One of the weakest features of Windows Mobile is the current web browser, Internet Explorer Mobile. There are several better alternatives such as the fantastic Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile that is included on some devices as the default browser and the Skyfire proxy browser (I can watch Hulu.com with this browser). There has been talk for quite some time about Mozilla entering the Windows Mobile space and as reported by WMExperts.com the Fennec browser is now available in very early pre-alpha form (aka milestone release) to try on HTC Touch Pro devices. Make sure you have a backup of your device and are willing to risk a hard reset before trying this software out as it is very early in the development cycle and not that stable.
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.
The average tax refund for 2008 was about $2,500 and with the shape the economy is in here in 2009 it may be a good idea to spend some or all of that to give the economy a bit of a boost. It is also important during this time to stay in touch with family and friends to provide support and communication. What better way to stay in touch via voice or text than with a new mobile phone. So as you consider spending that money on a new mobile phone, I wanted to give you five suggestions to consider.Since there are four major wireless carriers in the U.S. (Alltel is now part of Verizon) I will give you my top recommendation from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked device to consider.
Nokia launched its touch screen UI and S60 5th Edition softare on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device and this caught me a bit off guard as I was expecting touch on a Nseries device. Today they again used the XpressMusic line of devices to announce another first for Nokia. The 5630 XM runs on a 600MHz ARM 11 processor. The device is fairly feature packed and will retail in the second quarter of this year for only 199 Euros.
The Nokia E63 was announced in November 2008 and today Nokia announced that the red and blue E63 devices are now available in the US. The E63 is a device that is similar in form factor to my current favorite S60 device, the E71 (see my review) with some additions and subtractions from that device. The real deal here though is that you can pick up this fantastic device for just US$279 as a SIM-unlocked model. If you are looking for a good messaging device running an extremely stable OS with outstanding phone performance then I highly recommend you think about picking one of these up.
I have been using Spb Software's excellent applications on my Windows Mobile devices for years and was very pleased to see them branching out to support other mobile operating systems, including S60 and the iPhone. I posted a review of Spb Wallet for S60 devices and now that the iPhone version made an appearance on the iPhone App Store I can share my thoughts with you on this excellent application. With the large display and Safari integration, Spb Wallet is a real winner in my book. You can check out the full press release posted yesterday and my image gallery and video of the application in action.
This past weekend I went back to using my original iPhone to check out some applications that I am evaluating and have to say it really is an easy and fun device to use. I just read on The iPhone Blog that Google announced Google Sync for iPhone that lets you synchronize your iPhone calendar and contacts with your Google account. This sync feature is a major strength and selling point of the Google Android and it looks like you can now get this functionality on your Apple iPhone.
Back in December 2008 Nokia announced Nokia Maps 3.0 in early beta form. At that time, the beta was available on only a few select devices and the particular S60 device I tried it on at the time did not work correctly and it actually ended up making my Nokia Maps 2 version unusable without a full reset of the device. I decided to then hold off until the beta was further along. Today, the Nokia Beta Labs blog posted on the update to Nokia Maps 3.0 with Ovi Maps that adds support for several more devices, including my E71 and N85 devices that I plan to load it up on right now.
My T-Mobile G1 Google Android device (see my full review
DataViz started talking about Office support for the iPhone last Fall and according to AppScout we should see the official announcement of Documents To Go for the iPhone at MWC in just over a week. In addition DataViz may be announcing Documents To Go for the Google Android platform as well as RoadSync for Android. I use their excellent RoadSync product to sync to my Exchange server on my Nokia E71 S60 device and it is killer. I have been testing and liking TouchDown on my G1, but with the vast experience of DataViz I am looking for an even better product in RoadSync.
Mary Jo discussed Microsoft's Skybox cloud service a couple of days ago and the folks at Engadget appeared to find what appears to be the Skybox site branded as Microsoft My Phone. It doesn't appear that you can sign up or use it yet, but you can click the more info link to find out several more details about the beta service that looks like it will launch around Mobile World Congress in less than 2 weeks.