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5 years ago

CTIA: Hands-On with I-Mate's 8502

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CTIA: Hands-On with I-Mate's 8502

If you're not familiar with I-Mate, you're forgiven and absolved. They're the little Windows Mobile Smartphone Company That Could - releasing devices with tiny but passionate followings but somehow always managing to get completely snubbed for the big dance. As in: they don't have any carrier support in the US and they're perennially "working on it."

All of which is a real pity, because they were showing off some fancy gizmos yesterday. My favorite: The 8502. If they ever release this thing for real (it's slated for Decemberish) and if they ever bring the price down (retail for around $6-800!), it will be killer.

  • Full QWERTY keyboard, one-handable
  • 240x320 Screen
  • WiFi, GPS, Quadband HSDPA/GSM radio
  • a claimed 4 hours of battery life (put on your skeptic face)
  • Thinner than a Treo 750

I mention that last because, believe it or not, the Treo 750 is the thinnest smartphone with a font-faced full QWERTY and a touchscreen widely available in the US. Anyhow - the keyboard on the 8502 felt a little "clacky" to us but was usable. I still am not a fan of I-Mate's tiny 5-way joysticks, but if it gives me a bigger screen I won't complain.

Bottom line, though, is the 8502 basically offers all the benefits of the AT&T Tilt in a candybar form factor.

Photos after the break.




Compared to the AT&T Tilt and the iPhone

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Browser Smackdown

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Windows Mobile Browser Smackdown

Over at pocketables, Jenn K Lee has posted up a comprehensive comparison of the most popular browsers on Windows Mobile. She obviously wanted to eliminate variables like whether or not a given device's power would get in the way, so she used a beefy HTC Advantage X7501 to compare Opera 8.65, IE Mobile, Minimo 0.2, Picsel 1.0.0, and NetFront 3.4. The results surprised me a bit and actually got me to change my default browser to her winner.

Oh, you thought I was going to ruin the fun and tell you the winner? Nope. Go check out the smackdown yourself.

A sidenote: WMExperts is at the CTIA Entertainment conference this week, so expect tragically desolate spaces of not-posting interspersed with glorious liveblogging and hands-on posts.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 Coming with New Interface?

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Windows Mobile 6.1 Coming with New Interface?

In our forums, surur tells us that pocketinfo.nl had reported that Microsoft would be announcing Windows Mobile 6.1 in February, devices shipping in May. The story has since been pulled (interesting), but the scuttlebut is that the main feature of 6.1 will be a new interface very similar to what Microsoft and Vodaphone developed for the Treo 500v: a carousel.

The carousel (check out The Unwired Video of the interface) is actually really cool. You move left or right to switch between different "zones" and then up and down to choose an "action." The idea is that instead of thinking in terms of "applications," you can think in terms of "what do I want to do today?" (Ah, Microsoft slogans, how I love them). So instead of having to go into the Tasks app to make a new task, you just flip to the proper portion of the carousel to do it directly.

6.1 is apparently going to be a vertical scroller with horizontal options in place of the 500v's horizontal scroller. Improved WiFi, Exchange integration, and Bluetooth are also in the mix.

I wasn't expecting any significant improvements to Windows Mobile until we saw Photon hit. Careful readers will note that this interface sounds quite a bit like the recent patent that Microsoft filed:

a list centered around a user's current day can include items corresponding to meetings scheduled for that day using a calendar application, E-Mail received on that day through an E-Mail application, and a weather forecast for the day provided by a weather service application.

We can only hope that Windows Mobile 6.1 will be made available as upgrades to current devices in addition to shipping on new devices in May.

Big ups to Surur for the find!

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5 years ago

Verizon Releases Samsung i760

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Verizon Releases Samsung i760

Given that the Samsung SCH-i760 was already kinda sorta released over a month ago, the news that it's officially available online tomorrow and in stores on November 2nd is a little underwhelming. Still, it's an intriguing form factor and the specs on the i760 are decent enough:

  • Windows Mobile 6
  • EVDO
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 128 megs ROM, 64 megs RAM
  • microSD slot

Early reports have indicated that the i760 doesn't quite get the details right - there's some little devil in there. Still, it might be worth checking out if you have $350 to drop (after rebates, that is). Me, I'd wait to see just how well it stacks up against the XV6800.

via: jkOnTheRun

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5 years ago

WM6 on Treo 750: Delayed?

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WM6 on Treo 750: Delayed?

The long (looong) wait for Windows Mobile 6 on the Treo 750 may soon be over, according to a document leaked on the TreoCentral forums. Of course, said document states that the target date for releasing it was October 15th.

Grumble.

People have been getting themselves WM6 the hard way, either through a leak or, more recently, by hacking the Australian version. We still don't know what's causing all the delays. It's certainly not Good Mobile Messaging, they've already released their updated software (congrats on that, by the way).

