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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 rumored for Sept. 11, $199

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No hard and firm source on this, but we're inclined to believe one of the Boy Genius' ninjas who's dropped a hint that the Verizon Touch Pro 2 will be available on Sept. 11 -- as in one week from now. And the best part: Verizon again is going uber-competitive on the pricing at $199.99 after $100 rebate and the usual 2-year contract. (Remember that they undercut everybody with their version of the Snap, too.)

So, that'd make three out of four. Anybody think AT&T's prepping something for that Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day?

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5 years ago

An early unboxing of the Sprint Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409

So here are some screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23409.5.4.0, snagged by Da_G over at XDA Developers and posted up at Redmond Pie. Here we see WM6.5 continue to progress to a more finger-friendly operating system.

What interests us more, however, is the following statement from Redmond Pie, which would confirm what we've been suspecting all along:

It must be noted here that the Builds in the 23XXX branch have nothing to do with the first Windows Mobile 6.5 powered phones set to launch in October. The version that will be launched on those phones are from 21XXX branch which were compiled last month. The Builds in 23XXX branch are perhaps more looking like a part of Windows Mobile 6.5.1 release.

That's right in line with what we've been suspecting. While that's no big deal for anyone who knows their way around XDA, it doesn't bode well for the more, shall we say, "normal" users, and those waiting for the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day. Guess we'll just have to hope the carriers and manufacturers put out updates on their own. :-/

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia X2 Videos Surface

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Sony Xperia X2 Videos Surface

It was only a matter of time before hands-on videos for the Sony-Ericcson Xperia X2 to surface and here's a short and sweet overview of the new Windows Mobile phone as presented by SE-First.

Can't say there's any surprises in the design of the X2.  The battery door does appear to have a safety latch and you can't miss the 3.5mm jack.  If you've survived the techno sound track, follow the break for yet another hands-on video from EngadgetMobile that focuses on the X2's unique user interface.

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5 years ago

Why do we need capacitive touchscreens?

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Well, you found us out. Deep down in our heart of hearts, we don't like resistive touchscreens. And we don't like you if you do. Yep. That's our big secret. (For those keeping score at home, we also don't like broccoli, counties that don't follow Daylight Savings Time, and drivers who use the parking brake on level roads.)

Folks, let's everybody take a deep breath here. Buried within an announcement of a new phone was a brief parenthetical stating that the device (unfortunately) had a resistive touchscreen. Why is this "unfortunate?" Because as the rest of the smartphone world supports capacitive screens, Windows Mobile still does not. iPhone? Yep. Android? Got it. Palm's webOS? Sure thing. (As to whatever evil creature was sacrificed to create BlackBerry's touchscreen, well ...)

If there's one thing we Windows Mobile fans are particularly proud of, it's that our operating system of choice covers just about every permutation of phone out there. Keyboard/no keyboard. Umpteen different screen resolutions at a number of DPIs. D-pad/no D-pad. 3.5mm headphone jack/stupid proprietary adapte -- well, certainly we're all on the same page on that one, right?

Point is, it doesn't matter whether you think capacitive touchscreens are better than resistive. Different strokes for different folks. We're really not advocating one way or another. It's your phone. Hell, my daily driver doesn't even have a touchscreen, so there. It's unfortunate that current Windows phones (and upcoming phones, at least for a while longer) don't have the option of using either capacitive or resistive touchscreens. That deprives you, the user, or the choice. And if you want to put up with that, well, you know where to go.

Now that we all have our knickers untwisted, sound off in the poll below, and then yell at us some more in the comments.

Fess up - capacitive screens? Or Resistive screens?(opinion)
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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 Tutorials

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Sprint Touch Pro 2 Tutorials

Need something to pass the time while you wait for the Sprint Touch Pro 2 to be released? Sprint may have just what you need over on their support pages. Sprint has added tutorials and instructional videos for the Touch Pro 2 on their website's support page.

The tutorials range in topic from installing and charging the battery to setting up your email accounts. The videos offer a broad overview of the Touch Pro 2 as well as more specific instructions on the GPS system, Touchflo 3D and other features on the Touch Pro 2. Sprint also makes available the Touch Pro 2's User Guide for those in need of some light reading.

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2: Now Available for Order by Sprint Telesales

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We're getting word that as of today, September 3rd, you can now place pre-order for the just announced HTC Touch Pro 2 via Sprint TeleSales (866-866-7509).

All sorts of prices are being thrown around, depending on your current contract-status. There is a $100 MIR and you should be able to get the fee for over-night shipping waived. Some SERO users though are getting denied, so be careful.

The devices are also suppose to be in stock now, meaning deliveries could start as early as tomorrow (no tracking numbers have been confirmed as of yet) but most people are being told it won't ship till next week, so 3-5 business days.

Good luck everyone!

Update:  SERO users should try and call 1-888-503-3078--reportedly orders go through that channel with no problem. (thanks Russelhi).

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5 years ago

WM7 already in Beta + Various Feature Combos Confirmed?

