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All posts tagged "touch"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

HP tm2 Laptop Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the HP tm2 laptop [affiliate] - also known as a tablet PC because of the touch screen, though it's worth pointing out that HP doesn't use that term anymore. My unboxing and first impressions video is here if you haven't already watched it. The exact model I'm reviewing is the 1070ca, on loan to me for a few weeks from HP Canada. The exact model and configuration will change depending on where you are in the world, but the basics are the same. Read more...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SmartRss Touch Edition for Pocket PC

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

BeetzStream has released a touch version of their SmartRss reader. They have a video at their site to walk you through how the app works.

It does require a touch screen, so WinMo standard device are out for this version. It works with WinMo 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. It will even work with 5.0 if the .NET CF 3.5 framework is installed. I believe it is still in beta. There is a download link at the site, but you cannot purchase it and there is no price indicated. Their previous version was $14.99, so expect to pay in that range once it is officially released.

Tags: software, touch, rss

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

No Longer in the Rough: A Review of the HTC Touch Diamond 2

Posted by Don Tolson in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: PDA phone
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to Buy: Expansys [Affiliate]
Price: $524.99 USD
System Requirements: Comes with Windows Mobile 6.1 and HTC's TouchFlo 3D interface. Sorry, no word from HTC on 6.5 or 7 upgrade at this time.
Specifications: Qualcom MSM7200A running at 528MHz; 512Mb ROM, 288 Mb RAM; 3.2 inch TFT LCD screen in 480x800 resolution; Quad band GPRS/Edge + dual band (Europe/Asia only) HSPDA/WCDMA; 117.5g (4.1 oz) with battery; 108mm (4.3 in) x 53mm (2.1in) x 14mm (0.6in). Full specifications from HTC are available here.


  • Huge, bright screen with vibrant colours;
  • Sleek, professional look; good feel in the hand and very pocketable;
  • TouchFlo 3D interface is very smooth, responsive and finger-friendly -- little need to use the stylus for most functions;
  • GPS Receiver is Phenomenal!


  • Soft reset button is located inside the unit so you have to take the back cover off if things get 'stuck';
  • Really wish HTC would add a Tasks tab to TouchFlo.

Summary: Right from the top let me say I LOVE the Touch Diamond 2. It has a very classy look; the size and weight are very comfortable in the hand' and the WVGA screen is clear, vibrant and huge! HTC's TouchFlo interface is quicker and smoother in this version, with new features and greater depth into the Windows Mobile GUI. As a whole, everything about this phone just works exactly as you'd expect it to. Easy, Expected and Reliable is exactly what I'm looking for in a personal digital assistant and the Touch Diamond 2 has it all. I really hated to have to return this at the end of the review period. Read more...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

T-Mobile-Branded Touch Pro2 Coming Soon?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:25 AM

The folks at TmoNews have managed to grab a snap of what appears to be T-Mobile's inventory list, and somewhere in the middle of it all, there's the Touch Pro2. Of course, normally, we'd ask you to take it with a grain of salt, but when shots like these emerge, it all becomes just that little bit more believable. Official subscription costs and a release date are still a question mark, but expect to hear more as the weeks unfold.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 02:15 AM

If you're eyeballing the HTC Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2 as a suitable replacement for your archaic/ailing handset, then you may be interested in what and (Russian to English translation) have to say about the respective devices. The long story short is that they're very impressive devices. And, as you probably already know, HTC is committed to providing free Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades later in the year. If all that has convinced you to purchase, head over to our affiliate hardware store. The Touch Pro2 is available for pre-order; however, the Touch Diamond2 is already in stock (48 units, at the time of writing) and ready to ship, so you could have one in your hands as early as this week.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Resco Releases Contact Manager

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:40 PM

"Resco announced today the availability of the brand new application, Resco Contact Manager. After a great demand from users to develop an application which would allow quick access to and management of contacts and text messages, Resco is proud to welcome its latest addition into its application family. Resco Contact Manager is fully touch-optimized while offering superior tools in order to manage your contacts. The application allows you to easily navigate, search quickly by letter navigation, view text message conversations in a chat-like view and much more."

