Well actually, the Velocity Mobile 103 (pictured left, below) came first, though I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks similar to the HTC Diamond. And they’re quite alike in the specs department, too: they’re the same height, have a 2.8″ VGA screen, WiFi, GPS, and have the same CPU type (though clock speed on the Velocity 103 is unknown). The Velocity 103 is 4mm thicker, probably because it has a 1450mAh battery, versus 900mAh on the Diamond.
See also: Spec comparison chart Velocity Mobile website
Those following Research in Motion’s upcoming device know that RIM is working on a next-generation touchscreen BlackBerry. Initially, those onlookers have speculated this to be RIM’s strategy to compete with the iPhone, especially in the prosumer space and as the iPhone will be entering the corporate space with Exchange ActiveSync licensing from Microsoft. However, a closer look reveals the BlackBerry to have a touchscreen and sliding QWERTY keyboard, not unlike the HTC TyTN II.
Is the new sliding BlackBerry featured on RIMarkable aimed at the iPhone, or is this [...]
Apparently Samsung jumped the gun in its press release, leading to much speculation and misinformation. The press release that was obtained originally by Engadget Mobile had made mention of an “Safari browser (full browsing)” as a feature, causing many to believe that Samsung and Apple may have ported the Safari WebKit browser and not just any variant of the WebKit standard.
However, Engadget Mobile did receive confirmation and clarification from Samsung that the browser is not a porting of Safari, similar to those on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Instead, Samsung [...]
Gizmodo got an exclusive first look at Dell’s entry into the sub-notebook category for ultraportables. The miniaturized laptop will presumably support some flavor of Windows or Linux and is dubbed the Dell Mini Inspiron for now.
Dell’s entry marks a maturing, yet crowded space that is being occupied by the popular Eee PC manufactured by Asus and the recent sturdy entry of the HP Mini-Note 2133.
The Mini Inspiron brings a sporty red look compared to the consumer white look of the Eee PCor the professional metal finish of the HP 2133.
Have you been to our YouTube Channel? It has turned into a great compilation of tricks, tips, unboxings, reviews, and comparisons, and to date, we’ve posted 111 videos.
Here’s a little roundup of the most popular videos we’ve posted, and if you want to keep abreast of new videos that we add, be sure to subscribe to the channel.
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Only Vaja is crazy enough to sell $100 cases. There are obviously plenty of people in the world, probably self-proclaimed leather connoisseurs, that are willing to pay Vaja prices for Vaja cases. And who can blame them? Your phone is part of your life, so why shouldn’t it be protected in high-aroma, high-quality leather? Let’s take a close look at Vaja’s latest case for the Motorola Q9h.WHAT’S HOT
Vaja doesn’t just offer one or two cases for the Q9h. [...]
Mobile travelers should be accustomed to TSA screening procedures at many US and international airports: remove shoes, liquid contents in a clear bag, and laptop outside of its bag in its own tray for screening. However, Gizmodo is reporting that TSA will be working with laptop case manufacturers to design TSA-approved cases.
However, the practicality of such bags is questionable. According to Gizmodo, TSA is only releasing the specs requirements to manufacturers. Current prototypes show a clamshell design with one compartment for the laptop so that it may lay flat, unobstructed [...]
Gizmodo is showing off Sony’s new GPS add-on for its PSP system. The new GPS module plugs in neatly to the PlayStation Portable along with software that can be stored on a Memory Stick or UMD for access to maps.
The maps look like the new 3D maps from iGo 8, with 3D building renderings and realistic terrains.
It is also rumored that Sony is working on a keyboard add-on that will plug into the bottom of the device. The keyboard will also serve a dual purpose as a screen cover while the device is not in use.
The Android Community website has posted some new live images and videos of the latest version of the Android operating system. Android seems to change it’s user interface drastically from build to build, but this one finally has something impressive to show, albeit potentially not very useful in real life.
This device supports an internal compass that you can use with Google’s Street View on maps. Pointing the device in a different direction will rotate the street view map photos accordingly and show you the chosen location’s image perspective from [...]
The XV6900 isn’t a typical Windows Mobile Professional phone. It adds several enhancements to make touch-operation a bit easier, or, shall we say, more like the iPhone.
Those that have been spoiled by the fantastic flick-scrolling of the iPhone will find that of the XV6900 to be just mediocre. It’s not terribly accurate, it doesn’t move fast enough, and the sensitivity could be better (though sensitivity has to do with the type of touchscreen). You can use the flick scrolling in several places: contacts, calendar, PIE, photo/video gallery, messaging, [...]
After looking at the new picture of the landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY from the new HTC Raphael that will be released in tri-band flavor for T-Mobile Europe, I am hopeful that HTC may soon be supporting keyboard shortcuts. There is a “Ctrl” key on the keyboard’s lower left corner.
Here’s to hoping for simplified keyboard commands! Get your Ctrl C, Ctrl V groove on!
Engadget Mobile is reporting that the HTC Raphael, successor to the HTC TyTN II/AT&T Tilt is coming to Europe to T-Mobile. The phone features a sliding QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode with design features taking inspiration from the recently announced HTC Diamond.
