Happy New Year, everyone! On behalf of everyone at pocketnow.com, I hope that you find happiness and prosperity in 2004.
Now onto the good stuff. Let’s have a little bit of fun.
Reply to this thread with your New Year’s resolution for 2004. It doesn’t have to be PDA or Pocket PC related, but I’m sure that would make for an interesting post. I’ll start with mine…
Astraware’s final advent offer of 2003 is currently running offering customers their popular Bejeweled: Game of the Year Edition, for $7.45.
A brief description:
“Choose from a relaxing and absorbing easy game, or a frantic timed game, as you tap adjacent pairs of gems to swap them and make matching horizontal and vertical lines of three or more.”
Pricing returns to normal after 12/31.
Pocket Controller, a popular Pocket PC screen utility is now available with a 20% off discount.
2 Products in ONE: -Productivity – Enter data quickly into your mobile device using your desktop/notebook computer keyboard and mouse -Presentation – An Ideal tool for training/presenting mobile software or mobile devices by projecting your desktop/notebook computer screen
To redeem the discount:
1. Browse to this link. 2. Click on the “buy” button. This will take you to the checkout page. 3. Enter the following Promotion [...]
MSMobiles.com is now the first site to produce a photograph of the new Motorola MPx100 that we can expect out in the coming year. Up until now, no one knew quite what to expect.
Judging from the picture, you can see that the new Motorola sports a protruding antenna along with a red exterior. The phone will run Microsoft’s Smartphone OS and is produced by Compal. According to MSMobiles.com, this appears to be the low-end choice of the Microsoft Smartphone lineup.
On behalf of all of us here at pocketnow.com, I would like to extend to you wishes for a safe and blessed Christmas.
For those who celebrate it, take this day to spend time with your family and friends, and new techno gadgets that may arrive under the tree.
Here’s to a great holiday!
Federico at Vaja wrote in to let me know that they are now shipping new cases to fit the XDA II / MDA Pocket PC Phone Edition PDA.
-Snap Closure -Easy access to all functions -2 SD & 2 Credit Cards slots -Sync with travel cable -Optional Ultra Clip -Custom Built Option Available -Size: 2-3/8″ x 4-6/8″ x 1-3/8″
The case is available now with 15 day delivery.
An alternate text input program called Decuma has been released for the Pocket PC. It recognizes written text as the user would write on a pen and paper, allowing the user to write naturally. This product seems very close the Calligrapher text recognition program and Microsoft’s Transcriber, and seems to allow editing and correcting right within the text input area. A version for Palm OS is also being released (perhaps this product will be a bigger deal for that side of the market since Grafitti can often be confining).
The Register has a fairly detailed review of the Toshiba e800 Pocket PC. I’m really glad that they took the time to comment on how the device supports VGA resolutions, but can do very little with it out of the box.
“The high resolution display is a bit of a mixed bag. The standard Pocket PC applications don’t support the it, and nor, actually does much else. Toshiba provides the ClearVue Suite from Westtek, which allows you to look at, but not work with, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and a range of image formats. Reading Word documents without scrolling [...]
The Chinese site Mobile01.com has posted a review of the APBW XDA Phone Edition device on a Chinese site.
It seems to be just like a normal XDA device but features an integrated GPS receiver on top. Besides the small protrusion caused by the GPS antenna ridge, the device is virtually identical in dimensions to other XDA devices.
It’s great to see Pocket PC manufacturers expanding their bases and including multiple technologies in one device.
TomTom® today announced brand new, enhanced maps with expanded turn-by-turn coverage through a relationship with strategic map data provider Tele Atlas. The maps will be provided free-of-charge to all existing TomTom Navigator USA customers.
In their press release, a TomTom representative stated:
“Tele Atlas has over the years invested substantially in developing high-quality digital maps for navigation systems,” said George Fink, chief operating officer of Tele Atlas. “TomTom Navigator USA continues to offer the most comprehensive door-to-door personal [...]
The EOps TV CF Type I card allows you to you watch real time color TV on the go with your Pocket PC. The accessory is available in both Pal and US NTSC versions and thus allows the reception of either analog broadcast PAL UHF to VHF CCIR standard channels or US NTSC UHF to VHF TV channels 2-69.
