With Windows Mobile 6.5 out today, it's now up to the wireless carriers and smartphone makers to bring out their best hardware for the occasion. HTC is stepping up in the biggest way, with the HTC Pure, HTC Imagio, HTC Ozone and HTC Tilt 2 arriving today or in the next couple of weeks. Samsung's also warming to WinMo with the Samsung Intrepid. As for carriers, all the majors except T-Mobile are on this bandwagon, so you'll have AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless to choose from. (See Related Review of HTC Pure: HTC Pure Smartphone: Nice Price, Skimpy Features) If you believe that the operating system is the heart and soul of any smartphone, you're probably more interested in Windows Mobile 6.5 itself than the hardware it's on. Microsoft's mobile platform is decidedly less flashy than the iPhone or Palm's WebOS, but it'll get you through the work day with its eye towards productivity. Sure, the reviews are pretty dismal so far, calling it a mostly cosmetic update that isn't worth an upgrade to a new phone, but we know some of you don't care what the critics say: It's WinMo or bust, and only the newest version will do. For all those WinMo enthusiasts--we know you're out there somewhere--have some choices to make, should your current wireless contract be up for renewal soon. So here's our gallery of the five latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phones, looking all slick in their marketing photos. As with any phone, choose wisely, as you'll be stuck with it for two years. more
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Features : Screen : 1.4 inch touch-screen supports full screen handwriting input Bluetooth 2.0 Vibration when coming call Ringtone: 64 chord; Ringtone format: mp3,midi ,play mp3 at background,support equalizer,bluetooth stereo output Rom: support to extend TF card to 2G maxima, Document management Data Transfer: data wire/U disc/ Bluetooth FM stereo, can play outside with earphone Standby Photo: jpg, gif Telephone directories: 200 groups of contacts of carte de visit, support incoming call with big head sticker, grouping ring Messages & Multimedia messaging:support SMS, MMS Schedule power on/off: support auto start/close, can set user-defined photo of starting/closing Alarm clock:5 groups;can set from Monday to Sunday at random More information: MP3, MP4, Handsfree, SMS group sending, Voice recorder, WAP, Handwritten + keyboard input, Radio, Bluetooth, GPRS download, MMS, Memory extended, fashional quadband watch phone with keyboard, incoming call shaking, black list, IP dialing, calculator, memo, calendar, stopwatch, remit exchange, world time Language: Chinese/ English/ Arabic/ Thai/ French/ Russian/ Vietnamese/ Spanish/ Turkish/ Portuguese Specifications Network : GSM 900 /1800 mHz Size : 58(L) x 42(W) x 18(H) mm Battery : Lithium Batteries 400mA Standby time : About 6-10 Hours Talking time : About 3 Hours Color: Black, Pink
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The N97 is Nokia's flagship device in their N-series line-up. With an estimated retail price of €550 (about $690), it's an expensive, but powerful device; it features 32GB of internal memory, a 3.5" touchscreen, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-megapixel camera, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and aGPS. Slated for release in June of his year, it will be a quad-band GSM device with 3G connectivity compatible with networks in Europe and the U.S. (AT&T only). Nokia calls the N97 a mobile computer, touting it is a device that will enable "social location" to easily update social networks automatically. We don't know about all that, but the N97 sounds great on paper and closely-guarded prototypes were on hand at Mobile World Congress for us to size up - keep on reading to see our first impressions of this high-end device. Note that the demo units we saw at Mobile World Congress were prototype units, and Nokia told us that the interface was not final and there could be changes before the N97 goes on sale. Accordingly, we found applications and features that were not fully functional in these demo units.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
When Business Meets Entertainment Business mixed with Entertainment is the concept of bringing Omnia in the scene. With a massive storage for your personal files for easy access like your best shots at the beach or even listening to your favorite song all in your handset that you can have in your pocket. Everything will be portable even files from your office emails that will be keeping you updated with your business just on the tip of your fingers. Windows Mobile Camera phone The Samsung i900 Omnia packs a really nice 5 mega pixel camera, which produces images with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It comes equipped with auto focus, digital image stabilizer, face recognition, smile detection, and geotagging courtesy of the built-in GPS receiver. The LED flash next to the camera lens completes the tally. The Omnia camera shoots in landscape mode and makes use of the dedicated camera key. It's got an intuitive user interface that makes changing settings on-the-go a breeze. Your Mobile Office is Here Too Among the WM core applications is the Office Mobile package featuring support for viewing and editing Word, Excel, and Power Point files. With the latest version of the Office Mobile, you also have the OneNote application. Thanks to the pre-installed Boratech File Viewer, there is also support for viewing PDF documents. Performance when working with PDF file is commendable, but that's to be expected with the powerful processor. The pre-installed Biz Card Reader is a rather handy utility to scan text or business cards and it comes with character recognition. It does an impressive job at that - at least in English. Business card scanners are not something new but that's among the first document scanners implemented in a GSM handsets, and it's quite good too. GPS Navigator The Samsung i900 Omnia features a built-in GPS receiver. The Omnia supports A-GPS - it means you can download current satellite data over Wi-Fi or the 2G/3G network for a much faster satellite lock upon cold start. While a cold start can take anywhere between 5 or 7 minutes, with A-GPS lock is obtained within a minute. Image gallery is excellent When it comes to image browsing, the Samsung Omnia Media Album is really fast displaying and browsing those 5 mega pixel images full screen. It's actually a full featured file browser that shows only multimedia folder contents. Since it's universal ,you can filter the shown files by type. Back to image browsing the Media Album certainly benefits from the auto screen rotation feature. You zoom in and out by simply dragging your thumb up or down the image. The first zoom step is a bit slow, but we are talking 5 megapixel images here. At this point we are really pleased with the Samsung solution. Music is always important The Samsung Touch Player caters for the music department on the Omnia. You can sort music by album, artist, and genre or you can create custom play lists. Sorting the tracks by album brings the album cover interface. The album covers look nice and large, and can also be displayed full screen while you're listening to music.
