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Thursday, April 2, 2009

iZel Universal Device Stand

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"The iZel is a totally unique and innovative way to support your device for hands free use. Its remarkable design supports a wide range of the world's most popular devices. It has a clever method for adapting its shape to landscape or portrait orientations and it is easily adjusted to position your screen for the optimal viewing angle. Best of all, it folds flat and travels easily. The iZel's durable construction is made possible by using a sophisticated slip-resistant elastomer that helps to keep your device in its place and looking new. Use the iZel when you want to watch a video, make a hands-free call, monitor your email, surf the web, or to simply use your device as a digital picture frame."

This is certainly one way to go about things, but it seems a bit larger than what I want to carry around. Personally, I keep a few paperclips in my bag and just make myself a quick stand on the few occasions that I need one.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

PocketPCDubai Reviews HTC Touch HD

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"Overall, the Touch HD is one of the best device in its class (if not the best) and sets a benchmark for future devices. The high-resolution screen, increased sensitivity touch screen, fluid Touch Flo 3D and various software enhancements make the user experience extremely enjoyable. Being a media centric device, the touch HD is an absolute pleasure to use for browsing the web, watching videos on youtube, movie from your personal collection, browsing photos or just listening to music (thanks to the 3.5mm jack)."

What is so hard with adding tri-band HSDPA to this otherwise drool-worthy device? And what are the chances of the Touch HD getting WM6.5? Apart from that, there's a lot to like - 5MP camera, 3.8" WVGA screen, GPS, 528MHz Processor, 3.5mm headset socket, and a fairly large battery. I don't like the fact that the changing the MicroSD card (and soft-resetting!) requires taking off the battery cover. As for the rest - this is a fairly solid contender.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Even More Details on HTC 2009 Roadmap

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"It seems we will soon know exactly how many screws hold together HTC's 2009 smartphones. FuzeMobility has just come across a spreadsheet listing some more details and some new code names we have not heard mentioned before...New to us are the Star, Superstar, Tachi, Chief and Captain."

This is getting better and better! Not only do we have more details of the HTC 2009 models mentioned before, we now have 5 more models to slaver over - note that two of the new ones are WM Standard devices. What strikes me most is the general move toward 128MB RAM and WVGA as standard, and the first debut of nVidia in the Windows Mobile space. Thinks are looking up in terms of hardware - any chance of capacitive screens making an appearance?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Expansys Accepting Pre-Orders for HTC Touch Diamond 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Events" @ 12:28 PM

Our affiliate partner Expansys is expecting the HTC Touch Diamond 2 to arrive on April 13th, around a month from now, and the price is $574.99 USD. This is the European/Asian 3G version, so if you want 3G in North America, you'll want to wait for the North American version. If you're in Europe/Asia, or don't need 3G speeds, this is the one to get - and, as always with our affiliate store, your purchases help us pay for our server - so thank you!

Travelling with Pharos: A Review of the Traveler 117

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

Product Category: 3.5G GPS PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Pharos USA
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $479.99 USD
System Requirements: Runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Specifications: Qualcom MSM7201-90 processor running @ 400Mhz, 128M of RAM, 256M of ROM, 2.8in VGA TFT screen w/LED lighting, Quad band GSM/GPRS, triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2Mb/s, 2.0 megapixel rear camera + 0.3 megapixel front camera for video calls, 802.11b/g, GPS, USB 2.0, BT2.0+EDR, microSD slot w/SDHC compatibility, stereo audio and TV out via 2.5mm jack. 1410mAh Li-Ion replaceable battery. Weight is 136g (4.8oz) with battery. Dimensions: 113m (4.4in) x 58mm (2.3in) x 15mm (0.6in) Full specifications are available here.

  • Beautiful, crisp, clear VGA screen;
  • Great battery life;
  • Standard 2.5mm headphone jack, which also doubles as TVOut.
  • Stylus is too small to be usable;
  • Trackball needs to be more precise/consistent in action;
  • SD card access is difficult and cover could break with use;
  • 2 megapixel, fixed focus camera is not up to current expectations.


The Traveler series is a new lineup of GPS-enabled 3.5G smartphones from Pharos, makers of the Ostia navigation software. Pharos has very kindly provided us with units to review the entire new lineup, so you'll be seeing the rest of the family over the next few months. Based on the numbering, you might think of the Traveler 117 as the entry unit to the series, but it includes an impressive array of features and a very sleek, professional design. What surprised me the most was the VGA screen and the substitution of a trackball for the 5-way navigation D-Pad!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phone Arena Reviews the Palm Treo Pro (CDMA)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 08:55 PM

"We still like what we get in the Treo Pro, but at the same time can't help but look forward to the Pre. We're not quite sure where it fits in Sprint's lineup, given that HTC offers two devices that not only offer more features, but are better designed. Still, the Pro has a good design and will probably find its way into more than a few business suits."

