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5 years ago

Hands-On with the LG GM730

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Hands-On with the LG GM730

LG's most interesting / innovative phone at CTIA09 is definitely the GD900, which sports a multi-touch slide-down keypad that's also transparent.  It's pretty slick and we're hoping it's a sign of the innovation they intend to bring to all those Windows Phones they committed themselves to back at Mobile World Congress. Something else they committed themselves to at MWC: the LG GM730 (aka the Eigen).  It's a slab-form WinMo machine with the "S-Class UI," 240x400 screen, and a 5 megapixel camera.

Holding it in your hand, it's so obviously cribbed from the original iPhone it's hard to know what else to say about it -- the curves along the side are straight up iPhone.  The backing is a little classier, though, with a nice texture to it.

So while we expect great things from LG, we're hoping a bit of the innovation they're bringing to their featurephone lineup is able to cross over to Windows Mobile and do so right quick.

You know the drill: pics after the break, with bonus CTIA Booth Etiquitte complaint.

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5 years ago

Seven brings new Google calendar support

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Ask us about ways to push e-mail to your phone, and the Seven beta inevitably comes up. And for good reason. It's pretty darn good. Now Seven has given a boost to calendar support, with specific love for Google calendar.

Here's what's being rolled out:

  • Ability to accept, reject or reschedule meetings and appointments: users can manage their calendar the same way they would on their desktop, enabling them to better manage their time.
  • Real-time, two-way synchronization: with SEVEN's true push capabilities, calendar updates are automatically, in real-time, synchronized between the server and the mobile device. The two-way synchronization increases users' productivity by letting them manage their Google Calendar on their phone while ensuring that changes are reflected on the server.
  • Meeting reminders: reminders, one of users' favorite calendar capabilities, are also available. Users can choose between visual and/or sound alerts as reminders of upcoming meetings. Users can dismiss or snooze the reminder.
  • Read/Write Offline Accessibility: with SEVEN, the Google Calendar is also accessible offline, for access outside of coverage areas or in places where the use of mobile phones is banned. When offline, users can not only view their Google Calendar, but they can also create, edit and change calendar entries. Server synchronization occurs as soon as the phone is connected back to the network.

Seven's still in a free, open beta, which you can get in on here.

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5 years ago

Hands-On with the Samsung Mondi

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Hands-On with the Samsung Mondi

After being pleasantly surprised by the rate of WiMAX growth in the states as evidenced in yesterday's keynote, I decided to go and give the Samsung Mondi the once-over.  It's a big ol' tablet with a recessed screen, a somewhat interesting custom interface, middle-of-the-road specs, and a slide down keyboard that's a pretty poor affair.  Oh, yes, and of course, it has WiMAX. Naturally, as is the universal law of all WiMAX demos at conventions, things weren't quite working yet.

Maybe it's that the Mondi was pretty beat up by day 2, but even so, the Mondi is not the device that will spearhead  WiMAX adoption.

More pics after the break

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5 years ago

Meet the Samsung B7610 Louvre

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Meet the Samsung B7610 Louvre

The Samsung B7610 Louvre has made an appearance at The Phone House, the Netherlands' version of Carphone Warehouse.

Apparently this is a smartphone version of Sammy's F700 and will sport Windows Mobile 6.1.

Other than that? Not much else is known, but a 5-megapixel camera is rumored. Anyone want to make a guess as to whether Samsung's going to get (back) in the slider game in the U.S.? It's been a while.

GSMHelpDesk via Unwired View

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5 years ago

Vito to offer Tuned-In Bundle

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Vito Technology, developer of the popular Winterface user interface, announced today the availability of a new bundled application package, Tuned In. Tuned In rolls AudioNotes, SoundExplorer and Ringtone Editor into one convenient package.

AudioNotes is an, as the name implies, an application for recording and managing audio notes. SoundExplorer not only allows you to record notes, lectures, etc. but also allows you to reproduce these audio recordings using different playback speeds, formats and create playlists. RingtoneEditor is an application that allows you to make ringtones from any MP3 file.

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5 years ago

Ask WMExperts: How can I receive files directly to the SD card via Bluetooth?

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Abdullah writes in with an interesting question, as the title states: How can you select where to transfer your BT files and can you have them go automatically to the your SD card?

The answer is ye,s and chalk it up to those smarty guys at XDA for coming up with a freeware solution.

ObexInboxEx (v0.93), developed by alain.j.j, allows you choose where you want your BT transfer files to go to automatically.  Just install and then go to

Start -> Settings -> Connections -> OBEX Inbox to choose where u want to recieve files

Another free option that is a little more fancy would be MoBlue (v2.1), developed by Martin Kaldma and which has more detailed options and a cool UI.

Hope that does the trick for you, Abdullah!  Have a technical question for us that other readers may benefit from? Drop us a line and we'll see if we can find an answer!

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5 years ago

Omnia, Treo Pro headed for Canada's Telus

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Looks like the Palm Treo Pro and Samsung Omnia will be on Canada's Telus network, at least if recent newspaper ads (check out Page 5) have anything to say about it. [via BGR] We're not entirely certain, but the price could well be $149.99 for the standard 3-year deal. Interesting that the Treo Pro gets that much more of a discount than the Omnia, but then who are we do question our benevolent neighbors to the north?

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Robbie Bach live at CTIA

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Microsoft's Robbie Bach live at CTIA

Come one, come all as we join Microsoft's Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment & Devices Division, who will "discuss his thought-provoking response to the question, 'What does "Mobile Life" mean to you?' " Other than that? We've got no idea what's in store.

So check in after the break for a live stream (fair warning, you're going to need Silverlight) of Bach's talk, and tune your favorite twitter client to @wmexperts as our own Dieter Bohn liveTweets the event.

