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5 years ago

Review: Remote Lock/Wipe Smackdown

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond: Video Hands On, Comparison, Walkthrough

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Here you go, folks, our unboxing, hands-on, comparison, TouchFlo 3D (redux), Opera Mobile 9.5 video extravaganza with the all new Sprint Touch Diamond. We're loading the device up now to bring you a full review in the coming weeks and also to give it the same definitive iPhone video smackdown treatment we gave to the original Touch and iPhone.

Impressions: Everything we liked about the original Touch Diamond is here, but slightly faster. Sprint's crap-apps are less in-the-way, the added thickness doesn't bother us nearly as much as we thought it might (it's barely noticeable), and we're loving the red paint.

Questions: give 'em to us in the comments.

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5 years ago

Review: MotionApps mSafe

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Review: MotionApps mSafe

This is part three in our remote lock/wipe smack down. In part 1 we looked at Sprite Terminator and in part 2 we reviewed Corsoft Warden Pro. Stay tuned for the comparison of all of the software that we

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia Coming to AT&T as the Mirage?

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Finally some good news on the Omnia front for AT&T Users: Engadget is reporting that we might see it on the network next month with full US 3G support and an all-new name: the Mirage. The rumored date is October 7th.

We can't resist a Mirage joke, either: Samsung and AT&T are going to want to get it released as quickly as possible, because any possible buzz about the device is going to vanish as soon as the HTC Touch HD starts appearing in bloggers' hands.

You can check out our hands-on video with the Omnia here. We're hoping / guessing that when we see the Mirage, some of those User Interface hassles will be fixed up so tightly it will seem as if there were never even there to begin with.

Are you still holding out for the Omnia/Mirage, or has your desire for one disappeared (somebody stop us) in favor of another (one more) oasis?

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 18

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Weekly Software Wrangle 18

It's hard to believe that September is already half over, and it's already time for another Software Wrangle. See what's new, what's been updated, and what's available for free for your Windows Mobile device. Let's get started!

This week, WM Standard new software is Sunnysoft Calling Card and StyleTap Platform for Smartphone. Updated software includes MemoryUp Professional - Mobile RAM Booster and TerraTrack Recorder. The free app this week is mDiamondz.

WM Professional new software are AudioBay Podcast Player and SMS Reports Eraser. Updated software includes phoneAlarm and VsNotepad 2. Freeware is Stopwatch v1.0.1.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Sunnysoft Calling Card - Smartphone v1.1 from Sunnysoft. Do you travel much internationally? If so, you may look into using calling cards for your cell service if you aren't doing so already.

This application handles the whole process of using prepaid calling cards to make cheaper calls for you. All that without having to type in a single number.Just choose the destination number you want to call directly from your Contacts list.

Features: - Quick management of calls with ANY type of prepaid calling card. - Create profile for your prepaid calling card (define name, PIN number, your provider etc) and define call sequence (describe step by step how the call will be made). - Enables creating as many profiles and sequences for as many calling cards as you wish. - Supports any service provider or operator. - Automatically detects your location (where you are currently) to choose type of call you need to make (International or Local etc.). - and more.

Get Sunnysoft Calling Card for $18.00 here.

The next new WM Standard app is StyleTap Platform for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.1 by StyleTap, Inc. Did you migrate from a Palm OS device into the Windows Mobile world? Do you miss some of your favorite Palm apps?

StyleTap Platform is a Windows Mobile application that creates a virtual runtime environment that enables you to run most applications for the Palm OS

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond spotted sporting white paint job

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Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day?

The HTC (them again!) Touch Diamond (you might have heard of it) reportedly will be available in white in October. (Translated here from Engadget Spain)

No word yet on whether Sprint would even consider offering it to go along with its current Touch Diamond offering. Same with Best Buy, which is selling the GSM variety unlocked.

Either way, it's good to see HTC branching out from the Black Slab form, and venturing into, er, white slab territory. (And, yes, we know there's a white Touch out there.)

