The Palm Treo Pro and the AT&T Fuze are probably the two most anticipated Windows Mobile releases this Fall. While the Treo Pro remains a feisty independent it’s only a matter of time before it gets branded by one or more of the major wireless carriers. The Fuze is the result of adding a dash of AT&T with the HTC Touch Pro.
While there are other Windows Mobile devices flooding the market, we thought it would be interesting to compare the Treo Pro with the Fuze. How do these two phones measure up toe to toe? Does a sliding keyboard work better than the front facing QWERTY keyboard? Is TouchFlo enough to knock out the Pro? Does one WM Device have an clear edge over the other? Read on after the break to see if there are any knock out punches.
Body Glove has been making quality cell phone cases for some time now and their latest offering, while the Landmark Horizontal Universal Case may qualify for one of the longer product names it also may be one of the better cases on the market. At $19.95 it might also be one of the best buys out there. I was able to take the Landmark Case out for a test drive recently and all you need to do to find out how it measured up is to follow the break.
Here's the section we're interested in, emphasis ours:
... downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers, web broadcasting, and/or for the operation of servers, telemetry devices and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition devices is prohibited. Furthermore, plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose.
We're trying to get clarification on the "viewing on Personal Computers" clause. Smartphones certainly could be argued into that category, though the TOS use the word "phone" in a number of other instances. We'll let you know what we find out. In the meantime, you can read the whole TOS for yourself.
Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, and that appears to be the case for some Samsung Epix owners. AT&T recently made available a hotfix (you have to call to get it, and then it's pushed to your phone) that fixes the "Slog Dump" problem, which looks like this. That's all fine and good, but apparently people are having major issues with the radioafter applying the hotfix.
What about you folks out there in TV Land? Having the same problems?
So a day after a Wall Street Journal piece gets everyone in a tizzy over a possible Pink-Verizon Windows Mobile thing, Microsoft's coming out and denying the whole thing.
No Zune phone. No Microsoft phone. No way, no how, get over it.
It's certainly not the first time we've gone through its, and it likely won't be the last. But, hey, it's cool. We're still looking forward to Windows Mobile 6.5, and we've got high hopes for Windows Mobile 7.
Eric Lin has a cooler job than you. You may know the name (he got a shout-out recently on the Engadget podcast), and you absolutely know the company for which he works, HTC, where he serves as global PR and online community manager.
Eric recently sat down for a chat with Japan's AkihabaraNews. The interview is split into two parts (Part 1, Part 2) and gives some great insight into the upcoming Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, as well as HTC as a company. It's a must-watch this holiday season.
Voice Command is one of those core features of Windows Mobile that's great to have, but it never has been quite easy enough to be a daily necessity for a lot folks. That all may be about to change with Tellme, which Microsoft bought a couple of years ago. It takes the versatility of Voice Command, sexes it up and puts it at the center of your user experience.
And it's coming to Windows Mobile 6.5, says Gizmodo.
Our Crackberry friends have had access to Tellme for a while now (as have owners of the Sprint Instinct). But starting with WM6.5, we'll have one-button access to phone dialing, text messages, Live Search, the works, and it'll be an integral part of the OS, it seems. (If it can do voice to text, that would be epic.) CNet notes that Tellme will take advantage of GPS and cell towers to localize searches.
Giz says Tellme will be free when Windows Mobile 6.5 launches, either from the Marketplace, or it'll be built in to the OS.
We'll take a nugget of news whenever and however we can, and we're getting this one from our cousins over at PreCentral.net. They're poring over every possible source for a hint as to when the Pre will arrive, and their work is our gain.
Notice Line 2 in the photo above from SprintGurus. Why, hello there, HTC Snap! Looks like you'll be the S511 when you're rolling with Big Yellow. (It's expected to be the S522 on T-Mobile.) Coal over at SG also notes that the Snap is currently in testing with Sprint.
And that mention is all we've got. No word on price or a release date, though we're hearing possibly June, which would be in line with that leaked Sprint roadmap. No matter what, it'll be nice to see an Windows Mobile Standard phone hit Sprint, which has been cranking right along with the Treo 800w and Treo Pro.
Microsoft's project, which is code-named "Pink," is aiming to produce a phone that extends the tech giant's Windows Mobile cellphone operating system, adding new software capabilities. It would also likely include Microsoft's new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a mobile application store along the lines of Apple's, these people say.
Who "these people" are we have no idea, and the WSJ ain't sayin'. But, heck, we can tell you that any MS phone would have Marketplace access. That's a given. As for it being "along the lines of Apple's" App Store, we'll have to wait and see. Unless you mean that they both sell apps.
So for now, we'll put it to you. Should Microsoft attempt to take on the iPhone head-to-head? Or do you think this is all just another unsubstantiated rumor?
A bit of a fuss is being made today over the emergence of the Motorola A4500 at the Federal Communications Commission. But here's the thing: The new documents we're looking at – radio specs and a bunch of pretty pictures – were all submitted back in October and just made available today.
Now allow us to put on our tinfoil hats for a minute: We know the A4500 (or Napoleon, or Q9n – whatever) made its way into the wild after a brief production cycle for a government contract. Hmmmmm. Government contract, docs not made available until exactly six months after the first submission ... See where we're going here?
The long and the short of it is we're really not expecting to see this thing out on Verizon – or anywhere else – anytime soon, if ever. That said, we could also be dead wrong and so we reward you with more pictures after the break, just in case.
Microsoft reportedly has begun a private beta called Microsoft Vine that will keep you and your friends and family in the know in case of natural disaster.
What we have here is a fairly sexy aggregator of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – 20,000 news sources, NOAA, Twitter and public safety announcements. When the fit hits the shan, you need to be able to alert others that you're OK. And Vine would do so via a desktop client, text message, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter.
However, "in the know" may be a bit of a misnomer. See, here's the thing about a natural disaster: Chances are if you're in one, you won't have power. And wireless carriers are getting better at generator backups (you should see the press releases we get anytime something bad's about to happen), but I can remember not having any signal – GSM, CDMA, landline or carrier pigeon – for several days after hurricane Ivan in September 2004. (Bad enough when you have family worried about you, and even worse if you're trying to get married that weekend.) So if the infrastructure's not there for you to get the word out, this could all be a moot point. (And Twitter integration could well prove to be the linchpin now – remember that.)
But this is 2009. This is post-Katrina. And we've learned from our mistakes. And Microsoft Vine could well be an excellent way to get word out that you're still ticking. Let's hope they open it up before the summer silly season.
We love our shiny phones. But, oh, do we hate the fingerprints that come with a glossy finish.
But apparently there's a matte back available for the Touch Diamond 2 that should eliminate the telltales signs that you've had your grubby mitts on the phone.
Above is the new back cover, which appeared in a Taiwanese forum. Slashgear says it can be had for about $35 US and would be sold as an accessory. At right is the original glossy back as seen by Dieter at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
And, no, we still don't have any release dates for the Touch Diamond 2 in the United States, so we'll all just have to keep thinking good thoughts.
So there we were, perfectly content with T-Mobile rolling out the HTC Snap/Captain/Dash 2 sometime soon, when this had to come along and muck up the works.
According to Engadget, what you see here is the HTC XV6175. And as you might guess from the excellent and memorable brand XV6175, that'd make it bound for Verizon. This is pretty much in line with what we've seen from that leaked HTC roadmap as the Willow, which we've also heard could make an appearance as soon as June.