I purchased and then reviewed the Samsung OMNIA after a trip to Singapore in September. Today, Verizon Wireless announced the OMNIA will be available starting tomorrow for US$249.99 after a US$70 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. I paid over US$700 for my OMNIA just a couple months ago and can't believe this subsidized price. Phonescoop already has a video tour of this impressive Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device.Verizon Wireless also now has their version of the HTC Touch Pro available, but take a look at the specs before you pull the trigger on this model.
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.
While browsing the Android Market yesterday I found Opera Mini 4.2 beta ready for download. Last night I put together a video showing the browser in action and browsing along with the default G1 browser. You can also check out my image gallery for screenshots of the Opera Mini 4.2 beta browser.
I mentioned finding Opera Mini 4.2 beta on my T-Mobile G1 yesterday and it seems the application appeared a bit early in the Android Market. Today, Opera officially announced Opera Mini 4.2 beta for the Google Android device that was actually a subpart to the announcement that Opera Mini 4.2 is now available for other devices as a full release product and comes out of beta.
One of my favorite all-time mobile software applications and services is Evernote since it allows me to capture thoughts, business cards, images, and more for future access. Their iPhone client is a top application in the Apple App Store and I actually read last week that the highest usage of Evernote is from Apple iPhone users at 57 percent. Other mobile clients, including Windows Mobile, are only at 8 percent.
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.
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.