Display The 2.8" treat of a screen is probably the best way for Nokia N96 to salvage some pride. Excellent picture is a perfect complement to its generous size. In all fairness, brightness has been slightly reduced. The contrast is also commendable. Sunlight legibility has always been the Nokia element. Nokia N96 makes no exception remaining perfectly legible even on the brightest of days.
Customizations The Nokia N96 main menu offers four different view modes. Two of them are the well-known 4 x 3 grid and a simple list. In addition, you can choose whether you prefer your icons animated or not. The other two available modes are the 3D V-shape and Horseshoe layouts. The font sizes throughout the menus are also configurable depending on your preferences. There are only three pre installed themes on Nokia N96, but you are by no means limited to them only. Downloading additional ones from the internet and installing them on your N96 is quick and easy and the choices offered are endless.
Connecting people Nokia Nseries are all about connectivity and it is hardly a surprise that the flagship supports all popular means of data transferring. USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0 are a nice start of the lengthy list. All kinds of network connectivity are also on board - from aging GPRS, through EDGE to 3G with HSDPA - Nokia N96 has it all.
To complete the wireless communication tally, Wi-Fi with UPnP support is also at hand. A nice improvement coming with the FP 2 now allows for quick locating of hidden wireless networks with the sharpish WLAN scanner right on the stand-by screen. This was also possible with the previous Nokia handsets but took a lot more time, as the WLAN wizard had to be used. Even the memory card slot is here and makes good value if you have a card reader at hand.
Music player flying high The music player is another noteworthy Nokia N96 application. With the huge number of supported formats you will hardly ever come across an audio file that the phone won't play. Album art is also supported but unluckily there are no alternative visualizations. Your music library is automatically sorted by artist, album, genre and composer and searching tracks by gradual typing is also available. You can also create your own play lists in no time. The process of adding tracks to the library is as simple as choosing the refresh option. You can avoid that if you upload the music via Nokia's proprietary PC Suite application The player comes with five equalizer presets and if they seem insufficient you can create new ones in a matter of seconds. Quite naturally, the player can also be minimized to play in background. In this case a tab appears on the stand-by screen indicating the currently running track. Finally the A2DP Blue tooth profile means that you can enjoy your favorite tracks on a stereo wireless headset.
DVB-H Nokia N96 also comes complete with a DVB-H tuner, which enables it to receive digital TV broadcasts. Through the Live TV application you can access mobile television and radio services and watch and listen to digital programs. Here is the list of lucky places, where you can enjoy digital TV on hand held devices.
N-gaging the games section Nokia N96 comes in with quite a number of N-gage games preloaded. The new Nokia gaming platform is really great and with the dedicated gaming key you are up for an exciting time with this phone.
GPS navigation Nokia N96 has a built-in GPS chip that can be considered a serious upgrade. With a far more sensitive receiver, Nokia N96 is coming close to some of the best examples in the business. The built-in GPS receiver works with the Nokia Maps application, which is one of the software navigation applications to offer the most detailed maps. Furthermore, it is free and relatively easy to use, as far as the most basic functionality is concerned. What's even better, with Nokia N96 it comes complete with 3 months worth of free voice-guided navigation. This basically means Nokia N96 is good to serve as an in-car navigation unit straight out of the box.