Some people just really don't like wearing Bluetooth headsets. There are numerous reasons for this; long hair getting tangled, small ears making wear uncomfortable, or just not liking the way they look. The solution for these folks is some type of speakerphone, whether built in to your car or as an additional purchase.
Parrot is one of those manufacturers that I always keep an eye on to see what they're releasing. If you read the review of the Parrot MINIKIT, you know what there were some shortcomings in the design and execution of that particular model. If you're on the lookout for a Bluetooth speakerphone, don't go anywhere. This could be the one for you.
When you’re looking for a case for a new device, a lot of the options tend to look the same. Finding that perfect case that fits your lifestyle can be a difficult task. Personally I have had phones that I kept a variety of cases to use depending on what I was doing.
Leather cases that have an executive or business look and feel to them are one that I tend to keep around for any phone that I carry. Prima has made several such cases that seem to be on par with some of the top case manufacturers on the market. Their Vertical Pouch case has many of the features that are standard issue with an executive style case.
Click on through to see this case under our microscope (figuratively speaking).
It's hard to beat a quality leather case for your phone. Solid stitching, quality leather, soft lining, comfortable carry and a secure hold are qualities we all look for in a case. RexRegina hopes to match all these qualities with their premium leather cases. The California based company produces the Stanton Case which is a premium leather, horizontal case. We recently gave the case a test drive with the AT&T Fuze and to see how it shaped up, read on after the break.
The one Windows Mobile phone feature that we never seem to get enough of is power. Only one Windows Mobile Phone comes to mind that ships with a high capacity battery as standard; the Samsung Black Jack II with it's 1750mah battery. When the HTC Fuze/Touch Pro hit the market, excitement filled the air because of the versatility and features this phone offered. It didn't take long to realized that the stock 1350mah battery was woefully under matched. The Windows Mobile community waited with anticipation as after market, extended life batteries slowly began to appear. HTC has contributed to the "energy crisis" by offering a 1800mah Extended Battery. The plus side is that it provides more gas for your HTC Fuze/Touch Pro. The down side is that it requires an oversized battery door.
We took the 1800mah battery out for a test drive to see how much more juice this oversized battery provided. Read on after the break to see how well it performed and how the oversized battery door affected the HTC Fuze.
I love going on vacation. It doesn’t matter if it is a 3 day weekend at the coast or a week at Disney World. At times like this I find that I want something to take with me that will hold my phone along with any other small items that can come in handy, i.e. hotel keys, local tourist maps, an autograph book for when we bump into Mickey Mouse, etc… A backpack is too much and even a fanny pack can be more than I sometimes need. So, I am always looking for a good phone case organizer, just for these special occasions. With this in mind I wanted to try out the PDA Skins Horizontal Organizer. Looking at the stock photos and reading the description, it looked like this would fit my needs very nicely. But when I got my hands on it, I started to have my doubts. There are times that when my first impression is not very good, that after using the product for a while I gain more respect for it. Take a look at the full review to see if this is truly one not to waste your money on or if it eventually did live up to my initial expectations...
Oh, the ROMs, they are a 'leakin'. There's some buzz going on at XDA Developers over a Touch Pro 2 ROM that purportedly has ties to T-Mobile in the United States. (Don't be alarmed by the picture above — it's an engineering prototype and the shell wasn't finished.) We've known for a while that the Touch Pro 2 is coming, we just don't officially know to which carriers, or when. (We do know that T-Mobile Europe has picked up the Touch Pro 2.)
But what XDA user d474rpr says what we have here is a ROM destined for T-Mobile. Some digging cropped up the same U.S. country ID code as is used on the Dash and Shadow, so this is looking pretty good.
MyFaves are on board, as are YouTube and Telenav (not sure if they're stub apps or the whole thing). The Facebook application that we've already seen ported from WinMo 6.5 also will be there. Another unknown is whether a T-Mobile touch Pro 2 would support its UMA Hotspot @ Home service, which would route calls through your home broadband Internet connection when available.
If this is all on the level, it could prove to be an exciting year for Windows Mobile fans on T-Mo.
Along with Windows Mobile 6.5, one of the other things we're keen to see this year is the arrival of the Snapdragon processor, which promises bad-arse performance alongside increased battery life. The Toshiba TG01 is one phone we know is coming, and here's another reportedly on its way.