If you've never been happy with Windows Mobile's contacts and call manager, and want something with a little more "wow" to it, check out Resco Contact Manager. It's available in the form of a free trial version, and a full version for $24.95.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

HTC Unveils New Touch Cruise with Footprints

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

"HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today announced its latest personal navigation handset with inbuilt GPS. The new HTC Touch Cruise, an update to 2008's popular HTC GPS device of the same name, boasts a new, more compact design and a host of new capabilities to offer a richer and more intuitive experience in one powerful package."

HTC has taken the covers off the new Touch Cruise, which boasts a new design and new software. With HTC Footprints, the Touch Cruise takes geotagged pictures a step further by embedding notes and audio clips and packaging them into postcards. If you ever have the urge to look at a previously-created postcard, Footprints allows you to retrace your steps to the exact location the postcard was created.

On the hardware side, the Touch Cruise includes a Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA (900MHz/2100MHz) connectivity, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a microSD slot. And to top it off, there's an in-car cradle in the box, too.

The Touch Cruise will be available in all major global markets, but alas, not until the second quarter.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

T-Mobile Germany Releases HTC Touch Viva as MDA Basic

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

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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Professional Touch...a Review of HTC's Touch Pro (aka AT&T Fuze)

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

Product Category: PDA Phone w/keyboard
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to Buy: Expansys [Affiliate]
Price: $649.99 USD
System Requirements: Windows Mobile 6.1, with HTC's TouchFlo 3D interface
Specifications: Qualcomm MSM7201A CPU at 528 MHz, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. 512 MB of storage ROM and 288 MB of system RAM. It is 102mm tall, 51mm wide, and 18.05mm thick and 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. Quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G capable 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, with a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video calling (may not be available on NA models). It also has a microSDHC card slot.


  • Screen is amazing -- clear, bright, beautiful;
  • HTC's TouchFlo 3D interface very well thought out and executed;
  • Good package of accessories and added software.


  • Battery life isn't stellar -- not bad for a VGA though;
  • Version reviewed is from Europe, so it wouldn't work on North American 3G networks (be careful what you buy!);
  • Front screen is a magnet for fingerprints and streaks, but easily cleaned.

Summary: Truth in reviewing -- I lusted after this phone when I first starting hearing about it as the successor to the Kaiser/Tilt. Then, when I starting seeing some of the technical reviews and comments in XDA-Developer forums, my desire just got worse. I practically fell off my chair when Jason said he had one 'hanging around the office' and would I like to review it? "Uh, sure", I said nonchalantly, but I couldn't wait for it to arrive and to put it through its paces as my primary work phone/PDA for a week. So, did it live up to my expectations? Find out after the break.... Read more...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

SBSH Calendar Touch Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:30 AM

"SBSH Mobile Software announced today the all new Calendar Touch for Windows Mobile Pro/Classic! SBSH Calendar Touch for Windows Mobile Pro/Classic is an exciting new personal information manager that guarantees a great boost to your daily time management and productivity! Introducing new gesture-based navigation technologies to accompany latest developments in the Windows Mobile market. SBSH Calendar Touch release follows the successful release of SBSH Calendar (former Papyrus) for Windows Mobile Standard devices earlier in August this year, introducing a complete personal information management solution for our Windows Mobile Touch users! Calendar Touch packs exciting new features: Great looking and informative Calendaring and Tasks utilities, Search View; Advanced filters management; Automatic attendees notifications, Auto-adopting design to match your device look&feel, Popup selection effect for optimized display, advanced gestures navigation and much more! Calendar Touch is backed by a powerful engine to ensure the fastest experience for the pro user!"

SBSH's new touch-friendly PIM application, Calendar Touch, was released this week. Head over to our affiliate software store for a free trial version, or the full version for $24.95.

Tags: touch, calendar, sbsh

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

AT&T Unveils HTC Fuze

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:05 AM

"Go the next level with the HTC FUZE(TM) now featuring a sleek new touch screen design. The multi-faceted HTC FUZE(TM) is a 3G tri-band HSDPA Windows Mobile® smartphone brought to you by AT&T, allowing you access to the world and a host of world class features. This powerful smartphone fuses technology with style. The large VGA touch screen includes HTC's one touch TouchFlo(TM) 3D user interface for quick access to your favorite features. Keep connected with email, text and instant messaging, Internet access, a personal organizer, video, satellite radio, and more - all at broadband speeds. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, GPS navigation, add to the rich feature set making the HTC FUZE(TM) the ultimate mobile smartphone."

