Gartner's worldwide smartphone sales numbers are in for the 2nd quarter of 2009 and it looks like Apple had the greatest increase with HTC and RIM also showing increases in marketshare compared to 2008. This makes sense as the iPhone 3GS hit the market, Android continues to roll out from HTC, and RIM continues to release updated BlackBerry models. The 10.5% increase in one year for Apple is pretty staggering, especially given current economic conditions and the fact that the iPhone is not an inexpensive device.
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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.
The T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 is definitely not a small pocketable device, but more of a portable computer with functions those in the business field may appreciate. The hardware is quite good, but I was left with the feeling that Android would have been much more enjoyable on it. As I wrote last week I went all in with T-Mobile and as a result had a line with full upgrade eligibility. I planned to wait until this week and purchase my own Touch Pro2, but left the store with a new Merlot myTouch 3G so let's go through the device and see why I didn't stick to my original plan.
In what appears to be a bit of a "me too" announcement I received a press release stating that ThinkFree Mobile for Android will support many of the same features as the updated Documents To Go 2.0 product I detailed earlier this morning. The major difference at this time is that Documents To Go is available NOW while ThinkFree Mobile for Android is slated for a 4th quarter 2009 release at an undisclosed price.
Just three months ago I posted my full review of Documents To Go for the Google Android platform and was very excited by the advanced features that DataViz was able to pack into this mobile application. I am very pleased to say that the version 2 I have been using over the last week continues to push the limits and IMHO brings the BEST mobile Office suite I have ever seen on a mobile device. I won't go back over all the Word and Excel features I covered in my last review, but will focus on the new PowerPoint and PDF support as well as other major improvements.
I mentioned a couple of reasons why I like the myTouch 3G predictive keyboard compared to the iPhone keyboard and contacted T-Mobile to try to find out a bit more about what is behind the technology. I met with T-Mobile representatives a couple of weeks ago and mentioned what I heard from them on MOTR podcast 179, but received a few more details that add a lot to the story and I think you will be quite impressed with what is going on here.
RIM sent me a BlackBerry 8520 to check out, but Andrew beat me and posted his hands-on review first. However, I still wanted to post a few of my thoughts about the device since I have had a chance to use the Curve 8320, Curve 8900, and BlackBerry Tour over the last few months. I think BlackBerry devices like the Curve 8520 show why it would be beneficial for carriers to start promoting family data plans and giving back a bit to consumers.
Back when I was an officer in the US Coast Guard I signed up for banking with USAA Federal Savings Bank and it was probably the best financial decision I ever made. USAA is a bank designed for military members and has a ton of awesome services for those on the go. I have only seen one physical branch in my entire life and all my banking is done remotely. USAA was one of the first banks to launch an iPhone application and according to the New York Times an updated version will be launched this week that lets you take a photo of a check with the iPhone and have it deposited to your account.
A couple of weeks ago T-Mobile sent me the myTouch 3G to try out and I posted my first impressions with a statement in there about no plans to upgrade since my G1 has the same software with the addition of a full awesome QWERTY keyboard. I then committed my wireless data services to T-Mobile and found I had a couple of lines with upgrade discounts available. I was thinking that I would use my upgrade to buy the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 that will be available on 12 August (stay tuned for my full review), but after further use of both the myTouch 3G and T-Mobile Touch Pro2 I decided that the myTouch 3G was the one for me. I was able to buy one for $200 and went with the Merlot (burgundy) color because it was a bit different and yet still professional looking.
I tried to move my entire five line family plan to AT&T just about a month ago as I discussed a bit in MobileTechRoundup show #177, but this ended up being a failed experiment as I detail my move back to my old friend T-Mobile in MobileTechRoundup show #179. James, Kevin, and I also talked about the HP Mini 5150 and Toshiba NB205 netbooks. Two phones I checked out recently include the myTouch 3G and BlackBerry Curve 8520, one of which I have now purchased.
As I posted here yesterday, I jumped back to T-Mobile USA yesterday as my primary carrier with five phones on their family plan. I have been playing with an eval myTouch 3G for a couple weeks as well and along with this device came several applications that you can also now download on your T-Mobile G1. To begin fresh with T-Mobile I completely reset my G1 and started over with the latest firmware. I then went on to load up a ton of apps, but a few I wanted to discuss that are timed with the myTouch 3G release and recommended by T-Mobile are Visual Voicemail, Sherpa, My Account, Mobile Backup, and WorldTour.