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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Demo of WP7 App: Ahead Project Manager

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:48 PM

"Following the minimal-design principles laid about by the Metro UI, Ahead is not flashy but does enable quick access to basic project management sections including: tasks, time tracking, projects, accounts (funding), clients and setting."

It's great to already see a few apps that'll be available for Windows Phone 7. While you may not throw up your hands up and scream "yeah!" out of excitement, Ahead Project Manager is one of those apps that may prove to be very useful if you're into managing projects on-the-go.

As WMExperts noted, the interface appears very polished for an early build of the app, but I have to wonder if it works with any desktop PM software at all, or if you're limited to using from your WM7 device only. At this stage it appears not, but we'll know for sure soon.

Do you currently manage projects from a smartphone? And/or would you consider checking this out? Tell us what you think.

Video Review of the LG Fathom

Posted by Eriq Cook in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:07 PM

"The LG Fathom is Verizon's latest Windows Mobile Pro touchscreen smartphone. It features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It's also the first US phone to run Windows Mobile Pro 6.5.3, which includes a few UI tweaks to make finger operation a bit easier."

Mobile Tech Review recently posted a 10 minute video review of Verizon's new LG Fathom, one of the first (and probably one of the last) devices to come with Windows Mobile 6.5.3.

Along with the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the Fathom also includes dual-mode GSM/CDMA functionality, GPS, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot.

The LG Fathom will go on sale May 27th for $149.99, with two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

Anyone plan on picking this up? Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review of the HTC HD Mini aka "Little HD2"

Posted by Eriq Cook in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 05:13 PM

Mobility Minded recently posted a review and comparison of the new HTC HD Mini, a combination of the HD2 and Touch2. While is doesn't feature a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor or 4.3 inch display like the HD2, the Qualcomm 7227 processor is still decent and the smaller form factor is a plus for many.

Another pro of Mini is the inclusion of Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Although it is a "dot-dot-release", it does include a significant set of improvements over 6.5, including drag and drop icons in the start menu (one of those "how could they miss that" cons in 6.5), and an improved core UI overall. Add HTC's Sense 2.5 interface on top of that and you've got a very good user experience.

Suggested retail price is €379 (about $500 U.S.), although you can purchase from in Europe for £275 (about $425 U.S.) unlocked. No word on U.S. availability, but with WP7 around the corner at this point, I doubt we will see an official carrier release in the states.

Does anyone currently own or plan on purchasing the HD Mini? Read the full review and let us know your thoughts.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daniusoft Media Converter Ultimate Review

Posted by Chris Sacksteder in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

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Product Category: Media Conversion Utility
Manufacturer: Daniusoft
Where to Buy: Daniusoft
Price: $59.95
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (32- or 64-bit)
Specifications: Takes about 73MB of disk space


  • Does many different media chores;
  • Easy to use;
  • Supports many media types.


  • Sometimes options and choices aren't clear;
  • Technical support is prompt and courteous, but ineffective;
  • Documentation is incomplete for some functions.

Summary: So, you have a pile of great home video clips from that new digital camera. Wouldn't it be great to put some scenes of cute little junior on your cell phone to show off to friends, or on a DVD to send to Grandma? Or maybe The Kid has some favorite DVDs to watch in the car on a nice little netbook without a optical drive. Search the Internet and you find 100's of choices for "free" video conversion tools; a few hours or days later you've tried 10 or 12 kinds cripple-ware, ad-ware, and nag-ware , rebooted 18 times to install and un-install them, and had 3 crash your computer. And, none of them are really free OR do what you need. Time to get serious.

The Daniusoft Media Converter Ultimate claims to be a "multimedia processing Titan" that can " . . . remove DRM copy protection . . . , Rip DVD to most popular video files, Convert Video Music between different files, burn movie to DVD disc, directly transfer songs & video to your portable players like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Cell Phone, etc . . ." Is this Titan worth $59.95?


Friday, February 19, 2010

Resco Photo Manager 7.02 Reviewed

Posted by Monty Gibson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Software
Manufacturer: Resco
Where to Buy: Mobihand [Affiliate]
Price: $24.95 USD
System Requirements: Windows Mobile 5.x or 6.x.


  • GPS Phototagging (with a GPS enabled Windows Mobile phone);
  • New finger friendly touch features;
  • Ability to create photo albums.


  • Slightly expensive for some, but it’s an excellent program.

