2007 was a great year for mobile devices. The BlackBerries got more consumer-oriented. The iPhone was released marking for a better user experience interfacing with a mobile device. Windows Mobile and Nokia released some heavy-hitters with mass-market GPS appeal. The Nokia N95 was a hit with a 5 MP camera. So here’s my list of top 10 favorites with mass-market appeal:
1. Apple iPhone–although not a business machine, it’s the first consumer phone that was a hit.
2. HTC Shadow–innovative user interface
3. HTC TyTN II/AT&T Tilt–has [...]
Who would have thought you can have a screen on your keyboard? Soft input panels (SIP) are nothing new in that they would display the keyboard inside a screen a la Windows Mobile and the famous iPhone keyboard. However, Optimus is going to take it up a notch with the Tactus keyboard–a full size keyboard designed on a large touchscreen panel.
According to The Boy Genius Report, the keyboard keys can be configured and changed. This would make it easy to move from a QWERTY to an AZERTY layout or have Final Cut Pro video editing shortcut keys appear when you need them without [...]
According to a piece ran by Engadget Mobile, Shaper Image will be branding some phones. One of which is a branded-AMOI N810 Windows Mobile phone.
The good news here is that although nothing revolutionary is coming from the catalogs of Sharper Image, the company will be selling unlocked phones from about $170 to $500.
Sharper Image will be carrying other phones as well including a clamshell, a slider music phone with playback buttons, and what looks to be a Chocolate-like phone with touch-sensitive buttons.
In part 1, I go over the hardware design of the Motorola Q9 Global and the BlackJack II and declare the BlackJack II a winner in terms of aesthetics. I don’t like how in order to get decent battery life from the Q9, you have to use the massive extended battery that adds a big heft to the device. Is the extended battery needed on the Q9? The answer is yes, especially if you’re using a lot of 3G and GPS – there’s no way the Q9 will make it through the day under these conditions. If you use it just a phone, then the standard battery is [...]
A new way to interact with your device is coming soon courtesy of Point UI. The company has a dedicated webpage with a countdown clock of when the user interface will be launching on There’s No Place Like Home.
The new interface will be available in a little over two days as of this posting. Think of the new interface as the iPhone’s UI with Widgets/Gadgets. From the video (shown above) posted from MobilitySite, it looks like the interface is very consumer friendly and users can interact with the interface in changing their system preferences rather than [...]
Doug Goldring at Just Another Mobile Monday (I hope they give the Bangles — or Prince, who wrote “Just Another Manic Monday” — props for that name) has posted another list of complaints about Windows Mobile with the sky-is-falling title of “Windows Mobile Is Broken”.
Here’s his list of things that need fixing:Better Internet experience More usable Today Screen/Desktop Better built-in applications More finger-friendly interface Better Bluetooth stack Making a phone call should not be this [...]
PDAdb.net is a great resource for anyone looking to reference device specifications on any Windows Mobile device ever made. It looks like they’ve posted their 1000th datasheet, which is an impressive milestone…
PDAdb.net reached a significant milestone on December 27, 2007 – The PDAdb.net team is pleased to announce the availability of 1000th device datasheet in the World’s largest PDA database.
On August 1, 2006 – after two-year data acquisition term and several months of development – PDAdb.net was launched as the World’s [...]
In Part 3 of the video review I focus on the iPAQ’s media capabilities, my gaming impressions, and a couple of bugs I detected after a few weeks of testing.
I was honestly expecting the iPAQ to render seamless video performance thanks to all its specs, but though it’s close, it’s still not perfect. Do expect it to outperform many current WM6 Pro or Standard devices out there, but as I said, I expected more. I can’t honestly say if any other media players could’ve rendered better video, but if there were, I would recommend HP to include any [...]
There is a service called Second Rotation. The service buys your used electronic gadgets after you enter in basic information such as if the manual’s still there and the condition of the item. If you agree, Second Rotation will allow you to print a shipping label. Once they receive the item, they will issue you a check or make a Paypal deposit.
While you can probably get more money on certain items on Ebay or through a direct private party offer on community sites like Craigslist, Second Rotation will help you part ways with items you don’t use. I am not sure what [...]
TiltSite is reporting that from now until the end of the year 2007, Handango is running a sale for a 25% discount off software titles. Let us know what you bought.
The Motorola Q9 Global and Samsung BlackJack II, both found on the AT&T network in the US, are very similar devices: they share the same form factor, similar specifications in terms of processor, memory, and connectivity options, their prices are the same, and heck, they even look similar.
So then the question: which to choose? Starting next week, keep it here for a series of video comparisons that will put both devices head to head in terms of speed, GPS performance, keyboard comfort, and overall functionality. It will be fun.
See also: Specification comparison [...]
According to the::unwired, GIGA-BYTE is releasing the GSmart i350 phone with GPS and a 2.6 inch VGA touchscreen powered by Windows Mobile Professional. The phone will utilize the SiRF III chipset for GPS, a Marvell 520 MHz processor, quad-band GSM/GPRS, WiFi b/g, and Bluetooth 2 along with 64/256 MB RAM/ROM.
