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5 years ago

Review: Seidio 3500-mAh Extended Battery for the Mogul

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Review: Seidio 3500-mAh Extended Battery for the Mogul

Nearly a year ago I reviewed Seidio's OEM sized 1650-mAh extended battery and was fairly impressed. The advantage of that battery is that it was the same size as the one that shipped with the PPC-6800/Mogul; the disadvantage is that even though it delivered on its promises and what it was designed to do, it did not offer a massive improvement to the battery life.

Seidio now also offers a higher capacity battery that has the potential to make a real difference, but the trade-off is that it is a larger battery, giving your PPC-6800 that hunchback look.

The question that follows: Is it worth it? Does the Seidio 3500 mAh extended battery ($69.95) make that much of difference? Read on to find out.

Overview

Anyone who owns a PPC-6800 knows that the default 1500-mAh battery that came with the phone often can't make it through a busy day. With the Seidio 3500-mAh extended battery, you will be giving yourself a 133% increase in battery capacity on paper. But how does it really hold up? When I first installed the new battery and looked at the extra 5-6 millimeters it added to the back of my phone, I thought there was no way I was going keep this battery unless it really knocked my socks off. So I decided to test it out.

With Seidio's OEM sized 1650-mAh extended battery I could usually make it through a day OK, but I certainly could never forget to charge it each night. So I wanted to see how long I could go without charging the Seidio 3500-mAh extended battery. Two and half days later (roughly around 60 hours), it finally hit the 5 percent mark. During that time I had 69 phone calls, talked 2 hours and 39 minutes, kept Bluetooth and push ActiveSync on, typed and sent over 45 emails, downloaded multiple large attachments from my emails, browsed the web for about 20 minutes, kept my screen between 80-100 percent bright, and drove in several low-reception areas hours at a time.

Needless to say that I was more than a little impressed.

Keep in mind that with the extra depth to the phone, it may not fit in a cradle, windshield or vent holder, or in a hard case, unless they are designed to support an extended battery.

Everyday Use

I am on the road a lot, so I am always trying to find an outlet at an airport, making sure my phone is charging while driving, etc. Now it's nice to know that I can make it more than two full and long days without having to scramble to find an outlet or USB port to charge my phone. All of a sudden that hunchback hump on the back of the phone started to look like a small bump.

So, is the Seidio 3500-mAh extended battery worth the money and the extra 5-6 millimeters of thickness to your phone? If you're having problems with your current battery making it through the day, then the answer is, "Yes it is certainly worth it."

Just the Facts

  • 3500mAh - More than double the capacity of the original.
  • Includes a black extended door with our soft-touch "rubberized" texture to improve grip.
  • Works with both Sprint and Verizon versions.
  • Extends the thickness of your phone by only 5-6 millimeters.

Ratings (5 out of 5)

5 stars out of 5

Pros

  • Extends the battery life to several days (relative to individual use).
  • Comes with a molded back for the phone to fit the extra-sized battery.

Cons

  • Increases the thickness of the phone by 5-6 millimeters because of the extended battery "hump" with a battery that is physically larger than the original.
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5 years ago

New ROM released for Touch Diamond

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HTC has released a ROM update for the Touch Diamond over on their European site. [via Gadgetmix] Included in the update are fixes for:

  • When you launch the Camera while the system is working on other programs, the preview screen may become black.
  • When playing a video, sometimes a portion of the video will be cut off a little bit.
  • Fixes Audio playback problem with the speaker. Specific issues: sometimes the music will turn off and on after 10 minutes, or there is a buzzing sound or no sound at all.
  • Fixes the problem of not being able to receive MMS when in standby mode.
  • When launching music via the Music tab on TouchFLO 3D, the sound may intermittently turn off for a second and come back on.

As always, be sure to back up your data before updating anything. Go get it here.

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5 years ago

Bluetrek Metal Bluetooth Headset

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Bluetrek Metal Bluetooth Headset

Thin is in? Are you someone who prefers sleek, slender, light weight gadgets? Bluetrek may have something to meet your needs. Bluetrek has been making Bluetooth headset for a while now and it looks like the company may have hit a home run with its latest headset, the Metal Bluetooth Headset ($59.95). The sleek, black aluminum body has the Metal standing out amongst other headsets but does the performance stand out as well? Will it make a nice slender companion for your BlackJack II, Motorola Q9h or Treo Pro? Read on to find out how Bluetrek’s latest at bat measures up.

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5 years ago

Ask WME: My Computer got a Virus, is my Windows Mobile Smartphone Safe?

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If you've followed WMExperts for awhile, you've probably noticed that we've glanced askance at anti-virus or other malware solutions for Windows Mobile.  The bottom line is that the threat doesn't seem big enough to warrant the performance hit that you'd get by running anti-virus on your smartphone.  In fact, so far as we know, there aren't any serious viruses or other threats out there at all right now.  Nobody here runs anti-virus and nobody here recommends that you do either.

