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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond - Noooooo disassemble!

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If you just can't bring yourself to rip open your HTC Touch Diamond to find out what makes it tick, we're right there with you. After all, this is the phone that launched the 2008 wave of black-slab sexiness.

But PPCGeeks member BigDiesel07 took it upon himself to rip apart the Diamond. And what he's found is that it doesn't look like an enterprising DIYer with a soldering gun will be able to upgrade the internal flash memory. And as the Diamond doesn't have external storage, we're stuck with what our HTC momma gave us.

There is really only one section of the board with anything on it, the board that has the processor on one side, and the huge memory bank on the other (the 4gb internal).

Keep an eye on the PPCGeeks thread. BigDiesel promises higher quality pics soon. And if you're up for more HTC carnage, check out his excellent CDMA Touch Pro tear-down.

Update: Big Diesel gave us a heads up in the comments that the new, higher-res pics are up. Go get em'!

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile's 1 million-sellers

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Windows Mobile's 1 million-sellers

In the music business, an album "goes platinum" once it's sold 1 million copies. In the cell phone business, well, let's just say we don't expect HTC to be rapping about how many Touch Diamonds it's moved. (Though we've got a pretty good idea how it might sound.)

During CES last month, MobileJaw got some face time with Windows Mobile Senior Product Manager Greg Sullivan at CntrStg, the companion to the main CES show. And it was there that they discussed the 11 devices running Windows Mobile that have sold more than 1 million units.

The list, in no particular order, comprises some oldies-but-goodies, as well as some of the new hotness. And remember these devices also are available worldwide, not just in the United States. Read on to find out who has made it into the Windows Mobile Platinum Club.

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Mind your browser

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Faithful WMExperts reader Dan (Hi, Dan!) brings word of a little trick he uses to significantly speed up his new AT&T Fuze, which was acting sluggish even with TouchFlo 3D turned off. So without further ado, Dan's tip:

I recently upgraded from the ATT Tilt to the Fuze. From Day 1 the Fuze would frequently slow down and often freeze, requiring a soft reset. Even with TF3D off, it still would slow down and crash.

Long story short, I figured out why. I ran SK Tools [ed note: a handy little tweaker and memory manager] and looked at CPU usage at a time when the device was sluggish. It revealed that Opera was still running in the background and using up a large percentage of CPU, even though the Opera browser was not listed in the running programs.

I then set up a shortcut using SK Tools to "Auto-kill" Opera. My Fuze has been running as smooth as silk ever since.

Well done, Dan! And thanks for the tip.

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5 years ago

Verizon: Policy Changes in the Air

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Verizon: Policy Changes in the Air

A couple of policy changes are taking shape over at Verizon, as first spied by the Boy Genius Report. First, with regards to Verizon's rebate policy, is that all rebate forms now must be submitted alongside a copy of the relevant customer agreement. That means you have to have a new contract (or re-up on a current one). Before, you could buy a phone at the full off-contract price and still collect a rebate. (Not that any of our readers *cough* would ever do that.) So: loophole closed.

Next is the change in policy with regards to Verizon's Test Drive Program. Effective February 15, 2009, Verizon will be discontinuing this program, which allowed new customers to try out Verizon's services for 30 days, risk-free. If you weren't satisfied, Verizon would waive the wireless access and usage charges, and you'd quietly go your separate ways. After the 15th, you'll have to pay those fees if you opt out. Verizon notes that the Test Drive Program remains in effect for new lines of service that activate up to and including February 14, 2009, and port out within 30 days of the activation date. So, if you're thinking of giving Verizon a test drive without penalty, Valentines Day is the cutoff. 

Another change in store for the 15th involves the New Every Two Program, which discounts new phones when you re-up every two years. Customers with an existing monthly calling plan that is $79.99 or greater currently enjoy a $100 discount on new handsets. Effective February 15, this discount will drop to $50. Customers with a $34.99 to $79.99 plan who have enjoyed a $50 discount will now settle for a $30 discount. Bottom line, if you're eligible for the NE2 discounts and are considering changing phones, to get the most out of this program you might want to visit your local Verizon Store before February 15.