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5 years ago

Another hands-on with the HTC S740

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Another hands-on with the HTC S740

And in even more HTC news this week ...

Engadget Mobile goes hands-on with the S740, the non-touchscreen slider that also includes a numeric keypad for good measure.

Their verdict?

Let's just put it this way: if there's a phone that could convince us Windows Mobile Standard was the way to roll, this would be it, no questions asked.

Coming from those guys, that's some serious love for a Windows Mobile device. It would be interesting to see the S740 put head to head with one of our favorite non-touchscreen devices, the venerable Motorola Q9h, even though the form factors aren't the same.

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5 years ago

Review: Corsoft Warden Professional

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5 years ago

Just how important is your phone, er, spouse?

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"I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while." - Groucho Marx

Chances are if you're reading this, you're pretty passionate about phones. There's also a good shot that you're sitting in your underwear, eating cold Chinese food, but that's neither here nor there.

But there can be too much of a good thing, as evidenced by a recent survey of "workplace professionals." [via]

Apparently 87 percent of you take your, er, devices into the bedroom, according to the findings by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. (Yes, insert your own "I leave it on vibrate" joke here, filthy reader. And for our money, we're betting it's mostly CrackBerries.)

What's worse:

In a potentially related finding, more than one-third of folks surveyed (35%) say if forced to choose, they’d pick their PDA over their spouse!

Gasp, indeed!

So to help you make your decision, we've worked up a handy questionnaire to help with your decision. Click through for more. (And for the record, tonight was General Tso's Chicken.)

Your significant other uses:

Your S.O.'s wireless plan includes

  • Everything unlimited (+10)
  • Unlimited nights/weekends, 200 texts, "unlimited data" (+5)
  • Plenty of minutes and texts, but just 5 megs of data (+3)
  • Bare bones minutes & data, pay-per-text (0, but they're probably smarter than you think)
  • No data (-10)

Your S.O.'s mobile browser of choice

  • Skyfire (+10)
  • Safari (+10 - So sue us. It's good.)
  • Opera Mobile 9.5 beta (+7, but add +3 if the device actually has the muscle to run it well)
  • Opera Mobile 8.65 (+5)
  • Blazer (+3)
  • Pocket IE (0)

For music, your S.O. uses

Bonus question: ARPU stands for

Your score

  • 50 to 60 - They're a keeper. And probably as big a nerd as you. And that's a good thing.
  • 30 to 50 - There's potential, but you have some work to do.
  • 10 to 30 - Outlook not so good.
  • 0 to 10 - You're better off with your phone in bed.

Full disclosure

This Windows Mobile user/writer is in the midst of celebrating his fourth anniversary with his Palm OS, Treo-using wife, and he bought her a new iPod Touch for an anniversary present. Do the math on that one. And, it's laying on the nightstand.

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5 years ago

Symbian losing their mojo

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Symbian losing their mojo

Its been a year since we last ran the numbers and its time to find out how everyone weights in at the smartphone market scale. Overall the smartphone community has grown which is always good, but the surprising numbers are coming from Symbian.

Back in the day Symbian was holding in at a steady 65.6 in market share. Today they

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 Press Event

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Xperia X1 Press Event

Had enough HTC Touch HD yet? Us neither, but it's time to point out that it's not the only news going on today. Sony Ericsson held a webcast earlier today to tout the X1's chops, the live webcast hasn't been archived yet for viewing, but you can catch a liveblog rundown of the event over at wmpoweruser.

What new info did we find out? Erm, not much beyond the possibility that Sony will leverage their giganto-corporate-syngergies to ship the phone with full length movies in some countries (Hi Spider-Man!). It's shipping on September 30th or later depending on carriers (read: AT&T is one of the “or later” carriers).

