Lets call it like it is… Apple’s iPod owns the portable digital audio player market. There are lots of different MP3 players out there, but the iPod is the gold standard. It seems like every company out there is trying to knock Apple off the throne, but so far no one has. In fact, Apple’s market share keeps on growing.
If you want to put a new MP3 player on the market how do you [...]
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AN ADAPTER FOR EVERY POWER SOURCE
The Gomadic Road Warrior kit comes with adapters for just about every power source one may come across. It includes a USB cable to use a laptop as a power source, a 100 to 240 volt AC power adapter good for those international trips, a car adapter, and a battery power pack for those low battery emergencies.
Figure 1: From left to right; the USB power cable, the AC power adapter, the car adapter, and the battery powered [...]
There’s a new site that you may want to explore, providing what looks to be a comprehensive library of freeware for your Pocket PC. There’s also a section for Smartphone, found at the top of the site. Check it out.
Gx5, maker of a terrific array of Windows Mobile Wallpapers, has set up a promotion for pocketnow.com readers. The first 20 who click on this link will get to download a pack of his choice. Hurry, this won’t last long!
For those Smartphone users who prefer having their programs listed (figure 2 below) instead of shown in icons, there’s a workaround. Download this zip file, and follow the below instructions:
1. Unzip the file to your desktop. 2. Copy the LNK file to the accessories folder in the WindowsStart Menu folder. 3. Copy the folder “Icon or List View” to “Program Files” on your device.
I personally like having them listed, because it’s quicker to access a program with the number pad, and 10 programs are shown instead of 9.
The Boostaroo is a small audio amplifier/splitter that boosts your signal and allows up to 3 sets of headphones/earphones to jack in and listen. It runs on 2 AA batteries (another version is available that will run from any USB power source). It boosts your audio signal with less than 1% harmonic distortion (according to the product literature). This allows the output audio to be significantly louder than before – up to a 100% gain, again according to the product literature – and/or to split the signal among up to 3 listening [...]
The race continues between PIM applications: DeveloperOne has just fired its latest salvo in the Personal Information Manager (PIM) war with a major upgrade, Agenda Fusion 8. We reviewed the last minor update to Agenda Fusion 7 here. In addition to improving the Windows Mobile 5.0 installation and update process, DeveloperOne has added two hot new functions to Agenda Fusion, a dual alarm feature which lets you set two different reminder alarms for one appointment and the integratin of the call log with the [...]
BetaNews is announcing that Verizon Wireless is shipping the Motorola Q on 31-May-06 on their website, and as early as the beginning of next month in their stores.
The Q combines WM5 for Smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO access, integrated Bluetooth, video playback, and apparently, AKU1 (the article doesn’t mention Microsoft Direct Push).
The Q is supposed to sell for $199 (with a qualifying 2 year agreement and voice/data plans) with an instant $100 credit. Motorola did not announce when the Q will ship on other carriers.
About a year ago, we reviewed the first version of the Neuros MPEG4 Video Recorder. This device, and now the newer version, the MPEG-4 Recorder 2, are easy-to-use analog-to-digital recorders, so that you can capture video from or audio from sources such as a VCR, DVD player, camcorder, casette player, and so on. The new Recorder 2 has been released with some updates and enhancements to the original product and a slightly different focus. How does it stack up to the original? Does it resolve some of the [...]
As Adam Z Lein alluded to in a previous post, the Qtek 8500 is making a few appearances at eBay, selling at exorbitant prices. I recently did a search for the phone, and found four, all of which seem to be showing the phone as running Windows Mobile Pocket PC phone edition. Either this is an inaccurate Photoshop job, or this seller knows something that we don’t. It’s likely to be the former.
For those that have the Cingular 2125 rendition of the HTC Tornado, there’s now a new option to cover your device from JAVOedge. The JAVOSkin case has a soft, rubbery touch, and comes in several colors. Though the case doesn’t seem to protect the screen, it should offer some decent “fall” protection of the corners. The cost is under $20 and is available here.
A pre-release version of the Qtek 8500 Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone based on the HTC Star100/Startrek design has sold on eBay for an astounding $1,710.51. I guess this phone is in pretty high demand. It should be released in June and retail for about $500.
