Posts by Steve Mueller

  • by | March 19, 2007 9:44 AM

    One of the first things I do when I get a new Windows Mobile device (or cell phone) is check out what's installed on it. I'm guessing that I'm not the only person to do this. So what does the PN-820 have beyond the standard WM 5 Smartphone software? Not much, it turns out. There are only three non-standard programs, but two of them may be big ones for you. Wireless Sync — Like many of Verizon's smart phones, you can synchronize your device over the air. Microsoft Voice Command — This allows you to perform many tasks using speech recognition. Even cooler is that it can read things back to ...

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  • by | March 12, 2007 9:40 AM

    Back in February, I wrote a post about Verizon's Pantech PN-820 Smartphone, a budget-priced clamshell Smartphone. Well, I got one sent to me last week and will be blogging about it for the next week or two. As usual for our blogs here, I'll start by showing you what's in the box. In the photo below, moving clockwise from the top left, you have: The box The PN-820 itself The AC adapter The Quick Reference Guide The warning booklet The User Guide CD The ActiveSync/Outlook CD The sync cable A set of earbuds Just from that list and photo, there are some interesting observations, both good and ...

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  • by | March 5, 2007 3:43 AM

    Those of you not hiding under a rock probably have heard that the U.S. and Canada have changed when Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time starts and ends. This year, it starts on March 11 and ends on November 4. This means your Pocket PCs and Smartphones (and Windows PCs) need software updates. Fortunately, Microsoft has a DST Update page available for us. The page has two sets of instructions — one for those of us who synchronize with our PCs and one for those who synchronize with an Exchange server (or who don't sync at all). Choose the version you need and do the update before March ...

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  • by | February 23, 2007 10:16 AM

    It's been a long time coming, but Verizon Wireless has finally launched another clamshell Smartphone -- the Pantech PN-820. As far as I can tell, this is their first clamshell Smartphone since the Samsung SCH-i600 was released using the original Smartphone OS. It's a pretty basic unit, though, with the following specs: Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone 128 MB RAM 64 MB Flash memory (I suspect Verizon got those two numbers mixed up) 2.2" 240x320 QVA landscape internal display 1.07" external display CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev. 0 Bluetooth MiniSD memory card slot 1.3 megapixel camera with LED "flash" 950 mAh ...

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  • by | November 9, 2006 2:04 AM

    The bad news? ActiveSync won't work on Windows Vista (or maybe that's not so bad). The good news? Windows Vista contains the Windows Mobile Device Center, ActiveSync's successor. Microsoft's Jason Langridge gives us a peek inside Windows Mobile Device Center. Being integrated into Vista means nobody has to install it, it will be automatically updated with Windows Update and it can be enabled or disabled by Group Policy. It's not all good news, though. First, WiFi syncing is still gone. Second, Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 (and, I assume, Smartphone 2002) devices won't work with WMDC; only ...

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  • by | November 6, 2006 5:55 AM

    Could this be the Holy Grail of the Pocket PC world? I remember people asking if there was a way to run Palm OS applications on a Pocket PC five years ago. At the time, there was one project going that got put on the shelf. Well, there's now a solution. It's called StyleTap and the developers claim it can run most Palm OS applications with just a few limitations: Conduits are not supported. "Hacks" (using the HackMaster API) not supported. Direct manipulation of Motorola 68000 hardware registers is not supported. Therefore programs that control things like sound or serial I/O by directly ...

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  • by | October 24, 2006 12:00 AM

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  • by | September 17, 2006 10:13 PM

    My experience with the Q so far has been mostly positive. However, there's always room for improvement, and Motorola recently released an update to the Q's software. Verizon also seems to approve of it, as I've read reports of people getting new Qs with the update. So what's good and bad about the update? I'm glad you asked. What's hot? AKU 2, including push E-mail (if you have an updated Exchange Server) Internet Explorer supports frames and animated graphics Improved Wireless Manager, not just airline mode Improved Start menu with four icons across and text captions (see the image at the ...

