Many of the ZDNet tech bloggers have been writing about their Dead Finger Tech for a special August feature. I have owned over 100 mobile devices, most of them phones, and thus you would think I have one or two favorites that I could consider as DFT devices. My iPhone 3GS is getting more and more useful as applications like Quickoffice improve functionality for me and my Nokia E71x is my top Nokia star. However, my T-Mobile G1 is the device I consider as my DFT mobile phone for a few reasons I will explain below.
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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.
My King of the QWERTYs series wrapped up a couple of days ago and I am now ready to provide you with my summary and personal preferences on this class of devices. As I stated in each article, these devices are targeted to the messaging user and all run mobile operating systems that have been around for years.
Social networking apps are some of the most popular on mobile phones today and I admit to using Twitter and Facebook quite a bit to staying in touch with family, friends, and fans. AT&T announced the availability of a new integrated social networking application, AT&T Social Net, that combines Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and customizable news feeds into a single interface. As you can see in the screenshots there are different tabs in the carousel menu that let you quickly switch between the services you have setup. Selected features phones and a couple of smartphones are included in the list of compatible phones that can use this application.
The HTC Touch Pro2 (read about my hands-on experiences) is the device I believe has one of the most amazing QWERTY keyboards ever produced on a smartphone. We all know the device will eventually be coming to all US wireless carriers and it looks like T-Mobile will be first with the just announced 12 August release date.
I previously reviewed the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 and one feature I mentioned would be coming in the future that would appeal to the business customer is the support for Exchange. Microsoft purchased Danger last year so we knew there would be some Microsoft influence eventually and the new Sidekick Sync application is one major piece of that. Sidekick Sync is a monthly subscription service that runs $4.99/month and was developed by Remoba.
Common sense lets us know that texting while driving is dangerous and many states and countries have outlawed this activity to help those with little common sense. We have seen one study recently where texting was found to be more dangerous than drunk driving and now the New York Times reports on a Virginia Tech study that shows your risk of collision is 23 times greater when texting. My advice is to NEVER text while driving and if you do it now, then STOP. My kids and I are on the road and I would hate to be hit by someone driving and texting.
The AT&T Nokia E71x was launched back in May and IMHO is the BEST Symbian smartphone launched and now carried by a US wireless carrier. There are very few of these smartphones that have been provided to us in the US so I think we were blessed to have such a fine one come to AT&T. The E71x is a third generation Eseries device in this particular form factor with the E61 (came to AT&T as the E62) and E61i came first. Check out to see how it stacks up with the other two QWERTY devices we covered.
There have not been many Symbian smartphones in the US the last few years and one of the best devices, the Nokia E71x, was launched a couple of months ago on AT&T. AT&T and Nokia just started making the Nokia Surge available and I was able to get a review unit to check out for a while. You can read about my first impressions of this messaging-focused device. The $80 price point, with a contract like all subsidized phones in the US, is pretty low for a device running the full Symbian OS with S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. It is quite a functional device, but the build quality is not the best and nowhere near what you find on the stainless steel E71x.
We posted the first of three parts of the King of the QWERTYs feature with the BlackBerry Tour and now are moving on to take a look at the T-Mobile Dash 3G. You can check out my earlier review for some other thoughts on the device since this feature will look at a few specific categories across all three forward facing QWERTY devices and won't cover the device in detail.
The first voice guided navigation GPS system in North America for the iPhone was AT&T Navigator (see my review) that was launched back in June. I was very impressed with the software and service and used it quite a bit last weekend on an out of town trip where I brought no physical maps along. There are pros and cons to a connected, subscription-based solution and the major complaint is that a data connection is required for navigation. I just read a press release over on Gear Diary where Navigon announced the first navigation solution for the iPhone and iPod touch in North America (Navigon previously launched in Europe) where the maps live on the device so no active data connection is needed.