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Monday, May 11, 2009 Reviews the HTC Touch Diamond2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 03:00 PM

"When a product proves to be a success, it´s fairly logical it sooner or later gets a successor. As it name suggests, the HTC Touch Diamond2 comes out to lend some more color to the otherwise nice, but aging model that was released last year. Hitting the shelves less than a year after its predecessor first appeared, the new smart phone doesn´t feature any ground-breaking novelties, but rather picks us where the previous model left off improving on blunders HTC made with the predecessor. It seems the model has gotten a bit fatter, but it sports larger screen, more powerful battery and system memory and has got an expansion slot." always has extremely detailed reviews, and this one is no exception: they take a really detailed look at the HTC Touch Diamond2 [Affiliate]. Their verdict? It's a bit of a mixed bag - they don't like the new "boring" look compared to the design of the first-gen Touch Diamond, and say it's difficult to see the screen in direct sunlight. That's a legitimate complaint, but I've yet to see a Windows Mobile device with a screen that's sunlight-friendly. Even OLED screens aren't sunlight friendly. Those minor complaints aside, gives the Touch Diamond2 a 9/10 rating and it looks like it's ready for Windows Mobile 6.5 when it comes out later this year.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HTC Touch Diamond2 Unboxing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 09:30 AM

"Yesterday I managed to get my hands on a pre-release version of the Diamond2 which I'm going to use to start off my review of the handset. This pre-release unit is final hardware but there will be a few more tweaks to the ROM before the final version goes on sale in the next few days. I've had the Diamond2 for less than 24 hours so far and I have to say that I like what I see. I'm happy that the back is now flat rather than angular like the original Diamond and despite the larger screen, larger battery and the inclusion of the MicroSD card socket HTC have managed to keep the overall size and weight down so that it's not much bigger or heavier than the Diamond and still retains the slim-appeal."

Salivating over the forthcoming HTC Touch Diamond2? Then you'll enjoy this 18 minute long video that goes into great detail on this new device. I was shocked to see how quickly it booted up - evidently HTC has figured out a fairly major optimization here since it's still Windows Mobile 6.1, not 6.5. All in all, looks like a nice device - especially that screen resolution. Our affiliate partner Expansys is selling the Diamond2, Euro/Asia 3G frequencies, for $574.99 USD.

Monday, April 6, 2009

T-Mobile Roadmap Leaked

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

TmoNews has uncovered some release dates for a number of Windows Mobile phones on the US T-Mobile network. It looks like the HTC Snap will be available around July 1 and the Wing II, better known as the HTC Touch Pro 2, will be available around July 22. HTC has said that the Touch Pro 2 will have an upgrade made available to WinMo 6.5 later this year. I hope T-Mobile passes that upgrade along.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sprite Mobile Over The Air Backup

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:00 AM

"Virtual Mobile is an online service allowing you to backup and control your whole mobile life. It allows you to securely remote control your mobile device and its data from any computer with an Internet connection. Virtual Mobile is a combination of all our award winning software. Secure your mobile device online with our new integrated Backup, Device Management and Security solution."

This is from the team that does Sprite Backup, but now it is online. Features include:

  • Backup and manage your contacts, calendar, sms, photos, calendar and call history securely online.
  • Control up to four phones from one VM account.
  • Restore or Migrate your data across your phones.
  • Remote Mobile Device Security like Remote Lock and Wipe
  • Management of phone content / functions online

The beta is free, though I am sure there will ultimately be a cost. It supports Windows Mobile 5 and 6.x. If you are interested in trying it out, head over and sign up.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dell Smartphone Rejected By Carriers As Too Dull

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 PM

"After signaling its intent to follow Apple's wildly successful iPhone into the smartphone business, Dell's first attempts to produce a phone have been rejected by the carries for being too dull and lacking enough differentiation to stand out in a competitive environment, according to a report."

Ouch. Apparently the design could run either Windows Mobile or Google's Android platform. It failed to get any interest though. The research report suggests carriers either want the basic phone that is inexpensive or a Wow! device to compete with high end phones like the iPhone or G1. I suspect Dell did something that would have been loved by IT managers, but not consumers. Maybe they should let their AlienWare division have a crack at it.

Tags: dell, cell phone, dull

Friday, March 13, 2009

Unboxing & First Impressions of the Pantech Matrix Pro

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 06:00 AM

This is my unboxing and first impressions of the Pantech Matrix Pro, a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone offered by AT&T for $179 USD on a two-year contract.

