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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

i-mate 810-F Plays Nice with Heat, Water, and Extreme Shock

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:50 AM

"i-mate, the global specialist in Microsoft Windows Mobile devices and software, today launched the i-mate 810-F, the world’s first complete lifestyle mobile with a lifetime warranty. Designed to meet military specifications, the 810-F combines high-end mobile technology and incredible durability in a single sleek package. Whether you work in the great outdoors or in an office, on the road or on a building site, or you just simply want a tough take-anywhere mobile, the 810-F offers everything you need for work and play. The phone comprises waterproof rubber casing and exposed metal screws to lock in the factory seal, making it impervious to almost anything. A full QWERTY keyboard, and impact resistant touch screen, means you don’t miss a thing while you are out and about... The 810-F is designed around the stringent MIL-STD-810F series of standards. These standards are issued by the U.S. military’s Developmental Test Command, a body whose role is to ensure equipment can withstand the rigours of the most extreme environments. This means the i-mate 810-F can cope with pressure, heat, water, humidity and even extreme shock without missing a beat. The 810-F is equally happy at a chilly -10°C or sweltering 60°C, and can be fully submerged in water."

Amid all the hustle and bustle at MWC, i-mate silently unveiled the 810-F, and if the company's claims are anything to go by, it's one device you probably won't mind leaving in your jeans pocket and throwing into the washing machine. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device packs a Marvell PXA310 (624MHz) processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, 2GB NAND RAM, quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, a 2.0-megapixel camera, an accelerometer, a 2.46", 320 x 240 (QVGA) touch screen, and fortunately, none of the ugliness that was the JAQ.

More pictures after the break.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Qualcomm Mirasol Display in Inventec V112

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 PM

"While the ultra-efficient, ambient light-loving technology hasn't gone through that Pleasantville epiphany just yet, a 1.1-inch bichrome mirasol touchscreen has found its way onto Inventec's V112 Smartphone alongside a decidedly more colorful bigger brother. It'll serve to show time, incoming and missed calls, email and SMS alerts, MP3 song information, and other information that doesn't require a lot of space or hue."

Just in case you're wondering, the mirasol display is that B&W portion right at the bottom of the display. Why the fuss? If you've ever had the misfortune of trying to read a transmissive screen in direct sunlight, the mirasol display is the answer to your prayers - at least, if you're not hankering for colour. The mirasol display uses conductive plates to reflect light, which makes the display clear and readable even under the brightest conditions - you'd still need to have a backlight in low-light conditions however. What this means is that these types of displays can have very low power requirements, which obviously translates into better battery life. At the moment, mirasol displays are only useful as secondary displays, given the colour deficiency, but I dare say that's being worked on as we speak. Ain't technology wonderful?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Gizmodo Gets a Little Hands On Time with Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 04:00 PM

"I like the new Windows Mobile 6.5 interface, specially the new home screen, which is brilliantly executed. Running on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2, everything looked smoother, cleaner, and matched the iPhone's lick factor."

Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo was lucky enough to get a little touchy feely time with not only Windows Mobile 6.5 but also the HTC Touch Diamond2. From what we can see from the video posted on Gizmodo, the new version of Windows Mobile looks really nifty, though a bit sluggish at times. It is my understanding that the platform is not production ready yet so hopefully by the time we start seeing some of these drool worthy devices popping up at our favorite retailers in the near future a lot of the kinks and jerky movements that are seen in this video will be a thing of the past.

Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft MWC Cheat Sheet

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 03:00 PM

"At the Mobile World Congress show, what Microsoft didn’t roll out is as interesting as what it did. During a February 16 press conference at the show..., CEO Steve Ballmer and Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Andy Lees told attendees that the company is making some tweaks to its mobile strategy: It is no longer focusing primarily on business customers, but both business and consumer users; and is no longer thinking about mobile devices in a vacuum (instead it’s now about phones and software and services)."

