It looks like my fellow mobile enthusiasts all received the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX on Friday when my two-week eval unit arrived. I decided to start with a slightly different method of providing you with a first impressions since the T-Mobile Sidekick lineup is more appealing to teenagers than the enterprise crowd. My first converged device was the original T-Mobile Sidekick back in 2002, but I haven't used one since then. My oldest daughter is 15 and loves her Sidekick 3 device so I gave the Sidekick LX to her to use for the last 3 days and then conducted a Q&A with her to find out what she thought about it. I will spend some time with it over the next week or two and plan to provide my thoughts then.
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.
I posted that the T-Mobile G1 cupcake (aka 1.5) update was rolling out to G1 owners yesterday, but with no official T-Mobile confirmation and some confusion in the Android space I am no longer certain the update really is rolling out here in the US. Conducting a search on Twitter shows that those receiving the update seem to all be in the UK. There is also lots of confusion around the update since there is definitely a 1.5 update for Android Developer Phone models (unlocked) available right on the HTC site. People either have these ADP models or have already rooted and updated their T-Mobile G1 devices to get the cupcake update so it is difficult to know if people are all talking about the same thing. Can anyone confirm they have received the G1 1.5 cupcake update on a standard, locked, non-rooted T-Mobile G1 in the USA?
Today must be the day for Palm rumors as we had the Mini-Pre rumor earlier and now have the Palm Eos rumor from Engadget. There are even a list of specs to accompany the Eos rumor and it looke like it will also be a WebOS device, except for a GSM version going to AT&T. It looks a bit like a Palm Treo Pro in a sleeker form factor
A couple of days ago I mentioned that the Android 1.5 update was available for Android Developer Phone models of the G1. According to Brighthand T-Mobile USA and UK have started to roll this update out to T-Mobile G1 owners over the air. Some people are reporting that the update arrived last night, but I haven't seen mine updated yet and the last time there was an update I didn't get it for a week or so and I was one of the first to buy the G1.
I finally had the chance to see and touch the Palm Pre at CTIA and think it is an exciting device that may keep Palm going for a bit longer. I am not the biggest fan of the keyboard and think that the rumored "Mini Pre" mentioned by Michael Arrington last night may even be a more compelling product. The iPhone is extremely popular and it does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard so there is no reason a more compact Palm Pre without a keyboard cannot do just as well.
There have been rumors in the past that a Zune phone was coming and that Microsoft was going to start making their own mobile phones to compete with Apple and the iPhone. We here always knew that was not going to happen and John Starkweather from Microsoft just gave us the go ahead to publicly share a few points about these issues.
Last week I mentioned that Quickoffice submitted an update for their iPhone Office application and I have been checking iTunes daily to find out if the updated was available. I was pleased early this morning to see the update was indeed present and available for download as Quickoffice 1.1.1. I updated my iPhone 3G to this latest version to try out the new features and updates. However, I am not able to get a couple of these new features to work on my iPhone and the update is quite minor.
Do you have a developer version of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device? Then you can now update the device to Android version 1.5 and tell us all about it. The Android Developers Blog makes it clear that this update is currently intended for developers and not for those looking to use their Android device for daily, regular usage. HTC has clear directions and the image packages needed to update your developer Android device and it really makes me wish I had purchased one of these rather than the T-Mobile branded version. Those of us with the T-Mobile G1 should get the update sometime in May, at least that is what the tea leaves indicate.
I completed my Clash of the Touch Titans articles last week and wanted to thank all of you for your active participation. I had quite a few comments on those posts and received several emails from people thanking me for the posts on each device. As I stated in my first post I use these types of comparisons as a way for me to make personal device buying decisions and evaluate different devices. Take a look at this comparison spreadsheet for a snapshot of features and specifications of each of these Touch Titans as it may help you when thinking about which device fits your needs best.
I've written about TouchDown for Google Android in the past and it is one of the best priced apps I have purchased for my T-Mobile G1. I actually popped my SIM card in my G1 yesterday morning and discovered there was an upgrade to TouchDown that brought it up to version 3.x. I then received an email from the company with all the details surrounding this latest upgrade. As I mentioned before in my TouchDown articles, the NitroDesk Inc. people have been regularly updating the application to make the Exchange experience better and better for Google Android devices.