Posts by Christopher Spera

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    Microsoft ActiveSync is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile-based devices. It provides a great synchronization experience with Windows®-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications to and from your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, it can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your e-mail, calendar data, ...

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    I've been using the Palm 700wx from Sprint for a week or so now, and have it connected to an Exchange Server that supports Microsoft Direct Push. Since the 700wx supports AKU2.x and MS Direct Push, you'd think that with its increased memory, I'd be living the Treo high-life; but I'm not. Microsoft Direct Push technology relies on a consistent, adequate cellular signal in order to make it work. If the device can't send out is Direct Push Heart Beat, then there is no Push e-Mail experience on the device. This has been my biggest problem with the device so far. I'm staying in Naperville, IL, ...

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    The Treo 700 Series is a great device. Small, compact, well built. Those are three words that describe this awesome device. As I've said over and over, one of the only things wrong with this device was the lack of RAM; but more on that in a different post... Sprint's EV-DO network is awesome. One of the best things about it AND the 700wx is that you can use both of them with your laptop/desktop computer to get you on line in a pinch. Me, I'm pinched all over. With my transient status right now, I'm really stuck for connectivity outside of the office. I spend enough time there as it is, I ...

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    The Palm 700w Series devices hold a special place for me. Verizon's Palm 700w was reviewed early this year here at pocketnow.com. You can see my detailed review, here. The device is ok; but not great in my opinion. As a phone, it's great. As a Pocket PC...not so much. The device has some serious short comings, most notably, only 32MB of RAM. The device gave me a few problems. I wrote some closing thoughts on the 700w that you can see here, and had additional issues with OTA (Over the Air) Synching that you can see here. I'd read both of these again, because earlier today, I got a nice ...

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    Microsoft is offering some free software, if you've got a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC PE device. If you register with the Windows Mobile site, you can get a couple of ring tone packs for your WM Phone based device. Volume 1 has 4 ring tones. Volume 2 has 6 ring tones. All 10 are in WMA format, and are usable in all WM based Phone devices. The price is certainly right, and you can download both Packs.

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    I hope you don't mind; but I really have to comment on this. Most of you know that I'm pretty tight with Dave Ciccone from Mobility Today. I listen to their Podcast, and find it to be very informative as well as entertaining. Dave does a good job with it. He's also been Johnny-on-the-spot with a nubmer of different news stories. There's a lot going on over there, and the site is worth a read. Anywho, a few months ago, Dave picked up a MacBook Pro. I've never been a huge Mac fan, even tough I used to tutor word processing as an undergrad at Oakland University in Rochester, MI; back in 1984 ...

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    I've been back in Chicago for about 2 weeks now, getting to know a new company, a new department of really cool employees, a new product, new System, etc. The one thing that (thankfully) hasn't been new are my trusty ol' Pocket PC's. My 6515 has been doing pretty well under the pressure. I've been trying to find the best balance of running applications (Snoopsoft Dashboard 3.x can run some pretty neat stuff off of your Today Page, btw.), reliable OTA Synchronization with my company's Exchange Server, and device stability. It hasn't been an easy go... I've hard reset the device 5 times in ...

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    I know this is a little off topic, and I hope you'll excuse it; but I have a little bit of news for everyone. The family and I are headed BACK to Chicago from Nashville. The last 6 years have been wonderful down South, and we don't really want to leave, BUT you have to go where the work is. I start a new job with a new company back in Chicago on Monday 14-Aug-06; and I'm headed back North this Sunday. I've got TomTom Navigator 5.21 installed on an HTC BlueAngel, sitting in an Arkon Powered GPS Cradel, reviewed by Tim Adams, Esquire, here on pocketnow.com (though Tim used an Axim x50v) to ...

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    One of the biggest problems that many Pocket PC Phone Edition devices (WM5 and earlier versions) have is the lack of support for Cellular Profiles. WM Smartphone, as well as regular cell phone, users have enjoyed them for years. Devices like those from ETEN have had a built in Profiles app, but it leaves a lot to be desired. I wasn't impressed with it when I reviewed the G500 earlier this year. Information on its profiles app is on page 2 of the review. For those phones that I've been using that don't have a built in profiles app, I've been using PPCProfiles Pro. Its freeware, and allows ...