This phone has the distinctive feature of having two keyboards (12 key and QWERTY), both hidden away via a slider. It weighs 4.3 ounces, has a 2.4 inch display at 240 x 320, comes with 256 MB of ROM, and 128 MB of RAM. It also features a microSDHC card slot for expandability up to 32 GB. It's a GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA phone, functioning on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 850/1900/2100 MHz for 3G data. The battery is 1320 mAh, giving 3 hours of talk time and 10.4 days of stand-by time.

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his son, and his sometimes obedient dog. He quite liked the Pantech Matrix Pro and used it as his primary phone for a few months.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Expansys Accepting Pre-Orders for HTC Touch Diamond 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Events" @ 12:28 PM

Our affiliate partner Expansys is expecting the HTC Touch Diamond 2 to arrive on April 13th, around a month from now, and the price is $574.99 USD. This is the European/Asian 3G version, so if you want 3G in North America, you'll want to wait for the North American version. If you're in Europe/Asia, or don't need 3G speeds, this is the one to get - and, as always with our affiliate store, your purchases help us pay for our server - so thank you!

Travelling with Pharos: A Review of the Traveler 117

Posted by Don Tolson in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: 3.5G GPS PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Pharos USA
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $479.99 USD
System Requirements: Runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Specifications: Qualcom MSM7201-90 processor running @ 400Mhz, 128M of RAM, 256M of ROM, 2.8in VGA TFT screen w/LED lighting, Quad band GSM/GPRS, triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2Mb/s, 2.0 megapixel rear camera + 0.3 megapixel front camera for video calls, 802.11b/g, GPS, USB 2.0, BT2.0+EDR, microSD slot w/SDHC compatibility, stereo audio and TV out via 2.5mm jack. 1410mAh Li-Ion replaceable battery. Weight is 136g (4.8oz) with battery. Dimensions: 113m (4.4in) x 58mm (2.3in) x 15mm (0.6in) Full specifications are available here.

  • Beautiful, crisp, clear VGA screen;
  • Great battery life;
  • Standard 2.5mm headphone jack, which also doubles as TVOut.
  • Stylus is too small to be usable;
  • Trackball needs to be more precise/consistent in action;
  • SD card access is difficult and cover could break with use;
  • 2 megapixel, fixed focus camera is not up to current expectations.


The Traveler series is a new lineup of GPS-enabled 3.5G smartphones from Pharos, makers of the Ostia navigation software. Pharos has very kindly provided us with units to review the entire new lineup, so you'll be seeing the rest of the family over the next few months. Based on the numbering, you might think of the Traveler 117 as the entry unit to the series, but it includes an impressive array of features and a very sleek, professional design. What surprised me the most was the VGA screen and the substitution of a trackball for the 5-way navigation D-Pad!


Monday, March 9, 2009

Steal of a Deal - Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

"Tired of running out of juice when you're on the run? The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800 is a rechargeable portable battery pack that supplies power to phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, and other mobile devices. The charger comes with seven adapter tips for use with most kinds of mobile phones, but you can also use the USB cable that came with your iPod, Zune, or other device. In other words, it's almost universally compatible, provided that your gizmo can be charged via USB."

I think I'm going to order one of these as is should cover my iPod, Zune, and phone. The normal price is $44.95, but right now Amazon has them for $28.99 $39.27 (they hiked the price!). [Affiliate] Unfortunately there is a couple of week backlog on their supply, so it will be a bit before I can share my thoughts. Anyone out there already have one of these?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Smartphones As Complex As Netbooks?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 11:00 AM

"It never occurred to me to examine the integrated circuit footprint inside a smartphone and a netbook, but that’s what EE Times does. Their example above shows rising complexity in smartphones as costs of traditional computing decrease. In a sense, we've seen this trend for the past few years, but I'd equate it to more capable smartphones approaching acceptable and usable levels of computing."

Kevin Tofel at jkOnTheRun has an interesting analysis of an EE Times article that compares a netbook to a smartphone in terms of component content and cost. The two platforms are closer than you might have realized

Tags: cell phone

Monday, February 23, 2009

Top Secret Phone Stolen At Mobile World Congress

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 PM,00.html

"A MOBILE phone loaded with top-secret software given to Telstra boss Sol Trujillo has apparently been stolen by a pickpocket. The new-generation software was on a phone given to Mr Trujillo in Barcelona, Spain this week at the World Mobile Congress - a haven for pickpockets."

