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CHECKING IN AND THOUGHTS: Alfredo Padilla, Contributing Editor (In Training)
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - on Sunday, 23.07.06 - 19:22:54 CET under 06 - Site News - Viewed 16525x
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Hello folks, I'd just like to introduce myself as one of the new contributing editors for the:unwired. I have been using Windows Mobile devices for about 2 years now, I started with the venerable HP 4150, and lately have used the HTC Wizard (Cingular 8125) and am now using the HTC Faraday (Cingular 2125). Click on the links for my reviews of both those devices. I'd also like to share a few thoughts about my dream device with you, after the jump.

One of the things that has happened in the past year is that we have seen a proliferation of Windows Mobile devices, mostly from HTC, but with a few others thrown in for good measure. There has been the development of exciting new form factors such as the sliding keyboard (HTC Wizard/TyTn), slim clamshell (HTC Star Trek) and smartphone with qwerty keyboard (Motorola Q). However, despite these developments, I must say that none of these devices hits my "sweet spot". I love the devices I've used, but what I'm looking for just does not exist yet.

So what is it that I'm looking for? Well, here we go:

  • Pocket PC Phone Edition Device
  • Landscape QVGA Touchscreen (Similar size and shape to the Q's but with touchscreen)
  • Built in Qwerty Keyboard in Candy Bar Design (ie. treo, hw6900)
  • Slim form factor (<20mm)
  • 3mp Camera with flash

That's it, all of the other stuff, features like GPS, 3G, etc. are nice, but not required for my daily use. The device that probably comes closest to meeting my specifications right now is the HP HW6900 series. The only unfortunate thing about this device is the screen. I don't consider myself a snob when it comes to displays, I don't pine over the release of VGA devices, QVGA is fine with me, but that 240x240 resolution its just terrible. I watch alot of video on my Windows Mobile devices so a decent screen is a necessity. I wonder when the first company will take the leap and include a landscape touch screen on a qwerty equipped candy bar design? Whichever does, will get my business.

Please feel free to share thoughts about your dream device in the discussion.


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