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I recently posted my review of the myTouch 3G Fender Edition and understood it was a limited edition device. I never gave much thought to the "limited edition" part since that never seems to mean much of anything, but according to TmoNews the device actually did sell out at T-Mobile. There were apparently 17,250 units available when it was released three weeks ago and you can no longer buy one. T-Mobile also announced the new myTouch 3G device with 3.5mm headset jack and double the RAM.
T-Mobile Netherlands has posted some hardware specs for new iPhone 3GS which largely confirm details leaked in the weeks leading up to WWDC.The main difference is the faster, 600MHz processor (up from 412MHz and 532MHz) and 256MB of RAM -- which doubles the previous model's 128MB.
I owned a couple UMPC devices in the past (Samsung Q1 and Fujitsu U810), but then decided to stick with a MSI Wind netbook for my mobile computing needs. James has me actually considering a new slate ultra-portable computer though with his extensive posts on the upcoming Viliv S5 device. This computer is quite compact and has some great specs such as the 1.33 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, 4.8 inch 1024x600 resolution touch screen display, WiFi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS receiver, and Windows XP.
My absolute favorite Windows Mobile device over the last few years has been the HTC Advantage and my review on the device continues to be one of the most viewed posts on this blog. I was pleased to hear that HTC just announced an updated version of the device, also called the HTC Advantage (now this will cause some confusion), that sports a new HTC Home Today screen, future version of Windows Mobile (let's make the obvious guess that it will be 6.1 shall we?) HTC TouchFLO support Opera Mobile 9.x (announcement made last week), 16GB of internal storage (Flash this time!), new and improved keyboard, and updated VueFLO that recognizes device orientation and flips the screen to match. The updated model still includes Marvell PXA270 624MHz and Qualcomm MSM 6275 processors, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, tri-band HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 5-inch VGA, and 3 megapixel camera. The battery has slightly less capacity (2100 mAh vs. the 2200 mAh of today's model, but with the flash drive instead of a spinning hard drive I doubt there will be any difference (and maybe even better life) in this new model.
My new BlackBerry buddy, Hector, sent me a link to a very cool rumored Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) device from Samsung. GPS and Co has some details on the Samsung i780. The rumored specs include a 2.6 inch touch screen display at 320x320 resolution (a first for WM), QWERTY keyboard, Assisted GPS receiver, tri-band GSM (no AT&T support with this particular model), EDGE and 2100 MHz 3G (outside the US), 2 megapixel camera, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2Dp, 802.11 b/g WiFi, and microSD slot. This bad boy seems to have it all in a very slim form factor. I may have to keep my eye out on the US importers for this unit and use it with T-Mobile USA.
Darla Mack is one lucky woman and gets lots of opportunities to check out the latest and greatest Nokia S60 devices. This time she has the Nokia N95-3 device in her hands that has US 3G support (AT&T network), more RAM (about 80 MB vs 20 MB free on the N95) and a larger battery. Darla has a first look at the battery life (comparing non-3G devices) and the new battery appears to significantly increase the run time of the device. The faster data network will require more power and you may not see a huge difference in battery life if you are using the 3G network. While the 3G network support is nice (I won't see it on T-Mobile though), I am personally more excited about the much greater RAM and battery capacities.
As I just mentioned a couple of days ago I keep going back to the Nokia N95 when I want to carry around a solid phone and it actually has my T-Mobile SIM in it with no data connectivity. As stated in the Nokia press release, the Nokia N95 was just voted 'the European Media Phone of the Year 2007-2008' by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), Europe's leading association for consumer electronics. In Europe, and elsewhere outside the U.S., the N95 actually works on 3G networks so those users get an even better experience than we do with our EDGE-enabled N95 devices. The judging panel cited the N95s feature set like the integrated GPS receiver, 5 megapixel camera, and 30 fps video capture capabilities. The two issues I would like to see improved to make the N95 an even better device are the low RAM and low battery capacity.
So let's continue rumor Monday with a couple of articles at found at MoDaCo. Their first article takes us to Smart Mobile Gadgets page on the HTC TyTN II that has specs to make any gadget fan drool, including Windows Mobile 6, 3 megapixel camera, tilted 2.8 inch display, 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM, 360 degree jog dial, integrated GPS, QWERTY keyboard, 3G wireless radio, and TouchFLO technology. I was pleased when HTC came out with their TouchFLO technology on the HTC Touch, but that device hardware was too limiting for my needs. Now with specs like this and TouchFLO I think the TyTN II will be a compelling product. HTC may also be announcing the HTC Polaris with 3.5 inch VGA display.
