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5 years ago

Hands On with HP Voice and Data Messengers

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Long rumored and finally revealed earlier this month as "Beauty and the Beast," HP's Voice Messenger and HP's Data Messenger (we sort of prefer the codenames, Oak and Silver, ourselves) are impressively unimpressive in person.  That is to say -- they're straightforward Windows Mobile 6.1 implementations with no flies on them.  The hardware is slick on both devices.  The Data Messenger is the slider and the slide action is just peachy, with a very subtle wave on the keyboard to remind you that there were actually engineers behind this thing.  

The Voice Messenger (out on Vodafone) is also quality and if we were fans of sure-type, we'd be (mostly) sold. See, we're not convinced that replacing the d-pad with a touch-sensitive 'swipe and tap circle' is a great idea, but we figure for the casual and fashion-sensitive users the voice messenger is targeting, such distinctions are less important than the (excellent) pocketability of the device.

Neither device has carrier acceptance in the US and given HP's recent track history, you're more likely to see one of them on Rogers in Canada than you are on AT&T or T-Mobile.  Still, a lot of folks like the plain-jane HP iPaq 910c, so to see the same company put out some sexy kit is a sort of vindication.

Getcher specs and more photos after the break!

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5 years ago

Updated: HP unveils a pair of new phones

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As promised by Dieter on our Twitter feed, here are a couple of new offerings from HP which have been dubbed "The Beauty and the Beast."

First up is the Ipaq Data Messenger (that's it on the right). Here are the deets, in handy bullet point fashion:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 2.8-inch 320x240 touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.74 x 11.4 cm
  • 128 megs RAM, 256 megs ROM.
  • WiFi (b/g)
  • Standard slider keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), the European flavors of HSDPA (900/1900/2100 MHz)
  • aGPS
  • 3.1MP camera with 5x digital zoom and LED flash.
  • 1140 mAh battery.
  • Micro USB for sync and charge.
  • Micro SD card, up to 8 gigabytes.

Here's the new hotness: Instead of a standard D-pad or trackball, there's an optical sensor (as opposed to an "optical mouse", we guess) that offers "gliding" optical control.

Also released is the Ipaq Voice Messenger. You get mostly the same specs as above, sans touchscreen, the full keyboard is replaced by a 20-key alphanumeric, the screen is a tad smaller at 2.4 inches diagonal (though the resolution is the same) and the batter is a little smaller at 1260 mAh.

Note that these are about on par with the HP Silver and Oak that we've previously reported on.

WM Poweruser via JK On the Run

Update: Engadget Mobile has spied the Vodafone details. Off-contract, the DataMessenger will run $677, and the Voice Messenger is $565 (yes, we know they don't use dollars in Europe). Also check out the hands-on video in which you can see the optical sensor in action.

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5 years ago

Google's Street View vs. MS' Bird's-Eye View

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Maps and navigation undoubtedly are a couple of the coolest things to hit the mobile tech world in the past few years. On Windows Mobile, the two major (free) players are Microsoft's Live Search Mobile and Google Maps.

We've been fans of Live Search for a long while now, with its turn-by-turn directions and better search results. But there's not denying that Google Maps got a few points back in its collumn with a recent update that brought Street View to the small screen. But with little fanfare, Microsoft brought its "Bird's-eye view" setting down to phone level. With Google, you've got a car's-eye view of the streets. With the unheralded BEV, a zoomable over-the-shoulder look into your neighbors backyards. (And Microsoft doesn't make a big deal about it. In the map view, go to Menu>View>Bird's Eye).

So which do you prefer? Google Maps and Street View getting it done for your daily navigation? Or is Live Search and Bird's-Eye View your peeper of choice? Let us know in the comments.

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts P7 Pouch

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Smartphone Experts P7 Pouch

I’m a big fan of Smartphone Experts’ cases. I’ve always found them to be well made, stylish, and reasonably priced. While Smartphone Experts offers a standard side pouch to fit the AT&T Fuze/HTC Touch Pro they also offer the Smartphone Experts P7 pouch ($19.95). While similar to the standard side pouch, the P7 does stand out a bit. To see how and if the P7 falls in line with SPE’s reputation for delivering quality cases, read on after the break.

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5 years ago

Plantronics Voyager 835

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Plantronics Voyager 835

As more Bluetooth headsets are released into an already crowded market, the distinctions between the various choices start to become fuzzy. In a situation like this, there are a couple of concrete factors that offer a huge amount of insight into which product is the best choice for you; manufacturer and price.

