Posts by Christopher Spera

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    I would like to take a few moments to wish all of our US readers the happiest of Thanksgiving's from everyone here at pocketnow.com. Personally, I'm thankful for the site, my family, new house and new job. What are you thankful for this year? Why don't you join in the discussion and let everyone know? My good friend Judie over at Gear Diary took a whole page to say thank you to everyone that touched her life...

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    I'm very pleased with iNav iGuidance 3.01. It works very well on the Pocket PC based GPS equipment I have. I like it on my iPAQ 6515 for a couple of reasons. First and foremost because it works with the device's square screen. If you missed yesterday's blog entry on iGuidance 3.01 and square screens, click the Day 2 link, below, and give it a quick read. I also like it because its got my new house address on it. Now I can get around town here in Chicago, and always find my way right back to my door. Sweet! The biggest "problem" I've got with the application is that it has on a number of ...

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    One of the reasons why I moved to the iPAQ 6515 was its built in GPS receiver. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: I can get lost inside a wet paper bag and can't find my way out with a fork and a flashlight. It's pathetic... I know; but whaddya gonna do. Right: buy a GPS reciever! Case in point... I wanted a truly converged device. More is less in this case. One device, more functionality and features...less to carry. When I got my 6515, it was all about evaluating Cingular's Refurbished Equipment Purchase Program. You can see my blogs on that here: Cingular Refurbished ...

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    My good buddy, Tim Adams, pocketnow.com Sr. Editor Extrodinaire, recently wrote a great Short Take review on iNav iGuidance v3.01. If you haven't seen the review, you need to do yourself a favor and check it out. As a Short Take, it doesn't take very long to read. As mentioned in the review, I've been using the software on my iPAQ 6515 to evaluate its performance on that device, and especially with a square screen. There aren't a lot of GPS apps out there in my opinion that handle 240x240 square screens well. Check back in the next day or two, and I'll have everything up for your perusal. ...

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    The folks over at Vaja are kickin' 'em out, eh? Today, Vaja announced the Messenger Bag. "Slip ideas inside, no matter how big they are, and let them ride in exquisite full grain leather, carefully selected for its quality, beauty and durability amongst the best Argentinian hides. The Vaja Messenger Bag is handcrafted to subtleness using time-honored Old World traditions of the most skilled leather artisans. Thoughtfully designed to truly and uniquely fit your own needs, each bag offers optional features such as text or graphic personalization, on-board detachable gadget pocket, handy key ...

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    If there's one thing that I hate in life, its moving. We're in the middle of it right now, and I'm writing this from my laptop, without the benefit of desktop monitor, keyboard, mouse or any other stationary gear. I'm stepping over and through boxes, things that need to be put in boxes, etc. UGH!! If I can, I'll post again before we go, but it may not be from the laptop or anything even remotely PC-ish. (Sheesh! My desk hasn't been this clean since the day I bought it...)

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        In my mind, 2006 is going to be the year that Hell froze over because Palm finally released a Windows Mobile powered handheld.  The 700w was released on Verizon in early January of 2006. I was lucky enough to be allowed to review the device here.  You may also recall that I had a number of different issues with the device and wrote follow-up articles on the experience with it here and here.  Keep these articles close, because we'll want to see how far the ...

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    Our friends at Vaja have released a new case line for the Samsung Helix and the Toshiba Gigabeat. The case line, called Balance, combines the classic lines of Vaja's i-Volution with their Classic cases to create a brand new look! Since the Balance line fits the Gigabeat, I wouldn't be surprised to see a case in this line for the Zune. The cases look awesome. Vaja's original announcement is below. Vaja's newest brainchild, is the result of R&D Department's constant innovation which reflects the company's unstoppable desire to satisfy the most demanding customers around the world. Balance, ...

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    As many of you know, I'm in the process of moving from one city to another. We've sold our existing house and are trying to buy a new house in our new city. In fact, we're in the final stages of trying to close the deal on the new house. Now is NOT the time to begin having cell phone problems... Over the past 6 weeks, I've noticed that my 6515 has been dropping calls. Its had trouble holding a signal, and often feels as though I'm traveling through a severely low coverage area, and that's just not the case here in suburban Chicago. Its one of the most densely Cingular signal covered areas ...

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    I've been using Sprint's 700wx for a few weeks now. If you read my other New Equipment blogs on the 700wx (here, here, and here) you'll quickly see that this device is really what Verizon's 700w should have been in the first place. Sprint was lucky enough to wait it out and get their hands on the better device. I've been bouncing back and forth from Chicago to Nashville over that past few weeks, and I can tell you that both of those cities have solid EV-DO implementations. But I've noticed something about Sprint's signal.. it ain't that great. Funny thing is, Sprint shares a lot of Verizon ...

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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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