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5 years ago

Hands-On with the Toshiba TG01 (plus bonus photos)

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With all the 480x800 devices getting announced at MWC09, increasingly it looks like the TG01's differentiation is going to come from the weird UI and the fact that it's sporting that hot new Snapdragon processor.  Well, from those two things and from pretty looks.  Looks which we share with you now, after the break.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's what the TG01 has got

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 3G, Quad-Band Edge
  • GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • G-Sensor, microSD
  • 3MP Camera
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 512MB ROM / 256 RAM
  • 1100 mAh Battery, 4 hours talk time
  • 480x800 WVGA Touchscreen

Photos and impressions after the break

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the BlackBerry Application Suite

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We don't call Dieter Bohn the Hardest-Working Man in Smartphone Showbusiness for nuthin'. Our favorite editor-in-chief has made his way over to BlackBerry end of Mobile World Congress just in time to check out an ... HTC Touch Fuze?

If you're confused, it's only because you missed our recent post on the BlackBerry Application Suite, which brings the BlackBerry operating system to non-BB phones. In this case, the Touch Pro (or Fuze, on AT&T) which, as we all know, normally runs Windows Mobile.

Head on over to our friends at CrackBerry.com and check it out.

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces new Xperia panels

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From Sony Ericsson at Mobile World Congress comes word of four new panels for the Xperia X1.

  • A new CNN panel keeps you constantly updated with the latest news, sport, or weather and a host of CNN content including access to CNN’s popular citizen journalism tool, ‘i-Report’. Browse information by category, personalise your experience or plug in your location and get instant updates for wherever you are in the world.
  • A unique Skype panel brings quick access to Skype on the X1, telling you at a glance which of your friends are online. Browse easily through your contacts and call or instant message them in just a couple of clicks, or customise your handset using the evening, daylight or event based effects.
  • For those who just want to have fun, a new Mytopia panel lets you play bingo and poker games with people around the world. With millions of users there is always someone online to play against or you can play by yourself. You can even collect virtual coins and improve your rank by winning live matches.
  • For those always on the move, the specially developed ‘On the Road’ panel includes large touch icons and a simple layout. Offering direct access to your music playlists and tracks, navigation tools and easy to use call-handling, this panel will makes your driving convenient and entertaining wherever the road takes you.

The new panels will be available in March. Pretty standard stuff, though the "On the Road" panel sounds cool. Larger buttons for when you need to see things very, very briefly. Not that you'd ever play with your phone in the car.

Full presser [via the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog]

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5 years ago

Bolt Mobile Browser

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Bolt Mobile Browser

It's easy to get lost in the shuffle of Mobile World Congress, but here's a little item that piqued our interest. The once-quiet Windows Mobile web-browser field has seen a lot of activity lately. From Opera Mobile going Turbo to Skyfire releasing a new Beta version to Mozilla releasing the Milestone release of Fennec, the mobile browser industry has been busy.

Adding to the web-browser mix, Bitstream developers have introduced the Beta version of BOLT. Compatible for several platforms, including Windows Mobile and Palm OS, BOLT is marketed as providing fast, secure, desktop-styled Web browsing. The browser has support for XML, ATOM, RDF formats of RSS feeds and support for JavaScript and AJAX. BOLT also claims to consume one-third of the battery power of other mobile browsers and offers 23:1 over-the-air data reduction to speed page delivery of pages to your phone.

The browser sounds promising and while the application has been in closed Beta testing, the browser is being announced at the Mobile World Congress and is now available for public consumption. Follow the break for our first impressions of this new browser and a few screen shots.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile finds a new best friend in LG

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer invited LG exec Skott Ahn up on stage at Mobile World Congress. The two ripped through a couple of showtunes, and then Ahn dropped the bomb — LG's making Windows Mobile it's primary smartphone operating system for the foreseeable future.

We're talking dozens (like, 50 or so) phones over the next three years. They two companies will have joint marketing services, and Ahn joined in on the new company line (which we also heard back at CES): "I'm sure we can take the Windows Phone market to the next level," he said.

We've had the less-than-stellar LG Incite on AT&T now for a while in the states. We're expecting to see at least a few LG Windows Phones (might as well get used to that moniker) here at MWC09.

Full presser after the jump.

