Archive for September, 2006

By September 13, 2006 Read More →

HTC Hermes – What do you want to know?

I’ve been looking through our stats and noticed a lot of search traffic phrases coming through that are questions about the HTC TyTN and Orange SPV M3100 and I’m wondering if you are finding the answers to your questions?

So here’s your chance. Tell me what you want to know about the HTC TyTN, Orange SPV M3100 or HTC Hermes in general and I will see if I can answer it for you. I have several devices at hand if necessary and chances are that other people will want the same questions answered so I’ll post up a Q&A.

Drop me a line through the normal feedback form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!


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By September 13, 2006 Read More →

Last day for MicroSD Card Competition

Today is the last day for sending in your MicroSD card competition entries. If you wish to enter I must receive your entry by midnight tonight.

Just a reminder that in order to qualify you must email me any 5 of the competition codes that I posted over the last 7 days.

Entries will be numbered and 5 winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The first name selected will receive a 1gb MicroSD card, the next four names will each receive a 512mb card

Winners will be announced some time tomorrow (13th September) and prizes sent out Thursday/Friday.

Any questions then email me.


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By September 12, 2006 Read More →

Astraware Bejeweled 2 review

Bejeweled 2 Logo


I thought that reviewing a game over the weekend would be a lot easier than trying to fit it around work, boy was I wrong! It wasn’t the fact that I was busy, it was because my phone would disappear for hours and only came back when the battery needed charging. I’d charge the phone and Tracy would run off with it again! I had to make sure Tracy had her own one to play with!

Bejeweled was first released as a web based game followed later by a PC version. The Pocket PC version was originally released as Diamond Mine in 2001, with the first release as Bejeweled coming in 2003. It featured two games modes, ‘Easy’ for relaxation and ‘Timed’ for fast paced, frantic action. The idea of Bejeweled simple all you have to do is tap two adjacent gems to swap them and make vertical or horizontal lines of three or more. Matching gems are then removed from play, their spaces taken up by new gems that fall from above.

Bejeweled(left) vs Bejeweled 2(right)

Bejeweled Menu Screen Bejeweled 2 Menu Screen

Bejeweled 2 uses the same idea with a few nice touches and some small changes that make all the difference. Bejeweled 2 has 4 different game modes, Classic, Action, Puzzle and Endless plus 5 unlockable bonus play modes. Classic has no time limit and is played until there are no more moves left, Action has a time bar at the bottom which decreases when you are not swapping gems and increases a little when you make a chain of gems.

Puzzle mode was not included in the previous Bejeweled and is a great addition. Instead of having the screen full of gems they are placed on the screen in specific patterns and the level is completed when you have cleared all the gems. Often there is only one solution to the puzzle. Finally, endless is a relaxing game mode with no time limits and where there is always another move to make.

The game is easy to pick up and learn but requires skill to get past the first level. The updated graphics between 1 and 2 make all the difference. Although in Bejeweled 2 the gems are smaller due to the placement of the pause button but they are a lot clearer. The background pictures which change when you go up a level are also a nice touch. The sound is clearer although the music is still slightly repetitive, but if you have a memory card you can put a few tracks on that.

Other than game modes, graphics and sound there are a few great features that the previous Bejeweled was missing. For instance the clock to tell you that you have been playing the game way too long and you should have been off lunch 30 minutes ago. The battery display to show how much more battery you have and a screensaver for the very rare occasions when your not playing this game.

Bejeweled(left) vs Bejeweled 2(right)

Bejeweled Game Screen Bejeweled 2 Game Screen


This game is highly addictive and has great replay value which will have you playing ‘just one more’ all day long. The graphics are clear and a vast improvement over the last one, although I would have liked the gems to be a bit larger and maybe have the pause and hint buttons on the bottom. If you have the previous Bejeweled and are wondering if it’s worth buying Bejeweled 2 then answer is yes! The extra game modes and 5 unlockable modes will keep you playing for ages. Although I do suggest keeping the game away from partners, friends, children, work colleages or even people on the bus.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Astraware and check it out!

Review by Russell.

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By September 11, 2006 Read More →

Brando Hermes docking/sync cradle

About a week ago I told you about the rather cool looking docking cradle that Brando released. Well now it’s time to review one!

The cradle is of a sleek back design measuring 85 x 36 x 90mm. It’s weighted which means that when you put your device in the dock its really rather sturdy while the rubber feet keep it in place on your desk.

Brando Workshop Sync Cradle

The cradle comes with the required USB cable to plug it into your PC. A blue LED on top indicates when there is power. One thing about the LED is that it’s a bit too bright and slightly distracting. It’s also illuminated whether or not the phone is docked, I would have preferred if the LED was only on to indicate charging but then I suppose there are LED’s on the phone for that.

It took a little getting used to in terms of putting my SPV M3100 in the cradle. To begin with I found it a bit fiddly and it was a bit stiff getting it out again.

