It seems like the gold rush of applications for the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks with just a few apps trickling out here and there. I imagine most of this is because developers are waiting for the commercial functionality when they can sell applications in the Android Market. However, two applications I just found this morning when I turned on my G1 were Opera Mini 4.2 beta and Fusion Voicemail Plus and think these are both worthy applications you should try out on your G1.
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.
Last week I told you about the new MailShadowG application that syncs your Outlook data to Google and then on to your T-Mobile G1. I tried it and it really doesn't meet my needs, but I just read on Michael Gartenberg's blog that there is another new piece of software that might work out for those looking for an Exchange solution on their Android device.
At this time of year people are looking for gifts and to help you out and we here at ZDNet are assembling 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. I posted my Smartphone Holiday Guide to help you figure out which smartphone is best for you. Another excellent resource that you may find interesting is the Smartphone Experts Smartphone Round Robin articles. There are five sites in the Smartphone Experts group and they take away the primary device for each editor and have them evaluate the primary devices from each of the other editors through November and December. In addition to reading all of the great perspectives from users of different platforms, there are amazing contests where you can win one of these smartphones for free.
I am a huge fan of smartphones that let me work and play on the go and this holiday season there are some very compelling choices available. I have personally tested most of the models I'll be listing in this Guide and I am finding it tough to decide between which one is the best so I have a couple myself. Most of these smartphones will cost you a few bucks with a 2-year contract, but they are all extremely powerful and are much less than models I have purchased in the past. I recommend you try to get your hands on one of the devices in stores before making the purchase so you can see if the device will meet your needs and desires.
It looks like the white T-Mobile G1 is starting to appear in stores for those who don't like the black or brown models. However, after first checking out the brown model, getting my own black model, and seeing the pictures of the white one I would highly advise that you first try one out in the store before buying one yourself. The brown and white keyboards have orange alternate characters and an uncontrollable backlight that makes the keyboard characters virtually impossible to see in most lighting conditions. On the other hand, the black model has outstanding contrast between the keyboard and the background and is viewable in every lighting condition.
I am admittedly a very big fan of physical keyboards on my mobile phones and have what fellow MobileTechRoundup podcast co-hosts James and Kevin call "magic thumbs". I am able to pick up devices like the Palm Treo Pro, HTC Fuze, T-Mobile G1 or BlackBerry Bold and quickly type emails of 250+ words. After a day of using the Verizon BlackBerry Storm I have to say I am still a fan of these physical keyboards. I do think it has a wonderful display and the touch screen, SurePress, technology is very cool, but it isn't an iPhone and I think is too big of a departure from all other BlackBerry devices for serious texters or email fans to be productive.
If you have ever seen one of almost 100 mobile devices I have owned you will know that I take extremely good card of all of them and they rarely even have a scratch on them. I have actually never had a mobile device break on me. I would like to go crazy with them sometimes though and would probably enjoying being one of the people that test out phones before they hit the market. Steve Litchfield had a chance to spend the day at the Nokia Reliability Labs facility in the UK and posted a 35-minute video tour of the place.
One thing I like about current Nokia devices is that they are quite open to supporting a wide range of individual and enterprise needs with services and applications designed to help you out. I enjoy their support of Exchange ActiveSync on my E71 and other devices so I was pleased to hear the latest news on a conference call yesterday. Nokia and IBM announced today that they are partnering to bring enterprise users Lotus Notes Traveler to the S60 3rd Edition platform. Gartner data shows that IBM has a 40% share of corporate email revenue and now with Nokia's support of Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, and others Nokia supports almost all corporate email solutions with their devices.
When I had my BlackBerry Bold I used the Google Sync for BlackBerry utility to keep my calendar updated with my Google Calendar since my Google Calendar was also synced to my Outlook/Exchange account. Google has now added contacts sync to the utility that makes it even more functional. If I could have gotten the OWA email to work then I probably could have skipped the desire for Exchange synching on the BlackBerry.
In addition to the disappointing increase in data rates for voice customers, T-Mobile also introduced their new web2go service. The web2go service is designed to make it easier to view and browse the internet from your feature phone and select smartphone. Yahoo! oneSearch is being used for the mobile search engine and the service also gives you access to the new T-Mobile store front that was talked about a few months ago. It sounds like the web2go service is a proxy service since T-Mobile states that customers can visit virtually any website from even a feature phone and be able to view and navigate the page.