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Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Week with a Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Don Tolson in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: Dell
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $499 USD for T-Mobile with no contract
System Requirements: Windows Phone 7. You'll need a Windows Live or Hotmail account to take full advantage of the social media and marketplace.
Specifications: 1Ghz CPU, 8Gb internal storage; 4.1 WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GPRS; Tri band UTMS (900/1700/2100), GPS, 5mp colour camera w/autofocus + LED flash, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 EDR, 802.11b/g; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; digital compass and G-Sensor; 120mm (4.8in) x 62mm (2.5in) x 13mm (0.5in); 190g (6.8 oz). Full specs are available at the Dell Site.


  • Large, bright screen with portrait sliding keyboard (no need to rotate the unit);
  • Solidly built.


  • Screen pixels seem to have 'space' between them, creating a pixelated look to some images;
  • Weight distribution is affected by sliding out the keyboard -- makes one-handed operation difficult;
  • Bluetooth seems to have difficulty re-establishing connections.

Summary: While the Dell Venue Pro has been out and about for a number of months now, we don't hear much about it in the press or in advertisements. There was a lot of initial buzz about the new look of Dell's first venture into Windows Phone 7 and the 'portrait' slider keyboard. But here in Canada, it's been very difficult to get a hold of one, since none of the major cellular suppliers (Rogers, Bell or Telus) support it on their networks. But never fear, we here at Windows Phone Thoughts don't let a little thing like network support stop us! We managed to snag one to play with for a week or so thought you might be interested in what we found. Read on.... Read more...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Those Nokia Windows Phone 7 Photos are Legitimate

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:35 PM

Over at the official Nokia blog there are two high-res photos of the design mock-ups Engadget showed last week. I'm digging the white and the yellow versions - unfortunately there's no sync/charge port on the bottom, but it's hard to judge a mock-up so I'll hope they put the sync/charge port there.

Also worth noting is the Nokia keynote highlights video below - it explores some of the reasons why Nokia made this move. Android is clearly in Nokia's crosshairs: they want to take out what is now the world's #1 smartphone platform.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:24 PM

"The HTC HD7 offers high-fidelity surround sound and a large 4.3" screen to provide great experiences with music, video and gaming."

Look familiar? Yeah, this is basically the HTC HD2 with a few tweaks; that's not a bad thing, mind you, because the HD2 was a hell of a Windows Phone - the best one I've ever used in fact. I really like the kickstand concept, because a 4.3 inch screen is pretty good for watching a movie on a plane. The 720p HD video capture is also a nice perk! The HD7 will be available exclusively in the USA from T-Mobile.

  • 4.3", 800 x 480 touchscreen
  • 4.8" x 2.68" x 0.44"162g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB 16 GB internal storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 320 min/Standby: 320 hrs GSM - Talk time: 380 min/Standby: 310 hrs
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • HD 720p video
  • Kick stand
  • Widescreen phone with Surround Sound

UPDATE: Incredibly, Microsoft's Press page had incorrect data. The HTC HD7 will come with 16 GB in the USA and the UK; in some other European countries it may have 8 GB.

More photos after the break.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WM Experts In-Depth KIN Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"In looking at the Microsoft KIN, we've taken a look at the design of the KIN and the KIN's software. In this last part of the review, we pull everything together and look at the KIN's performance. As was mentioned at the start, while the KIN is a Windows Phone I don't think it was ever intended to take the place of a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7. However, after using the KIN for some time now, it is a good alternative for someone wanting more than your standard feature phone but less than a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile."

WM Experts has been spending some serious time with the Kin lately - first they looked at the design, then they looked at the software, and in this third part, they're looking at the performance, camera, and other aspects of the product. What I find quite fascinating about KIN reviews is that, generally, the geeky reviewers who look at phones all the time aren't very impressed with KIN...but younger people using feature phones all seem to think it's a pretty cool system. And the younger, feature-phone using market is exactly whom Microsoft was targeting. I really like Matt Miller's work in this article, and in this one, where he involves his teenager daughters in testing the products. I still maintain that Microsoft and Verizon really screwed up with the pricing of the data plans, but from a product perspective, Microsoft's KIN team seems to have really nailed it for the target demographic they're going after.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Look at the Speaker-Amplifying Kin Battery Cover

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 01:18 PM

"Back in the day i was really into car audio and one of the things i was fascinated with was the designing and building of speaker boxes. The basic reason a speaker needs a box is to combat the cancellation of the in and out of phase sound waves. When a speaker makes a sound the cone moves forward, but the cone must move back to its original position it also makes a sound firing in the opposite direction. These two sound waves are opposites or what is referred to as our of phase. So what the speaker box aims to do is to negate these backward cone movements with a sealed and angled charmers."

