This past weekend I went back to using my original iPhone to check out some applications that I am evaluating and have to say it really is an easy and fun device to use. I just read on The iPhone Blog that Google announced Google Sync for iPhone that lets you synchronize your iPhone calendar and contacts with your Google account. This sync feature is a major strength and selling point of the Google Android and it looks like you can now get this functionality on your Apple iPhone.
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.
Back in December 2008 Nokia announced Nokia Maps 3.0 in early beta form. At that time, the beta was available on only a few select devices and the particular S60 device I tried it on at the time did not work correctly and it actually ended up making my Nokia Maps 2 version unusable without a full reset of the device. I decided to then hold off until the beta was further along. Today, the Nokia Beta Labs blog posted on the update to Nokia Maps 3.0 with Ovi Maps that adds support for several more devices, including my E71 and N85 devices that I plan to load it up on right now.
My T-Mobile G1 Google Android device (see my full review
DataViz started talking about Office support for the iPhone last Fall and according to AppScout we should see the official announcement of Documents To Go for the iPhone at MWC in just over a week. In addition DataViz may be announcing Documents To Go for the Google Android platform as well as RoadSync for Android. I use their excellent RoadSync product to sync to my Exchange server on my Nokia E71 S60 device and it is killer. I have been testing and liking TouchDown on my G1, but with the vast experience of DataViz I am looking for an even better product in RoadSync.
Mary Jo discussed Microsoft's Skybox cloud service a couple of days ago and the folks at Engadget appeared to find what appears to be the Skybox site branded as Microsoft My Phone. It doesn't appear that you can sign up or use it yet, but you can click the more info link to find out several more details about the beta service that looks like it will launch around Mobile World Congress in less than 2 weeks.
One of the best camera feature phones I have ever tried was the Motorola ZINE ZN5 5-megapixel model from T-Mobile USA. T-Mobile may be trying to be the carrier with the best camera phones with the announcement today of the 8-megapixel Samsung Memoir SGH-t929. The Memoir is a full touch-screen phone similar in appearance to the Samsung Behold that has a 5-megapixel camera. The Memoir also supports T-Mobile USA's 1700 MHz 3G wireless data network, but does not have an integrated WiFi radio.
Since this particular reviews blog is focused on cell phones and smartphones I thought it was about time I start posting some reviews on feature phones and not just the higher end smartphones since there are millions who just want a good phone that makes calls. The first two phones I am taking a look at below each have something a little out of the ordinary that appealed to me to want to try them out. The Nokia 7510 works with T-Mobile UMA HotSpot technology and the Motorola Renew is constructed of recycled water bottles and is very eco-friendly. I have a video walk through for each phone below, along with an image gallery of the Nokia 7510. Both phones are available now on T-Mobile.
As detailed by Larry Dignan Google Latitude is now available for mobile devices and gives you some social networking capabilities. I mentioned that the T-Mobile G1 maintenance release (1.1 RC33) is rolling out to Android devices at this time. T-Mobile just sent a note along that the maintenance release contains the new Google Latitude features in the Google Maps for Mobile client. Google Search by voice is also part of the maintenance release.
I posted on the status of Windows Mobile 7 that the Motorola CEO spilled out in a recent earnings call. This really wasn't much of a surprise since it has been rumored for months, but this was the first public official acknowledgement of the upcoming OS. The Motorola CEO also talked about the Google Android OS during that earnings call and stated that Motorola was focusing on Android instead of Windows Mobile in 2009 because Android "is more competitive" this year than Windows Mobile will be. Since I have spent an extensive amount of time with both the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) and several Windows Mobile devices (see my HTC Fuze review) I think I can offer up a fair comparison between the two operating systems speaking from real-life experiences so that you can make an informed decision about which is the better OS to focus on at this time.
According to recent financial reports Motorola is not doing too well in mobile devices. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha was on an earnings conference call and according to AppScout he stated that Microsoft will be releasing the rumored Windows Mobile 7 OS in 2010. You can view the full transcript of the call yourself to see what was stated. In addition to the Windows Mobile 7 statement, Android was also brought up quite a bit as a focus for Motorola in 2009.