if a Standard Version is to follow) with a 400mhz or higher processor, 128mb or greater RAM and screen resolution of 800x480.  It will work on smaller screens but you'll just need to scroll around more.

Dorothy Browser is in Beta development so performance was sporadic. Pages loaded fast but seemed to stall half way every so often. That last little bit of the page load seemed to take forever to complete. I didn't experience any lock-ups but there's obviously still some work to be done on the page load end.

While performance still has some bugs to iron out, follow the break to see what impression the application's features and design made.

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5 years ago

About the 'Microsoft should buy Palm' stories

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There have been a few stories floating around lately positing that Microsoft should gobble up Palm. And we couldn't agree with our man Dieter Bohn more when he says no. Hail no. And Dieter's gone and summed things up over at Precentral.net. Were we going to boil it down to two sentences, we'd choose these:

I'm still optimistic that Microsoft will be resurgent in the mobile space next year, but they're going to do it their way. Trying to do it Palm's way is a flat-out bad idea.

Give it a read. Then head back over here and let us know what you think in the comments.

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5 years ago

Fire sale on Verizon Windows phones

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That's right, folks. For a limited time only (we presume) you can get the HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond, as well as the Samsung Omnia, for the low, low price of $99. As you well know, all three of those phones are on their way out, so the discount isn't unexpected.

(The Samsung Saga is still at $199, btw, the SMT5800 is $99 the Ozone and Q9m are $49, and the original HTC Touch is $9.99.)

That all comes along with a 2-year contract. So if you don't mind signing away 730 days of your cellular life for phones that while good, aren't the latest and greatest, head on over to Verizon.

Thanks, Elliot, and everyone else who sent this in.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Office Communicator gets upgrade

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For you hard-core worker bees out there, Microsoft has updated Office Communicator Mobile 2007. The update comprises:

  • Joining conferences while on the go is much easier. No more dial-ins and entry codes. There's now one-button access to join.
  • Communicator won't log in to a roaming network, if you so choose, saving you money.
  • There is (er, will be) a plug-in for the Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen that shows your present status and number of current conversations.
  • Making calls is more streamlined. You can make a call with your work identity and dial extensions.

More at the Communicator Team blog, and you can get the Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 update at www.getcomo.com.

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5 years ago

We told you so: HTC Tachi (Twin) at Bluetooth

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