I think you'll find people, as we get to our next generation of Windows Mobile devices, people will stop and say, not everybody gets by well without a keyboard. I don't know about the rest of you, I actually find it easier to have one when I'm typing a piece of e-mail. So what we need to do is have products that surprise people, that delight people, and particularly on the consumer side .[W]e haven't surprised people quite as much as we need to, to surf the cool wave. But, man, you take a look at where Vista is going, you take a look at Windows Mobile, and watch us watch this space for news on search.
In a week where that other phone with its cool new apps is surprising and delighting a *lot* of people, I suppose it's nice that Ballmer is willing to admit that Windows Mobile looks a bit ...staid... these days. Still, though, it would be nice to see Windows Mobile “surf the cool wave” someday.
Of course, saying things like “surf the cool wave” pretty much guarantees you don't get what “cool” is. Now, Ballmer's said this sort of thing before, so we can tell he's working on it. We also have high hopes for J Allard's leadership for Window Mobile -- the man is the coolest thing going to Microsoft these days.
So what do these data sheets tells us that we don't already know? Not much more than we have already learned, but hey there are plenty of new glam shots, some cool shortcuts and you'll learn exactly what Sprint reps will tell you when they try to sell you this phone.
Although, we do learn
"... it will ship with a standard and extended battery due to beta feedback"
A new review from Matt Miller is in for the HP iPAQ 910 and its looking pretty spiffy. The spiffiness is due to the great reception this would be Treo killer has. Its RF reception is coming out on top when compared to our favorites like the BlackjackII, T-Mobile Dash, and the Diamond.
The 910 is sporting a full touch screen with that lovely Windows Mobile Pro. It
But what are we, the Windows Mobile faithful, getting out of all this madness?
Last year, just before the launch of the 2G iPhone, AT&T upgraded its EDGE network for the almighty to take advantage.
This time around, it appears 3G coverage is getting beefed up in the more "rural" markets that until recently have been EDGE-bound, great news for those of us who don't live in a major metro but aren't exactly in the sticks, either.
This isn't that much of a surprise, given that AT&T told us about their expansion plans some time ago.
The AT&T 3G network is now available in more than 280 U.S. major metropolitan areas. The company will deliver 3G service to nearly 350 leading U.S. markets by the end of 2008.
Other plans for 2008 include the completion of the nation's first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)-enabled network by the middle of the year. The AT&T 3G network now delivers LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps), and faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The faster uplink speeds allow users to quickly send large files and take full advantage of the latest Internet and business applications.
Check out the AT&T 3G Expansion threads on HowardForums, and let us know in the comments if you suddenly have a whole new outlook on life faster data speeds.
A lot of us are torn when it comes to all these new touch devices. Some have buttons, some have haptic vibrations, and others are just a sleek screen. This could make it very frustrating when picking the right device. To haptic or not to haptic that is the question. (In a Shakespeare voice).
Introducing the MWg Zinc II (that'd be for Singapore's Mobile & Wireless Group), making its U.S. debut after spending some time across the pond in Europe.
The specs aren't shabby.
UMTS Tri-band, GSM Quad-band
HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
Samsung 500 Mhz
2.8” TFT QVGA (Touch Screen)
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Semi-automatic sliding mechanism with qwerty keypad
WLAN (802.11 b/g) and BT v 2.0
2MP Camera (rear-facing)
GPS : SirF Star III
Dimension: 109.5 x 59 x 18 mm
But the price is hefty: Upwards of $700 from your favorite online retailer, as no U.S. carrier is offering (read: subsidizing) this one. However, MWg appears to be hoping to change that.
“MWg has established a full operation in the US focused on developing MWg as a recognized brand in the region. The Zinc II is the first new device to be released in this market and will be sold unlocked through various channels including retailers, e-tailers, corporate resellers and systems integrators.”
We know this sucka is testing at Sprint right now and we've seen some earlier roadmaps that said Q3, so this just confirms what we've already expected.
Basically it looks like Sprint is getting ready to launch the heralded HTC Touch Diamond (aka HTC MP 6950; the Sprint Touch is the 6900) on Tuesday, September 2nd. So start saving your cash now. Check out Dieter's great walk-through vid of what to expect.
This puts it at around the same time as Telus (who evidently are a lot more open about their Diamond love than Sprint or Verizon).
The specs are expected to be similar to what Telus/HTC announced, though who know what Sprint will do:
101mm x 51mm x 14mm
EVDO Rev A
WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0
Qualcomm MSM 7510A Processor running at 528MHz
256 ROM, 256 RAM, 4 Gigs internal (no expansion)
Opera 9.5 for the browser
Camera is still 3.2mp, screen is still 640x480
The battery gets a big bump: it's 1340 mAh
Oho yeah and there's the 1st "glamor shot" of the Treo 800w, which is launching this week...you know, in case you haven't heard.
One neat feature that we've mentioned recently in our Podcast was Palm's unique "Maps" program and Today Plugin, which is nicely tied into the phone's aGPS system.
Palm has always done a nice job in marrying the hardware to the software and instead of just slapping some GPS on the phone, they actually made it...well, useful and easy.
Here are a couple of interesting things gleaned from past scoops and the recently released user manual...
Read on for more details on the 800w's GPS capabilities...
Look up a contact's location directly from your Today screen (p240)
Find people, restaurants, movies, etc. using the GPS Today plugin (p182)
Map your current, recent, and street locations
It also appears that at least for some of these functions, it uses the much superior assisted-GPS system, meaning your current geographical location should happen within seconds, as opposed to the longer "cold start" of traditional GPS systems (read our GPS vs aGPS tutorial here). This should make it faster than the Sprint Touch, Mogul and Q9c which don't use the assistance servers out-of-the-box. Stay tuned for more details.
Basically how it works is while on the today screen, you can just type the name of your contact, hold down the center key and select the "Find" menu entry. The GPS will then map that contact's address directly on the screen.
The other unique feature involves the "Point of Interest" plugin which is sort of like having Microsoft's Live Search built right in to the Today screen. All you do is type in whatever you are looking for and hit "enter" and it will look up and map the info directly, all based on your aGPS coordinates.
That brings us finally to that last aspect. the program "Maps". Not much is currently known about this except it looks like Goolge Maps (but isn't?) and it is not Live Search, though we understand both programs will work with the device's built in GPS. This app appears to be a custom mapping program that is streamlined and tied closely to the OS, for seamless integration.
Either way, these "little features" look to be quite useful and and at this point, unique to the Palm Treo 800w.
If you're still looking for a mobile push e-mail solution and none of our suggestions has worked out, Microsoft itself could be coming to the rescue.
The head of Redmond's business division this morning announced a slew of new hosted services, a direct shot across the bow of Google's free apps, including hosted Exchange access for as little as $3 per user per month.
Full hosted Exchange, Sharepoint access and other goodies will cost $15 a month per user, which is still within reason, and there are referral incentives for business partners as well.
However: It's not quite spelled out whether this is a business-only deal, or if the average consumer will be able to get in on the goodies.