Apple's new MagSafe A/C adapter currently has my MacBook Pro acting like a brick as it is unusable with a dead battery and no way to charge it back up. A visit to the Apple Store is planned that will hopefully result in successful replacement of the defective part, but I am just having lots of bad luck with Apple products lately and may be bypassing them out of frustration. Are Apple products really high quality or is the sleek design just making things seem better than they really are?
The Mobile Gadgeteer
Professionals are doing more today on the go than ever before. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as iPads, Android tablets, cutting edge smartphones, portable gaming,
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
Treo 680 and 700p owners now have the ability to get push email on their devices with the Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS devices that was made available today. You can install the update over-the-air and in addition to the Direct Push Technology features, users also get the security updates that are a part of this module.
Our guest host from last week at CES is not back this week, but we did wrap up our thoughts on our trips to Vegas during MobileTechRoundup show #87. There has been quite a bit of talk about the Nokia N800 and a few may be on the way to the MoTR crew shortly. James, Kevin, and I also spent a bit talking about the new Microsoft definition of a UMPC and how the OQO is one now, but then again without Vista it isn't really. We also talked about the failed Zune squirting and why I am back to using my Yahoo! Music subscription service. We even have a freeware of the show that presents Google Reader in a slimmed down way for reading on a UMPC or other mobile device.
The HTC Athena rumors surfaced in December and now more details are emerging that show the device may be coming soon from T-Mobile in Europe as the AMEO. This Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition device sports just about every mobile device feature and spec you could want in a single device, but is there a market willing to pay for this type of device?
iotum Talk-Now releases a preview version of their Relevance Engine application called Talk-Now for BlackBerry users. How many times do you start a phone call with "Do you have time to talk?" Well, if you want to know the actual status of your contact and want them to know your status and you use a RIM BlackBerry device, then you should try the new free preview of Talk-Now.
EverNote is an advanced note taking and information capture application that has a free and a Plus version available. The Plus version of 2.0 includes Advanced Note Recognition (ANR) technology with Advanced Image Recognition (AIR) technology. The AIR technology allows you to search photos and graphics stored in your notes to find embedded typed or even handwritten text. The Plus version is currently available for just under US$40 so give the 90-day trial a go and see if you like it.
Most of the latest and greatest QWERTY devices are non-touch screen Windows Mobile Smartphones. i-mate is starting to roll out their new device that actually uses a touch screen like the Treo 750, but this model has integrated 802.11g WiFi, scroll wheel, higher resolution display and more. The i-mate JAQ3 is the world's thinnest Pocket PC Phone Edition device and after some initial testing it may be a promising device for those looking for a solid, powerful device that is still pocketable.
The iPhone seems to be getting all the attention this past week, but there are other more capable and functional devices already out on the market or coming soon. A few specifications and thoughts are shared about the Apple iPhone in comparison to the Nokia N95 and Cingular 8525. There are many more devices available too so don't sell yourself short and wait 6 months just for the iPhone if you are looking for a device that meets your business and personal needs.
Windows Mobile Smartphones have traditionally been able to view Office documents, especially attachments that are sent, using 3rd party applications. Now with the popularity of QWERTY keyboard models with larger landscape displays and more power, people are looking for more functionality and DataViz just released a preview of a product that addresses that need in regards to native Office documents.
The OQO Model O2, the Medion UMPC, and the S-XGEN device were all announced at CES in Vegas. Although Samsung was the first to launch a UMPC device with the Samsung Q1 they never made any official statements regarding a Vista device. They showed off existing models like the Q1P, Q1B and Q1 SSD and also a new Q1P SSD model. Toshiba introduced a new Tablet with a docking system using Ultra-Wide Band technology to help free you from cables that could make your transition from work to home a bit easier. The FlyBook V5i also provides a small form factor Tablet with 3G connectivity.