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4 years ago

Review: Wavetooth IPX8 BT headset

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Review: Wavetooth IPX8 BT headset

 

Water can be public enemy number one for Windows Phones, Bluetooth headsets and just about any electronic device. You can find plenty of waterproof bags for your Windows Phones but Bluetooth headsets aren't too effective when stowed away in a waterproof bag. Enter the Wavetooth IPX8 waterproof Bluetooth headset which is reportedly the first waterproof Bluetooth headset.  We've seen water resistant headsets, like the Samsung WEP-430, but I can't remember a water proof headset.

The creation of Hong Kong inventor John Mak, the Wavetooth allows you to enjoy being around the water and stay connected to your Windows Phone.  We've had a review unit for about a week now so ease on past the break to see how well this waterproof headset performed.

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4 years ago

Bluetooth SIG, the LG C900 & the "around" Sept 28th release date

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In the Bluetooth SIG documents on the LG C900, they have listed as around September 28th as the release date for said device. If you remember, LG said the same thing back in July too.

Since today is a slow news day on Windows Phone 7, many sites are posting this story from Phone Arena, which while interesting, really doesn't say anything new. But we have a feeling that regular folk are construing this to mean somewhere an LG C900 will be available at the end of September to actually purchase.

So far we know

The launch of Windows Phone 7 will be a coordinated effort and we can't see AT&T or LG jumping the gun on Microsoft. However, there is no reason to doubt that the LG C900 will be ready to launch at the end of September, nor do we doubt HTC and Samsung will also have their hardware near finalized at that time either.  All of this should be obvious as we are at the tale-end of the WP7 pre-launch.

In other words, Bluetooth SIG + LG ≠ internal-carrier release plans. So some perspective: First week of October = Microsoft unveiling Windows Phone 7, with devices becoming available soon after; November release dates for the U.S.

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4 years ago

More WP7 Hardware Coming from HTC; Meet the T8788

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More than a few of us have high expectations for device manufacturers when it comes to hardware for Windows Phone 7. In particular, the manufacturers that are traditional Windows Mobile powerhouses such as Samsung and HTC have a very high bar set for them.

The hardware that we've seen leaked and rumored up to this point has been decent, but not quite up the lofty expectations that some of us have visualized. Other than the two LG devices, everything seems to be very "black slab".

Finally though, HTC gives us some hardware that breaks the mold. The T8788 offers a landscape-slider form factor, though from pictures the only thing sliding is a large speaker. This speaker, in conjunction with the included kickstand, could make this a strong media device. If I were king of the world, I'd love to see the back of the device slide both ways; one to expose the speaker, the other to provide the hardware keyboard.

What do you guys think? Is this too radical of a form factor? Or is this just what the doctor ordered?

An additional picture is after the break.

[via: Engadget]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Gaming at PAX 2010

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Windows Phone 7 Gaming at PAX 2010

 

For those of you who live near Seattle or are planning on attending PAX 2010, you'll be glad to know Microsoft's Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7 will be present, at least according to Mike Klucher (Lead Program Manger - XNA Development Platform at Microsoft).

The popular gaming convention runs September 3rd-5th at the Washington State Convention Center and should be a lot of fun. Registration is $35 per day or $55 for all 3-days, but alas, only Sunday is left open for a badge. At this time, there doesn't appear to be a specific panel discussion of WP7 and XBLA, but we'll keep an eye out.

Regardless, we an expect some more hands-on and gaming footage in less than two-weeks time, which sounds good to us.

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro 4 released

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Samsung Omnia Pro 4 released

Samsung has announced the release of the Omnia Pro 4 Windows Phone today for European markets. It will sell for 300 EUR (about $380 USD) and it's not running Windows Phone 7. Instead, it is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3.

The phone was announced back in June and sports a 320x320, 2.6" QVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wifi connectivity, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.  It's a nice looking Windows Phone and while the Omnia Pro 4 won't see a Windows Phone 7 upgrade, it's nice to see Windows Mobile getting a little attention.

via: Unwired.com

 

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4 years ago

WinMoSquare gets updated to beta build 2010.08.21.01

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Heads up FourSquare users: the Windows Mobile client 'WinMoSquare' from Touchality just got a nice bump with new features and bug fixes.

This is technically a 'beta' update, but if you're a big user of the service (we are), you'll want to go ahead and grab the update right here: 

http://www.touchality.com/winmosquare.cab

The software requires .NET CF 3.5 on the device and is free to use. Presumably the official release will be rolled out to the Marketplace once finalized.

The list of all the updates and fixes is after the break since it's so long...