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UX Evangelist today is suggesting that Windows Mobile 7 already is in Beta and in fact, will be revealed in November at PDC (Professional Developers Conference) 2009.  Of course we're expecting Steve Ballmer to drop some info on WM7 at CES 2010, but that doesn't necessarily preclude something at PDC either.

On top of that, UXE has scoured LinkedIn to find any info on developers and what they've put on their resumes in regards to WM7-- it is quite the list with many technologies mentioned.

So can developers expect an actual beta in their hands of WM7 in November?  Read on for the clues and grab that salt shaker--it's speculating time!

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 also on the WinMo 6.5 upgrade train

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There's been zero doubt that we'd see Windows Mobile 6.5 on the Toshiba TG01 because, well, it was announced pretty much from the launch of the phone, and we've already seen a build running on it -- and running very swiftly on that 1GHz Snapdragon processor. And now Toshiba RSVP'd for the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day.

That said, the TG01 still isn't available on any any U.S. carrier. (Though we're holding out a little hope.) So, anyway, full presser on the upgrade is after the break.

Via Slashgear

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5 years ago

LG prepping three WinMo 6.5 phones

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LG prepping three WinMo 6.5 phones

HTC's already announced it'll be launching the Touch2 as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, and it appears LG may be getting in the game as well. You'll remember that back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, LG announced that Windows Mobile would be its smartphone OS of choice. A Reuters report shows that partnership coming to fruition, with a trio of new phones available "in the next few weeks," and 13 more by the end of 2010.

Newswire goes a bit further and tells us to expect a QWERTY slider, a front-facing QWERTY and a full touchscreen phone. The United States, Europe and Asia (only half of the major continents) will get first dibs. And on top of Windows Mobile will be "LG’s own distinctive S-Class User Interface, which offers a unique 3D experience that works with Microsoft’s familiar operating system."

We're pretty sure of two of the three devices — the GW550 seen above, and Slashgear says we'll see the GM750 (seen here at right). Will the Monaco be the third?

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5 years ago

Review: MOBO Wallet Organizer Case

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Review: MOBO Wallet Organizer Case

When it comes to cases for your cell phone, there is no one form factor that is perfect for everyone. The perfect case for you depends entirely on your needs. This concept makes it imperative for manufacturers to make a variety of shapes, sizes and designs in order to accommodate the variety of people that buy their products.

Cases that double as a wallet have come and go over the years and no one manufacturer can seem to get a design that really takes off. The idea that you can have your wallet and cell phone in one compact package is particularly appealing to those of us who walk around with what could easily be mistaken for Batman’s utility belt.  Mobo makes this attempt with their Wallet Organizer Case.

All the facts (and my opinions) are after the jump.

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5 years ago

Summer giveaway: Kinoma Play

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X2

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Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X2

Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia X2. The latest iteration features the familiar panels interface but also debuts SlideView, "which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities."

Like with the original X1 (read our review), there actually are two versions of the X2, with the X2a the version with U.S.-compatible 3G bands. That said, there's no U.S. availability mentioned anywhere, and the X2a appears slated for Australia and New Zealand.

Specs are a little incomplete, but we'll start you off with a massive 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus, image stabilization, geotagging, a 16x digital zoom, flash and more. Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional is on board the 3.2-inch 480x800 touchscreen (resistive, still, unfortunately). There's quad-band EDGE and tri-band (850/900/1900) on the 3G side.

Sony Ericsson says the X2 will be available in the fourth quarter. No word yet on pricing, but you can bet it'll cost a pretty penny. Next question is whether the X2 will get any support from U.S. carriers, after the X1 was spurned. Get the full rundown here, and we've got more pictures after the break.

Oh, and if new hardware's not enough, SE's opened up the panel SDK. Get the lowdown on that here.

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5 years ago

HTC announces the Touch2 (aka Mega)

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HTC announces the Touch2 (aka Mega)

HTC this morning announced the Touch2, which we've come to know previously as the Mega. As expected, the specs won't knock your socks off:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional.
  • Qualcomm MSM7225 @ 528MHz.
  • 512 ROM/256 RAM.
  • Dimensions: 104x55x12.9mm.
  • Weight: 110 grams with battery.
  • Display: 2.8-inch QGVA (240x320) screen.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band HSPA (900/2100).
  • GPS.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and ExtUSB.
  • 3.2MP camera (fixed-focus).
  • 1100 mAh battery.
  • MicroSD card.

So, this isn't a top-shelf device, but it does move the low end of HTC's smartphone lineup into the same ballpark as the likes of the Touch HD, Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2, with the full-front screen (even if this one is smaller and of a lower resolution) and zoom bar. The Touch2 will be available as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day in European and Asian markets. Note that the Touch2 will work on U.S. GSM networks but lacks the U.S. 3G frequencies.

More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Review: Documents To Go Premium Edition

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Review: Documents To Go Premium Edition

Every once in a while, you come across something that Windows Mobile does fairly well, but doesn’t quite handle everything that you throw in its direction. The Office applications that are built into Windows Mobile are a great example.

Documents To Go has been one of the leading applications for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents for many years. With each release of Windows Mobile however, native Office support has been improved to include new features. Where does that leave Documents To Go and its $29.95 price tag? The answer to that and more are on the other side of the break.

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