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.
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.
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.
One of the weakest features of Windows Mobile is the current web browser, Internet Explorer Mobile. There are several better alternatives such as the fantastic Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile that is included on some devices as the default browser and the Skyfire proxy browser (I can watch Hulu.com with this browser). There has been talk for quite some time about Mozilla entering the Windows Mobile space and as reported by WMExperts.com the Fennec browser is now available in very early pre-alpha form (aka milestone release) to try on HTC Touch Pro devices. Make sure you have a backup of your device and are willing to risk a hard reset before trying this software out as it is very early in the development cycle and not that stable.
The average tax refund for 2008 was about $2,500 and with the shape the economy is in here in 2009 it may be a good idea to spend some or all of that to give the economy a bit of a boost. It is also important during this time to stay in touch with family and friends to provide support and communication. What better way to stay in touch via voice or text than with a new mobile phone. So as you consider spending that money on a new mobile phone, I wanted to give you five suggestions to consider.Since there are four major wireless carriers in the U.S. (Alltel is now part of Verizon) I will give you my top recommendation from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked device to consider.
Nokia launched its touch screen UI and S60 5th Edition softare on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device and this caught me a bit off guard as I was expecting touch on a Nseries device. Today they again used the XpressMusic line of devices to announce another first for Nokia. The 5630 XM runs on a 600MHz ARM 11 processor. The device is fairly feature packed and will retail in the second quarter of this year for only 199 Euros.