The HTC Raphael will feature an FM radio, HSDPA for fast data access, VGA touchscreen, 256 MB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and a 3 megapixel camera. The downside is that it is tri-band GSM, meaning that in its current rendition, a US release of this GSM version will not be likely as it doesn’t feature US [...]
It looks like the iPhone isn’t going to be the only phone in town with some Mobile Safari love. The Webkit-browser is hopping platforms to Symbian S60 courtesy of the new Samsung L870 slider phone that is reminiscent of the Nokia N95.
The Samsung L870 rounds out the specs with a 2.4″ QVGA display, S60 operating system based on Symbian, 3 megapixel camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, microSD expansion, and tri-band GSM and single band HSDPA. This means that there won’t be a North American version, unless a separate version is built with North American frequencies. [...]
The default Windows Mobile Smartphone/Standard Home screen is boring; it’s hardly customizable, it’s not attractive, and it doesn’t take advantage of the screen space. SBSH Facade seems to be the remedy, and we recently gave it the pocketnow.com Editors’ Choice Award. Want a free copy? Read on to see how…
Backup is backup, right? Can there really be much difference from one application to another? Earlier reviews of Sprite Backup and Resco Backup provide a look at these applications individually, but how do they stack up head-to-head? Let’s take a look at them together and see if one stands out over the other.
The number one question about any backup application is whether it will create a dependable backup that will provide recovery from a disaster. Both Sprite and Resco are [...]
According to Engadget Mobile, AT&T is near completion of upgrading its HSPA network. Previously and currently, the fastest 3G standard in AT&T’s footprint is HSDPA, which allows for fast download of data. AT&T is six markets away from completing the upgrade to HSUPA for fast upload.
This means that HSUPA will be available in 275 markets with another 75 markets to get fast data access by the end of the year.
AT&T has committed to LTE as its fourth generation wireless standard as an evolution to the 3G HSPA protocol.
The Boy Genius Report published some new specs for the Tro 850, which may change again upon release. However, as it is, the unit looks nice:
-14 mm in thickness, width 60 mm and length 113 mm -GSM, EDGE and UMTS HSDPA 3.6 -aGPS -Wi-FI b/g -320×320 screen, touch panel -micro-SD slot under the battery -2 MP camera -1500 mAh battery -A micro-USB connector for both power and sync -Bluetooth 2.0 EDR + A2DP, 256 MB NAND-Flash (> 175 MB for user), 32 MB SDRAM -Windows Mobile Pro 6.1
Before, it was rumored that the unit will have 100 MB RAM.
A live photo from [...]
We’ve seen Windows Mobile Standard get quite a significant upgrade in version 6.1, while Windows Mobile Pro only gained a few minor enhancements. The leaked Windows Mobile 7 screenshots seem to indicate the new OS will be primarily based on Windows Mobile Standard. Fans of Windows Mobile Pro’s flexibility and power may have some concerns about this.
As seen in this post 4 years ago, we know that Microsoft had been working on a Today Screen type interface as well as an interface for phone enabled devices for Windows Longhorn. Those prototype designs never made it to a [...]
According to Reuters and others:
Microsoft Corp expects global unit sales of its Windows Mobile software for cellphones to grow at least 50 percent per year in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 as demand for smartphones rises rapidly.
“Fifty percent growth is the minimum,” Eddie Wu, the software company’s managing director of OEM embedded devices Asia, told Reuters on the sidelines of a news conference on Tuesday.
He said Microsoft expects to sell 20 million units in its 2007/2008 fiscal year ending in June, and expects to grow at least 50 percent [...]
Are you taking advantage of your Windows Mobile phone’s ability to do Push Email? Instead of having ActiveSync reach out to “pull” your email every 30 minutes or hour, why not have your email (and contacts/calendar, in some cases) “pushed” to your phone instantly, as soon as there are changes? This way, there is no lag in getting new mail, and you can save battery life by not having your phone begin an ActiveSync session when there may not be new mail.
There are a lot of solutions if you want Push Email on your device, many of which are free or [...]
For some, HTC’s recent release of the new Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade has caused more problems than it solves. One of the bugs in the new ROM is with the TouchFLO feature. The problem is that when you put your finger on the screen and drag, it actually performs both the scrolling function and activates the thing that you put your finger on. So, you might get both some scrolling and a context-sensitive menu. Or an application might launch unintentionally.
This is due to a registry setting that has increased the TouchFLO sensitivity so that you don’t have to press [...]
In this video, we cover the software included on the Verizon VX6900. The phone comes with the HTC Home plugin, which puts important functions on the Today screen. It also includes the HTC Task Manager, which allows the user to specify the function of the close button, plus keep an eye on how much program memory is being used by open applications. In addition, we have Microsoft Office Mobile 2007, an application to view PDFs, and a few others.
In the next video, we’ll take a look at the many “touch” enhancements made to the XV6900, such as TouchFLO and [...]
Having weather information at your fingertips allows you to make or alter decisions such as whether you should bring an umbrella, what to wear, and what to plan…in real time. In addition to mobile weather web sites, basic weather forecast information has found its way into many Windows Mobile applications like Windows Live Search. There are several weather-centric applications which provide more in-depth weather data for the meteorologist in all of us. SBSH Mobile Software has recently released [...]