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5 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Power Bundle for Treo 750

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Review: Smartphone Experts Power Bundle for Treo 750

These days, technology like WiFi, 3G cellular networks, and faster processors have surpassed the capability of batteries to keep devices powered for extended periods of time. SmartPhone Experts has recognized the need for users to keep their beloved devices powered and has released a Power Bundle including a wall charger, car charger, and a retractable sync and charge cable for your Windows Mobile PocketPC or Smartphone. How will the SmartPhone Experts Power Bundle for the Treo 750 stack up to your need to have a fully charged device? Read on to find out!

Buy: WMexperts Store >> Smartphone Experts Power Bundle

Wall Charger

The first charger that is included in the SPE Power Bundle is a wall charger. I initially recognized that the charger has retractable prongs that fold into the main part of the charger, keeping it slim and unobtrusive. This design is one of the most important things I look for in a wall charger as I typically obtain a second charger to carry with me to/from work and on business trips as it’s easy to put away and the prongs don’t get snagged on anything in my bag.

There’s also a light on the charger that glows orange. I thought at first that the light would change color after the Treo finished charging, but the light continued to glow amber. This is the only fault that I can find with this charger. I was hoping it would change to a different color when it finished charging the Treo. In addition, the light glows orange regardless of whether the Treo is plugged in or not. Not the biggest deal considering that most outlets are probably out of sight anyways.

The 44” cord allows for extended reach which is nice if you have an outlet that is located in a not-so-convenient place. Overall, the charger works exactly as advertised.

Sync & Charge USB Retractable Cable

The sync & charge cable does exactly as the name states. The most noticeable feature about this cable is that it is retractable, so it’s no more than ~3” long while it rolls out to a full length of 2 feet! I used to carry around a normal USB cable, but it would frequently get tangled up with my other cords in my laptop bag. I haven’t encountered this problem with SPE’s Sync & Charge cable. The connector fits into the Treo perfectly, and maintains a secure connection so it won’t fall out of the Treo unexpectedly. This cable easily synced and charged my Treo, and I didn’t notice any oddities with the design.

Car Charger

The final charger included with the SPE Power Bundle is the car charger. This charger is a standard car charger, not much to write home about. It charges the Treo without issue. The cord is made of a high quality material, and it stretches a good amount to accommodate most users.

Conclusion

None of the chargers included with the SPE Power Bundle are extraordinary, but they all work exactly how one would expect. However, the best part of this bundle is the price. You get 3 chargers for less than $30, which is the usual cost of just a car charger at your local cell phone store! The different chargers in this bundle have all of the chargers and a lot of the features that you would want in a power bundle at a GREAT price. Another outstanding product from SmartPhone Experts.

Buy: WMexperts Store >> Smartphone Experts Power Bundle

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Usability: 5
  • Travel Size: 5
  • Features: 4
  • Value: 5

Overall: 5

Pros

  • Value
  • Folding prongs on the wall charger
  • Small, convenient size for the sync and charge cable

Cons

  • Light on wall charger doesn’t change with charging status of the Treo
  • Arrow indicating the top side of the charger tip is not colored white for easier identification
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5 years ago

Followup: Internet Radio Doomsday Postponed

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The Consumerist has a couple of bits about the likely end of Internet Radio:

the due date for online radio stations to pay higher royalties for streamed music has been pushed back from May 15 to July 15 by the Copyright Royalty Board.

Read: Internet Radio: Web Broadcasters' Date To Pay Royalties Pushed Back - Idolator

That's good news, as it gives the bill that could save Internet Radio a little more time. I've been told that my doomsaying about Internet Radio is a little premature ("It's been doomed before"), let's hope I was just panicking for no good reason.

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5 years ago

Official: T-Mobile Dash WM6 Tomorrow

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Official: T-Mobile Dash WM6 Tomorrow

You'll be able to get it at http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade/, SlashGear has the full text of the press release:

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that T-Mobile Dash™ customers will be the first in the U.S. to download and experience the benefits of the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software. Starting tomorrow, May 4,
T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade from Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6 via a free desktop download available directly from T-Mobile.

Read: SlashGear - Gallery - T-Mobile Dash Upgraded to WM6

Not much more to say, eh? Well, it does look, from the leaked version, that T-Mo has included at least a couple of custom apps in there beyond the standard WM6 fare: the MyFave's app (which is strangely necessary for their "my favorite 5 friends are free" plan) and audio controls on the today screen. I'm one of the cautious who's waiting for the official update to get WM6 on my Dash. Expect a review of WM6 on the Dash on Monday.

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5 years ago

HTC S710 Audio Manager Preview

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HTC S710 Audio Manager Preview

A couple of days into using the HTC S710 and I have a new favorite feature that you'll be interested in: a custom audio player HTC has included called "Audio Manager." It is a music player that uses an ipod-like interface instead of the standard Windows Media Player. It's very easy to use and quick. Even better - it has two additional features that are lacking in the default player - a playlist creator and a ringtone creator! Check out the video below.

We'll bring you a full review after more time with the device.

