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Review: BlueAnt V1 voice-control bluetooth headset

 

The BlueAnt V1 ($89.95) hails itself as the world’s first voice-controlled BT headset and builds upon the already successful Z9/Z9i series. There’s no secret around here at WMExperts that we happen to like BlueAnt’s stuff and the V1 continues that winning streak. In short, it’s one of the best BT headsets we’ve tried and is a great successor to the Z9i. If you don’t have Micorsoft’s VoiceCommand on your phone or don’t have a BlueAnt already, then the V1 is a perfect choice.

Read on for a bunch of shots and our full review of this fantastic release from BlueAnt.

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Review: HTC Touch Dual

With new devices heading our way like the HTC Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, the Garmin M20 and possibly the Toshiba TG01, we thought we'd take a step back and look at an older Windows Mobile Phone that has enjoyed its fair share of popularity. The HTC Touch Dual was announced back in October 2007 and was released in European and U.S. versions. The phone briefly went Hollywood with its starring role in the short-lived television series "My Own Worst Enemy". The Touch dual is still in production and can be found at various retail outlets at a modest price. To see what all the HTC Touch Dual has to offer, follow the break.

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Treo 800w: 30+ Days Later, a Second Look

So it's been a bit over 30 days with the Treo 800w released exclusively on Sprint (see our full review here) and we're here to go over the good, the bad and even some ugly.

Interested in knowing whether the Treo 800w stands up as a plausible option for you as your next smarthphone? Check out this experience guide for some answers.

Read on for Malatesta's experience with the Treo 800w, some tips and tricks and a few kinks that need to be worked out yet.

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Review: HTC Fuze on AT&T

We've given you a video and photo gallery of the Fuze, the time has come for the full review!

The Fuze has the feel and specs of a 'next gen' WinMo device. So while it joins the latest and greatest generation of smartphones, the devil is, as always, in the details. While we at WMExperts had worked ourself up into a lather during the run-up to the release of the Fuze's predecessor, the AT&T Tilt, the actual experience of the Tilt ended up disappointing us. Will it be the same with the Fuze? Read on.

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Review: Samsung Propel Pro

When we first noticed the Samsung Propel it sported a standard feature-phone OS. Several months later, we learned that Samsung had replaced the feature-phone OS with Windows Mobile Standard thus creating the Propel Pro. Along with some cosmetic changes the Samsung Propel Pro joined the AT&T line up this month to with its older brothers, the Samsung Epix and Blackjack II.

WMExperts.com had the opportunity to take the Propel Pro out for a test drive recently.  Follow the break to see how well this new Windows Mobile Standard phone handled the road. 

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Review: Palm Leather Side Case for the AT&T Fuze

In the never-ending search for the "perfect" case (or close to perfect), the Palm Leather Side Case has surfaced on the radar. Along with making nice Windows Mobile phones, Palm has produced some decent accessories. While the Side Case wasn't designed for the AT&T Fuze/HTC Touch Pro, the case's dimensions make it semi-compatible with these phones. Palm's reputation rests more with its handsets and I was interested to see how they measured up in with their cases. To see how the Palm Leather Side Case measured up with the Fuze, read on after the break.

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Review: SPB TV

SPB Software has released SPB TV, a mobile client that allows you to view television channels on your Windows Mobile phone. SPB TV is compatible with both Windows Mobile Professional and Standard. SPB TV is finger-friendly supporting touch navigation as well as button navigation for the non-touch screen devices. Follow the break to see what all this new software title has to offer.

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Review: Parrot MINIKIT Slim Bluetooth Speakerphone

 

Some people just really don't like wearing Bluetooth headsets. There are numerous reasons for this; long hair getting tangled, small ears making wear uncomfortable, or just not liking the way they look. The solution for these folks is some type of speakerphone, whether built in to your car or as an additional purchase.

Parrot is one of those manufacturers that I always keep an eye on to see what they're releasing. If you read the review of the Parrot MINIKIT, you know what there were some shortcomings in the design and execution of that particular model. If you're on the lookout for a Bluetooth speakerphone, don't go anywhere. This could be the one for you.

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Roundup: Windows Mobile Security

Last week we reviewed GuardMobile, a security application that controls your Windows Mobile phone through SMS messaging should it get stolen or lost. Since then, we've discovered two other similar applications, and GuardMobile has been updated. WMExperts reader Kelvin Kang pointed us in the direction of Flexilis, a beta security application, we took a look at RecoveryCop. Follow the break to see what changes the updated version of GuardMobile has to offer, as well as the lowdown on Flexilis and RecoveryCop.

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Review: GuardMobile

 

One of the more unique story lines coming from the Mobile World Congress was when a HTC prototype was pick-pocketed from Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo. We all breathed a sigh of relief when the Australian Communications Exec was able to have Microsoft remotely wipe the phone clean.

While our Windows Mobile phones might not have Microsoft or HTC trade secrets on them, what data is on the phones is equally important to us. With identity theft a constant concern, we ran across an interesting application that allows Windows Mobile users to protect their phones just like Microsoft and HTC did in Barcelona.

Software developer Maspware offers GuardMobile that not only allows you remote access to your Windows Mobile Phone should it come up missing. Follow the break to see how secure GuardMobile made us feel.