It’s a shame that HTC don’t bundle a sync cradle with their newer devices like they did with the Blue Angel. I really miss having something on my desk that holds the phone in the right position and angle. The Brando cradle is angled just right so that it sits nicely next to my monitor on my desk and I can easily see the display and decide whether or not to answer that incoming call!

Brando M3100 Sync Cradle

Brando TyTN Sync Cradle

Personally I think my Orange M3100 looks better in the cradle than the HTC TyTN but both fit equally well – it’s quite snug!

The cradle will fit Dopod CHT9000, Qtek 9600, i-Mate JasJam, O2 XDA Trion, HTC TyTN, HTC Hermes, htc Z, Orange SPV M3100 and T-Mobile MDA vario II devices.

I’m very pleased with the cradle, it works very well for me and for the money, around £12 + p&p, I just can’t fault it.

Go on and treat yourself to one, visit Brando Workshop for more information.


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By September 10, 2006 Read More →

Treo 750v WM shows up on dslspeedtest

Treo 750v WM phone has shown up in speed tests over at the dslspeedtest.

There have been rumours that the device will or wont come to Cingular.

This, I believe, is one of the first confirmation that an American-centric version is being tested. And, as you can see below, is being tested by Cingular!

“205 0.553s (600k) Palm750/v0000 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows CE; PPC; 240×320) UP.Link/”


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By September 10, 2006 Read More →

HTC Hermes USB connector pin config

Have you tried the latest online casino games? If not, today is the best day to play and make real money! I’ve been asked over and over again “what is the pin configuration of the USB connector on the SPV M3100” and what are the “TyTN connector pinout specs”.

Rather than saying “I don’t know” I decided to work it out!

Hermes USB Connector pins

The above diagram is of the EMU plug viewed end-on.

Enhanced Mini USB (EMU) connectors are double sided. One side carry’s the USB signal data while the other carries audio signals. The pin config is as follows.


  • A = GND
  • B = NC
  • C = +DATA
  • D = -DATA
  • E = +5v


  • 1 = +Mic
  • 2 = +Right
  • 3 = Switch
  • 4 = Gnd
  • 5 = Gnd
  • 6 = +Left

You can find Enhanced Mini USB connectors on a variety of devices. The above config covers the USB configuration of the Orange SPV M3100, HTC TyTN, Vodafone v1605, HTC Oxygen devices and HTC Meteor devices and probably many more.

Use at your own risk though, play safe!


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By September 9, 2006 Read More →

HTC branded accessories

HTC have just released two rather funky looking bluetooth headsets. The first, HTC BH M100 Bluetooth® headset, is a traditional mono bluetooth headset whereas the BH S100 is a stereo bluetooth headset aimed directly at music-lovers with it’s 3.5mm jack socket allowing the use of regular headphones.

From the HTC site:

The HTC BH M100 Bluetooth® headset

HTC M100 bluetooth headset

The HTC BH M100 has everything you need in a Bluetooth® headset.

It looks smart, it’s light-weight, comfortable, practical, and delivers crystal clear sound.

The intuitive design of the BH M100 enables you to answer and finish calls at the touch of a button.

A perfect companion for your HTC mobile device.


  • Bluetooth® Specification v1.2
  • Reversible ear hook
  • Supports Bluetooth® headset and handsfree profiles
  • Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
  • Standby time: Up to 200 hours
  • Charging time: Up to 3 hours
  • Rechargeable 120mA Lithium-polymer battery
  • In the box: Headset, Ear hook, User manual, Travel charger and Charger adapter

    The HTC BH S100 Bluetooth® Stereo headset

    HTC BH S100 bluetooth headset

    With the HTC BH S100 you can enjoy your music in wireless stereo, and switch effortlessly between music and your phone so you never miss a call.

    Control your phone calls and music at the touch of a button with the clip on control panel. The ultimate in wireless freedom.

    Not only is the BH S100 feature packed, but it delivers excellent high quality stereo sound.

    A perfect companion for your HTC mobile device.


  • Bluetooth® Specification v1.2
  • 3.5mm audio jack socket for compatibility with your favorite headset
  • Supports Bluetooth® headset and handsfree profiles
  • A2DP and AVRCP Profiles
  • Music Playing Time: Up to 6 hours
  • Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 150 hours
  • Charging Time: Up to 3 hours
  • Rechargeable 250 mAh Lithium-polymer battery
  • In the box: Headset, 4 x foam earpiece covers, User manual, Travel Charger, Charger adapter and Lanyard


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    By September 8, 2006 Read More →

    Free VITO CopyPaste software.

    Sometimes every Smartphone user has to face the difficulty of transfering text from one edit box (any default editable field) to another on their Smartphone. Say, you need to copy a phone number from e-mail and send an sms to this number. In this case, thou funny it may sound, you still have to use a banal pen to write down the number to type it later. This is a big drawback of Windows Mobile platform for Smartphones.

