We at WMExperts have just confirmed that there is a nation wide outage with Sprint Text Messaging. According to Sprint it all started at around 3 pm PST today. Some areas can receive text messages but cannot send them, while others have the opposite problem, with everyone else not able to do either. They were unsure (or not willing to admit) as to what created the problem. Even though they are not sure exactly when text messaging will be back online, their ETA is within the next 8 to 12 hours
Over at TreoCentral, Jennifer Chappell has posted up her final review of the HTC Fuze, definitely head over there and give it a read. You can comment over on the related thread for a chance at a Treo Pro. Or you can comment here for a chance at the Fuze. Or heck: do both, we don't mind.
Meanwhile, the Fuze has moved on in our merry little chain and is now in the hands of Casey Chan of Android Central. He's brand new to Windows Mobile and, well, we all know that WM can be a little overwhelimg to new users. So head on over to his thread in our Fuze forums and show him the way.
Lastly, you might also be interested in what's coming next for WMExperts. You can check the Round Robin update page and see from our handy-dandy grid that, yes, we're rocking the iPhone. Feel free to hit up the TiPb Forum thread on that very subject.
One last programming note while we're on the subject: our very own WMExperts podcast is going up tomorrow, then will have a bit of a hiatus because of the Thanksgiving holiday. to make up for it, though, we'll be recoding two Smartphone Round Robin podcasts in the month of December and slapping them into all of our SPE podcasts feeds, so stay tuned!
Ever wonder about the stark contrast between HTC's last generation devices and their new Diamond/Touch themed ones? Did you notice how the Diamond's design is "...both modern and clutter-free to allow a strong focus on the innovative interface"?
Granted, HTC gets the credit for execution, delivery and that quite popular TouchFlow3D interface. But it never hurts to get the input of some schmancy artists sportin' some black turtlenecks and speaking (inexplicably) with Swedish accents.
So next time you stare down at your purty HTC Diamond and you think to yourself, boy the "...rich materials and diamond-like surfacing convey its power and sophistication", you can thank One & Co.
The Xperia X1 panels are now "fully functional" on the Touch HD. When we last checked in with the little experiment, there was no way to switch from one panel to another, never mind the stability issues.
But harvsingh over at XDA Developers says he's beaten those problems. He's doing a private beta and hopes to release a cab file soon. Keep an eye on this thread.
Now if only the XDA guys could magically get the Touch HD to be released in the United States. (Or get the Xperia X1a to get out of pre-order status and finally see the light of day!)
We've always had a soft spot in our hearts for Velocity Mobile. As far as black-slab phones go, they're certainly not as popular (or as well known) as anything from HTC, Samsung and the like. But there are some interesting details that have piqued our interest. And as Dieter pointed out, Dell has used them for its Pharos line.
Dieter got a good look at the Velocity 83 back at CTIA (video and photo gallery). And what it lacks in screen resolution (240x320) and data speed (EDGE only), it makes up for with a pair of microSD slots, an accelerometer, and a cool little interface called Odyssey.
So if you're looking for a WinMo alternative, this could well become an option for you in the United States. Now if only a major carrier would give Velocity a shot. ...
It'll be interesting to see what lockdowns Verizon has enabled (we're looking at you, GPS), in comparison with the European version of the phone, which has been available for some time now. And for a look at said European version, hit up our hands-on hardware and software video reviews.
You see any out there? Let us know in the comments.
Well, folks, the Touch HD blew through our office last night, so we were able to have a hands-on with it for the briefest of moments. It was fleeting, really, and as you can see from the video, we're a little shook up from the experience.
The screen was big and bright (at 800x480, it should bd) and most of all responsive. TouchFlo 3D was big and bold and worked as well as it does on the Fuze and the Sprint Touch Diamond -- which is to say pretty darn well. Our only gripes were with the full QWERTY Keyboard (it's not quite there yet) and the fact that the soft-buttons are so close to the main touch 'button zones' on the bottom that we occasionally hit one instead of t'other.
While we're no market segment experts, it certainly seems to us that the Touch HD would have had a sportin' chance here in the US. Maybe HTC blinked when they thought about average consumers comparing it too directly to the iPhone, given that at the end of the day it's still jarring to switch between TouchFlo 3D and the standard WM interface. Maybe AT&T put the kaibosh on it. Maybe, at the end of the day, they figured they wouldn't sell enough of them to justify the development costs, but we know our team would have been good for a few purchases.
Agendus for Windows Mobile, from iambic Inc., is now available in version 3.0 in both WM Standard and Professional versions. Agendus is a very popular feature-rich Personal Information Manager (PIM) alternative for your Windows Mobile device.
iambic is promising that this latest version is "chock-full of features and improvements" - sounds very promising! Agendus consolidates your Calendar, Contacts and Tasks into one application with powerful functionality. Whether you are familiar with Agendus or not, here is a list of features you'll find in version 3.0:
13 Unique Calendar Views, including a comprehensive Today view with new "quick action" buttons.
4 Unique Contact Views Modes, including the new Business Card Mode and
Photo Dial Mode.
Compact Task View with various sorting, grouping, and filtering options.
Customizability. Full icon, photo, and color support.
New Contact, Meeting and Task Card Views containing a summary of the entry and hyperlinks for phone numbers, email and web addresses.
Create and save Meeting, Task and Call Templates.
New Free Time Finder. Have Agendus search your calendar for available time slots.
and Much More!
You can pick up Agendus 3.0 for WM Professional for $24.95 here and for WM Standard for $19.95 here
Before you start snickering, there are, in fact, people who still use AOL as their main e-mail account. And who are we to judge?
Now AOL is offering a way to sync your calendar, contacts and tasks — but not e-mail (yet) — with your Windows Mobile device.
Powered by Funambol, AOL Sync works with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. There's no mention of 6.1. There's a comprehensive list of supported phones here, though some of the latest and greatest are missing.
So if you're big on AOL for your PIM information, give it a shot and let us know in the comments how it works.
This week we bring you two exclusive useful addons for you Palm Treo Pro and Treo 800w users.
Treo Pro: MyBeacon 0.1 (early development)
Scottymomo is working on a Mort-script solution to unleashing the power of the center button beacon LED. Right now, all that baby does is alert your to new Voicemail. While useful, why not have it do more, right? Such as alerting you to:
Now some of these results refer to general technology, others specifically computers. However, here are some that are relative to our interests:
38% contacted user support at some time
Men (39%) more than women (22%) are more likely to try to fix it themselves
29% of cellphone users had their device fail in the last year
23% of those cellphone users never had them fixed
So this raises the obvious question: What role does WM play in all of this technological frustration?
Unfortunately WM6 Pro is still not user friendly, although Standard & TouchFlow3D go a long way of making it palatable (see Dieter's thoughts on the WM interface), so we surmise that WM probably helps contribute to these frustrations. Still, WM7 and possibly even WM6.5 may go a long way in addressing these concerns.
So next time don't feel bad posting that question in the forums, there are probably a lot of people in your shoes ;-)