There'll be plenty of Touch Pros sitting under the tree this holiday season. To match Sprint's offering, AT&T is now selling the HTC Fuze for $299.99 after rebate on a two-year contract. Oh, and incidentally, if you think it's a little quiet on the VZW front, that's because it is.

Tags: touch, htc, att, pro, fuze

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

HTC Touch HD Exclusive to Orange UK

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:05 AM

"Orange today announced that the HTC Touch HD handset will be available in the UK from early November, exclusively on the Orange network. The Touch HD is a premium multimedia enhanced mobile handset, designed with a focus on entertainment that is set transform how people experience multimedia on the move. Its extensive 3.8 inch, high resolution, widescreen WVGA touchscreen offers users stunning clarity and vibrant colours, providing an unrivalled experience when watching movies or using Orange’s mobile TV service, browsing the internet on Orange’s high speed data network (3G+) or even scanning through photos taken with its 5 megapixel auto focus camera. The Touch HD also renders websites quickly and in full-page width, providing a browsing experience closer to that using fixed line broadband and allowing users to navigate more easily. What’s more, the stylish new device features HTC’s beautiful TouchFLO 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack has been incorporated, allowing customers to use high-performance headphones with the device for the best possible sound quality."

Exclusivity sucks, but at least it's better than nothing. To our UK readers, if you're in the market for a new device and like what you see in the Touch HD, then starting early November, you'll be able to pick it up with Orange from £79.99 (~ $126 USD) on a £40 (~ $63 USD) per month plan for 18 months. The plan includes a monthly quota of 250MB, which should be enough for light e-mail access and the odd browse.


Tags: uk, touch, hd, orange, htc

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sprint to Sell HTC Touch Pro Next Week

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:10 AM

"HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today launched the HTC Touch™ Pro for Sprint. Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro uses styling and functionality similar to the recently launched HTC Touch Diamond™ and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on-the-go quick and easy. The HTC Touch Pro is priced at $299.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement, after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a $25-or-higher data add-on or Everything plan with data. Customers will be able to purchase the device in select national retailers beginning the week of Oct. 26 and in all Sprint sales channels, including online at, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Stores, on Nov. 2."

Fancy a Touch Pro with the Sprint logo? Then plan a trip to your nearest retailer next week, where the aforementioned device will sell for $299.99 - with strings attached, unfortunately. The first is a $100 mail-in-rebate, and the second is a two-year contract with a $25-or-higher data add-on or Everything plan with data. Anyone plan on picking one up?


Tags: touch, sprint, htc, pro

Friday, October 10, 2008

WiMAX-Enabled HTC T8290 Makes an Appearance

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:50 AM

WiMAX isn't exactly taking the world by storm, but that hasn't stopped HTC from producing its first WiMAX-enabled Windows Mobile device, the T8290. It's similar to the Touch HD in that it features a gorgeous WVGA (800 x 480) display measuring 3.8", GSM, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a camera, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Sources suggest that Russia's Yota will be selling it shortly. Availability in other countries is still a question mark.

Tags: touch, htc, t8290, russia, yota

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

HTC to USA: "No Touch HD for You"

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 AM

Imagine witnessing the unveiling of a spectacular device, only to be denied access to it through local channels. Imagine no more. Just yesterday, HTC tweeted that the Touch HD would not be released in the US. And, as you would expect, a good number of Touch HD fans made it clear that they weren't happy. HTC's response was pretty much salt in the wound, with the company suggesting that it previously had no idea that there was huge demand for high-end devices in the US, but now it knows! There's your cue for some facepalm action.

Tags: touch, hd, htc, usa

Thursday, September 18, 2008

HTC Touch HD: Eye-Candy, Lots of It!

