I’m one of those people that made sure I hit my local AT&T store on October 18th to make sure I got my AT&T Tilt 2. There are so many things that make HTC’s Touch Pro2 devices great that I had to have one. One of those things is the screen. It’s just amazing, especially coming from the original AT&T Tilt. The downside of having that 3.6” WVGA flush mounted screen is that it gets scratched very easily, even through normal daily use. The answer to this problem is of course a screen protector such as the ones offered by Smartphone Experts.
Let's play our favorite game: Guess the carrier. For those of you who don't work in cell phone stores, the photo you see above from Phone Arena is of a CelleBrite unit, which transfers info from one phone to another (presumably) pretty seamlessly. Note the "source model" here is the Toshiba TG01 (See our latest hands-on), and it's said that this one's from a Verizon store. Far-fetched? Not really. Remember that we've already seen a CDMA version slide through the feds.
If this pans out, it would give Big Red a pair of black slab Windows phones -- the TG01 and the HTC Imagio. That could be a tough call for VZW customers. On one hand you have the TG01 and its 4.1-inch (resistive) touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. On the other hand you have the HTC Imagio, and all the custom ROM hackery that goes along with it.
This also probably all but rules out the HTC HD2 hitting Verizon first, but anything's possible, we guess.
After the break, see what we're all rocking here at WMExperts. Then, it's your turn. We want to see what you guys and gals have come up with on your Windows phones. (But let's keep it clean, folks. PG-13 and under.) Head into the forums and show us your stuff. And no need to fret if you don't have Windows 6.5 yet. We want to see from you guys, too.
More often than not, the way it works overseas is you pay more for a phone up front, then save on the carrier plan. But Vodafone UK's now offering (a day ahead of when we expected) a deal that you simply can't refuse: A free HTC HD2 with a data plan of at least £35. That's 4.3 inches of screen, 1GHz of Snapdragon processing power, Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro and the possibility of an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7 (that's still not official though, so simmer down). For free. Don't bet on finding that kind of deal in the U.S. [Vodafone via coolsmartphone]
Starting today, Windows phone customers can browse, buy and download applications online at the Windows Marketplace for Mobile site. The selected applications are delivered wirelessly to the customer’s Windows phone and install the next time the Windows Marketplace client runs on the device. This creates another way for customers to easily find and purchase applications and gives developers a whole new level of exposure.
There also are a number of improvements for developers, including increased security to prevent app piracy.
So you still can't get your hands on an HTC HD2. Tough. But you can get a look at its insides, thanks to the fine folks at XDA China. Because, really, who doesn't love ripping open the hottest phone out there and seeing what makes it tick? Couple more shots after the break, and loads more at XDA Developers. [via pocketnow]
And the march toward Windows Mobile 7 continues. This time, it's ZDNet Taiwan [via wmpoweruser] saying that WM7 is beginning its "Maldives" program in Q1 of next year, which basically means testing for device manufacturers. We'd heard "Maldives" in passing before, but in relation to Windows Mobile 6.5.1. So we'll have to see here.
ZDNet Taiwan's also saying that we should see Windows Mobile 7 launch in the third quarter of 2010, which is in the same window as most other rumors floating around. We've seen one that it's already been in beta. Another that it'll RTM this spring. So, work continues. Here's hoping for an announcement at CES.
We're generally not the types who cry that the sky is falling. But there are a few disturbing reports swirling today regarding Samsung. The first comes from Electonista, which states that Sammy will significantly reduce its use of Windows Mobile.
HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.
That's a huge drop. Word on the street (er, and in just about every blog today) is that Android will pick up a good amount of the slack.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider,today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung’s mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.
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How badly do you want an HTC HD2? For a little more than $800US, you can import one now from Devicewire. That said, it'll be lacking the U.S. 3G bands. But you'll still have EDGE and WiFi, and the knowledge that you're the first on your block to have the biggest and baddest Windows phone on the market. [Devicewire via Coolsmartphone]