Our Fall Freebies continue! Last month, we reviewed the Blueant Q1 voice controlled headset and now we want to give it away.
To have a chance at the Blueant Q1 all you have to do is post a comment on any story (except this one) between now and 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, October, 2, 2009. We'll randomly select a winner from these comments.
Keep in mind that you do have to register to leave a comment and that painless process starts here. And we're sure to have more giveaways in the future. Stayed tuned and as soon as Dieter looks the other way, we'll see what we can sneak out of the store.
Verizon is waiting for Samsung to officially launch it first.
Verizon is looking to launch sometime in mid-October.
It will launch on Verizon with Windows Mobile 6.1.
Windows Mobile 6.5 will be in a ROM update, but not for a while.
The Omnia II is launching elsewhere with Windows Mobile 6.5.
Of course Verizon is also launching the HTC Imagio aka 'Whitestone' on Oct. 6, which we hear is still on track. That device is launching with Windows Mobile 6.5, giving a slight advantage over the Omnia II, at least initially.
Don't expect to see this is stores anytime soon, but AT&T this morning announced it'll carry the TerreStar Genus Windows Mobile satellite phone. Dieter actually got his hands on this beast back at CTIA in April. As a reminder, we're talking a 2.6-inch, 240x230 touchscreen, WinMo 6.5 Pro,WiFi, GPS (natch), 3MP camera, 100MB of user-available memory and a 1,400mAh battery.
But, like we said, the Genus won't be available in your corner AT&T store. It's government Corporate Responsibility User subscribers, enterprise and small businesses who can look for it in the first quarter of 2010. AT&T does, however, say it's "working on a simliar solution for consumers."
For you T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 owners who don't want to bulk up with a full-fledged case, BodyGuardz now has custom-fit protective skins.
These protectors are made from the same material that is used to protect the front of automobiles from stones and other abrasive elements and, as the name implies, are like a second skin for your phone.
We've not been the biggest fans of Microsoft Tag for several reasons — it's another standard that would have be be adopted, it's not widely available, etc. — but you have to admit the advert you see above is compelling. And Tag is built ino Windows Mobile 6.5, so we may see it gain some traction.
This video actually is a spec ad directed by a previous Microsoft collaborator.
Here's one we didn't quite get to earlier this month at CES 2009: Microsoft Tag. If the little barcode looks familiar, it should. It's in the same family as the QR Code, the black-and-white dot matrix-looking guy that gained popularity in Japan but hasn't really made it anywhere else.
Now Microsoft is pushing this new standard. Basically, using an app from Microsoft, you take a picture of the tag. The app then gets the metadata off the tag, then heads online to display a Web page, Vcard, text ad, dialier, etc.
Advantages over the black-and-white QR Code:
The color and design of the tag allow for more data in a smaller space.
It works better with cell phone cameras.
Unlike QR Code, this has the full weight of Microsoft behind it.
What's holding it back:
This never got off the ground in Japan. Is a better tag enough to make it popular here? Right now, this beta program is only available in the U.S.
It's yet one more standard for developers and users. And this one is "owned" by microsoft and needs its servers to work in the first place.
Because it goes through the mothership, Microsoft will have all sorts of metrics on who uses the tags (as well as on you, the user). And right now, it's free to create a tag. Will it always be so?
Let's face it: This is still pretty gadgety, even for us.
It's been no great secret that the Sprint version of the Touch Pro 2, which is listed at $349 after two-year contract and rebate, can be had for much less. We learned that from the get-go thanks to our outstanding commenters (that's you guys!). But a rumor coming through the long series of tubes (that's the Internets) has it that Sprint may be dropping the official price down to $199 to fall in line with the likes of Verizon. We may find out on Thursday.
We'll see. There also are rumors that for you early adopters who paid full price, some sweet talk with Sprint eCare reps could score you a $100 credit.
Guess that makes it really real: The HTC HD2 (aka the Leo) has made an appearance in the an in-store catalog for the UK's O2 network, and said catalog was slipped to Engadget Mobile. They're also hearing that the rumored Oct. 12 launch date might have slipped to Oct. 26.
Engadget also points out that the promo shot show the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen instead of that new TouchFLO 3D goodness we've been seeing, which is interesting. Maybe that means something, maybe it's just promo shenanigans.
So how is WM6.5 for Standard? Pretty. It's zippy, looks nice and works.
Ookba has done a great job of cooking all sorts of customizations, including Titanium Weather (similar to NRG Weather), button configuration utility, HTC UI Tweaks, IE keymaps, HTC Comm Manager, Skyfire, Opera Mini, HTC's Unlock screen...basically it feels more like the Verizon Ozone now (except the KB).
After the jump are a few screenshots. Remember, it's always nice to tip or at least give a thanks to these folks for all the hard work!
And you thought the HTC HD2 was big? Hows about Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 7-inch LCD display, powered by the same Snapdragon processor? OK, so this is a tablet dubbed "Mangrove" and not a Windows phone, technically speaking, but it does sport 3G and WiMAX, WiFi, USB ports and a MicroSD card slot.
Next question: Considering what it would likely cost, what the heck would you do with it?
At long last, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 has been officially announced on AT&T and will be available Oct. 4 — that's this Sunday. Price is as we've previously reported: $299 after contract and rebate. Of course, this is a Garmin venture we're talking about here, so navigation is the centerpiece of the phone. Nuvifone Premium Connected Services will be offered for a 30-day trial, and then $5.99 a month after that.
Full presser after the break.
Update: Er, see, this is what happens when you write with one eye open. Berrydale in our comments correctly points out that this is the nuvifone that, erm, doesn't run Windows Mobile. We're still waiting on the M20.
SPB Software has announced an update to its excellent Windows Mobile application, Mobile Shell. We saw major renovations to Mobile Shell with the release of version 3.0 earlier this year, and the updated version, 3.5, doesn't break suit.
SPB Mobile Shell is a user interface for Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen phones) that implements touch navigation, widgets, and multiple pages to put more functionality at your fingertips.
Follow the break for highlights of the updated version along with some screenshots.