T-Mobile's German division has released (English translation) the HTC Touch Viva as the MDA Basic, which packs some - you guessed it - rather basic innards: a TI OMAP 850 201MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE (no 3G), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 2.0 megapixel camera, a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen, a microSD slot, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. But all is forgiven, thanks to its low price tag of €4.95 ($6.58 USD) on a two-year contract.
"The Xda Flint is mobile technology at its best with a 5" VGA angled touch screen incorporating finger-friendly recognition and a detachable keyboard for intensive text-input. As the Xda Flint is Microsoft Windows compatible and includes Internet Explorer®, learners will be able to create documents and complete assignments while on the move, be that on the bus, out on a field trip, in the classroom, or at home, subject to coverage."
The HTC Advantage (nee Athena) has been in the market for quite a while, and if you've looked at the leaked 2009 HTC roadmap you'll know there's already a successor on the drawing board. Yet O2 has only just come on board with their own variant called the Flint, which looks suspiciously like a standard 7510 to me. All the listed specs are the same, and O2 in their wisdom are marketing this to the education market as "perfect for students and teachers who need to stay in the loop while on the move or away from their learning environment and proves that Learning on the Go is truly possible." I know prices of the Advantage have fallen faster than that of other premium smartphones, but not so much that it makes sense for students to get one. That is of course unless there's a whole load of subsidy money backing this. Read on for the full press release. Read more...
"Ostensibly designed for the enterprise market, the squared-off handheld features a 3.5-inch sun-readable VGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a capacitive touchpad that acts as a mouse. Like other recent Asian Android handsets we've seen, the exeda can also boot Windows Mobile 6.1 on its 520MHz Marvell CPU and 128MB of RAM, and the radio setup is similarly flexible -- resellers can pick from quadband GSM / GPRS, CDMA, and 3G UMTS. Craziest of all? The exeda has a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port in addition to WiFi."
In more ways than one, the Exeda is a monster - not only can it handle two different OS, but that's a 3.5" VGA landscape screen you're looking at. For sheer size, this thing can give the HTC Advantage a run for its money, and it's certainly not something you'd want to try putting to your ear. The way the buttons and keyboard are laid out, it's obviously built for two-hand use, and on that score the Exeda looks workable. We're unlikely to see this except in vertical markets - anybody want one as a consumer device?
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:22 PM
This is a brief walk-through of the Motorola A3100 SURF, a Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 smartphone set to be released in Asian markets in 2009. It has a 2.8 inch, 320 x 240 touch screen, powered by a Qualcomm 528mhz CPU. No pricing information has been announced; it will be sold in Asian markets later this year.
"The next-generation SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory card specification, announced today at the 2009 International CES, dramatically improves consumers’ digital lifestyles by providing the portable storage and speed needed to store weeks of high-definition video, years of photo collections and months of music to mobile phones, cameras and camcorders, and other consumer electronic devices. The new SDXC specification provides up to 2 terabytes storage capacity and accelerates SD interface read/write speeds to 104 megabytes per second this year, with a road map to 300 megabytes per second."
Don't get too excited, remember this is just the specification we are dealing with here. I'm imagining it will be many years before we actually see 2 TB of storage in something the size of an SD card.
Looking for a great deal on a modern Windows Mobile device? Then check out what Expansys is selling for a mere $389 USD: a Touch Diamond! [Affiliate] I'm kind of amazed to see the huge price drop, but perhaps it's a simple supply/demand issue because these units are Euro frequencies, meaning you won't get 3G in the US or Canada. If that doesn't matter to you, it's hard to beat this price on what is still a flagship device from HTC.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM
This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the HP iPAQ 910 Business Messenger, a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1. This is a 2.46 inch touch-screen phone (320 x 240 resolution) that also features a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, so it's a bit different than some of the phones I'm used to looking at.
The iPAQ 910 uses a Marvell PXA270 Processor at 416 Mhz, has quad-band GSM/GPRS and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, meaning it's a true world-phone that can get 3G anywhere it's available. It also has a 3 megapixel camera, USB 2.0, 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM. Impressively, it boasts a 1940 mAh battery, so it should have solid battery life. Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g round out the offering.
