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5 years ago

LG prepping three WinMo 6.5 phones

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LG prepping three WinMo 6.5 phones

HTC's already announced it'll be launching the Touch2 as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, and it appears LG may be getting in the game as well. You'll remember that back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, LG announced that Windows Mobile would be its smartphone OS of choice. A Reuters report shows that partnership coming to fruition, with a trio of new phones available "in the next few weeks," and 13 more by the end of 2010.

Newswire goes a bit further and tells us to expect a QWERTY slider, a front-facing QWERTY and a full touchscreen phone. The United States, Europe and Asia (only half of the major continents) will get first dibs. And on top of Windows Mobile will be "LG’s own distinctive S-Class User Interface, which offers a unique 3D experience that works with Microsoft’s familiar operating system."

We're pretty sure of two of the three devices — the GW550 seen above, and Slashgear says we'll see the GM750 (seen here at right). Will the Monaco be the third?

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5 years ago

Review: MOBO Wallet Organizer Case

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Review: MOBO Wallet Organizer Case

When it comes to cases for your cell phone, there is no one form factor that is perfect for everyone. The perfect case for you depends entirely on your needs. This concept makes it imperative for manufacturers to make a variety of shapes, sizes and designs in order to accommodate the variety of people that buy their products.

Cases that double as a wallet have come and go over the years and no one manufacturer can seem to get a design that really takes off. The idea that you can have your wallet and cell phone in one compact package is particularly appealing to those of us who walk around with what could easily be mistaken for Batman’s utility belt.  Mobo makes this attempt with their Wallet Organizer Case.

All the facts (and my opinions) are after the jump.

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5 years ago

Summer giveaway: Kinoma Play

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X2

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Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X2

Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia X2. The latest iteration features the familiar panels interface but also debuts SlideView, "which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities."

Like with the original X1 (read our review), there actually are two versions of the X2, with the X2a the version with U.S.-compatible 3G bands. That said, there's no U.S. availability mentioned anywhere, and the X2a appears slated for Australia and New Zealand.

Specs are a little incomplete, but we'll start you off with a massive 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus, image stabilization, geotagging, a 16x digital zoom, flash and more. Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional is on board the 3.2-inch 480x800 touchscreen (resistive, still, unfortunately). There's quad-band EDGE and tri-band (850/900/1900) on the 3G side.

Sony Ericsson says the X2 will be available in the fourth quarter. No word yet on pricing, but you can bet it'll cost a pretty penny. Next question is whether the X2 will get any support from U.S. carriers, after the X1 was spurned. Get the full rundown here, and we've got more pictures after the break.

Oh, and if new hardware's not enough, SE's opened up the panel SDK. Get the lowdown on that here.

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5 years ago

HTC announces the Touch2 (aka Mega)

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HTC announces the Touch2 (aka Mega)

HTC this morning announced the Touch2, which we've come to know previously as the Mega. As expected, the specs won't knock your socks off:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional.
  • Qualcomm MSM7225 @ 528MHz.
  • 512 ROM/256 RAM.
  • Dimensions: 104x55x12.9mm.
  • Weight: 110 grams with battery.
  • Display: 2.8-inch QGVA (240x320) screen.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band HSPA (900/2100).
  • GPS.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and ExtUSB.
  • 3.2MP camera (fixed-focus).
  • 1100 mAh battery.
  • MicroSD card.

So, this isn't a top-shelf device, but it does move the low end of HTC's smartphone lineup into the same ballpark as the likes of the Touch HD, Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2, with the full-front screen (even if this one is smaller and of a lower resolution) and zoom bar. The Touch2 will be available as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day in European and Asian markets. Note that the Touch2 will work on U.S. GSM networks but lacks the U.S. 3G frequencies.

More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Review: Documents To Go Premium Edition

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Review: Documents To Go Premium Edition

Every once in a while, you come across something that Windows Mobile does fairly well, but doesn’t quite handle everything that you throw in its direction. The Office applications that are built into Windows Mobile are a great example.

Documents To Go has been one of the leading applications for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents for many years. With each release of Windows Mobile however, native Office support has been improved to include new features. Where does that leave Documents To Go and its $29.95 price tag? The answer to that and more are on the other side of the break.