Summary: Resco Photo Manager 7.02 has really come a long way from its humble beginnings. This piece of software is a total re-write of their old Resco Photo Viewer and Photo Viewer Pro.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Your Own Mobile Fax Machine with Wizcode PhotoCopy Mobile 1.4

Posted by Don Tolson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:30 AM

Product Category: Imaging Software
Manufacturer: WizCode
Where to Buy: Mobihand [affiliate]
Price: $14.95USD. A fully-functioning 30-day trial version is available.
System Requirements: WM5 or above; Works with touch or non-touchscreen phones; resolutions from 240x240 to 800x480. Requires phone/pda to have built-in camera and have approximately 5Mb of free RAM to run.
Specifications: Uses approximately 1.5Mb of memory.


  • Simple to use, very finger friendly;
  • Can produce single or multipage PDFs;
  • Works in colour or b&w (best results are in b&w, depending upon light levels).


  • Output is dependent upon the quality of the photo images -- there is no image enhancement capability built into the application;
  • Only produces an image-imbedded PDF -- no OCR to translate content into text.

Summary: This is my kind of application. It does one simple thing, it does it well, and it's simple and easy to use. Wizcode's Photocopy Mobile turns your phone into a mobile photocopier/fax/scanner with the ability to convert an image taken with the camera into an emailable PDF document. Now, you can easily share those wonderful whiteboard ideas with the rest of the workshop, or send in that latest signed contract to head office, right from your phone! Read more...

Monday, January 4, 2010

WMExperts Reviews the HTC HD2

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:50 PM

"I had concerns that the HD2 was simply going to be too big. The initial pictures gave me the impression that it couldn't be comfortable to carry, hold or use. I'm glad that first impression was way off target. I found the HD2 very comfortable, and the large 4.3-inch screen a joy to use. The capacitive screen is nice, but had HTC chosen a resistive screen, I believe the HD2 would still be a solid performer. Call quality is very good and the Snapdragon processor moves things along nicely."

WMExperts recently gave the HD2 a spin, and liked what they saw. Unfortunately, for those of you in the US, it's not all that US-friendly at the moment, but hang on to your seats because a US-friendly version of this snappy Snapdragon-based device is expected to land sometime this quarter.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Microsoft's My Phone Service Put to the Test

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 PM

"The short video segment showcases the Microsoft My Phone service which, amongst other things, allows users to locate and retrieve a lost mobile phone. Watch as host Natali DelConte tosses her AT&T HTC Pure into the back of a cab as it drives straight into the heart of New York City. Laugh Be concerned when the GPS signal fails and the phone is no longer traceable, seemingly lost forever..."

CNET's Senior Editor Natali DelConte tested Microsoft's My Phone tracking service, which helps users locate misplaced (or stolen) smartphones, by throwing it into the back of a cab in New York City and seeing how successful she is recovering it by using the service. In the end the GPS tracking feature didn't help, but the phone was returned by a good samaritan who saw a message on the phone's screen that was sent using the service. Read more...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Samsung Omnia II Reviewed by Phonescoop

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

"Samsung's latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phone also runs the TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, meaning it skips most of Microsoft's experience and substitutes Samsung's. If you're looking for a smartphone packed with software and features galore, the Omnia II just might be for you. There are a few drawbacks to consider, however..."

Samsung Omnia II does a full breakdown of the new Samsung Omnia II offered by Verizon Wireless. With great features including a large 3.7" OLED touch screen, acceleromter, "swipe" keyboard, and some not-so-great features such as the interface and overall size, how well does it stack up to the competition? Click the Read link for full review!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Running on 'Full': Marathon

Posted by Don Tolson in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:30 AM

Product Category: GPS-assisted software
Manufacturer: JMD Software
Where to Buy: From the developer -- download available here; or from the Windows Marketplace
Price: $3.99USD
System Requirements: Marathon requires a Windows Mobile 5.0+ Professional device with a GPS receiver and a screen resolution of at least 240x240 pixels.
Specifications: Requires approximately 400K of storage memory. Cannot be installed to Storage Card.


  • Very easy to install, configure and use;
  • Main user interface is very intuitive, but there are lots of settings for individual customization.


  • Not possible to pause timings if you stop for a drink or chat;
  • Some of the terminology used is confusing (eg. Sprint vs Track) A Help file or glossary would be useful.

Summary: Training up for that next marathon or triathalon? Or maybe just looking for something to provide an extra nudge for your personal 'Biggest Loser' exercise program? Marathon, a GPS-enabled software package from JMD Software may be just the right coach. It provides a simple, easy way to track your progress whether you're walking, running, biking or even rallying by car! Read more...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clinton Fitch Reviews HTC Touch Pro 2 & TouchFLO3D

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"For this review I had the HTC Touch Pro 2 for about 3 weeks thanks to HTC and I found it quite hard to let it go. It performed flawlessly during my testing and the new TouchFLO3D made using it virtually stylus-free. It is simply stunning both in performance and in functionality."