If you feel like your head is going to explode from the massive amount of Windows Mobile news we were presented with today then you might want to take a second to check out Mary Jo Foley's cheat sheet to Microsoft's MWC goodies. One thing that has become painfully clear today is that Microsoft likes to play musical chairs with their branding scheme. I personally wish they would just pick a name and stick with it for more than a few years but a fresh new name could have been exactly what Microsoft needed to wash away the negative taste previous versions of Windows Mobile has left on our collective tongues. Some of the things Mary Jo covers in this cheat sheet are things like Zune Mobile, Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft's My Phone service and more. This is an exciting time to be a Windows Mobile user!

LG Unveils the Eigen (GM730) and HQ

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:07 AM

HTC isn't the only one showing off new devices today. LG has its own pair, too. The Eigen (GM730), pictured above, runs Windows Mobile 6.1.4 Professional and packs an MSM7201a 528MHz processor, 128MB RAM, and 256MB ROM. There's also quad-band GPRS/EDGE and UMTS connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a G-sensor, an FM radio, a 5.0-megapixel camera, a microSDHC slot, and a 240 x 400 (WQVGA) touch screen to seal the deal. It's definitely not as impressive the Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2, but it's not too shabby, either.

Jump the break for more shots of the Eigen (GM730), as well as a look at the HQ.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Acer Smartphone Pics Leaked

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

"The first of Acer's upcoming smartphones, tipped for launch at their MWC announcement next week, has leaked, and it's certainly an interesting looking device. The Acer DX650 is a dual-sided Windows Mobile smartphone, with a traditional 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen on one side, and a full numeric keypad and 1.27-inch 128 x 96 monochrome OLED display on the reverse."

That's a fascinating design, though I really wonder how usable this is - the best of both worlds, or the worse of each? At least you can't accuse Acer of not trying to innovate. Other specs include GPS, micro-SD slot and a camera, though from the looks of it, this will be a low-resolution one for video-calling only. Acer will also be introducing another smartphone next week, in a more traditional design. The X960 features a 533MHz Samsung processor, 128MB RAM, 256 MB ROM, GPS and a slot for a Micro-SD card. The phone will also offer a 2.8" VGA screen, along with HSPA and a 3.2MP camera.

Garmin-Asus Introduces nüvifone™ M20

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:18 PM

"Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin® Ltd., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20, an all-in-one phone, mobile webbrowserand premium navigation system with a Windows Mobile operating system. The Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 will be on display at GSMA Mobile World Congress inBarcelona, Spain, February 16-19, 2009, at the Garmin-Asus exhibit (Hall 7, #7C37). As the first Garmin-Asus nüvifone powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional withenterprise email, the sleek and colorful nüvifone M20 is designed for on-the-go professionals who want a fashionable and functional smartphone to manage their busywork and personal lives. This powerful device combines a dual-band 3.5G/tri-band GSMphone with Wi-Fi connectivity, desktop-like internet browser, push email, documentviewing, multi-media capability, Bluetooth® and Garmin sat nav."

Garmin-Asus has released an interesting device here! Strong GPS navigation features combined with a VGA screen and 4GB or 8GB of storage makes for a potentially compelling travel companion-type device - depending on the price of course. Pricing and availability won't become a reality until the first half of 2009.

The rest of the press release continues below, along with two high-res images. Read more...

Apple Bullying Google on the Playground?

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 02:33 PM

"It's hard to imagine anyone being able to bully Google into submission, but according to Venture Beat, that's exactly what Apple did. The report claims Apple encouraged Google not to use multi-touch technology in the Android-based G1 mobile phone, and Google agreed, Venture Beat says citing an un-named Android team member as the source."

I was really hoping to avoid this story but it seems no matter where I turn everyone appears to be talking about it! Whether or not there is any merit to this story, which appears to be up in the air at the moment, I just do not see the big deal over Google not including multi-touch at Apple's request. Apple after all has filed for a patent involving multi-touch technology, something I am sure Google was aware of. As for the other ridiculous claims that Apple requested HTC to not include a 3.5mm port on the handset... well the only thing I can add to that is that these rumors were probably started by someone that hasn't used too many HTC handsets. I cannot think of any HTC handset, minus the Touch HD, that has ever come with its own 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. Honestly to me this entire story just screams "slow news day," but I would love to hear what everyone who visits our site thinks of this recent FUD. Is it really a big deal that Google might have axed features at Apple's request?

