Diving a bit deeper into the Opera Mobile installation on my new T-Mobile Touch Pro2 revealed that this is version 9.5 (build 16643). Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is the version I tested out and showed how it smoked even the iPhone 3GS browser due to the Turbo mode where it uses the Opera servers to speed things up. While digging through the configuration settings of Opera Mobile 9.5 I found out that you can enable a Turbo mode on your T-Mobile Touch Pro2. (UPDATE: This is NOT the Turbo mode found in Opera Mobile 9.7, but another setting as explained below.) You need to go into a special area where you must use a bit of caution, but Turbo mode is clearly there. I did not know there was Turbo support in 9.5 and thought it was only in version 9.7, but maybe it is in the 9.5 version that ships from OEMs since I have yet to see a standalone download for version 9.5.
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.
Last week when I posted my first impressions of the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 I stated that I ended up buying the myTouch 3G when I went to visit the T-Mobile store instead of picking up the TP2 as I intended. Yesterday was my ninth day of owning the myTouch 3G, but I made the decision to visit T-Mobile and trade it back in for the Touch Pro2 for a couple of reasons. I actually called six stores throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area and only one had a single Touch Pro2 in stock as all the other stores were sold out. I am not sure how many were in each store, but even with the $350 price they seem to be selling well.
AT&T Navigator's subscription based GPS navigation solution (see our review) was the first full GPS voice navigation system for the Apple iPhone, but there is now some serious competition in the GPS navigation space that may even start knocking out dedicated PND. The biggest news today is that TomTom for the iPhone was released in the US. TomTom (iTunes link) is a well known name in PNDs and their iPhone solution is one of the most costly at $99. Other recent stand-alone (no subscription required) GPS navigation solutions for the iPhone include Navigon at a special $69.99 launch price and CoPilot Live for $34.99. There is quite a price range across these navigation solutions and we'll have to see if the high cost of TomTom is worth the premium over CoPilot Live 8.
Google is pretty well integrated into the iPhone, but one area where the Android OS has stood above this integration is with push Gmail. That has changed today with the launch of GPush (iTunes link), a Gmail push application for the iPhone available now for 99 cents. You can setup how you wish to be notified of your incoming Gmail, including through vibration, ringing or GPush icon display of unread messages. You will also receive a preview of incoming email with the sender's name and subject heading.
Official app releases are few and far between for the Palm Pre, but according to the Palm webOS Blog three new ones just appeared tonight. Two are games, Blackout and Spades, while the third is a desktop syncing client from the folks at Chapura. The developer of Spades has a couple of other Palm Pre apps coming soon to the App Catalog and also created a couple of Google Android games.
Kevin and I teased everyone a bit last week and in our focused MobileTechRoundup show #180 we spent quite a bit of time talking about the new T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2. James then chimed in with Kevin to talk about the rise in homebrew apps for the Palm Pre and I am a bit jealous that Sprint coverage is not good enough for me to have a Pre. We talked about depositing check with my iPhone and then James had a possible Touchstone failure to report.
I am right in the middle of my evaluation of CoPilot Live for Android and then today I received the press release that their iPhone product is also now available in the iTunes App Store (iTunes link). CoPilot Live is a system that can be used offline if you do not have wireless data access and for $34.99 you get the software and all maps for the USA and Canada. IMHO, this is a fantastic deal and one that is tough to beat with subscription services.
The HTC Touch HD is the current super high end Windows Mobile device in HTC's collection of devices. I tried it out a couple of times, but could not get over the lack of hardware buttons even though it had a large beautiful display and some super specifications. There are now rumors of its successor, the HTC Leo that take this form factor to the next level with a Snapdragon processor.
We see details from lots of Apple patents on new technology posted on the Internet and there are some that show cool technology while others are way out ideas that we will probably never see implemented. HTC is the leader in Windows Mobile and Google Android development and has come out with some very innovative technologies. MoDaCo posted on two HTC patents that we may see on future devices. One is for a stylus and the other for display technology.
Qik is a live video streaming service with mobile applications for BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. There was a version for Qik a year or so ago for jailbroken iPhones, but they have not been able to get a version up on the App Store until now. As you can read in their announcement blog post you are not yet able to live stream, but you can record a video (with your iPhone 3GS) and then have it uploaded automatically if you are connected to a WiFi network. A version for 3G uploads has been submitted for approval so an update should be coming soon.