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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 65

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5 years ago

Review: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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Review: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

 

Is it safe to say that the HTC Touch Pro 2 is the most anticipated Windows Mobile phone of 2009? Maybe "one of the most" anticipated WM phones of 2009? Regardless, you have to tip your hat to T-Mobile for beating Sprint, AT&T and Verizon to the punch by bringing the Touch Pro 2 to the U.S. market first.

We played with the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 in the store, but that's hardly a proper review, is it? T-Mobile has done an impressive job at presenting the Touch Pro 2 to the U.S. market. To find out how good, you'll have to follow the break.

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5 years ago

And the Trinket Software winners are ...

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That's a wrap, folks. Five days later and we've given away 20 licenses for apps by Trinket Software. Here's how it broke down:

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PowerSMSNo CallsFake CallDay 1nixsPohketsilverpalToddACurryDay 2Bird_Flubok.oSandersJC64Allyson13Day 3isaaclLLC23simbadoggrev_aaronDay 4MatchstickdovellaxDavewolfkraskiDay 5SpriteGFtoenpraytorainmaxamis

Congrats to all the winners, thanks to Trinket Software, and look for another big software giveaway real soon. (Hint: Details to come in the next podcast.)

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5 years ago

Rearrange start menu items in WinMo 6.5

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Hallelujah. The new start menu in Windows Mobile 6.5 has caused a bit of consternation since we got our first look at it. The honeycomb was ditched for a borderless (but still honeycomb-shaped) design. Probably our biggest sticking point was that icons couldn't be rearranged. They could be moved to the top, but one by one. And that's just no good.

What is good is Build 23037. The screen shots didn't show it, but the proof is in the video you see above. The menu has been fixed (yes, fixed), and icons can be moved wherever the heck we please. One more video after the break.

Oh, and a note to carriers: If you're thinking about releasing Windows Mobile 6.5 on a phone without this feature, think twice. It's that important.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Motorola A3300 spotted

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Motorola A3300 spotted

While the Motorola's A3300 remains a bit of a mystery, we've picked up on reports that the A3300 has landed in China.  We feel confident to say the A3300 is a Windows Mobile phone, is 3G, and is headed to China's Telecom network. Sina.com is circulating photos of the device that clearly has Microsoft's Windows flag button on the lower left corner.

Granted we haven't seen the phone turned on to see what OS the 3.2" WQVGA screen is displaying but everything still points to Motorola not giving up, entirely, on Windows Mobile.  

Still not much information on the specs on the A3300 or if Motorola plans to release the phone outside of China. It does appear that it's fitted with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Via WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

LTE and CDMA play nice

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LTE and CDMA play nice

A pretty big landmark for lovers of CDMA and LTE networks (that'd be Verizon, for sure) occurred recently. LG and Nortel completed the first data handoff between LTE and CDMA networks, and they did so in a way that is standards-compliant. That's kinda important for the obvious reasons.

In geek speak:

The test by LG and Nortel successfully demonstrated the feasibility of idle mode handover between CDMA and LTE and active mode handover from LTE to CDMA leveraging device assisted, network controlled functionality. The demonstration was conducted over 700MHz spectrum using Nortel CDMA Evolved High-Rate Packet Data (eHRPD) 1xEV-DO and Nortel LTE solution with LG’s dual-mode CDMA-LTE M13 terminal. The M13 terminal is a test device created with commercial grade components that will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010.

Newswire via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Live Mesh won't work with Snow Leopard

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A heads up for any of you Windows Mobile people also wielding Macs (we know you're out there) and using Live Mesh for some sync love. (OK, we're certainly paring the class here, but whatever.) The Live Mesh team announced Thursday that the Mac client for Live Mesh isn't compatible with Snow Leopard.

With the recent Apple announcement regarding the availability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), we want Live Mesh Mac users to be aware the current Live Mesh Mac software is not compatible with the new OS X version (10.6). We will continue to support Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) users. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

There ya go. Oh, and speaking of Snow Leopard (slightly NSFW):

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2, Omnia II in Verizon's system

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5 years ago

Friday Fun: Commercials

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Friday Fun: Commercials

Go ahead and admit it, T-Mobile may have turned heads when they were the first to release the Touch Pro 2 but what really turned heads was the company bringing back Catherine Zeta Jones back as a spokesperson. It added a certain zest back to their commercials.

