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.
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.
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.
One of the premier developers of Windows Mobile software is Spb Software House and over the past couple of years they have created a package that gives device owners complete control over customization of their devices. Today, we see the release of Spb Mobile Shell 3.5 and I have to say Spb Mobile Shell has completely replaced the HTC Touch FLO 3D interface on my T-Mobile Touch Pro2. While TF3D is a nice UI that most people will probably enjoy using, Spb Mobile Shell caters to us "tweakers" who like to fully optimize and customize our devices. This capability is a strength of Windows Mobile and as you can see in my image gallery and in the video walk through.
Back in the days when I had a dedicated Grafitti area on my Palm OS devices I discovered an alternative text entry method (2002 to be exact) that was designed with overlays that you placed on top of the Grafitti area. This text entry method was optimized for stylus entry to minimize the distance you had to travel to enter text since QWERTY keyboards are designed for two handed computer entry. Exideas developed the MessagEase form of text entry that has allowed me to enter text accurately and quickly on various Palm and Pocket PC devices over the years. They have now developed and launched an iPhone solution in case you want to use something other than the default QWERTY keyboard provided by Apple.
James, Kevin, and I spent the entire time on this week's MobileTechRoundup show #183 talking about Windows Mobile and what we think about the future of this platform. All of us have used Windows Mobile for quite a while and I am still an active user with my T-Mobile Touch Pro2, but I am also frustrated by their slowness to respond in the mobile world.
I subscribed to just a couple select real (not web-based) magazines and one of my favorite is iPhone Life. FYI, this used to be the Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine that has since transitioned into this iPhone version. I have contributed articles in the past and in the current issue you will find my article on the two premier Office applications, Documents To Go and QuickOffice. You can get actually get this issue now for free if you want to check it out. They are also available in bookstores and retail shopping stores around the country.
One of the apps that appeared yesterday on the App Store's "What's Hot" list is called The Love Dare: 40 Dares. I found out that this app is a part of the Olive Tree Bible collection on the Olive Tree blog and thought readers may like to find out a bit more about the application and Olive Tree's iPhone products. I recently posted on Laridian PocketBible, but also think you should seriously consider the Olive Tree BibleReader software that is also FREE and has note taking capability.
While Windows is still the dominant operating system for people's computers, the Mac OS X community continues to grow and can't be ignored by the mobile operating system creators. Third parties, such as PocketMac and Mark/Space, have developed solutions to sync mobile devices with Apple computers. These solutions are often even more powerful than native solutions, if there are any, but it is great to see mobile companies create and roll out these solutions. RIM has a BlackBerry Desktop for Mac that is getting closer and closer to release. You can check out lots of details and screenshots of this solution on the Inside BlackBerry blog.
I remember last year before the Samsung Instinct was released we saw a pretty amazing marketing effort to get the word out about the device and I have seen a ton of people using the Instinct as their mobile phone. Sprint and Samsung today announced the Samsung Instinct HD that builds upon the success of the Instinct with the latest in multimedia experiences. The 5.0 megapixel camera captures video and then lets you play back the video on an external monitor/TV in HD with the TV-out HD connection.