Phone Arena has published a review of Sprint's Palm Treo Pro, which swaps GSM for CDMA. A few niggles aside, impressions are positive; however, with so many new, exciting, and more powerful devices on the horizon, this may be one device to avoid.

Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5

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

"Windows Mobile 6.5 will have a widget engine, allowing applications built from HTML and JavaScript to run using the IE 6 Mobile engine, but without the "chrome" (IE menus, address bar etc) one normally associate with web pages."

This looks interesting - and probably not before time. Samsung for instance already have flash-based widgets for their WM devices, so to have Microsoft putting this capability right into the base OS is great. Maybe WM6.5 will be worth the wait after all, and I can imagine just how much better WM7 will (hopefully) be.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HTC Touch Pro 2 Gallery

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 AM Pro 2&imgnum=52&handyUID=1621 have a great gallery of the new Touch Pro 2, with comparison shots against the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. The Touch Pro 2 is a little larger because of the bigger screen, but I like the rounded edges and overall shape - it looks like something comfortable to hold, size notwithstanding. Check out the rest of the gallery for more!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Steal of a Deal - Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

"Tired of running out of juice when you're on the run? The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800 is a rechargeable portable battery pack that supplies power to phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, and other mobile devices. The charger comes with seven adapter tips for use with most kinds of mobile phones, but you can also use the USB cable that came with your iPod, Zune, or other device. In other words, it's almost universally compatible, provided that your gizmo can be charged via USB."

I think I'm going to order one of these as is should cover my iPod, Zune, and phone. The normal price is $44.95, but right now Amazon has them for $28.99 $39.27 (they hiked the price!). [Affiliate] Unfortunately there is a couple of week backlog on their supply, so it will be a bit before I can share my thoughts. Anyone out there already have one of these?

Motorola Launches MC55 In Two Flavours

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 AM

Motorola has just unveiled the MC55 as its newest, smallest, and lightest Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) with a 3.5" QVGA touch screen. It's available in two flavours. The first is the MC5590 (pictured above), which packs a 520 MHz PXA270 processor, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, a 1D laser scanner, a 2D imager engine, a 2.0-megapixel camera, a microSD slot, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Classic. The second of the two, the MC5574 (pictured after the break), is much the same story, except that it loses 802.11a Wi-Fi, but gains an A-GPS chipset, quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, and as you'd expect, the Professional version of Windows Mobile 6.1.

Jump the break for the press release and a specification sheet.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

O2 Germany Plans to Launch Toshiba TG01

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:00 PM

Toshiba's TG01 is coming... to Germany, at least. The folks at O2 Germany have just announced that the white TG01 will be available sometime this summer, but are keeping mum on the price. No word yet on whether the TG01 will surface elsewhere, but we're willing to bet that it will, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.

Alltel Rolls Out Palm Treo Pro, Sprint to Follow

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:22 PM

Palm and Alltel have just announced the availability of the Treo Pro for $199.99 after rebate with a requisite agreement. You can pick one up now through retail or online at But if Sprint is more to your liking, then you'll be happy to know that said carrier also has the Treo Pro for $199.99 after rebate with a two-year subscriber agreement; however, you'll have to endure a nine-day wait for the privilege of picking one up.

Anyone plan on biting?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

More Details On 2009 HTC Roadmap

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

"We have just received a tip regarding HTC’s 2009 line-up which includes details on a number of upcoming devices. First, the exciting ones:"

While nothing's set in stone, we're finally getting some details on the roadmap leaked in January. We have here quick details on six models - Firestone (Touch HD update), Whitestone (GSM/EVDO combo), Thoth (Advantage update), Twin (GSM/CDMA combo), Maple (Excalibur update) and Cedar (CDMA version). There's also a picture of the HTC Tungsten, but no details are forthcoming on that model. Launch/announcement dates vary from May to September this year, so not long now - look for FCC leaks in the next couple of months. Hit the link for more details!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Mio Explora K70

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Mio made it known late last year that the company was cooking up a mobile handset and it appears as though the Taiwanese GPS company's entrance into the mobile game will indeed be a sexy one."