We're more than 6 months out from the original announcement and I'm just plain exhausted. Seriously: I was so excited about Windows Mobile 6 on a 750 that I haven't slept since they told us we'd get it. It's been rough.

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Rumors >> Treo 680 and 750 Updates Coming on ATT

Update: Thanks to tommc4 for the tip!

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra JX-10 II Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

iPhone vs Windows Mobile, Email Smackdown

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Official: Nov 4 for $249

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Sprint Touch Official: Nov 4 for $249

Here it comes: Sprint Touch, November 4th, $249 after contract and rebates.

It's Windows Mobile 6 (of course), has EVDO for data (upgradable to Rev A), no Wifi (frowny face), 2 megapixel camera, TouchFLO fancy-ness, and so on and so forth. It's a great little (seriously, it's little) smartphone, as we learned in our Hands-on with the Sprint Touch.

I'm very happy to see the Touch get official carrier recognition here in the states - the GSM version is way WAY more popular than anybody expected, selling more than 800,000 units as of October 1st. The lack of WiFi is a bummer, but EVDO helps make up for that. The price is also a bit of a bummer, but not a mega bummer, dude.

Put a TouchPal keyboard on this thing and you'll be a happy camper come November 4th.

Combining a dynamic touch screen experience with industry-leading network speeds, Sprint (NYSE: S) and HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; "HTC"), today announced the upcoming availability of Touch by HTC™, a full touch screen wireless phone integrating Windows Mobile 6 with advanced entertainment features. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, the stylish Touch by HTC brings together email and other essential business applications with Sprint's exclusive multimedia content including over-the-air music downloads, live TV and more.


Read: Sprint Announces Touch by HTC(tm), First High Speed Wireless Device to Offer Full Touch Screen

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5 years ago

Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile: Now Fortified With More Awesome

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Windows Live Search (which we rave about all the time) has just come out of Beta and has a sweet new feature built-in: Voice Input. That's right - you can just speak your search instead of tapping it in when you're in the Live Search app. Go get it, have some fun: http://wls.live.com. (I suppose the voice search feature counts as a workaround for Mogul users who have experienced problems typing characters in wls).

Update: Another new feature: local gas prices. Lord knows that's going to be more and more important in the coming years.

The Live Search online search engine (http://m.live.com) has also seen some updates, but I'm not going to write about them because Microsoft is still insisting on calling every damn thing "Live" and I'm tired of it.

Live Search for Windows Mobile with voice input. The updated Live Search for Windows Mobile® 5.0 and 6.0 will be available for download for free on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and now includes voice input (beta version), gas prices, and hours of operation for businesses. The service can also use Global Positioning System (GPS) data on GPS-enabled phones to provide location-aware local search for customers.

Read: Rob's Rhapsody : Live Search for Windows Mobile -- Now with Speech Recognition!!

After the break, a neat video showing wls in action.


Video: Live Search for Windows Mobile -- Now with Speech!

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Mobile Interface patent

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Microsoft's Mobile Interface patent

The Unwired shows us details from a recent patent application from Microsoft. Normally, the right reaction to patent applications is to shrug, perhaps engage in some wishful thinking, and then move on. One can rarely tell whether or not a given patent represents actual plans for devices or just a company covering its bases when an employee has an interesting idea.

This one, though, I believe is a sign of things to come. It's reminiscent of the recent Vodafone interface put on top of the Treo 500v, which is basically a "carousel" of functions. If you want to send an email, you just rotate to email and choose send. That same carousel lets you do other bits like view your calendar. In other words, details like this from the patent sound very familiar:

a list centered around a user's current day can include items corresponding to meetings scheduled for that day using a calendar application, E-Mail received on that day through an E-Mail application, and a weather forecast for the day provided by a weather service application.

Basically, it lets you think "what do I want to do right now" instead of "what do I want to do right now, what application do I need to open to do it, and how to I interact with that particular application." I dearly hope we'll see the fruits of this patent in Photon, the next version of Windows Mobile.

After the break, more patent drawing fun.

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5 years ago

Wake3: WebKit (That's Safari to you) on Windows Mobile Coming Soon

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I've often expressed jealousy about the iPhone's web browser. It makes me green with envy and gives me a bad attitude overall - Think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael on a bad day. After using mobile Safari, Pocket IE makes me want to drive a Sai into my screen. Green. Angry. Chip on my shell shoulder.

I digress. A lot.

The point is that Mobile Safari is based on WebKit, as are desktop versions of Safari (Mac and Windows), Linux's Konqueror (basically), Nokia's browsers, future Trolltech Linux Smartphones, and others. It's a great rendering engine and it's been proven to work well on mobile devices. Soon we'll be able to add another mobile device category to that list: Windows Mobile. Wake 3 is in the process of developing a WebKit-based browser for Windows Mobile.

