25 Nisan 2008 Cuma

Verizon XV6900 Now Available

As promised, Verizon has just released the XV6900, a Windows Mobile smartphone based on the very successful HTC Touch design.

It has a tablet shape with minimal buttons, instead emphasizing its touchscreen. It offers a customized launcher called TouchFLO, designed by HTC to make the device easy to use with fingers instead of a stylus.

This device supports Verizon's 3G network, which it calls BroadbandAccess. It also has Bluetooth.

The XV6900 runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional, and comes with a suite of applications for handling Internet-based tasks like web browsing and email. Other applications include Microsoft Office Mobile for editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, and Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files.

Other features include a 128 MB RAM/256 MB ROM, 2.0 megapixel camera, and a microSDHC card slot.

Verizon says its its standard 1100 mAh battery gives to 3.5 hours of use or 10 days of stand-by time. Its extended 1880 mAh battery gives 6 hours of use or 17 days of stand-by time.

Physically, the XV6900 is 4.0 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick. It weighs 4.0 ounces.

The Verizon XV6900 is available now $300 with a two-year contract and online discount.

As mentioned earlier, this is a version of the extremely popular HTC Touch, which is already available from Sprint and Alltel in the U.S., as well as a number of wireless carriers around the world.

From http://www.brighthand.com

Get Ready for Water-Powered Cell Phones

"Samsung Electro-Mechanics has developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on water, writes the Chosun Ilbo. Oh Yong-soo, vice president of Samsung Electro-Mechanics' research centre, who said that when the handset is turned on, metal and water in the phone react to produce hydrogen gas. The gas is then supplied to the fuel cell where it reacts with oxygen in the air to generate power. Other fuel cells need methanol to produce hydrogen, while Samsung's needs only water. Since the micro-fuel cell can generate up to three watts of electricity, it could be used in mobile devices. The new fuel cell could power a handset for ten hours, twice as long as rechargeable batteries. Oh Yong-soo said water-powered handsets are expected to hit the market by 2010."

I've always been a bit of a skeptic. This is one of those "I'll believe it when I see it" stories. Think it'll really happen? When you're in the mall you can get a drink from the drinking fountain and charge your phone at the same time? Maybe in the summer when your power's getting low, you can just take a dip in the pool and poof! - you're all charged up! I wonder if eventually it can be used for laptops too. I'll be sure and update this story in 2010 and see where we're at.

from Pocket PC Thoughts

The HTC Diamond

We first heard about the HTC Diamond a few months ago when we learned from our contact at Orange that a new HTC product had appeared in the 'coming soon' section of the Orange price list.

Initial enquiries didn't reveal much about the origins of the HTC Diamond - my initial thoughts were that this would be an existing HTC device that had been renamed for the Orange market. Our contacts as HTC even said that they had never heard of the HTC Diamond before.

However, we now know a little more about the HTC Diamond and can reveal the following:

The HTC Diamond will be HTC's top-end device, it has been designed to compete directly with the Apple iPhone. Specs are said to include: 2.8" VGA screen, 4GB Flash Memory, Multi-touch, new touchflo (TouchFlo II), Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz, 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM, 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA (rev A EVDO for Sprint versions), WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, eGPS, 3.1MP Camera with flash, Forward facing camera, TV out (Raphael only), Orientation sensor, FM Radio, microSD expansion, Diamond: 51x99x10.7mm - Raphael: 51x99x17mm

You can expect to see an annoucement from HTC in the very near future and this is something that we are going to be very involved with so watch this space for updates over the next few weeks. We suspect that the Diamond will be revealed at the press converence on the 6th May.

From Tracy and Matt's Blog

22 Nisan 2008 Salı

A New Review for Windows Mobile 6.1

I think this review much better the others...

Watch and see...

Video: Windows Mobile 6.1

15 Nisan 2008 Salı

Remote Presenter

While I was surfing on the net I found a good mobile application about presenting the Power point slide which you can control with it by using Remote Presenter...

I will give you the link of that program, setup and prsent your Power point slide...

This program is for your PC/Notebook...

In Windows Mobile 6.0 PDA there is also a Remote Presenter...

For Vista

For XP

Enjoy it...

11 Nisan 2008 Cuma

A Review for Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

From http://pocketnow.com

A Preview for Windows Mobile 6.1 Standart Edition

From http://pocketnow.com

Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard & Professional

The latest Windows Mobile upgrade brings minor, but very welcome additions to the platform. In this article, we'll cover both the Standard (non-touchscreen) and Professional (touchscreen) editions and show you what's to love about the Windows Mobile 6.1 update. Now, you'll notice this is not a full version upgrade, but just a ".1" upgrade so you know you can't expect a full overhaul. It really feels like just a quick update intended to fill in a couple of gaps between the Windows Mobile and Apple iPhone functionality. You'll notice some similarities between the Standard and Professional operating systems (such as the Internet Explorer and Text Messaging updates), but you'll also notice some odd differences. Read on for our thorough rundown of the next version of Windows Mobile to hit your phone!

Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition has certainly gotten much more attention by the development team this time around. You'll notice a new font is used through-out. I'm not sure how I feel about this since it causes some 3rd party applications to render text incorrectly (since the new font takes up more pixel space.)

It's a huge improvement over the "Neo" Home screen design introduced with the T-Mobile Shadow and I'll tell you why. The "Neo" Home screen layout only showed one type of information at a time. You could not see your appointments, number of unread emails, or profile status at the same time. You had to specifically navigate to those sections to find that information. This made it much more difficult to find those details despite the "Neo" design being marketed as "easy to use". Microsoft's "Sliding Panel" Home screen design seems to be a direct answer to my criticisms of the "Neo" interface.

The old Windows Mobile 6.0 style Home Screen is still available. Notice the unlabeled "Recent Programs" icons at the top. These are very difficult for new users to understand. Also notice that in this home screen layout, most of the data is accessible with vertical scrolling which means it's easier to use with a scrolling thumb wheel since you don't also have to navigate horizontally.

In the Sliding Panel screen layout, notice in the second row of icons how the one with a greater-than-zero number next to it becomes more prominent. This is indicating that you have a notification for that item.

If you have one unread item in the notifications panel, once you scroll down to it, it will jump directly to that item. If it's an email or text message, it will show the contact's photo along with a preview of the message. Pressing the action button will open the full message.

If there is more than one new message, selecting the notification area will show the number of unread messages for the account. Pressing the action button will bring you directly to that account's folder. Also notice the right softkey at the bottom has changed to the "Compose" command when the messaging account is selected in the Home screen. This makes it much easier to create new messages since the "New" command has been buried in the messaging program of Windows Mobile 6.

In the Notifications panel, pressing the directional pad left or right also shows the number of voicemails and missed calls in addition to the text messages, MMS messages, and email accounts. Notice that when the Voicemail panel is selected, the lower right softkey changes to the "Voicemail" command which will let you easily access your voicemail.

The Calendar panel shows the earliest upcoming appointment and you can slide left and right to show other upcoming appointments or create a new one. Notice the bottom right softkey is assigned to the "Today" command which will launch the Calendar application and open it to today's date.

The "Getting Started" panel lists and links to a few instructional pages intended to help new users with some of the more complicated things such as setting up email, connecting a Bluetooth headset, and syncing music with the desktop. Selecting a topic links you directly to that topic in the "Getting Started" application. The "View All" right softkey brings you to the "Getting Started" application and its full listing of topics. If you don't want to see this panel on the Home screen, you can easily remove it within the "Getting Started" application.

The Music panel works in much the same way as the T-Mobile Shadow's "Neo" interface and links up with Windows Media Player. It will show album art and you can browse through and select other tracks to play all from here.

The photos panel lets you browse photos on your device in the My Documents/My Pictures folder. Unfortunately, it does not show photos in the /Storage Card/My Documents/My Pictures folder. That's a big disappointment since generally you wouldn't want to keep many pictures in the phone's memory.


HTC Diamond Coming Next Month?

Earlier this week, HTC announced an event to be held next month where it plans to unveil the "next wave of HTC Innovation".

Speculation on what this company plans to reveal on May 6 are running rampant, and one name is coming up again and again: the HTC Diamond.

Rumors of this upcoming model have been around for quite some time, but details on it are very sketchy. According to unconfirmed reports, it might be an updated version of the HTC Touch, with a higher-resolution VGA display but still thinner than the current one.

HTC's Dream Smartphone

Another device often spoken spoken about as possibly being unveiled next month is the HTC Dream, its first smartphone running the Android operating system.

Last fall, HTC's CEO Peter Chou said this will be the the first Android device on the market, but its release isn't scheduled until the second half of this year.

The Dream supposedly will be 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and not very thick. It will have a touchscreen that swivels to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard. The display switches from portrait to landscape mode when the keyboard is opened.

The image at left appeared briefly on the BBC a while back.

Android is a open-source, Linux-based operating system currently being put together by a group of companies with Google at the head. Many of its applications are likely to tie into Google's services, like Gmail and Google Maps.

1 Nisan 2008 Salı

Nokia Ventures Into New Territory: N97w Powered by Windows Mobile

Later this afternoon, Nokia will announce a May release date for its first Windows Mobile handset, the N97w. It resembles the N96 in many ways - similar form factor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, 16GB of storage space, a microSD slot, A-GPS, an FM radio, DVB-H, and TV-out - but it does pack some newer and extended features such as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 support, and a 7.1-megapixel camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. It also has a 2.8" 262K-colour, QVGA touch screen, fit for displaying Windows Mobile 6 Professional in all its glory. There's no denying it - the N97w has a list of specs that would make any HTC device weak at the knees. A price has yet to be announced, although expect to receive details later this afternoon. Now, who wants one?