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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How's This for a Windows Phone?

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Other Windows Phones" @ 10:00 PM

"...Fujitsu and DoCoMo are teaming up to unleash a dual-boot device this year that can go from Windows 7 (the desktop OS, not WP7) to Symbian at the flip of a switch."If this is real, I suppose this could qualify as a "Windows Phone". With an Intel Atom CPU, a 1024 x 600 resolution screen, and 32 GB of storage, the specs do make it stand out.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Gets NoDo Update

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

"Dell has just confirmed that the much-anticipated NoDo Windows Phone 7 update has begun rolling out to devices today, and also announced that a separate update of its own will be "coming later."

It looks like owners of the Dell Venue Pro have something to be happy about. Not only do they get the NoDo update, which includes copy & paste, but they also can expect another update from Dell in the near future. Hopefully this fixes some of the hardware issues that have been plaguing some Dell Venue Pro handsets.

Friday, March 25, 2011

HTC Arrive on Sprint - Comprehensive Review by PhoneArena

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

"Windows Phone 7 launched last fall, but without CDMA support a vast majority of users in the US have yet to be exposed to the complete overhaul of Windows Mobile. This drought has come to the end with the launch of the HTC Arrive for Sprint. Though this is the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 (WP7), it is middle of the pack in terms of features. That said, all WP7 devices are generously spec’d so the Arrive is hardly underpowered. Featured specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a crisp 480x800 3.6” display, 16GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera with flash capable of recording 720p HD video. The HTC Arrive also comes with the latest version of WP7, allowing users to copy and paste. Included with the Arrive you’ll get a 1500mAh battery, microUSB cable and AC wall adapter."

PhoneArena does a great job at explaining the pros and cons of the HTC Arrive. The review is very positive overall, with compliments on the phone's build quality as well as the smooth and snappy operating system.In the beginning of the review, comparisons are made the the HTC Shift because they are similar looking devices from the same manufacturer. PhoneArena concludes that while the HTC Shift is a very solid device, the build quality of the HTC Arrive is superior. The Arrive also offers a screen capable of displaying 16 million colors as opposed to the Shift's 65 thousand.Check out the link for the detailed review. Will you be picking up an Arrive?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

$1 Billion Dollars, a Bargain?

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 PM

"Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT - News) won a huge new partnership with Nokia (NYSE:NOK - News) that could light a fire under its mobile division, but it will come at a price: over $1 billion. The five-year agreement between the two companies—which somehow still hasn’t been signed—will see over $1 billion transferred from Microsoft to Nokia to encourage the production of Windows Phone 7 handsets, although it’s not all one-sided: Nokia will pay a licensing fee per handset to Microsoft that could eventually make the deal profitable for Microsoft, according to a report from Bloomberg. Still, the payments will start before the first Nokia Windows Phone 7 handsets arrive, which means that they’ll have to sell in decent volume for Microsoft to eventually see a payout."

While this may seem like a lot of money, it is equivalent to only 5 percent of the profits Microsoft made last year.

So, what is Microsoft really buying for the $1 billion? It isn't only Nokia's love, support, and marketing that they'll be getting, but also rights to Nokia's huge library of patents. Nokia has been in the handset game for a while, and they have quite a few innovations themselves. And now MS will have access to them without having to worry about possible lawsuits from Nokia. Something Apple wasn't as lucky with.

Check out the link for the full scoop.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Be a World Traveler With the HTC Trophy

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"First some good news: the Verizon HTC Trophy is definitely a global CDMA/quad-band GSM phone. This has technically been known since November, but since then we have had little to no word on whether that would still be the case.Luckily, our insider managed to snag a screen shot of the Settings --> Cellular, where you can see the "Mode selection", from there you can see the CDMA/GSM settings being available to the end user. That's a huge win for Verizon customers as this makes the Trophy the first Windows "world" Phone for the carrier, something that many had wanted to Sprint to offer with the 7 Pro (especially if it's a business device). Incidentally, we hear the phone is very fast and fluid, specifically that the 'NoDo' update gets rid of the Marketplace "scrolling lag". Schweet."