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5 years ago

More shots of the Verizon Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Pre-order the Samsung Omnia II for $999

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5 years ago

iPAQ K3 Obsidian passes FCC - next stop, AT&T

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If for some reason seeing pictures of the HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian with AT&T branding wasn't enough to convince you that some fresh Windows Mobile Standard fare was on its way, let us present Exhibit B. Straight from the Federal Communications Commission (you guys rock!) comes the latest proof. The telltale 850MHz and 1900MHz bands are there, plus, as you can see, there's a AT&T SKU number of the FCC label, so ...

A reminder on the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • 2.46-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 320x240 pixels.
  • Qualcomm 7200A processor @ 528MHz
  • 256MB RAM/512MB ROM
  • GPS
  • 3.2MP camera
  • WiFi b/g.

Might this be one of the new Windows phones we see on Oct. 6?

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 propaganda emerges

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5 years ago

AT&T opening up free WiFi for Windows Mobile

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We've been peppering carriers with questions regarding the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Oct. 6, and most are pretty mum at this point. But AT&T did drop one little nugget in regards to WiFi, which we've been waiting to hear about for some time now. And it goes a long way toward answering a question we tackled in this week's podcast.

So, here's the deal. We're leaving it in AT&T-speak. Starting Sept. 14:

  • AT&T will provide most users access to nearly 20,000 AT&T Hot Spots across the US, including Starbucks.
  • Beginning this month, customers with Wi-Fi-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones and unlimited and other qualifying data plans will receive unlimited access to thousands of U.S. AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide.
  • Eligible Windows Mobile customers can access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at over 20,000 nationwide locations – the majority of customers will be eligible as most have a qualifying data plan.
  • At no additional cost, AT&T customers with unlimited personal and enterprise rate plans on Wi-Fi enabled Windows Mobile smartphones can enjoy automatic, fast and secure access to the Internet at AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
  • AT&T Wi-Fi will be easy to use on Windows Phones because of auto-authentication – if you have Wi-Fi on, you’ll automatically connect
  • The service will launch on 9/14 with Samsung smartphones with other devices to follow in the coming weeks, and all 6.5 devices will be supported.

So, while we still don't know what AT&T has up its sleeve in terms of Windows Mobile 6.5 and current or future devices, we now know it's opening up WiFi to the masses. Hit up this link for a map of AT&T's free WiFi locations.

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5 years ago

The Windows Mobile 6.5 announcement - where's T-Mobile?

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When Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 would be available on phones starting Oct. 6 — and we're still trying to track down exactly how that's going to work — it name-dropped a bunch of carriers of manufacturers.

In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.

Noticeably missing from that motley crew is T-Mobile. And it's even more apparently because ol' T-Mo is the only carrier to currently have a phone in the wild that we know officially supports Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 officially launches Oct 6, is bringing Marketplace, My Phone with it

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Ladies and gentlemen, the wait for Windows Mobile 6.5 is nearly over. In a blog post, Windows Mobile GM Stephanie Ferguson trumpets the merits of Windows Mobile 6.5 and says we'll see a slew of new Windows phones on Oct. 6. And long for the ride is Windows Marketplace for Mobile. [Windows Mobile Team blog]

You’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points - with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you. Until then, keep an eye on our partners as they announce details on new Windows phones and where you can find them this fall.

The blog post all but says that Windows Mobile 6.5 and Marketplace launch on Oct. 6, but Microsoft PR confirms. That's the day for both, and it looks like My Phone will be taken out of beta for good measure.

Our big question involves reaction from the carriers and manufacturers, which Microsoft names in the post. Will Windows Mobile 6.5 be available for any phones on that date? Will we see new phones released with WinMo 6.5? CNet's Ina Fried notes that Microsoft's Robbie Bach is throwing a "consumer open house" on Oct. 6 in New York City, so there may well be something afoot.

To see Microsoft, carriers and manufacturers working in concert — now that would be a big deal. Stay tuned. Our fat fingers are sending out a flurry of inquiries.

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5 years ago

Review follow-up: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 camera

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5 years ago

Microsoft Recite (tech preview) gets an update

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Microsoft Recite, that über-neat app that allows you to search your recorded voice notes, got an update to 0.5.7.0 (previous version was 0.5.5.0).  You may have noticed this if you received the above error screen in the last few days.

Simply navigate to http://recite.microsoft.com to download the latest version which will restore functionality.

Haven't any idea what Recite is or how it works?  Take a gander at our earlier coverage with video to see it in action.  In short, it's really cool and for some peeps of mine, indispensable in their daily work.

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