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Monday, July 21, 2008

Touch Diamond, Omnia, and iPhone 3G Eye-Candy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:38 AM

More eye-candy for you, courtesy of the folks at, who have unboxed and compared the HTC Touch Diamond, Samsung Omnia, and Apple's iPhone 3G. Click for a look, and try not to drool too much.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Windows Mobile Device + Train Set = Fun

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 10:50 PM

"If you read my blog then you'll probably realise that I can be a little nuts at times. Every now and then I like to do some weird things with my Windows Mobile... Yesterday I decided to do something a bit more bizarre and plonked my HTC phone onto the carriage of a toy train set. "What?" I hear you cry. Well, I was helping my nephew with his train-set while Emily gave our son a bath, so I decided to film it because it was, quite possibly, the longest track we'd ever made... Yes, it's a little nuts, but this is what happens when you have kids ;)"

Tired of sitting around and twiddling your thumbs while we all patiently wait for the release of Windows Mobile 7? Well here is a little something to pass the time and maybe even give you a chuckle. Gears from has attached his Windows Mobile HTC handset to a electronic train set and has sent it down one of the longest toy train tracks I have ever seen constructed. It just goes on and on and on. You can see one of the videos above. To see the second clip point your browsers this way.

Monday, July 14, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond Approved, Extended

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:40 AM

Despite PC Pro's slamming, the HTC Touch Diamond continues to move forward. First, there's good news for our US readers: the FCC has given the CDMA version two thumbs up, so now it's just a matter of the carriers announcing when and where you'll be able to hand over the dollar bills. In other news, those of you who already have the device may be interested in more juice, because, you know, that 900mAh battery included in the box isn't exactly anything to write home about. Our affiliate hardware store (Expansys) has a 1340mAh version (cover included) available for pre-order, so if you value uptime over girth, be sure to take a look.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Samsung Omnia and HTC Touch Diamond In the Ring

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 11:00 AM

"It's PocketPC playoffs and HTC are giving Samsung a match at the GSM Arena. With two of the stars of the season arriving in our office all at once, we thought it's a heck of an opportunity for some Diamond-Omnia-Diamond-Omnia-Diamond-Omnia game-set-match with a pinch of iPhone flavor. We got two aces up to the challenge, so sit back and stretch out. Ah well, get that six-pack too and join us for the kick-off."

There's plenty to love about the Samsung Omnia and the HTC Touch Diamond. Both are very capable, but which one trumps the other? GSM Arena attempts to answer that in nine pages. Take a look!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Camera Comparison: HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Omnia, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

Our pal, Arne, over at the::unwired, has stress tested the cameras of four of the latest and greatest Windows Mobile devices: the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro, the Samsung Omnia, and Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1. If camera quality means a lot to you, hit the link to see what Arne has to say.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Battle of the Keyboards: XPERIA X1 vs. HTC Touch Pro

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:15 AM

"MobileBurn scored an early look at the Touch Pro -- which won't be available at retail for a month or three yet -- and came away impressed with the all-important keyboard, saying that it was "much more" usable than the QWERTY found on Sony Ericsson's rival superphone. Closed, it's said to be virtually indistinguishable from the Touch Diamond (which we'd say is a good thing) other than being a bit thicker to accomodate they keyboard and picking up a matte-finish rear cover."

Two top-notch devices: the HTC Touch Pro and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Both have specs that would make any geek weak at the knees, but when it comes to the keyboard, word on the street is that there's simply no contest - the Touch Pro comes out on top. Check out what MobileBurn has to say, and do take a look at the pics. Engadget has plenty of X1 pics for your perusal, too.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Vodafone UK Lists the HTC Touch Diamond

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"Feature rich Windows Mobile 6.1 device utilising HTC's new Touchflow UI. This device is in a tablet form factor meaning it is touch screen only. It comes loaded with Vodafone Email Plus and the Vodafone Sat Nav program. Launch expected in July."

