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Monday, 09.12.13
MUSIC: Nokia announces the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headset with NFC and Windows Phone Live Tile Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 01 - General News

Following countless rumors prior the Nokia World, today Nokia announced the Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth stereo headset. Nokia-typical and quite common for Bluetooth audio accessory in general, the Nokia BH-121 is NFC-enabled which means its instantly connect with an NFC-enabled smartphone. It even supports multi-point connections which allows to connect two devices. The BH-121 comes with noise blocking in-ear headphones and incorporates a standard 3.5 mm audio connector which allows to attach any favorite headphones (or speakers) by still allowing the use of the BH-121's controls. The BH-121 supports the HFP/HSP and A2DP/AVRCP profiles but unfortunately no word about the support of aptX codec.


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Tuesday, 03.09.13
ACCESSORY: HTC announces HTC BoomBass Bluetooth Bass for its range of HTC One BoomSound Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:36 CET under 04 - Android News

Together with the introduction of the HTC Desire 300 and Desire 601, HTC also announced a surprising accessory for HTC One owners which is said to redefine the smartphone sound experience and raising the bar again. HTC BoomBass, a compact, Bluetooth-enabled subwoofer with a dedicated amplifier, provides clearer, more powerful bass when combined with the HTC One family's BoomSound. The subwoofer enables HTC BoomSound's speakers to produce enhanced quality of lower range frequencies so, no matter what music you're playing or video you're watching, you are guaranteed immense and exceptional sound that can travel with you.


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Saturday, 29.09.12
REVIEW: HTC Car StereoClip (Aux) Bluetooth Dongle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced earlier this year, the HTC Car StereoClip (Aux) is finally available in many countries. The Car StereoClip (Aux) allows to wirelessly stream music from an HTC phone (as well as other Android, Windows Phone and iOS phone manufacturers are supported) through the car stereo speakers. The setup is pretty straight forward by just plugging the adaptor into a 3.5 mm auxiliary port and connecting the smartphone after via Bluetooth to the dongle. That said, the Car StereoClip (Aux) supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as well as the required A2DP Bluetooth protocol for streaming stereo audio from supported smartphones to the dongle. Furthermore, if connected with an HTC device with Beats Audio support, it features CSR aptX codex and automatically turns on the device's Beats enhancements which makes a real difference.


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Tuesday, 21.02.12
NOVELTY: ZTE and Nividia announces the Tegra-powered ZTE Mimosa X Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:31 CET under 04 - Android News

And another one ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress, again from ZTE but today together with Nvidia. Both companies jointly announced the upcoming launch of the first Tegra-powered Android smartphone with Nvidia's Icera modem technology - the the ZTE Mimosa X. The Mimosa X is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor, sporting a dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU as well as the Nvidia Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, comprising baseband and RF processors, featuring excellent throughput and low power. It will run on Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, featureing a 4.3" qHD touchscreen, a rear 5 megapixel and front a camera as well as 4 GB of storage, which is expandable to 32 GB.


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Thursday, 23.06.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves GSM & UMTS Version of the HTC EVO 3D Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:47 CET under 04 - Android News

You remember the HTC EVO 3D, HTC announced back in March? When the EVO 3D was originally announced, it was introduced by Sprint. However, as it looks like, the HTC EVO 3D will also come to the rest of the world as the HTC EVO 3D (GSM/UMTS). The Global Certification Forum has just approved a GSM/UMTS version of HTC's first smartphone which provides the ability to capture and view in 3D, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience. It's expected that the EVO 3D is also powered by Android 2.3/Gingerbread, featuring a qHD 3D 4.3" display but it's confirmed that it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 900, 1700 and 2100 MHz! Also onboard are WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth A2DP and aGPS.


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Tuesday, 22.03.11
UNVEILED: Sprint announces the HTC EVO 3D - first 4G ''Glasses-Free'' Smartphone with QHD 3D Display
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 04 - Android News

Sprint today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC EVO 3D. The HTC EVO 3D takes the - according to Sprint - mobile multimedia experience to a new level, providing the ability to capture and view in 3D and share at 4G speeds, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience. Sprint also announced HTC EVO View 4G, introducing a tablet to the award-winning EVO family. Built on the Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the HTC EVO 3D features America's first QHD 3D 4.3" display and a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor.


