If you’re going out to a costume party tonight wearing a Star Trek uniform (and you probably are), don’t forget to dress up your favorite Windows Mobile device as a Star Trek Tricorder. ScaryBear Software has a great little program that makes your phone look and sound like a Tricorder straight out of Star Trek. Yes, it’s been around for 7 or 8 years, but it still works great even on the latest Windows Mobile 6.1 VGA screens. Another cool thing about ScaryBear’s Tricorder software is you can customize the scan results to whatever you want. There are BMP images [...]
While Brandon’s been giving us a great overview of the current incarnation of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 with its slick horizontal slider to reveal a QWERTY, there is now a concept floating around on the internet that would slide vertically instead to reveal what looks to be a SureType-like keyboard. The SureType style keyboard was probably pioneered by Research in Motion to make BlackBerry devices smaller and consumer-friendly. The design utilizes two characters per key and uses a smart algorithm to guess what word you’re trying to type. PhoneMag has not gotten [...]
Within recent years, the wireless industry is slowly switching to a pro-rated early termination fee so that users who are further into their contracts would be less penalized for canceling early. Although late to the game, Sprint has unveiled its pro-rated early termination fee (ETF) schedule. For customers signing up or renewing their contracts on or after November 2, Sprint’s early termination fee is $200 for the first six months. Beginning the seventh month, Sprint will knock off $10 of the $200 for every month thereafter. By the end, if you contract on or before the last [...]
Just a year or two ago, there was a large scale battery recall for laptops and now HP, Toshiba, and Dell are recalling another round of Sony-manufactured batteries for their notebooks. The recall effects about 100,000 batteries that may risk overheating and catching fire. Users who are effected are advised to stop using said batteries immediately. According to InfoWorld:
Of the 100,000 batteries affected, around 35,000 were used in laptops shipped in the U.S. By far the greatest number, about 32,000, were shipped with HP laptops.
The maker said it is recalling batteries [...]
Ok – so there are several variants of the X1 that will be released. We have the X1i, X1a, and maybe an X1c. Each will support different bands so that it’ll work in different areas.
To my utmost surprise, after receiving my X1i, I was getting HSDPA over AT&T here in the US. Last I checked, the X1i only had UMTS 900/1900/2100. Around my area, to get 3G, I need UMTS 850.
So, what’s going on here? Am I getting 3G over the UMTS 1900 band? No, because I never have before with other devices I’ve tested that only had 1900. It turns out that the [...]
Here’s our hardware tour of the T-Mobile G1. I really like the trackball. It seems more accurate than the Blackberries and is very similar to the HTC Artemis’ trackball. Unfortunately the buttons on the front are very flat and difficult to feel for. There’s not much differentiation. Also, the keyboard buttons are difficult to feel for as well.
In our size comparisons, the G1 is quite large, however it does have a large screen, which some may prefer. In terms of feel, there is definitely some plastic creaking, so it will not give you the impression of a high-end [...]
In this video, I cover in detail the X1’s Panel interface.
In summary, the idea behind the panels is in making your Today screen a platform on which programs can run to display rich content. Traditionally, the Windows Mobile Today screen has been a place for static content – next appointment, date, time, new messages, etc. With Panels, you can view multimedia, track RSS feeds, initiate Google services, see the weather, listen to FM radio, and play with fish, right from your Today screen.
So – you may have different panels for different times. [...]
In addition to finger/stylus flicking/scrolling through the tabs and items in the TouchFLO 3D interface of the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro, you can use the D-Pad to navigate through its contents.
Using the Left/Right arrows, you can switch from one tab to the other easily and by using the Up/Down arrows, you can enter navigation inside that certain TouchFLO 3D tab. For instance, pushing the Right button three times takes you to the Mail tab and once you’re there, you can push the Down button to browse through your e-mail messages. D-Pad center acts like the [...]
Turns out that within the documentation that comes with the X1 is a folded black paper that says “X1 Support,” and inside is a card with information on how to get in touch with a real person to ask them phone questions. Inside, it says:
The personal touch: call the X1 support number and your call will be fast tracked directly to one of our specialist teams. This is your mobile manual to go, where you can learn about all of the functions on your X1 and solve any issues you have – an extra helping hand in addition to your operator and retailer [...]
While many are waiting for the new features of Windows Mobile 7, Motorola CEO is saying that there is a stop-over with Windows Mobile 6.5 according to CoolSmartPhone. When asked about how effective Windows Mobile is in competing with the iPhone, Moto is saying: “Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform.” I guess Motorola isn’t going to read Adam’s post anytime soon.
Pocketnow Alum, Derek Snyder, shows a demo of Internet Explorer 6 last spring.
According to Brighthand, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “We recently gave Windows Mobile device makers the final updates to our new browser. It’s now up to our partners to roll out Internet Explorer Mobile 6 on their handsets; we’re expecting some of the first phones with IE6 to be available in Asia and Europe by the end of calendar year 2008, with U.S. offerings to follow.”