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    My replacement hw6515 came on Wednesday, and I've hard reset the thing about 3 times trying to get it set up the way I want. Each time I finish, I have a problem getting it to run correctly, place/receive calls or get the Bluetooth Radio to turn on so I can use a wireless headset. I don't (necessarily) blame this on Cingular or the device's refurbished status. I think this is an OS and device configuration issue. It's only got 64MB of RAM and a small (12MB) File Store. Most of the stuff that I want to run needs to be in either main Storage RAM or on the File Store (the software doesn't run ...

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    Earlier this year, pocketnow.com reviewed the ETEN G500, a quad band GSM/GPRS Pocket PC Phone with WM5, 128MB of Storage/64MB SDRAM (about 80MB/48MB user accessible), FM Radio and SiRF III GPS Receiver. ETEN recently released the G500+, an updated version of the G500. It is supposed to have a better GSM/GPRS radio, just like the M600+ does, but also sports 256MB of Storage, and updated FM Radio (with the application that runs it, preinstalled) and as well as an updated System ROM and AGPS (assisted GPS, for quicker Satellite locks). As the G500 and the G500+ are so close in specification, ...

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    "Thanks to a small slip-up by Cingular, word has leaked out that this wireless carrier will soon begin offering a pair of highly-anticipated Windows Mobile models. This company is now circulating a list of devices for which it is offering mail-in rebates. This has a couple that aren't yet available: the iPAQ hw6900 and the Cingular 3125, better known as the HTC Star Trek. While it now seems obvious that these smartphones will be available from Cingular in the near future, it's not known exactly when this will happen." I first noticed this on Mobility Today; but the quote is from ...

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    I've been a Cingular customer for about 2 years now. My first job here in TN had a good relationship with Bell South Mobility (which eventually became Cingular Wireless), and so I got my wife a Cingular phone back in 2001. I switched her to VzW in 2002 so we could do the whole IN Calling thing; and now everyone's on Cingular. They're cheaper than Verizon... I recently upgraded my wife's phone to a refurbished Cingular 2125 and it turned up defective. Cingular replaced it within 3 business days of me calling that in. I recently picked up a refurbished Cingular iPAQ hw6515 for myself; and IT ...

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    I am a HUGE Podcast nut. I've been listening to a couple technology Podcasts for a while now, and would be lost without them. pocketnow.com doesn't have a Podcast, (if we did, I'd ask you to go and vote for us!) so I'd like to encourage you to go and vote for your favorite. You can vote once every 24 hours, between now and 11:59pm on 11-Aug-06. I really enjoy the Podcast that Mobility Today puts out and have cast my vote for them. You can get the Mobility Today Podcast at Dave's Site; or via the iTunes Podcast directory.

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    Those of you who have an iPAQ hw6500 might want to jump over to the support page for it and check out the 1.20 ROM Upgrade. It seems like its fairly important, as it resolves a lot of previously noted problems, and provides some pretty cool enhancements (like a new GSM/GPRS Radio Stack). The ROM is dated 13-Jul-06, and it replaces the 1.12 ROM that was released just 6 days prior to the 1.2 ROM (released 07-Jul-06). Fixes Fixes issue where device exiting from Flight Mode prompts for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) unlock code when Third-Generation (3G) SIM card (also known as Universal ...

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    "Handcrafted silver 925 appliqués highlight the external display, logo and mesh protector, giving your RAZR a unique look. Made from the highest quality leather, available in several colors and featuring an ultra slim design, camera cutout, and access to external display & USB port. Get smart with the Vaja Silver Collection, available only at http://www.vajacases.com." Vaja cases has done it again. They seem to be on an anti-vampire kick with the latest edition to their Silver line of cases with the RAZR V3i Silver. The case us hand crafted, as all of their cases are, and starts at ...

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    We don't do a lot of "Gadget Diary" blogging here at pocketnow as they do on my good friend, Julie's site, The Gadgeteer; but I thought I'd take a chance and let everyone know that I'm in the process of clearing out my gadget closet a bit. I've got 2 Pocket PC Phone Edition Devices for sale right now. my imate PDA2k, reviewed here at pocketnow.com during June of 2005 and my Samsung i700, reviewed here during March of 2004. You can see the i-mate PDA2k auction here. You can see the Samsung i700 auction here. Both of these devices are in great shape; and were unfortunately just taking up ...

