March 2007 - Posts

  • More Mobile News Than You Can Shake A Hard Drive At

    Hello all!  I know it's been awhile, but we have ALOT to cover so let's get a move on, shall we?

    The big news (for the minute at least) is that 3 phones currently on Cingular/AT&T will be upgradable to WM6.  They are:  the Treo 750; Cingular 8525; and the Samsung Blackjack.  No luck then for my 8125 I guess.  (Thanks to Engadget Mobile for the snippet.)

    My, my, HTC.  What would we do without you?  So much HTC news to cover, it's becoming a dizzying array of codenames, so please bear with me, and please, if you see a mistake, feel free to let me know.

    HTC released the HTC Shift today.  The press release says:

    "Unveiled at CTIA, the HTC Shift combines the power of Windows Vista with an innovative QWERTY-based keyboard design and 3G-connectivity. The days of compromising productivity for portability are gone. The HTC Shift provides all the power, functionality and connectivity the busy professional needs in a sleek design that is half the size and a fraction of the weight of what they lug around today. Similar in size to a couple of DVD cases, the HTC Shift comes with Windows Vista Business, includes a brilliant 7-inch widescreen touch display and a 30-gigabyte hard drive. Packed with advanced connectivity, the HTC Shift features high-speed global connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. A multimedia maven, the HTC Shift leverages Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos."

    HTC also out-did themselves today by taking the wraps off of the Advantage...in the United States!  Engadget got a hold of one and you can see it in all it's glory here.  I personally don't really like the way the device looks (the keyboard), but the functionality is the key.  I'll hold my full judgment until I can hold one in my own hands.

    Alot of people now seems to be a little confused as to which is which, the Shift and the Advantage.  Plainly put, the Advantage is of the "smartphone" breed, while the Shift is more of the UMPC genre.

    That's it for now, Part 2 will be up hopefully tomarrow.  Happy reading!

    -Dena

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  • WM6 Upgrades, Second Take

    Thank you guys for the wonderful opinions and discussion in my Calling All WM5 Users post.  This morning, my husband and I decided to GO LOOK at an 8525, feel it around, and see if we really needed it in our lives.  Of course, once we got into the store, there was no stopping us; we had to get it.  Just  4 days prior, my 8125 bricked out due to a software malfunction (no, it wasn't the OS, I had downloaded a prayer-time program and it didn't play nicely with the phone :().  So now for once in our married life I think, my husband has something newer and greater than I do!  He's got the 8525 and I'm with a replaced 8125.  Now maybe he will stop accidentally dial numbers in his pants ;)

    While we were getting the phones set up, we were also on the phone with Cingular and the person helping us at the store.  Both have said that HTC and Cingular are pushing Microsoft to get the WM6 upgrade to everyone with a Windows Mobile device.  This is good news for us if this is indeed true.  If it was just Cingular saying they wanted to have it, Microsoft might withhold it just like the 2k3 -> WM5 fiasco.  The reason this is good this time around is because if HTC is in on it, the manufacturer of the phones is half calling the shots, if Microsoft says no, then HTC could deny Microsoft the license to use their phones and we wouldn't have such an awesome Mobile platform.  Either way, I'm really hoping it pans out and we will be able to get it as an upgrade, paid or not.

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  • WM6 SDK is Here (Finally!)

    Yep, you waited for it, and now it's here:  the Windows Mobile 6 SDK.  There are two downloads, one to download the Professional SDK and the other is the Standard SDK.  This is to keep in line the naming scheme beginning with WM6 of the mobile products.  Get them both here.

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  • Updated Time Change Tools

    Here are the latest time change tools from Microsoft, properly labeled (unlike last time on my page, sorry for that!).

    Desktop

    Smartphone

    Pocket PC WM5

    Pocket PC WM 2003

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