One of the first things I download onto my Windows Mobile, S60, and BlackBerry devices is Opera Mini so I was very pleased to receive the notice today that Opera Mini 4.2 beta is now available for download for all of these devices (it is a Java application). There are four new things that are highlighted in this latest updated version that should make Opera Mini 4.2 even more compelling.
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 have used the HTC Touch Diamond for several months and the display is absolutely fantastic. Today, the HTC Fuze from AT&T is available today for US$299.99 after US$50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The no commitment price is US$499.99, which actually is a very reasonable for a device with all of these high end features and much cheaper than the US$700+ I have paid in the past for unlocked devices with these types of features.
Larry posted a bit earlier about the possible 17 November launch date for the BlackBerry Storm. I don't watch much TV, but I have already seen two Storm commercials (one can be found on YouTube) so I think the date is most likely correct. You can also check out the BlackBerry Storm 9530 interactive guide. It is interesting to see that the main steps shown in device setup include inserting the SIM card, yet the Storm is launching with Verizon on their CDMA network where SIM cards are not used. I understand Vodafone should be getting a GSM version of the Storm, yet the link for the demo clearly indicates it is for the US market.
Jason mentioned the new RichardSolo 1800 iPhone battery pack earlier today and after returning from my recent business trip I discovered one was sent to me for evaluation. Unfortunately, I no longer have an iPhone 3G so I am returning my evaluation unit and hope to try out their new RichardSolo 1800 for BlackBerry to use with my new BlackBerry Bold. Another very popular battery pack also arrived at my house (again, I will have to return it without an evaluation) for the iPhone 3G and it is now available for everyone to purchase. The mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G can be purchased for US$99.95.
My AT&T SIM has been bouncing back and forth between the Nokia E71 (see my review) and Palm Treo Pro (see my review and with these two devices I have confirmed that QWERTY devices are my preferred form factor. Another couple of new devices recently launched with this same form factor, including the Samsung Epix and the BlackBerry Bold. I was just sent a BlackBerry Bold evaluation unit to spend time with and wanted to post some of my initial thoughts and experiences, along with an image gallery of the hardware and some of the software aspects of this new BlackBerry device.
It is pretty amazing watching the growth of the Apple iPhone in the worldwide smartphone market and the latest Canalys Q3 2008 report shows that Apple is now number 2. Nokia continues to lead with a large percentage, but others are catching up fast. There is also some encouraging news for U.S. smart phone fans, like myself, as the numbers show the smartphone market in the U.S. has doubled since last year.
I was reading the new article on the New York Times related to using your mobile phone for shopping comparison functions that may save you money and in the end even help offset the cost of your new smartphone. In particular, the T-Mobile G1 has a couple of bar code scanning/shopping comparison applications available to help you get the best price. While the G1 is getting all of the attention for this capability, there are also other shopping applications that may be quite helpful that require you to enter search terms using your phone's QWERTY keyboard or keypad.
My T-Mobile SIM continues to live in my G1 Google Android device (see my review) and I continue to be impressed with the Google integration and Gmail functionality. There are more and more third party applications appearing and I am liking the web browser more and more as I get used to the navigation methods. I just read on Ars Technica that the G1 has been jailbroken by those hard working developers over on the XDA Developers site. It is still early in the process and not everything has been made simple yet so if you are not adventurous then you should probably hold off performing the process.
I keep going back to placing my AT&T SIM into the Nokia E71 because it is such a powerful and slick smartphone. In the last couple of days a few new and updated applications were released for S60 that I just added myself and wanted to share with you all. A new social application from Nokia, a new piece of integration with Ovi appeared, and a powerful Office suite was updated.
I read through Josh's hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold and am disappointed I missed the FedEx guy by 2 hours before leaving town for the week. However, I am seriously thinking of swinging by an AT&T store on the road to pick one up for myself. If you are thinking of the Bold I read on Michael Gartenberg's site that you can even pick one up for FREE at Wal-Mart (after US$199 rebate and new contract). We usually see these devices drop to free on Amazon after a month of so and it is a bit surprising to see the Bold available for free already at Wal-Mart.