    VITO CopyPaste Software

    VITO CopyPaste solves this problem with edit boxes and makes Windows Mobile for Smartphones more functional. To install VITO CopyPaste you copy the setup file to your Smartphone and run it. A second later you can bring up a context CopyPaste menu in any default edit box by press’n’holding the central joystick button. In this menu there are options to copy or cut all the text in the currently active edit box, or else choose selection mode and select the part of the text you need to copy or cut by pressing left and right joystick buttons. After you have copied or cut the necessary part of text to clipboard, you can paste it into another edit box.

    VITO CopyPaste is easy to operate. Copy the file VitoCopyPaste.exe to your Smartphone (e.g. to StorageProgram FilesVITOCopyPaste) and run it once to activate. Attention! Do not copy it to the default start-up folder (StorageWindowsStartUp or WindowsStartUp). To disable VitoCopyPaste run VitoCopyPaste.exe again.

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    By September 7, 2006 Read More →

    New HTC Models Announced

    HTC have just announced 4 new models due for launch in Q4 of this year. The announcement is hardly a surprise but HTC have chosen a strange naming convention. They are as follows:

    HTC S620 (HTC Excalibur)

    HTC S620 - HTC Excalibur

    The HTC S620 smartphone is a break-through form factor for HTC. Super sleek –
    just 12.8mm thin and weighing 130g with battery – this device makes light work
    of email and document management on the go. It is the first device to feature
    HTC’s JOGGR™ touch sensitive navigation bar, ensuring easy access to a
    wealth of applications including: Outlook Mobile® via direct Push functionality
    available with Windows Mobile 5.0), Word Mobile, Excel® Mobile, PowerPoint®
    Mobile and PDF viewer, literally at your fingertips. Combined with a 2.4 inch,
    colour, landscape screen and fully integrated QWERY
    keyboard this is truly a smart messaging device.

    The HTC S620 offers a comprehensive range of
    connectivity options: Quad band GPRS/EDGE, WiFiTM and
    BluetoothTM. It will be available across Europe from
    October 2006.

    HTC P3300 (HTC Artemis)

    HTC P3300 - HTC Artemis

    When it comes to personal navigation, devices don’t come
    smarter than the HTC P3300. This is HTC’s first dedicated
    navigation PDA with built-in GPS and features the latest TomTom
    software, NAVIGATOR 6. The HTC P3300, with NAVIGATOR 6 is the
    ideal solution for customers who need their PDA and navigation
    device integrated into one personal device. 2D and 3D maps
    are easy to install and view using HTC’s RollRTM (Trackball and
    Track Wheel) and optimised 2.8 inch sharp colour screen.

    Retailing from October 2006, the HTC P3300 will be available with a “taster
    pack” of regional maps or as a full version pre-loaded with a complete set of
    maps for Western Europe.

    HTC P3600 (HTC Trinity)

    HTC P3600 - HTC Trinity

    The HTC P3600 (aka HTC Trinity) is HTC’s next generation PDA, building on its
    successful predecessors the Prophet and Magician. Packed
    with technology, the HTC P3600 is the perfect companion for
    work and play. Windows Mobile® 5.0 keeps you up to date
    with emails, calendar and documents; it features 3G
    connectivity and is HSDPA-ready, delivering Worldwide high speed internet connectivity wherever and whenever it’s needed.

    With serious multi media capabilities and a 2.0 megapixel camera built in, this
    feature rich PDA is ideal for messaging, video, pictures and music on the go.

    HTC S310 (HTC Oxygen)

    HTC S310 - HTC Oxygen

    Ideal for business and consumer users the HTC S310 is a
    small yet powerful candy bar-style messaging device. It
    offers affordable access to Windows Mobile 5.0 and high
    specification multimedia functionality. This Quad band
    device will be on the shelves from September 2006 in a
    range of colours – black, white and grey.

    Cant wait to see these in the wild!


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    By September 6, 2006 Read More →

    MicroSD Card Competition!

    We have decided to run a competition for our readers. Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Prize: 1gb MicroSD card and adapter
  • Four runner up prizes of 512mb MicroSD cards
  • The competition is pretty easy, here is what you have to do:

    Within each post for the next week there will be a code number somewhere, it could be in text or in an image. All you have to do is collect 5 code numbers and email them to me with your name. 5 winners will be chosen by me at random. I will them email the winners as well as posting their names on the blog.

    The only ‘catch’ is that I will remove the code number from the post from a previous day when I post the next code number so you’ll have to check back each day to see what the code is, you can’t just find them all on day 7! I’ll post 7 codes in total but you only have to give me any 5 to qualify.

    Any questions then email me.

    The (not so) small print: Only one entry per person. We will not retain your email address and pester you with offers, we will not give or sell your email address to anyone else.


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