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5 years ago

Velocity 83 hits the FCC

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Velocity 83 hits the FCC

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.

Enter the Velocity 83, which Engadget Mobile just spotted getting the what-for from the FCC.

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. ...

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia spotted at Verizon, but not on sale yet

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The BlackBerry Storm apparently isn't the only new touchscreen-only phone in Verizon stores.

The ninjas over at the Boy Genius Report have spied the iPhone-esque Samsung Omnia on sale at the Big V.

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.

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5 years ago

WMExperts on the BlackBerry Bold: The Round Robin Review

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5 years ago

Briefest of Hands-on with the Touch HD

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Briefest of Hands-on with the Touch HD

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.

Alas, it's not to be. As you know, HTC confirmed via Twitter that they have no plans to bring the Touch HD to these shores:

sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news. we do have other cool stuff coming

We're going to focus on the “cool stuff” -- because we try not to think about what might have been.

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5 years ago

New Agendus for Windows Mobile Version 3

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New Agendus for Windows Mobile Version 3

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

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5 years ago

Missing Sync, Kinoma Play get updates

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5 years ago

AOL Sync beta launched for mobile devices

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AOL Sync beta launched for mobile devices

 

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.

Via CNET

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Treo Pro & 800w Enhancements

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Tip of the Week: Treo Pro & 800w Enhancements

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:

  • New Unread text message
  • New Unread MMS Message
  • New Unread email
  • New Unread email in Flexmail

Treat this one with caution since it's just starting, but it looks promising. Hop into the thread to help out.

Treo 800w: Keylight (toggle KB lights on/off)

Zbop, responsible for the original simplify-YouTube hack on WM, has swooped in to write a quick and simple program to toggle the 800w's keyboard lights on or off.

This is a great way to save a bit more battery during the day, especially since every little bit matters on the 800w.

Bonus: follow Painter's tip on how to map it to the side-key for quick 1-touch toggin' action.

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5 years ago

New Study: How Do You Work This Friggin' Thing?

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So although many of us here take for granted our relative expertise on WM gadgets (ahem), it turns out we're a smaller minority than you might realize, overhwelmed by the confused masses.

According to a new study the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 48% of respondents say they needed help setting up their devices (enter stage left: WMExperts.com).

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 ;-)

[via TechDirt; thanks Ebag333]

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5 years ago

Alltel Touch Pro now available

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5 years ago

Review: Auto 3in1

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro reportedly dropping in January

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We've been saying for a while now that the Treo Pro is destined for Sprint. (See Exhibit A, Exhibit B and Exhibit C.) Now the Boy Genius Report is throwing a date out there.

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.)

And for plenty more Treo Pro goodness, be sure to check out our hot-off-the-press Treo Pro vs. AT&T Fuze smackdown, and Dieter's initial Treo Pro review.

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5 years ago

Weather 1.2 by VITO Technology Includes U.S. Cities

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Weather 1.2 by VITO Technology Includes U.S. Cities

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!

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5 years ago

The Asus P565 is fast ... Very fast

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The Asus P565 is fast ... Very fast

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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.

Wow.

GSMDome via WMPowerUser

Asus P565 specs

  • Bands: HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz (That's bad news for us in the U.S., with no 850 MHz)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
  • Form Factor: Bar Type
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 102 x 60.5 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 120g with battery
  • Standby Time: 3G: 300 hours; 2G: 250 hours
  • Talk Time: 3G: 4 hours; 2G: 6 hours
  • Display: 2.8" TFT, Touch Screen, 65,000-color, 480 x 640 pixels
  • CPU: Marvell PXA930 800MHz (!)
  • Memory: Built-in 256MB Flash ROM, 128MB DDR SDRAM
  • Expansion Slot: Micro-SD (support SDHC)
  • Communication: WLAN 802.11b/g, USB v1.1, Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
  • Browsing: HTTP and WAP 1.2.1/2.0
  • Messaging: SMS/MSN/MMS/ Email/Push E-Mail
  • Battery: 1300mAh Li-Ion
  • PIM & Utilities: Word (editor) / Excel (editor) / Power Point (viewer) / Windows Live, MSN / Voice Commander / Push Email (Exchange Server) / Business Card Recognition / PDF viewer
  • Camera: 3 Mega-Pixels, Auto Focus (Main), 300K-Pixels Camera for Video Telephony (Sub)
  • Video: Record:MPEG4@QVGA 24fps / H.263@QCIF 24fps; Playback: MPEG4@QVGA 30fps / H.263@QCIF 30fps
  • Picture: JPEG/PNG/GIF/BMP
  • Audio: MP3/WMA/AAC/AAC+/3GP
  • Ringtone: MIDI/MP3
  • JAVA: J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)
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5 years ago

iCEphone Mocks Your Pitiful Lack of Keyboard Shortcuts

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