We've all seen webOS before, so it's the bells and whistles I was really interested in. Does it stand up with long-term multi-tasking? Will the Pre really skip across a pond? Things like that. And I have some of the same knocks as longtime users of webOS. The Pre is great, that's for sure. But will webOS hold up over time? Are the trade-offs made by the Pixi -- speed and WiFi -- really worth it?
So, I've started a thread in the PreCentral.net forums to help sort some of this out. And for our part, we've got video after the break of Dieter learnin' me a thing or three about this newfangled platform. (Note: No Pixis -- or Pixies -- were harmed by the monstrous HTC HD2 in the making of this video). So check it all out after the break, and get ready for more Round Robin coverage to come.
Contrary to what we'll lead you to believe when you see your favorite editors handling this guy, the HTC HD2 is not indestructible. It is, however, able to leap small end tables in a single bound. (Alternate joke: We hope the floor's OK.) [via wmpoweruser]
While we wait for the delays on the new LG Expo from AT&T to get settled, sit back and enjoy a promotional video for the new Windows Phone. The Expo should prove interesting with it's detachable projector (sold separately) and fingerprint "smart sensor" technology. It will be interesting to see if the actual projection comes close to the "simulated" projection.
LG and AT&T has also created a microsite for the Expo (along with a few plugs for the movie Avatar) for those wanting to see more of the Expo. Still no word on the new release date but pricing is scheduled to be $199.99 for the phone after rebates and contract discounts with the piggy-back projector costing $179.99.
Good news for those of you patiently waiting for the HP iPAQ Glisten: It's now available online for $179.99 after the usual contract and rebate stuff. Doesn't look like it's in stores yet, so you can't make fun of its name to its face yet. [AT&T via Mobility Site]
Here is a real strange but evidently real issue for Omnia II users: if you have Exchange + McAfee Anti-Spam E-mail Toolbar working in tandem, it appears that some of your emails won't come through when using the Omnia II with WM6.5.
User UpHillBattle (indeed) writes
I'm experiencing a strange problem with my new Samsung Omnia II (WM 6.5). I have set up ActiveSync (on the cell phone) to sync e-mail, contacts, calendar and tasks with an Exchange Server. I used the same setup on my older HTC Touch Cruise (WM 6.1) and had no problems then.
The sync appears to be successful after setup, but later some e-mails are synced to the Omnia II while others are not. I have reset the device to factory settings and set up the connection again, only to experience the same thing: Success at first, then later some e-mails are received, while others are not.
Upon some diligent testing he later responds
...it's the McAfee Anti-Spam E-mail Toolbar. For those of you that don't know McAfee, it has an optional toolbar that can be enabled in various e-mail clients (Outlook 2007 in my case) and that lets you manually mark (or unmark) e-mail messages as spam. When I disable the toolbar, everything is fine - when I enable it, I get the problems described above.
Both Samsung and McAfee have been made aware of the problem and a fix of some sort is expected in the future (vague, eh?). Until then, if you have this gruesome-twosome setup, best to follow UpHillBattle's advice.
Telus sure has an odd pricing scheme, at least for those of us used to two-year deals in the U.S. But hey they did get their hands on the LG IQ and if you sign a whopping three-year contract it can be yours for a low $99.
Only want to do two years? That will cost you an extra $300:
3-year contract: $99.99
2-year contract: $399.99
1-year contract: $449.99
No contract: $499.99
But hey, that IQ sure is a nice phone and we have to admit, we'd like to get our grubby mitts on it. Featuring WM6.5, 1gHz processor and a 5MP camera, it's pretty swell. Luckily AT&T has the eXpo coming very soon, once their shipping issues are straightened out.
Recently we got wind that India's Touch Diamond 2 had been blessed with their official update (available here), which could please a few million users we suppose.
Likewise, Orange has released their WM6.5 upgrade for their Touch Pro 2 (available here).
Finally, Australia's open-channel Touch Pro 2 is also eligible for their WM6.5 upgrade. Open-channel is down-under speak for non-branded versions aka not on Telstra. Get that update here.
While having cooked ROMs is a blast, using official released base ROMs is even better for stability, plus not everyone has time for customs. So if you're one of the few who needs these (and you do), go get 'em.
You almost have to feel sorry for the companies that dare place their proprietary software onto a Windows phone these days. For if it is good software, the hounds are let loose to rip it out and .cab it for all others to use within moments.
The app is available in .cab form and acts just like another optional input system on your device, so there is no need to only use it while learning its funky moves. It is suppose to work on Touch Pro 2, Diamond 2 (Pure) and other VGA+ devices, though mileage may vary (reports of ROM variation having an effect have been reported).
There's a little bit of confusion regarding whether Vodafone is letting the HTC HD2 die on the vine as it prepares to launch the iPhone 3GS.
A report from Electric Pig (and picked up by Engadget) says that Vodafone wouldn't be restocking stores in order to deal with a current backlog of orders. And that's just the case. Not that Vodafone is "ditching" the HD2. Not that the iPhone 3GS has anything to do with anything. Subsequent forum posts from Vodafone spell it out:
We just wanted to update you all on the current situation with the HD2:
We haven't recalled or stopped selling it, at the moment we have simply ran out of stock. When our next batch of stock arrives, this will be used to fulfil our outstanding back orders but we won’t be taking any additional orders via Telesales.
Now everybody simmer down. You Vodafone customers should consider yourselves lucky to be on the same continent where the HD2 is selling! :-/
For those who don't want to buy through Sprint or if you just have a ton of Best Buy gift cards available, this Saturday may be your day if you're in the market for the Sprint Touch Pro 2 (see review).
Rumor has it that the big ol' Best Buy is finally receiving the phone in stock for a Saturday launch. Forum user dbldwn02, who evidently works at the chain store, has seen the boxes with his very own eyes, so you know this has to be real [/sarcasm].
The bad and surprising news, if true, is that even after rebates you are still looking at a hefty $350 price-tag. At least though those rebates are instant.