As a 2+ hour daily commuter I have been enjoying the REDFLY Smartphone Terminal for quite some time now. One thing that always bothered me is that I had to install and use an older version of Opera Mobile (8.65) to be able to work in a decent browser on the REDFLY. I just read on Brighthand that the latest beta drivers, discussed here on WMExperts, include support for Opera Mobile 9.5. You can check out the beta page to see the full list of supported devices and detailed change log.
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.
My original iPhone is finding its way into my hands more and more lately with the incredible assortment of 3rd party applications that I just cannot resist. I checked out an Astraware iPhone game last summer with GTS Racing Challenge and in the last couple of months we have seen several more Astraware titles released for the iPhone/iPod touch. These devices are becoming compelling mobile gaming platforms that are always with you for a quick 5-minute game or longer 30-minute game session. Five recent games I had a chance to play with include Platypus, Board Games, Glyph, My Little Tank, and Hellfire.
I mentioned we had a chance to see some things from Microsoft Labs at Mobius 2008 in December and one of those things was the new Microsoft Recite. We were just given early access to the application that will be coming soon as a free utility for Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher users.
News has been a bit slow leading up to Mobile World Congress next week, but James, Kevin, and I spent the show chatting about the Kindle 2.0, Google Sync, and TeleNav on the Google Android platform on MobileTechRoundup show #162. We also brought back a freeware of the show with WizMouse.
Do you have Qik on your mobile phone? Is there someone out there that you love? If both of these apply to you, then you may want to record a declaration of that love with Qik for a chance to win one of three free year-long Boingo Mobile subscriptions (US$95.40 value). Boingo and Qik have announced a partnership to focus on the Boingo solution that gives you WiFi access at more than 85,000 hotspots around the world. Boingo Mobile is available for US$7.95 per month and it works globally.
I talked about the TouchDown application I purchased for my T-Mobile G1 that gives me some Exchange functionality. Since that time, the developers have issued updates on at least a weekly basis and I just received an email that TouchDown is now up to version 1.5.
There are hundreds of applications now available for my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device (see my review) in the Android Market, but honestly there are only about 15 or so that I have kept over the long haul and use regularly. I imagine the quality and choice offerings will go up as soon as Google turns on the ability for commercial applications. Today, we found out that one very high quality application and service will be available for the G1 in just over a week. TeleNav is bringing the first GPS navigation service to the T-Mobile G1 on 24 February. You will be able to download it on that day from the TeleNav website and eventually from the Android Market. Check out my video below and the image gallery for hands-on experiences with this software on my G1.
With the announcement of the Palm WebOS in January we knew this day was coming and according to PreCentral Ed Colligan confirmed that the only Palm OS devices coming in the future may be Centro devices from other carriers. Palm ended dedicated PDA/non-phone devices a couple of years ago and now confirms that they will focus on WebOS and Windows Mobile Palm devices moving forward. I am sure there will be many fans of the current Palm OS who are disappointed, but the OS has been around for 12 years and will continue to live for a few more as people still use their PDAs, Treo, and Centro devices.
I mentioned here last week that DataViz should be showing off and/or announcing their Office suite products for the Apple iPhone and Google Android next week at Mobile World Congress. I just received word that Quickoffice will be giving demonstrations of its products on the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms next week as well. Quickoffice is loaded on S60 devices to provide document attachment support and they have a Quickoffice Premier product for editing and creation of documents on the S60 platform.
I posted my thoughts on the T-Mobile BB Curve 8900 a couple of weeks ago and today you can pick one up at T-Mobile for US$199.99 after $200 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate. If I was able to use a BlackBerry with my work account and didn't mind giving up my T-Mobile G1 then I would be all over the Curve 8900. It doesn't have 3G, but for email and basic surfing EDGE is just fine and it is much more prevalent on T-Mobile than 3G. In addition, you can use WiFi to connect to any T-Mobile HotSpot or other WiFi access point you have permission to use.