I think quite a few people enjoyed my i-mate JAQ3 first impressions article and I personally found the device to be pretty decent. However, I am smitten with my T-Mobile Dash and just can't give up it's slim size and speedy response so I am giving away the JAQ3 to one lucky Mobile Gadgeteer reader. BTW, the i-mate JAQ3 currently runs Windows Mobile 5, but an update to Windows Mobile 6 should be available for JAQ3 owners in the next few months so you can get this and upgrade to WM 6 soon. Simply visit the i-mate JAQ3 giveaway gallery, check out the photos of the 12 device keyboards, and then email me your answers to what devices those keyboards are found on.
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Lots of devices and the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system were announced at 3GSM this year, but there was also plenty to talk about in regards to software and services. ALK Technologies announced that CoPilot Live 7 would be coming this spring for Windows Mobile 6, Nokia announced that YouTube videos would be coming to Nseries devices, and Microsoft took off the beta tag and released three new Windows Live products for mobile devices.
HTC issued a press release announcing the HTC Advantage (X7500), the HTC S710, and the HTC P3350. The Advantage has long been rumored as the HTC Athena/T-Mobile Ameo and the device has now been officially announced. Look for these three new Windows Mobile devices in the first or second quarter of 2007, with launches most likely in Europe first.
I was able to test out the new Office Mobile suite on a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device and while Office Mobile may satisfy many users who just want to view documents on their Standard device (formerly known as Smartphone) I need more functionality than this since I use my device as a full PDA replacement. Yesterday DataViz announced that the full version of >Documents To Go for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone Edition is now available for download and purchase for US$29.99. The application is OUTSTANDING and with their InTact Technology keeping documents from getting stripped and warped this is a must have application for those who use a Windows Mobile Smartphone as their primary device. This application allows me to replace a slower Phone Edition with a snappier and more compact Smartphone device.
The news this week is Windows Mobile 6 and in MobileTechRoundup show #90 and we spent a few minutes talking about this latest update that was officially announced today. James, Kevin, and I have also been loading up Vista on our devices and there may be noticeable battery drain on notebook batteries with Vista installed. James has some theories as to why this may be happening and we will continue to look into it. Nokia also made some great announcements at 3GSM today and I talked a bit about some mapping freeware for Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. TabletKiosk announced a couple of new Sahara slate Tablet PCs with both passive and active digitizers in one high end model. We record our show using Skype and last week twenty-five tips and tricks for Skype were posted so give them a try.
I said there would be a ton of announcements from 3GSM this week and if your head isn't already spinning with the speed and number of device announcements then get ready for another one. Research in Motion announced the BlackBerry 8800. The BlackBerry 8800 is the thinnest BlackBerry device and yet features their famous QWERTY keyboard and the trackball navigation system similar to the Pearl. Integrated GPS and a microSD expansion slot are also packed into this slim device. The BlackBerry 8800 comes with BlackBerry Maps that work with the integrated GPS radio to provide driving directions to your desired destination. The device sports a 320x240 landscape color display.The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE smartphone will be available worldwide starting this month.
There will be lots of news coming out of the 3GSM World Congress event being held in Spain this week and we've already posted lots of Windows Mobile 6 news. Nokia also made some major device announcements that include model updates and a new Communicator for the enterprise user. The Nokia E90, E65, and E61i are three new devices for the enterprise market. The Nokia N77 adds DVB-H TV to a high end multimedia devices. The Nokia 6110 Navigator allows you to get GPS navigation and location based services on a small form factor S60 device.
A couple of new Windows Mobile 6 devices were announced earlier today, but the bulk of the announcements were just made from ASUS, BenQ Siemens, Gigabyte, HTC, Lenovo, Motorola, and Palm. All these companies announced Windows Mobile 6 devices that would be launched in 2007. The device that has me most interested is the HTC Vox that is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device with a standard looking phone keypad, but with a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard to use when you really need to enter some text. I am also interested in the GSM Motorola Q that runs Windows Mobile 6. While it is nice that Palm will be updating the Treo line with Windows Mobile 6, the more interesting part of Microsoft's announcement is that 320x320 resolution is now supported so Windows Mobile Palm Treo devices can have the same hardware as the Palm OS models. The lower 240x240 resolution has been an area where people have been disappointed with Windows Mobile Treo devices.
It has been a couple of years since we last saw a Toshiba Pocket PC, but as the popularity of Windows Mobile continues to dramatically increase we are seeing old and new manufacturers launching devices. Toshiba looks to be starting off well with the G900 that looks a lot like an HTC Hermes or Apache device and runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Toshiba's other entry is a Standard device with a slider that reveals a phone keypad, similar to a Nokia N80 device. These Toshiba devices are slated for release in Japan so I don't know if we will even see them in the U.S.i-mate also revealed a couple of new devices and upgrades to the existing JAQ3.
HP has had Pocket PC Phone Edition Mobile Messenger devices for a couple of years, but they have never really seemed to have taken off. HP continues to try to compete in the mobile market and is launching their HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger. The Voice Messenger is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device (aka Smartphone) and looks to also have a 1.3 megapixel camera. The HP Voice Messenger is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of VoIP and includes capabilities and integrated WiFi for this functionality. HP is also including a powerful voice command system that actually allows you to reply to email by dictating and sending a voice response without the need for any typing. GSM/EDGE and Bluetooth radios are also included on the device. The new HP Voice Messenger should be available this Spring, but you can check out our image gallery in the meantime.