Last week we heard the news that BlackBerry Desktop for Mac was coming soon and then a few days later RIM download this new Mac client. BlackBerry Desktop for Mac supports syncing contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes with your BlackBerry running OS 4.2 or later. The Mac applications it works with include iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and others. BB Media Sync is also included for iTunes syncing functionality.
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 we spent the entire show talking about Windows Mobile and we did not start recording MobileTechRoundup show #184 with the intent to again focus on just one topic, but the Sprint HTC Hero that James and I are playing with is an amazing device and Kevin, James, and I just couldn't get off the topic. One thing I mentioned was the Exchange experience and I posted an article on this functionality just a short while ago. The Hero is a compelling device and if there was one on T-Mobile USA I would be all over it right now.
One of the reasons I keep going back to Windows Mobile devices, like my T-Mobile Touch Pro2, is because the Exchange experience has always stood out from the pack. The iPhone and Palm Pre offer Exchange clients, thanks to licensing Microsoft EAS technology, but there are still a couple of capabilities lacking (meeting with attendee creation for one) that keep me going back to a WM device. I am testing a Sprint HTC Hero (review will be here Monday) and discovered that the included Exchange experience on this device is better in some respects than what a Windows Mobile device can offer, but a few key capabilities still hold it back. As I stated back when I was trying to figure out if one device could meet our desire to have a slick UI and all necessary functionality I chose the HTC Hero to be that devices and now as I get more and more hands-on time with it my statement seems justified. Let's take a look at why I think the Exchange experience is better for many people on the Hero than on other mobile devices.
Regular readers know that I personally enjoy using Windows Mobile devices even if they aren't the flashiest and most user friendly devices currently available because they don't limit what I can do on the go and are highly customizable to my preferences for maximized efficiency. iSuppli's latest report and data shows that Microsoft may reclaim the number 2 position in the global market, behind Symbian, between 2010 and 2013
I am reminded of the good old days of the competition between mobile software on my Palm devices when I see developers like DataViz and Quickoffice going back and forth with updates and improvements. We are seeing this same competition take place on the iPhone as one takes the lead and then the other comes out with an update that passes the other one by, until the other updates yet again and retakes the lead. Today, we see that DataViz has released Documents To Go version 2.0 that adds support for Excel on the iPhone. This is a FREE update for existing owners. We now have both apps supporting Word and Excel on the iPhone and it looks like the next hurdle is PowerPoint.
We constantly hear how many thousands of applications the Apple App Store has available, yet the quantity of apps and the race to the bottom mean little to me personally. While choice is nice, there are probably too many applications available for people to even begin to find all the best and filter through the junk. Steve Litchfield posted an article over at All About Symbian talking about how most people can probably have a great mobile experience with just a few selected apps rather than loading hundreds and hundreds of them on their phone. I consider myself something of a power user and generally have 25 to 35 apps and games loaded on my devices. Can you get by with just 3 apps and if so, what are they?
One of my favorite applications from way back when I had Palm OS devices was BugMe! This application allowed me to capture handwritten notes and set custom alarms. Today, we see that Electric Pocket released a version of BugMe! for BlackBerry devices and brings that same functionality we saw over 10 years ago, along with improvements reflecting today's technology. BugMe! for BlackBerry is available in the BlackBerry App World store for $2.99 and there is a free "3 note" trial available.
T-Mobile was the first US carrier out of the gate with the HTC Touch Pro2 and priced it at $350 after instant rebate and 2-year contract. While this is higher than just about every other subsidized smartphone today, I personally find it to be worth this price and have no regrets or bad feelings about paying this for such a powerful and customizable device. Sprint was next up with the Touch Pro2 and also had the subsidized price at $350, followed by Verizon at just $199.99. According to The Boy Genius Report Sprint will be dropping the price of their Touch Pro2 down to $199.99 starting tomorrow, 1 October.
Andrew was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the Motorola CLIQ a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking about picking one up since I am a T-Mobile customer. Today, T-Mobile announced that existing customers could pre-order the CLIQ starting 19 October by visiting the new CLIQ website. This pre-sale runs from 19 October until 1 November and then starting on 2 November new customers will be able to pick one up for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.
Yesterday was a pretty big day for Palm Pre owners with the release of WebOS 1.2 as described on the Palm blog. There are a number of significant and worthy updates that make the update a must have for Pre owners. However, you may want to exercise just a bit of caution as James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun discovered that the Palm Profile server had gone down so backup and restore was not working. The server is back up now so it should be fine to perform the update, but for those that did it before the server went down you may have found a few things that didn't come back (theme customizations for one) and none of your homebrew apps will come back. This just goes to show that syncing to the cloud isn't always a fail safe solution.