Proporta, producer of excellent cases for Pocket PCs, have finally released their XDA (Pocket PC Phone Edition) aluminum case.
It’s a case based primarily on function, allowing all the functions of the XDA to be used, and most importantly, the XDA can be used as a phone with the case closed.
This case also sports a new feature for Proporta cases– an optional belt clip.
A new article on Brighthand suggests that Microsoft may have abandoned the Handheld PC operating system and clamshell device design a bit too early.
I agree that the Handheld PCs were flawed as the hardware capabilities and costs were not viable at the time. I also agree that there is a market for these devices… but I don’t necessarily agree that the “Pocket PC” operating system should be redesigned to accomodate handheld PCs that include mini-keyboards.
I own an IBM z50 Handheld PC Pro, and this form of Windows CE was great for it’s time. [...]
As reported earlier, the version of the update to allow Dell’s current line of Axim Pocket PCs to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC had a bug that reduced performance. After correcting that error, Dell posted the corrected software on it’s web site for people who had already purchased the update. As a way of determining that users already legitimately owned the update, the web version of the update was designed to apply itself only to machines that were already running WM2003, thus updating those machines that had already applied the less functional original update. [...]
Pocket PCs have applications in areas that may surprise some people. Here’s a Pocket PC teleprompting system I found. If you’re involved in news gathering, you can keep your appointments on the Pocket PC and then use it to prompt you or your talent when you arrive.
This system attaches to the lens of the video camera, and the software comes loaded on an SD card. They also include a docking cradle and AC/charger, USB host adapter, USB mouse, USB foldable keyboard and a custom hard shell case to hold it all. If this means you can use a mouse and keyboard with your [...]
Buy.com last week released their answer to Apple’s iTunes Music Store called BuyMusic.com. The service allows you to purchase songs in Windows Media format at low cost.
“But in an example of the technological trickiness involved in offering users the freedom they desire while giving music labels the protections they demand, early customers have found they can’t transfer the tunes they buy on BuyMusic.com to digital portables.” – USA Today
Here’s another user’s bad experience with BuyMusic.com. It seems she’s had problems [...]
“The radioOne 6300 chipset is the world”s first true global roaming chipset,” said Don Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. “It will allow manufacturers to make multimode, multiband devices more cost-effectively and support carriers with handsets designed for the growing number of subscribers who wish to roam across CDMA and GSM networks.”
This would greatly increase the coverage for global travellers! I wonder what kind of roaming charges there might be.
Thank you for your note today of 29-July-03. I do NOT wish to change my order. I wish it to be fulfilled as soon as possible.
I write for three (3) Pocket PC enthusiast sites: Pocket PC Thoughts (http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com), pocketnow.com (http://www.pocketnow.com), and occasionally for The Gadgeteer (http://www.the-gadgeteer.com). Your company’s track record with delivering OS updates for its handhelds is running true to form. As you may recall, the Pocket PC 2002 upgrade for iPAQ 3100 and 3600 series Pocket PC’s was delayed twice before [...]
pocketnow.com is looking to expand its panel of reviewers in order to bring our viewers the latest and greatest in hardware on software on a regular and frequent basis. If you have a knack for Pocket PC technology and are capable of producing thorough and provocative reviews, pocketnow wants you!
If interested, contact Brandon Miniman at [email protected] (serious applicants only), and be sure to include the following information:
– Your name – AIM/Yahoo/MSN/ICQ contact info – Past experiences with Pocket PC – Genre interested in reviewing [...]
Dell will make the Axim X5 update available via its tech-support Web site; but will be approximately 28MB in size. Dell also has plans to offer the update on a CD-ROM that can be mailed to customers. While the update is expected to be downloadable by Wednesday July 30, 2003, the CD will likely not be available that soon, a Dell representative said.
Dell is also planning to offer a software upgrade CD that will install Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC software on older Axim X5 units that came with Microsoft’s earlier software, Pocket PC 2002. That upgrade, which was [...]
IA Caller ID for Pocket PC Phone edition adds caller specific picture identification. You can also browse through your contacts as photos and call them using the photo dialer.
A free trial is available from the IA Style website, and the full version costs $14.95.
“ThemeMaker McDeb has been updated to version 2.1.0. Improved functionality and a brand-new look! This is a free upgrade for all registered users. Just click the “MORE INFO” link below to download the new version and install it. Your previous registration code will remain intact.
Updates include a new program skin (looks cooler!); improved color pick tool functionality; now remembers file upload directory from PC; smaller setup file.”
It should be noted, though, that this update does not include Windows Media 2003 compatibility. According to [...]
I found this article quite interesting. The writer, Mike Cane, focuses on the benefits and downfalls of the Pocket PC OS.
“Since I’m bound to be misunderstood, let me emphasize my points:
-I still think PalmOS needs plenty of improvement. -I still think the Vox, 550G, and 2215 are great-looking devices, but that’s due to Toshiba’s and hp’s industrial design, with no credit accruing to the PPC OS itself. -I could never feel affection towards the PPC OS, nor could I ever have any trust in it.”