Of course, making such a blanket statement isn't so cut-and-dried -- it's always possible that something nasty could crop up and it's legitimate to be worried about it.  We just received an email from David in this vein.  Find it and our answer, after the break!

(Have a question for WMExperts?  We've added a new "Ask WMExperts" category to our contact form - that's the place to do it!)

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro Specs (Finally!)

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Sprint Treo Pro Specs (Finally!)

Whew! We were getting a little worried here that the Sprint Treo Pro, that sleek n' shiny update to the Treo 800w, was getting lost in all the Palm Pre hubbub.

Luckily TreoCentral forum member elistone was kind enough to finally post some of those luscious details on this beaut. What is curious is that evidently it only has aGPS and not standalone-GPS (a contentious issue with 800w owners).  Of course WMExperts will do a comparions of both devices as soon as we get out mitts on one to verify. 

So without further ado...Sprint Treo Pro:

  • Robust battery life with an 1500 mAh li-lon battery and 5 hours of continuous talk time.
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition (OS) providing a feature rich experience (with Enterprise SCMDM options)
  • 128MB program memory (DDR) and 256 non-volatile memory (175MB of user store)
  • A-GPS – for navigation and turn-by-turn directions - Autonomous & Simultaneous GPS allows points of interests searching and mapping from contacts.
  • Instant-on WiFi short-cut key - WPA/WPA2 certified
  • 2.0 Megapixel resolution Camera for still and video shots with BPP Basic Printing Profile
  • Price: $549 retail; $249 2-year contract

The Treo™ Pro by Palm® is a feature rich Windows Mobile 6.1 OS PDA which is a perfect balance of robust productivity and simplicity. Features include embedded WiFi with a dedicated short-cut key, A-GPS, EV-DO REV.A and a 2.0 mega pixel camera. This device has an updated stylish and slim form factor design. Data services run on Sprint’s Nationwide Mobile Broadband Network.

While nothing earth shattering, it should be a strong business messenger device for Sprint.  Look for it on Sunday, the 25th this month.

 

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5 years ago

Upcoming Sprint Diamond ROM Leaked!

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Well looky here!  Evidently Sprint is getting ready to release a significant ROM update for the HTC Diamond.  Official "leaking" seems to be standard practice these days as you folks serve as great beta testers ;-) 

This is just breaking so not many have tried it yet. One big change appears to be the inclusion of the new Mobile Internet Explorer 6.  Huzzah!

Here's what different/new:

  • CE OS 5.2.20764 (Build 20764.1.4.3)
  • MSIE 6.0 (New Internet Explorer?)
  • Radio: 1.11.00F
  • Opera 9.5 build 15306
  • new audiobooster
  • new audio manager
  • new camera
  • new dshow
  • new ezinput
  • new fullscreen player
  • new random access
  • new stream media
  • new rsshub
  • new youtube
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5 years ago

Smackdown: RedFly vs Netbook (MSI Wind)

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Smackdown: RedFly vs Netbook (MSI Wind)

 

The title says it all. Which is a better mobile solution: RedFly (see Dieter's full review) or MSI Wind Netbook (see Laptop Mag's full review)?  To be honest, the question is a bit unfair as they are technically different device genres with different puposes. But alas, people have spoken and want to see a head-to head. So here’s a brief rundown of their pros and cons. (For the record, I’m using the older version of the RedFly). Curious about my experience with both?  Then read on and ask me any questions you may have, since I surely did not think of everything.
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5 years ago

Video of Fennec on 6.1 Emulator

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Video of Fennec on 6.1 Emulator

Playing around with the Fennec emulator has been fun. Its opened our eyes to a whole new way to browse the web from our mobile. Although cool, it really doesn't let us know what the actual application will ultimately look like once on the device.How fast will Fennec be? Is it stable? Will it be another IE?

Open source whiz Gnubeashie might answer some of those questions with an early attempt of what Fennec will look like on 6.1. Keep in mind this is a first attempt (and also just emulation, but at least it's WinMo emulation), but from the looks of it Fennec will be running smoothly.

Vid after the break.  [via wmpowerusers]

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5 years ago

Bring "Push to Talk" to your WM device

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Looks like some upstart company called LoudTalks has launched a Windows Mobile version of their desktop push-to-talk software.

So what's Loudtalks anways?  Think IM client with instant voice chat on the PC--it just sits there and you can simply hit F7 to chat with your friends.

Now they've adapated that for WM so you can have instant convo's with your peeps.  The download is just shy of 3mb, making it quite large for an IM app.  Plus, at this stage of developement you have to (1) create an account and (2) have a working desktop version first, otherwise you can't add people.

Of course Palringo has offered something very similar for a long time and we're still unsure here of registering for yet another IM/PTT service, but some of you may want to try it out.