It's pretty slick how the Kin was designed to amplify the power of the on-board speakers...clever design is great to see in any product!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Some Thoughts on the Kin by a Windows Phone Thoughts Community Member

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:00 AM

"The Kin appealed to me the moment it was announced. I am not in the target market for the device but I was still intrigued by it. My mobile phone history is varied. I have owned Symbian and Blackberry devices as well as at least one model of Windows phone from each of the various names it has gone through. At present I have an HTC Touch Diamond 2 for my work phone. I also have a simple Samsung SGH a777 that I use for strictly personal needs. I am very interested in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices, and like many others, think the Dell Lightning looks promising."

randallewis, one of our very own Windows Phone Thoughts community members, has posted a great write up in our forums about the Kin that he bought. It's well worth the read to understand what the Kin offers, and how it's positioned against current smartphones.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Dell Lightning: One Hot Windows Phone 7 Device!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 04:39 PM

We knew that Dell was one of the Windows Phone 7 launch partners, but I wasn't expecting something like this from them - to be honest, I didn't know what I was expecting - but the Lightning looks awesome! I'm digging that keyboard if the device thickness is kept under control. I generally adore my HD2, but the on screen keyboard sucks. It really, really sucks. Until someone can come up with a software keyboard as good as what Apple has on the iPhone, I really want to have a hardware keyboard on my next phone.

Engadget has a few slides from a leaked PowerPoint deck, but the basic rundown is a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor (the QSD8250), a 4.1 inch OLED screen at WVGA (800 x 480), AT&T and T-Mobile 3G support (in the same model? Maybe two models?), a five megapixel autofocus camera (I think I see a flash there too), 1 GB of Flash memory with 512 MB RAM, and 8 GB of storage on an attached-to-the-motherboard microSD card (presumably). It also has a GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, and apparently...full Flash support. Flash support? Really? Hrm. Not sure if I buy that - Microsoft has been pretty up-front about the lack of Flash support at launch. Q4 is the release date, so no surprises there. The surprise? Apparently it's going to get an upgrade to LTE in Q4 of 2011. An OEM willing to offer a significant device upgrade a year after it comes out? Times have changed folks - and that's a good thing. Hop on over to Engadget to check out the device.

So you Windows phone 7 haters - still planning on staying away? ;-)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hands-On With the HTC HD Mini

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:30 AM

I'm actually surprised to see a video - I wasn't expecting to see this phone in the hands of anyone yet...this is a short video, but it gives you the overall basics of the HTC HD Mini. If the price is right, this could be a very popular phone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

First Impressions of the HTC HD2: Yowzers!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:00 AM

This is a two-part unboxing and first impressions video of the HTC HD2 [affiliate], a Windows phone running Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC HD2 has is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, at an amazing 1024 Mhz. It has 512 MB of ROM, 448 MB of RAM, and a microSDHC card slot for expansion up to 32 GB. It weighs 5.54 ounces (157 grams), and measures 11mm thin (0.43"), 120.5mm tall (4.74"), and 67mm across (2.64"). Read more...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

HTC Touch Diamond2 Unboxing & First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

Here it is: the latest and greatest from HTC in their Touch line, the Touch Diamond2. [Affiliate] This Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 smartphone has a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor, 288 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, and a gorgeous 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with a massive 480 X 800 WVGA screen resolution.

This is a 3G GSM phone, featuring HSDPA/WCDMA on the Europe/Asia frequencies of 900/2100 MHz. It's a quad-band 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz are supported. It also has a built-in GPS, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus (no flash). There's a small front-facing VGA camera for video calling, and a microSDHC slot allows you to expand the storage memory on the device. Oh, and there's an FM radio and G-Sensor (accelerometre) as well.