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Tuesday, 19.10.10
UNVEILED: HP announces the webOS 2.0-powered Palm Pre 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Together with today's announcement of the new HP webOS 2.0, HP also announced a new smartphone - the Palm Pre 2 (which follows the Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus). The Pre 2, which will be available in a CDMA version as well as a UMTS version straight from the launch, is the first Palm smartphone with a 1 GHz CPU and features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a glass screen and a sleeker - but still Pre-looking - streamlined design that gives users a combination of a vivid 3.1 HVGA touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard. The GSM/UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz but lacks support for HSUPA.


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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced Samsung Omnia 7 (GT-I8700) is Samsung's first and yet only Windows Phone, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm QSD8250 CPU at 1 GHz, the Samsung Omnia 7 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but also triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM RDS radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 4.0" - Samsung unique - Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 typical 800 x 480 pixel and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera comes with a LED flash and allows 720p HD video recording at 25 fps.


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Monday, 18.10.10
PHOTOVIEW: HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced HTC 7 Mozart is another one of five new Windows Phones by HTC, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz, the HTC 7 Mozart supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 3.7" capacitive touchscreen, one of the smaller Windows Phone 7 touchscreens available today, supports WVGA at 800 x 480 pixel and the pretty much yet unique 8 megapixel autofocus camera comes is a, for HTC, unique and new Xenon flashlight and allows 720p HD video recording.


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PHOTOVIEW: HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced HTC HD7 is one of five new Windows Phones by HTC, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz, the HTC HD7 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 4.3" capacitive touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 required WVGA resolution at 800 x 480 pixel and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flashlight allows 720p HD video recording.


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Tuesday, 20.04.10
UNVEILED: Microsoft Germany unveils further KIN One and KIN Two Device Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft itself is somewhat shy to unveil the full KIN One and KIN Two hardware specs, neither Microsoft's press release nor the KIN website shows the full details but only highlights certain specs, Microsoft Germany today released further information about the company's first two KIN phones on its German Windows Phone Facebook fan page. While both by Sharp manufactured phones come with slide-out QWERTY keyboards and feature the same set of KIN online and connected services, the KIN One is said to be the compact sized KIN device with a solid camera. The KIN Two comes with a wider screen, a bolder camera and more memory.


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Friday, 25.07.08
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia is Samsung's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, featuring a touchscreen. For a Samsung Windows Mobile smartphone, the Omnia is quite unique because so far, Samsung was pretty focused on keyboard-centric Windows Mobile smartphones like the BlackJack/SGH-i600 or SGH-i780 which featured full QWERTY thumb-keyboards; while the i900 Omnia follows the trend to touchscreen centric smartphones. The i900 Omnia runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but only singelband UMTS  at 2100 MHz and HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps) while HSUPA isn't supported. Furthermore, the SGH-i900 features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR including support of A2DP as well as WiFi b/g, inbuilt GPS and FM radio with RDS support.


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Friday, 04.07.08
AVAILABLE: Samsung releases the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone for Open Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled back in February already, Samsung today announced the open market availability of the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone.
Featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz (up to 3.6 Mbps) as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (including A2DP), the i200 unfortunately lacks WiFi and GPS. On the back the i200 sports a  2.0 megapixel camera with face detection technology and smile-shot functionality; while on the front it has an additional VGA camera for UMTS video telephony. The non-touchscreen measures 2.3", supports QVGA resolution and includes a light-sensor.


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Friday, 16.05.08
LEAK: Palm Treo 800w shows its face on the first photo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Palm Treo 800w isn't yet official, it seems Palm Infocenter got its hand on the first photo of Palm's next Windows Mobile smartphone. Most likely the Treo 800w will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional which makes it a touch screen device and it's expected to feature a 320 x 320 resolution, as used by Samsung for the SGH-i780. Expected to be powered by a 400 MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM it will be Palm's first EVDO REV-A, GPS and WiFi smartphone. Other expected features are Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and a 2 megapixel camera:


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Sunday, 10.02.08
MWC LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No kidding, Sony Ericsson is going to announce today, during it's press event here in Barcelona, its first and long time rumored Windows Mobile smartphone! The world of Sony Ericsson's consumers and customers is changing and to meet the growing need for mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment, Sony Ericsson introduces XPERIA. With this new brand Sony Ericsson will position itself at the forefront of mobile convergence.
The XPERIA X1 is a stand-out, arc slider phone designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.