Plantronics has become synonymous with quality headset for telephones and computers. Their products are used in call centers all over the world. The ever expanding line of Bluetooth capable products continues to push the envelope and offer a variety of quality goods to consumers. The Plantronics Voyager 835 is reasonably priced for a premium quality headset at $69.95 (at the WMExperts store, the MSRP from Plantronics is a less reasonable $119.95).

Click through for our full review.

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5 years ago

Hands On With the Motorola Q11

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Hands On With the Motorola Q11

 

Sure, the Motorola Q11 isn't going to rock your world anytime soon (heck, unless you live in South America, it's unlikely to show up in your world at all), but it's worth one last look.  If Moto really is serious about getting out of the Windows Mobile business, we need to get as much of their front-facing QWERTY goodness in front of us as we can.  

The Q11, as you may recall from its official launch, is an EDGE-only handset with GPS and WiFi thrown in on the side, meant primarily for South America.  Hardware-wise, it pretty much feels like the Moto Q9c -- though we'll admit to being slightly jealous of the 3 megapixel camera.

The Q line -- we still like it.  There aren't enough WinMo standard QWERTYs out there -- the BlackJack II and the Q9 series are pretty much it for North America.  Given how popular the form factor really is, it's going to be a long wait for that Maple to arrive.

More photos after the break -- 11 of them, to be precise.  Ahem.

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5 years ago

HTC's Entire 2009 Lineup Apparently Leaked

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Well this is going to take the wind out of HTC's sails a bit for whatever they were going to unveil at Mobile World Congress in a couple months.  See, images marked "DIYPDA.com" (re-posted by user Arlen of PPCGeeks and via Modaco and wmpoweruser) have cropped up -- a full twenty five photos of upcoming HTC devices. We have the full gamut here, from the HTC Iolite (previously seen) to stuff we've been waiting for for quite awhile, like the above HTC Mable, which looks to be the long-awaited 3G update to the Excalibur/T-Mobile Dash.  

We have the Twin, Topaz, Rhodium, quite a lot.  There's everything from WinMo Standard Messaging devices to black slabs to sliders, and they all look good.  Darn near every carrier is represented too.

More after the break

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5 years ago

Microsoft Live Search to be Standard on Verizon

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Microsoft and Verizon have entered into a five year deal to pre-install Microsoft's Live Search on Verizon Windows Mobile Phones as the default search engine. The announcement was one of many made at 2009 CES and may give Microsoft new hope in tackling the popularity of Google search engines.

This comes on the heels of Microsoft updating Windows Live Search mobile recently which makes it compatible with non-GPS enabled phones and older WM 5 phones.

[Read:PCWorld.com]

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5 years ago

Hands On with the Mobinnova Ice

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Hands On with the Mobinnova Ice

 

While we originally thought that the Mobinnova Ice boded well for the company's ability to manufacture future Xperias, our hands on during CES 2009 almost fills us with foreboding.  See, the fit and finish of this model leaves a bit to be desired, although perhaps our expectations were a little too high.  This is actually a pretty standard 'black-slab' WinMo device -- the main innovation here is that '2nd screen,' which in our testing didn't do much more than act like a sub-par D-Pad.  It worked, but it also made us wish they'd just added more pixels to the main screen and then used software magic to add in a D-Pad there.

....Or not.  Although Mobinnova did go through the now-required motions of adding their own custom software on top of Windows Mobile, it's not much to look at (see the photos after the break).

So yeah, we're not huge fans of the Ice, but that doesn't mean that the future is necessarily grim for the Xperia line.  It just means that Sony Ericsson will need to do all the heavy lifting on design and software (something we figure they're doing anyway), and just leave it to Mobinnova to pump out the darn things.

Gallery and specs after the break.

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5 years ago

Mobinnova ICE Bodes Well for Future Xperias

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Mobinnova ICE Bodes Well for Future Xperias

MobilitySite.com has spotted a new Windows Mobile phone on the horizon. The Mobinnova ICE is the latest device from the company Sony has tapped to help develop the next Xperia Windows Mobile phone. While one must scratch their heads at hearing about plans for the "next" Xperia when the "first" Xperia hasn't fully hit the shelves, the Mobinnova ICE may give us some insight on what to expect.

The ICE is a WM 6.1 device with a 3" WQVGA 262K color screen. Based on the online brochure it sounds as if the ICE has dual screens; the larger main screen and a shorter navigation screen that rests just below the main screen. Otherwise it's pretty standard kit: quad-band GSM, Tri-Band 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and an FM reciever. The ICE is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201ATM (528mhz) processor and has a modest 256mb ROM/128 RAM with a micro-SD expansion slot. Measuring 4.48" x 2.1" x .51" and weighing only 4.23 ounces, the ICE may be a very interesting device. It clocks in for 349 Euro, but what interests us is knowing that Foxconn/Mobinnova are able to build some good devices.

