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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT8040 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Rumor Roundup!

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Treo 800w Rumor Roundup!

What would a week be without some salacious rumor mongering about the Palm Treo 800w, eh? And let it be known, it is officially crazy season as we

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5 years ago

Better Signal for Sprint Users via the Airave

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5 years ago

Alltel Touch Gets ROM Update: EVDO Rev A

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Alltel Touch Gets ROM Update: EVDO Rev A

Alright, the Alltel Touch (see our Hands-On here) is officially the best of the Touch devices available today. More memory and power than the GSM version (though it does lack WiFi), smaller than the just-introduced-to-the-US Touch Dual, less likely to force you to use crapware than the Sprint Touch, and has a 4th side to the TouchFLO Cube, unlike the Verizon Touch.

Oh, here's one more reason: Alltel has already managed to crank out a ROM Update for the little guy. The update adds some sweetness:

  • Adds EVDO Rev. A capability for faster download and upload speeds
  • Improves Bluetooth performance, fixing connectivity issues with some headsets and other devices.
  • Adds ability to receive video messages.

That last point must grate on Sprint users just a little bit, eh? Maybe someday you'll get MMS. Meanwhile Alltel folks have everybody else beat.

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5 years ago

Moto-Woe-la: Bad News Stacking Up

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Moto-Woe-la: Bad News Stacking Up

We've been feeling, well, empty here at WMExperts lately and at a bit of a loss as to explain why. Could it be that there's a dearth of gadget rumors? No - HTC has some fancy stuff coming out and our sister site TreoCentral reported (before anybody else, btw) that the 800w has entered some sort of public/private Beta test. Could it be that we haven't been able to play around with new gadgets lately? No - a quick perusal of our Reviews Archive definitely shows that the flow of useful toys and accessories has been steady. What is it, then?

Oh yeah, it's been several weeks since we reported on what is increasingly looking like the death spiral of Motorola. Silly us. Read on for the latest in Moto-Woe-la (get it?): Two bits on that pesky Carl Icahn, Motorola's latest financial results, and peek at their upcoming device roadmap. Like a car crash, we know you won't be able to look away.

Détente with Icahn

Here's the latest: After the announcement that Motorola intends to split in two, they finally reached an accord with gadfly Carl Icahn - Icahn gets two of his people on Motorola's board, in exchange for which he dropped his lawsuits and promised to quit trying to take over the company with a stock proxy bid. Oh, and he'll quit saying nasty things about Motorola publicly. Nice, right?

Dear reader, this is Motorola, whose CEO apparently doesn't believe in email, so “nice” is a tough thing for them to come by. No, apparently the new set up with Icahn is fraught with tension, as USA Today [via mocoNews] reports:

Under the terms of the agreement, Icahn can weigh in on candidates who are being considered for CEO of the new devices company. Brown, without offering any barbs in Icahn's direction, makes it clear the concession is purely window dressing.
      “We will select the leader for mobile devices,” he says flatly, adding for emphasis: “Management will select.” [emphasis his]
      As for that clause, “Sure,” Brown says, a frozen smile affixed to his face, “he can certainly offer us an opinion.”

Yeouch. This is shaping up like some sort of wacky corporate custody battle, innit?

Bad Finances

The bad news continues, as Motorola also just announced their last quarter's financial results. Grim? Grim:

  • “The net loss from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2008 was $194 million, or $0.09 per share.”
  • “Mobile Devices segment sales were $3.3 billion, down 39 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. The operating loss was $418 million, compared to an operating loss of $233 million in the year-ago quarter”
  • “The Company’s outlook for the second quarter is a loss from continuing operations of $0.02 to $0.04 per share”

Roadmap: Bumpy.

So Motorola has some sweet, high-end smartphone devices like the rumored Motorola Q10 or a Q9h with included WiFi to help out, right? Right?

You know the drill. Wrong. Here's a leak of their 2008 roadmap -

See the Windows Mobile device in there? Neither do we. See some sort of high-margin device in there? Neither do we.

Now What?

What's Motorola to do? Search us. We do think that this split could actually end up being pretty good. We've spoken with folks in charge of Motorola's business services and found them to be very smart. Ditto on the device side. There are hella-smart people at Motorola, but something's keeping them from being able to execute. We're with Icahn on this one: Motorola's got too much talent and too many resources to be floundering like this. They need to figure out where the problem is and right it, right quick.

As for me, I'm still loving my Motorola Q9h, I'm just worried it's going to be the last of its kind.

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5 years ago

HTC Diamond and Raphael Leaked

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HTC Diamond and Raphael Leaked

How do you improve upon a grainy, leaked spy shot of upcoming HTC Devices? Why, with a grainy, leaked spy shot of a document detailing the specs of said devices! Just such a document made its way to Engadget Mobile, who also kindly provides a gallery. Here's what we've got coming down the pike from HTC:

  1. Diamond. This replaces the Touch and looks to be available on Sprint. It's new, squarish look is pretty nice and it continues the trend of eschewing physical buttons for on-screen interaction. Expect WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO (Rev A?), and a 3mp camera. More details -- we lack them. Expected in November.
  2. Raphael. This looks like a great device, replacing the Mogul on Sprint again. WiFi, GPS, EVDO, 3mp camera. It's also nice to see that HTC has found a design look they like and are going to keep it across multiple devices. Expected in September.