I just returned from a few days of camping with my family for Father's Day and it seems like everyone and their brother was sent a new device from HTC to play with and photos, video, and commentary are appearing all over the place. Sprint announced that the update to the PPC-6700 will be coming in July and will be called the HTC Mogul. The HTC Mogul improves on the PPC-6700 with Windows Mobile 6, double the RAM, higher resolution camera, slimmer form factor, EV-DO Revision A support.
According to a Gizmodo Sprint source a new Palm Treo device may be coming to the Sprint network in the 4th quarter of 2007. This device, the Treo 800w, would be an upgrade to the existing Treo 700wx that Sprint currently has available with the two biggest changes being integrated WiFi (a first for a Palm Treo) and a 320x320 display (the first time this resolution has been rumored/seen on a Windows Mobile device). Other rumored specs make this device the ultimate Windows Mobile Professional device with Windows Mobile 6, EV-DO Rev. A support, GPS, 256MB flash ROM and 128 MB RAM, 1.3 megapixel camera, integrated Bluetooth, and a memory expansion slot. If the rumor is true, then this will be one sweet device.
Many new Phone Edition/Professional devices were announced at 3GSM, but another device that I read about on the excellent Howard Forums site has just appeared in the HTC lineup. PDAdb.net has all the specs of this device which state a release date of June 2007. The HTC P4550 (Kaiser) sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 256 MB ROM, 64MB RAM, 2.8 inch 240x320 display, quad band GSM/UMTS/EDGE/HSDPA/HSUPA wireless radio, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g, 2.8 megapixel camera, and integrated GPS radio. While these may be standard specs for the new Windows Mobile high end devices, the unique aspect that caught my attention was the way the display slid up and at an angle to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard.
Verizon Wireless and Palm announced the availability of the Treo 700wx Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition device. Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to have the Treo 700w last year, which was actually the first Windows Mobile Treo ever released. Then Sprint released the upgraded 700wx a few months ago and many with the 700w were saying that the 700wx is what the first device really should have been. The 700wx has one major improvement over the 700w and that is double the RAM, from 32MB to 64MB. 32MB of RAM, even in a Windows Mobile 5 device that uses RAM more efficiently than previous Windows Mobile/Pocket PC operating systems is still too low to adequately run more than a couple applications. I understand the 700wx also has integrated DUN support, but that was available via a third party application too. There has been no official statement from Palm on the upgradeability to Windows Mobile 6 for these latest Treo devices, but now that the new OS has been announced I imagine there will be an upgrade option as long as Verizon buys off on it. You can pick up the Treo 700wx on Verizon Wireless now for US$399.99 after US$100 rebate and a two-year activation.
At CES 2007, ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind talks to OQO CEO Jory Bell about his company's latest ultra mobile PC. The new device runs Vista, has a 1.5 Ghz processor, 1 GB of RAM and costs a little under $2000.
Consumer electronics specialist JVC’s first notebook is an impressive Windows XP ultraportable that weighs less than a kilogram and features a 1,024 by 600 display.
Fujitsu PC has begun shipping its first Pentium 4 notebook. The notebook, a new LifeBook C Series model, includes a Pentium 4-M mobile processor from Intel, a 15-inch display, and ATI Technologies' Radeon 7500 graphics chip. When configured with a 1.6GHz Pentium 4-M, 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD-Rewritable drive, the machine costs $1,999. Buyers can also choose to add a larger 40GB hard drive and more memory, up to 512MB. Fujitsu joins a number of PC makers who have launched Pentium 4-M notebooks since Intel introduced the chip in early March. --John Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
Toshiba is set to become the first brand-name PC maker to launch a Pentium 4-based notebook in the United States, beating competitors to market by several weeks. But there will be a twist. The new Satellite 1905, announced Monday, uses a desktop Pentium 4 chip instead of the forthcoming mobile Pentium 4-M from Intel. The use of desktop chips to create higher-powered, lower-priced notebooks is a growing trend among PC makers, who seek to serve PC owners looking for a second or third PC that would offer portability but not necessarily the trimmest design. The move has also brought criticism from some PC makers who point out that desktop chips, though less expensive, typically consume more power and run hotter than their notebook-designed counterparts, making for something other than a true notebook. Toshiba, which bills the new notebook as more of a portable desktop, plans to begin shipping the Satellite 1905 in the middle of this month for a price of $1,999. The machine will offer a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 chip, a 15-inch display, 256MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive, along with a combination DVD/CD-rewritable drive. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
This is a well specified ultraportable notebook that delivers very good value for money. It's an excellent choice if you need to combine performance and portability.
An uninspiring performer that's only worth considering if you can find a really cheap deal.
A fast, well-equipped and elegantly designed notebook that'll handle demanding applications with aplomb. But there are cheaper alternatives that perform as well or better.
A good transportable platform for multimedia content creation - if you can afford it.
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