It's no secret that Windows Mobile is big among IT types. In business, you can't beat Microsoft Exchange for e-mail and the like. But with more servers comes more responsibility, and that means management. Now I love spending time in the server room as much as the next nerd, but there are times when that's just not practical.
Manage Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, Exchange 2007, IIS, SQL Server, DHCP, DNS, Cluster Server, System Center Operation Manager, and System Center Mobile Device Manager, RSA, Lotus Domino, Novell, Oracle, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5, Citrix, HP iLO, Backup Exec and VMware Virtual Infrastructure servers, Nagios, BMC Remedy Service Desk, BMC Performance Manager Portal, Microsoft Hyper-V and create SSH/Telnet and RDP/VNC connections from your wireless handheld device or any computer.
And so, we're giving away five (5) copies of Rove Mobile Admin 5.0. And all you have to do is head into the forums and leave us your best (or worst) IT tale in the comments below. Bonus points for pictures of melted or otherwise destroyed hardware, infestations (insect or user, your choice), or whatever else you have to deal with every day. Not an IT type? This one's not for you. Just sit back and enjoy the show. Contest ends Dec. 7.
We're gonna have to go way, way back for this one. In the Great AT&T Flood of 2009 came a leaked slide of the LG Monaco, a Snapdragon-powered, 3.2-inch touchscreen slider. And here before you is what that device, now known as the LG IQ, has become, destined for Canadian carrier Telus.
Gone is that janky-looking D-pad from the keyboard, and instead it features an optical mouse on the front face. Also on board are a 5-megapixel and Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro.
AdMob, which, "serves ads for more than 15,000 mobile Web sites and applications around the world," recently released its October smartphone numbers. [pdf link] And as expected, Windows Mobile isn't exactly causing anyone to faint. The most damning chart shows Windows Mobile with a mere 4 percent of requests (as in hits) from smartphones, compared to 5 percent from WebOS, 12 percent from BlackBerries, 20 percent from Android and a whopping 55 percent from the iPhone.
But what's even more intriguing to us is the breakdown of Windows Mobile phones (these aren't Windows phones, as they're not running WinMO 6.5). Take a look at the chart below.
The most recent phones on there: The HTC Snap, at No. 20, with 0.9 percent share of requests. A couple versions of the Samsung Omnia come in at Nos. 6-7, and the Treo Pro's at No. 9. The HTC Touch Pro is at No. 1, and we have to remind ourselves it's not THAT old, but still ... There are some aging (as in gray hair and hearing aids) devices on that list.
And that says to us a couple of things:
1. You guys and gals love your Windows Mobile phones. So much so that you're still rocking last year's (and beyond) devices. Good for you.
2. You have some tough choices ahead of you. Windows Mobile 7 still hasn't been officially announced, and we still don't know exactly what to expect (other than much better hardware). So, to upgrade, or not to upgrade. We'll revisit that soon. In the meantime, sort things out in the comments.
Let's toss a little water on some of the latest unconfirmed rumors flying through the blogosphere (and I really don't like that term) regarding Windows Mobile 7, that Office 2010 screenshot and just when Microsoft will announce WM7, shall we? Join us after the break.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, Verizon Wireless has officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II (aka the SCH-i920, for those of you into that sort of thing), will be available Dec. 2 for $199.99 after rebate and contract. But you already knew that. And in case you forgot, that $200 gets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, Sammy's TouchWiz UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.5, a 5MP camera, and all the other usual bells and whistles. Full presser after the break. [via Verizon]
Vito Technology has announced the release of their iWindowsMobile Communications Suite 2.0. It's a bundled application that includes five of Vito's more popular applications including the updated version of Winterface, Vito's customizable user interface.
Along with Winterface, the iWindowsMobile Communications Suite includes:
FunContact3x: This is Vito's contact manager allowing you to categorize your contacts, add photos, associate call history and other management features.
SMS-Chat 1.25: Vito's sms manager that make heads and tails of your sms messages.
Zoomboard 2.04: Here you have an on-screen keyboard alternative that allows you to zoom into a key before inputting the symbol. The zoom magnifier moves with your finger as you scroll across the keypad and when you lift your finger off the screen, the key registers.
Weather: Vito's weather plug-in for Winterface that puts local weather conditions and forecasts on your home page.
Who's up for some quality time with the Bell version of the Samsung Omnia II? Howard Chui (for whom the infamous Howard Forums are named) takes us through a 10-minute unboxing of the 3.7-inch, 800MHz behemoth. His side-by-side with the Original Omnia is night and day -- you just can't beat that AMOLED screen. We're still not totally sold on Touchwiz II (though it's certainly better than Touchwiz I), but we do like having different UIs to choose from. Peep the video after the break. [Howard Chui via wmpoweruser]
Been wondering what the Verizon Samsung Omnia II would look like in your hand? We can't quite make that happen yet, but we can do the next best thing: Show it to you in someone else's. And, so, here are 3.7 inches of AMOLED goodness, teasing you until launch on Dec. 2. [Phone Arena]
OK, folks, here it is: The Opera Mobile 10 beta. For a beta release, however, it's pretty darn complete and could well serve as your daily mobile browser. Not convinced? Peep the video after the break as we put it through its paces, and put it up against the iPhone 3G's Safari browser.
Trying to keep up with which ROM chef is cooking what and when is enough to drive you batty. (Or in Malatesta's case, enough to make you start cooking your own ROMs.) So, we've started adding chefs to a Twitter list. Give it a look-see. By no means is it comprehensive (yet), so sound off in the comments if you know of someone we should add.
Here's a price you can't refuse if you are looking to jump ship to T-Mobile: free
WMDeals is offering either the Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G for free by starting a new line of service (sorry, upgrades don't seem to apply directly).
Going even further, you can trade in your old smartphone (including iPhone, Android) and get $100 back, which we suppose is good if you have an older device or are just plain too lazy to sell it on eBay. That's an official HTC/T-Mobile deal that lasts through January.
We have to admit, as far as price wars goes, this is a heck of a deal and if we were looking to switch carriers, this would be tempting.