Mio are better known for their DigiWalker series of GPS-equipped handhelds and this is, AFAIK, their first foray into making a phone. It's really not bad for a first effort, with the ubiquitous Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, quadband GSM, tri-band HSPA, GPS (of course!), and 3MP camera. The device has a 3.5" QWVGA screen, which is passably large enough for GPS usage, and a slot that accepts micro-SDHC cards for all your maps. No word yet on pricing or availability.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Asus Launches WVGA P835

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 PM

"Designed for business-savvy professionals who appreciate a screen as big as their ambitions, the P835 is equipped with a large 3.5" touchscreen that runs at WVGA resolution-offering five times the number of pixels of most phones and delivering the best document, photo, movie and website viewing experience possible. Apart from being able to display more of a webpage onscreen, the P835 boasts features that greatly enrich users' online experience, including blazing fast HSUPA 7.2Mbps download speeds, a responsive trackball that makes scrolling effortless and Opera Mobile, a user-friendly and full-featured Web browser."

Apart from the big screen and Asus' updated Glide interface, the P835 boasts a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 288MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Micro-SD slot, AGPS, and 5MP AF camera. The P835 also offers the capability to act as a WiFi AP for up to ten devices, which is a real nice capability to have. I'm a bit dubious about the trackball - the placement might make it a little awkward to use with one hand - and the battery is a little small for a premium device. Everything else makes this a pretty fine top-of-the-range contender for ASUS. Read the rest of the press release for more details. Read more...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Have a Warrior to Accompany Your Legionnaire

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:26 AM

"First up, the "Legionnaire," pictured, is your average mid- to high-end WinMo slate -- HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 800MHz core, Windows Mobile 6.5, yada yada. Where it gets interesting, though, is what you do with the Legionnare; turns out i-mate wants you to plug it in to a $200 netbook shell with a 10-inch display codenamed "Warrior," which will use the Legionnaire both as its guts and as its touchpad."

Well, this is a step closer to what I want, except I'd prefer that the small device run a full operating system and plug into the netbook shell. But while I wait for that to happen, this looks like an acceptable solution for those who want two devices that are "meant" for each other and find Redfly's products intriguing.

Tags: hardware

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Microsoft: "Understanding Phone Design Decisions"

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 08:45 PM

"In January, I had an opportunity to hear a presentation by Eric Lin, the Online Community Manager at HTC. Many of the Windows Mobile smartphones on the market today are made by HTC, even if they don't have the HTC name on them, so when it comes to smartphones, HTC is a market leader. The presentation covered several different topics, but the one I found most interesting was the question of how specific hardware design decisions impact the usability of the phone. When you pick up a Windows Mobile smartphone, the shape, size, weight, and feel of it give you an impression about the product - but did you know what kinds of decisions went into the final product you're holding? The answer may surprise you."

Read Jason's column on tethering? Well, here's another one. It discusses the design decisions that go into the phones you're carrying today - from the size of the screen to the feel of the keyboard and the sound it makes. Who knows? You may learn a thing or two that will help you choose the right phone the next time you're in the market for one.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

HTC Promises Touch Pro2 Will Be Available In All Major Markets

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 10:30 PM

With the backlash from the Touch HD incident probably still fresh in their minds, the folks at HTC saw it fit to promise the Touch Pro2 to all major markets, including North America. So, to those of you who were denied a Touch HD, is this any consolation?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WMExperts Hands On With TI-OMAP 34x-II

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:30 PM

"Microsoft may not have gobs of Windows Mobile 6.5 demo units out at MWC09, but that doesn't mean your intrepid friends at WMExperts weren't scouring the floor trying to find one. Find one we did, at Texas Instruments' booth. It's running on a development platform (the OMAP34x-II) they've created to help manufacturers use their new OMAP3430 processor."

The article features a run through of WM6.5, but hey, there's plenty of news on Microsoft's new OS isn't there? What's really interesting here is the new processor and reference platform Texas Instruments is pushing. While I'd agree with WMExpert's comments on the viability of the prototype (that's a 4.1" WVGA landscape screen you're looking at there), it's a great vehicle for showing off the capabilities of the new platform. Get this: capacitive touch screen, USB OTG, 6-in-1 card slot, and HDMI out - the beastie actually runs 720p video! Will we see all these features on a production device? Hope springs eternal! Along with the recent unveiling of the Toshiba TG01, for the first time in years I'm actually getting excited about all the hardware advances coming out for Windows Mobile.

Toshiba TG01 Continues to Dazzle

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"This handset is thin and light and makes the iPhone we used for some scale pics look positively chubby -- it's like having a PSP-sized display in your pocket. The 4.1-inch Regza-inspired screen is clear, the resistive touchscreen is typical hit and miss with fingertips, video and gaming are fast on the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and look gorgeous. You know, if Toshiba sees fit to add some 3G bands other than the 2100MHz included in the first effort, we could easily see this living -- almost unnoticed -- in our pockets."

The Toshiba TG01 is an example of a device that just looks undeniably slimmer and sexier in the flesh than in renderings. Don't believe us? Take a gander at Engadget's hands-on and video walkthrough, and try not to drool on the way out.

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