It seems that finger friendly “Touch” apps are becoming all the hype these days. In keeping with this trend, CooTek have just released TouchPal. This handy little app claims to enhance text entry, even capable of up to 300 characters per minute!
It’s also free at the moment so hurry over and get your copy. Downside? It seems to be portrait-only at the moment.
A clip of the next version of TouchFLO has just emerged on the web. Although it looks similar, there appears to be increased application integration; this time, the image viewer has also been added to the list of programs that can be navigated with cool swipes. Thanks to Modaco for this find.
Well, I’ve been using the Cavalier for approximately three days. In an interesting dichotomy, it’s very similar, yet surprisingly different to the Dash. The hardware differences are visibly noticeable, but it’s not until you handle it do you realize just how different they are. The edges are square, even sharp on the Cavalier. Juxtapose this with the Dash and its rounded curves and you have two very different shapes. Personally, I am still finding the sharp edges of the Cavalier somewhat difficult to get used to, even after 3+ days.
The screens also vary. The [...]
The fine folks over at Negri Electronics have provided us with a new HTC S630 (Cavalier) to review and test. Over the next few days, I’ll run some comparisons between this device and the HTC S620 (Excalibur), then post a full review in about 10 days.
First impressions? It’s still going through initial charge, but it’s is slightly larger and heavier than the Dash; a 100% increase in processor speed comes at a cost.
WMExperts have updated their excellent video comparison between the iPhone and the HTC Touch. This 25 min delve into the world of wireless wonders compares email, browsers and multimedia, among other things.
The video is interesting – from an outsiders perspective it appears that the Touch keeps up with the iPhone in most areas. Got a spare 25 minutes? I’d highly recommend checking it out.
Over at the Boy Genius Report that are speculating that AT&T will carry the Kaiser sometime in the not-too-distant future. This is good news, as unlike the iPhone, I am sure unlocked AT&T branded versions will also be available for use on other carriers (cheaper than they are currently).
“They claim that the HTC Kaiser will be coming to AT&T as the 8925, keeping the same model number scheme as previous HTC Windows Mobile devices. For those who have been living under a rock, the 8925 will sport a sliding, tilting keypad, 3MP camera with auto-focus, and [...]
While we’re on the topic of free stuff, it looks like there’s a new push email solution in town. The provider is Consilient, and it can handle Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL email accounts. This is good news for WM5 Hotmail users (or WM6 that do not want to use Windows Live). Head on over to this page to signup.
I’ve installed it on my Dash (selected phone model Windows Mobile 6 Standard) and it’s running like a Swiss Watch. It consumes a hair over 2mb, device must be app unlocked. Post below if you have any problems, thanks to smartphonethoughts for [...]
According to Gizmodo, there’s a new site on the block that claims to unlock your iPhone for free. Unsure how well it functions, or if it does anything at all (I smell a hoax site), however, given that there appears to be no charge for the service, the only thing on the line is your email address:
“At the moment, this is not much more than a website sucking email addresses from innocent victims. But if what they claim is true, iphoneunlocking.com has unlocked 1,917 iPhones from the shackles of AT&T service.
Got a spare $900 burning a hole in your pocket? Head on over to CompUSA to purchase your very own HTC Advantage.
For those unfamiliar with this incredible device, here’s a brief synopsis:
“Designed to liberate traveling executives from their bulky notebook PCs, the HTC Advantage is one muscled-up mini-computer. With a huge touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard and massive 8GB hard drive, the Advantage offers instant command of email and contacts, control of high-speed worldwide connectivity, and the power to create, edit, print or project any Microsoft Office [...]
Users of Soti’s Pocket Controller might be interested to learn version 6 has just been released. This latest iteration includes a registry editor, enhanced performance and security, WM6 support, plus numerous other fixes.
The software is available to try or buy here. New purchases are $34.95, however, if your original purchase was sometime within the past 10 months, the upgrade is free.
If you haven’t heard of Pocket Controller, it’s basically software that lets users view and control their device using desktop/notebook hardware. It’s a quick [...]
Isotope 244, makers of fine classics such as Atomic Cannon, have a new public beta out. The game is called “Machines at War” and can be found in either exe or cab form here. From what I understand, it’s a real-time/resource-based strategy.
They’ve also posted a feedback form so they can make improvements/fixes prior to launch. Some good news: it’s compatible with both Smartphone and Pocket PC operating systems.
“Command an army of forces across the battlefield with ease in this real time strategy game. You are challenged to construct [...]
The folks over at Just Another Mobile Monday had not just any old Monday yesterday. They got their hands on the new Sprint Mogul and have a great set of snaps up.
They’ve posted a full gallery, plus some brief text. I suspect there’ll be a full review in the not too distant future. Early reports indicate that this unit is a great upgrade to the PPC-6700. Indeed, it’s one very capable device: 400MHz processor, 256 mb of flash ROM, 2mp camera, among other bits and pieces.
