Important safety tip, don't place your HTC HD2 on the roof of you car and drive off.
However, if you do, all might not be lost. The Talk Show host in the above video was loaned an HTC HD2 to review. He was distracted while leaving work and left the Windows Phone on top of his car. Once home, he realized what had happened, traced back his steps and found the HD2 lying face down in the road.
The HD2 didn't look pretty but the overall condition of the phone might surprise you.
So the rumor of the day is something about Nokia making a phone featuring Windows Phone 7. The source, Times Online, mentions this tidbit in passing in a general article about British tech companies stating:
Wolfson suffered a blow in 2008 after it lost a contract to supply components for the Apple iPod. However, some of the pain was lessened last year after it was selected by a leading mobile phone manufacturer — believed to be Nokia — to provide some of the technology for its new Windows Mobile handset.
Yeah, that's not really much to go on. Does anyone really think Nokia, who has been quite happy with the Symbian OS, would do such a thing? Then again, Palm did it a few years ago with some initial success. But there's an important difference: Palm was desperate (having lost control of Garnet), Nokia...not so much.
We should also mention that Microsoft and Nokia did just announce a partnership, with Nokia agreeing to distribute Microsoft's 'Communicator Mobile' a "...unified communications client connects directly with a company's communications systems for mobile collaboration". While certainly a great move for both companies, that really doesn't get us to "ZOMG, Nokia is making a Windows Phone!".
What we think: Microsoft and Nokia are certainly working closely together to dislodge RIM, but to suggest they are swingers with their OS's is a bit of stretch.
Tabs seem to be popping up out of nowhere these days. You have a tabs for Facebook, Call History, Twitter, Documents, eReader, and now there's one for GPS.
XDA Developers Forum member xaoc747 has developed posted a GPS tab designed for Sense 2.5 and the HTC HD2. The tab defines your current position and object motion parameters for calculation between the current and previous points. It will record tracks in a Yandex map format along with an analysis of the tracks (distance, speeds, time, etc.).
In skimming over the discussion on this Sense 2.5 tab, there is no mention of it being compatible with any Windows Phone running Sense 2.5 other than the HD2. The Russian Developer has released a similar tab for the HTC Touch Diamond but there is no mention as to whether or not this tab will function on a Touch Pro 2 running Sense 2.5. There is some discussion that some of the settings menus are not translating from Russian to English as well.
If you're in an adventurous mood, you can find the full discussion on the custom tab as well as the download here. Keep in mind this is a home-grown modification that may or may not have bugs and is essentially in the Beta stages.
Correction: This mod was posted over at XDA by xaoc747. The mod was actually developed by member, MoonNah.
File this under 'stuff we may not see for a long, long time, if ever'. In case you have not noticed, Microsoft has lots of "projects" that they work on that have 5 and 10 year outlooks on them. A lot go nowhere, others get folded into different programs and some are just for research-exploration in computing.
The latest one, via ZDNet is a Microsoft project called 'Menlo', which is headed by Galen Hunt, a fellow who also started MS's 'Singularity' project (which if you haven't read about, you should as it deals with a potential future OS rewrite).
'Menlo' is reportedly an attempt to replace the current WinCE core of Windows Phone/Mobile/Zune with NT, the same core that Windows desktop is built around. However, two sources from Mary Jo (one anonymous, the other an analyst on Microsoft), are doubtful of the idea, noting that WinCE is not really a problem and and that MS is pushing developers into using Silverlight, not WinCE for writing programs.
Still, like a lot of research programs, 'Menlo' could just be an exploration of the feasibility of developing a more powerful and ubiquitous NT core for mobile than an actual 'go ahead' to do so. Mary Jo hints at how having a NT core would allow developers to easily port software from the huge Windows desktop world to the mobile one (phone and tablets) with very little effort--similar to the current XBox/Phone push with WP7.
Finally, like all things dealing with these MS projects, you may not hear about this again for years if ever. But it is fun to get a glimpse into Microsoft's thinking about "...the future of computing when mobiles becomes users primary PCs". A future which is certainly coming fast.