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Monday, 04.02.08
COPYCAT: Chinese company announces Windows Mobile-powered Apple iPhone clone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, you like Apple's iPhone design (who doesn't) but you are addicted to Windows Mobile as the operating system? Why not trying the "T32"? A Chinese reseller is listing this copycat as available soon and indeed, it looks like an iPhone, even if it is a little bit thicker and the 3.5" touchscreen only supports QVGA but the rest is quite identical, including a shiny aluminum-like housing (even if I have my doubt that it is the same quality like the iPhone), a two megapixel main camera and support for triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only (come on - if you copy it you could spent at least UMTS and HSDPA to make it even "better"):


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Tuesday, 22.01.08
OFFICIAL: Toshiba announces Toshiba Portégé G710 Windows Mobile 2.5G Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following our last week coverage of the new Toshiba Portégé G710, Toshiba today made its new slim-line Windows Mobile smartphone for easy-to-use mail and navigation official; a smartphone built for the demanding business user and prosumer that need fast and easy access to mobile E-Mail. Its slender, stylish design and built-in GPS function makes the G710 perfect for those who want reassurance of getting from A to B in time. The Portégé G710 has a full QWERTY keypad making responding to E-Mails quick, easy and efficient and being completely compatible with Microsoft Exchange server, the G710 offers push E-Mail access and the facility to open and edit attached documents sent.


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Thursday, 06.12.07
REVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past 14 days I had the chance to test LG's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the LG KS20, a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone which is currently on sale from Vodafone.
The LG KS20 is a typical rep of a new kind of Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions, featuring latest state-of-the-art specs but unlike most previous Windows Mobile phones, the LG KS20 looks stylish which definitely also addresses non techies and attracting non-geeks as well as tech-savvies.
While the LG KS20 is designed for the EMEA and APAC markets only. While it's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU, the device supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps only.


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Thursday, 18.10.07
MULTIMEDIA: Conduits releases Pocket Player 3.5 for WM 6 Standard and Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 01 - General News

Conduits Technologies, Inc. yesterday announced the release of Pocket Player 3.5 for Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional devices and all previous models. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a media player on a mobile device. The new version includes new browsing features, a rewrite of the library system, updates to plugins and many other fixes.
The Pocket Player media browser now sports several enhancements; in addition to browsing by artist, album and genre, Pocket Player 3.5 introduces the ability to browse by Release Date. The Album view now displays thumbnails of album artwork, which appears alongside album and artist names.


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Monday, 15.10.07
REVIEW: Palm Treo 500v Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

For two weeks, I had the pleasure to test Palm's new Treo 500v smartphone which the American PDA veteran introduce mid last month. The Treo 500v marks a quite historical milestone in Palm's long history since it is the first non-touchscreen device because it's using Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 Standard instead of the previously used Windows Mobile Professional (aka Pocket PC Phone Edition). Therefore, I was even more curious how the device performs. Another interesting fact is, that the device is, until end of 2007, on sale exclusively from Vodafone. This means, that the smartphone sports some Vodafone typical features which makes it unique once more.


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Friday, 21.09.07
REVIEW: O2 Xda comet Windows Mobile 6 Professional PDA Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past days, I had the pleasure to use O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile device, the soon to be released O2 Xda comet. While O2 Germany decided not to launch the HTC TyTN II (HTC Kaiser), it decided to release another follower of last year's released Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) and unlike the HTC Hermes and and HTC Kaiser, the O2 Xda comet is a quite "traditional" Pocket PC Phone Edition, without sporting a thumb-keyboard but touch-screen focused only. As you might have read already, the O2 Xda comet isn't a brand new device anymore, since sprig it's available in Asia as the O2 Xda Atom Life already and O2 Germany decided to pick-up O2 Asia's top product to sell it in Germany now as well.


