The HTC Touch Diamond is an outstanding Windows Mobile device and according to an article on Into Mobile HTC will reach the one million device mark by mid-August with plans to ship two million units this year. The one million mark is a nice achievement, especially considering the device is not yet available in the U.S. and has had a limited roll out so far. HTC sold one million original Touch devices in five months and it has only been since June when the Touch Diamond launched in select European countries.
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I am a big fan of ultra portable devices and particularly enjoy using my Fujitsu U810 with long battery life. I just read about the Willcom D4 UMPC over on the CNET Asia Crave blog and have to say this looks like one impressive device. It is one of the first devices running with an Intel Atom processor. Akihabara News was able to get some hands-on time with the device and posted over 80 photos showing it off in all its glory.
Larry posted the news about the updated Zune Pass music subscription service and after checking out the press release in detail I am going to sign back up for the monthly service. Getting to keep some songs for my own collection each month was the kicker that pushed me over the edge because now there is some real tangible value from the service in case it ever ends.
There have been rumors floating around of a Zune phone and I personally am not that excited about such a device and wonder if many people really are. The latest rumors about the Zune and phones though does seem to make a bit of sense. Zunescene reported that Nokia iw working with the Zune team on integration of Zune Marketplace content. Nokia has a music store, but it is not available in the United States yet and I think if Nokia could get their devices to support the Zune Marketplace they would have a fairly well established library of music content that actually may help sell more Nokia devices in the U.S.
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.
We talked about Palm Desktop support for Vista in MobileTechRoundup show #106 and I just received an email from DataViz announcing that Documents to Go 10.001 now supports the beta Palm Desktop for Vista. Documents to Go is an essential application for Treo and Palm device users who need to take and access their Office documents on the go so this was great news that comes closely on the heels of the Palm Desktop for Vista beta release. Documents to Go 10 also supports the Office 2007 file formats, as I mentioned back in April.
James, Kevin, and I kick off MobileTechRoundup show #106 by reading and responding to a couple of listener emails concerning Bluetooth keyboards and gestures on Windows Mobile. The HTC Cavalier Windows Mobile smartphone is available now from U.S. importers and supports 3G on AT&T. When is T-Mobile ever going to roll out 3G in the U.S.? Palm OS device owners will also be happy to know that Palm Desktop for Windows Vista is now available. We have a freeware of the show and then end by chatting a bit about a couple new developments in the iPhone arena.
MobileTechRoundup show #91 began with a bit more talk of Windows Mobile 6, including what devices will be seeing upgrades. Kevin then explained why he likes the Zune Marketplace and how most of us have been renting content for years so why not rent music and get more of it for your consumption? James let the readers know how they can get their own free Zune too. My contest for the i-mate JAQ3 was mentioned. Kevin, James, and I also discussed our favorite devices announced at 3GSM and I personally went for the Nokia E90 Communicator that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Other discussions covered the topics of Windows Vista Sideshow on devices, Opera pre-installed on Windows Mobile 6 devices, Nokia 3GSM announcements, and the freeware of the show from Microsoft.
There is lots of speculation surrounding the special invite-only May 6th HTC event being held for 100 selected members of the press in London. Are we going to see a Google Android device, a new HTC form factor Windows Mobile device, or another iteration of an existing Windows Mobile device? Arne over at th::unwired posted a leaked photo submitted to Mobile Review that shows possibly two new HTC devices. HTC is also kicking off a new North American brand campaign to create more brand awareness of their excellent Windows Mobile products.
Windows 7 is now out and available and if you have a netbook you probably have heard that it runs quite well on these compact notebooks. There is a bit of reading I recommend you do before jumping right it with wiping out your XP installation and putting on Windows 7 though so check out the post for a few of these tips and links I plan to use for my upgrade.