This is big news as the current version of Internet Explorer has had little modification [...]
Details are lacking, but Alibaba has a 16GB Touch Diamond listed. Since the current breed of Diamonds are coming with 4GB of storage space, a four times increase would be applauded. We’ll keep an eye on this.
Matthew Miller wrote today on his ZDnet Blog a post called “I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it”. This was in response to all the negative press and general ignorance about the advantages of using Windows Mobile devices.
I don’t see a lot of people standing up and saying they prefer and like using Windows Mobile, but I know there are lots of people out there that do enjoy using this platform and I am one of them. I have read many comments online recently where people are trying to figure out if they want an iPhone or a new BlackBerry, but [...]
The coolest new thing that the T-Mobile G1 is able to show off is the Google Maps Street View with digital compass mode. We’ve never seen anything like this before on any other platform. What this does is allows you to select a location on the map (blue highlights indicate street views that are available), and then load panoramic photographic views of that location. Then when you turn on compass mode, you can physically turn the phone to point in different directions and pan the panoramic photo accordingly. It’s very cool and very impressive.
It’s also [...]
So the Japanese have all the coolest mobile technology. No exception is one of its newest non-smartphone with a pixel density and resolution even higher than the Sony XPERIA X1. The Sharp Aquos Fulltouch looks like the iPhone slider, but it has a 1024 X 480 resolution! Of course it won’t be leaving Japan anytime, but the device does have a 5-megapixel camera and TV tuner to round out its specs. That is one small HD TV.
Source: Engadget Mobile
Did I miss the memo on this? I was pretty sure that Sony Ericsson made the hardware on the XPERIA X1 – but, turns out, it’s HTC, again (phew – they’re everywhere!). Not only does the X1 have the HTC task manager, but it’s listed on PDAdb.net and XDA-Developers as the HTC Venus.
In this video, we cover the hardware of the XPERIA X1.
To start, it’s great to see a mixed use of metal and plastic, which gives the X1 a high quality feel. The unit that I’m using is the X1i, which means that it’s quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and quadband UMTS (850/900/1900/2100). I was able to insert my AT&T SIM card and get HSDPA cellular data.
The X1 has an optical joystick for scrolling, and a traditional D-Pad surrounding the optical area should you prefer to use that. The button panel on the front of the device is lacking a [...]
Seismo is another neat XDA Developers application that takes advantage of the G-Sensor in the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro.
“Seismometers are instruments that measure and record motions of the ground, including those of seismic waves generated by earthquakes, nuclear explosions, and other seismic sources. Records of seismic waves allow seismologists to map the interior of the Earth, and locate and measure the size of these different sources.” (source: Wikipedia)
This application watches for any movement your device is involved in and translates it [...]
The first thing I wanted to do when I got the new T-Mobile G1 Android Google Phone was turn it on. It shows a few nice animated tutorial screens that show you how to use your finger to scroll through things and access the notifications window shade. This is definitely good because those user interface elements are not as discoverable as they should be.
Next you’re forced to either sign in with a Gmail account or create a new one. Since I do have an unused Gmail account already, I tried to sign in. It gave me the error shown below. I tried again and again and again. [...]
After much leaks, delays, and some anticipation, iPhone users are finally beginning to get a text message from AT&T about how to hop onto the carrier’s WiFi networks for free, including WiFi at Starbucks location. Seen as a goodwill gesture to some, the reality is that AT&T probably wants iPhone users to get off the mobile data network, which is more costly, and move them onto WiFi whenever available. Complete instructions can be found on the AT&T WiFi page:
iPhone users, get started with Wi-Fi
-Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your [...]
Reports from the::unwired indicates that Microsoft will release Live Mesh later this week. Live Mesh is similar to Apple’s Mobile Me in that it moves various computing elements into the cloud and should complement Office Web nicely.
Live Mesh will enable users to synchronize files between their PCs, Windows Mobile devices, and Macs, giving them access to a virtual drive. You can share and view files on the device or on the web through a web interface. In addition, Live Mesh will also give you access to your desktop, like a remote PC access would.
While Live Mesh [...]
I’ve always been a fan of the REDFLY and the scrapped Palm Folio–an easy to use laptop replacement that connects to your handheld device for its power and prowess. This way, it won’t be as costly to replace if it was lost, stolen, or damaged. However, with the netbook market, things changed. HP has finally announced the HP Mini 1000–joining in with the Mini Note 2133. The new 1000 series has a 10.2-inch 1024 X 600 display featuring a 92% keyboard and weighs less than 2 pounds according to DigiTimes. The basic model starts at $379, which should be available early [...]
Aside from the dull, non-spunky name of the handset, the Samsung GT-C6620 aims to replace the BlackJack and BlackJack II for the hip and yuppy crowd. Gone is the stale black look of the BlackJack and in is a new finish with two-tones. Nothing really extraordinary to report about the touchscreen-less Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard headset, which should feature a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and microSD according to CoolSmartPhone. There is also a custom user interface that Samsung had created.