I briefly tried the myTouch 3G and then went and bought the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 thinking these would be the best T-Mobile USA 3G smartphones for a while. We then saw the Nokia N900 announced with support for T-Mobile's 1700 MHz 3G network and I preordered one for myself. Today at the Mobilize 09 conference we heard from Motorola that the CLIQ will be coming to T-Mobile USA this Fall so we will get yet another powerful Google Android device and 3G smartphone on T-Mobile. I was thinking Sprint customers were lucky with all of their new devices (Palm Pre and Pixi, HTC Hero, Touch Pro2) and now we are seeing T-Mobile USA having plenty of options for the smartphone fan and as a long-time T-Mobile customer I couldn't be happier.
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.
Readers know how I feel about my T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 and as I stated before it will be coming to all four main US wireless carriers. Today we get the official press release that the Verizon version is coming tomorrow for just $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. This price leaves you wondering about the $350 that T-Mobile and Sprint are charging, but I find the device to be a solid performer and think the $350 I paid is still a good value for such a powerful device.
Facebook is an extremely popular social networking site that continues to increase in popularity. I personally can hardly stand the web version of Facebook and prefer to use a more efficient mobile version on my smartphones. With the new official Facebook client for Android just being released I decided to create a post that discusses the official Facebook clients (there are 3rd party alternatives in some cases) running on the iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, Sidekick, and BlackBerry platforms. While there is some slick Facebook integration on the Palm Pre and WebOS, there is not yet any official Facebook client. As you will see in the following comparison, there is one client that is clearly the leader with most all of the others at about the same level of functionality.
I was a guest on the Geek.com podcast that my buddy Joel and I recorded this morning. We talked about all things mobile and I mentioned that I had an iPhone 3GS running with my T-Mobile SIM in it and was able to use MMS with the native iPhone text messaging application. Joel thought this was pretty slick and asked if wanted to put together a guest post on the subject and that post is now live on Geek.com.
As I have mentioned many times in the past I do not have a huge music collection and prefer to use streaming clients to listen to music. My favorites on my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device have been imeem Mobile and Last.fm. I was pleased to read Paul's post today that revealed Pandora is now available for the Google Android platform.
Larry posted on some of the initial news regarding the upcoming Palm Pixi and you can now find all the info on the Palm website. The Palm Pixi will be coming to Sprint in time for the holidays and should be more of an entry level device like the Palm Centro. The Palm Pixi has most of the same features as the Palm Pre and will be exclusive to Sprint. Speculation is that it will run in the $99 range while the Pre will drop to $149. Michael Gartenberg had a chance to get some hands-on time with one and posted his first thoughts.
Wouldn't you know it, the day I don't have my T-Mobile G1 with me is the day the official Facebook application for the Android platform is released. The best client I have found so far has been Babbler and a cursory look at the official Facebook application indicates Babbler may still have a leg up in terms of video upload functionality. I plan to install the Facebook application on my G1 later tonight and am planning to post a comparison article of offical Facebook apps running on Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry platforms.
There is something about the Google Android character that I really enjoy and I have seriously been considering getting a tattoo of it on my arm or leg. Today, HTC announced a device that I think my wife would approve of first and that is the HTC Tattoo Google Android device running the slick HTC Sense UI. As stated in the press release the HTC Tattoo is taking a page from the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and focusing on the personalization aspects of the device with the ability to create a custom skin and make it your own.
If you read my Clash of the Touch Titans series back in April you would see I awarded the HTC Hero as the device to stand out from the rest and today Sprint announced they would be the first US wireless carrier to offer the device. The HTC Hero on Sprint will be the first time we see a carrier other than T-Mobile with a Google Android-based device and Sprint will now have two Linux-powered smartphones with the Hero and Palm Pre. It will be available beginning 11 October for just $179.99 after a $50 instant savings and $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement.
Last week I talked about the summer Windows Mobile lovefest, but it is not quite over yet as both HTC and Sony Ericsson announced Windows Mobile 6.5 devices launching as early as 6 October. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 has a form factor very similar to the X1 with some improvements in specifications while the HTC Touch2 takes a bit of a step back from the latest HTC devices we already see on the market. The Touch2 should be the first WM 6.5 device available though with launches in Europe and Asia.