A knock that is commonly used against Verizon and it's CDMA network is that the phones can't be used in other countries. The vast majority of the world uses GSM. So a CDMA phone in countries other than the US can often end up being slightly more than a fancy flashlight. But that won't be a problem with the HTC Trophy. With the ability to take on a SIM card, this phone will let you travel the world in style. And when it gets dark, you could use a regular flashlight. You wouldn't want to use up your phone battery since you might decide that you want to actually make a call.

Check out the link for more details. The world awaits you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Verizon May Get a Windows Phone Handset in March

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:30 PM

"Verizon officials may be planning to announce the device as soon as Monday February 28 according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Verizon will introduce the HTC 7 Trophy as its first Windows Phone 7 device for $200 on a two-year contract. Verizon’s CDMA rival Sprint announced their first Windows Phone 7 device on Thursday, the HTC Arrive will launch on March 20 priced at $200. WinRumors understands Verizon’s offering will arrive in late March around the same time as Sprint."

This could be interesting. Unlike their CDMA competitor Sprint, Verizon representatives have been pretty negative publicly regarding Microsoft's new mobile OS. As posted in a previous article here at Windows Phone Thoughts reported that Tony Melone, CTO at Verizon Communications stated:

"I do want a strong third OS out there. It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7."

Also, Chris Wyatt, Corporate Vice President of Software and Services Product Management added:

"We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don't feel we could with a closed platform"

That doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement for what could be their new and upcoming product, does it? How is Verizon going to market their Windows Phone devices? Will Tony Melone and Chris Wyatt end up eating their words? Only time will tell. For now, discuss it in the forums!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Wait for a CDMA WP7 Phone is Almost Over

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

IT World is reporting that we will be seeing a WP7 handset announced by Sprint this week:

"The next Windows Phone 7 handset, and the first for CDMA networks, is widely expected to be available on Sprint's network on Thursday: the HTC 7 Pro, with a sliding horizontal keyboard and a tilting 3.6-inch touch screen."

And how did they come to this conclusion? Well, apparently Sprint left a pretty big clue:

"This week, Sprint has begun tweeting (@Sprint) about the new phone. 'What do you think the next new Sprint phone will be? Find out Thursday!' A second tweet asked, 'If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video.'"

Hmmm... hubs for gaming, music, pictures, and video? That sure sounds like a Windows Phone to IT World. It sounds like Windows Phone to me also.

However, a recent tweet today from Sprint adds a bit of mystery.

@sprint "Our upcoming phone puts your contacts, from email to Twitter in one place. How many of yours would overlap? #comebackfeb24"

Since Twitter integration is mentioned, does this still sound like Windows Phone to you? Twitter integration was brought up during the keynote at Mobile World Congress, but it isn't expected to be in the upcoming NoDo update.

What does this all mean? Will Twitter integration be part of NoDo?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Announcement Spurs Windows Phone 7 App Development

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:02 AM

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According to an article found in Businessweek, Flurry Inc. has indicated that interest in WP7 app development has increased significantly since Microsoft announced their partnership with hardware giant Nokia.

In fact, when it comes to new projects, WP is now ranked as 3rd behind Apple and iOS.

"New projects for Windows Phone passed Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and now rank third behind new apps for Apple Inc.’s iOS and Google Inc.’s Android, Flurry said. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, which agreed last week to have its Windows Phone software power Nokia handsets, is working to turn around market-share losses to Apple and Google. A wide variety of applications is critical to attracting mobile-phone users"

While the overall percentage of new projects is still only at 4% (up from 1%), this is definitely a move in the right direction. Nokia has a large international appeal. With their commitment to Windows Phone, developers are likely seeing the potential for their applications and games to reach millions, if not billions, of people around the world.

Developing apps for Windows Phone may have suddenly went from a labor of love, to a real practical business strategy for maximizing profits. It's amazing how much could change so quickly isn't it?

