I had a chance last weekend to spend a bit of time with the Motorola Droid from Verizon Wireless and was impressed by the display and solid form factor. I didn't think the keyboard was that great and prefer the HTC Sense flavor of the Android OS. Those of you who own the Verizon Droid will be pleased to know that a firmware update should start rolling out today that address a ton of issues, as listed on the Android Central website and copied below.
Smartphones and Cell Phones
It seems everyone in business has a smartphone today to keep connected to the office and enjoy their time away from the office. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, Wi
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
HTC previously stated they are working on an upgrade from Android 1.5 to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero devices while they are skipping Android 1.6. Verizon has announced they will be bringing Android 2.0 with Google Maps Navigation to the HTC Droid Eris in the first quarter of 2010. Also, this weekend you can get a Droid Eris for free when you buy one for $99.99.
The last HP iPAQ device I had a chance to try out was the iPAQ 910 and that was in July of 2008. I didn't expect HP to still be in the smartphone game a year and a half later, but we now see the HP iPAQ Glisten coming to AT&T business channels. My buddy Chris was sent one to evaluate and posted his unboxing and first look article this morning.
Michael Gartenberg posted his weekly Entelligence column over on Engadget and this week his focus was on the future of Nokia. I then put together a response blog post on Nokia Experts addressing each area that Michael focused on. Just a couple hours after my post went live Nokia issued a press release laying out their key plan for 2010. As stated in their plan they plan to hold onto their current market share and stem the decline seen in the last couple of years, while also bringing out at least three milestone devices. Two of these will be Symbian-based (Symbian Foundation that is) and one will be a Maemo 6 device. Check out All About Symbian for a more in-depth look at the announcement, along with more slides from the press release
I've been using fring on my Nokia devices for years and just last week they announced two-way video calling for select Symbian devices. They are now following up this week with the announcement for the iPhone that gives iPhone and iPod touch owners the ability to VIEW video calls from callers over Skype or fring. With your WiFi-connected iPhone or iPod touch you can interact via voice to the person shown on your display, but you cannot make video calls from your iPhone or iPod touch. If Apple includes a front facing camera on the iPhone in the future then you will be able to make video calls as well.
motr_cover.jpgJames helped kick off MobileTechRoundup show #191 by talking a bit about smartbooks and Lenovo's purchase and setup of their Lenovo Mobile group that they previously sold in 2003. If you own an Amazon Kindle you will be pleased to know there is a firmware update giving you PDF support and more. None of the MoTR gang went to a physical store for deals, but one of us did find an online special. Kevin also explains why his Palm Pre has a couple months to get its act together.
While Windows Mobile fans like myself are very pleased with the HTC Touch Pro2 there hasn't been as much excitement around a Microsoft smartphone as we have seen with the HTC HD2 for quite some time. People are enthusiastic about its release due to the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, capacitive display, large 4.3 inch 480x800 high resolution display, multi-touch support in the browser and photo viewer, and Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. We also know that the HD2 will eventually be coming to a major US wireless carrier, but who that carrier is going to be remains to be seen. I have been using it as my primary device for the past week and wanted to give you some more details to enjoy over the Thanksgiving weekend as I now have experiences with many of those topics I mentioned in my first impressions article.
One of the VoIP applications I have loaded on several devices is fring and I was pleased to read today that Skype and fring video calls are now supported on select Symbian S60 devices. fring video is currently supported on the Nokia X6, N97 mini, N97, 5800, N95, N95 8G and N82 devices. I have an N97 mini and will have to load up the latest version of fring and test out this new capability.
Earlier this summer I posted on the release of CoPilot Live 8 for Google Android and loaded it up on my T-Mobile G1 to evaluate for a full review. A ton of new devices came shooting across my desk and I never had the chance to finish my review of this excellent GPS navigation solution, although I did use it successfully for a couple of road trips and found it to be an excellent solution on the Android platform. Last week I received an HTC HD2 device to evaluate and found that CoPilot Live 8 was preloaded on the device. The software was loaded with a 14-day trial and I quickly learned I could transfer the review license from my G1 to the HD2 and quickly set up the account on the HD2 and downloaded the 31MB map for Washington State. As you can see in my image gallery containing screenshots of the application and video of CoPilot Live 8 in action (thanks to my new teenage daughter taking the wheel), the software is fantastic and with that large, fabulous 4.3 inch 800x480 pixel resolution display you can't find a much better portable GPS navigation/mapping solution available.
Regular readers here know that I am a fan of the Windows Mobile operating system, even though that is not necessarily a popular opinion since it isn't the flashiest and newest OS. I have talked about the strengths of Windows Mobile quite a bit and was pleased to see my friend and MoTR cohost, James Kendrick, post a fair comparison article between Android and Windows Mobile. James takes a look at multi-tasking, available apps, user interface, and computer desktop integration. It was refreshing to see James award the advantage to Windows Mobile in 3 of 4 areas with the last one being a tie.