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5 years ago

LG Eigen Plays Catch Up with Omnia

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LG Eigen Plays Catch Up with Omnia

 

You'll be forgiven for wondering why LG is bothering with the Eigen, aka the GM730, since its competitor, Samsung, seems to have already been-there-done-that with the original Omnia. Still, we're more than happy to see LG finally jump head-first into the Windows Mobile pool after spending so long dipping their Prada-loving toes in the shallow end. What's that? You want the specs instead of a history of LG's relationship with WM and our thoughts on the future of said relationship?  Fine.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.4 Professional
  • Touch Screen
  • 3G
  • WiFi, GPS, FM Radio
  • G Sensor
  • 5 mp Camera
  • 528MHZ msm7201A from Qualcomm
  • 256ROM/128 RAM
  • 200x400 screen

ETA and price are, of course, completely unknown, though the press release points to the second half of the year. Two more views and the press release after the break. (You can get more at http://mwc.lge.com/. Careful, it was giving Firefox fits.)

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 - The Full Feature List

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Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.5 today.  The software is still not quite ready for release but will go to manufacturers soon and will start arriving on handsets towards the end of 2009. WM6.5 brings all sorts of new features to Windows Mobile Pro (touchscreen) and a handful to Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen). WM Standard saw its big feature update with 6.1, and with Professional plays some catchup with 6.5. As of this writing, it doesn't appear that any current Windows Mobile smartphones will receive an update to WM6.5. Instead, many of the new devices announced at MWC09 will be upgradeable to 6.5.

Overall, you should know that 6.5 matches up pretty well with many of the leaks we've seen in the previous weeks. The emphasis here is "finger-friendly," and it means that you'll be able to leave your stylus in the silo. We have a brand-new Zune-esque Today Screen, a new Hexagon Start Menu, "embiggened" softkey menus, and an all-new version of Pocket Internet Explorer. There also are plenty of small touches throughout, like a new unlock screen that's better than anything else out there.

Still, at the end of the day, 6.5 is definitely not the radical improvement we've all been waiting for with Windows Mobile. There are plenty of improvements, but it's clearly not a game-changer. So as we run down the new features, we won't pull any punches, but don't let the occasional gripe get you down, 6.5 really does look to be a solid release, it's just that deep down it's still Windows Mobile 6. But do note that everything you see here is from an alpha build. So if something looks a little janky, it just might be.

Enough of the preamble, time to get on to the screenshots and features. Read on!

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5 years ago

The Full Skinny on Microsoft My Phone

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No, it's not the full skinny on my phone, it's the fully skinny on Microsoft's new My Phone service (we promise not to make that sad joke ever again). It was accidentally revealed and then copped-to by Microsoft, they are now laying out the full details on the service, which you can pre-register for here.

In essence, My Phone simply is a backup service with a side of over-the-web management for the following:

  • Contact, Calendar, and Tasks (with caveats)
  • Text Messages
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Documents

In detail, of course, there's quite a bit more to tell, which we do, after the break!

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia HD Sneaking up on Getting Official

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Spotted on a billboard earlier today, the Omnia HD looks to be the final name for the previously seen Acme i9810 (the name sounded a little, ahem, generic to us too).  Now Samsung Central [via] has the official shots of the beast (it's on the left).  

We'll find out tomorrow whether the "HD" in "Omnia HD" truly means that we'll get HDMI Output, 16 gigs of storage, GPS, WiFi, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.  Them's the rumors, we're looking forward to facts.

Oh, and Samsung, just one thing -- we know you're fond of that TouchWiz interface and have been using it to run entire phones instead of just using it as a skin on top of Windows Mobile.  If you do that to the Omnia HD, we just might not recover from the heartbreak.  We'll admit to being a little nervous about it.

Update: Yep, our fears were right on. The Omnia HD's running Symbian. The good news is that our pal Matt over at Nokia Experts is smiling from ear to ear.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces Touch Pro 2

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HTC Announces Touch Pro 2

 

What, you thought that the Touch Pro and the Fuze were the pinnacle of QWERTY sliders, never to be outdone? You thought wrong, chummer, and here's the reason: the HTC Touch Pro 2. What did HTC change? Well, here are the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro
  • 3G, quad-band edge
  • WiFi, GPS, FM Radio
  • Motion sensor
  • MicroSD (SD 2 Compatible)
  • 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200
  • 512ROM/288 RAM
  • 3.6" 480x800 WVGA screen
  • 4.57" x 2.33" x .68", 6.17 oz
  • 1500 mAh Battery
  • 3.2 mp camera

OK, we might have oversold it in that first paragraph. What we have here is essentially a Touch Pro with a higher resolution screen, Windows Mobile 6.1, and a "2" after the name. So it's a small bump to be sure, but it's a bump into WVGA resolution, which MWC09 seems to be teaching us will be the new standard. As you can see, HTC appears to be ending its experiments both with faceted backs and with fingerprint magnets and instead delivering us a smooth, handle-able form factor.

Availability is "early summer" across global markets, so it's a safe bet we'll see this hit the U.S. around that time frame.

There are also a couple new software features to be excited about, you'll see some hints of them after the jump in the full press release.

