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Friday, August 29, 2008

FOX Business Showcases Windows Mobile Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 08:30 PM

"Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Manager Scott Rockfeld was on Fox Business chatting up quite a lot of Windows Mobile devices. The context of the discussion is basically 'competitors to the iPhone,' which is a little aggravating because, let's face it, the iPhone and Windows Mobile aren't always going for the same demographic. Some of the smartphones shown off: HTC Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, and the BlackJack II."

I've watched this video several times, mostly because the Touch Diamond looked so swanky in it, but also because I thought Scott Rockfeld, Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Manager, handled himself brilliantly. Scott came out swinging showing off some of the more popular Windows Mobile 6.1 devices on the market, including the HTC touch Diamond, and was really hammering home that the Windows Mobile platform is all about choice. This seems to tie in exactly with all of the recent talk on the Internet of Microsoft’s new "Windows Not Walls" campaign. On top of that you throw in the fact that every device featured in this segment has sold over a million or more devices it starts to make a lot of the recent Apple sales hype start to look a little sad.

Microsoft builds fantastic products but unfortunately they're not the best when it comes to feeding the publicity machine. One of the biggest hurdles for Windows Mobile has always been lack of visibility in the public’s eye. All of us as Smartphone and Pocket PC fans have heard the pitch that Scott gave in this video dozens of times over but I think Microsoft is finally understanding that we are not the ones that need to be told this over and over again but instead the general populous needs to know. I just hope Microsoft does more of these segments on other news networks. So what did you guys think of the video?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Samsung to Boost Performance of Flash Memory in Smartphones

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 01:00 PM

"Samsung recently announced new software that will greatly improve the way its flash memory behaves in smartphones running the Windows Mobile, Symbian, Linux and RTOS platforms. The software makes communication between the memory chips and the phone's operating system more efficient. It also has an improved file system. These two improvements combined should result in fast boot times and faster downloading to memory and searching memory. Samsung did not indicate exactly when this new software will be available."

This is pretty cool news. Way to go Samsung! Who wouldn't love faster RAM without upgrading their hardware? I know I would. It is unclear if this software will be released to the masses or just released to manufacturers but we will keep you guys (and girls) updated on any progress we hear, just in case.

Monday, July 28, 2008

the::unwired Reviews the Samsung Omnia

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 05:30 AM

Our pal, Arne, over at the::unwired, has reviewed the Omnia from top to bottom. Overall, it's a great device, but there are a few shortcomings, as Arne points out. Any of you already proud owners of this device? If so, let us know what you think of it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Touch Diamond, Omnia, and iPhone 3G Eye-Candy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:38 AM

More eye-candy for you, courtesy of the folks at, who have unboxed and compared the HTC Touch Diamond, Samsung Omnia, and Apple's iPhone 3G. Click for a look, and try not to drool too much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Samsung's Omnia Just a Week Away

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:56 AM

"Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile phone manufacturer announced the launch of Omnia, Samsung’s all-in-one mobile phone in the Italian market on July 22. Starting from Italy, Omnia will be available through major European mobile operators and in most of GSM supporting open markets during July and August.  Omnia meaning ‘everything’ in Latin and ‘wish’ in Arabic, goes beyond the current top-of-the-line features available in today’s mobile phones. As the first market in Europe, Samsung had pre-order promotion for Italian consumers in cooperation with Media world, the electronics stores in Europe. The consumers who made the reservation for Omnia from July 14 will receive Xbox 360 Arcade gaming systems when  will be available. The price will be at 499 Euro (8GB) without subsidy."

In just under a week, the Omnia will make its long-awaited debut in Italy. Other European markets can expect to see it later this month or next month in two versions - an 8GB and a 16GB; the former will sell for €499 ($793.7 USD) outright. Anyone here planning on picking one up when released?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Samsung Omnia and HTC Touch Diamond In the Ring

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 11:00 AM

"It's PocketPC playoffs and HTC are giving Samsung a match at the GSM Arena. With two of the stars of the season arriving in our office all at once, we thought it's a heck of an opportunity for some Diamond-Omnia-Diamond-Omnia-Diamond-Omnia game-set-match with a pinch of iPhone flavor. We got two aces up to the challenge, so sit back and stretch out. Ah well, get that six-pack too and join us for the kick-off."

