The Smartphone version of Windows Mobile always came with profile functionality, while the Pocket PC version did not. Profiles let you change several characteristics of your device based on your environment. For example, if you’re in a meeting, you can set your profile to “Meeting” and all of your notifications will be switched to vibrate, or vibrant then ring…whatever you prefer.
SBSH has released a profile program for Pocket PC called PhoneWeaver. It’s got some added functionality, such as the ability to program 100 profiles and have the [...]
Let’s talk more about hardware today.
As seen in the top image, the S710, with the keyboard fully extended, fits into the palm of my hand (and I’ve got small hands). It’s really amazing how far we’ve come in getting our electronics to be so small. Both keypads are backlit blue, and turn on in low light conditions. The keyboard has a minimal amount of buttons, fewer than does the HTC Hermes/Wizard, to save space.
On the bottom right there are two rubber covers: one for the MicroSD slot, and one for the mini USB power port connector. It’s [...]
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We mentioned skinit.com in our “Best of the rest” article from the CTIA show. At the show we met with company officials and were impressed with their product and operation. Skinit.com provides high-quality skins with many of the most popular licensed characters and franchises around. In addition to [...]
AT A GLANCE(all images link to higher resolution)
Secured by a loop of Griffin branded elastic, the California Roll looks more like a uniquely designed wallet than a case. It will fit most mp3 players of iPod size and shape.
The outside of the California Roll is trimmed with a canvas around a slightly textured and plastic coated material. The only description I can think of is a fine mesh of fish scales. Rather fitting considering the product [...]
Looks like someone over at HoFo managed to accidentally upload what appears to be the new WM6 ROM (full, not beta) for the Dash.
If you’re interested, and can’t wait until Friday, the rapidshare link can be found somewhere on this page.
Scott introduced a new line of products this week, and is giving a 25% off these new SeV items – but only until April 29th! Items include Performance Polos, Pullovers, and T-Shirts.
You can check out the new line here.
It’s funny: I show this phone to a few friends, and they’re not entirely impressed until I slide out the keyboard. The Vox is probably the smallest device out there with a sliding keyboard, so it definitely gets people’s attention.
My first thought upon unsheathing the device was that the screen was large. To be exact, it’s 2.4″, which is .2″ larger than your average candy-bar WM phone, and .1″ larger than the Samsung BlackJack. The screen takes up about 2/3 of the front of the device, which is good, because when you slide open the [...]
The trend for Bluetooth headsets is to miniaturizes them while adding functionality, increasing battery life and improving sound quality. In addition I would like the designs to be less obtrusive and more comfortable to wear. BlueAnt Wireless has recently released the T8 micro Bluetooth headset which follows their successful X3 micro Bluetooth headset we reviewed here. Let’s see how well it performs!
This afternoon the UPS delivery man greeted me with a shiny new HTC Vox S710, sent to me by Smart Mobile Gadgets, a great place to buy some of the newest Windows Mobile devices that are available, such as the HTC Advantage X7500, Herald P4350, and of course the Vox S710. They’ve got great customer service, VERY fast shipping, and good prices. So give them a visit and check out their selection.
The S710 Vox has two firsts: it’s the first Windows Mobile 6 device on the market, and it’s also the first Smartphone (or “Standard”) device that has a [...]
As reported by Phonescoop, the successor to T-Mobile USA’s MDA Pocket PC Phone has been revealed on the FCC website. The new device has been rumored to be called the T-Mobile Wing, however there are other rumors that this will change. At any rate, the new device is similar to the HTC Herald in it’s thinner body, sliding keyboard, GSM/EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2Mp camera, and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. According to the documentation, it looks like it may be available in either all black or a blue color.
Other rumors are saying that this MDA replacement will be [...]
As with many of the core applications shipped with Windows Mobile, the Phone application only provides a basic set of functions. The power of Windows Mobile lies in the Application Programming Interface (API) which allows third party developers to innovate. To date the developers have addressed the different short comings of the default Phone application with separate applications for picture dialing, call filtering, ring tone selection, selectable sound profile, etc. In a follow on to its successful Pocket [...]
This is an interesting turn of events. RIM, maker of the BlackBerry platform, has annouced that they’ll be issuing software that will integrate BlackBerry functionality into Windows Mobile 6 devices. The press release touts the following: “The added benefit of BlackBerry applications, such as email, phone, text messaging, browser, instant messaging and organizer with a consistent user interface and messaging experience.”