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5 years ago

SPB Weather 2.0 Released

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SPB Weather 2.0 Released

Windows Mobile software developer, SPB Software, has released a major update to thier popular application, SPB Weather. Weather 2.0 includes such improvements as an expanded city database (Hooray!), forecasts by Foreca (MSN.com's weather source), and a 3D Globe. The 3D Globe looks particularly interesting in that it runs animated, several day forecasts with global sky conditions, temperatures and precipitation for up to ten selected cities. The Globe will also show the local time for each location as well as a nightime overshadow.

SPB Weather also includes a new finger friendly user interface just like the touch navigation present with SPB Mobile Shell. Today screen plug-ins will still be available as will forecast support from the U.S. National Weather Service. We're in the process of putting SPB Weather through the ringer and will have a full review soon. In the meantime, a downloadable trial as well as the full application can be found here

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5 years ago

Touch Viva Gets Branded: T-Mobile MDA Basic

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Don't get us wrong, but when we saw the low-end Touch Viva announced, we were a twinge afraid that it might come to the states and take up precious retail space that might be better served by higher-end Touch devices.  Doesn't look like that's in the cards, as the Viva has arisen as the Euro-only T-Mobile MDA Basic.

Not that there's anything wrong with it, of course, even a "Basic" Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro phone these days gets:

  • 2 mp camera
  • Quad-band EDGE
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • MicroSD slot
  • TouchFlo 2D
  • 8 hours of talk time(!)

Best part, if you pick it up on-contract, you're looking at a nominal 4.95 Euro for it.  We're doubting anybody's clamoring to import the thing, but we are liking that these are the minimum specs on a WinMo device these days. [T-Mobile Germany via Engadget Mobile]

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5 years ago

Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

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Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

We are pleased to welcome PreCentral.net to our family of mobile techology websites. Just in case you missed last weeks announcement Palm,inc. introduced their newest smartphone, the Palm Pre. Not only is this a new phone, but a new mobile operating system called webOS.

PreCentral.net will follow in the footsteps of TreoCentral, CrackBerry.com, TheiPhoneblog, Android Central and WMExperts by highlighting and discussing the progress, developments and accomplishments of this new mobile device and system. So lets set another place at the family table and see what all the buzz is about this new Palm device.

Check out the PreCentral.net announcement here.

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5 years ago

Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

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Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

Having trouble deciding between Windows Mobile and Android?  Just can't decide which one to take the leap with?  If you're not a fan of hacking Android onto a pre-existing Windows Mobile device, Israeli computer module developer Compulab may have the solution for you.

Compulab has introduced the Exeda that will run both Android and Windows Mobile 6.1. The box-like smartphone has a 3.5 inch VGA touchscreen, a capacitive touchpad that serves as a mouse, and is powered by a 520MHz Marvell CPU. Loaded with 128mb RAM and 512mb of internal flash memory, the Exeda has built in GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth and a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port. The networking appears flexible to allow resellers to choose from quadband GSM/GPRS, CDMA, and 3G UMTS. While not the slickest of designs, it's definitely a unique phone. No word on pricing but it is expected to be available sometime in March of this year.

[via Android Central, read: Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

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Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

I am always looking for ways to make it easier to use my phone while driving in the car. I have also historically liked many of Vito's products. This is why Vito Voice 2 Go caught my eye. The ability to remote control your phone via voice commands would be handy while driving. I want to be able to easily call a contact, launch a program for quick reference (like a GPS program), etc. without fumbling with the phone or the stylus.

Historically with voice activated programs, the main challenges have been accuracy, training, battery power, and memory usage. To see if Vito Voice 2 Go stacks up to the test or if it should be avoided, read on with our review.

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5 years ago

WM6 succesfully ported onto Treo 700wx (finally!)

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Welp, after a few weeks they finally got it done and better late than never. Those determined members (Ebag333, NightRaven and some brave testers) managed to beat Verizon and Palm to the punch and get a fully working WM6 AKU 4.2 ROM on the Treo 700wx (Sprint, Verizon, Alltel).

Best part? There are two versions: one is a "trimmed down" setup, where a bunch of unnecessary files have been junked saving space and making it speedier and suitable for making your own "custom ROM". The other is just straight up WM6.

Also check out Ebag's new GUI front-end for his ROM kitchen, which should make things a wee bit easier for you newbie chef's out there ;-)

So, some initial thoughts on WM6? SDHC does not seem to work at this point--but there is a lot of reason to believe this is just a matter of finding one of the many SDHC drivers floating around. Everything else seems great though: it's quite fast (not as fast as WM5 though), the graphics are much better looking, messaging and calendar are way better than WM5.

Bottom line: if you don't mind the risk of flashing your device and you can take the time to carefully follow directions, it is definitely worth it. (Get it HERE)

Post your comments below and hop into the original thread and post your feedback.

Wanna see some screen shots of WM6? Click the link to see a small gallery.

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