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.
We were able to dig up a few more specs on the LG Fathom that is rumored to be headed to Verizon in May.
The Windows Phone measures 4.53x2.2x.65 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces. It should have a 3.2" 480x800 resistive touch screen, 256mb RAM, 512mb ROM, microSD expansion card slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Fathom is fitted with a side-sliding keyboard and 3.2 megapixel camera. There is no indication on processor or battery size.
Keep in mind that the image provided by phonearena.com is likely an early prototype and the finished product (complete with Verizon branding)may have a slightly different appearance.
May should be a busy month for the folks over at Verizon Wireless. The Kin, Microsoft's Windows Phone, is due to launch and now we are finding out that LG is planning to launch a new Windows Phone, the Fathom.
The Fathom is a bit of a phantom right now and what we know is very limited. We know the Fathom will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 and have a physical keyboard but anything beyond that is a bit of a mystery.
As more becomes available on this new Windows Phone, we'll pass it on.
Microsoft just announced its long rumored "Project Pink." The phones remain the same as previously leaked, but it now has an official name -- Kin. As in Kindred spirits. At a small gathering this morning, Microsoft announced Kin One and Kin Two -- "A phone designed to navigate your social life," said Microsoft's Robbie Bach.
The idea is comparable to Motorola's Motoblur on Android -- bringing all of your social networks to one easy-to-use phone in a more focused platform than Windows Phone 7. Said Bach: "Windows Phone 7 is about simplifying your life. Kin is about amplifying your life."
Kin One and Kin Two will be available soon on Verizon. More at kin.com. Full press release after the break. [Verizon]
Microsoft's long-rumored "Courier" project -- a bifurcated e-reader of sorts that gained a great deal of curiosity despite never being officially announced or acknowledged, apparently has been killed. Reports Gizmodo:
We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported.
An updated Windows Phone 7 OS image for the Windows Phone Emulator.
A few APIs in the frameworks have been added and or changed. See this MSDN page for more details.
The documentation has been updated with new and expanded topics. See this MSDN page for more details.
We’ve provided limited support for launchers and choosers. In cases where the underlying built-in experience is not present launchers and choosers are still not available (i.e. the email chooser asks you to select a contact, but there are no contacts in the emulator and no way to add one).
Pause/Resume events are now supported.
If the tools are installed as the admin user, non-admin users are now able to deploy to the emulator.
A problem with incremental deployment of projects has been fixed.
A problem resulting in the error "Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments" being displayed during project creation has been fixed.
A problem where the Windows Phone node was not appearing in VS 2010 on non-system drives has been fixed.
Design time skin refresh issues have been addressed.
That's right, baby. We're coming back after a couple weeks off. And to make up for our vacation, we're going live. Be back here Friday at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT as Malatesta and Phil catch up on Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, Kin and whatever else. We'll see you then!
While it's a slow news day on the Windows Phone front, I don't think you can say the same for our friends at PreCentral.net, which covers the Palm side of the smart-phone industry.
HP has agreed to purchase Palm for $1.2 billion, paying $5.70 a share or about 23 percent more than what the stock is currently priced at. Palm will operate as a business unit within HP.
One of the many questions tossed out surrounding this acquisition is where does this put the Windows Phone? HP was listed as an initial hardware partner for Windows Phone 7 devicesm but will WebOS pull center stage with HP?
According to Brian Humphries, HP's VP of Strategy and Corporate Development, "We intend to continue to be a strategic partner for Microsoft. They're a huge piece of our business today and will continue to be so."
Other companies such as HTC has had success in producing smart-phones under different operating systems. It will be interesting to see how HP does now that they own Palm. [via: Precentral.net]