Not to worry, he [...]
“The G1000 handheld - at 5.8 inches tall, 3.3 inches wide, 0.9 inches thick and 8.4 ounces - comes with an integrated rotating camera, built-in QWERTY keyboard and complete wireless phone. ” –Tech News World
MobileMag.com also has a good article here.
The Pocket PC Phone Edition is only available on Sprint Networks and should cost about $649.99.
It looks like the Phone Edition devices are getting a little better.
For more information or to order the G1000, visit the Sprint website
MS Mobiles.com has a list of what’s new in Windows Mobile 2003 Phone Edition. You can see Microsoft’s site for some screen shots as well here.
I don’t see anything about MMS support in Pocket Inbox or integrated Caller ID based custom ring tones… or Picture ID support that integrates with Outlook 2003 on the desktop! I havn’t bought a Phone Edition device yet, but it doesn’t look like there’s an easy way to create multi-person conference calls either.
Note: This post contains editorial opinion as well as facts.
Three security specialists from Johns Hopkins University and one from Rice University recently published a report condemning a Diebold-manufactured Electronic Voting Machine which uses Windows CE as insecure. Actually they went quite a bit further than that. “Our analysis shows that this voting system is far below even the most minimal security standards applicable in other contexts.” The university researchers were able to cast several votes undetected. However, as Diebold quickly pointed out, they [...]
Motorola will become the first of the top five handset makers to launch a phone based on Microsoft’s Smartphone software. Sources expect the device later this year.
The prototype is slightly smaller than the Mitac Mio clamshell Smartphone, but doesn’t include a camera. It also does not have an external antenna, leading to a cleaner design.
The prototype is based on Smartphone 2002, and therefore lacks Bluetooth. It is unknown whether this will change before the release.
The source link leads to a discussion with additional photos of the [...]
IDC announced that worldwide handheld shipments for the second quarter were down 10.7 percent, to 2.27 million units, compared to last year. Shipments have been declining for some time.
The market may have a better second half. IDC cited the improving macroeconomic outlook, device upgrades and more handheld shipments in the second quarter compared with the first.
Palm led the market with a 39.9 percent share. Hewlett-Packard gained in the number two spot with 16.8 percent compared to Sony with 11.3 percent. Dell was fourth with 6.7 percent, followed by Toshiba with 3.3 [...]
Iomega has announced a new 1.5 GB removable storage technology. The technology, called Digital Capture Technology (DCT), is designed for a new generation of portable devices. These include camcorders and portable video players, portable PCs and smart handheld devices.
The DCT cartridge is about the size of a half-dollar coin and weighs only 9 grams. It uses a stainless steel cartridge designed to protect against data loss. Iomega and partners are claiming a potential of 6 gigabits/square inch, about 10x the density of today’s magnetic disks. They are aiming for [...]
Based on this article over at Brighthand, the long rumored, and highly anticipated clam-shell iPAQ may actually see the light of a production line.
This concept design was leaked to the ‘Net a while back, and sparked a number of different conversations and a ton of speculation. However, based on this recent announcement from Microsoft, it could actually happen.
What do you guys think? Is this an iPAQ that you’re interested in? For me the jury is still out.
Among the latest additions to the Pocket PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) family is Gateway. The company made a name for itself selling Windows desktop PCs on-line and eventually through “brick-and-mortar” stores. Lately Gateway has been re-casting itself as a brand name in consumer electronics, thus the company’s entry into the Pocket PC arena.
Originally, Gateway intended to start selling their Pocket PC this month but decided to move the release date into August to assure that the product has been adequately tested and to make sure that [...]
One of the most typical complaints about Pocket PC technology is that there dosn’t seem to be the kind of innovation in design like Sony is doing with the Palm platform. It seems that at least part of the reason is that Microsoft’s Pocket PC specifications are, well, pretty specific. Fortunately for the next generations, Microsoft has recognized that this may indeed be limiting the creativity of Pocket PC OEMs and has decided to relax the standards somewhat.
Among the changes Microsoft made to Pocket PC specifications are allowing a wider variety of displays sizes, [...]
Pocket PCs are obviously too small to have a full-sized keyboard. Because of their size, we’re usually forced to use a virtual keyboard or some form of handwriting recognition. Some PDAs, like the Sharp Zaurus or Palm Zire 71, have integrated thumb boards. Almost no Pocket PCs have integrated thumb boards, but there are many add-on ones available (at least for the iPAQ).
The problem with every thumb board I’ve seen, and even the new Stowaway XT, is that they omit the row of keys containing the numbers. This means they have to put the numbers on the same keys used [...]
The Missing Sync is a program created by a company called Mark/Space. Until now, they only produced versions which would sync various models of the Sony CLIE’ and Samsung i330. But with the growing Pocket PC market, they finally released a version to work with a PocketPC. There are a few catches to this; you must have OS X 10.2 or higher, you must have a PPC running Pocket PC 2002, 2003, or SmartPhone 2002, and you must have a USB connector for [...]