You can still follow the stylings of Johnny X in the future, the next episode is Sept 22nd. There's also an official, Sony-sponsored Xperia Blog, though visiting it makes you an 'xperiancer,' and we hear that it takes some pretty strong antibiotics to get rid of that.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD Officially ...Official

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HTC Touch HD Officially ...Official

Looks like that HTC Touch HD website we just posted about wasn't a completely mix-up, it went just just went temporarily down due to a little release-day jitters. Yes, folks, the HTC Touch HD has been officially announced. Yes, it's definitely going to be seen as at attempt at being an iPhone-killer (as mentioned in the gdgt podcast, it has the exact same dimensions as the iPhone), and yes, we think it has a shot at being just that for power users.

800x480 (we never get tired of typing that), 5 megapixel camera, regular old 3.5 mm headset jack, all the specs you saw earlier hold true. We'll add that we're happy to see the next-gen Qualcomm MSM7201a 528MHz chip and we're sad to see that it won't launch with US-compatible 3G bands. But that version will indeed come someday:

The HTC Touch HD will be available across major European carriers in Q4 2008 and be introduced in other global markets shortly following.

A couple of glamour shots of the HTC Touch HD and the full press release are after the break!

NEW HTC TOUCH HD RAISES BAR FOR MOBILE INTERNET AND ENTERTAINMENT

Large, 3.8 inch wide-screen VGA display, HTC TouchFLO 3D, desktop-class broadband browsing and a 3.5mm audio jack and more provide the ultimate entertainment combination

Taoyuan, Taiwan — September 16th, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today unveiled its latest handset, the HTC Touch HD, an entertainment focused mobile handset that will transform how people experience multimedia on the move. Integrating a large 3.8 inch wide-screen VGA display (WVGA), a standard 3.5mm audio jack and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the HTC Touch HD is the perfect device for multimedia fans.

Shifting the boundaries of design and innovation

The HTC Touch HD combines high performance capabilities with a stylish, sleek design that has made HTC a global leader in mobile phone design and innovation. Its large 3.8 inch WVGA touchscreen offers users stunning clarity and vibrant colours, providing an unrivalled experience when watching movies, browsing the Internet or even scanning through photos taken with the 5 megapixel auto focus camera. The stylish new device also features HTC’s beautiful TouchFLO™ 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack has also been designed-in, allowing consumers to use high-performance headphones with the device for the best possible sound quality.

“Today, Widescreen TV, Internet and video have become the standard so there is no reason to compromise when you leave the house, the Touch HD delivers that uncompromising multimedia and Internet experience,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO HTC Corporation. “We are living in a time where the concept of entertainment has radically changed. The internet is so much more than just email and our customers expect to be able to access the Internet and high quality multimedia content no matter where they are in the world.”

Getting the most out of the Internet

The large high resolution, widescreen display combined with download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G, enables the HTC Touch HD to render websites quickly and in full-page width. This provides a comparable Internet experience to that of home broadband in terms of both speed and page layout. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile internet in a variety of ways. For example, browsing to favourite websites, using Google Maps to find a restaurant for lunch, searching for and streaming video from YouTube or even catching up to the minute news, blog posts and video podcasts with the integrated RSS reader, will be more intuitive for consumers familiar with desktop browsing.

No compromise

The HTC Touch HD has been conceived for both business and consumer users alike, who demand style and performance and do not think the two are mutually exclusive. The HTC Touch HD is the ideal handset for people who are embracing the mobile multimedia shift but who do not wish to forgo quality, simply by being on the move.

Availability

The HTC Touch HD will be available across major European carriers in Q4 2008 and be introduced in other global markets shortly following.

Key Touch HD product specifications:

  • Size: 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm
  • Weight: 146.4 grams/5.164 oz with battery
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHzWCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 3.8 inch Wide Screen VGA screen (480 x 800 WVGA)
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel with auto focus – Second Camera: VGA
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash; 288 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™ memory card (SDHC™ capable)
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1350 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 390 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 310 minutes***
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 390 hours***
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ 528 MHz
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5 years ago

Review: PBA Bowling

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5 years ago

HTC Makes Touch Viva and Touch 3G Official

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HTC Makes Touch Viva and Touch 3G Official

HTC has released the official info on the Touch Viva (neé Opal) and the Touch 3G. Nothing you haven't seen before. The Viva basically takes your standard GSM Touch (original version) and updates it with GPS and TouchFLO 3D on the UI. This low-endish phone will presumably come with a low-endish price (we don't know for sure, yet) and comes in a single color, the oddly-chosen (given the timing) “Storm Gray.” For those of you looking to eschew the Diamond in favor of this, take note that the 3G doesn't look to be US-compatible.

