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 ;-)
January 11. (And that's a month Malatesta swears he opined in a relatively recent Podcast.)
That's tentative, of course, and anything could happen in the meantime. (Except, probably AT&T releasing it. But a boy can dream. And we're still hoping for a Verizon release, though obviously not in the previously reported time frame.) No word on pricing yet, but we'd expect it to be competitive.
(And, for the record: Yes, we used all of our Photoshop skills and slapped a Sprint logo onto the unlocked Treo Pro. Can't say it looks that bad, actually.)
VITO Technology hasreleased their latest version of finger-friendly Weather 1.2. According to the developer, this update includes all U.S. cities and major cities worldwide. Weather 1.2 is FREE and integrates into VITO Technology's Winterface, a mobile shell app.
When added to Winterface, the icon will display either the current temperature or weather condition so you can know your weather conditions at a glance - that's a nice touch. Weather 1.2 can display the weather for up to 10 cities and requires simple swiping gestures on the screen to move from one city to the next. Adding a city requires only three taps for this finger-friendly app.
Weather 1.2 is a simple and clean interface that may be a welcome addition on your Windows Mobile device. Get it here for free!
The headline says it all. The Taiwanese manufacturer best known for desktop motherboards and the like has dabbled in the Windows Mobile world for some time but never really broke through.
Now, it has unleashed the P565 which was immediately hailed as "world's fastest." And, in truth, it's actually quite the beast. Full specs are after the jump. But the short version is a 480x640 touchscreen and an 800-freaking-megahertz Marvell processor. (Before you get too excited, it's lacking the 850 band for US 3G data. Grrrrrrrr.)
By comparison, the HTC Touch Pro is running a 528MHz processor, as is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. The Palm Treo Pro is at 400MHz, and the iPhone 3G is listed at 620MHz 412MHz.
Of course, pure chip speed isn't everything (though it's pretty darn close). So we'll the above video speak for itself. On the left is a Touch Diamond. On the right, the Asus P565.
Originally designed for the emergency medical needs of military, the iCEphone (In Case of Emergency Phone) is something of great amazement when it comes to our love for buttons. As a matter of fact we feel sometimes there's never enough. Let