Our star reviewer, Don Tolson, will be taking a look at this device and giving it a full review in the coming weeks.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:14 AM
This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the HTC Touch Pro. This devices was given to me on loan by Expansys, and it currently (Nov 2008) retails for $799 USD. The HTC Touch pro is an evolution from the HTC TyTn, AT&T Tilt, etc. It packs a lot of functionality into a package that feels surprisingly good in your hand.
The HTC Touch Pro uses a Qualcomm MSM7201A CPU at 528 MHz, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, and has 512 MB of storage ROM and 288 MB of system RAM. It is 102mm tall, 51mm wide, and 18.05mm thick. It weighs 165 grams with its 1340 mAh battery. It has a 2.8 inch VGA screen, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's a quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), and this model is set up for Europe/Asia 3G with 900/2100 MHz band coverage for HSPD/WCDMA for up to 2 mbps upstream and 7.2 mbps downstream. The main camera is a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, and there's a front-facing VGA camera for video calling. It also has a microSDHC card slot and supports high-capacity cards, which are currently up to 16 GB in size.
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I was looking for something on Expansys this morning in our affiliate store, and I noticed that the MWg Zinc II has undergone another price drop - it's now only $299 USD. If you watched my unboxing or review videos, you'll know that I found this device to be a solid, capable Pocket PC - nothing terribly revolutionary, and not a real power user device with only 64 MB of RAM, but capable enough for most people. I felt that the initial price of $749 USD was just too expensive though because it put the Zinc II in close competition with the HTC Touch devices. But at $299 USD? This device is in a class all it's own - I can't think of any device that performs better on a price/performance ratio. And unlike every new device that HTC is cranking out lately, the Zinc II actually has 3G that will work in Europe, Asia, and North America because it covers the 850/1900/2100 Mhz bands. This is definitely a device worth considering at this price.
"One thing that stood out 1st and foremost when taking the HTC FUZE out of the box was it's size. You can look at pictures, you can check out size charts and the actual dimensions, but you can not describe the way a device feels in your hand in words. The FUZE just amazed me, it's not much smaller than the Tilt on paper, but when you hold it in your hands, it feels much smaller. It's not any lighter feeling and the bulk from the thickness is the same, but the feel of the FUZE in hand is quite awesome."
AT&T's latest and greatest Windows Mobile smartphone is reviewed in detail by Chris Leckness over at MobilitySite. Lot of pictures, lots of screen shots - worth the read if you're considering this as your next device...
"HP has announced two new Windows Mobile smartphones today - the iPaq Voice Messenger and Data Messenger. HP is pitching the smartphones at two different markets and the iPaq Voice Messenger is aimed at users who need a phone first; the iPaq Data Traveller is pitched at people looking for a more traditional smartphone."
I think HP has come up with quite a stylish design - this doesn't look like any other smartphone on the market, and that's a good thing. There's a video after the break, and the full specifications for those that want a break-down. Read more...
"The Epix is Samsung's first AT&T Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional device featuring touch screen capability-built for enterprise and small business customers. The Epix is a powerful smartphone that offers features like a high-speed processor, large application memory capacity, and aGPS to run corporate email, location-based services, and vertical application solutions. The Epix has the manageability and security capabilities that enterprise IT managers seek, including Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager deployment-a security and manageability server that enables enterprise IT administrators to better manage mobile devices. The Epix is a world-capable, 3G smartphone featuring tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100) and quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900). Its touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, dedicated function keys, and optical center navigation button with mouse pointer enable easy one-hand operation for even the most complex multitasking needs."
When I was browsing the Windows Mobile device picker I saw the Samsung Epix come up. I haven't seen any news about this posted on Samsung's Web site yet, but it's live on AT&T's site. What makes this device interesting is the form-factor. It's a Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 device, so it has a touch-screen, but it also has a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. I thought it was a Windows Mobile standard device, a la Blackjack, at first. It boasts a 624 mhz ARM920T PXA311 processor, 256 MB ROM, and 150 MB of RAM. It has a 2.4" QVGA 320 x 320 screen, GPS, and a microSD slot that supports up to 32 GB. The d-pad in the middle is actually an optical mouse pad - something I'm highly dubious about until I actually try it and see how it works. It weighs in at 4.4 ounces and is 4.56 x 2.41 x 0.51 inches in size. The battery is a respectable 1800 mAh. Samsung has historically had atrocious battery life on their Pocket PCs, but I've been quite impressed with the battery life on my Samsung Blackjack II - so here's hoping this device has solid battery life.
