Archive for February, 2007

By February 13, 2007 Read More →

Windows Mobile 6 now official

Everyone has been talking about Windows Mobile 6 for a while but it’s now official, Microsoft released the following press statement at 3GSM:

Microsoft today unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile software platform. By improving usability and adding support for Microsoft Office features previously available only on PCs, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 delivers to the small screen a familiar and rich experience that meets the needs of work and life while on the go, all with
a single device.

“A work force that is both mobile and connected is becoming essential for business success,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “That’s why we’re integrating innovative mobile technologies into all our key products, with Windows Mobile as the centerpiece.”

Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view e-mails in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint(R) sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a PC, and are available from a corporate e-mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts such as Windows Live(TM) Hotmail or from a myriad of other popular service providers. Windows Mobile 6 also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides customers with a rich set of Windows Live services. For example, now through Windows Live Messenger, people can chat with more than one person at one time, express themselves through animated figures, quickly send a file or image, or record and send voice notes.

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By February 13, 2007 Read More →

UMPC Group Test (Part 3) UBiQUiO 702 review

This is the second week of our UMPC group test and over the last 7 days I have been using the UBiQUiO 702.

UBiQUiO 702 Main

Weighing in at over 1kg the UBiQUiO 702 is the heaviest (and largest) of the UMPC devices that we are reviewing in our group test. The 702 design is similar to the Samsung Q1, the screens are the same size and they share the same black gloss finish. The thing with the black gloss finish is that it looks great until you touch it afterwards it shows up all your finger prints!

This week the UBiQUiO had a good outing as I have been out of the office on a CCA Training course. The 6 cell battery offers great endurance lasting around 4 hours with fairly heavy use. The issue with the 6 cell battery is that it adds a lot to the weight and size of the device as it sticks out from the back of the device although this can be useful when you have the 702 on a desk as it doubles as a stand.

UBiQUiO 702 back

The 702 has an instant advantage over the Q1 in that there is a built in mouse buttons and pointer control. This works really well when you hold it in both hands and allows for efficient navigation, of course you can still use the stylus and touchscreen too.

UBiQUiO 702 mouse buttons
UBiQUiO 702 mouse

Whilst on the subject of using the device hand-held this is one area in which I found two potential flaws with the design. Firstly when you wrap your hands round the device to hold it you end up covering the CPU fan vents. Obviously this can lead to overheating. The other thing is the placement of the USB connectors. There are two USB sockets, one on each side of the unit. Both are in the exact position where you hold on to the device. This means that you can’t have anything plugged in while you are holding it, you can’t use USB keys.

UBiQUiO 702 left UBiQUiO 702 right

Like the Samsung Q1 the UBiQUiO 702 allows for text input via on screen keyboard or via Dial Keys but once again the relatively low native resolution of the display (800 x 480) means that the dials take up half the screen which limits their usefulness.

In terms of accessories, you do not get a great deal with the UBiQUiO. There is the obligatory charger, spare stylus, wired headphones/microphone and a plastic desktop stand. The only other thing you get is a yellow(!) cloth bag to put the device in. This wont offer much protection!

UBiQUiO 702 in the box

The 702 offers WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Once again, setting up a bluetooth partnership with my mobile phone was an effective way to get internet access this device but bluetooth is the only way you will be able to achieve this with the 702 as there is no PCMCIA or CF slot to use for mobile 3G cards. Fortunately the bluetooth on the 702 is reliable.

Although the bluetooth may be reliable the same cannot be said for the WiFi connection. Although the connection was easy to set up the connection would stop working at random intervals and at times would require a reboot to get it working again. Reception was also bad, even sitting close to my wireless router I could only get a ‘good’ signal, my laptop in the same place reports an excellent signal. With the 702 you’re stuck with WiFi as there is no ethernet socket to use instead.

On the plus side the battery life is good while the processor is reasonably quick and the hard drive, being a 2.5″ unit, is fast when compared with the Samsung Q1. The screen is quite large and is sharp and bright, touch screen is accurate enough but the native resolution too low in my opinion. On the down side, the biggest problem with the 702 is the weight. 1.02Kg may not sound like a lot but after holding it in your hands for 10 minutes you begin to realise how heavy it is, just like carrying 10 mobile phones! WiFi performance is also poor and there is a distinct lack of external connectors for VGA and wired ethernet.

Overall the UBiQUiO is a capable device but come back next week to see how the UBiQUiO 702 and Samsung Q1 shape up against the OQO model 01+ and I’ll be deciding which UMPC I liked best!


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By February 12, 2007 Read More →

SanDisk introduces Multi SD kit

SanDisk today introduced the microSD Multi SD Kit, bringing together in one package a microSD flash card with a miniSD adapter and a standard SD adapter, at the 3GSM World Conference 2007, where SanDisk is demonstrating products in booths 7C62 and 8C74.

SanDisk SD Kit

The microSD Multi SD Kit removes confusion for consumers and retailers in selecting the correct card for a mobile phone, because the kit supports all mobile phones with SD-based card slots. According to SanDisk research, 87 percent of the latest mobile phone models with card slots are designed for either microSD, miniSD or standard SD.

“Consumers, when shopping for memory cards, don’t always know what type of SD slot is in their mobile phone. The microSD Multi SD Kit makes the purchasing decision a snap, because the card is guaranteed to fit — either directly through a microSD slot, or by using the adapters for miniSD or standard SD slots,” said Jeff Kost, vice president and general manager of mobile consumer solutions for SanDisk. “Retailers also get a break, because sales associates can focus on the benefits of added capacity rather than worrying about compatibility.”