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5 years ago

New Shadow shaves $50 off price

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New Shadow shaves $50 off price

Read into this what you will, but AllShadow.com notes that the Shadow II Shadow 2009 (new) Shadow, out for less than a week on T-Mobile, already has seen $50 dropped from its price.

First released at $200 after contract and rebates, you can now grab a Shadow for $150 (white or black burgandy). How about it, folks? Picked one up yet? And if not, is this price drop going to entice you?

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5 years ago

Review: e-Mobile Traffic

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Review: e-Mobile Traffic

 

Do you have a commute to work through frustrating traffic? Would you like to have real time traffic updates, including accidents and traffic flow? Then you should start looking at how your WM phone can help you with this. Today it is a 50 / 50 chance that any given WM phone has built in GPS. We wanted to take a look at a possible Traffic solution for those who do not have built in GPS in their WM phone. To see if e-Mobile Traffic ver 1 is the smartest $19.99 you ever spent to save you hours in your daily commute or if it is a gimmicky option that is not worth the money... read on.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 44

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 - Noooooo disassemble!

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Xperia X1 - Noooooo disassemble!

 

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If you're the kind of person who enjoys seeing things taken apart and put back together, feast your eyes on the above video. [via inxperia]

Yep, that's a Sony Xperia X1 with its guts spilled out all over the place in a smoking heap of twisted metal. And that doesn't really bother us that much, seeing as how it's still a figment of our imagination.

OK, OK, our impatience is showing again. We're just itching to find out when the X1(a) will finally make its way over to our side of the world. Nov. 3 can't come soon enough.

In the meantime, head on over Inxperia and check out the other videos of the X1 being taken apart and put back together again.

 

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5 years ago

HTC S740: A Sign of Things to Come

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HTC S740: A Sign of Things to Come

HTC announced at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show that they will be introducing the S743 to U.S. Market later this year. The S743 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with a slide-out keyboard and who's non-U.S. cousin is the popular S740. While there was some concern over the future of WM Standard the announcement of the S743 might be the spark needed to breath new life into WM Standard. Windows Mobile Standard is a fantastic operating system for those who want the power of Windows Mobile but don't necessarily want to worry with all that's going on behind the scenes. While the S743 isn't available for review yet, HTC was kind enough to provide us with a test model of the S740 during last Fall's Mobius Conference. To give us a little insight on what to expect from the S743, we decided to take the S740 out for a test drive. Read on after the break to see how it handled the test track.

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5 years ago

Mr. Handsfree Bluesmart

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Mr. Handsfree Bluesmart

Becoming hands free in the car with your phone is now becoming more of a necessity by law than a luxury of convenience.  One of the easy solutions is to get a Bluetooth speakerphone for your car.  But it can be challenging picking out which one is best, easiest to install, and which one has the best sound quality.  Well, I have reviewed the Mr Handsfree BlueSmart which has a unique option of actually hardwiring the unit into your car or simply using it as a plug and play speaker phone by simply plugging it into the cigarette lighter.  To see if this one holds up to our standards read on.

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5 years ago

There's a mad Fennec on the loose

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There's a mad Fennec on the loose

Normally we're all about leaks. We love getting our hands on the latest and greatest phones, operating systems and software before anyone else, being a guinea pig, and then sharing the results with you.

This is not one of those times.

We first noticed a leaked version of Mozilla's Fennec browser floating around the Internets on Thursday. And the early consensus was that it's nowhere near ready for prime time and is definitely not the beta we're expecting on the Touch Pro in the coming days. Our guess? The code's been compiled but certainly wasn't intended for mass consumption. So we let it go, but kept our eyes on it. But that hasn't stopped other brave souls from trying it. So, after the break, we bring you a video from Pocketnow of a browser that doesn't yet work.

