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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG eXpo from AT&T

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We've got the LG Expo from AT&T (minus the piggyback pico projector) and we will be posting a full review shortly. In the meantime, here's a video hands-on with the Expo.

The initial impressions on the Expo are good, and I'm interested in seeing how well the Snapdragon processor performs. Does it drain the battery in half a day?  How well does it handle multitasking? The Expo is also fitted with a optical scanner capable of fingerprint recognition and it will be interesting to see how well that performs as well.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile from a CrackBerry addict's perspective - Smartphone Round Robin

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What do you get when you put the best of Windows Mobile into a self-proclaimed BlackBerry addict? You get the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, of course. And this week, CrackBerry Kevin's putting down the front-facing QWERTY and picking up the HTC Touch Pro 2 and HD2.

If you haven't already, check out his hands-on video at CrackBerry.com. And dive into the WME Forums and lend him a hand. (And while you're at it, check out my thread at The iPhone Blog as I tackle that monster this week.) Remember: Anytime you post in an official Smartphone Round Robin thread, you're entered to win a smartphone (worth up to $1,000) from that site. Get to it!

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4 years ago

SPE Snap-on Case for Verizon HTC Imagio

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SPE Snap-on Case for Verizon HTC Imagio

So you've got an HTV Imagio on Verizon. Now it's time to protect that gorgeous touchscreen. Enter the Smartphone Experts Snap-on Case. It's slim, so it adds very little weight or bulk to the Imagio. It also has cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, speakerphone and touchscreen. And the case is smooth, so it won't get caught in your pocket or purse. Available now in the WMExperts Store for $12.95.

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4 years ago

Touch Pro 2 makes a nice dash camera

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So awhile ago I picked up a nifty car mount for my Touch Pro 2 (on eBay) and lo and behold it has a cut out for the camera. It also swivels, so it is actually easy to get an almost completely clear visual path with the lens.

In short, this is how a Touch Pro 2 works as a in-dash video camera. On top of filming yourself driving through a blizzard, we suppose it's also good if you are in an accident or want to record some yahoo driving erratically.

And if you think I drive fast, I'm from New England and live New York ... that's how I roll.

Either way, it's kind of fun.

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4 years ago

Opera Beta 2u now available

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Opera Beta 2u now available

Just in time for the holidays comes a small update to the rapidly evolving Opera Mobile 10 browser (see earlier hands on video and review here).

This new update contains the following fixes/additions:

  • Support for auto-rotation
  • Support for right-to-left rendering of web content
  • Quicker launch, up to 70% faster on some phone models
  • Nicer shortcut icon for WM 6.5 (requires device reboot after install)
  • A few stability fixes
  • Several other minor bug fixes

Download here.

 

[MobileTechWorld via PPCGeeks]

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4 years ago

Fortunatus a waste of $500

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Fortunatus a waste of $500

Are you rich? Do you only like chatting with rich people? Meet Fortunatus, a $500 Windows Mobile app that does nothing but display a diamond and allow you to chat with other fat cats who could have fed a family of five for a week or more but instead bought this app. You have to appreciate the honesty of the feature listing, though:

  • Show you are rich
  • For the wealthy gentlemen
  • Show you have the money
  • Chat with fellow rich people

Nice. Oh, and the developer's Web site?  It's blank. Well, it does say "Website coming soon." Don't buy this. Ever. [msm via wmpu]

(Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

Omnia II gets exploratory surgery

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Omnia II gets exploratory surgery

Ever care to see how an expensive smartphone is made less valuable?  Well, look no further as this video from TechBlog shows how it's done on the popular and feature-packed Samsung Omnia II.

To what end?  We're not sure, but dang, them there phone guts are sure getting teeny, aren't they?

Oh and if at work, we suggest turning down the volumne before you play the video. ;-)

[via Engadget Mobile]

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4 years ago

xImapPusher: IMAP Idle client for Windows Mobile

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One e-mail standard that Windows Mobile has been missing since day one is IMAP idle--an advanced form of the IMAP standard.  The idle version is essentially push e-mail and it's very popular (Gmail officially supports it) as it is quick and is pretty good with battery life.