If you're a Vodafone UK customer, keep your eyes open for an HTC Touch Diamond release in July. You will have the option of paying $0 for the device, with some unspecified pricing plan. And each purchase includes a free Bluetooth hands-free car kit. More information on the Vodafone Business Shop webpage.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond on Telstra's 850MHz Next G Network

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:30 AM

A little birdie flew in today to tell us that Telstra will drop the HTC Touch Diamond into the hands of Australian consumers as early as next month at $999 AUD outright or free on a two-year, $80 AUD/month plan. In addition to that, we can confirm that this version of the Touch Diamond will support Telstra's Next G network, which operates on the same 850MHz band used by AT&T, so there is hope for those of you in the US.

And a note to anyone in Oz, unless you have this huge desire to take advantage of (or be burned by?) Telstra's contract, don't purchase it from them outright. Shop around locally and you'll probably find it for $200 AUD less, sans 850MHz support, of course. Although, you may very well find the 850MHz version to be the same price before too long.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

HTC Windows Mobile Device in Q1 2009

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 10:26 AM

"If you're apt to believe it, supposedly a regional HTC GM by the name of Kevin Chen flapped his lips about the first Windows Mobile 7 devices launching in Q109 -- so between six and nine months from now. We reached HTC, which had no (further) comment on the matter, but everything we've seen about 7 so far kind of leads us to believe that 7-based devices launching before next year's Mobile World Congress sounds a bit premature, even if that doesn't necessarily jibe with the MWg roadmap (which promised devices possibly even later this year)."

[Photo courtesy of Engadget]

The possibility of have having a brand spanking new Windows Mobile 7 device in my hands by my birthday is pretty exciting - even if the thought of waiting until next year for Microsoft’s new mobile operating system is a little bit daunting. While I can completely understand Microsoft's recent stance at keeping every new product with a '7' in its name super hush-hush, I still wish the Powers That Be would throw us a bone and let us know how development is going. To be honest, I don't even care about feature XYZ; I just want a little reassurance from Microsoft that they're still in the game. Is that so much to ask?

Friday, June 13, 2008

HTC Touch Dual Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 12:03 AM

"Say hello to my little friend: the HTC Touch Dual North American version. It's small, it's soft-touch cuddly, yet it packs the power of Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, 3G HSDPA for the US and a slide-out 20 key QWERTY keyboard that uses predictive text. At 400MHz it has the power to keep up, and there's ample RAM to keep things moving smoothly. It runs HTC's TouchFLO user interface, let's call it TouchFLO 2.0 because it has new features since TouchFLO first debuted on the GSM HTC Touch, and it's had the kinks worked out."

MTR has just given the US version of the HTC Touch Dual a 4 out of 5. So, if you're currently standing in your local Best Buy feeling a little undecided over giving up $549, let the review help you out. Oh, and yeah, I have no idea how it qualifies as "cuddly" either.

Tags: review, touch, dual, htc

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Coolsmartphone: "A Week with the Diamond"

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 09:00 AM

Gears, of, got his hands on a prerelease Touch Diamond for a week, and decided to cover it from every angle. First off, Coolsmartphone's Special Report on the Touch Diamond has been updated with a ton of pictures and thoughts.

However, they didn't stop there. Gears has uploaded 8 videos, one for each day plus a weekend special, covering many different aspects of the unit. If you've got some time to burn, here's quick links to the videos: [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]. I haven't watched the videos, but I do love the pics of this unit. I'll be looking forward to feeling one in my hand if (when?) it comes to the US.

Tags: touch, htc, diamond

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HTC Raphael Makes an Appearance as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:02 AM

Touch Diamond? That was so yesterday. The long-awaited HTC Raphael has finally made an appearance as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV, and it's packing some serious horsepower. Check it: a Qualcomm 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, HSDPA connectivity, a 480 x 640 touch screen, 3.2-megapixel and 0.3-megapixel cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM radio, a microSD slot, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Also note the top row of keys on the keyboard - that's right, a dedicated number row! But alas, only tri-band GSM (no 850MHz), although I'm willing to bet that we'll see a quad-band version elsewhere in the near future.

And err... your keyboard is wet. You can stop drooling now.