The device will be distributed through Brightpoint Italy for 499 Euros and will come bundled with Garmin Mobile XT software for navigation.
It’s been fun working with the Kindle over the last few weeks, and here are some closing thoughts about the device:
1. The unit is completely standalone. A book doesn’t require a computer, so why should the Kindle? No syncing or docking is ever required, which is a refreshing break from a world of iPods. 2. Form factor. The Kindle is easy to hold, and the screen is easy on the eyes. I find it much more comfortable to read with than a regular book. 3. Savings on books. The upfront cost of buying the unit is big, but then you get 50-70% off books [...]
MobilitySite is reporting that Windows SideShow is now available on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. The demo shows SideShow running on a Windows Mobile 6 Standard Motorola Q9 device.
SideShow is the technology that allows basic PIM data, email, and gadgets that are typically on Windows Vista to be viewed on Windows Mobile among other things. SideShow also allows you to control your MP3s and PowerPoint presentation through Windows Mobile.
You can visit Ikanos Consulting for more information or email them for a beta copy. The software will allow you to see [...]
According to Mobilewhack, Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, has filed for a patent on a new keyboard design with angular keys. Supposedly, the angular keyboard design will be used with a physical keyboard as well as an on-screen keyboard.
If this technology makes typing easier, hopefully we’ll see it licensed by a Windows Mobile manufacturer in the near future.
Also, according to Mobilewhack, future Blackberry models will use a horizontal scroller bar on the front that is similar to the LG Shine. I am not sure if this means that RIM will abandon the [...]
Previously, the Asus P550 was available on Vodafone in the UK as the Vodafone v1520. Now, the Asus P550 is made available to Asian consumers according to msmobiles.
The device will sport a large 3.5 inch QVGA screen, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 MP camera, miniSD slot, and a 520 MHz processor from Marvell.
According to a report from Engadget Mobile, Windows Mobile manufacturer HTC is expecting to only receive about seventy (70) percent of its Qualcomm chips in the coming year. HTC is currently the largest Windows Mobile manufacturer currently and the shortage could mean less new models released. HTC is expecting to earn 38.5% less in the first quarter 2008 than the fourth quarter 2007 due to the shortage of Qualcomm chips.
HTC currently uses the Qualcomm multi-module chip to power its smartphone as the Qualcomm chip can handle the radio as well as the processing power for the PDA [...]
WM Experts has a nice comparison video of the different Bluetooth keyboards on the market. WM Experts looked at the iGo Ultra Slim Bluetooth keyboard, the classic Stowaway, and Freedom Input’s Freedom Universal keyboard.
It looks like WM Experts picked the iGo Ultra Slim as the best keyboard on the market today, followed closely by the Freedom Universal. The Freedom Universal has the HID and SPP profiles to connect to both BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. The latest iGo Ultra Slim model is the smallest of the pack, although it does lack a dedicated number [...]
For me, the original BlackJack was as close to the "ideal" of what I want in a Windows Mobile phone than I’ve ever come. Sure it didn’t have GPS, WiFi, or decent battery life (with the standard battery), but it was attractive, thin, snappy in terms of performance, and easy to use from a form factor perspective. I was elated when I heard tell that AT&T would be issuing a successor to the BlackJack, dubbed (fittingly) the BlackJack II. I have high hopes for this device, and what is to follow is a [...]
The new Asus M930W sports a clamshell, dual-screen design that is reminiscent of the Nokia E90 Communicator. Known specs reported by Unwired View include a 520 MHz Marvel processor, WM 6 Professional (although it looks like WM 6 Standard to me), tri-band GSM/EDGE, single band UMTS/HSDPA (no North American love from Asus), 256/238 MB ROM/RAM, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, mini USB 1.1, microSDHC memory card.
Click on to Unwired View to see more shots.
The inside display looks pretty small to me, but the outside looks good. There are dual cameras–one for video [...]
the::unwired is reporting that Vodafone recently cancelled the HTC-manufactured Windows Mobile 940 device in favor of the Samsung i640.
The Samsung i640 is similar to the Samsung i620, which was referred to as the BlackJack Slider on our site previously. The i640 is a Vodafone design with silver trimming.
It will come with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, tri-band GSM/EDGE and single band UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, but no WiFi. There will be a front camera for video calls and a 2 MP camera on the back along with a hidden and sliding QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode. [...]
msmobiles is showing off some photos of the E-TEN Glofiish X800. The X800 is a slim 3G Windows Mobile Professional phone with GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a high resolution VGA display.
According to msmobiles, the GPS is pretty sensitive and works great. It looks like the Glofiish comes with SPB Mobile Shell, which is a great value added software for the device.
In this review, I cover viewing a newspaper with the Kindle, and go over a few experimental features that you can use on the device.
See also: Amazon Kindle Video Review, Part 3 Amazon Kindle Video Review, Part 2 Amazon Kindle Video Review, Part 1 Amazon Kindle in the House: Unboxing Video