Jul 6 2008

Could the HTC Diamond and Touch Pro be launched soon?

Well I certainly hope so this has be by far the best styled and feature rich windows mobile devices that have ever been launched….

I was reading on a blog that HTC released an email (if you are on there mailing list you would have also got it too) that was  an invite to a product launch on the 24th of July!! whilst the invite does not specify what product it is, but in saying that what else do they have that’s not yet been released…. NOTHING.

see below for more info on the invite

http://www.techau.tv/blog/?p=479

but back to the features list

now For the

HTC Diamond

Processor
Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz

Operating System
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

Memory
ROM: 256 MB
RAM: 192 MB DDR SDRAM
Internal storage: 4 GB

Dimensions
102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 11.35 mm (T)

Weight
110 g (with battery)

Display
2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution

Network
HSDPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz

  • Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control
TouchFLO™ 3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control

GPS
GPS and A-GPS ready

Connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)

Camera
Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera

Audio
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
Ring tone supported formats:

  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB

  • 40 polyphonic and Standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI

Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 900 mAh
Talk time:

  • Up to 270 minutes for WCDMA

  • Up to 330 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 396 hours for WCDMA

  • Up to 285 hours for GSM

Video call time: Up to 145 minutes for WCDMA
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

 

 

HTC Touch Pro

Which is what I AM VERY excited about, in my opinion this has it all over the I-Phone.

Processor
Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz

Operating System
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

Memory
ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288MB

Dimensions
102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)

Weight
165 g (with battery)

Display
2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution

Network
HSDPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz

  • Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz

frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control
TouchFLO™

(Band  3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control

Keyboard
Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard

GPS
GPS and A-GPS ready

Connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* in one)

Camera

Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera

Audio
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
Ring tone supported formats:

  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB

  • 40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI

Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1340 mAh
Talk time:

  • Up to 397 minutes for WCDMA

  • Up to 485 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 503 hours for WCDMA

  • Up to 406 hours for GSM

Video call time: Up to 201 minutes for WCDMA
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot
microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

 

Remember to book in the 24th of July 08, I know I have.

:)


Mar 10 2008

Microsoft Surface

All I can say is WOW, this is amazing it was only a matter of time, I am lost for words after watching the surface intro, which can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

 For those that don’t want to watch the flash… well your nuts, but its simply a interactive table which is controlled by touch, and weight and heat, i say touch because you can draw, navigate, nothing new there really, weight because it can detect devices, how it detects the correct device, well I don’t know yet, how it does this and then integrates and sends image etc (I am sure it will be only WM7 that has the integration functions), either way very impressive.  And on the flash it shows placing a cold glass on the table, and it detects this by from again what I can only assume to be heat sensors.

Simply amazing and brilliant

However it has said to come with a heft price tag - $5,000 – $10,000, come 5 years everyone will have one of these.


Feb 14 2008

Windows Mobile 7 coming in 2009

Unfortunately there is no official release date at this point in time, It was first set for release in mid 2008, however this was pushed back for a 2009 release. From various sources they are indicating early 09.

Recently screen shots of the WM7 may look like were leaked, I found a great article showing a great deal of screen shots also outline features and the focal points of what WM7 is all about, and not surprisingly its touch and motion… Obviously this is Microsoft’s response the I-Phone.

Article can be found here

I have played with an I-phone previously and I did like the cosmetics and the motion effects it has, however I believe WM7 will be a much stronger OS, it has the stability of years of development behind it, its a much, much more mature product.

I am anxiously waiting for this release or even the beta of WM7


Dec 14 2007

Apple ITouch – Not all that bad..

Well I got to have a quick play and preview of the brand spanking new Apple Itouch, and i must say its very nice, it has built in WIFI and i have to say the clarity of the screen is sensatioal the pictures and the rendering is abosulty amazing for a device like this. I streamed a movie from good old you Tube and put it as full screen. And not only did it stream it without having to pause once (which tells me the WIFI chipset is not half bad, in fact alot better then some of the Windows Mobile phones) but it aslo look sensataion.

The other thing i must i say i reall liked is the size of the buttins they are actully made for the normal population, (or at least my fat fingers) so navigation seems easy enough. the screen size it rather nise still in the 16:9 fasion. and the other function i found really smart was as soon as you turn the Itouch on its side in a 16:9 fashion is automaticlly senses it and turn the screen to suit.

The last thing i had a look at whilse my very quick look was the way it rendered a normal webpage, it shrunk it down so the whole page would fit and it did this very very nicly, you can zoon to that part of the page and navigate very eaisly, Microsoft i think you have you work cut out to get IE mobile to act like this!!!!!!!!

The only thing i really dont like is the fact that the bottom is chrome and the screen is black, it leaves a mess of finger prints, i mean sure is looks very neat if its clean and untouched but after 30 seconds of touching, wow is a bloody mess.

My other complaint is the lack of appliactions like there is no pdf viewer, and now flash installed, so any flash websites i would hate to think… and word docs pdfs well you just cant read them on the run if this were your only mobile device and you needed something quick well you might be in a spot of trouble.

But either way i wouldnt hav any complaintes having one of these funky little devices. However i think i would stick to a windows mobile device i just love the versitility and functionality and masses of support and software for it. but then again its only VERY early days for the ITouch.


Dec 14 2007

Windows Mobile 6

Well i know its been out for a while, an i am lucky enough to have a Dopod 838 Pro, and HTC finnally released there offical WM6 (windows Mobile 6 ) compatable OS. So i decided to take the plunge and upgrade from WM5 to WM6. Some of microsofts notble differances are:The new look, which does resemble Vistas skin look, and much nicer and smoother then the old WM5 for me this was a plus.

Serach functionality, now WM6 has a search function, which can crawl your PDA for what ever you are looking for similar to google desktop. To be honest i dont use this, it could be helpful with email, but i find it just takes more room up on my today screen.

WM6 is also said to have better or faster web browsing, really to be quite honest, i am still yet to see this… Although i do connect to my WIFI faster, this could be something that MS did that wasnt really noted.

Some other things they have done, as MSN is now called Messanger LIVE, this also has been intergrated into the WM6 release, and again this looks alot better.

other then what MS has released I have found that there is alot of other very, very nice applications that will make your life alot easier, the one i have found to be sensatioal, and also looks very tidy is the HTC home plugin v1.0.

Performance wise well its the same, maybe a little more stable but essentally the same thing with a few more tids and tads, Do i recommend the upgrade… yes i do, its worth it just for the new look, it really does look a whole lot better, you will only gain functionality.

If you are upgrading just remember to read the instructions very carefully, you could potenally BRICK your phone. There are ways of avioding this by using something called Hard-SPL-V7, I highly recommend using this before upgrading to any new rom. HARD SPL can be found here.

I do not recommend recommend any of this be attempted if you do not feel 100% sure about the whole proceedure of course.

Enjoy