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Wednesday, 22.08.07
AVAILABLE: Verizon Wireless launches the Motorola MOTO Q9m Music Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled earlier this summer, today Verizon Wireless released the media-centric Motorola MOTO Q9m Music Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone which offers 2 Home Screen options - one Verizon Wireless multimedia and the Windows Mobile 6 standard (which can be changed easily with the Home screen toggle key). The exclusive multimedia home screen together with the thumbwheel and the D-Pad allows the user to maximize the V CAST Music experience while the standard home screen offers one-touch access to voice, E-Mail, SMS and appointments:


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Tuesday, 14.08.07
REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

When Toshiba announced the Toshiba Portégé G900 Pocket PC Phone Edition back in February, it was clear which device Toshiba planned to compete with - the HTC Hermes. Now it took some time for Toshiba to release its first Windows Mobile Pocket PC after a longer period of absence but with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz) and singleband UMTS/HSDPA (2100 MHz) it's still state of the art, even if it's not a world traveler like the HTC Hermes which supports quadband 2G and triband 3G. Nevertheless, the QWERTY keyboard, the powerful 520 MHz Marvell PXA270 processor and a unique 3" WVGA touch screen at 800 x 480 pixels makes the device quite interesting.


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Tuesday, 07.08.07
AVAILABLE: UBiQUiO releases free Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the UBiQUiO 501
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Funny, yesterday I was referring to the UBiQUiO 501 Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Edition and also yesterday, UBiQUiO released a free Windows Mobile 6 Professional upgrade which is available now for download. Not sure how many UBiQUiO 501 users are out there but every Windows Mobile 6 upgrade is appreciated and it shows, that UBiQUiO takes the Windows Mobile business serious. If you haven't heard about the ultra slim Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard, which is available from Expansys, it's an interesting devices for all non-Smartphone users since it also features the traditional Pocket PC input through the 2.5" QVGA touch screen, allowing stylus control of menus and programs.


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Monday, 16.07.07
UPDATE: Palm releases Treo 700w and Treo 700wx Windows Mobile 5.0 updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that these updates are Windows Mobile6 upgrades, Palm recently released two ROM updates for its Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphones.
These updates are designed for both, the Palm Treo 700w and the Palm Treo 700wx running on the Verizon Wireless network. This will update the Pocket PC Phone Edition software to the latest release, version 1.22.
While the update adds some new features to the Treo 700w, it's just a bug-fix for the Treo 700wx and doesn't adds anything important:


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Thursday, 28.06.07
REVIEW: Vodafone VDA V/v1415 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

For two weeks now, I'm using a Vodafone VDA V (in the UK known as Vodafone 1415), which I got from Vodafone Germany for testing, as my primary smartphone.
The Vodafone VDA V is based on the HTC Vox (better known as HTC S710) and therefore also features Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 Standard. Powered by a TI OMAP 805 CPU at 201 MHz, the VDA V supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0 incl. A2DP and AVRC. Backed-up by 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM (which can be extended with microSD cards), the VDA V has a 2 megapixel camera for photos and video recording, features a 2.4" QVGA screen and measures 101 mm x 50 mm x 17.7 mm at a weight of 120 g.


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Friday, 22.06.07
LINK: MobileBurn.com gives the Motorola MOTO Q9m a first test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Motorola and Verizon have yet to officially announce the recently surfaced Motorola MOTO Q9m, MobileBurn.com managed to get their hands on a pre-production unit that is nearly ready for prime time. It is very much like the old Q, just with a better exterior and keyboard, and a new Motorola enhanced Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system.
MobileBurn.com says it didn't do any hard-core testing on the Q9m yet, but did run it through some basic call tests and battery tests. Call audio quality seems good, but the Q9m's antenna might perform a bit less well than the original's - it's hard to say.


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Monday, 11.06.07
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda nova Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in March and expected to be available soon, we managed to get our hands on a brand new O2 Xda nova - O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone.
The O2 Xda nova is based on the HTC Elf reference design and therefore sports, like the recently announced HTC Touch, HTC's latest TouchFLO technology (see our video preview here: VIDEOVIEW: HTC TouchFLO Touch Screen Experience) which allows you to use your thumbs for a more efficient, natural and intuitive touch screen navigation. Moreover, even is O2 Germany uses a slighly different industrial design, this is the smallest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone on the market today - it's even smaller than some Windows Mobile Standard smartphones!


