Archive for September, 2008

>Presidential Smackdown

September 30, 2008

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The premier issue of iPhone Life reports Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was “frequently photographed early in the campaign with his trusty Blackberry“. But, in recent days, he has been spotted with a new iPhone 3G.

No confirmation, but somehow, I see Republican presidential candidate John McCain as a Blackberry user. Can you picture John McCain with a iPhone?

Barack Obama is tech saavy, no doubt about it. He has mobilized tech geeks to blog for him, and his webpage is cutting edge. John McCain is more old school. Someone needs to get the new Blackberry Bold into his hands.
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>Verizon XV6800

September 30, 2008

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I am thinking about buying the XV6800. I checked on CraigsList, and this phone can be mine for $220. If I bought this phone, I might consider picking up the Celio Redfly as well. Wouldn’t it be awesome to surf the internet and use Windows Mobile Office on a higher resolution screen! I was a little bummed that the XV6800 is not a compatible device with Qik yet (see http://www.qik.com/).

These are hard economic times, and this purchase might be seen as frivolous. I feel like someone with a hot girlfriend, but somehow I can’t help eyeing the girl the other guys have overlooked. The Blackberry Curve has been good to me, and this is how I repay all the sweet email goodness it has given me?

>Treo 800W

September 28, 2008

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The Treo 800W is on CrazyPhoneGuy’s radar. Palm was a leader in the PDA space, but many of its recent Smartphone offerings were buggy. Yet Palm commanded a loyal following, and Palm seems intent, in recent months, on turning itself around.
Over the summer, Treo 800W came out on the Sprint network, and it seems to be selling well. It is a utilitarian looking device. Podcasters and bloggers (see WMExperts’ review) rave about it.
I haven’t had enough one-on-one time with the device, but when I do I’ll write a more detailed review. It is suppose to come to Verizon Wireless (CrazyPhoneGuy’s carrier), so I may check it out.

>WMExperts Podcast

September 28, 2008

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I listen to WMExperts’ podcast faithfully. Two guys, one living in Florida, and another living in New York City talk weekly about Windows Mobile. I don’t even currently use a Windows Mobile Phone, but its great fun listening to these two guys. They clearly have their biases, I mean, the podcast is call WMExperts (they are really into Treos, especially the 800W), but I still enjoy listening to them report the news and their opinions about the Windows Mobile world. Load it up using your favorite podcatcher. http://www.wmexperts.com/.

>Jacksonfish.com

September 26, 2008

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CrazyPhoneGuy admires well made cutting edge mobile devices. He also admires good companies.

Jacksonfish.com is a special small business. It has an amazing website. The firm has a simple mission statement – to create beautiful consumer software for the web. The unique character of this small company can be discovered through navigating Jacksonfish.com’s website.

In an age of brashness where profits and short term gains rule the day, there is something refreshing about the existence of a company like this. It actually renews my hope about the U.S. amidst all the financial turmoil of recent day.
The webpage is something special. It depicts an ordinary street you might find in a small town. It is teeming with activity during the day, but at night, stores shut down, lights are dimmed (literally). It is really clever. Visit http://www.jacksonfish.com/.

>Celio Redfly – $199 until October 31st

September 26, 2008

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The Celio Redfly is available for Windows Mobile users for $199 until October 31st. Why the temporary reduction in price from $500? Celio believes once users get the Redfly in hand that word will get out about this new technology.

I have to admit I am intrigued by the idea of a pocket PC phone delivering a desktop user experience.

The following Windows Mobile phones are fully compatible with the Celio Redfly: SCH-i760, Blackjack, Treo phones, Moto Q, Sprint Mogul, XV6800, AT&T Tilt, etc. (see full list here: www. http://www.celiocorp.com/smartphone/)

>iPhone Quality Browsing?

September 24, 2008

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More HTC Touch HD picture goodness for all you gadget-philes.
This picture of a internet browser on the new HTC Touch HD looks almost as good as the iPhone’s Safari browser.

>Introducing another iPhone Challenger: The HTC Touch HD

September 23, 2008

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The iPhone is in a class of its own. It is the most seamlessly converged mobile device currently on the market. The Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms all have their strengths and weaknesses, but it is the iPhone that is able to provide users a true, mp3, personal video player, telephone, pictures, and browsing experience that sets the standard for developers and manufacturers. That is until now. Ask a gearhead who has succumb to the lure of the iPhone what he wishes it has, and of course, you’ll hear, removable battery, greater resolution, better camera, ability to customize (a la Windows Mobile).
Imagine, a phone with a similar form factor, but with even higher resolution. I am talking WVGA or 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Windows Mobile and Treo Users have had to make due with 320 x 240 for the longest time. Early previews of the HTC Touch HD’s display report it as absolutely gorgeous. It will trump iPhone’s 480 x 320 resolution. Comparisons are inevitable, because the HTC Touch HD looks so much like the iPhone.
Its other features will have loyal Windows Mobile users drooling: a 5 megapixel camera (no flash), stylus, microSD slot, 3.5-mm headphone jack, and a 1350mAH battery. We’re talking a serious smartphone here, and not a neat multimedia phone with a touch keyboard (sorry iPhone).
No news on who will get this first in the US. Perhaps, by the end of the year. The iPhone 3G is a truly amazing device, but this new offering from HTC provides an alternative. Competition is good.

>Verizon Fall lineup?

September 23, 2008

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I was at a Verizon store over the weekend. Verizon must have many new phones in its fall line-up because there were few smartphones on display. Verizon stores have pulled the Samsung SCH i760, and the XV6800 from its store. I was told that the last batch of SCH i760s were faulty, and Verizon decided to pull it. Sprint in recent weeks introduced the HTC Touch Diamond, and the new Palm Treo 800W has been available for a while.
I feel Verizon puts all of its time and energy into making it the most reliable cellphone network in the nation at the expense of new and exciting phones in its line-up. When I questioned a sales person about the fall line up, he started talking up the new Blackberry Touch-screen device. While I’m excited about the new Touch Blackberry, it would have been nice if Verizon could get the Bold too. I’m just tired of seeing all the newest phones released first in Europe, and Asia, and then AT&T. It makes me almost want to move over to a GSM network.
There’s excitement building about the Blackberry Storm, and rumors of the Treo 800W coming to Verizon, and I’m sure its just a matter of time before the HTC Diamond comes to Verizon (since its gone Sprint already).
For now, Verizon users have to make due with the HTC Touch, and Blackberry devices. Better to wait until October and November if you’re thinking about updating at this point.

>Zune 3.0 Software Update

September 16, 2008

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I think I was one of the first this morning to download the new Zune 3.0 software. I haven’t had a chance to play around with it yet, but it looks great. I even have games now on my Zune 80.

Congrats Zune Team!