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Snapdragon Devices On the Way

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:00 PM

"High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009, according to market sources in Taiwan... HTC and Toshiba are among more than a dozen device makers that have signed up with Qualcomm to develop mobile computing devices using Snapdragon solutions. Those device makers also include Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Asustek Computer, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Foxconn International Holdings (FIH)."

Can't get enough of the Snapdragon in the TG01? Well, it seems HTC and a few more are gearing up to release Snapdragon devices of their own. According to Digitimes, HTC's device will hit the market one quarter after the TG01. And the rest? We're guessing they'll trickle into the market as the year progresses.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Slashgear Gets Hands-On With New Toshiba TG01

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:21 PM

"Toshiba only brought along two working TG01 prototypes to the London launch of the Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone today, but SlashGear managed to get some in-use shots of the handset in action. The company is betting on consumers prioritising style, screen size and multimedia ability above all else, and while their claims to have created a "new category of product" can be dismissed as the usual marketing hyperbole, the Toshiba TG01 itself looks to be a very interesting device."

The lucky folks over at Slashgear got to spend some hands-on time with the new Toshiba TG01. While I'm more of a Windows Mobile Standard QWERTY keyboard device kind of guy, I'm quite excited by this device because it manages to pack the fastest (on paper at least) CPU we've seen into a device that's thinner than any other Windows Mobile device I'm aware of. Combine that with a killer screen, and you could have a winning device. Be sure to check out the gaming post with the videos as well.

...OK, I was trying to resist saying anything, but I just can't. Whomever is holding that device simply does not have a future as a hand model. ;-)

Toshiba Unveils TG01, Shows Off 4.1" WVGA Touch Screen and Snapdragon Chipset

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

Look out, HTC. Toshiba has something up its sleeve - that something is the TG01. Some standout features in this upcoming handset include a 4.1" WVGA (480 x 800) touch screen and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset with a 1GHz core. It also sports 512MB ROM, a microSDHC slot, HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, a G-sensor, a virtual trackpad, out-of-the-box DivX support, and a custom touch-friendly GUI, which sits on top of Windows Mobile Professional. And if you think the TG01 looks slim, that's because it is. With a depth of just 9.9 mm or 0.39", it's thinner than the HTC Touch HD (12 mm or 0.47") and iPhone 3G (12.3 mm or 0.48"). See for yourself at Electricpig and Pocket-lint, and expect more details at MWC, which takes place in just under two weeks.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Microsoft Files Patent for PC of the Future

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 02:22 PM

"Microsoft has filed a patent called "Smart interface system for mobile communication devices" to turn your smartphone into a "full-fledged" PC with peripherals. The patent application dated January 22, 2009 (originally filed in Dec 2007) describes the Smart Interface as an intelligent cradle that acts as an interface between the mobile device and the peripherals."

I am incredibly surprised that it has taken Microsoft this long to file a patent for this technology. Didn't Bill Gates give a good 10 minutes demonstration of a technology similar to this a few years ago at CES? If my memory serves me correctly, Bill was using a T-Mobile SDA with the glorious hump for the antenna at the top of the device. He walks over and puts his phone on a makeshift terminal and the terminal then turns into a giant screen where he can interact with it just as he would his desktop computer of the future. The demo was pretty awesome and you would think if Microsoft was spending all that time researching technology such as that they wouldn't waste years on filing for a patent for said device. Hopefully this technology is approaching our pockets sometime in the very near future.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Dell smartphone? Pinch Me!

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

"Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal-computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter. The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said. They produced prototypes built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software, these people said."