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5 years ago

20 Million WM Licenses in 2008

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20 Million WM Licenses in 2008

Microsoft is looking to increase their market share in the smartphone market, naturally. Just as naturally, they hope to continue the trend of doubling the number of devices running WM every year. It's not mentioned in the story, but presumably an announcement like this one is intended to help create an anti-iPhone talking point. Apple may be aiming for 1% of the marketplace, but MS is aiming a little higher. That's the idea, anyway. Microsoft only has a month or so before the iPhone drops like a ton of bricks on the marketplace, so it's in Microsoft's interest to try to define the rules of success (i.e. numbers and marketshare) before it hits.

Microsoft, Tuesday said it plans to double the number of mobile phone software licenses it sells worldwide to 20 million in fiscal-year 2008, as it takes on rivals Research In Motion and Symbian.

Read: Microsoft To Ship 20 Million Windows Mobile Licenses in 2008

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5 years ago

HTC S710 (HTC Vox) Unboxing, Q&A

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HTC S710 (HTC Vox) Unboxing, Q&A

Here it is - my favorite WM6 device of this year (so far): the HTC Vox/S710. Check out the unboxing video below. After the jump, answers to the questions submitted over the weekend.

In case you're wondering, here's the rundown on the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard
  • TI OMAP 201 MHz Processor
  • 128 MB ROM (about 50 MB User accessible), 64MB RAM (again, about 50 MB of Program Memory)
  • 101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm / 120g
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band
  • WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Around 7 hours talk-time

On to the Q&A. If you have more questions, post 'em below!

I totally agree with you that its the most exciting WM6 device coming out. My one question is does it have wifi? I'm feeling it doesn't, which would suck a bit.
- Neil

It does indeed have WiFi, which is a relief as the s710 only has EDGE for wireless data otherwise.

2. Carriers?
3. Release Date?
4. Comparison shots with other US devices, Q, blackjack, or similar.
- Josh Smith | April 27, 2007 1:53 PM

Sadly, no idea on carriers or release dates. I strongly suspect that T-Mobile will get it, though, as it looks like an excellent SDA replacement. I'll put up a bevy of comparison shots in the next day or two.

No 3G = No sale. This is not a revolutionary interface like the iPhone so the lack of 3G hurts this device.
- Jerry G

The lack of 3G is a pity (and a big one), but at least there's WiFi to lessen the blow.

how big is it?
what are the dimensions?
- skp

101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm. Basically, it feels like your standard feature phone these days. As you can see in the video, it's smaller than the T-Mobile SDA, so it's pretty hand-friendly.

Does the vox have touchscreen? Can u edit windows office documents? How much did u pay for the device?
- Jack Borg

No touchscreen, as it's Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (aka non-touchscreen edition). Since it's WM6, you can indeed edit office documents, though creating new ones requires a little hack. Let's not talk too much about how much we paid - it's an import right now so it won't feel good to mention it. ;)

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5 years ago

Signpost 2007 - Location Aware Conference App

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We've posted a bit about Microsoft's Mobile and Embedded Developer's Conference (MEDC), which is going on now. Looks like they've developed an incredibly cool app for the attendees to replace the standard booklet/map that you get at conferences. Some features: by putting up little (Update: Not Bluetooth, but just an image that the camera/software recognizes. Hence "signposts". duh.) "signposts" up around the conference, the app becomes location-aware, it lets you know where and when the various events are happening, and they even let you hunt down "easter eggs."

It doesn't take much thinking to come up with other great uses for Signpost: Museums would especially benefit from something like this. I'm glad to see that the MEDC folks are not only kind enough to host the conference, but also to let us non-attendees get a glimpse of what's happening there.

The most common request is the ability to have a conference guide on your Windows Mobile device that saves you time and hassle of having to carry around a cumbersome printed conference guide and flipping through it to look for sessions and room locations.

Read: Backstage at MED : A Wickedly Cool Conference Application

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5 years ago

Speed up Opera Mobile for WM

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Speed up Opera Mobile for WM

downloadsquad has a nice page of tips for customizing your install of Opera Mobile Beta 8.65. I really like Opera mobile but always stop using it for one reason or another. Odd, that. In any case, this just may get me reinstalling again, since it looks like it will be a little while before the stunningly cool-looking Opera 9 for WM is out.

But if you're willing to edit a few .ini files, here are a few ways to customize and improve Opera Mobile.Making a page down button, and other navigation settings

Read: How to make Opera Mobile even better (Thanks to Mike for the tip).

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5 years ago

Get Trained in Windows Mobile

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Get Trained in Windows Mobile

Microsoft has opened up a fancy new training site for Windows Mobile. It's intended for folks who are selling or supporting Windows Mobile devices, but it looks to be a pretty good all-around resource too. It's a pity that it's stuck behind a Passport login, though, because it might otherwise be a nice place to direct folks who are generally interested in WM. Ah well, you're sending those folks here anyway, right?

This is your resource center for Windows Mobile® powered devices. You'll find interactive online courses, downloadable sales tools, and mobile device news.