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5 years ago

HTC Announces Touch Diamond 2

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Where would the Touch Pro 2 be without a keyboard-less little brother? Adrift, that's where. Adrift without a sibling that sports nearly identical specs, to wit: 

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro
  • 3G, quad-band edge
  • WiFi, GPS, FM Radio
  • Motion sensor
  • 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200
  • 512ROM/288 RAM
  • MicroSD Expansion
  • 4.25" x 2.09" x .54"
  • 4.15 oz
  • 5mp Camera
  • 1100 mAh Battery
  • 3.2" 480x800 WVGA screen

Right, you guessed it, pretty much identical specs, thinner and cooler form factor. Even better, take a look at the bolded section there — the Diamond 2 drops the onboard memory in favor an an honest-to-god microSD card slot. HTC may not have brought the U.S. the Touch HD, but if it denies us this, too, there will be blood ... continued grumbling. Which brings to availability: Q2 2009 for Europe and Asia, global availability "later in the year." In other words, it should arrive slightly ahead of the Touch Pro 2 and U.S. release seems, well, seems inevitable.

We're a little teary about HTC dropping the facets on the rear of the device, but not that teary. Plus, we're actually pretty excited to see what looks to be touch-area underneath the screen that looks to be a dedicated zoom bar, just as with the Touch Pro 2.

Full press release after the break

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5 years ago

Review: Google Maps with Latitude

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Review: Google Maps with Latitude

Google's watching you. Or at least that is what some of the headlines read when Google launched its latest version of Google Maps. The reason behind all the conspiracy theories cropping up like wild fire is that the newest version includes a new feature called Latitude.

Latitude is a feature that utilizes cell-tower triangulation, GPS or your home IP to approximate your location so friends can find where you're hiding located. In turn, you can see where your friends are. Hence the "big brother" analogies that immediately came to mind. Now that all the dust has settled we took the latest version of Google Maps with Latitude out for a test drive. To see how much attitude latitude has, read on after the break. And be sure to listen to what Dieter and Malatesta have to say about Latitude in this week's WMExperts Podcast.

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5 years ago

More on the Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2

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A few more tidbits from the HTC Press conference that didn't make it into our post on the device earlier.  Tidbit the first: the Touch Pro 2 is certainly more than just an minor update to the original Touch Pro.  The changes come in both hardware and software and they're significant and significantly cool.

HTC is introducing a few software features along with a few innovative new hardware features, all of which make the Touch Pro 2 one Mean Business Machine.  The Touch Diamond 2 is also getting a few neat software features. You know what time it is, it's time to join us after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC CEO Peter Chou Outs This Afternoon's Announcement: Windows Mobile 6.5

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Just back from HTC's mega-packed press conference (no kidding, it was literally standing room only).  We've already posted on the HTC Touch Pro 2 and the HTC Diamond 2, but the best moment of the conference came at the end.  After Microsoft Exec Andy Lees took the stage and promised "more to come" about Microsoft's outing, HTC CEO Peter Chou re-took the stage and went ahead and said what Lees wouldn't: that announcement will be Windows Mobile 6.5

We can't blame Chou for doing it, though, because he wanted to make sure everybody knew that the Touch Pro 2 and the Touch Diamond 2 were both ready to rock with Windows Mobile 6.5 whenever it comes out and that anybody who gets one will get a free upgrade.  We also got a tiny bit more color on when the two devices will actually launch (with WM6.1): The Diamond 2 in "early Q2" and the Touch Pro 2 in "late Q2."

We have more to say on both of these phones, which are actually a bit more stellar than our previous posts let on (especially that Touch Pro 2.  Prepare for a few Zowie Moments.)

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5 years ago

HTC Announces Updated TouchFlo 3D for Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2

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As if the Touch Diamond 2 and the Touch Pro 2 weren't enough, HTC packed some sneaky little software updates in its press release. Our favorite: HTC Pure Push Internet technology. Here's what HTC has to say about it:

HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.

Sounds like you can save pages to your phone and HTC will periodically send updates of the page to you in the background. Could be a real timesaver for those who haven't discovered RSS on Windows Mobile yet.

There's more, too. TouchFlo 3D apparently is going to be better integrated with Windows Mobile at a deeper level (meaning, yes, that TF3D might actually be a more substantial update to WM 6.1 than WM 6.5. We're just saying). They're enlarging touch-focus areas throughout the OS and delivering "more consistency."

Finally, HTC has taken a page from the webOS and is presenting you with a new contact information screen that will show you all your recent calls, emails, and texts for that contact — whether in-call or not.  A personal contact history for each contact that aggregates all that info sounds pretty spiffy to us.

More detail as we get it!

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