Want to buy one? I managed to track down the purchase page on AT&T, and it looks like full retail is $449 USD, $299 on a two-year contract, and $199 after a promotion - presumably available for the two-year contract. So what do you think - is this your next device? If not, what's it missing?
"My experiences using Redfly have so far have been generally problem-free and impressive. Connections and disconnections over both USB and Bluetooth are rapid and uneventful, that is to say 100% reliable. I was happily surprised to see that most applications automatically up-scaled from the phone's 320x240 pixel screen to Redfly's native 800x480 pixel widescreen resolution; those that remained QVGA also remained usable, although they didn't take full advantage of the newly available display real estate. Bluetooth bandwidth is sufficient to deliver adequate display refresh rates for mostly-static applications, but rapid screen update operations (web browsing, Google map navigation, etc) beg for USB2's speedier and lower-latency connection."
Unsurprisingly, now that the Celio Redfly is selling for $199 USD, there's a great deal more interest in it than there was at the $499 price point. Dipert's review of the Redfly covers a fair bit of ground. I thought the Redfly was intriguing when I saw it at CES in January of this year, but I wasn't offered a review unit until last month, so I never got any hands-on time with it. At $499, it didn't seem overly compelling, at least for my purposes. I can easily see why someone with a commute might find this to be the perfect companion though - and at $199, it's pretty darn compelling. Are any of you Redfly owners because of this new, low price? What's your experience like so far with it?
Product Category: Clothing Manufacturer: SCOTTEVEST Where to Buy:SeV Store Price: $340 USD ($250 for Quantum Jacket; $140 for Fleece 5.0) System Requirements: Body ranging from XS to XXXL Sizes Specifications: 52 pockets, cable management through channels / pocket passthroughs, removable hood (Quantum Jacket), removable sleeves (Fleece 5.0), various specially designed features such as key holders, bottle holders, and pockets accessible from the interior or exterior.
Be an unabashed geek without having to look like a nerd;
Attention to detail and usability;
Eliminates the need for a separate bag (some days).
Price (for some), Sizes (for others);
Does not connect (as in previous SCOTTEVEST systems);
Lack of color options.
Summary: The first SCOTTEVEST product I ever purchased was the 4.0 Tactical system, the closest thing to a predecessor to the Scott Jordan Signature Series. I was blown away and since then have reviewed many other SeV products. The direction foreshadowed by last year's "Evolution" jacket has now come to pass with the release of the Fleece 5.0 and Quantum Jackets (together they make up the series). But with any new thing, old favorite features can be lost or changed - and new features added can somewhat make you forget about the old. How does this system stack up to its past, and pave the way to the future? Read on!
"I was working on some reviews this weekend and took a look at all of the devices in my current collection and started reflecting back on my mobile device history. Mickey recently asked me about my PDA/phone history on TCPJ Unlocked Show #004 and I thought a few of you may be interested in seeing what devices I have owned over the years. I also used many more devices during 2 week to 30-day evaluation periods that would easily take me over 100 mobile devices used of the last 11 years. Check out the image gallery of all of my devices."
My friend Matt Miller published a great piece about his gadget history over on his ZDNet blog, and I thought it was worth linking to, if only for you to see the completely insane number of devices that Matt has owned over the years. Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!
"Lately Windows Mobile Italy has scored a few scoops, thanks to its own exclusive and confidential sources, providing the Italian website with some very valuable unpublished details concerning the latest breed of Windows Mobile smartphones just announced by HTC and respectively named HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch Viva and HTC Touch 3G. After having been the first to reveal the HTC Opal's real name [Automatic Translation], during the current week the Italian web portal has scored some more scoops by revealing the (not yet officially announced) pricing and availability schedule for Italy as well as a few more exclusive details concerning the available colors of all three devices."
The article goes on to say that the HTC Touch HD, everyone's favourite object of lust lately, will be released in Europe in Q4, and will sell for 849 Euro (in Italy at least). The HTC Touch Viva will go on sale later this month (October) and will sell for 279 Euro. Lastly the HTC Touch 3G will run you 499 Euro and will also be released sometime in October. Those prices don't give us much insight into the North American market, because HTC sure isn't going to sell many HTC Touch HDs if they're selling for $1200 USD.