(Note: Microsoft's saying 10 a.m. Pacific, CTIA and Dieter are saying 9 a.m. Pacific - likely it's the case that 10 Pacific is when Bach will take the stage). In any case, you should be glued to WMExperts regardless!)

Update: Miss it live? It's all after the break in its embedded glory, along with Dieter's tweeted thoughts.

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5 years ago

Hands-on: Samsung Propel Pro

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Hands-on: Samsung Propel Pro

Oh, Samsung, we'd had decent hopes for your Propel Pro. But once we got it into our hands, we're left wanting.  Don't get us wrong - we like the form factor and the speed of the device seems up to snuff - but some of the design details are a little disappointing.

First off, the whole phone is a little thicker than we expected. The keyboard is passable, but maybe the Snap has already raised our standards. The five-way D-pad has been replaced by a joystick that just isn't up to snuff. It seems to sit on some little rubbery ball and while you can get used to it, it's still bad. Hey, at least it's not a little touchmouse, right?

The Propel Pro had potential, but it just doesn't feel all that Pro compared to other WM devices. On the bright side, at least it's a Windows Mobile Standard phone with greater than a 240x320 screen. It definitely makes for a decent texting machine, but we're just not feeling that you put the same effort in here that you did with the BlackJack II - which so far appears to be the better device. More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Windows Live for Mobile ... goes live

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Windows Live for Mobile ... goes live

Not all the news is coming out of Vegas this week, as Microsoft has made Windows Live for Mobile available for download.

Now you can get to all your favorite Microsoft programs and features – Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces, Live Search, MSN Mobile – straight from your phone. (Messenger is still a separate download, apparently.)

Strangely, only AT&T and Sprint are mentioned in the carriers section. If anyone on Verizon or T-Mo wants to give it a shot, let us know in the comments. (Commentor emoney says everything's a go on Verizon. Where's our T-Mo peeps at? emoney also reminds us that Hotmail pushes now, which is very nice.)

Otherwise, head on over the Windows Live for Mobile site (link fixed, thanks wwejason!), or download it directly onto your phone.

Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Bolt Browser Updated

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Bolt Browser Updated

Bitstream has announced an updated BETA version of its mobile browser BOLT. We were impressed with the original BETA version and these updates are expected to only improve a very good browser.

The update represents a considerable number of changes which include a new 3XL magnification mode bringing content 33.3% larger than 2XL; double tap protection to eliminate inadvertent clicks; Wifi auto-selection as a default option; Save/View pages locally on the phone; landscape view feature; improved video quality on mpeg4 capable devices; support for folders in Favorites; improved scrolling speed and the ability to reduce menu clutter in the preferences menu.

The BETA2 download can be found over at the BOLT website and it is a free download.

[Read: IntoMobile.com]

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5 years ago

Hands-On Impressions, Video of the HTC Snap

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If you've followed the site fairly closely you may know that my form-factor of choice is the front-facing QWERTY keyboard and that I slightly prefer Windows Mobile standard to WM Pro.  My most-used phone of 2008 was, believe it or not, the Q9h – and it was the phone I always went to when I needed to "give'r."  Lately, though, it's gotten tired.

I give you all this history because, well, the HTC Snap is something I've been hoping HTC would make ever since I first laid eyes on the T-Mobile Dash.  I've handled the Snap on three separate occassions and will go have another look today.  Since this is 'my' form factor, I care a lot about whether HTC got the details right on the Snap.

For the most part, they did.  Read on for a hands-on gallery, a brief video (hall noise removed), and my thoughts so far on the device. 

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5 years ago

PhoneFusion Voicemail Plus 2.0 now in beta

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It's beta day here at WMExperts, and next up is PhoneFusion's Voicemail Plus 2.0. PhoneFusion is in the same vein as GrandCentral (now Google Voice) in that it gives you one number and box to access all of your phone calls, messages, etc. (Hit up PhoneFusion.com for the full, extensive list.) Voicemail Plus brings visual voicemail into the mix. From PF's presser:

Fusion Voicemail Plus 2.0 for Windows Mobile is a free, downloadable voicemail application that gives any Windows Mobile smartphone user with a wireless data and text messaging plan the ability to centralize all of their voicemail boxes and see -- right on the screen of their mobile device -- a list of their voicemail messages. The service also allows users to listen to their voicemails directly from their smartphone.

So that's about the size of it. The basic Phone Fusion service starts at $9.95 a month. Learn more about Voicemail Plus here.

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5 years ago

Marketplace, Themes will be WinMo 6.5 only

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In a bit of clarification from Phonescoop that we weren't exactly hoping for, Windows Marketplace for Mobile will only be available to phones running Windows Mobile 6.5, dashing the hopes and shopping dreams of anyone who has a device that won't be updated. Same goes for the themes. They'll be Windows Mobile 6.5 only — and even then only for touchscreen phones (Oh, Snap!). The Facebook app already is will be available to everyone.

Of course, we still don't officially know which or how many current phones will be updated from 6.1 to 6.5 (we do know that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 will get it, as will the Toshiba TG01). Microsoft recently opened the door for more upgrades than we expected, but things are still a little murky.

And further clouding the waters is the ROM cooking community. The folks at XDA Developers already have versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 running on a number of phones. So will they have access to the Marketplace? Or will there be some sort of gatekeeper to keep phones running unofficial ROMs from shopping?

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5 years ago

One Snappy Video

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One Snappy Video

 

We ran across an interesting video on HTC's YouTube site feature the recently announced Snap.  Along with the snappy muzak, the product tour highlights what appears to be the Snap's primary mission in life; email management.  The level of success might hinge on how well the trackball is received by the Windows Mobile crowd but, the Snap has the potential of giving Blackberry devices and other Windows Mobile Standard phones (Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack II) some stiff competition. 

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