The kit makes it easy to enjoy music, photos, video clips and personal files on multiple devices. For example, a large video clip could be downloaded through a laptop computer and transferred to the microSD card using the kit’s standard SD adapter. The microSD card could then be placed in a phone with either a miniSD or microSD slot. The kit is also compatible with personal electronics other than mobile phones, including SD digital cameras, as well as SanDisk’s Sansa(R) e200 series, Sansa(R) Connect(TM), Sansa(R) Express(TM), and Sansa c200 series of MP3 players. This flexibility makes it more likely consumers will use their portable devices, especially mobile phones, to enjoy music, photos and video.

The microSD Multi SD Kit comes in three capacities: 512 MB, 1GB and 2GB.(1) The product is available now in Japan. It will be available in the United States and Europe in March, in Canada in Q2. Pricing in the U.S. and Europe has yet to be announced. The product may be sold under other names outside of Europe.


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i-mate to release WM6 upgrade for JAQ3

In a surprise move, i-mate have announced that they will be making the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 available to JAQ3 owners.

It is very unusual for device manufacturers to offer an OS upgrade like this.


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i-mate JAQ4 on its way

At 3GSM today i-mate announced the successor for the i-mate JAQ3; the JAQ4 of course!

Looking very much like the Nokia E61 the device is a little bigger and squarer than the JAQ3.

JAQ4 vs JAQ3

i-mate JAQ4 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 professional
  • Quad Band
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • 64MB RAM / 128MB ROM
  • miniSD expansion
  • 2.8″ screen
  • Integrated GPS
  • Scroll wheel
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2MP Camera
  • More info over at MoDaCo


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    HTC S710 coming to Orange as SPV E650

    The HTC S710 (aka HTC Vox) is coming to Orange as the Orange SPV E650.

    HTC Vox

    The Orange SPV E650 was mentioned in the Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 press release and expected to be launched in Europe in the coming months. No further details at this stage but we hope to bring you more!

    Orange SPV E650 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
  • TI OMAP 850 CPU @ 200Mhz
  • Quad Band EDGE/GSM (No 3G!)
  • 2.4″ QVGA 240 x 320 screen
  • 96Mb RAM, 128Mb ROM
  • Bluetooth 2
  • Dimensions: 100 x 50 x 18mm
  • USB and WiFi (802.11b/g)
  • ‘Spring Loaded’ Qwerty keyboard
  • 2MP Camera
  • 5 way jog bar
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Matt

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    Vodafone to launch Samsung SGH-i600

    At last we have more news about the eagerly awaited Samsung SGH-i600. Vodafone is launching the Samsung SGH-i600 (in the U.S. better known as Samsung BlackJack) in the coming month.

    An official announcement is expected later today at 3GSM.


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    Microsoft announce 3 Windows Live Products

    Today at 3GSM, Microsoft announced three new Windows Live for mobile services that provide search and communications capabilities to help people access their world of relationships, information and interests from their mobile device. Now available in the United States and the United Kingdom, Live Search for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java provide customers with advanced local search and mapping capabilities on their mobile device. In conjunction with the availability of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft also introduced Windows Live for Windows Mobile — a rich set of Windows Live services including e-mail, instant messaging and search — uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile powered devices.

    Live Search is now available as a software client application on Windows Mobile and Java devices. These Live Search applications represent the latest innovation in mobile search from Microsoft, providing customers with fast, easy access to local listings and maps. New capabilities include a unique, category-based search, which virtually eliminates the need to type text into the phone; an option to “map all results” so several
    listings appear on the same map; aerial imagery; and local traffic status in selected U.S. cities. Live Search for Windows Mobile provides additional new capabilities including satellite imagery, GPS integration and the ability to send search results to a friend.

    Windows Live for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java will provide customers with a rich set of Windows Live services, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile software. Windows Mobile powered devices, with their advanced software, processing power and memory, make ideal platforms for the delivery of Windows Live services. Windows Live for Windows Mobile
    offers one of the first industry examples of a single integrated and presence-enabled contact list on a mobile device. One consolidated list provides customers with easy access to all their Windows Live, Microsoft Office Outlook(R) and other contacts, as well as relevant presence information.


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    Real Dice promotion

    A few weeks ago the people at Real Dice contacted us about their new online gaming network. With Real Dice you can play Poker, Sudoku, Chess, Dominos, Backgamon and Mah Jong online and on your mobile device. You can even play people across platforms as Windows Mobile (PPC and Smartphones, Palm: Palm OS 5.0+ and Blackberry: 87xx model and 8100 Pearl devices are supported.


    Real Dice Network community is a unique concept that allows members to make new friends online. While playing or simply by sending an email within Real Dice Network, customers can create their own virtual community and organize private tournament with their buddies.

    We are currently offering 3 months free subscription using our promotion code: TANMWIN

    We will be trying this out ourselves over the next week or so and we’ll let you know how we get on!


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    By February 11, 2007 Read More →

    XV6800 Titan variant hits Verizon

    The Verizon-branded XV6800 has appeared on the web. The XV6800 is loosely considered to be an upgraded version of the HTC Hermes or a replacement for the HTC Apache but is based upon the HTC Titan.

    Verizon XV6800

    The XV6800 is expected to be available from Verizon from May this year.

    Verizon XV6800 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 5 AKU3
  • 201mhz Texas Instruments OMAP 850
  • 256 MB flash storage
  • 96 MB RAM
  • CMDA 800MHz, CDMA 1900MHz
  • Scroll Wheel
  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • EV-DO (supporting Rev A)
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • microSD slot
  • 60 x 110 x 20 millimetres
  • 160 grams (battery included)
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