The HTC Touch Pro2 (read about my hands-on experiences) is the device I believe has one of the most amazing QWERTY keyboards ever produced on a smartphone. We all know the device will eventually be coming to all US wireless carriers and it looks like T-Mobile will be first with the just announced 12 August release date.
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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.
I previously reviewed the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 and one feature I mentioned would be coming in the future that would appeal to the business customer is the support for Exchange. Microsoft purchased Danger last year so we knew there would be some Microsoft influence eventually and the new Sidekick Sync application is one major piece of that. Sidekick Sync is a monthly subscription service that runs $4.99/month and was developed by Remoba.
Common sense lets us know that texting while driving is dangerous and many states and countries have outlawed this activity to help those with little common sense. We have seen one study recently where texting was found to be more dangerous than drunk driving and now the New York Times reports on a Virginia Tech study that shows your risk of collision is 23 times greater when texting. My advice is to NEVER text while driving and if you do it now, then STOP. My kids and I are on the road and I would hate to be hit by someone driving and texting.
The AT&T Nokia E71x was launched back in May and IMHO is the BEST Symbian smartphone launched and now carried by a US wireless carrier. There are very few of these smartphones that have been provided to us in the US so I think we were blessed to have such a fine one come to AT&T. The E71x is a third generation Eseries device in this particular form factor with the E61 (came to AT&T as the E62) and E61i came first. Check out to see how it stacks up with the other two QWERTY devices we covered.
There have not been many Symbian smartphones in the US the last few years and one of the best devices, the Nokia E71x, was launched a couple of months ago on AT&T. AT&T and Nokia just started making the Nokia Surge available and I was able to get a review unit to check out for a while. You can read about my first impressions of this messaging-focused device. The $80 price point, with a contract like all subsidized phones in the US, is pretty low for a device running the full Symbian OS with S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. It is quite a functional device, but the build quality is not the best and nowhere near what you find on the stainless steel E71x.
We posted the first of three parts of the King of the QWERTYs feature with the BlackBerry Tour and now are moving on to take a look at the T-Mobile Dash 3G. You can check out my earlier review for some other thoughts on the device since this feature will look at a few specific categories across all three forward facing QWERTY devices and won't cover the device in detail.
The first voice guided navigation GPS system in North America for the iPhone was AT&T Navigator (see my review) that was launched back in June. I was very impressed with the software and service and used it quite a bit last weekend on an out of town trip where I brought no physical maps along. There are pros and cons to a connected, subscription-based solution and the major complaint is that a data connection is required for navigation. I just read a press release over on Gear Diary where Navigon announced the first navigation solution for the iPhone and iPod touch in North America (Navigon previously launched in Europe) where the maps live on the device so no active data connection is needed.
I was pretty excited about the launch of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device last Fall and even flew out from Seattle to New York for just one day to attend the launch event. I still have my G1 and enjoy using it very much and have come to thoroughly enjoy the keyboard. T-Mobile continues to actively support the Google Android platform and will soon be launching the myTouch 3G. T-Mobile is focusing on the personalization and customization of the device, as I will talk about in my article. Check out the image gallery showing the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and Exchange client, as well as the unboxing video showing the rather unique packaging.
Back in March of this year we heard about the Zer01 service that was going to use Windows Mobile devices and VoIP technology that gave you unlimited data, voice, and text for only $70 per month. This would also be provided with no contract and on a month-to-month basis. The Zer01 website is up and running, but I highly recommend you read through IDG News article before making a decision to leave your traditional US wireless carrier. There seems to be something a bit fishy with the service and I am personally not sold yet on its validity.
Capacitive touch screen devices are all the rage today with the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, HTC Hero and BlackBerry Storm. However, there are still many people who want a non-touch screen forward facing QWERTY device that is heavily focused on messaging. While I tend to bounce around quite a bit between different devices, the forward facing QWERTY form factor is one of my absolute favorite. To help you figure out which of these devices might fit your needs we are going to present a three part feature (with a summary post too) looking at the best QWERTY devices running the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian operating systems available from US wireless carriers. The three selected devices are the RIM BlackBerry Tour, T-Mobile Dash 3G, and Nokia E71x.