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    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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    You may be hearing about Intel's missed opportunity to put their chip inside the iPhone. But what about Microsoft's lost opportunity? It seems like quite a while ago, but it hasn't been that long. Microsoft was on top of the world. They were quickly approaching their goal of a computer on every desk and in every home -- and were pushing boldly outward, finding a welcome spot in briefcases and backpacks. Then they decided to "go smaller". Windows CE Some of you may recall Windows CE, Microsoft's "compact environment" (though they claim that's not what "CE" stood for. Microsoft pushed ...

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    North America, Summer 2006: Talladega Nights is at the top of the box office; Nickelback and Hinder battle it out for butt-rock band of the year; and an acting student named Michael Fisher grows a pretty sweet mustache in an otherwise-sedate corner of Southeastern Virginia. But more importantly, a hotly anticipated and long-delayed mobile phone finally lands on Verizon Wireless retail shelves. It's a device poised to challenge RIM’s BlackBerry family in the QWERTY keyboard arena. A new Windows Mobile smartphone unlike any other. That device’s name: the Motorola Q. The Q changed the ...

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    At the halfway mark of the last decade, the Motorola i930 was a beast. It packed a 180MHz processor, 32MB of RAM, a VGA camera, and Windows Mobile 2003 into a 167g casing more than 30mm thick. It was a hard-core, ruggedized device built at a time when rugged feature phones still commanded a premium, and durable smartphones were practically unheard-of. It also packed the fastest walkie-talkie in the industry, and a carrier label that, at the time of the phone's release in 2005, was among the most-respected brands in the United States: NEXTEL. The i930 wasn't all sunshine and polish, though: ...

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    Many of my friends often consider me to be about 5 years ahead of everyone else in terms of the tech world.  With today's release of Photoshop Touch for Android and iOS Smartphones, here's another example.  Back in 2002 on July 17th, I was at Macworld with a number of industry experts as well as the new Photoshop product manager, John Nack who has since become a popular Adobe blogger.  I showed him Conduits Pocket Artist on my smartphone at the time.  I could open native PSD files, alter layers, perform channel operations, paint, adjust, etc… pretty much everything Photoshop 3 could ...

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    It's been more than a few years since Bill Gates turned over the reigns of Microsoft half-a-decade ago, but he still has quite a bit of control in the company as Chairman of the Board. During his early years with the company, he had a very lofty goal: a computer on every desk and in every home. I don't think you'll find anyone who will argue that we have seen that objective achieved. Computers, whether they are servers, desktops, workstations, or even traditional laptops, are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Gates saw that coming as well and started rolling out "Handheld PCs" and ...

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    Nobody knows exactly when the Apple vs. Samsung courtroom drama will ever stop (if) and what will the outcome be. According to some court documents the Cupertino-based company has asked Samsung, back in October of 2010, for royalty fees also saying they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance". A total amount of $30 was requested for any touch-screen-enabled phone, let it be Windows Phone, Android of another platform (Bada, Symbian, etc.) and $40 for each tablet -- amount which would decrease to $30 over two years. There were also some discounts planned: phones ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    Readers. Lend me your eyeballs a moment. You all visit sites like Pocketnow for a variety of reasons. Technology news, editorials, phone reviews; it's all part of the package sites like ours provide. A great deal of that coverage focuses on smartphones, and a huge percentage -everything but news, really- is opinion. We make a constant effort to minimize the subjective and enhance the objective where possible, but that's a hard thing to do. That's because mobile phones are intensely personal devices. We carry them everywhere. They're on our person at almost all times. There are waterproof ...

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    Nearly everyone with a smartphone has experienced the same problem: you're working on something in landscape mode such as typing a text or watching a video, and you need to return to the home screen to select another app, which you'll also be using in landscape. Yet frustratingly, the screen is sideways, oriented in a portrait configuration no matter how many little shakes you perform to wake up the accelerometer. Non-rotating home screens were a problem back in the earliest days of smartphones, and while these devices have made amazing technological advances, they remain a problem even ...

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    We're too busy nowadays rocking our quad-core smartphones with their 720p displays but we continue to look back in time and check out those phones which represented important milestones in the history of a company, platform or the user experience in general. The HTC Touch was launched in June 2007 -- it will be five years old soon -- and it represents the foundation for everything HTC Sense-enabled we came to know and love nowadays. Thanks to HTC TouchFlo (aka the Cube), the HTC Touch tried to make Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional more user friendly. In terms of specs it featured a 200MHz ...

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    I've got Verizon Palm Treo 700w sitting in front of me. Usually it'd be in a box in the corner of the office, but it made a star appearance in our recent Pocketnow 5.0 teaser video. The phone is remarkably, crazy thick at 23mm, or, in other words, three times thicker than the thinnest phones of today, like the HTC One S. Not only is it three times thicker, but it's magnitudes "dummer." The Treo 700w had a single-core 312MHz CPU with a mere 32MB of RAM. And the phone, in-hand, feels like a tank. It's seems that the phone, with its extra heft and endless thickness, would be unusable. Alas, ...

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