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Wednesday, 16.05.07
RELEASED: UBiQUiO launches new Website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 01 - General News

UBiQUiO, a reseller of (Windows) mobile & wireless devices and accessories under its own UBiQUiO brand, today announces the launch of its fresh new website which will provide information & support for customers as well as channel partners.
Customers will be able to find information about the full range of UBiQUiO products & accessories, download spec sheets & manuals, access technical support forums and find a list of places to buy UBiQUiO products in their country of residence.


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Wednesday, 02.05.07
THOUGHT: What's wrong with Windows Vista's Bluetooth PAN implementation?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following my earlier column about Bluetooth 2.0's EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), today I want to follow-up with the explanation why I've initially changed back to Toshiba's Bluetooth stack. As mentioned in my personal blog, my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook Tablet PC originally came with the Toshiba Bluetooth stack preloaded but I faced serious problems getting the stack working with the Windows Mobile Device Center. Therefore I've decided to switch to the Windows Vista Bluetooth stack and everything was fine and I was using sync and PAN over Bluetooth. Until I got my Samsung i600. Sync still worked fine but I never got Bluetooth PAN working to use my i600 as my UMTS/HSDPA modem.


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Wednesday, 18.04.07
RENAMED: The Motorola MOTO Q q9 is now called MOTO Q 9h
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure when and why Motorola renamed the Motorola Q q9 but how Kris Kumar from Smartphone Thoughts found out, Motorola's UMTS/HSDPA Q-version got a new name and is now  called MOTO Q 9h. Maybe the h indicates hSDPA?
All the features, including QWERTY keyboard, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps Bluetooth 2.0 including A2DP and AVRCP as well as the integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED photo indicator light, seems to stay the same - it's just the name:


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Tuesday, 27.03.07
ENTERTAINMENT: Mercora Launches M v2 – a Social Music Player and Radio for Mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 01 - General News

Mercora, Inc. today announced the worldwide launch of Mercora M v2, the industry's first and only social music player and mobile radio service for 3G-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones.
M v2 is a personalized digital radio which includes over 100,000 high-fidelity music channels searchable by artist, genre and subgenre, and might makes the M v2 the virtually largest radio service available on any mobile device. In additions M v2 allows wireless users to browse and listen to music libraries stored on their home PCs or optionally on Mercora servers means no side-loading or synchronization is required. With the M v2, consumers can use their mobile devices to discover and listen to music, playlists, and listening histories from up to five of their friends and family, anywhere in the world.
M v2 offers one-click access to constantly updated and popular podcasts from CNN, MLB, NCAA, NPR and other established news outlets which provides users with continuous access to breaking news and information.


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Monday, 26.03.07
STEREO: Parrot announced the MK6100 Hands Free A2DP enabled Bluetooth Car-Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

Following last week's posting about the new Windows Mobile 6 hands free Bluetooth profile compatibility, during last week's CeBIT, Parrot, one of the global leaders in wireless mobile phone peripherals, announced the new Parrot MK6100, a hands free car kit with the capability to play MP3 files on your car's speakers from any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) source, e.g. mobile phones or a MP3 players. It follows on from last year's announced Parrot MK6000, the industry's first hands free "musikit" launched in September 2006 and now includes a removable antitheft OLED display for viewing phonebook and music file information, a new feature in Parrot's music in-car kit range.


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Saturday, 10.02.07
UNVEILED: Toshiba to return with a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After a longer time of Windows Mobile absence, it looks like Toshiba jumps back into the game but this time with a Windows Mobile powered Smartphone (or as it is called now a Windows Mobile Standard device). At least that's what the FCC recently unveiled.
Clearly, this must be a non-touchscreen Windows Mobile smartphone since it's sporting the Home and back button and therefore, the Toshiba RG4-E01 would be the first Windows Mobile Standard slider. Other features, according to the FCC are: HSDPA, a 65k color screen, 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth with A2DP support:


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Monday, 29.01.07
REVIEW: HTC S310 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since late last year, I was testing the HTC S310 (code named HTC Oxygen) which is HTC's first budget Windows Mobile Smartphone. No, for techies and gadget-lovers, this device isn't anything special but for newbies, beginners or simply users without any further needs in their mobile phone, this Smartphone is a stylish device to start with as well as it is a cheap device for business users.
That said, the HTC S310 has everything you can expect from a Windows Mobile Smartphone since the device features Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone with support for Microsoft's push E-Mail functionality, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 (with wireless stereo/A2DP) but it doesn't features W-LAN. Multimedia-wise the S310 includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, has an inbuilt memory of 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM which can be extended with miniSD cards and is powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz.