What I've found most interesting about this saga is, according to some other sites, MS was able to send a command to not only wipe the data (something available since Windows Mobile 5), but it also wiped the ROM, removing the top secret operating system on the device.

Tags: cell phone

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Engadget Hands-On Video with HTC Touch Diamond 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 03:10 PM

"While HTC's press didn't deliver on our Android dreams -- or electric sheep -- it did land us the new Touch Diamond2. First off, this set is a stunner, build quality and feel in your hand is really a quality affair. The material choices in both metal and plastics used here are really first rate -- we gush because we're rather impressed."

Ah, those lucky Engadget guys! They got their mitts on the new Touch Diamond2 we posted about on Monday. One-man trade-show camera work is tricky, so unfortunately much of the video of what's happening on the screen of the Touch Diamond2 is blurry - but you still get a good feel for the size of the device and the responsiveness of the user interface. And speaking of size, the original Touch Diamond was 11.3 mm thick, while this new one is 13.7mm thick - 2mm doesn't sound like a lot, but combined with the 0.25 inches of extra length and the two-tone body, the Touch Diamond2 looks thicker in the hand than the orignal unit. Getting the boost in resolution, and a microSD card slot, is probably worth it though.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

PalmOS 5 Died In 2005 - Life Support Removed In 2009

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 05:00 AM

"There will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm (excepting the Centro getting released on other carriers). They're focused on webOS and Windows Mobile."


As predicted back in 2005, Palm continued to tweak OS 5.x until it was untweakable and they did launch a Windows Mobile line of devices, something they will continue to do for some time. I missed the projection on a new OS. I figured it would be out by 2007 or 2008. It will be 2009 at the earliest. Palm has finally pulled the life support off of the platform, allowing it to peacefully drift of and rest in peace.

The PreCentral article linked to has additional tidbits from the Palm CEO on the forthcoming Pre device, litigation with Apple and a few other items.

Tags: cell phone

Monday, February 9, 2009

Google Sync For Your Windows Mobile Phone

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:00 PM

"One of the hardest parts about switching phones is getting your address book and calendar to your new device. We're making that process a little easier by releasing a beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones as well as a contacts-only version for phones that support SyncML."

Google has just added what appears to be Exchange Sync functionality to your Windows Mobile phone. The iPhone, Blackberry and Sybmian is also supported. It supports contacts and appointments, but not email and tasks. If I had to bet, I'd say push email is just around the corner. I've not tried this out yet as I already have an Exchange account, but for those of you that don't, this could be what you've been waiting for. As is usual for Google, this is free, at least for now. There is a brief video at the Google blog explaining the service.

Tags: cell phone

Goodbye Windows Mobile, Hello Windows Phone?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:00 AM

"Microsoft, which is planning to unveil its Windows Mobile 6.5 platform at the Mobile World Congress soon, has decided that, going forward, Windows Mobile-based handsets will be promoted simply as Windows phones without specifying an OS version number, according to market sources in Taiwan."

This certainly isn't the first time Microsoft has renamed their mobile device platform. Here is a list of names it has gone by over the years, and since I am doing this from memory, I may have missed a few. Feel free to add those I skip into the discussion thread. I am only including those based on Windows CE. I know MS had other efforts before that, but let's ignore those.

  • Handheld PC - first device based on Windows CE
  • Palm-sized PC - the first PDA style device. Actually called Palm PC until the real Palm sued that name out of existence.
  • Pocket PC - first successful device running Windows CE.
  • SmartPhone - non-touchscreen device
  • Windows Mobile added to the name.
  • Pocket PC and SmartPhone dropped. Now known as Windows Mobile Professional and Windows Mobile Standard. Windows Mobile Classic was the name for non-phone devices
  • Windows Phone (rumored)

If this rumor is true, something we may find out next week at Windows Mobile Congress, we'll see how long it lasts. I have never seen Microsoft rename a product so many times, much less in just twelve years.

Tags: cell phone

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Slashgear Gets Hands-On With New Toshiba TG01

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:21 PM

"Toshiba only brought along two working TG01 prototypes to the London launch of the Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone today, but SlashGear managed to get some in-use shots of the handset in action. The company is betting on consumers prioritising style, screen size and multimedia ability above all else, and while their claims to have created a "new category of product" can be dismissed as the usual marketing hyperbole, the Toshiba TG01 itself looks to be a very interesting device."