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:10 PM

The iPhone 3G may only be a mere two months old, but it's already looking lackluster next to the HTC Touch HD. If you're not already drooling, take a look at the video after the break, as well as the pictures at MobiFrance (translated version). As revealed on Monday, the Touch HD packs a Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528MHz processor, 288MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a 5.0-megapixel camera, and a gorgeous 3.8" WVGA (480 x 800) touch screen, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, an FM radio, and a microSD slot thrown in for good measure. It's just too bad this particular version only sports 900/2100MHz HSDPA connectivity; so, if you're in the US, Australia, or anywhere else that uses 850MHz, you'll have to wait your turn.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HTC Touch HD Makes an Early Appearance

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:44 AM

X1 and Omnia? Uh... never heard of 'em. What you see on-screen is an HTC Touch HD sized the same as an iPhone 3G, but with so much more: a 480 x 800 (WVGA) touch screen, a Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz CPU, 288MB RAM, 512MB ROM, HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5.0-megapixel camera (sans flash, unfortunately), a microSD slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Word on the street is it'll be here before Christmas.

Jump the break for an extra shot. Hit MoDaCo for the rest.


Tags: touch, hd, htc

Friday, September 5, 2008

Resco Bubbles Released for Touch Diamond/Pro

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:50 AM

"Resco Bubbles is an action puzzle game where the idea is to clear the grid of bubbles in order to advance to the next level. You are given a sequence of bubbles, which should be quickly and efficiently popped. Numerous explosive, speed-up, slow-down and damage bubbles keep the game play exciting and challenging."

Got a Touch Diamond or Touch Pro? Resco Bubbles is for you. It costs $14.95, but there is a free trial version, if you prefer trying before buying. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the game supports gravitational sensors, which is why the list of compatible devices is ever so short.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

HTC Touch Pro Unboxed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:45 AM

The HTC Touch Pro, widely seen as a Touch Diamond + keyboard, has come out of its shell this week. Both Engadget and Tracy & Matt have given it the unboxing treatment. Like all new toys, it has a few downsides. First, there's the thickness. It's comparable to the Tilt's (TyTN II), but if you're used to the slender build of the Touch Diamond or iPhone 3G, you'll be labelling the Touch Pro a brick the moment you set your eyes on it. Second, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, but that's nothing new in the world of HTC. So, audiophiles, be warned: you may need an adapter or two to get the Touch Pro to play nice with your favourite cans. Third, there's the touch screen. I appreciate HTC's efforts in making Windows Mobile more touch-friendly, but having played with the iPhone and a wide range of (supposedly) touch-friendly Windows Mobile devices, I do think there's a world of difference between capacitive and non-capacitive touch screens. The Touch Pro has the latter. So while the touch experience on the Touch Pro might be great, it could certainly be better.

That said, this still seems like a solid device. Any of you own one or have played with one and care to weigh in with your thoughts? If you're interested in ordering one, our affiliate hardware store (Expansys) is expecting stock in less than two weeks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Details About Sprint/Verizon's HTC Touch Diamond/Pro Surface

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"...we posted an article saying that the Sprint variant of the Touch Diamond may launch this month, but now we have slightly different information...First, HTC Touch Diamond will be called HTC Victor for Sprint and HTC Diamond for Verizon. Sprint's variant runs on Qualcomm 7501A chipset with 528MHz processor, 256MB ROM, 256MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. Verizon's runs on Qualcomm 7500 chipset with 400MHz processor, has half the RAM (128MB) and has microSD cards slot instead of 4GB NAND flash...The CDMA equivalent of the HTC Touch Pro will be called HTC Herman for Sprint and HTC Raphael for Verizon. They are QWERTY variants of respectively the Victor and the Diamond and have similar specifications, but twice the ROM memory (512MB for both). Herman trades Victor's 4GB for memory card slot and Raphael's frame is also made out of aluminum instead of steel...A few of our readers report that the Victor will be available with Sprint on September 02, 2008, and the Herman will come one month later. There is no exact information when Verizon Wireless will release the Diamond and the Raphael, but it is expected that Sprint will have 30 days exclusivity."

Picture of Touch Diamond

Details started leaking out about these exciting pair of devices for Verizon and Sprint last week. I'm rather surprised at how different the models are for the two carriers, especially with regards to memory, but both look like great devices (small battery notwithstanding; let's hope it gives good battery life on EVDO). As usual, Verizon users will have to wait a little bit longer than the Sprint folks, but at least there's some hope!

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