What’s happening here is that BlackBerry no longer has a stronghold on the QWERTY phone market. New products that run Windows Mobile [...]
Over at Engadget, they publish a column called “Switched On,” written by Ross Rubin.
This weeks column was about Windows Mobile. You can read the whole column here, but in summary, he finds that the newest version of Windows Mobile, version 6, needs to be “more Mobile,” and that Microsoft should impose minimum hardware specifications on OEMs to avoid slow devices being released. He also mentioned the iPhone in comparison to Windows Mobile in that it has “fluidity (regarding productivity) and media prowess.”
I didn’t think it was possible to spend over six minutes showing off the exterior of a WM device, and this video proves me wrong. Something of note is that the Vox S710 has a screen slightly larger than that of, say, the Samsung i607 BlackJack (larger by .1″).
AT A GLANCE(all images link to higher resolution)
At 3.75"L X 0.15"H X 2.25"W, the Kensington Vo200 is about the same size and shape as your average PCMCIA card (okay, so about a half-inch longer, but we’ll get to that later), and quite light weight. As mentioned in the introduction, it is thin, light, and surprisingly flexible, thus giving it a much better chance of surviving heavy use.
What’s in the [...]
Yes, it’s true. The successor to the T-Mobile MDA will be the HTC Atlas, a WM 6 Pro device that reminds of the HTC Wizard in form factor, yet is a bit thinner (17mm versus 24mm). The T-Mobile Wing packs a 201MHz OMAP processor, WiFi, QVGA screen, Bluetooth 2.0 and no 3G. Look for it May 21st on the T-Mobile network. Thanks to MyMobile911 for the video.
This concept makes sense. Finding an iPod dock with speakers these days is easy to come by. As our cell phone’s become a device onto which we download music, why shouldn’t cell phone speaker docks be as prevelent? Engadget is reporting that Jabra and Klipsch, two big names in mobile communication and sound, have come out with a portable, 3.7lb speaker device called the S5010 that pumps out 30 watts of sound, and includes a range of connectors for a variety of phones. The device will retail for about $150, and should be available soon.
There has been recent activity on message boards speculating that May 4th could be the day that T-Mobile will drop the WM6 ROM upgrade for the T-Mobile Dash…
Although unconfirmed, it is hot on the heels of the HTC Europe announcement, so is not unexpected.
Anyone out there able to confirm/deny this rumor?
i-mate was showing their new Ultimate line of Windows Mobile handsets and UBiQUiO had the 503G on display, but that was about it for exciting new Windows Mobile devices. It would have been great to see some more major hardware announcements of new devices running Windows Mobile 6. Alas, it was not meant to be. That being said, there [...]
According to msmobiles: HTC is offering WM6 upgrades for the most popular devices in its current range. This includes recently launched “messaging” products, which will enjoy the greatest benefits of Windows Mobile 6, such as the HTC Advantage, the HTC TyTN, the HTC S620, and the HTC P4350. The upgrade will also be available for the award-winning HTC P3300, plus some of our operator-branded devices. The upgrades will be rolled out from June, in line with our operator partners’ strategies.
If you own one of the HTC devices listed above, the upgrade to WM 6 [...]
C/NET Asia reports that Dopod (an Eastern hemisphere rebrander/distributor of HTC made devices) is planning an update to their version of the popular Dash/S620/Excalibur (they call their Excalibur the C720W), and will be calling it the C730.
Actually, to be fair, T-Mobile themselves probably won’t release this one, since it contains the Cingular version of the 3G radio, at least according to initial (prototype) reviews.
Codenamed the Cavalier, this beauty features an integrated Qualcomm/Samsung 3G chipset at 400Mhz (the one that has GPS capability, although it [...]
There’s a new program called Palringo. It’s an instant messaging application for Windows Mobile that integrates voice, text, and images, along with contact status. You can think about it like Nextel’s walkie talky feature (which tells you when someone is available to talk, etc), with some added features. You can sign up for the beta at the website. We haven’t tested it yet, so if you download the program, tell us what you think!
Keyspan, makers of the TuneView iPod Remote, have released a new firmware update today for said device. The update increases scrolling speed, adds an ability to jump to a specified first letter within a large list (e.g. in a collection of 8,000 songs jump directly to those starting with “L”), and improves overall wake-from-sleep performance.
You can read the full press release here.
Not familiar with the TuneView? Check out our exciting review here.