Dutch site All About Phones (translated) visited Acer at a conference, where it showed off eight new phones. The F1 reportedly will have a Snapdragon running at (only) 800MHz (the TG01 is at a full GHz). It will launch in September and have Windows Mobile 6.5 out of the box. Price should be in the neighborhood of $750 which, when you think about it, might not be that bad for that much power. It'll also have Acer's version of HTC's TouchFlo interface.
Do note that the image above is of a nonworking prototype, so we'll keep our eyes open for something a little more official.
Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't even out yet — hell, as we just found out, they're stilltweaking the UI — so we suppose that means it's time to start the speculation of what Windows Mobile 7 is going to look like.
Above, we have Exhibit A from wmpoweruser of what supposedly is a shot of Windows Mobile 7. Also, they say, the "latest inside rumors" say WM7 will reach manufacturers by the end of the year and be out on phones by spring 2010. That's right in line with what we've previously reported.
So maybe this is a shot of Windows Mobile 7, and maybe it ain't. (We'd expect to see the Windows flag somewhere at some point.) Regardless, what we (hopefully) see this time next year is likely to change a fair bit.
But what say you, dear readers? If this is legit, how's it look to you?
This is how we love starting off our day — more he said/she said Dell news! So the other day investment analyst Shaw Wu (who gets no love from Daring Fireball) said that Dell shopped two smartphones around to carriers — one a Windows Mobile phone, the other Android. The carriers promptly turned their noses up and sent Dell back to the drawing board.
Dell will not delay the launch of its new smartphone lineup and is on schedule to release devices in line with its internal roadmap, company CEO Michael Dell said recently in Taipei. However Dell did not publicly divulge any details indicating when products are scheduled for release.
Whom to believe? It's anyone's guess. But since everyone seems to know what Dell's up to in the smartphone market, we'll throw our guess into the ring as well. And we're pretty sure you can take it to the bank:
Dell will release some sort of technology in the next few months. It will involve circuit boards, memory chips, a button or two, and more than likely will be painted black. It might make phone calls. It might not.
Last week we reviewed GuardMobile, a security application that controls your Windows Mobile phone through SMS messaging should it get stolen or lost. Since then, we've discovered two other similar applications, and GuardMobile has been updated. WMExperts reader Kelvin Kang pointed us in the direction of Flexilis, a beta security application, we took a look at RecoveryCop. Follow the break to see what changes the updated version of GuardMobile has to offer, as well as the lowdown on Flexilis and RecoveryCop.
The Silverlight news just keeps on a'comin, this time in the form of Deep Zoom. No, it's not some sort of Apple mole feeding inside information back to Redmond. To put it simply:
Silverlight Deep Zoom allows users to explore collections of super high resolution imagery, from a 2 or 3 megapixel shot from a digital camera to gigapixel scans of museum pieces, all without waiting for huge file downloads. The simple zooming interface allows users to explore entire collections down to specific details in extreme close-up, all with fantastic performance and smooth transitions.
Couple Deep Zoom with the multitouch capability in the latest Silverlight beta, and it could have the makings of a pretty slick mobile browsing experience. And Microsoft basically says it intends to do just that. Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie told The Register that what you see in Silverlight on the desktop is what we also should eventually see on mobile phones.
"Deep Zoom will be in. Our goal is to keep the experience between desktop and mobile basically the same."
At the time of this writing, the top bid was $475. But before you throw your bid in the ring, do note that while this is an unlocked GSM phone, it only has the 3G radio bands used outside the U.S. So, no AT&T love for this guy. Otherwise, if everything is as advertised, it should work just fine.
So, how much would you pay to be the first on your block with a Touch Pro 2?
Update: And ... the auction's been called off. Can't say that's too surprising.
So the rumors are floating around the Internets that Palm has delayed two smartphones from mid-year to the end of the year. As Dieter points out over at TreoCentral, this almost certainly cannot, does not and shall not mean that the Pre has been pushed back several months.
Shipments of Palm's two smartphones will be delayed as Compal is waiting for Qualcomm's new chipset solutions that will enable better performance, said the paper.
Here's our thing: We know that Palm has dropped the Palm OS and is focusing on WebOS (which is what's on the Pre), and Windows Mobile. So, it's entirely possible that Palm has a couple new WinMo phones in the works, and they've been pushed back a bit. But there are wrinkles in that, too, which Dieter writes about. Or, it could be another couple of WebOS phones, but that seems a bit unlikely so early in the game.