Read: Windows Mobile® Training

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5 years ago

Microsoft Quarterly Report: Record Profits

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Microsoft Quarterly Report: Record Profits

The news from Microsoft's Q3 Earnings Report is understandably all about Vista, which was clearly MS's bigger release of the past few months:

Shares of Microsoft Corp. soared nearly 5 percent Friday, after the company posted a 65 percent jump in third-quarter profit, boosted by sales of its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007, and by upgrade coupons issued over the holidays.

Read: Microsoft's Vista Sales Boost 3Q Profit - washingtonpost.com

...But don't take that to mean that there wasn't anything in the webcast about Windows Mobile 6, their other big OS release. As the pictured slide shows, MS has a nasty habit of lumping WM6 with the XBOX -- the "Entertainment & Devices Division." This transcript of the webcast helps us see the following (thanks to mocoNews.net for the tip):

Our Mobile and Embedded Devices business continued to turn in strong performance, with revenue growth in excess of 30%. During the quarter we unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the next version of our Windows Mobile software platform. We expect to see an increasing number of Windows Mobile 6 powered devices coming to market through the rest of this year.

Revenue growth of 30% over last year is pretty nice, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain that sort of growth once WM6 devices actually become available. The competition in this space is going to be fierce in the next year -- rabid werewolf who thinks you did something unmentionable to his mother fierce. My guess is MS will be able to continue to pressure RIM in the business space and will have their work cut out of them in the "I want a smartphone but can't afford the iPhone" space.

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5 years ago

Review: ComOne MicroClip Bluetooth Stereo Dongle

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5 years ago

Ask WMExperts: HTC Vox

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Ask WMExperts: HTC Vox

As far as the new batch of WM6 devices go, I've been guilty of being all HTC Vox, all the time. I feel ok about that, though, as to me it's the most exciting WM6 device coming. Well, it's coming here soon, very soon. So:

What do you want to know about the Vox? Ask and ye shall receive - post a comment here on this post and I'll have your answer - plus a whole lot more - on Monday. If you're wondering, this is the HTC S710 variant of the Vox, the one designed for Orange.

Update: Make that Tuesday, not Monday. I'll get you, UPS!

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5 years ago

Full GPS Chip on a SIM Card

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Full GPS Chip on a SIM Card

Dang, the headline say sit all. Somehow a company called Blue Sky Positioning has managed to fit a GPS receiver onto the little SIM cards that are normally just used to store your phone number and a few contacts. The most surprising part, to me, is they've managed to do it without breaking one of the GSM standard for SIM cards: that they never draw more than 6 milliamps of power.

The secret sauce seems to be that the card uses the body of the phone (i.e. the metal, battery, etc that surrounds it) as the antenna - which neatly solves what would otherwise be a huge interference problem.

I doubt this SIM solution will really take off, but it at least serves as evidence that GPS receivers are coming down in size and power requirement in a radical way. That bodes well for the inclusion of GPS in nearly all future handsets.

At the SIMposium in Berlin, Blue Sky Positioning announced it has developed a complete GPS system, including the antenna, which physically fits in, and works from within, a mobile phone SIM slot.

Read: Blue Sky squeezes GPS onto a SIM | The Register

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5 years ago

Sprint Announces PPC-6800

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Sprint Announces PPC-6800

The Boy Genius scored a pdf data sheet that confirms the specs we'd expected for the upcoming Sprint PPC-6800:

Featuring a 2.8" QVGA LCD screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card, and 2-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and camcorder it is expected to launch late next month as the replacement to the PPC-6700.

As BGR writes, it's sorely lacking WM6 and still expected in May. The PPC-6700 needs to be put out to pasture. It's pretty darn plasticky (and the antenna+stylus thing is so ugly), especially when you compare it to this beaut.

Oh, and the PPC-6800 is "EDVO Rev A upgradable," so eventually it'll be a speed demon, too. Die, 6700, die.

Read: Sprint Announces PPC-6800 : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Ballmer: No Zune Phone

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Ballmer: No Zune Phone

Despite the swirling rumors, it looks like Microsoft isn't planning on taking their eye off the Windows Mobile ball anytime soon. When recently asked about the "Zune Phone," Steve Ballmer replied:

"It's not a concept you'll ever get from us. We're in the Windows Mobile business. We can put Zune into Windows Mobile, we can put Xbox into Windows Mobile. We can pour everything in.

So the Big M is much more likely to beef up Windows Mobile with some Zune-like features than try to cram phone-features into the Zune. Good move, guys. As the CEO of RIM said at CTIA this year, email is pretty much the baseline for smartphones these days. So it makes a lot more sense to take the simpler device and integrate it into the one that already does email (not to mention everything else) than the other way around.

Plus, I knew I was right to pooh-pooh those Zune Phone rumors as just iPhone ripple-effect. Now, giving me the Zune-interface and music handling (and sharing!) on a PPC-Device, that would be hot.

Read: Zune phone? Ballmer says focus is Windows Mobile

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