How do you feel about the growth? Talk about it in the forums!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The LG Quantum Reviewed: A No-Nonsense Keyboard Slider Windows Phone 7

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

This is my review video of the LG Quantum (here's my unboxing video), a Windows Phone 7 device offered in the USA by AT&T and in Canada from Bell. This phone is part of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices, and features a solid list of specs: 1 Ghz CPU, 16 GB of storage, a 3.5 inch 800 x 480 screen, built-in 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an array of sensors including an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM. It's a GSM phone, supporting the 850, 900, 1800, 1900 bands, and functions on the 850, 1900, and 2100 bands for UMTS. HSDPA at up to 7.2 Mbit/s is supported. 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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Hint of the Future? Nokia's Windows Phone 7 Concept Phone

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:42 PM

Yowzers! I like the look of that phone - Engadget has the details, though there's not much to share at this point beyond there being some work already happening between the two companies. I think that's a great sign - it means this isn't a partnership starting from scratch today; it's been evolving for some time now. I say bring it on: the competition to innovate on Windows Phone 7 just took a step up!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sprint Ups Data Rates by $10/Months on New Smartphone Plans

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:15 AM

"Ruh roh Shaggy, get ready to fork over an extra $10/month to Sprint to cover the wireless service provider's "Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones." But don't worry, the additional funds coming out of your pocket is how Sprint shows it's "committed to providing its customers a great wireless experience now and in the future." Does that help ease the sting?"

This is going the wrong way - if carriers want more customers to get on board with ARPU-boosting data plans, they've got to get cheaper, not more expensive. Unless of course, due to spectrum constraints and an inability to actually cope with the data usage happening today, carriers like Sprint don't particularly want hordes of new customers signing up. I find that hard to believe - data service plans are one of the few areas of new growth for wireless carriers based on what I read.

Monday, January 17, 2011

LG Representative Thinks Windows Phone 7 Could Have Had a Bigger Splash

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 PM

"LG has gone on record saying that Windows Phone 7 hasn't performed as well as it thought it would, following the launch of the mobile OS in October. "From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected", James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics global told Pocket-lint in a one-to-one interview."

Much has been made about this in the blogosphere, but I think if you cut through the fluff you get to a couple of key points: one, that LG was hoping for more "visibility". I think that means advertising and promotions - a bigger bang in the market. I can't speak for other places in the world, but in Canada I don't think I've seen a single TV ad for Windows Phone 7 on a Canadian wireless network. What I've seen instead is a steady stream of promotions on US TV networks - so some promotion is clearly being done. The other comment from the LG representative is related to the minimum hardware spec for the phone; he feels that a lowered hardware spec would result in more sales. I'm not sure that's the case - although there's supposed to be an HVGA (480 x 320) option in the pipeline, will lower-resolution phones really be what drives sales? I tend to think better-designed phones will do that - and that's in LG's court.

One of the comments on the PocketLint article also made a lot of sense: none of LG's Windows Phone 7 devices are available on his carrier, and he's not going to switch carriers just to get an LG phone. What about you? Do you have easy access to an LG Windows Phone 7 device, or would you have to switch carriers to get one?

Monday, January 3, 2011 "How Microsoft Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on Windows Phone"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

"Microsoft staff refer to December 2008 as "The Reset" - the month that the company killed all progress on its Windows phone project and started over. It's a measure of how deep a hole Microsoft had dug itself into that the employees interviewed by were unanimous in calling this a good thing. Even though the software titan had a head start on phone software beginning with Windows CE back in 1996, the subsequent Windows Mobile OS suffered from steep declines in market share when pitted against more user-friendly phones, like the iPhone and the Android-powered Droid."

This article was published back at the beginning of November, but it's an interesting read - especially for those of you out there who are angry at Microsoft for not reaching feature parity with a nine-year old OS with version 1.0 of a new OS designed, coded, and shipped in 12 months. Give it a read.

Friday, December 31, 2010

HTC Ventures Into The Living Room

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"To say that HTC's Media Link is small is an understatement... It's so small that we thought that our friendly government import agents had stolen it from the box that had obviously been jimmied open for inspection while en route to our European test lab."

HTC's ambitions have lately started to venture far from its usual stomping grounds. The HTC Sense team for instance want to extend their UI design into consumer electronics, and some of you might remember the HTC Shift, a marriage between a UMPC slate and Windows Mobile. Here we have another sample of HTC's diversification strategy, albeit a logical one given their proven strength in smartphones. The HTC Media Link leverages on existing DLNA technology to allow wireless media streaming from your HTC smartphone to any DLNA ready screen. It's a neat device, especially for its size, and can act as a WiFi hotspot. Engadget's impressed with it, though they did note some weaknesses (compliance with other DLNA devices, the price) and they think its more suitable for road warriors rather than the home. Think it's suitable for you? Click through the link to read the review.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Give up! We have you (HTC) Surrounded!