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Wednesday, 17.01.07
PHOTOVIEW: i-mate JAQ3 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to i-mate, today I received a brand new i-mate JAQ3. Made by TechFaith Wireless, the i-mate JAQ3 is i-mate's second Windows Mobile Pocket PC not manufactured by HTC.
Similar to the Palm Treo 750, the i-mate JAQ3 is also a Windows Mobile Pocket PC with a thumb keyboard bellow the screen. However, unlike the Treo 750, the JAQ3 isn't UMTS enabled but is featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only but also supports WiFi 802.11 b/g as well as Bluetooth 1.2 (with A2DP and AVRC support).
The i-mate JAQ3, which features Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.2, was designed with user preferences in mind - since its full QWERTY keyboard, five navigation buttons and scroll wheel allow easy navigation and use of services including E-Mail. Unusual is the the 2.4" color touch screen which is neither portrait nor square but landscape - as we know it from the latest Windows Mobile Smartphones like the HTC Excalibur/Cavalier and Samsung i320/i600. Last but not least, the devices is also featuring a 2.0 megapixel camera.


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Tuesday, 09.01.07
HANDSFREE: Plantronics announces new Discovery 665 Bluetooth Headset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

Plantronics yesterday introduced its new Discovery 665 Bluetooth Headset with AudioIQ, the industry's first DSP (digital signal processing) sound technology to automatically optimize audio levels on both sides of every call - significantly increasing clarity for mobile phone callers, as well as for the listener on the other end of conversations.

Plantronics will demonstrate its new AudioIQ technology and complete headset portfolio during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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Thursday, 14.12.06
PHOTOVIEW: HTC S310 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

No, the HTC S310 (aka HTC Oxygen) isn't anything special but just a small yet powerful candy bar-styled Windows Mobile Smartphone. While it left WiFi, it includes Bluetooth 2.0 including A2DP support. While it left UMTS, it's a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device which can be virtually used around the world. And while it features a 176x220 pixel display only, it also features a 1.3 megapixel camera for photos and videos.
Nevertheless, this Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone is pretty inexpensive (for a Windows Mobile Smartphone) and - this might be the absolute highlight - designed with style in mind since it's available in three different colors: black, white or grey.


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Monday, 13.11.06
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following O2 Germany's earlier announcement to release the HTC Artemis during this fall as the O2 Xda orbit and O2 UK's outlook to launch it in November as well, here we go with some preview photos of the O2 Xda orbit which looks slightly different to the standard HTC Artemis.
Like the HTC Artemis reference design, the Xda orbit is also running Windows Mobile 5.0 and featuring GPS as the highlight (together with a FM radio, which is also used for dynamic traffic information) but unlike T-Mobile's MDA compact III, the O2 Xda orbit also includes W-LAN b/g (something T-Mobile Germany left for some reasons). Other features are the full range of 2.xG connectivity with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 (including support for A2DP Bluetooth stereo) as well as a 2 megapixel camera. The Xda orbit will also features HTC RollR (Trackball/Trackwheel combination) for easy viewing and navigation through the menus:


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Wednesday, 01.11.06
UNVEILED: Dopod to release a multimedia version of the HTC Artemis called M700
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've never heard about it nor I've seen it on any roadmaps but according to Chinese site PhoneDaily, HTC has a media version of the HTC Artemis in the pipeline which is to be released by Dopod as Dopod M700.
While the M700 (code name unknown) leaves the GPS functionalities, the memory is increased "enormously" (for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs) and it still features the HTC's RollR concept with the Trackball and Track Wheel in one, replacing the D-Pad and joysticks normally used for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs.
While the device ID reminds on the Artemis, it's slightly changed and comes along in a silver shiny housing:


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PREVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 aka BlackJack Windows Mobile UMTS and HSDPA Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 08 - Reviews

As I've previously posted, two weeks ago I had my first 5 minutes with a Samsung SGH-i600 UMTS and HSDPA Windows Mobile Smartphone, also known as BlackJack now, which is expected to be released end of this year. This week I had my second 10 minutes with the same device, Samsung's UMTS/HSDPA follower of the SGH-i320.
Beside being Samsung's first UMTS and HSDPA enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone, the highlight of the SGH-i600 is its BlackBerry-styled thumb-keyboard which mostly addresses business customers.
Sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the i600 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS and HSDPA, W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo support for A2DP and printing protocols.
It includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended using microSD memory cards. It measures 113x59 x11.8 mm and has a 2.3" QVGA landscape TFT screen, supporting the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors. On the backside, the device features a 1.3 megapixel camera and on the front it has a second QCIF+ camera for UMTS video telephony.


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STEREO: Motorola to launch new Bluetooth Music-enabled Hands-free Car Kit T605
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 01 - General News

Following Parrot's earlier announcement to launch a Bluetooth car kit with support for Bluetooth stereo (A2DP and AVRC), yesterday Motorola announced to add mobile music to the in-vehicle experience with the introduction of the new Motorola Automotive Music & Hands-free System T605. With this new car kit, drivers have one seamless solution that offers access to digital music and phone calls directly through a compatible car sound system.
Leveraging hands-free, headset and Bluetooth stereo profiles, the T605 pairs with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and a separate compatible Bluetooth-enabled music source for crystal clear connectivity and entertainment.


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Saturday, 21.10.06
REVIEW: Vodafone Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since earlier this month, Palm's latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Palm Treo 750v, is available exclusively from Vodafone Europe and will be soon released in other parts of the world as well. The Treo 750v is Palm's first Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC which is released outside the U.S. The previously released Treo 700w (as well as the lately released 700wx) were available in North America only because they are supporting EVDO instead of GSM or UMTS which the Treo 750v supports now.
However, like all latest Palm Treo's the Treo 750v is also featuring a QWERTY thumb keyboard which makes it - potentially - a great messaging device.

The Treo 750v is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC which means it's a Pocket PC Phone Edition with touch screen. Sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS makes it a real world traveler since the device can virtually be used in any GSM or UMTS network around the globe. In addition, the Treo 750v supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC stereo profile), IrDA but lacks W-LAN.


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Monday, 09.10.06
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently released Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphones follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY thumb keyboard - as also build by Motorola as the Motorola Q and HTC as HTC Excalibur (O2 Xda cosmo/T-Mobile Dash).
The i320 measures 59 x 111 x 11.5 millimeters and weights 95 grams only. It's powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2.5 Smartphone Edition which means it hasn't has a touch screen but is used with the keyboard only. It's powered by a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz (which is quite unusual for today's Windows Mobile Smartphones). It supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE WAN communication featuring GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz but lacks GSM 850 MHz support as used in most parts of the U.S.
While the i320 also supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth protocols for stereo), it lacks - like the Motorola Q but unlike the HTC Excalibur - W-LAN. However, unlike the Excalibur, the i320 has infrared onboard as well.
The memory is quite generous for a Windows Mobile Smartphone since it is featuring 160 MB ROM and 64 MG SDRAM which can be extended with a micoSD card.
The crisp 2.2" QVGA display supports the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors. The CMOS sensor camera supports 1.3 mega pixels and allows to record videos as well as taking photos.


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Friday, 29.09.06
STEREO: Parrot launches the first A2DP enabled Bluetooth Car Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:43 CET under 01 - General News

A dream come true - finally! The Parrot MK6000 is the first professionally installed Bluetooth hands-free kit dedicated to music. It combines the very latest generation of signal processing with the capability of playing MP3 music files via Bluetooth's A2DP and AVRC profiles. In addition, it incorporates the very latest "Parrot Beamforming" signal processing technology by means of a pair of twin microphones. As a result, the kit picks up the driver's voice more clearly, while effectively reducing surrounding noise.
The Parrot MK6000 captures the music sent by your Bluetooth stereo mobile phone or MP3 player and redirects it to the vehicle’s speakers which mute automatically so your own music comes through loud and clear.