It looks like the KIN has taken center stage today with regards to Windows Phone news. Earlier today, Microsoft released pricing and confirmed availability. We are now seeing a few un-boxing (or should I say un-tubing) videos surfacing for the KIN One (bottom sliding keyboard version).
Initial impressions are that the phone is small and probably feels better with the keyboard extended. Speaking of the keyboard, it appears well spaced and with the clicking sound that is evident in the videos I would imagine the keys aren't soft to the touch. The touch screen seems to be fairly responsive but a fingerprint magnet.
It's difficult to properly gauge this Windows Phone without having it in hand but based on the videos, the KIN's OS seems a little cramped. Items seem to blend together with little separation. Maybe it's the smaller screen or that I'm used to the larger Windows Mobile environment. If we can get our hands on a review unit, we'll have a full review up to give you all the highs and lows of this new phone from Microsoft.
Following the break, you can see the initial set-up for the KIN. It has a comprehensive set-up that will import contacts, emails, and appointments from your Windows Live account or help you setup a Windows Live account.
We've heard rumors that the new Microsoft Windows Phone, the KIN, would be available for pre-order on May 6, 2010 and in stores on May 13, 2010 through Verizon Wireless. Microsoft has now confirmed these dates and released pricing information on the two KINs.
The KIN One (bottom sliding keyboard) will be available for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and contractual discounts. The KIN Two (side sliding keyboard) will be available for $99.99 after the $100 mail-in rebate and contractual discounts.
The pricing is a little bit of a surprise in that the Touch Pro 2 from Verizon is running $79.99 (with discounts/rebates). Granted the KIN is focused for a slightly younger audience, one would think the pricing would be more competitive. You can find the full press release from Microsoft here.
The reports of Windows CE being dead are apparently highly exaggerated. Or so say's Olivier Bloch, Microsoft Embedded technical evangelist.
Bloch not only reports on his blog site that Microsoft will offer CE support for at least ten more years but also that Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows Embedded Compact 7 core (something many have already suspected). Beyond that, Bloch doesn't get into too much detail but promises, "Lots of good things are coming. Stay tuned."
It is anticipated that the Windows CE 7 will provide support for such features as dual core support, WiFi locating systems, and Bluetooth 2.1. With this news, one has to wonder how closely related Windows Phone 7 will actually be to Windows Mobile. It also may be an indication on what the future of Windows Mobile might be.
We ran across an interesting review (with accompanying video) on the T-Mobile HD2 over at the Wall Street Journal's Personal Technology site. The review refers to the HD2 as a dead end phone because it runs Windows Mobile 6.5 (as opposed to the upcoming Windows Phone 7).
Agree or disagree with the review points, it does present an interesting question. Is the HD2 a dead end phone? Microsoft has repeatedly stated that Windows Mobile would continue to be developed but are you buying a phone with a severely limited life-span? Does Windows Mobile become obsolete when Windows Phone 7 hits the market?
My guess is that Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6.5.xx will continue to have a strong following. We just need to find a way to get the HD2 on a few other networks.
Hard shell cases have their advantages but when you carry a Windows Phone with a slide-out keyboard, such as the Touch Pro 2 or Tilt 2, the choices can be slim to none. Smartphone Experts offers their Protective Case that might just do the trick if you're a fan of hard shell cases.
The cases are offered in pink, smoke or clear. The sleek cases aren't for everyone and to see if the Protective Case is for you, follow the break.
Doesn't interfere with the phone's functions. Slim fit.
Have you ever needed to send someone directions only to get them lost? Wizi SMS makes it easy to send friends, family and associates your location, a meeting place through tiny URL links that can be emailed or used via SMS.
When the Microsoft Kin was announced last month, we knew that Verizon would get the first chance at the new Windows Phone and that it would be available sometime in May.
Well, it looks like we can narrow down the Kin time frame a little. According to a leaked Verizon email, the Kin (models One and Two) will be available for pre-order on May 6, 2010 and shipped on May 13, 2010.