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4 years ago

HP and AT&T announce the iPAQ Glisten

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Everybody remember that HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian with AT&T specs that surfaced in Asia earlier this year? It's now officially the iPAQ Glisten on AT&T.

And glisten it does, with an AMOLED touchscreen, Windows Mobile 6.5, a 3.1MP camera and all the usual bells and whistles, including WiFi and GPS.

The Glisten will be available "in the coming weeks" (grrrrr) for $229.99 (before $50 "promotion card") along with the standard two-year deal. A little pricey, yeah, but so are AMOLED screens.

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

AdMob shows interesting mix of old, new(ish) phones running Windows Mobile

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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.

Really, that's no great surprise. And we'd expect Windows Mobile's numbers to tick up a bit over the November, December and January, after the flurry of phones that hit the market upon launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

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.

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4 years ago

Mobi Products Cradle for Sprint, Verizon Touch Pro 2

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 78

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4 years ago

About the latest Windows Mobile 7 rumors ... (and Microsoft takes down that screenshot)

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4 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Omnia II

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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]

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4 years ago

Vito Technology Releases Communications Suite 2.0

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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.

The Communications Suite bundled will run you $24.95 and can be found over at the WMExperts.com Software Store.

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4 years ago

10 minutes with the Bell Samsung Omnia II

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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]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Store 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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The WMExperts 2009 Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by the WMExperts Store.

It's that time of year again, when we struggle to find the perfect gift for our family and friends. But what do you get the smartphone fan who has everything? More of everything, of course!

And who better to ask for recommendation than our own experts. Join us after the break as your favorite faces from WMExperts share their holiday picks.

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4 years ago

Oh, hi, Verizon Omnia II

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Video review: Opera Mobile 10 beta

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Follow Friday: ROM chefs on Twitter

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G: Get them for free; make $100

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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.

Head to WMDeals for all the information on how to take advantage.

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4 years ago

Smartphone Experts Screen Protector 3-packs

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Shareholders ask CEO Steve Ballmer: Why can't you be more like Apple?

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Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday. And reading the press release, it sounds like the biggest snoozer ever.

But apparently things were a little different if you actually were there. A shareholder questioned Microsoft CEO (grilled may be a better term) Steve Ballmer on why Microsoft seems so much less cool than, say, Apple, especially when it comes to younger users. (Let's see: Exhibits A, B and C come to mind.) And the quote of the day:

"I'm just wondering why your marketing group can't do something to try to rein in this next generation, because you've got a real bad image out there."

No kidding.

Ballmer's probably as tired of that question as we are. Of course, he's in a slightly better position to do something about it. And simply deflecting talk about Windows phones — which absolutely don't get a fair shake — to Windows 7 and Office 2010 is a cop-out. The people want their phones, sir. They want their apps. They want their music. They want their video. And they want it now.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Microsoft has all the pieces. It's time to put them together and market them smartly. And it's far past time to deliver.

Techflash via Gizmodo

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