Fixup over at XDA has taken the open-source IMAP Pusher Service and made a handy WinMo client--one that also supports multiple IMAP Idle accounts.  He points out some interesting drawbacks in using Exchange Gmail too:

  1. Almost all mail servers now support IMAP idle, including Gmail, while AS only works with MS's proprietary Exchange server.
  2. Gmail's AS push is still not reliable enough to be practically usable. It does not let you use your own domain as reply email address. When you delete a gmail message in AS, it goes into Achieve instead of Trash.
  3. AS does not support multiple accounts. You can use both AS and xImapPusher at the same time on the same phone.

To setup, have your IMAP account setup already in Outlook; set it to check once daily.  Install the xImapPusher .cab to your device (soft-reset for good measure), run the 'Accounts Config' followed by running 'xImap Pusher' application.  You should then see your data-arrows activate and begin pushing your email.  You also need to have .NET CF 3.5 installed.

Downside is there is no scheduler, so you'll have to remember to turn it off (run 'xImap Pusher' again) if you don't want it checking.  Still, we've been using it for a few hours now it seems pretty solid and simple to us, so give it a shot.

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4 years ago

Leaked T-Mobile HD2 ROM in video

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4 years ago

iPhone hands-on video - Smartphone Round Robin

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"Wow, that's a lot of apps." Those were some of the first words out of my mouth when I sat down to take a look at the iPhone. You know, the platform that has single-handedly killed off every other smartphone known to -- oh, wait. We're all still here? Good.

So, to get the discussion going, I've started a thread in The iPhone Blog's forums. And I expect each and every one of you go post in it. Often. Oh, and each time you do, you have a chance to win a smartphone of your choice (up to $1,000). Plus there's the whole thing about keeping the Windows Mobile end up, and that's important, too.

Hit up the video after the break, where Rene Ritchie, editor at The iPhone Blog, learns me a thing or three about the iPhone. And be sure to check out all the other goings on in the third annual Smartphone Round Robin.

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4 years ago

Yes. This is exactly what unboxings are like

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4 years ago

Verizon getting LG VS750 in early 2010. Variant of GM750?

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Word is that Verizon is set to get a mysterious WM6.5 LG device called the VS750.  Not much is known about the guy at this time, but call us crazy if it doesn't sound like the CDMA variant of the GM750 recently released in Europe (see our hands-on from October).

If true, it's not as tech-tastic as the LG eXpo on AT&T but it ain't half bad either.  The GM750 had the following specs:

  • BT 2.1
  • WiFi
  • 3-inch 240x400 display
  • 1000 mAh battery
  • 5 MP camera
  • Optical joystick

And if this is not a CDMA variant of the GM750 well...LG get better naming schemes.  And congrats on landing on Verizon, we're kinda psyched about your growing U.S. presence.

[via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 20 Dec 2009

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Week one of the Smartphone Round Robin is over and week two begins tomorrow. We've just scratched the surface here and already we've run the gamut from a Windows Mobile user examining webOS to a BlackBerry user having an encounter with the Droid. If you have a Smartphone need, we're pretty confident that the Round Robin will help you find out how to fill it.

We could go on, but there's egg nog to be spiked and presents to be wrapped, so hit up the updates page for a list of reviews by platform and hit this post up after the break for the best of Smartphone Experts this week.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Epsode 82

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WMExperts Podcast Epsode 82


As a special holiday treat, we're publishing nice and early this weekend. And on  top of that, we've got exclusive HD2 news, a review of the HP Glisten, a whole bunch of Microsoft news, and we tackle a couple of your questions. And don't forget us during the holiday break. We'll be here again next weekend.

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4 years ago

Review: SPB Time v3.0

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Review: SPB Time v3.0

SPB Software recently released an updated version of Time. Time is a one-stop shop for all your time-keeping needs, and the updated version (v3.0) is packed full of analog and digital modes, a world clock, timers, stopwatches and alarms. It may very well be all you'd ever need in a time application.

So what's new with v3.0? Here are the highlights:

  • Online skin catalog
  • Three alarms: Classic, Paranoid, and Bio
  • Improved touch UI
  • Scrollable Calendar
  • Moon Phases
  • Mobile Shell Widgets
  • New alarm sounds

We took SPB Time v3.0 out for a test drive. More after the break.

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