Over at BrightHand, Ed Hardy has posted an article discussing the implications of the iPhone launch on the existing Smartphone field. Interestingly, the analysts are predicting that the Treo line will take a bigger hit than Windows Mobile:
When asked how this combination phone and iPod will affect sales of current models, T. Michael Walkley, wireless hardware analyst for Piper Jaffray, said that he believes Palm, Inc. will be the company most affected by the iPhone, as it doesn’t have a new, compelling Treo to compete.
In my opinion, it appears that Palm OS Treos [...]
Jason Langridge has some new snaps of the HTC Kaiser up on his blog. The shots were taken during day one of Mobile Embedded DevCon (MEDC) 2007.
This is one impressive phone!
The Kaiser is considered as the next generation of the HTC Hermes or TyTn device. It has 3G, GPS and a 3.0 Mega Pixel camera. The interesting thing about the device is the screen can be twisted forward to allow you to view the device in differing sunlight conditions as well as using the device on a table.
I’m not sure if this is new or not, however, I am now able to play YouTube videos, directly on my Dash, without any kind of conversion. Furthermore, the clips are not routed through Windows Media, rather are streamed directly in PIE.
I’m not referring to the m.youtube.com site either, this is via the regular desktop browser version, only using PIE. The clip opens immediately and begins streaming. Interestingly, I was able to stream over EDGE, but it was understandably slow. WiFi improved the situation.
I suspect this change could be in anticipation of the [...]
I have noticed another odd change in my Dash since installing Windows Mobile 6. It seems that reminders always vibrate regardless of whether the phone is set an audible profile or not.
I’ve done some research and found other users in the same boat. T-Mobile has acknowledged (at least according to HoFo posters) that the glitch appears to be a software issue related to the Dash WM6 implementation. Although not necessarily damaging, it’s a nuisance none-the-less; I don’t always here the phone alerting me of a new appointment due to the fact it only vibrates. [...]
In anticipation of release next week, Apple have updated/added the following iPhone pages: Technology, Phone, iPod and Internet. They’ve also added a Gallery, with some cool docking shots.
It’s certianly worth a look if you’re interested in this device.
Fring is a new catch-all Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application designed to incorporate all your favorite voice clients. The software is currently in public beta, however, it appears to work seamlessly with my Dash and is compatible with a large number of devices. Refer below for additional info, or better yet, head on over and download the beta!
fring lets you easily communicate with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk’, Twitter and regular phone contacts from one, integrated contact list. fring also supports SkypeOut and hundreds of SIP-based [...]
I’ve just encountered the infamous “reset/reboot loop” on my WM6 Dash… This unfortunate situation is well documented at both Howard Forums and XDA-Developers. The problem seems related to WM6 on the Dash; however, operators are reluctant to point out the causal relationship: that the version of WM6 released by T-Mobile causes the phone to intermittently enter an infinite startup loop.
T-Mobile has been replacing faulty phones, leading some users to speculate it’s only earlier builds that are subject to the problem. This does not seem to be the [...]
Users of SPB Mobile Shell might be interested to learn that version 1.5 has just been released. The update encompasses a large number of improvements such as a bigger city database, menu customization, 3rd party plug-in support, among many others.
Download a trial here, or purchase a copy for USD$29.95.
The folks over at The Boy Genius Report have a new set of snaps up, this time it’s the Motorola Q9M “Nelson”. The gallery can be found here, and they’ve also posted a brief write-up here.
Some interesting info:
The Q9M also looks like it supports miniSD cards for memory expansion, and has a nice red glow around the d-pad. This Q9M brings back the scroll wheel that the GSM Q9 lacked. Another Verizon customization was the home screen. It displays shortcuts for commonly used applications like the camera, messaging, web, music in a circular pattern on [...]
Not long after being mentioned in a blog post, the real thing has arrived. Head over to this page to download your copy of WMDC v6.1. This new version fixes a number of bugs, and should generally enhance your overall Windows Mobile Desktop experience.
If you like streaming radio, then you may want to check this app out. It’s still in Alpha testing, but can be downloaded for free here.
It currently works on Windows Mobile 5/6 (PPC & SM) via your data network or WiFi. Note: an unlimited data plan is recommended for streaming any type of media. It has a 2mb footprint.
According to a Microsoft blog, it looks as though a fix for the WMDC WM6 file sync bug (among other things) will be out soon:
In the next few weeks, the Windows Mobile Device Center team will be launching an update to Windows Mobile Device Center 6.0. Aside from bug fixes and improvements over WMDC 6.0, the update (version 6.1) will include feature support for Windows Mobile 6 devices; this includes support for file synchronization on both touchscreen and non-touchscreen Windows Mobile 6 devices. We’ll make a formal announcement here on the blog once the update is [...]