A few new devices launched with the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system roll out on October 6th. One QWERTY messaging-focused device that launched on Sprint is the Samsung Intrepid. The Intrepid is the successor to the Samsung Ace and is a touchscreen device in a forward facing QWERTY form factor, similar to a BlackBerry device. Most all of the specs of the Samsung Intrepid are quite good, but the low resolution 320x240 QVGA kills the whole experience for me since every device I now have has much higher resolution and I can never go back to something with this low of resolution. The Samsung Intrepid is priced on Sprint at $150 so it is quite reasonable for a fully functional Windows Phone.
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.
I still have a few MSN Direct SPOT watches floating around at home, but find I rarely even wear a watch and just rely on my mobile phones for time and date information. Crackberry.com looks to have the first images and information on the upcoming BlackBerry Watch. This Bluetooth accessory will connect to your BlackBerry device and act as a viewable terminal for specific data. Much like the SPOT watches of old, it is designed to give you quick glanceable access to data without having to pull out your phone. Honestly though, does it really take that much effor to pull out your phone? If there is a piece of data you want to view more of or respond to then this watch actually introduces an unnecessary step in the process, right?
I spend most of my time using my Windows Mobile and Nokia devices, depending on my needs at the time. However, I keep getting drawn back to using my iPhone due to the incredible quality, functionality, and low prices of the games. The latest game from Electronic Arts that appeals to me is Rock Band (iTunes link). This game is priced at $9.99 and has four different ways to play, including multiplayer via a Bluetooth connection.
Andrew wrote an earlier post showing the new ad and campaign against the iPhone and for the Google Android platform that Verizon just kicked off. I saw the Droid Does commercial on TV this weekend and am interested in seeing what Verizon's device looks like. It turns out that I didn't have to wait long as the folks at The Boy Genius Report got their hands-on with the Motorola Droid (aka Sholes) and they are pretty impressed with the device. They stated that the Motorola Droid makes their Motorola CLIQ look like a "child's toy" so I guess it confirms that I won't be getting one now. Verizon has had a rather lame smartphone lineup for a while now, but with the Touch Pro2, Motorola Droid, and upcoming Palm Pre they may finally have some devices to compete with the other carriers and keep their lead in the number of US subscribers.
My T-Mobile SIM is setup for my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device that I have owned since day 1 (see my full review) and continue to enjoy with the updates and growing Android Market application selection. T-Mobile was the first US wireless carrier to support Android and then rolled out the T-Mobile myTouch 3G to add a second Android and become the carrier of choice for Android fans. T-Mobile will be launching a third Android device, the Motorola CLIQ, very soon, but they are no longer the exclusive Android carrier. Sprint has the awesome HTC Hero with the Samsung Moment coming soon and Verizon will have a couple of devices in 2010. AT&T has nothing announced yet, but there are rumors of a Dell handset. When you decide you want an iPhone, you only have one choice in carrier and form factor, but when you now consider an Android device you can stay with your carrier and/or have a choice in form factor. Let's take a closer look at what Android devices are or will be coming to each carrier in the US, followed by my thoughts on what I have found to be the best so far.
James, Kevin, and I kicked off MobileTechRoundup show #186 with my thoughts on the Nokia N900 Internet Tablet and my pleasure about finally receiving my blue Zune Originals media player. Kevin brought up the dual boot Acer Aspire D250 and we learned that it actually boots into Android first where you can then switch to Windows. James has been playing with the Dell Latitude ON device and we chatted a bit about that new laptop. The Motorola CLIQ reviews went live this week too.
It looks like the final US carrier branded Touch Pro2 device will be launching this weekend. AT&T's Tilt 2 is scheduled to be available on 18 October, but the folks at WMExperts were able to get their hands on one and posted a review. The Tilt 2 is the first of the four carrier HTC Touch Pro2 units to launch with Windows Mobile 6.5. It also appears to look most like the European HTC Touch Pro2 with curves and silver highlights. I still really like using my T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2, especially since it is not loaded with bloatware like AT&T continues to do with all of their smartphones that are not iPhones.
The Motorola CLIQ review embargo was lifted last night and the review floodgates were opened. Most every review has the same feelings about the processor speed and keyboard and it looks like the 528 MHz processor may be the limiting factor on current Android devices.
The T-Mobile Sidekick was my very first fully converged device (see my 2002 Geek.com review) and I don't recall ever hearing about a significant data issue over the 7 years since T-Mobile has been carrying and supporting the Sidekick devices. The Danger seamless syncing was on the cutting edge of cloud services and I wonder if this service outage will tarnish perceptions of cloud services outside of the connected tech community. It looks like Microsoft (fairly new owner of Danger) may be able to recover most of the data now and may have put out the earlier statements so people didn't get their hopes up too much. We in the mobile community have all been talking about the service outage and some stories make it sound like the end of the world, but I wonder if the teenager using the Sidekick cares so much to never use their Sidekick again.
Given that the Nokia N97 flagship product did not receive the highest praise from everyone that Nokia hoped, there has been a lot of excitement about the upcoming Nokia N900 Linux Maemo-powered Internet Tablet. I just received a pre-production unit and posted some first impressions along with several photos of the hardware. The hardware is finalized, but I understand the software will be updated before production models hit buyer's hands. That said, the N900 so far is quite an impressive device that is very responsive with an excellent web browser.