The Touch 3G is quite a bit more interesting -- taking that same, nice, feel of the original Touch and adding in 3G, GPS, and TouchFLO 3D. Sadly, it drops the Wifi. It also brings the pretty colors: “sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown.”

Both sport the standard stuff: 320x240 screens, WM 6.1 Pro, Bluetooth, and so on. You can expect both to hit the streets in early October.

Getcher specs and the press release after the break!

HTC Touch 3G

  • Size: 102 x 53.6 x 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 96g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 192 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 360 minutes / GSM: Up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours / GSM: Up to 365 hours
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™ 528 MHz

HTC Touch Viva

  • Size: 104.5 x 59 x 15.75 mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 128 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: Up to 480 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: Up to 270 hours
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 850, 201 MHz

Press Release

Taoyuan, Taiwan — September 16th, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Viva. Continuing HTC’s touch-phone tradition, the Touch 3G and Touch Viva utilize TouchFLO, HTC’s finger-touch optimized navigation experience enabling quick, one-touch access to the people, messages and information people want.

“The HTC Touch 3G and Touch Viva embody our commitment to build a family of touch phones that are powerful and stylish but also offer something to everyone,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corporation. “Whether you’re a professional or a student you can now get an HTC touch phone with a beautiful touch user experience.”

HTC Touch 3G

The Touch 3G offers an uncompromising touch phone experience with powerful Internet capabilities including wireless download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile Internet in a variety of ways. With the Touch 3G, customers can search for and watch streaming video from YouTube, get directions and mapping using Google Maps for mobile and stay updated on the latest news with the integrated RSS reader.

HTC Touch Viva

The Touch Viva blends an affordable touch phone with the benefits of HTC’s TouchFLO, an easy to use phone and an optimized mobile Internet experience. In addition, with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, users can easily synchronize their calendar, contacts, emails and more with their personal computer.

Availability

Both devices will be available in early October 2008 in a variety of markets. The Touch 3G will be available in four colors: sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown while the HTC Touch Viva will be available in Storm Gray.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD Unveiled at HTC.com, with Bonus “HTC Touch 3G” Action (Updated: x2)

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Update x2: The pages are back up! Here the Touch 3G page and here's your Touch HD page.

Update: The site, she's gone. Head on over to Engadget for some more pics.

Go, bask in the glory of the HTC Touch HD, which was previously leaked last week. Yes, friends, we have multiple angles and the full specs:

  • 3.8 inch, 480x800 screen
  • TouchFLO 3D
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
  • 4.35“ x 2.5” x .47“
  • Quad-Band GSM, 3G in Europse/Asia (no US)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS
  • microSD
  • 1350 mAh Battery

Hot. There's a phrase that we've always been gun-shy about using, but here we go anyway: iPhone Killer. Go on and check out the full photo gallery.

Want more? Ok, the HTC Touch HD the website isn't fully finished, yet - click on ”Product Tour“ to get a glance at the ”HTC Touch 3G“ which comes in a ”modern, lightweight shape“ and ”a range of hot colors.“ This looks to be an entirely new Touch -- it has the look of the Touch Dual on the front and boasts 3G, unlike the recently leaked Opal / Viva. This sounds quite a bit more like that device that we hinted at in the podcast, too. (This 'addition' to the website makes us wonder if maybe this shouldn't have gone up just yet.)

So: Touch 3G for people with small hands, Touch HD for those who want big screens, Touch Diamond ...how is it you're already getting passed up? HTC sure can crank out them phones. When the Touch HD and Touch 3G actually will be cranked out and at what price is anyone's guess.

via Engadget

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