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4 years ago

BlueAnt Firmware Updates

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BlueAnt Firmware Updates

One of the nice features on many of the newer Bluetooth accessories is the ability to update the firmware. BlueAnt Wireless has a handful of Bluetooth headphones and speakers that can be updated reducing the need to replace your Bluetooth accessory.

We recently reviewed BlueAnt's S4 Bluetooth Speaker (which is firmware updateable) and discovered that BlueAnt had released an updated firmware version. Firmware Version 1.6 is reported to enhance the integration with BING-411 and newer phones and improve voice prompts.

The update process for the S4 is similar to that for BlueAnt's T1, Q1, V1, Z9i and Z9.  Curious how the update process went? Ease on past the break to learn more about BlueAnt's update process and how the latest update effected the S4.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 107

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4 years ago

CrossTalk IM client for Windows Phone 7: coming soon

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The need for a good, robust IM client for Windows Phone 7 will be one of the first things consumers look for when launching that Marketplace.

If all goes to plan, Blue Planet Apps will have their 'CrossTalk' IM client ready to go by the time WP7 launches.

'CrossTalk', available soon for Android and Blackberry, supports GoogleTalk, AIM, MSN, Facebook and even Blackberry Messenger (BBM). That last one is pretty huge in our book and could go a long way to woo Crackberry addicts from their devices. Talk to any Blackberry user and they'll tell you BBM is one of the reasons why they stay with the aging platform.

Here's hoping the app runs smoothly and fills our needs. Below are some screen shots from the Android app. No word on how similar it will look on WP7, but we'll keep an eye on it.

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4 years ago

Browser wars: iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android 2.2

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The last time there was a 'browser war' with Internet Explorer/WP7 (vs the iPhone 3Gs), WP7 didn't fair too well. Of course, the comparison was not as ideal as one would have liked, but when given lemons...

Luckily, the fine folks over at Pocketnow have done a more proper comparison between the iPhone, LG GW910 (unfinished build of WP7) and Android 2.2 ('Froyo'), loading a few different websites in the process.

Conclusion? Well, for being "unfinished" and a near v1.0, Mobile Internet Explorer actually holds it own. One could only imagine it will get better with the final release and then hopefully some occasional updates. But overall, it looks quite usable and even smoother than Android.

Watch the full 10-minute video after the break!

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4 years ago

Poll: So far, are your happy with the leaked Windows Phone 7 hardware?

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So far, we've seen leaked "release" devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and Asus, most of which can be seen above (sorry Asus, forgot to add you):

The question is straight forward: how are you feeling about the hardware so far?

Granted, we don't know a lot of the detailed specs, so this is sort of unfair. On the other hand, just going by aesthetics alone and general feel, we know some of you have opinions on the issue. Plus we can always revisit the topic in the fall.

Take the poll, shout your opinion in comments!

How do you feel about the WP7 hardware so far?online survey
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4 years ago

Android starting to finally ape WP7/Zune UI

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Well, it was just a matter of time before 3rd party developers come up with a way to mimic the ZuneHD/Windows Phone 7 start menu on Android--actually, we're kind of shocked it took this long.

'Zune Home Launcher' is not a bad beginning, though we'd argue it misses the best part of 'Metro': the dynamic start tiles. In fact, the "list as a Start menu" thing is probably the weakest part of Metro at this point (we're not looking to endless scrolling, something already common on Android).

With rumors that Android 3.0 is going to get a much needed UI overhaul, we're curious as to where all of this is going for our closest competitor.

See the video of Zune Home Launcher in action at AndroidCentral.

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4 years ago

Star Wars soundboard for your Windows Phone

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Star Wars soundboard for your Windows Phone

 

Looking for a Star Wars app that will have your Windows Phone growl like a Wookie? Comment on the powers of the dark side of the Force?

If so, XDA Developers member bo11ux has developed an app that might fit the bill. The Star Wars Sounds app is a soundboard highlighting twelve characters from the popular sci-fi movie.

Simply tap on the icon for a particular character to hear the sound bite. Each character has three sound bites except for Darth Vadar who has four. Sound quality is a little choppy on some of the phrases but this simple app is a fun addition for the Star Wars fan in all of us.  You can download the .cab file here.

via: 1800PocketPC.com

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4 years ago

Another LG phone: the E900 with Windows Phone 7

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Just a few days after images of the C900 from LG showed up, a video has appeared with what is supposedly the E900.

The difference here is the E900 has no slider keyboard and in turn, seems quite thin.

Both the E900 and C900 dovetail nicely with what LG has said their plans were: sliding keyboard for the U.S. market (AT&T), black-slab for Europe.

Other than a 3.7 inch screen, not much is known about the hardware.

Only downside with this leak is the video was shot on a cell phone, so the quality is less than stellar.

Check the video tour after the break!

[via MobileTechWorld]

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