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and even Altel have cranked out some enjoyable commercials over the years. From Dieter Chad at Alltel to the "what if firefighters ran Congress?" commercials from Sprint these commercials make an impression on the viewer. You may not remember the sales pitch but the slogan, punch line or even the spokesperson keeps the company fresh in your mind.

Follow the break for a few more memorable commercials from wireless service providers.

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5 years ago

X: The story of closing apps

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X: The story of closing apps

If there's one piece of Windows Mobile Professional that's driven us (and likely many of you) bat-poop-crazy over the past few years, it's the little "X" button that might or might not actually exit out of an application. In the earlier days, when RAM was at a premium, this was more of an issue, as we needed to actually exit apps and not just shove them into the background. A functional phone is a good thing.

And so, one of the first apps we'd often install was one that would actually make the "X" button exit the app, as we've grown accustomed to on desktops. We long scratched our heads at this. It just didn't make sense.

Today, it's not nearly as big a deal. But now we're getting an inside look at the story behind the story here, from Mike Calligaro of the Windows Mobile Team blog. And it's a heck of a read, explaining how things progress from the first Pocket PCs. A teaser, if you will:

One thing we did has been pretty contentious. Along the way, we got feedback that users didn’t mind letting us manage the memory for them, but they really wanted a way to say, “I’m done with this. Make it go away.” So we put a “go away” button in the upper right corner of PocketPCs. This button just sends the application to the background. It doesn’t close it. If the system needs more memory while the app is in the background, it’ll close the app. But, if the system doesn’t need more memory, the app will stay in RAM and be ready to come back quickly the next time the user needs it.

Go read the whole thing here. Then weigh in below.

How do you prefer your app management?(survey)
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5 years ago

Lemur love pokes fun at U.S. iPhone MMS

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG02 passes WiFi certification - now what the heck is it?

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When last we saw the Toshiba TG02, we were looking at a leaked photo that might or might not have pointed to another slab form factor like its little brother, the TG01.

Now things get a little muddy, or possibly lost in translation. Dutch site Tweakers.net [via] has spotted the TG02 going through the WiFi Alliance [pdf link] and notes that the TG02 is a clamshell phone. But the model number is listed as TM5-EO1, which Unwired View reminds us is definitely not a clamshell phone and in fact is the FCC code for the TG01.

So what does it all mean? Heck if we know. But there is a TG02 floating around out there somewhere, and we did see a rumor that the TG01 was getting some CDMA love, so maybe things are along those lines. Or maybe it's something completely different. Or ... Or ...

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5 years ago

Sprint & Verizon Touch Pro 2 to launch with WM6.1; US Cellular goes WM6.5

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Okay folks we have some good news/bad news:

Bad news first is that Sprint and Verizon are launching the hotly anticipated Touch Pro 2 with the same build of Windows Mobile 6.1 as the recently launched Telus version (review).

Interestingly, US Cellular will be launching out the gate with Windows Mobile 6.5 on its Rhodium device, though we have no firm date on that release yet.

Now some goods news:  Sprint and Verizon both have working test-ROMs with Windows Mobile 6.5 already, meaning an official update won't be too far off after launch (8-12 weeks?).  Seems both companies are racing to get it out the door ASAP, so no one is waiting for a stable Windows Mobile 6.5.

Finally, Verizon is not only keeping the GPS unlocked, but it looks to be shipping with Bing/Live Search in the actual ROM. This is odd for them since Verizon usually includes its own Nav program and not Bing/Google Maps (like on the Ozone). Definitely a change in practice there!

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5 years ago

And another build of Windows Mobile 6.5 ...

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Oh, why not. While Malatesta and I might have bemoaned in this week's podcast the number of Windows Mobile 6.5 builds floating around in the wild — and remember that we're not really expecting any of these to be among the first updates — that doesn't mean they're not fun to look at.

And so we bring you Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23036 [RedmondPie via XDA], just a couple of steps up from the the last one we saw. The Start menu and other buttons are still on the bottom but are looking more and more refined. But the bigger change is in the onscreen keyboard. We haven't used it yet, but at first glance we're a little worried about the size of the keys. (And note that Build 23037 is out, too, with some bugfixes.)

More pics after the break.

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