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Friday, 20.04.07
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Ultra Messaging Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Samsung, I've recently got my hands on the final version of a Samsung SGH-i600, the EMEA/APAC version of Samsung's BlackJack which was launched late last year. While the i600 was announced earlier, the U.S. got it released faster but since last month, the i600 is also available across Europe. Generally speaking, the i600 is the follower of Samsung's earlier introduced SGH-i320 and like the i320, the i600 is sporting a QWERTY keyboard for easy typing. This makes the device definitely another BlackBerry competitor. The i600 is part of Samsung's Ultra series and this one is also called "Ultra Messaging". Only 11.8 mm thin, the i600 fits perfectly into Samsung's Ultra series but UMTS and HSDPA makes it quite unique today. Not too many keyboard enabled smartphones features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850 MHz aren't supported), singleband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 1.8 Kbps) as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR yet.


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Monday, 19.03.07
UPDATE: Syncdate released SmartphoneNotes 2.1 with support of Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, one of my all-time favorite Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard) applications got the long awaited update to work with Windows Vista again: Syncdata SmartphoneNotes.
Even with the release of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft left support of Outlook Notes which means if you are using this handy digital "Post-it's" as much as I do, you cannot sync them with your Windows Mobile Smartphone device because there is no application on Windows Mobile Smartphones like it is available for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Thankfully there is this handy application which jumped in to close the gap.


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Monday, 29.01.07
REVIEW: The Windows Vista Windows Mobile Device Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

As you might have heard already, with tomorrows Windows Vista launch, the Microsoft ActiveSync client will be replaced by the Windows Mobile Device Center. ActiveSync will not work on Windows Vista PCs anymore but the required sync-client should become a native part of Microsoft's latest operating system.
As before with ActiveSync, the new Windows Mobile Device Center is the bridge between the PC OS and the Windows Mobile device, responsible for synchronizing both units and as before, also the Windows Mobile Device Center supports PIM synchronization of Microsoft Outlook. 3rd party PIM applications like Lotus Notes and others are still not supported.

Nevertheless, the Windows Mobile Device Center can do even more than just plain PIM synchronization - it also supports synchronization of audio and video files as well as importing photos from the Windows Mobile device to the PC.


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Wednesday, 01.11.06
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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Tuesday, 22.11.05
FOLLOW-UP: Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 Second Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

22.11.05 - CD-ROM: Sometimes it's worth to check the attached CD-ROMs which comes with Pocket PC or Smartphones, something I hadn't done for a long time anyway since the freebee iPAQ time is gone, where Pocket PCs came with loads of goodies.
Anyway, for some reasons I popped the i300 CD-ROM into the drive today and what have I found there under "Enhance Your Experience"? A tool called "MemoPad":


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UPGRADE: Xetra xBar 3.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My all-time favorite Smartphone application (together with SmartphoneNotes) xBar got a refresh from Xetra and is available in version 3.0 now.
xBar is a task-switcher and -manager as well as a thermometer for your Windows Mobile Smartphones and gives you the full power of its multitasking capabilities. In my opinion one of the "must have" apps for Smartphones.

xBar 3 is code-signed and therefore fully compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone as well as it supports QVGA for Smartphones now (like the Samsung SGH-i300 or Orange C600) as well as VGA for Pocket PC (like the O2 Xda Exec) because v3 was also re-released for Pocket PCs.


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Monday, 31.10.05
UPGRADE: Syncdata released SmartphoneNotes 2.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's a while already that I was writing about Syncdata's SmartphoneNotes 2.0 Beta and it took even longer to finalize it but today, Syncdata announced the release of SmartphoneNotes 2.0, the latest version of the award-winning text notes organizer for Windows mobile-based Smartphone.
The new version includes many new features, enabling users to organize and retrieve information easily and intuitively:


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Wednesday, 20.07.05
UTILITY: eBook Software released PocketNotes 1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we are talking about Syncdata's latest SmartphoneNotes version, eBook Software recently released PocketNotes for Windows Mobile Smartphones which basically do the same - creating and viewing Outlook Notes.

With PocketNotes you can also create and categorize your personal and business notes as well associate notes with colors and categories.


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Monday, 18.07.05
UTILITY: Syncdata released public Beta of SmartphoneNotes 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my all-time-favorite applications for the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform, SmartphoneNotes is finally available as Beta 2.0.
I've written about the development of version 2 back in March the first time and it took a little bit longer but now, the Beta 3 is available for public download.


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Thursday, 03.03.05
UTILITY: SyncData is close to release SmartphoneNotes 2 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SynData, maker of SmartphoneNotes (which is IMHO the best and only true Notes "plugin" for Windows Mobile Smartphones - something Microsoft should consider to license ;-)) seems to work on a new version: SmartphoneNotes 2.0.
At least it appears on SyncData's Beta software page with a screenshot - however, right now there is now download available.

Nevertheless the screenshot already provides a good hint what SmartphoneNotes 2.0 will provide:


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Friday, 22.10.04
BETA: SmartphoneNotes ActiveSync provider update BETA 5 RC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are such a heavy user of SyncData's SmartphoneNotes like I'm, I'm sure you know the Outlook security feature, which asks you every time if you are sure to allow Outlook access. While I appreciated improved security, this pop-up becomes a little bit annoying, especially if you have forgotten to accept the access for x minutes because ActiveSync is on hold until you allow/deny access.

