HTC has been maligned for years about the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port on the majority of their hardware. Up until recently, that has been the biggest knock on a company that really produces stellar hardware across the board. Various workarounds have been documented thoroughly, including but not limited to A2DP headphones or HTC’s Multifunction Audio Adapter.
For those of you who find the A2DP solution too expensive, and the Multifunction Audio Adapter too restrictive or too bulky; there is another option. HTC’s Stereo headphones are a really good option for handling phone calls or listening to music from your HTC device. But there is more to this package than just a pair of headphones. Hit the jump to see what I mean.
Growing tired of the white, fluffy clouds on HTC's Sense/Manila 2.5? (The way God and HTC intended, of course.) If so, XDA Developers member Hubie has created something you might find useful -- a plug-in that will give your clouds a blue highlight.
The plug-in is compatible with WVGA/VGA/QVGA screens and can be found here. If the blue tint isn't for you, simply uninstall the plug-in, soft reset and you back to plain old white clouds. No word as of yet if Hubie will add orange, pink, yellow or other color options to this plug-in.
There’s something about having a high-end phone laying prone on your desk that just seems wrong. Is it just me, or is getting a dock for that shiny new Touch Pro 2 a high priority for anyone else? Seidio is one of those manufacturers that are really one of the go-to companies when it comes to accessories for Windows phones. A prime example of that is the Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle.
Philips is bringing its D908 to China Telecom, according to Microsoft’s China website. Feature-wise, this device pushes the boundaries that we’ve come to expect from a Windows phone. The most eye-popping part of the spec sheet is the fact that this device will reportedly feature 1GB of RAM and 2GB of ROM. We’ve seen devices like Samsung’s Omnia II with copious amounts of onboard storage, but even the Omnia II with its 8GB of storage only offers 208MB RAM.
The D908 also features a 3.2-inch WVGA display, is a world phone with GSM and CDMA/EVDO, a 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and MicroSD support.
We're back with Week 3 of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, and this time we'll be looking at the mysterious world of Nokia, with help from our pal Matthew Miller at NokiaExperts. Turns out these are some serious (if under appreciated) phones.
So, peep the hands-on video after the break. And to get things rolling, I've got some questions for the NokiaExperts faithful. Hit up this link to see how that's going.
And remember: Anytime you post in an official Smartphone Round Robin forum thread (or NokiaExperts post), you're eligible to win a free smartphone (worth up to $1,000) from that particular site. So get to it!
In the ultimate comparison of apples, oranges and kiwi; PCWorld has released its list of Top 10 Cell Phones. Not coincidentally, all of its selections are smartphones of some flavor. One thing that is interesting is that the top two devices on the list are probably the two most heavily marketed mobile devices in recent years, but Apple’s iPhone was ranked second, not first. The Motorola Droid came in at the top of the list, which is void of any explanation on what the rating criteria was.
The only Windows Phone that garnered a top 10 ranking was the Samsung Omnia II. Without knowing the criteria for this rating it is hard to determine why solid devices like HTC’s HD2 and Touch Pro2 were left off of the list.
We know this because a new build of Sense 2.5 (1922; last leak was 1921) officially supports landscape now. Of course the excitement has lead to it being cooked into some GSM ROMs and it looks to be making its way to CDMA Touch Pro 2's in the next 24-48hrs.
So what does this mean? Is HTC doing this for an eventual HD2 with a slider keyboard? Or are they just doing the obvious: updating their UI for various future devices, including ones with slide-out QWERTYs? We'll go with the latter for now as this seems like an obvious progression of the TouchFLO/Sense paradigm.
The end of the year and the holidays aren't stopping us from keeping an eye out for smartphone news and continuing to bring you comparative reviews in the Smartphone Round Robin. Be sure to check out the latest updates page to see what's new, or you can follow via Facebook, Twitter, and of course RSS. This week, you can listen to us discuss the iPhone on The Cell Phone Junkie Podcast, so don't go missing that either. On to the big news of the week!
Acer is continuing to make a push to be one of the more prolific manufacturers of Windows Phones. According to a report from Digitimes, Acer is preparing three or four Windows Mobile phones for release in 2010. Apparently some of these devices will be low end devices with development outsourced to Inventec Appliances. Acer will continue in-house development of their higher-end models (the word Snapdragon was mentioned).
If there is one thing Windows phone users know, it's that their little device can hold a whole lot of information. Whether it's e-mail, personal finances, PIN codes, documents, or naked drunk pictures of yourself at that office holiday party, these mini computers can contain a vast resource of information about our personal lives (and those around you).
At least according to a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling, no the police cannot search your phone. Like other areas such as car and home searches, police are required to get a search warrant first. To quote the NY Times:
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled this month, by a 4-to-3 vote, that the search violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Rather than seeing a cellphone as a simple closed container, the majority noted that modern cellphones — especially ones that permit Internet access — are “capable of storing a wealth of digitized information.”
Expanding upon that notion, there is no need to distinguish between "smartphones" and "dumbphones" either as all phones will be covered, ruling out potential areas of dispute in court.
Of course the flip-side is law enforcement will argue that this will make their job harder, something to which we sympathize. Regardless, we are quite pleased with this decision. (Counter argument: we're trying to think of situations where remote-wiping could be nefariously employed here once the phone is in possession, but not searched yet by the police. Hmmm...)
Either way, would you trust that guy (above) with your tricked out, custom Touch Pro 2 with stealth-tethering hack? Heck, no ...
What could we possibly have to say about Apple and the iPhone that hasn't been said countless times already? Plenty. Given that Apple has spent the past year largely consolidating its power in the mobile space, and Microsoft has spent the past year making many wonder if they're going to continue in the mobile space, it's fitting that we take a look at the two here in the second week of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin.
There will be no talk of iPhone killers.
There will be no talk of the death of Windows Mobile.
We took a look at the HP Glisten and while the Windows phone isn't as flashy as some of the others recently released, we found it to be a quality device. The Glisten is "old school" in design and while it may lack "sexiness" it fits well with those looking for a no-nonsense phone.
We skipped commenting on the Glisten's camera so we could take our time to give it proper attention. While not everyone looks to the camera as a selling point, many do. Not everyone carries a standalone digital camera and relies on their phone's camera to capture those memorable moments in life.
Follow the break to see what memorable impressions the HP Glisten's camera made on us.