Aug 31 2008

HTC Touch Diamond Vs Apple I-Phone 3G

I was able to play with the only released and for me long awaited HTC Diamond the other day, I was extremely excited about this phone, seeing many videos and reviews. And while we all know the IPhone was released not to long ago either as the also long awaited 3G platform, and while I praise what apple has done with the Iphone, they have opened a whole new world of functionality and features, but in doing this I seem to read nothing but flaws with the IPhone, apple were clearly under pressure to get the 3g phone out in the wild by setting official dates, however this has come at a BIG cost to apple.

here is the latest of apples issues with the IPHONE

Anyway back to the HTC vs the IPHONE.

After playing with the HTC, I walked away less then impressed, why well mostly I am sure because of the hype stirred around the phone, but also because I found the touch functionality still not to be on par with the IPhones ease of touch and movement.

I found zooming into pictures needed a full 360 of your finger rather then say a 180 twirl, the flick of the finger across the side bar of the HTC seem to be random in terms of what it would select there was no nice graphical movement like the IPhone.

On the upside the on screen keyboard is surprisingly easy to use and resisters the touch much, much better then previous models, of course the on screen display is made bigger, but even with my fat fingers it seems very easy to use, for those with even fatter fingers then me well you can use the condensed qwerty keyboard, or other alternatives.

another upside is its cool looking display and layout is easy to use, the menus have been made larger or finger friendly rather then using the stylist all the time. 

And in terms of the form factor well they are both on par with each other.

All in all my thoughts are the Iphone ease is still a winner HTC do have some work to do to match the Iphone, but then the HTC is working of the mature and proven windows mobile, which lets face it the amount of things that you can do with windows mobile is phenomenal.

If I had to choose I would still go the HTC, but for me I am going play the waiting game a little more for the HTC touch Pro, this to me is more of a power / Business users phone.


Aug 6 2008

Windows Mobile: What lies ahead

Found a fantastic post on windows mobile and the future of windows mobile what is required and where its headed.

For those windows mobile fans defiantly worth a read.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/what.s-wrong-with-windows-mobile/whats-wrong-with-windows-mobile-and-how-wm7-and-wm8-are-going-to-fix-it-333536.php


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.

:)


May 7 2008

Open 2007 Documents on your WM5 and WM6 PDA’s

Being the HTC is so darn slow (hurry up HTC its been months since the official release of 6.1) at releasing their official ROM’s we are forced to either use cooked ROMS  or just use the updates that Microsoft provide.

If you like your support and don’t want to void your warranty, or risk ‘bricking’ (which simple means rendered your phone useless, therefore becoming a brick) your PDA then you wont be using a cooked ROM.

In which case your are forced to apply patches to your phone
Below you can find the patch

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4b106c1f-51e2-42f0-ba32-69bb7e9a3814&displaylang=en 

Some thing you should know:

• At least 6 MB of Available Storage on your device or storage card

• ActiveSync 4.5 (on Windows 2000/XP/2003); Windows Mobile Device Center (on Windows Vista)

The rest is easy.