Now SyncData, provides a free solution (currently available as Beta only) for its SmartphoneNotes customers:


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Thursday, 22.07.04
YARDSTICK: PowerByHand announces Top Selling mobile applications for Q2 2004
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:29 CET under 01 - General News

PowerByHand, the premier provider of mobile content and solutions, today announced best selling applications from three of its leading mobile online properties including PalmGear.com, PocketGear.com and Smartphone.net.


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UTILITY: SmartphoneFind 1.0 for Smartphone released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced long time ago (in January) - SyncData was working on SmartphoneNotes which is finally released in version 1.0: SmartphoneFind is a search tool for Windows Mobile-based Smartphone devices. With SmartphoneFind, it is possible to easily locate contacts, appointments, tasks, phone calls from call history, messages and other information stored in the phone. Many search options are available to better refine the search.


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Wednesday, 28.04.04
UTILITY: PhatWare released PhatNotes for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Syncdata's SmartPhoneNotes, another Notes application was released yesterday by PhatWare: PhatNotes Smartphone Edition. According to PhatWare, it's an advanced notes organizer for Microsoft Windows Mobile powered Smartphones and Desktop PCs. PhatNotes allows users to create notes and organize them by type, subject, creation and modification date. PhatNotes provides powerful text search, document security, and email capabilities. Interface to the Contacts Database enables quick access to email addresses and contact information.


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Tuesday, 27.04.04
UTILITY: SmartPhoneNotes now with Smartphone 2003 and Samsung i600 support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took a while but now, Syncdata's award winning SmartPhoneNotes is available in the final 2003 version which means it's 100 % Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 compatible and in addition, Giuseppe also made it to support the Samsung SCH i600 Smartphone (available from Verizon Wireless).
The only phones, not supported by SmartPhoneNotes are the Mitac devices now.

If you are a heavy user of Outlook Notes, SmartPhoneNotes is a "must have" application because it adds the missing Notes support to your Smartphone including full synchronization between your PC and the Smartphone with full ActiveSync integration.


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Tuesday, 20.01.04
BETAS: SyncData released two Smartphone Betas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SyncData, the developer of SmartphoneNones, recently released two new Betas, while the SmartphoneNotes 1.2 Beta is a Smartphone 2003 compatible version "only" and SmartphoneFind is a new project to look for items (tasks, contacts, appointments, files...) containing a specified search string.


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Monday, 06.10.03
EDITORS CHOICE: What the Editorial like and use - Q3-2003
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:07 CET under 09 - Thoughts

PPCW.Net Editors Choice is just a subjective view of the PPCW.Net editors but the hard- and software is used by the them daily.
The idea of Editors Choice is to give you an overview about great and useful products for your Pocket PC and Smartphone platform.
Editors Choice is published quarterly and includes the top products in the following categories:

  • Hardware
  • Accessories
  • Pocket PC (Phone Edition) Software
  • Smartphone Software
  • Overall Product of the Quarter

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Tuesday, 23.09.03
UPDATE: SyncData updates SmartphoneNotes for application-unlocked Smartphones
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 00:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Syncdata has released a new version of SmartphoneNotes for application-unlocked Smartphones. SmartphoneNotes is a synchronization solution for Outlook text notes for use with Windows Mobile Smartphone devices.

Text notes can be created, viewed, edited and deleted directly on the phone and they can be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook on the desktop or notebook PC using the familiar ActiveSync interface.


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Wednesday, 16.07.03
SOFTWARE: SyncData releases SmartphoneNotes 1.0
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 22:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Syncdata has released SmartphoneNotes, a complete solution to synchronize Microsoft Outlook text notes with Windows Powered Smartphone 2002. Since text notes are not natively supported on Smartphone 2002, an application that can be used to view and edit Outlook Notes on the phone was developed to complete the functionality of the Smartphone 2002 device. In addition, new notes that can be created and will be transferred to Microsoft Outlook at next synchronization, along with all the changes and deletions made.

SmartphoneNotes was previewed by Arne some time back. To see what he had to say about it go to the preview of SmartphoneNotes.


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Tuesday, 24.06.03
BETA: Syncdata is looking for SmartphoneNotes Beta testers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Giuseppe, head of Syncdata and the maker of SmartphoneNotes, asked in the newsgroups for your support:

Are you interested in testing an application to synchronize Microsoft Outlook text notes with the Orange SPV? If you are, please send your name and email address to:


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Monday, 19.05.03
UPDATE: SmartphoneNotes for Windows Powered Smartphone reaches target line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Good news reached me on weekend from the developer of SmartphoneNotes, which is an Outlook add-on and will enables you to synchronize your Outlooks Notes with a Microsoft Smartphone (see my Alpha Preview here).
He seems to enter the final stage and the latest version I got from him is signed. This means no more hacks in ActiveSync to get Outlook Notes synchronized; something very important as otherwise it would be useless for most of us since you have to certify the ActiveSync provider with a developer certificate!


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Tuesday, 15.04.03
PREVIEW: SmartphoneNotes Beta for Windows Powered Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

We all know that Microsoft left Outlook Notes out of the Smartphone Pocket Outlook, which is a shame... :-(

However, thanks to great 3rd party developers, this gap might be closed soon with SmartphoneNotes.

What is SmartphoneNotes? Basically it's an test editor for your Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 which synchronize with your desktop Outlook as well. So you get all desktop Notes synced to your Smartphone where you can watch them, edit them and even create new Notes to be synced back to the desktop.


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