Why are we getting our registry entries in a twist over this? For one, our excitement for Fennec has grown as we've waited. With all the power we're used to in Firefox with bookmarks, add-ons and Mozilla Weave, this could be the first mobile browser to really give Safari on the iPhone a run for its money (with apologies to Skyfire and the Opera 9.5 beta — ya know we've got love for ya). Ask us what our top gripes about Windows Mobile are, and a proper browser will always be in the Top 5. And that's why we'd prefer to put Fennec through its paces once the real beta build is released. Even then, it will be a beta, so there undoubtedly will be some niggles. So, Mozilla, take your time. Let's get this right.

In the meantime, instead of loading some half-baked version on your phone, we suggest trying the desktop emlator instead.

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5 years ago

Resco Bubbles

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Resco Bubbles

I never thought that as an adult that popping bubbles while doing connect the dots could be so engaging and addictive, but Resco Bubbles has opened my eyes to (and fulfilling) these needs that I didn’t even know existed deep inside me.

As I am sure you have seen on TV, read about here at WMExperts, or discovered in your own WM phone that you have recently purchased, many of the new phones now come with G-Sensor built in. What is that? It is the phone’s ability to detect which way the phone is moved or tilted. And with this new technology, games that take full advantage of it are starting to hit the market as well. We here are WMExperts will continue to highlight and share the best of, and the worst of, this new genre of games.
Resco Bubbles ver 1.20 is the first one of this new genre that we are reviewing here at WMExperts in detail. As I mentioned above, it is addictive, but it is too simple to not be worth the money? Read on to find out if wasted hours of popping bubbles is destined to be a must have for your current or future phone.

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5 years ago

WinMo plays just fine with Windows 7 beta

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There was a fleeting moment of consternation in the run-up to the Windows 7 beta as it was rumored to lack support for Windows Mobile. The definitive answer: Fugetaboutit.

Speaking as a longtime Windows XP user who had avoided Vista at all costs, I've had nary a problem using Windows 7 with my Motorola Q9h, though I did have to download Microsoft's Windows Mobile Device Center -- aka WMDC (for you anti-Vista folks, that's basically Activesync with a nice UI on the front end). Hopefully we'll see WMDC built in to the final release of W7. For now, you can get it here.

If you're already used to WMDC, you should have no problems in Windows 7. If you're still looking to get in on the beta program, go download it here (at least through Feb. 10, when the official download ends).

Granted, we were hoping for a little more functionality with Windows 7 and Windows Mobile — Microsoft has this whole darn ecosystem it's working on, it'd just be nice if we could do more than simple sync, install, and file transfer. But, hey: working's working, at it appears to be a step up over ActiveSync.

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5 years ago

Verizon Roadmap Leaks Out, Includes New Touch Diamond/HD?

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Engadget got their hands on a Verizon roadmap for 2009 and as you might expect, there's some Windows Mobile-related hotness, specifically:

There will be at least two HTCs released this year: a version of the Touch Diamond and an unnamed handset closely resembling the Touch HD.

This has the ring of truth to us, as HTC was very adamant that the Touch HD wouldn't make it to the US, which made us sad.  So marketing it as a new version of the Touch Diamond makes sense maybe also matches up with that seminal HTC tweet "sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news. we do have other cool stuff coming"

If we had to guess, we'd say the unnamed Touch HD-Esque device outlined above sounds an awful lot like the Topaz C we ogled in the massive HTC 2009 roadmap leak.

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5 years ago

Spotify coming with mobile version, alternative to Seeqpod?

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Well if Seeqpod can do it surely Spotify can too. Well that's what Gustav Sodersrom figures since they have been such a big hit in Europe. Spotify is a music streaming program that lets you rock out to your favorite tracks over the web. 

 

 Development and planning will start in February but still no word on when it will be ready.   Being that Gustav is a former head honcho at Yahoo mobile its safe to say he knows what hes doing, but lets hope its a tad bit sexier than Yahoo GO.  I like that these companies are actually realizing that there's a big demand for music on the go. Were always going to keep our favorite Madona tracks on our memory card, but sometimes the party demands something different. After figuring out everyone loves a quick search and a click could come in handy when using our devices to provide the music. via unwiredview

 

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