The lucky folks over at Slashgear got to spend some hands-on time with the new Toshiba TG01. While I'm more of a Windows Mobile Standard QWERTY keyboard device kind of guy, I'm quite excited by this device because it manages to pack the fastest (on paper at least) CPU we've seen into a device that's thinner than any other Windows Mobile device I'm aware of. Combine that with a killer screen, and you could have a winning device. Be sure to check out the gaming post with the videos as well.

...OK, I was trying to resist saying anything, but I just can't. Whomever is holding that device simply does not have a future as a hand model. ;-)

Google Tasks Now Available Via Phone Browser

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:00 AM

"A couple months ago, Tasks launched in Gmail Labs. Tasks lets you easily create and manage to-do lists right in Gmail. Now, you can access and manage your task lists from your phone, too. Just go to in your mobile browser and log in."

For many Windows Mobile users this won't be of much use. As of right now, there is no way to sync your tasks to your phone, or Outlook for that matter - at lest not without jumping through hoops. I've seen articles that will let you sync Google tasks with Toodledo and then sync them with Outlook, but that seems like too much work. You'd have to have tasks set up to remind you to sync all of the services.

However, for some Windows Mobile users and other phone users that are more interested in having tasks in a central location on the internet rather than locked down to your PC's copy of Outlook, this may be the ticket. The only real issue is you need a web connection for this to work on your phone. It won't sync to your Windows Mobile tasks database, so there will be no task maintenance, or even review, in places with low or no signal, like in a plane or subway.

Tags: cell phone

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Best Selling Windows Mobile Phones Of All Time

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 01:30 PM

Mike Temporale of Mobile Jaw got some interesting stats on eleven Windows Mobile devices that sold over 1,000,000 units during its life. I know that may not sound like a huge amount when you compare it to the iPhone that has sold well over 10 million units in the relatively short 18 month life, you have to remember, the iPhone has two models, the original released in mid-2007 and the 3G model released in mid-2008. Windows Mobile devices however, are legion. There are far more than I could ever hope to keep up with.

Not surprising, seven were made by HTC (when you include the HTC built Audiovox SMT), while Samsung made three and Motorola made one, the ever-popular Q. What was surprising to me is there were no Palm Treo's on this list. Head over to the article to read the models that made the list. Mike draws some interesting conclusions on touch vs non-touch and keyboard vs keyboardless devices.

Did someone mention my name?

Tags: cell phone

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Dell smartphone? Pinch Me!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

"Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal-computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter. The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said. They produced prototypes built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software, these people said."

The rumours have been swirling for a couple of weeks now, but not with any authority behind them. Now that the Wall Street Journal has weighed in, everyone's picking up the story - I'll leave it to you to decide just how authoritative WSJ is (subscription required to read the full article). In addition, AlleyInsider (via has a source that states a launch date of September 9 (09/09/09 - geddit?), and the device(s) will be called the mePhone. Around the web, we've got reactions from Gizmodo and CNet, which basically pick up on the WSJ story while in an earlier article has additional analysis. Can we hope for an announcement at MWC (Feb 16-19)? Not long now!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bill Introduced To Require Camera Phones Make Noise When Snapping Pictures

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 PM

"Camera Phone Predator Alert Act - Requires any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera's phone. Prohibits such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone. Treats the requirement as a consumer product safety standard and requires enforcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)."

Why don't you have a seat right over there?

I can understand what this law is trying to accomplish. I suspect there are lots of sex offenders that get images of their prey covertly by snapping pics from their silenced cell phone camera. Initially I thought people would just find another way to do the same thing, and to be sure, some will be determined enough to do so, but not everyone would be willing to carry a separate digital camera that could be silenced in the settings. I don't really see the harm this bill could cause. Will it stop everyone? Certainly not, but it may stop a few. I don't give a lot of marks to sexual predators for being too high up on the intelligence scale, and it may be just enough to prevent some meaningful percentage of secret pics being taken.

I suspect for some phone makers, this would be harder to implement than you might think. The speaker settings are universal. Once you mute the speaker on the phone itself, no app can make noise. You'd have to rewrite the driver to allow an exception for the phone's camera. I think it would be worth it though. It would take a few years for existing phones to cycle out of use to be replaced by new ones.

The bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on January 9, 2009. I have no idea how long it will stay there before it has a chance to get voted on.

Tags: cell phone

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