Clinton Fitch seems to have been a big fan of the Touch Pro 2, a device sitting on my own desk right now (It's the TP2's turn in the rotation between a Dash 3G and a MyTouch 3G). I must admit, it is one of the most stylish and polished devices I've used in quite awhile. Kudos HTC!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dressed to the Nines - the ACER F900 Windows Mobile Phone

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Acer
Where to Buy: Expansys [Affiliate]
Price: $479.99 USD
Specifications: From the Expansys site


  • Elegant design;
  • Large, sharp and vibrant screen;
  • Very good speakerphone.


  • 128 MB of RAM isn't sufficient for such an advanced device;
  • Screen isn't as touch sensitive as many competitors;
  • Acer Shell touch interface lacks the pizazz and depth of HTC's TouchFlo.

Summary: Will we ever be able to write another touchscreen phone review without mentioning the iPhone? Its phenomenal success and near-iconic status have sent the manufacturers of phones using the more "venerable" operating systems, such as Windows Mobile and Blackberry, scrambling to come up with iPhone alternatives. I haven't seen much from Acer in phones in the past, but its F900 has impressive specs and looks to have the potential to challenge the iPhone as well as other WinMo contenders such as the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Does the F900 have what it takes to bring iPhone shoppers into the WinMo fold?


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Shure SE210 Earphones: Pure Audio Delight

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: Earphones Manufacturer: Shure
Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate]
Price: $97.78
System Requirements: Any MP3 player with a 3.5mm headphone jack
Specifications: Headphones have a frequency range of 25Hz - 18.5kHz with a 26 ohm impedance. They come in black or white and have an 18 inch cable with a 36 inch extension. The headphones pack up easily in a small travel case and come with a deluxe fit kit of 7 different tips to easily fit almost any ear size.


  • Amazing sound, it blew me away;
  • Lots of fit options, ensuring a comfortable, tight seal;
  • High quality construction that should stand up to long term use.


  • Somewhat expensive;
  • In-ear design takes getting used to.

Summary: No matter what you use as an MP3 player there is a universal law that applies to your device of choice. The included ear buds suck. Sure, there’s different levels of suck, but in the end they’re all pretty horrible. There was a brief period of time when the Zune came with the premium sound isolating earphones and those were certainly a step up from the usual throwaways you get. Still, to really appreciate your Zune or "other" MP3 player you only have two avenues to really get the most out of your music. Read more...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Love It When We're Cruisin' Together - the HTC Touch Cruise Reviewed

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: PDA Phone
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to Buy: Expansys [Affiliate]
Price: $469.99 USD
Specifications: From the HTC site


  • Offers lots of features for a "budget conscious" phone;
  • TouchFlo interface is one of the best efforts yet to make WM phones "touch friendly";
  • Bundled CoPilot Navigation software adds functionality and value.


  • Battery life is merely adequate;
  • Button layout on front differs from the "standard";
  • Back cover feels a bit cheap.


Everywhere you look these days, it's "iPhone this" and "iPhone that". For better or worse, the iPhone is a genuine phenomenon and has set the direction for touch enabled phones to come. Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 will bring a variety of finger friendly touch features, but what do WM phone manufacturers do until then? If you're HTC, you put a flashy touch enabled shell on a variety of phones at a range of price levels. The Touch Cruise is one of the more affordable versions. Does HTC's strategy make it an iPhone contender? Let's take a look... Read more...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 02:15 AM

If you're eyeballing the HTC Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2 as a suitable replacement for your archaic/ailing handset, then you may be interested in what and (Russian to English translation) have to say about the respective devices. The long story short is that they're very impressive devices. And, as you probably already know, HTC is committed to providing free Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades later in the year. If all that has convinced you to purchase, head over to our affiliate hardware store. The Touch Pro2 is available for pre-order; however, the Touch Diamond2 is already in stock (48 units, at the time of writing) and ready to ship, so you could have one in your hands as early as this week.

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.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Reviewed Over and Over and...

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 09:30 AM

Want Palm Treo Pro reviews? You got 'em!

Tags: reviews, treo, palm, pro

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Treo 800w Early Review Roundup

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 07:00 AM

Along with that "other phone", Palm (relatively quietly) launched their 800w, and the early reviews have been pouring in. For those of you considering the 800w, here's a collection of unboxings and reviews you may find helpful.

[ The Gadgeteer | Brighthand | CNET | Engadget Mobile | Mobility Site (photos, video) ]

In general, most reviewers seem to think it's a worthwhile improvement over the earlier Treos, with the biggest criticisms being the thickness, the battery life, and the connector switch to microUSB. Have any of you picked up the 800w? If so, contribute your thoughts in the thread. We'll be sure to update you with more reviews as they come in.

Update 7/24 2:15pm: Changed Engadget Mobile's link to reflect their full review posted this afternoon.

Tags: reviews, treo, 800w

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