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  • by | August 17, 2006 3:50 AM

    Just for you guys, I bought a Gold Lantern Bluetooth stereo headset. I would have preferred another more well-known brand (pocketnow has reviewed several), but these were the only Bluetooth stereo headphones Fry's had. It has a microphone so you can use it with a Bluetooth phone, too, and came with an 3.5 mm audio adapter for non-Bluetooth devices. I probably paid too much at $130, but I figure that I can return it and buy something less expensive if I want. So how does it work? I put the headphones into partnering mode and the Q found them just fine. Even better, the Q recognized that ...

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  • by | August 8, 2006 10:55 AM

    It seems like every phone released nowadays has to have a camera, and the Q is no exception. What makes the Q better is that, being a Smartphone, you also get a better photo viewing and editing application and a better video player. The camera is a 1.3 megapixel (1280x1024) version with an included "flash". I put "flash" in quotation marks because, like many phone and PDA cameras, there's no flashing going on; the light either stays on or off. The controls seem pretty flexible for a PDA camera, allowing you to capture in regular, burst or timer mode; to control brightness, resolution, and ...

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  • by | July 26, 2006 4:24 AM

    One of the great advantages of Windows Mobile is its media capabilities, and the Motorola Q is no exception. Not only does the Q include Windows Media 10, but it has a 1.3 megapixel camera that can take stills and videos. Today I'll cover Windows Media, and my next entry will cover the camera and photo applications. Windows Media 10 first came out on Windows Mobile 2003 SE. However, it wasn't available when WM 2003 SE first launched, so it was made available as an upgrade in some cases. I believe Windows Mobile 5 is the first version with Windows Media 10 integrated on every device. As ...

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  • by | July 17, 2006 9:25 AM

    As promised, I'll look at Pocket MSN on the Q today. Pocket MSN lets you run MSN Messenger, connect to your Hotmail account, send E-mail using Hotmail and go to the MSN Mobile Home page. MSN Messenger was added to the Pocket PC 2002 operating system and is still around today. Like most Smartphone programs, though, MSN Messenger on the Q seems more limited than on the Pocket PC. For example, you can control your privacy using Allow and Block lists and set your presence state (Online, Busy, Away, etc.) on the Pocket PC (at least on Windows Mobile 2003), but not on the Q. Another strange ...

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  • by | July 7, 2006 7:15 AM

    As promised, I'll look at Internet Explorer on the Q today. If I get a converged PDA/phone, Web browsing is probably the one thing I would do the most. E-mail access is nice, but I don't really want to read, and especially respond to, E-mail while I'm out. However, there are many times I would love to browse the Web — to compare prices while shopping, to look up facts during a conversation, to answer those trivia questions people throw at me sometimes, etc. For me, the Web is the killer app for converged PDA/phones. Internet Explorer on the Smartphone works a bit differently than on the ...

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  • by | June 30, 2006 12:31 PM

    One of the benefits of smart phones is that you can access the Internet away from your PC. You can do that with a WiFi device, too, but coverage is usually a lot more limited. There are three main applicatons for Internet access on the Q — Messaging, which does E-mail (and text and MMS messaging); Internet Explorer, which obviously does Web browsing; and MSN Messenger (hidden inside of Pocket MSN), for instant messaging. In the next three blog entries, I'll look at each one of these. With Messagaing, you can sync your Q with your PC and get your Outlook E-mail, which is easy to do. You ...

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  • by | June 29, 2006 12:00 AM

    WARNING! This is a rant! While this doesn't deal with the Motorola Q directly, it does deal with issues involved with using the Q (or any Windows Mobile 5 device). When Microsoft introduced ActiveSync 4.0, I thought about installing it. After all, the latest ActiveSync should be an improvement right? And it was required to sync any Windows Mobile 5 devices, which was a long-awaited upgrade, and something I wanted to check out. After all, the Dell Axim x51v and the HP iPAQ 2795 looked pretty sweet. However, I still had an iPAQ 5550 running Windows Mobile 2003, and Microsoft themselves said ...

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