Also: dual-screened Xperia, anyone?

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5 years ago

Motorola reportedly ditching Windows Mobile, going all-Android

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It's been no great secret the past year or so that Motorola is struggling, and that's putting it nicely. Now comes word from Phonescoop that the manufacturer is canning half of its handset division as soon as this week.

And, according to Phonescoop's anonymous source, Moto won't be at the CTIA show in April, and will significantly cut back the number of phones it launches.

Now the kicker: The only smartphones it will produce will be Android-based. As in, no more Windows Mobile. Does that mean the leaked concept shots we saw late last year will all run Android? Maybe. But the time it takes to develop phones leads us to bet against that. More likely, we'll see a few more Windows Mobile phones from Moto before the switch to the Big A.

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5 years ago

CDMA Treo Pro gets FCC Nod; has 1500mah battery

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  Just a few days after the unannounced CES sighting and a single, unexciting “spy shot” the Palm Treo Pro gets its FCC approval for CDMA. Of course we have a good idea that this is supposed to be hitting Sprint within the next 2 weeks, but with little fanfare as it lies within the wake of the Palm Pre.  The only thing we now know is this: it does have a 1500mah battery, which will be a welcomed improvment over the 1130mah of the Treo 800w.

  What else is interesting about these FCC docs is the date:  Sept 12th. This is revealing for two reasons:
  1. Just weeks after the Treo 800w was released, the CDMA Treo Pro was finished and headed for the FCC
  2. Our earlier report (Sept 18th) where Palm said they had secured a deal with a carrier for the Pro
Putting on our "speculation hat", we’d say that the Treo Pro for Sprint was always in the works, whether or not the 800w was a success or not—that is this was a long term plan of Palm and Sprint. Of course had the 800w not been delayed from late 2007, this hardware-refresh would not look so premature.  The other interesting bit is that perhaps this was never planned for AT&T, who since has gone with the Samsung Epix, but rather it was Sprint all along. So anyone actually excited about this? [via EngadgetMobile; link to FCC files]

 

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5 years ago

Hands-On with the Mio Mobile Internet Device Running Windows Mobile

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After seeing this post at jkOnTheRun, I hot-footed it over to Mio's booth to check out their new device -- which is a Mobile Internet Device running Windows Mobile Pro 6.1.  It's still very much a prototype, they're still deciding on final specs, and they're not even sure that they're going to bring it to market.  Price, final RAM, even whether or not it will have a SIM card slot for connectivity are all up in the air.

Nevertheless, it's one sweet piece of kit and the best Windows Mobile device I've seen at CES.  Find out more after the break and check out our hands-on gallery!

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5 years ago

Round Robin Contest Ends Tomorrow

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Round Robin Contest Ends Tomorrow

The Round Robin Contest ends tomorrow. All you have to do to enter is to post in any of the Round Robin Forum threads. You can find the Round Robin Update page or through our RSS Feed.

Once the Round Robin is "officially" over tomorrow, Dieter will be able to return to Windows Mobile and will share his thoughts on his triumphant return.  Look for it next week and in the meantime, take your chances at winning one of the smartphones involved in the Round Robin and post in one of the discussion forums.

Good Luck!

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5 years ago

Sprint/Verizon/Alltel phones: Have a delay when answering a call with data connection? Read on.

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Seems as if that popular tweaking app Schaps Advanced Configuration program and perhaps other GSM-based "tweak" apps (e.g. Diamond Tweak) might be causing a nasty side effect on CDMA (Sprint & Verizon) phones.

Problem: Ever had an incoming phone call and when you answered it lagged big time?

Turns out that this occurs when you have an active data connection.  In theory, the phone should immediately shut that connection and you should be able to answer the call instantly.  And it does...unless you inadvertently change some registry settings, specifically ones related to "force data disconnect".

Thanks to ppcgeeker snovvman, you can verify if you have the problem. Simply open up your favorite registry editor (see our great guide here) and look under:

--> HKLM/Comm/ConnMgr/Planner/Settings/SuspendResume

If that value reads ~GPRS, you have a problem;  Its should be set to #777 (a least for Sprint users).  While manually editing the registry is probably the best way, Juggalo_X created a .cab file which may work for some.  Remember to wait about 10 seconds and then soft-reset to take effect.

[Read more here]

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