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Review: Pantech Matrix Pro

One of several new Windows Mobile phones announced at the Mobile World Congress was the Pantech Matrix Pro. The successor to the Pantech Duo has recently hit the shelves of your local AT&T Store, and Pantech sent us a test unit to put through the ringer. While the Matrix continues the tradition of dual sliders (bottom and side) of the Duo, AT&T customers are collectively holding their breath in hopes that the Matrix improves upon it's predecessor's shortcomings. We found the Duo an inexpensive, nice Windows Mobile Standard device that struggled to get the little things right. Follow the break to see how well Pantech has improved things with the Matrix Pro.

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Review: LG Incite

One of the surprise announcements from the 2009 Mobile World Congress was LG's partnership with Microsoft. The electronics manufacturer pledged to make Windows Mobile its primary operating system for smartphones. LG also pledged to develop 50 phones over the the next few years, all running Windows Mobile. While our curiosity awaits what new designs LG has in store for Windows Mobile, we thought we would take a look at a current model that is running Windows Mobile, the LG Incite, offered through AT&T.

The LG markets the Incite as a 3G world phone that achieves its reflective beauty through the skillful use of minimalistic design. Read on after the break to see what impression the LG Incite made and whether the minimalistic design fits the Windows Mobile market.

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Review: Google Maps with Latitude

Google's watching you. Or at least that is what some of the headlines read when Google launched its latest version of Google Maps. The reason behind all the conspiracy theories cropping up like wild fire is that the newest version includes a new feature called Latitude.

Latitude is a feature that utilizes cell-tower triangulation, GPS or your home IP to approximate your location so friends can find where you're hiding located. In turn, you can see where your friends are. Hence the "big brother" analogies that immediately came to mind. Now that all the dust has settled we took the latest version of Google Maps with Latitude out for a test drive. To see how much attitude latitude has, read on after the break. And be sure to listen to what Dieter and Malatesta have to say about Latitude in this week's WMExperts Podcast.

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Review: Pocket Tunes Deluxe 5.0

 

If you haven’t been using Pocket Tunes 4.1, you’ve been missing out. In my opinion, PocketTunes is one of the few truly powerful media players for Windows Mobile. Offering synchronization with iTunes, Internet radio and support for different skins, Pocket Tunes has been on my must-have list ever since it was first released for Windows Mobile.

If you remember (or want to read) my review of Version 4.1, there were a couple of issues we wanted resolved. I’m guessing that the folks at Normsoft were listening; because they took care of the biggest issues that I had, as well as resolving some issues that I hadn’t even thought about.

Read on for all the updates in Version 5.0.

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Review: SPB Wallet 2.0

For many of us, our justification for carrying a Windows Mobile device is to enable us to be better organized or to communicate more effectively. I personally am always looking for the next great tool that will help me to manage my increasingly busy life. Sometimes, though, I am a little hesitant to put certain data on my phone, as I tend to leave it lying around a little too often. With the increase in identity theft and related crimes in the last decade, I would rather not make myself an easy target if I can help it.

If you haven’t heard of SPB, you’ve probably been living under an iPhone shaped rock somewhere. SPB’s applications for Windows Mobile are some of the most widely used and well respected on the market. SPB Software has released the latest version of SPB Wallet, now in version 2.0, which is an application for storing your sensitive data such as bank account numbers, passwords and social security numbers in a manner that is safe and secure.  Along with announcing the new software version, we felt a test run of the application was in order as well.

For all the juicy details about the latest offering from SPB, read on.

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Review: Motorola EQ5 Wireless Travel Speaker

As most can relate to, the speakerphone built into your phone is probably not the best for listening to your MP3s with. This is why it can be very handy to have Bluetooth (BT) enabled ultra compact speakers. How about throwing in actual speaker phone capabilities as well? Sound interesting? Then you will be interested in our review of the Motorola EQ5 Wireless Travel Stereo Speaker. To find out if it can live up to the name of Motorola or if this is just a good try that may not be worth the money, take a look inside.

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CT Scheduler

Connective Tools has announced the release of CT Scheduler v1.02 for Windows Mobile Professional. CT Scheduler allows you to schedule various activities such as automatically sending SMS messages, sound volume adjustments, and sets call forwarding. Additional features include an unlimited number of single and recurring events, advanced recurring events (first monday, last friday, etc.), skip event, and communications controls. The application will also let you "test run" events without having to exit the application. Check in after the break for more on CT Scheduler and a few screen shots.

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HTC S740: A Sign of Things to Come

HTC announced at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show that they will be introducing the S743 to U.S. Market later this year. The S743 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with a slide-out keyboard and who's non-U.S. cousin is the popular S740. While there was some concern over the future of WM Standard the announcement of the S743 might be the spark needed to breath new life into WM Standard. Windows Mobile Standard is a fantastic operating system for those who want the power of Windows Mobile but don't necessarily want to worry with all that's going on behind the scenes. While the S743 isn't available for review yet, HTC was kind enough to provide us with a test model of the S740 during last Fall's Mobius Conference. To give us a little insight on what to expect from the S743, we decided to take the S740 out for a test drive. Read on after the break to see how it handled the test track.

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Mr. Handsfree Bluesmart

Becoming hands free in the car with your phone is now becoming more of a necessity by law than a luxury of convenience.  One of the easy solutions is to get a Bluetooth speakerphone for your car.  But it can be challenging picking out which one is best, easiest to install, and which one has the best sound quality.  Well, I have reviewed the Mr Handsfree BlueSmart which has a unique option of actually hardwiring the unit into your car or simply using it as a plug and play speaker phone by simply plugging it into the cigarette lighter.  To see if this one holds up to our standards read on.

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