The rumours have been swirling for a couple of weeks now, but not with any authority behind them. Now that the Wall Street Journal has weighed in, everyone's picking up the story - I'll leave it to you to decide just how authoritative WSJ is (subscription required to read the full article). In addition, AlleyInsider (via has a source that states a launch date of September 9 (09/09/09 - geddit?), and the device(s) will be called the mePhone. Around the web, we've got reactions from Gizmodo and CNet, which basically pick up on the WSJ story while in an earlier article has additional analysis. Can we hope for an announcement at MWC (Feb 16-19)? Not long now!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm Looking for a GPS Gadget...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:41 PM

I'm looking for a particular type of GPS gadget, and I'd like some input from Pocket PC Thoughts readers. I saw one of our banner ads here for Radio Shack advertising a gadget from Bushnell called the BackTrack (see? advertising can be helpful!). I did a bit of reading on it, and it seems to be the exact type of thing I'm looking for. When I was on vacation in Japan in early 2008, there was more than one occasion when I had trouble finding my way back to our back-alley rental condo at night. The funny thing is that I brought a TomTom GPS with me, assuming (yeah, exactly) that even without maps it would still do basic point A to point B guidance - and it did not. Talk about technology failing me! So I've on the hunt for a cheap, simple GPS device that will allow me to mark a geographical point then be able to find my way back there again. This Bushnell Backtrack looks like it will do the trick, and it's not too expensive at $79.95 CAD from an online store. Any other devices I should be considering?

Tags: hardware, GPS

Where Does Your Device Live?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 12:00 AM

Back many years ago, it was quite cool to pull a Batman-esque utility belt look by slapping your expensive phone to your hip. These days that look has mostly gone out of style in favor of more discrete ways of carrying your electronic gizmo collection. Pockets, however, can be a bit dangerous for a device. Briefcases and purses keep devices safe, but require one more thing to carry. And lastly, the shirt pocket (My preference, see below) may keep the device at hand but looks uber-geeky in the way only a pocket protector could ever envy. But hey - a man has to put his device somewhere!

The Omnia Peeks Out while the uniball gel pen confidently stands.

So now that we're mostly out of the utility belt era, where do you keep your device during the day? And do you protect it with a case or cover of some sort? I normally don't, but then again - I live dangerously (as the gel pen sans pocket protector above indicates).

Tags: hardware

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. ;-)

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.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Microsoft Not Limiting Number of New Devices in the Future?

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:56 PM

"...Microsoft is committed to continued innovation of the Windows Mobile platform. Our goal continues to be working together with you to deliver exciting experiences to end users. The implication in The New York Times that Microsoft will limit the number of Windows Mobile devices is not accurate. In an interview with the paper, Todd Peters stated that Microsoft would be focusing on building out the quality of the Windows Mobile experience, investing more in working with its partners to ensure the best hardware-software integration."

I always enjoy whenever we get a response from Microsoft regarding a rumor in the wild. In this situation I feel the response is adequate as Microsoft will not be limiting the number of handsets that come out of their OEMs in the future but instead working closer with them to bring better software and hardware integration. Fewer Windows Mobile devices in the future would not have been a bad thing though if those devices were built around better hardware and software solutions. I would rather have five really awesome phones instead of a hundred mediocre to good ones.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

O2's Xda Guide Poses for the Camera

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:40 PM

If you don't mind a mere 2.8" QVGA touch screen and just dual-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, then there are plenty of reasons to love the Xda Guide. Our pal, Arne, at the::unwired has taken some great shots of the device. Click for a peek at the gallery.

Tags: hardware, guide, htc, o2, xda, iolite

iFlyz: The Portable Media Holding Solution

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 PM

"Inspired by you, the consumer, iFlyz was born after spending tireless hours traveling and watching as passengers tired to master a way to watch their media. Either you hold it, share the holding responsibilities with someone or rig it up a cup of some sort. Every option leaves you annoyed and with a slight kink in your neck, just reassuring you that flying is sheer joy. iFlyz introduces hands-free viewing while traveling, allowing you to relax and enjoy your downloadable movie or TV show while flying."

It's hard to get a handle on how compact this is, but it's a brilliant idea for anyone that travels a great deal and wants a better way to hold their media playback device. I know I could have used this product many times in the past! It would work equally well on a Zune, a Windows Mobile smartphone, or any other number of devices. The product is available for pre-order ($29.95 USD within the USA, $34.95 to Canada, and $36.95 elsewhere in the world, shipping included) and they'll be shipping them out come February.

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