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Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama's New Email Device

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:00 AM

"Bill Clinton sent only two e-mail messages as president and has yet to pick up the habit. George W. Bush ceased using e-mail in January 2001 but has said he's looking forward to e-mailing "my buddies" after leaving Washington, D.C. Barack Obama, though, is a serious e-mail addict. "I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," he said in a recent interview with CNBC. "They're going to pry it out of my hands." One reason to curb presidential BlackBerrying is the possibility of eavesdropping by hackers and other digital snoops. While Research In Motion offers encryption, the U.S. government has stricter requirements for communications security...Fortunately for an enthusiastic e-mailer-in-chief, some handheld devices have been officially blessed as secure enough to handle even classified documents, e-mail, and Web browsing."

The Sectéra Edge looks like one bad-ass device: it functions over both GSM and CDMA networks, is military-grade rugged, and seems to use some form of Windows CE (the PDF specs sheet doesn't specify). With a price north of $3000, readers of this site wouldn't want it anyway: it only has 64 MB of RAM. ;-)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Business, With a Little Bit of Fun...the HP910c Business Manager

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

Product Category: 3G touch PDA Phone with embedded keyboard
Manufacturer: HP
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $484 USD
System Requirements: Runs Windows Mobile 6.1
Specifications: Marvell PXA270 Processor running at 416 Mhz, 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM. Quad-band GSM/GPRS and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, able to get 3G/H anywhere it's available. 3.0 megapixel camera, USB 2.0, BT 2.0 with EDR. 1940 mAh battery, 802.11b/g. Weight is 154g (5.4oz) with battery.


  • Solidly built, very reliable, lightweight and easily pocketable;
  • Keyboard feel/design works well to prevent keying errors -- very solid tactile response;
  • GPS sensitivity and stability is excellent;
  • Battery life is very good.


  • Accessories package is a bit light -- should have included a cover/case and a second stylus;
  • The position of the USB sync port and its rubber cover are a pain to work around.

Summary: I've owned numerous HP iPAQs over the years -- from the venerable 1950 through the Jornada series to the Messengers. While HP is not always the first with the latest and greatest features on their PDAs, I've always been impressed by the quality and reliability of their products. The hardware is very durable and stands up to the rigors of daily office and personal use, and the software provided clearly has the corporate user in mind. The HP iPAQ 910c Business Manager is no exception. This is a solidly built unit that will serve the business/corporate user very well. It doesn't come with a sexy, gesture-based interface, but it does everything it claims to do well, and consistently. Read more...

Are Phones Getting Too Complicated To Use?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 02:00 AM

"The complexity of modern mobile phones is leaving users frustrated and angry, research suggests. Some 61% of those interviewed in the UK and US said setting up a new handset is as challenging as moving bank accounts. Compiled by mobile firm Mformation, the survey found 85% of users reporting they were frustrated by the difficulty of getting a new phone up and working. Of the 4,000 people questioned, 95% said they would try more new services if phones were easier to set up."

And we're not even talking about smartphones here - even most 'dumb' phones now have the ability to access email, browse the web, access on-line services, and handle third-party applications. The problem of course is that (pace Apple) there has been little progress in terms of making phones easier to use. Even enthusiasts can stumble on what should be relatively simple settings, much less some of the more obscure network settings (Confession: I still haven't figure out how Windows Mobile makes a distinction between "My Work Network" and "Internet" connections, and which one is used when). Back in the day, it took me a couple of hours to set up a GPRS connection on a dumb phone, and that was with automatic settings sent by my carrier as well as telephone assistance. Things have gotten better since then, but troubleshooting can still be a nightmare for the less-technically inclined. I'd like to ask our readers: do you agree with the research here? Would you use more services if they were less complicated to set up? Let us know!

Tags: cell phone

Friday, January 16, 2009

Advantage Resurrection: The O2 Flint

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"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...

Compulab Exeda: Dual OS Monster

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"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?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

CES 2009: Motorola's A3100 SURF

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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

WMExperts Reviews the Samsung Epix

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 10:00 AM

"Over the past few weeks, we've played the name game with this new Samsung phone. Now that the curtain has risen to reveal the true identity of the i907 Epix, we shared themanual and reported on the AT&T availability. While a lot has been written on the specifications and features of this new Windows Mobile device, it's time to offer some hands on observations. How fat is the Epix? Is it a door stop or a well balanced, comfortable to use Windows Mobile device? Is the battery life any good? Any lag time? How does it measure up to the latest kid on the block, the Treo Pro? What the heck is haptic feedback? You'll find observations and answers to these and more..."

This is one of the first reviews of the Samsung Epix that I've read, and it's worth a read if you're considering this new phone from Samsung. The reviewer compares it to the Treo Pro, since both share a similar front-facing QWERTY keyboard design, and it matches up quite favourably to the Treo Pro in a number of ways. I concur with the reviewer in his disdain for the glossy, fingerprint-magnet design. Give me a faux metal matte finish, or a rubberized matte finish, any day of the week. I loathe shiny shells, but it seems like every device that comes out lately has a shiny shell. What's your take on the shiny vs. matte issue?

UPDATE: Our friends over at Mobile Tech Review have also written up their impressions of the Samsung Epix, so be sure to check it out for another opinion.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mobile Computer Hands-on with HP iPaq Voice Messenger and iPaq Data Messenger

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 12:00 PM

"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...

Mobilitysite Covers the Samsung Epix

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 10:16 AM

There's lots of news on the Epix popping up - Mobilitysite has a couple of things worth checking out if you're looking for first-hand info on this device.

Above is Chris Leckness' unboxing video, and in his usual style he goes into a lot of detail. There's also a series of unboxing photos if you're curious about how big this device is.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Samsung Releases the Epix

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:23 PM

"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?

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