Perhaps the best news about both devices, though, is that they're going to sport VGA displays! These certainly qualify for HTC's claim that

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5 years ago

MWg Zinc II Slider: WM6.1 Pro is Fast

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MWg Zinc II Slider: WM6.1 Pro is Fast

New to us: Phonemag brings us a link to a review of the MWg Zinc II at TrustedReviews. It's a quad-band GSM WM6.1 Pro device, with a sliding keyboard and a wicked-fast 500MHz Processor. Since a small player like MWg isn't likely to get carrier pick up in the US here, the story here is actually that Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro is pretty quick and nice. We (and Microsoft too) have devoted most of our attention to the improvements to WM Standard Edition, but there are a couple of benefits to the Touchscreen side too.

The features for Pro that might get the most attention are Threaded SMS messaging, a new Task Manager, and the slightly improved Pocket IE. Still, it's good to know that WM6.1 adds “teh snappy” too. ...or at least it does on a 500MHz processor.

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5 years ago

Full Posts on WMExperts RSS Feed

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Full Posts on WMExperts RSS Feed

It's going to be a light posting day here at WMExperts. We're attending Sofcon in California today -- an academic conference dedicated to talking about the future of mobility, to wit:

What do consumers want? How can providers deliver it? What obstacles must be cleared? What partnerships make sense? What grand challenges need to be solved? How can Silicon Valley help close the gap with the rest of the world? Where should investors, creators, and customers of the mobile industry place their bets?

Should be a good time for a recovering academic like yours-truly, however I wouldn't expect any big news, Windows Mobile-wise.

The point of this post, though, is to let you know that we've switched the WMExperts RSS feed to full posts, including the “read more” bits. We'll make a trade-off in the near future by adding some ads for the WMExperts Store, but since a full third of our readership seems to be coming in via RSS, it was the right thing to do.

In other site news (and speaking of yours-truly), I'll be a guest on the 100th episode of The Cell Phone Junkie. It's truly a big accomplishment for Mickey and Joey and they deserve congratulations for hitting 100 shows. Here at WMExperts we're only 1/10th of the way there with our podcast. If you're not already a listener, you should be. Check it out.

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5 years ago

HTC: Hey Guys, Turns Out We Made That Smartphone You're Using

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Ok, so the headline is a pitch-perfect example of why we're not writing ad copy. The gist, though, is that HTC is preparing to really start this effort to increase their brand awareness that they've been chatting it up for some time now (their December financial report was just the most recent instance of such chatting). We're also just starting to see HTC get carriers to admit that its HTC that makes stuff like the Shadow, the Tilt, the MDA, the Mogul, and so on -- we're all for these being clearly known as HTC devices. In fact, we think it's better for the carriers to associate themselves with the HTC brand than it is to pretend that the “Verizon XV6800” came out of Verizon's labs. You guys have that network thing down, stick with that.

Anyhow, back to HTC. The next step is to up and get some commercials on the air. And of course, on YouTube, as you can see in the (slightly creepy?) video above. Expect to see more from HTC in the coming weeks and months. More, that is, in addition to the mystery event on May 6th, the just-leaked images, and the fact that there's a better than 50% chance that the phone on your belt is already an HTC product. Oh, and then there's this from HTC's YouTube page:

Sure, they're playing us like a tune with this stuff, but sometimes it's nice to get played -- especially if the end result is a great device, right?

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5 years ago

HTC Spy Shot: New Devices?

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HTC Spy Shot: New Devices?

Do you see what deuxani sees [via]? We do: we see what seem to be some brand new HTC smartphones. There on the lower right two spots and again on the lower left - those sure don't look familiar to our eyes. Engadget Mobile suggests one of them is a T-Mobile MDA Compact IV (i.e. European-only, like the previous MDA compacts), the rest looks like new stuff to us. The sort of new stuff that HTC might unveil at a special event in London on May 6th.

Thankfully, these all appear to be Windows Mobile (note the dialer on that lower-left slider). It won't be long, though, before we're seeing spy shots of HTC hardware sporting Android. That'll be tough, won't it? Meanwhile, we'll be staring at this spy shot long and hard, looking for evidence that we're finally going to see some higher screen resolutions for Windows Mobile come out of HTC's Magic Labs.

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Super Slim Rubberized Hard Case for AT&T Tilt

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Aluminum Case for BlackJack II

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT5010 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Hulu to Go Mobile? Yes Please.

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Hulu to Go Mobile? Yes Please.

We're not too proud to admit: we love hulu.com. Where else can you get Fantasy Island and Battlestar Galactica (the original and still the best!) and Kojak and Airwolf all for-free watching some ads? Well, right now, it's only at hulu and only on your desktop.

Take heart, fans of cop shows, for according to mocoNews we might be able to indulge our predilection for quality television on the go soon enough. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar hinted that they're working on it, saying

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5 years ago

CooTek TouchPal Soft Keyboard hits Version 3

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Now that the HTC Touch has been made available on the big three CDMA carriers (That's Verizon, Alltel, and Sprint, by the way), there are a bunch of folks probably wondering if there's a better way to type on it. Well, we've told you before it was TouchPal by CooTek and it looks like that advice is going to stay the same - development continues on the software and we're now seeing Version 3, which has a few new features we like the sound of:

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