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

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $589 USD unlocked (my unit was $450CAD from Future Shop with no contract)
System Requirements: Windows Phone 7. You'll need a Windows Live account to take full advantage of the social media and marketplace.
Specifications: 1Ghz CPU with 512MbROM, 488MbRAM, 16Gb internal storage; 3.8 WVGA (480 x 800) screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900), GPS, 5mp colour camera w/autofocus + flash, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 w/A2DP, 802.11b/g/n; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; digital compass and G-Sensor; 120mm (4.7in) x 62mm (2.4in) x 13mm (0.5in); 165g (5.8 oz). Full specs are available at the HTC site.


  • It's Windows Phone 7!;
  • Comes with 16GB of user available storage;
  • Very useable, high quality phone and multi-media device.


  • The slide-out speakers are gimmicky and don't really improve the sound;
  • Overall build quality is a bit 'soft' especially around the screen edges and the fit of the back cover;
  • The available applications are clearly lacking some polish.

Summary: The HTC 7 Surround is among the first of the Windows Phone 7 smartphones to appear on the market, and clearly HTC is aiming this one toward people who like to share music and videos with others (or don't want to bother with earbuds :-). But how does it fare as an actual phone? ... and does the addition of extra speakers and Dolby Surround Sound (TM) really create a '...richer listening and viewing experience'. Let's take a closer look (or listen). Read more...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Got a Question About the Dell Venue Pro? Ask Grahm

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 06:14 PM

My friend Grahm Skee from anythingbutipod got his hands on the Dell Venue Pro, and he's kicked off a thread in his forums offering to answer questions about it. Curious? Stop by. I wish I could get my hands on a Venue Pro...

AT&T's LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 01:24 PM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the LG Quantum, a phone offered in the USA by AT&T. This phone is part of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices, and features a solid list of specs: 1 Ghz CPU, 16 GB of storage, a 3.5 inch 800 x 480 screen, built-in 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an array of sensors including an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM. Read more...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Samsung Focus Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:35 PM

This part one of a two-part unboxing and first impressions video of the Samsung Focus, a new Windows Phone 7 device that I got from Rogers Wireless in Canada. The Focus has a four inch, Super AMOLED screen. It has a 1 Ghz processor, a paltry 8 GB of storage, a five megapixel camera with a flash, and 720p video capture. And, oh, it's one of the few Windows Phone 7 devices on the market that has an easily accessible microSD storage card slots. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I bought it - because 8 GB of storage isn't something I could live with on a phone that's going to replace my Zune HD.

In retrospect, I should have called part two "Fighting with the Samsung Focus and microSD cards". You can witness the disaster below. Read more...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

HTC HD7 - Ready to Take On the iPhone? Really!

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to buy: T-Mobile
Price: $199 USD with contract
Specifications: From HTC site


  • High quality look and feel;
  • Large responsive capacitive touchscreen;
  • Windows Phone 7 provides a unique and easy-to-use user interface;
  • Wireless synching of calendar and contacts through Windows Live is included.


  • No slot for memory cards;
  • Mobile Office apps (particularly Word) are short on features;
  • Weak external speaker affects speakerphone performance;
  • Wireless synching of calendar and contacts can be complicated to set up;
  • No "cut and paste" or third-party multitasking.

Summary: With the game-changing introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Microsoft saw its position as a consistent midpack player in the smartphone market begin to decline. Attempts to update the legacy Windows Mobile (WM) OS and UI to provide a more "iPhone-like" experience met with indifference in the marketplace. The MS product planners came to the inevitable conclusion that the only way to compete with the iPhone (and the up and coming Android platform) was to introduce an all-new platform specifically designed to target the newcomers. That platform is finally here and it's called Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Long-time partner HTC has introduced the HD7, a phone with state-of-the-art specs running WP7. Does HTC's WP7-powered flagship model have what it takes to once again establish Microsoft as a player in the current marketplace, in the face of smartphone "superstars" like the iPhone 4 and the MyTouch 4G? Read on as we consider that question...


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