There's plenty to love about the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Diamond. Both are very capable, but which one trumps the other? GSM Arena attempts to answer that in nine pages. Take a look!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Camera Comparison: HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Omnia, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

Our pal, Arne, over at the::unwired, has stress tested the cameras of four of the latest and greatest Windows Mobile devices: the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro, the Samsung Omnia, and Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1. If camera quality means a lot to you, hit the link to see what Arne has to say.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Samsung Omnia Round-Up

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:10 AM

There's been no shortage of Omnia news over the past few days, including word that the HSDPA-capable device may carry the AT&T name sometime next quarter. For your convenience, we've rounded up the links. Click to take a look.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Samsung Omnia Is DivX Certified

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:05 AM

"DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIVX), a digital media company, today announced certification of the Samsung Omnia (model: SGH-i900), the newest handset in a growing series of DivX Certified(R) mobile products by Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. DivX and Samsung recently entered into a multi-year agreement to include DivX encode and decode capabilities into Samsung's future mobile phones, signaling the company's leading edge in the competitive mobile market. The Samsung Omnia is the first Windows Mobile-based DivX Certified phone on the market and the fourth Samsung mobile to achieve DivX Certification(TM). It features 8GB/16GB of internal memory with a micro SD slot, allowing users to keep a media library on the device, and easily enjoy their video on a large 3.2-inch touch screen. It also features a TV-Out feature to play back content from the phone directly on the television screen. This powerful experience and a portable library gives users the choice of how and where to watch their video. DivX technology enables a high-quality media experience in which video content can be seamlessly transferred from the PC to the mobile environment and beyond... Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience, including reliable video creation and playback, interoperability with other DivX Certified devices and the visual quality users expect from DivX."

Good news: the Omnia is the first Windows Mobile phone and Samsung's fourth mobile phone to receive DivX certification. And in other news, the rest of us with uncertified devices love TCPMP and CorePlayer Mobile.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

PPCSG Test Drives the Omnia

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:18 AM

Fancy Samsung's latest entry into the Windows Mobile market? If you do, PPCSG has just posted a video review of the software, so be sure to check it out. It doesn't have quite the same "wow" factor as HTC's TouchFLO 3D, but it still goes a long way toward making Windows Mobile more touch-friendly.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Samsung Omnia (SGH-i900) Announced

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

One of Samsung's worst kept secrets is now official. The Omnia, which many of you previously knew as the i900, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and packs quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400) touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM radio, TV-out, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, and a stunning 5.0-megapixel auto-focus camera with support for geotagging, panorama shots, and face and smile detection (whatever that is).

The company certainly picked one heck of a day to announce it. Why? WWDC is half a day away and the world is expecting Apple to unveil the 3G iPhone. So, just who will upstage who? You decide... in 13 hours time.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Samsung's Feature-Packed SGH-i900 Makes An Appearance

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:55 PM

Samsung's SGH-i900 (also, Anycall's SGH-i908) is turning into quite a beast. It's said to be packing a 3.5" 240 x 400 touch screen, HSDPA support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, an FM radio, TV-out, 16GB of storage, a microSDHC slot (yes, HTC - this is how it's supposed to be done), a 5.0-megapixel auto-focus camera, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Still no official word on when this impressive device will drop into the hands of consumers, although rumour is it'll make a showing late Q3 or early Q4. Click through for more shots, courtesy of PConline (translated version).

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Samsung Plans to add 3M Mini-Projector to New Handsets

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:45 PM

"3M has been touting its mini-projectors for some time now (along with many others), but it looks like they're now finally a bit closer to landing in an actual product, with Samsung reportedly set to begin offering them later this year. What's not clear, unfortunately, is whether the projectors will actually be built into the cellphones (and if so, which ones), or simply offered as an attachment of some sort, but either way you can apparently expect to pay between $200 and $400 for the chance to spread a bit of visual pollution."

[Photo courtesy of Engadget]

Once again Samsung has shown us that they are on the top of their game as far as innovation goes. The idea of being able to project my handsets display is actually a neat concept. Something like this would be perfect in a meeting type situation, or even watching a movie on the go. I have to say, hats off to Samsung for once again thinking outside the box!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Samsung Skips the Touchscreen, Patents Gesture-Based Phone Interface

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 12:40 PM

"Samsung's been getting pretty creative with cell cameras lately -- the Instinct lets you pan around web pages by tracking movement with the camera, for example -- but the company's latest patent application, for a gesture-based phone interface, might be a little less practical. The idea is to use the phone's camera to track your hand movements, which, from the drawings, should have you looking insane on the subway in no time. Of course, we've all been guilty of waving at and even talking to our devices when they're acting up, so maybe a little feedback wouldn't be a bad thing -- there's one gesture we'd definitely like to see programmed in there."

This sounds kind of similar to the unconfirmed Windows Mobile 7 features and screenshots which were leaked back in January. Instead of using an accelerometer to detect motion based gestures, Samsung has decided to go the less expensive route of using our handsets built in camera. Sure it sounds silly when you say it out loud, and I am sure it will be even more silly to watch someone use it in real life, but it is still pretty neat technology. In theory this also makes it somewhat compatible with almost all of Samsung's handsets that are already on the market. Go team Samsung!

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