The video below, besides offering some fun music (turn your speakers down, cube-dwellers), shows that the browser already works. It has a ton of promise - it just looks like they need to do some UI tweaking. First on my list would be making it more iPhone-like: add the tap-to-zoom feature (and make it smarter than Deepfish) and I'll pay you an unreasonable amount of money for this, Wake3.

WebKit is the world's best mobile web browser, used on Apple's iPhone and Nokia’s Series 60 handsets.  Now it runs on Windows Mobile--brought to you by Wake3. 

Read: Wake3 via WindowsForDevices

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5 years ago

Motorola Genghis - To Replace the Moto Q9 Already?

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Motorola Genghis - To Replace the Moto Q9 Already?

Well check out this Windows Mobile Standard-Edition blur-shot from a leaked Motorola Roadmap. Details are as scant as scant can be - It's Windows Mobile, it's Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone, and strangest of all - it looks like Motorola is already making a gadget to replace the Motorola Q9. Unwired View is calling it the QX, though no word if the "X" is for "10" or for "We don't know what number to put on it yet." It is definitely "squarer" than the Q9 series, let's just hope that the featureset is improved a bit - WiFi and GPS would be at the top of my list.

Motorola Genghis is a Multi Q line full QWERTY phone, that will be an upgrade to Motorola Q9 business messenger line and just like current Q9s will come in different colors.

Read: Unwired View

Update: They're almost surely fake, bubbatex tells us as much in the comments.

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5 years ago

Mozilla Serious about Mobile

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Mozilla Serious about Mobile

Mobile Firefox anyone? That's seems to be what's on the Mozilla team's mind - and not just some stripped-down version, either, but full-fledged Firefox, plugins and all. Ok, it's not actually Firefox, but it will be based on Gecko and share many features. This looks to be a real competitor to Mobile Safari on the iPhone - full browsing. This also means that Mozilla is killing off Minimo - the little gecko-engine that couldn't. Couldn't work with anything resembling speed and stability in my testing of it, I mean.

For a gear-head like myself, full Firefox on Windows Mobile is akin to the second coming of a messiah. Only, you know, without the fire and brimstone - just a T-Rex icon. The glorious event will happen sometime next year.

People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the mobile web, and I'm very excited to announce that we plan to rock it. Here's some information about what we're planning to do with hiring, technology, partnerships, and products, and how you can get involved. Short summary: we are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices.

Read: schrep's blog: Mozilla and Mobile via jkOnTheRun

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5 years ago

Blackjack 2 Photos Emerge

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Blackjack 2 Photos Emerge

Well, it's not the i780 that the FCC just passed, it was the SCH-i617, aka the Blackjack 2. What's new about the Blackjack 2? It's, uh, prettier and it actually has Windows Mobile 6 (grr). It does look like the main buttons are placed a bit more nicely - reducing constant accidental pressed. It has a few more keyboard shortcuts, too. Ok.

Really, though, it looks like a pretty straightforward refresh of an already good product. Let's hope that Samsung had hidden some WiFi or GPS in there, hope against all evidence to the contrary.

Source via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Update: Mogul ROM Update to be Released Oct 22nd?

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Update: Mogul ROM Update to be Released Oct 22nd?

It is now being rumored from DaSuper, a Sprint employee, over at The Buzz that Sprint will be releasing it’s first major ROM upgrade for the Mogul this month (one that does more than just add a music store) that will hopefully address the serious Bluetooth issues that have plagued the Mogul since it’s release.

Can it be true? Is the anticipated major ROM update for the Sprint Mogul (aka PPC-6800) really coming out before the end of this month (Oct 22nd to be exact)? If you are still waiting for Sprint’s promised ROM update for the PPC-6600 from over 2 years ago, then I understand if you have your fair share of doubts.  This was originally rumored to release by the end of last month, so only time will tell. 

There is a lot of hope these Bluetooth bugs will be fixed (if the ROM is truly released) as the port of Alltel PPC-6800 ROM seems to fix the Bluetooth issues all of us Mogul users face every day.   Is this going to history repeating itself with continual unfulfilled promises from Sprint for ROM updates or is DaSuper really onto the scoop of the year for everyone who owns a Mogul?

I've just confirmed that The ROM Update which addresses Bluetooth issues should be posted by 10/22 at [HTC's Mogul Update site]? The first update is currently posted on this website (Version 2.09.651.3_1.32.00), so in order to minimize confusion, users should not go to download the ROM Update until 10/22 or after.
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To keep up to date if Sprint really follows through this time, keep an eye on the Mogul ROM Update Watch! in the discussion forums!

Update (from Dieter): DrDoom reports that folks "in the know" are saying that January or February is a more likely date. Bummer, that. *However*, said sources are also making vague rumblings about GPS (or maybe it's aGPS/gpsOne) being switched on for the Mogul, which we've reported on before and are thoroughly confused about. I Can Has GPS?

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