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    Rich Corinthian Leather... The first thing you notice about the case is that its made of a fine grade leather.  The smell...oh yeah. Even today, a few months since receiving it, it still has that "new car" smell. This is one of the better made and more affordable cases that I've seen on the market for the Palm 700w/p.  I've carried it in this case for about 3 months, and it has been through a little bit of abuse.  I'm very pleased with the case's durability and build quality. despite all of the ...

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    The Smartphone version of Cingular's AKU2 update for the Cingular 2125 is available for download. If you're interested, you can pick it up here. To check to see if your phone needs the update, compare its System Properties page with the one below. If your version numbers are lower, then you need to update your phone to get all of the enhancements. I've pulled it down, but have yet to install it on my wife's phone. I'm having one heck of a time getting features and functionality to activate properly on this device. I'm hoping that it's either on Cingular's end, or the update will fix it.

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    "Direct Push Has Arrived! Microsoft Direct Push from Cingular is a scalable and cost-effective wireless email solution that enables mobile professionals to easily stay connected to their Microsoft® Outlook® and Office® information while on the go. Cingular's Direct Push service is designed specifically for companies with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 interested in deploying wireless email on the Cingular Windows Mobile 5 portfolio." Those of you with Cingular 8125 flavored HTC Wizards can finally get the long-awaited AKU2 Update with Microsoft Direct Push Technology here. However, a ...

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    This exclusive model presents all the features of the original Vaja T77, such as full access to main functions, speaker mesh protectors, semi-rigid flip cover with magnetic closure and optional SD slot with Push-Push system. This case charges and sycns through Palm travel cable. This is a simply awesome case for the new Treo 700w/p. Vaja is one of the premier case manufacturers for just about any gadget out there, and this is by far, one of their best cases yet! Just looking at this case, I get Starsky and Hutch flashbacks! If you're in the market for a new case for your new Treo 700w/p, ...

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    BetaNews is announcing that Verizon Wireless is shipping the Motorola Q on 31-May-06 on their website, and as early as the beginning of next month in their stores. The Q combines WM5 for Smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO access, integrated Bluetooth, video playback, and apparently, AKU1 (the article doesn't mention Microsoft Direct Push). The Q is supposed to sell for $199 (with a qualifying 2 year agreement and voice/data plans) with an instant $100 credit. Motorola did not announce when the Q will ship on other carriers.

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    Attention all you early adopters: If you've been sitting on the fence, waiting for Palm to release the 700p, then you're in luck. My good buddy Dave Ciccone over at Mobility Today has a way cool video review of Sprint's Palm 700p. The 700p is Palm's latest Treo Smartphone, but with PalmOS, not Windows Mobile. Its got almost all of the same features of the 700w, including EV-DO, Push/AutoSync e-Mail, and an updated version of Versa Mail that includes Contact synching. The device will come out on Sprint first, and then Verizon Wireless a little later.

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    The iVod Video rasta has all the features of the original iVod, such as padded interior, screen and wheel protectors, headphones, syncs & charge cutouts and easy access to all touch functions. Match the stripes with your favorite colors, choose the clip and emboss your name in the backside. Customize your own iVod rasta with more than 1000 combinations, only at Vaja Choice. This is yet another iVod winner from Vaja. If you've got the cash, Vaja has the best cases on the Internet. They've just released another member of their iVod line, the Rasta, and its tri-striped accents can simply make ...

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    I've been a Cingular customer since November 2004. I like Cingular for a number of reasons. Affordable Rate Plans Affordable Data Plans SIM Cards make Changing Phones as Easy as Changing my Mind ROLL-OVER MINUTES!! Bluetooth Functionality is NOT Crippled (Can I get an amen..?) Better Customer Service than other, ah-hem-Verizon, Service Providers The biggest problem that I have with Cingular is the way their billing cycle works. My account cycles on the 3rd of every month, meaning that I start a new cycle on the 4th. My bill is due on the 26th of every month. Cingular counts the 4th as day ...

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