Dan Tanzer over at Zerama e-mailed me last week to let me know about a little promotional he was running for the holidays. For a limited time, you can pick up a copy of their very popular Zerama Remote for $10.00 (that’s 50% off the normal price).
Zerama Remote lets you control your computer’s Media player wirelessly via your Pocket PC. To read our review of it, click here.
Amazon.com has the new Motorola MPx200 Smartphone (AT&T Wireless) for $170 – $170 rebates = Free. Requires 2-year contract.
-Smartphone 2002 Operating System -Transflective Display
Proporta has just announced a new addition to their already extensive line of leather cases.
This new case is crafted in soft leather features the popular flip-top style. It was custom designed for the Axim X3, in order to fit the countours of the device.
Very slight padding has been added to both the top and bottom flip for extra protection for the PDA, without adding too much extra bulk’. The secure holding system attaches directly onto the Axim X3 itself and the strong magnetic tongue fastening keeps the PDA safe and secure when not in use.
The Proporta [...]
The Register has a relatively concise review of the Dell Axim x3i up.
“Dell is offering two versions of the x3: one with wireless and two without. We took a look at the former, the x3i. All three look essentially identical, with only a small antenna module on the top of the x3i to distinguish it from its siblings.”
Meritline has a large selection of Genuine Leather PDA Cases for $8 each using coupon code af-2off215. Among them are cases for the Dell Axim, HP iPAQ Series, and O2 XDA.
Amazon has the new HP iPAQ 4155 Pocket PC for $410 with free shipping. Features Integrated Bluetooth & 802.11b, Secure Digital IO slot, and a removable lithium-ion battery.
Today, pocketnow and Moonlight Technologies have forged an affiliate relationship. This is an exciting time for us because I have always enjoyed the really low prices that Moonlight offers. Please be sure to drop in if you need any accessories at all for your PDA, they have device specific accessories like cases, replacement styli; all at a wholesale-level price. Not to mention, they ship worldwide.
A couple products that caught my eye: -3 Stylus for Dell Axim – $5.99 -Dell Axim Slim Leather Case – $12.99 -Dell Axim Car Charger – $9.99 -Krusell HP IPAQ 1910 [...]
Good news! The iPAQ h4350 Pocket PCs are finally starting to roll out. The pocketnow.com store has them in stock and ready for same day shipping.
The iPAQ h4350 Pocket PC with an integrated keyboard and built-in wireless capabilities including Bluetooth technology and WiFi (WLAN 802.11b), you can access the Internet, e-mail and corporate data at home, at work, or on the go – a stylishly productive communications tool for the mobile professional.
I’ve been playing with a Toshiba e805 Pocket PC for a few days now. I thought I’d give some initial thoughts. Overall, I’m very impressed with the display on this Pocket PC. Toshiba has managed to pack a 4 inch beautiful transflective display into a still relatively portable handheld form. Notice that I used the word handheld, that was intentional. By today’s standards, this Pocket PC is borderline huge, especially for one that still lacks Bluetooh and cannot match HP’s high-end offering of biometric technology.
The screen is this unit’s [...]
A long while ago, really early in 2003, pocketnow Columnist Chris Spera started a series on cases for the Compaq/HP iPAQ. A number of different things have happened since his last edition of Apples & Oranges, and without too much aplomb, he’d like to continue on.
Read on in the latest installment of Apples and Oranges.
“Juha Christensen, a former Symbian executive who helped Microsoft launch its mobile phone effort, plans to leave the software giant later this year.”
Juha Christensen originally worked for Symbian, and came over to Microsoft in the fall of 2000. His goal was simple. Christensen planned to spur Microsoft to create software for mobile phones.
HP has just released a softpaq update for the iPAQ 2200 series and its Bluetooth functionality. Here are the fixes it provides:
-Corrects Bluetooth (BT) Manager lockup that occurred if the device was turned OFF while the status screen or Active Connections screen was open. -Corrects BT Manager lockup when trying to add or remove connections in the PAN Manager. -Corrects issue where BT would not start when the device was turned ON and attempted to connect to ActiveSync. -Corrects BT File Explorer lockup after access was denied from an FTP connection through Ericsson T610 [...]