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Tuesday, 19.09.06
CLONE: TechFaith Wireless UBiQUiO 601 pictures and information hits the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about TechFaith Wireless' Pocket PCs, the guys from Pocket PC Hong Kong got another device from the Chinese ODM into their hands - the UBiQUiO 601 which have have seen before as well.
Basically, it's a HTC Universal clone, this might describe it best but unlike HTC's Universal, the UBiQUiO 601 isn't a UMTS device at all (not to think about HSDPA) but just a triband GSM/GPRS device, sporting Bluetooth 1.2 (with support for A2DP Bluetooth stereo) and W-LAN 802.11 b/g.
Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and a TI OMAP 750 CPU, the UBiQUiO 601 features 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which is extendable through miniSD cards. The 2.8" touch screen supports QVGA and the camera is a 2.0 megapixel CMOS:


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UNVEILED: i-mate to release the JAQ3 Pocket PC Phone Edition from TechFaith Wireless [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the UBiQUiO 501 from TechFaith Wireless (TFW) which earned some respect when it was previewed first time? Looks like also i-mate felt in love with this device and it looks like the Dubai based Windows Mobile devices reseller is going to launch it, with a little bit updated ID, under its own i-mate brand as "i-mate JAQ3". At least that's what Pocket PC Hong Kong wrote and proves with some interesting and very detailed photos.
All the rest looks quite similar to the original TechFaith Wireless reference design: Equipped with a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and based on Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, the JAQ3 supports GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 without support for GSM 850 and EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP and WiFi 802.11b/g. In addition, the JAQ3 includes a 2 megapixel camera and 64 MB internal storage which is extendable through miniSD cards.


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Monday, 18.09.06
ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany launched the HTC Artemis as O2 Xda orbit Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today announced the launch of it O2 Xda orbit, better known as HTC Artemis (also known as HTC P3300 now). While O2 previewed the Xda cosmo at this month IFA exhibition, it hasn't lost a single word about the Xda orbit (which was previewed by T-Mobile as MDA compact III instead).
The O2 Xda orbit, which is based on the HTC Artemis, comes nevertheless in a different ID which is called "HTC Cruiser". As the HTC Artemis reference design, the Xda orbit is also sporting GPS as the highlight (together with a FM radio, which is also used for dynamic traffic information) but also, unlike it is expected from T-Mobile, O2's version will definitely featuring W-LAN b and g:


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Wednesday, 13.09.06
RELEASE: Cingular 3125/3120 (HTC Star Trek) Available for Business Customers
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've known it was coming for quite awhile and according to Mobile Gadget News the Cingular version of the Star Trek will be available for business customers starting tomorrow. This means that a general release is not long off. Apparently it will be available either with (3125) or without(3120) the 1.3mp camera, a nice option for business customers. Cingular is the first U.S. carrier to pick up the device.

The HTC Star Trek is the first Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition device to sport a "slim" flip phone design a la the Motorola Razr. In terms of specs its a very standard smartphone edition device including a 200mhz processor, 2.2" QVGA screen, 64mb Rom, 64mb RAM, 1.3mp Camera and Bluetooth (including A2DP). It also sports a very nice exterior screen and has keys for controlling your music playback on the exterior of the pohone.


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Wednesday, 06.09.06
ANNOUNCED: Samsung officially announced the SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Samsung has officially announced the Samsung SGH-i600 (code named BlackJack II), the UMTS follower of the SGH-i320, which was also previewed during this week's IFA exhibition in Berlin. Like at the i320, the highlight of the i600 is its BlackBerry-styled thumb-keyboard which mostly addresses business customers. Nevertheless, it might also appeal consumers since the device is way feature-richer than BlackBerrys are.
Sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the i600 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, single band UMTS and HSDPA, W-LAN b and g and Bluetooth 2.0 with support for A2DP, and printing protocols. It includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended using microSD memory cards. It measures 113x59 x11.8 mm and has a 2.3" QVGA landscape TFT screen, supporting 65k colors. On the backside, the device features a 1.3 megapixel camera and on the front it has a second QCIF+ camera for UMTS video telephony:


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