As reported in infosync and elsewhere, OQO has confirmed that it intends to release its first Windows XP-powered handtop, the OQO 01, on October 14th. The OQO 01 has the following specifications: * 1 GHz Transmeta processor * integrated 20 GB HDD * 256 MB of DDR RAM * 5″ touch-sensitive 800×400 pixel display * USB 1.1 and 4-pin FireWire ports * Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b * 3.5 mm earphone jack * built-in a microphone
A docking cable expands the unit’s I/O capabilities to include * additional USB and FireWire ports * Ethernet * Audio out * SXGA [...]
I am in the process of writing a review of the 4G 40GB Apple iPod for pocketnow.com. The review is proving to be rather insightful for me, as I was a LONG time advocate of playing digital music on my Pocket PC, and therefore only carrying a single device.
I have obviously stopped doing that. I bought an iPod.
Why..? Storage, dude. Even with a 2.2GB CF Type II card, I didn’t have enough space to hold all of the music I wanted to listen to. I was constantly swapping out music, and I just wasn’t happy.
I now have my ENTIRE CD collection (nearly 5000 [...]
The new version of FlashCards 1.2.9 adds Landscape mode compatibility for Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, and the interface has been improved making it much more handy for users.SETUP
Installation was a breeze. No special configurations were necessary after installation. The setup program installed three software components on my Pocket PC: The FlashCards program, a Language database (that can be customized with your very own word combinations); [...]
Want a Gmail account but don’t have one yet? I’m setting up some forums at my site so people can comment on my reviews and opinions, but I’d like some people to register and test them out.
So here’s what I’m doing. I’ll give a Gmail invitation to the first six people who register and post to the contest thread. I’ll get some testing in before I open the forums to the general public and you can get a Gmail account. What could be better?
With the new Pocket PCs out what trends do you see that you’d like to see more of? HP went away from the form factor of the 1900 and 4000 series but, like most other Pocket PC offerings, are including VGA screens. Is this a good idea?
What about Pocket PC phones? Should there be more integration of these two must-needed devices?
What about software? What kind of software would you like to see more of?
Nothing tough here: connect your PDA to your PC, fire up the self-installer, and off you go.PROGRAM FEATURES
Pocket Plus is a Tab-based program springboard for your today screen. It fits seamlessly into the Windows interface and yet is easy to identify. The stock (read: most useful) shortcuts are available under the ‘Main’ tab, while the [...]
Logitech has announced that hp will be re-branding their Bluetooth Headphones for use with iPAQ Pocket PCs. HP iPAQ Bluetooth Stereo Headphones will allow users of Bluetooth-enabled iPAQs to listen to high-quality stereo sound without any cumbersome wires between their iPAQ and the headphones.
The Logitech BlueTooth Headphones require the Bluetooth Headset Profile which is part of the Bluetooth stack on most current and some past iPAQs. Other devices would need this profile in order to be compatible with these headphones.
HP iPAQ Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are [...]
Jason Dunn of Pocket PC Thoughts has just written a review of Kingston’s 4GB Compact Flash memory card. He’s quite impressed with the speed. If you’re looking for a huge amount of fast, low-power draw storage, give his review a look.
Please note: since the Dell Axim X30 is an improvement on its predecessor, the Axim X3i, we are only concentrating on what has changed or improved in this new model. To read more about the general features, please check out our review: Dell Axim X3i Pocket PC.WHAT’S HOT
The X30’s greatest attraction, along with its 624 MHz processor and 64MB RAM and ROM, is its integrated 802.11b wireless, Bluetooth, and included Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition operating system. Without these features, you basically have a Dell [...]
DinarSoft has updated HandyLauncher, adding Windows Mobile 2003, Second Edition compatibility and VGA-resolution functionality. In addition, HandyLauncher 3.0 has the following features: * Add shortcuts to programs, documents, images, … anything. * Enable or disable the shortcuts in the menu. * Edit existing shortcuts. * Delete unwanted shortcuts. * Order of the shortcuts the way you like. * Add separator to group shortcuts. * Change the menu title to whatever you want. * You can assign HandyLauncher to a hardware button so you can access from any other application. * [...]
smashcasi has updated Remote Amp with a host of new features, foremost among them is compatibility with iTunes as well as WinAmp. That’s just the start though. Remote Amp has moved beyond controlling a single media player and turned the software into a modular platform that is easily extensible. iTunes integration is the first step in this new direction and there is much more to come.
Remote Amp 2.0 also has the following new features: * Dynamic Drag and Drop Playlist Editing * Smart Media Library Management * Fast, Flexible Searching * Complete EQ Control * Free [...]