Benchmarked: HTC Touch Diamond vs. 50 Others

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 04:25 AM

If you're one of the few who loves a good benchmark, head over to SoloPalmari (translated version) to see how the HTC Touch Diamond fares against a whopping fifty other devices. You may find the results surprising.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Unlocked HTC Touch Dual Launching in the US This Weekend

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:15 PM

Another weekend is approaching, but that typical wind down period isn't stopping Best Buy from gearing up for the US launch of the unlocked HTC Touch Dual. This version features the 20-key layout, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA (850MHz/1900MHz) connectivity, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. So, if you're eager for some 6.1 action and simply can't wait for the Touch Diamond to make an appearance, gather $549.99 and head over to your local Best Buy or shop online this weekend.

Tags: buy, touch, best, unlocked, dual, htc

Monday, May 19, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond Unboxed... Again

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

Yet another HTC Touch Diamond unboxing, except the folks behind this one (ePrice) know how to work a camera. Head over there to check out the entire gallery. Read more...

Alltel's Touch In Burgundy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"The Touch has always seemed like a device that deserves a whole rainbow to itself, but for whatever reason, its many colors have been hard to find in one place. Alltel's breaking out of the mold, though, becoming just the first carrier in the US to offer multiple Touch shades in its lineup by adding burgundy to the original gray."

Not too vivid. Not too dull. I'd say Alltel splashed just the right amount of red on this one. And best of all, at $129.99 after rebate on a contract, this new look Touch won't cost you an extra cent more than the existing grey.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Battle of the Touches: HTC Touch Diamond vs. iPhone

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"Our brethren over at Engadget Chinese had the chance to size-up HTC's new Windows Mobile 6.1 Touch Diamond with Apple's iPhone this morning in Taiwan. We have to admit, HTC's CEO was dead-on when he claimed that the Diamond's "not too big, not too small" after seeing it side-by-side with Microsoft's left-coast nemesis."

You've all seen the Touch Diamond (which, by the way, has now received the FCC's tick of approval) in renderings. Now, see it in the flesh. Here it is next to the iPhone. The Touch Diamond is quite a bit smaller, although fortunately, not too small that you can't hold it without losing it. How will it compare with the next-generation iPhone? I guess we'll find out in the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond: You've Seen Pictures, Now See Videos

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:05 AM

HTC has gone gaga on YouTube by uploading nine HTC Touch Diamond video demos. Check out the one above, and then jump the break to see the rest. Read more...

Coverage of the HTC Event in London

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 06:45 AM

A handful of sites were in London today to live-blog the HTC event from start to finish. If you're interested in seeing what went on, head over to Engadget, MoDaCo, and BGR for triple the fun. And in case you missed the big HTC Touch Diamond announcement, click.

HTC Announces the Touch Diamond

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:15 AM

"Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones… the HTC Touch Diamond™ signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design. Featuring a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed steel and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use. With HTC’s vibrant touch-responsive user interface, TouchFLO™ 3D, and ultra-fast HSDPA internet connectivity… the HTC Touch Diamond offers a rich online experience to rival a notebook computer, allowing you to interact with Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia as freely as you would with a broadband connection. Your contacts, favourite music, videos and photos are no longer an uninspired line of text. With TouchFLO 3D, album artwork, video stills and snapshots of your friends’ and family’s faces are brought to life for you to interact, play and launch at your fingertips."

As widely speculated, HTC unveiled the Touch Diamond today at a press event in London, and you have to hand it to the company - they sure know how to craft a kick-ass UI. I'm not going to comment on whether it knocks the socks off the iPhone's, since each and every one of you will have your own opinion, but suffice to say, it's definitely a huge step forward toward making Windows Mobile look and feel impressive.

Of course, this Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device isn't all just eye candy. Inside, you'll find a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, 192MB RAM (yes, that ought to make a few of you happy), 256MB ROM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2.8" VGA touch screen, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, A-GPS support, an FM tuner with RDS, an accelerometer, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a secondary VGA camera for video telephony. Read more...

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