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5 years ago

Pantech Duo 2 at the FCC; AT&T is next

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5 years ago

Verizon Announces Samsung Omnia

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Verizon Announces Samsung Omnia

The Omnia's announced, everybody, at long last. It'll be online tomorrow and in business channels around the same time, in physical stores on December 8th. Counting legacy devices, the Omnia is the 7th phone currently available on Verizon's network. That's nothing to sneeze at. Neither are the Omnia specs, which match what have been rumored:

  • 240x400 screen
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 5mp Camera
  • 624 MHz Processor
  • 128 RAM (sigh), but 8gb onboard storage
  • TouchWIZ interface
  • Opera 9.5 Browser
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO
  • GPS
  • DIVX support

Samsung's sticking with the optical mouse and the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack. What they're not sticking is 'it-to-you' with the price, which is a reasonable (for these features and specs) $249 after rebates.

Check the press release if you're into that kind of thing, otherwise the Giz has some first impressions. [via Engadget]

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5 years ago

A Microsoft Phone?

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5 years ago

RealVGA: Do You Use It? Want To?

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5 years ago

Motorola Atilla sighted?

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5 years ago

Windows Live Settles on “Kumo” Rebranding?

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We'd heard back in August that “Windows Live” would be getting a rebrand. We've suggested many-a-time here that “Live” is confusing between search, desktop products, mobile products, cloud services, consumer services, Office, and more. Yes, all those things need to be tied together, but there's striations between the products where Live does and doesn't apply, to the point where “Live” is to “defining term” what “Clippy” is to “Help tool.” Which is to say -- not a bad way to brand stuff on paper, but in practice hopelessly annoying.

We're about to plunge into yet another tearful tirade about how Microsoft's cloud services are actually really awesome, better than MobileMe and BlackBerry Internet Service even, but nobody knows about it because they have to hunt down Windows Live for Windows Mobile, Live Search for Windows Mobile, Live Mesh for Windows Mobile, and then patch them all together. We're about to do that, but it looks like Microsoft may have settled on one of the names conjectured in that August post: Kumo, which can mean either “cloud” or “spider” in Japanese depending on which Kanji characters you use. Seems like the perfect term to apply to a set of cloud services with a side of search.

LiveSide reports that Microsoft took control of Kumo.com. TechCrunch believes that Kumo will apply to search and Live will be cloud services and social networking. CNet joins both in emphasizing that no decision appears to be fully set in stone yet.

Us, we're going to go stare in a mirror and repeat “Live Services” three times and see what comes out.

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5 years ago

Review: Wisbar Advance 3

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5 years ago

Review: Sprite Backup 6.5

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5 years ago

WMExperts Holiday Buyer's Guide

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5 years ago

Touch Pro Finally Lands at Verizon

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Touch Pro Finally Lands at Verizon

Steven emailed us this morning:

It's HERE, it's HERE, it's HERE!!

Indeed it is, sir, the Verizon Touch Pro is live at Verizon's site for $420 with a 2 year contract and a $70 mail-in rebate, bringing the final price down to $350. We're still baffled (and we mean baffled) as to why it's different from the Sprint, Alltel, Bell, and Telus version of the Touch Pro, but who are we to argue against any device that offers:

  • EVDO Rev A
  • 640x480 Touchscreen
  • 1340mAh battery
  • TouchFlo 3D
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.2 mp Camera
  • 512mb / 128 RAM

...Ok, we're going to hedge on that last bit, doesn't seem like quite enough for a TouchFlo 3D device. Then again, maybe that's why Verizon doesn't show it in their marketing image, above, eh?

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Case Round up. Part Three: Skins and Pouches

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5 years ago

Verzion Omnia: In stores Dec. 8 for $249.99

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5 years ago

Sprint National Texting Outage

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Sprint National Texting Outage

We at WMExperts have just confirmed that there is a nation wide outage with Sprint Text Messaging. According to Sprint it all started at around 3 pm PST today. Some areas can receive text messages but cannot send them, while others have the opposite problem, with everyone else not able to do either. They were unsure (or not willing to admit) as to what created the problem. Even though they are not sure exactly when text messaging will be back online, their ETA is within the next 8 to 12 hours

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5 years ago

Round Robin Update: TreoCentral on the Fuze, Android Central has it Now

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Over at TreoCentral, Jennifer Chappell has posted up her final review of the HTC Fuze, definitely head over there and give it a read. You can comment over on the related thread for a chance at a Treo Pro. Or you can comment here for a chance at the Fuze. Or heck: do both, we don't mind.

Meanwhile, the Fuze has moved on in our merry little chain and is now in the hands of Casey Chan of Android Central. He's brand new to Windows Mobile and, well, we all know that WM can be a little overwhelimg to new users. So head on over to his thread in our Fuze forums and show him the way.

Lastly, you might also be interested in what's coming next for WMExperts. You can check the Round Robin update page and see from our handy-dandy grid that, yes, we're rocking the iPhone. Feel free to hit up the TiPb Forum thread on that very subject.

One last programming note while we're on the subject: our very own WMExperts podcast is going up tomorrow, then will have a bit of a hiatus because of the Thanksgiving holiday. to make up for it, though, we'll be recoding two Smartphone Round Robin podcasts in the month of December and slapping them into all of our SPE podcasts feeds, so stay tuned!

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5 years ago

HTC had help with the Diamond

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HTC had help with the Diamond

Ever wonder about the stark contrast between HTC's last generation devices and their new Diamond/Touch themed ones? Did you notice how the Diamond's design is "...both modern and clutter-free to allow a strong focus on the innovative interface"?

Turns out there was an open secret that many of us were oblivious: HTC worked with San Francisco design studio One & Co. on the ground-breaking Diamond's aesthetics.

Granted, HTC gets the credit for execution, delivery and that quite popular TouchFlow3D interface. But it never hurts to get the input of some schmancy artists sportin' some black turtlenecks and speaking (inexplicably) with Swedish accents.

So next time you stare down at your purty HTC Diamond and you think to yourself, boy the "...rich materials and diamond-like surfacing convey its power and sophistication", you can thank One & Co.

[Via I.D Magazine; Thanks Darren]

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