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.
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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.
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.
I was pretty excited about the launch of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device last Fall and even flew out from Seattle to New York for just one day to attend the launch event. I still have my G1 and enjoy using it very much and have come to thoroughly enjoy the keyboard. T-Mobile continues to actively support the Google Android platform and will soon be launching the myTouch 3G. T-Mobile is focusing on the personalization and customization of the device, as I will talk about in my article. Check out the image gallery showing the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and Exchange client, as well as the unboxing video showing the rather unique packaging.
Back in March of this year we heard about the Zer01 service that was going to use Windows Mobile devices and VoIP technology that gave you unlimited data, voice, and text for only $70 per month. This would also be provided with no contract and on a month-to-month basis. The Zer01 website is up and running, but I highly recommend you read through IDG News article before making a decision to leave your traditional US wireless carrier. There seems to be something a bit fishy with the service and I am personally not sold yet on its validity.
Capacitive touch screen devices are all the rage today with the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, HTC Hero and BlackBerry Storm. However, there are still many people who want a non-touch screen forward facing QWERTY device that is heavily focused on messaging. While I tend to bounce around quite a bit between different devices, the forward facing QWERTY form factor is one of my absolute favorite. To help you figure out which of these devices might fit your needs we are going to present a three part feature (with a summary post too) looking at the best QWERTY devices running the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian operating systems available from US wireless carriers. The three selected devices are the RIM BlackBerry Tour, T-Mobile Dash 3G, and Nokia E71x.
Nokia was the leader in mobile web browsing with their S60 browser launched a couple of years ago and as Rafe at All About Symbian shows the S60 browser is still a strong competitor in the browser loading race. However, the iPhone 3GS shows that even the mighty iPhone 3G can be beat and sets the bar for default browser. Default browsers are not the only game in town though and Opera Mobile 9.7 with Turbo shows what can be done by a 3rd party on an open platform.
Quickoffice was the first out of the gate with an Office suite for the iPhone and as you can see in my first take there were several issues that kept me from whole-heartedly recommending the application for everyone. The folks at Quickoffice have released a couple of updates and this latest 1.3 update, available now in the App Store, brings several features that now have Quickoffice being a fully complete and full featured product that I recommend everyone who needs Office support consider buying. There is also currently a sale on Quickoffice 1.3 so you can get it for just $12.99.
My mobile writing career really began with Geek.com back in 2001 when Chief Geek, Joel Evans, gave me the chance to write about the latest PDA. My first short post was actually about the HP 565 Pocket PC in August 2001. Joel and Sal asked me to participate in this week's Geek.com podcast and I had a great time sharing my thoughts on the latest gear and mobile news on Geek.com podcast 19. We covered several topics and I think the show sounds great.
The iPhone definitely sets the bar when it comes to a slick UI while devices like the Nokia N97 show that a manufacturer can pack it all into a single device and still not appeal to everyone. Here in this consolidated article I will take a quick look at the premier touch screen devices running each mobile operating system, even if that device has a keyboard as a major part of the device. You will see lots of articles comparing feature lists and people often shoot off to me that feature lists do not matter as much as the user interfacace. Do touch screen smartphone buyers have to pick one over the other or is there a mobile operating system and a device, or devices, that can give you both a slick UI along with all the latest specifications?