It weighs 117.5 grams (4.15 ounces) with the batter, is 4.25 inches tall (107.85mm), 2.09 inches wide (53.1mm), and 0.54 inches thick (13.7mm). The 1100mAh battery allows for 300 minutes of talk time (3G) or 340 minutes of talk time (2G).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

MobilitySite HTC Touch Pro 2 Video 1st Look

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 01:00 PM

Keen on the new HTC Touch Pro2? [Affiliate] Chris Leckness over at MobilitySite put together a 26 minute video - wow, 26 minutes! That's a lot of detail to chew on - check it out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MobilitySite Video on the Touch Diamond2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:52 PM

My friend Chris Leckness over at MobilitySite got his hands on a Touch Diamond2 [Affiliate] and does a 17 minute walkthrough video of the device. Chris does a few size comparisons and gives the viewer a great overview of what you get. This device looks great - or, rather, the device that works as a 3G device in North America will be great...we just have to keep on waiting for it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Windows Mobile Community Advice Question

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 04:00 PM

I'm a big believer in the wisdom of crowds - well, except when they're angry and carrying pitchforks and/or torches - so I wanted to put this question that I received to the community at large:

"Hi, Jason, I've had my T-Mobile MDA for 3 yrs., the logest I have ever had a PDA. I once was sold on the HTC TyTN II and the Xperia X1, but reading users' comments about cracking and being discontinued, I just don't know where to head. I looked over the T-Mobile G1, loved the sleek design, touch-screen,etc. but I am afraid I'd lose too much with the Android OS. I have Bibles and ebooks I read from daily. I am currently on weight watchers and found a perfect Point Calculator. I'm afraid I'd lose all my apps like that, not to mention Wor, Excel and Power Point. Here is what I am looking for 400 Mhz, 256 MB, GPS (would really like voice navigation.) Does any such animal exist? What, in your opinion, is the best out there today."

Weigh in with your opinions Pocket PC Thoughts readers! What would you suggest for this person?

Friday, October 3, 2008

European Pricing and Release Dates for New HTC Touch Devices

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:18 PM

"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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pre-Order the HTC Touch HD from Expansys

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:26 PM

The super-wow-factor HTC Touch HD, with it's 3.8 inch 800 x 480 resolution screen, is the kind of device some of us have been waiting for. I just got a heads up from our affiliate partner Expansys that they're now accepting pre-orders for this device. There's no price yet, but your pre-order isn't binding in any way - you're just getting in line to get one of the first units that they receive. Come on, you know you want it... ;-)

HTC Releasing Touch Diamond in White

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:42 AM

Yesterday HTC quietly released a new HTC Touch Diamond into the mix: it seems it's identical in every way to the current Diamonds on the market now, it's just got a new look. I like the white quite a bit, largely because it would help hide the ridiculously smudge-prone surface that HTC wrapped the diamond in. Want to see an even bigger version? Here's the full resolution image.

Texting + Driving = Bad News

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:00 AM

"It's suspected, but not known for sure yet, that that the engineer of a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train may have been text messaging when the train ran a stop signal, crashing into an oncoming freight engine. It will likely take the National Transportation Safety Board up to a year to investigate the tragedy, which resulted in 25 deaths, including that of the engineer himself, and 138 people injured."

Regardless of why this happened, the loss of human life is saddening - but if it was was due to negligence on the part of the engineer because he was texting, it's all the more tragic. In my history of texting, which is admittedly not as long as some people, I've sent exactly two texts while driving - or more accurately, composed most of them while at a stop light and finished them while driving. And that was completely and totally stupid of me to do - I couldn't imagine how badly I'd feel if I caused an accident because I thought my text messages were more important than the safety of the people around me. Reading texts and email messages is almost as bad - there's hardly any message that can't wait until you're at a red light to red, or pulled over to the side of the road. Time to confess: do you text while driving your car?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Apple iPhone Ads in UK Declared Misleading

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 08:36 AM

"Apple has come under scrutiny on its iPhone 3G for false advertising, and now the Advertising Standards Authority, a UK ad group, has come forth to declare a specific television ad for the touch-based smartphone to be misleading to consumers."

Above is the ad in question, and while I'm not normally a fan of the Eurocratic system of slapping fines on every company they can find, it's pretty easy to see their point here: Apple makes some very bold claims about having the best browsing experience on a mobile device, but that browsing experience comes to a screeching halt as soon as you hit any Web site that uses Flash - and many of them do. These commercials fail to mention that. They also fail to highlight that nothing happens that quickly on a 3G network, but that might be splitting hairs. Java is also mentioned, but I can count the number of times I see the Sun JVM fire up on my PC on one hand - and it's almost always when I'm uploading photos on Smugmug. Is Java on a phone really needed for Web browsing? I don't think it is. Read more...

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