Time for another contest! And this time around, we’ve got an amazing prize pack from Lik-Sang to give away.
First, the rules:
1. You must have a valid account on our forum. And from this valid account, you will need to make a post in this thread (or click the Discussion link) simply stating that you have all the answers.
2. The winner will be randomly chosen from list of posters, and contacted for the correct answers to the questions below. If the answers are incorrect, or if there is no reply within 24 hours, a new contact will be chosen, and the process [...]
Sony announced their version of an ultra mobile PC, the VAIO UX180P. It is not based on Microsoft’s UMPC reference design and has a keyboard. This is the fourth ultra mobile PC design I have found, the other three are the Microsoft UMPC (Samsung Q1, tabletkiosk EO), the OQO, and the DualCor CPC. All of the ultra mobile PCs run the Windows XP Tablet Edition except the Sony, this seems a little strange considering that it includes a touch screen digitizer. For a market segment that is being panned by the analysts, quite a few players are putting their toe in the water. The problem [...]
There are several electronic wallet applications available for the Pocket PC. Previously, I reviewed eWallet Pro 4.1 and FlexWallet 2006 and found both to be great applications. For the final chapter in my trilogy of electronic wallet reviews I present Episode III: CodeWallet Pro 2006. I have previously used CodeWallet back when I had an iPAQ 3970 and was quite happy with it. After the iPAQ I switched over to [...]
Attention all you early adopters: If you’ve been sitting on the fence, waiting for Palm to release the 700p, then you’re in luck. My good buddy Dave Ciccone over at Mobility Today has a way cool video review of Sprint’s Palm 700p.
The 700p is Palm’s latest Treo Smartphone, but with PalmOS, not Windows Mobile. Its got almost all of the same features of the 700w, including EV-DO, Push/AutoSync e-Mail, and an updated version of Versa Mail that includes Contact synching.
The device will come out on Sprint first, and then Verizon Wireless a little later.
The MEDC 2006 conference in the US is now over, the world tour is on going through the summer. I walked into the Venetian on Monday afternoon and did not walk outside until Thursday afternoon. I would say, there were about 2000 attendees and Microsoft did an excellent job of packing the 3 days from 8am to 10pm. Walking through the casino to get the conference center, I saw very few people that looked like MEDC attendees gambling. The 3 days were packed with presentations, instructor led tutorials, and hands on labs mostly targeted at developers, although all the sessions provided some [...]
As many Windows Mobile website readers are aware, there was a recent trademark issue regarding Smartphone homescreen designer Kleinweder’s use of Windows logos, which caused his site to shut down for a few days. Mike Temporale of Smartphone Thoughts gives us a good update on the situation. Here’s his summary of a message from someone at Microsoft:
So here’s the deal.
Someone here mentioned about allowing Klienweder to license the Windows Mobile logo and this is the exact problem. Microsoft does license the logo to Mobile Operators and Device [...]
The VGA screen has had a limited presence in the Pocket PC world. Only a few handhelds ever got the “high resolution” treatment, such as the the Axim X51v and iPAQ hx4700. As Pocket PC phones began to roll out, it was back to QVGA to save on cost and size. Even Smartphones got a bump up to QVGA resolution.
But as cost permits, will there be a return back to VGA screens on Pocket PC phone devices, or is QVGA the ideal resolution that all future Windows Mobile devices (not including those that are square screened) will adhere to? I could see standard screen [...]
Symbol Technologies was a platinum sponsor of the conference, along with HP and Palm. They have been producing rugged hand held scanners and hand held mobile computers for over 30 years. Symbol is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity.
On May 9th Symbol announced the 500,000th purchase of one of their MC9000 mobile computer. The unit was purchased by Coca Cola Enterprises. The MC9000 series runs Windows Mobile 5.0 premium or phone [...]
Great news. Apparently, Samsung is set to release a new flip-type Pocket PC phone one of these days. No news on release date, but judging by their 6 month confidentiality request to the FCC, don’t hold your breath. Interestingly, this device sports 900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS which leads us to believe that Cingular won’t be carrying it-(Cingular usually requires it’s OEM’s to provide 850). Additionally, the i770 has UMTS 2100, whuch means that as of yet, it won’t be able to access America’s various 3G networks. (We use the 850/1900 bands for UMTS/HSDPA).