The hx4700 has an absolutely stunning 4" Transflective VGA screen. That means that all of the menus, programs, and dialog boxes on the device are shown in brilliant 640 x 480 pixels instead of the usual 320 x 240 that Windows Mobile Pocket PCs had from the very start. Equipped with an Intel PXA270 processor running at 624 MHz and an available 135 MB of storage available to the user, this device is no underdog. As if that weren’t enough, the Bluetooth [...]
A survey of AvantGo users has found that most users will buy a PDA with the same operating system again. It also found 12 features most users would want in an “ideal” PDA.
The survey of 3260 AvantGo users conducted over PDAs and smart phones found that 85% of Pocket PC users and 82% of Palm users would stick with the same operating system they were currently using on their next PDA.
This doesn’t seem surprising to me; I think there would have to be significant improvements (or pretty bad problems) to get most people to give up the familiarity with [...]
Brighthand has published an overview of six VGA Pocket PCs — the Toshiba e800 and e830, ASUS MyPal A730w, Dell Axim X50v, HP iPAQ hx4705 and Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox 720. If you’re considering a VGA Pocket PC, check it out.
Which VGA Pocket PC would you buy? Share your thoughts in the discussion.
The h4100/h4300 Worldwide English WLAN Driver RAM Patch Update V2.0.53A – SP28733 will be released to the HP Support Website within 2-3 days.
This ROM update addresses the following issues: · Switching issues between access points with different index keys · Communication issues with Cisco APs that have Aironet Extensions turned on · Reconnection failures to an AP with WPA enabled · Roaming failures between an open AP and an AP with WPA-PSK enabled
This update is intended for the h4100 and h4300 series Worldwide English SKU ROM version [...]
Kingston has announced 2 GB and 4 GB Compact Flash cards in their Elite Pro line. While they aren’t cheap, they are not as expensive as you might think.
Kingston claims the 2 GB card will work in most devices and has a list price of $219. The 4 GB card has a list price of $500 (comparable to the list price of a 4 GB MicroDrive), but Kingston says that some devices may not be able to “fully utilize” the card. I’m guessing that refers to older devices, but I didn’t see a list of compatible devices.
The cards have read speeds of up to 10 MB [...]
Here’s a nice new sub web area from Microsoft where you can submit ideas for future products as well as vote on things they’re considering developing.
Vote on Existing Project Ideas – pressing the Vote button means you like it. Number 5 sounds good – SMS Sender for PocketPC.
Submit your Idea
Positioning Solutions and Memory-Map formed an alliance to produce Memory Map GPS kits — GPS software and hardware for Pocket PC handhelds, laptops and desktops, guides you while you are traveling off of the beaten path. The software allows you to define a route that you will be traveling and then guides you on your way. You can search for map features (such as rivers and mountains) and even view maps in 3D.
Memory-Map has topographic map coverage for the entire forty-eight continental United States. Information about Memory Map software and GPS products is available at [...]
One of the hottest aspects of the Zodiac is the dual Secure Digital (SD) card slots. Which means, the size of the unit can be kept small while still providing plenty of (optional) space to load up games, music, movies, etc. The screen is also quite amazing.IN THE BOX
Let’s take a look at what comes in the box:
The Tips & Tricks, Quick Start Guide, warranty and [...]
MSDN’s Channel 9 has posted a great video demonstration of the Creative Zen Portable Media Center and the very well designed Portable Media Center interface. The demo also goes over how well the devices integrate with Windows media Player 10.
For the Pocket PC user who isn’t a Registry "wonk," Tweaks2K2.NET provides all the little modifications you’d like to have in an easy to use interface that insulates you from the dangers of direct Registry Editing. Even if you’re a Registry wonk, you’ll find the program’s ease of use to be compelling. [...]
BitStream has just released a major revision of their enhanced browser for Pocket PCs. ThunderHawk 2.0 provides the Pocket PC user with the equivalent of an 800×600 pixel screen by using font and graphics resizing. The resizing is done by a proxy server before the download process so download times are greatly increased. Version 2.0 also provides much faster scrolling than the previous version.
Pepcom in New York City is an attempt to make up for a poorly attended CeBIT conference earlier this year, allowing device manufacturers to showcase their upcoming models for the technical press. Digital Media Thoughs had two of their team members in attendance to take a look at the gadget display. They saw some spectacular new devices, including hp’s to-be-released-any-minute-now hx4700 iPAQ. One of the DMT team, Suhit Gupta, was concerned about the “squishiness” of the screen. However, they might have been viewing a pre-production model. According to Alex Kac, [...]