Sprint Treo 700wx review at PC Mag

September 4th, 2006

PC Mag reviews the Sprint Treo 700wx and writes – ‘Sprint currently sells two excellent handhelds. One is the Palm Treo 700p, which combines the familiar Treo form factor with a gorgeous 320-by-320 screen, EV-DO networking, and the very snappy performance of the Palm OS. It’s hands down my favorite Treo and one of my favorite handhelds ever. On the Windows Mobile side, the Sprint PPC-6700 offers more power with a faster processor, a better screen, and integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking. It’s the best device for frequent travelers currently on Sprint’s network. So while the Treo 700wx does a decent job, it’s simply outmatched by the competition on two fronts.’

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Sprint Treo 700wx Review

September 3rd, 2006

Verizon has had the only Windows powered Treo for long enough. Today Sprint introduced the new and improved Treo 700wx. This is great news for Sprint users like myself, who until now only had the Palm OS powered Treo 700p. The Treo 700wx is very similar to the Treo 700w , with the main difference being the desperately needed memory increase. The Sprint Treo 700wx also comes with DUN, which allows you to use it as a modem for your laptop. How much does the Treo 700wx cost? $649, or $499 with a 2 year contract.

Sprint Treo 700wx Specs

Sprint Treo 700wx Reviews

Mobile Tech Review reviews the Treo 700wx and writes – ‘The Treo is hard to beat in any form, and the 700wx improves on the 700w by adding more memory. This and the 700w are by far the easiest Windows Mobile Pocket PC phones to use one-handed and Palm’s usability enhancements and hardware design are a winning combination. The smartphone is responsive and stable and generally a joy to use in business and messaging-centric settings. Sprint’s Power Vision EVDO service is a bargain at $15/month for unlimited data transfer and the Treo’s web browser and strong email client will keep you well connected (including push email).’

PC Mag reviews the Sprint Treo 700wx and writes – ‘Sprint currently sells two excellent handhelds. One is the Palm Treo 700p, which combines the familiar Treo form factor with a gorgeous 320-by-320 screen, EV-DO networking, and the very snappy performance of the Palm OS. It’s hands down my favorite Treo and one of my favorite handhelds ever. On the Windows Mobile side, the Sprint PPC-6700 offers more power with a faster processor, a better screen, and integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking. It’s the best device for frequent travelers currently on Sprint’s network. So while the Treo 700wx does a decent job, it’s simply outmatched by the competition on two fronts.’

Treo Central has a first look type of review for the Sprint Treo 700wx and has apparently fallen in love – ‘The 700wx is fast. EvDO is fast. The device itself is very responsive – especially compared to the 700w.’, ‘Yes, it works as a dial-up modem. Windows only (so far as I can tell – it requires software be installed on the desktop), and it works. Works great

Treo Central completed their full review of the Sprint Treo 700wx and is 100% in love with it – ‘The burning question, I suppose, is whether it’s the best smartphone currently on the market. Not to put too fine a point on it: is it better than the 700p? Here’s my take: the 700wx is more powerful and has more functionality but WM5 is still less intuitive and easy-to-use then the 700p’s PalmOS. Nevertheless, for me, the 700wx is better.’

Cnet reviews the Sprint Treo 700wx and writes – ‘As we mentioned earlier, we experienced improved performance with the 700wx over the Treo 700w. The device was responsive as we performed various tasks, even with multiple applications open. We had no problems transferring, viewing, or editing Office documents, and music and video playback were also smooth.’

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Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset Review

September 1st, 2006

Motorola’s H700 Bluetooth headset is one of the smallest, lightest, and most stylish bluetooth headsets available today. If you’ve got the latest and greatest smartphone, you can’t go around using a bulky bluetooth headset, or, gasp! a wired headset, now can you? Of course not. Thankfully, Motorola is there for you, and has a fantastic offering.

Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset Specs
Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset Reviews

Treonauts reviews the Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset and has this to say – ‘Leaving aside the lack of a USB cable, overall I have to admit that I have now been completely won over by the Motorola H700 – a headset which at $69.95 probably offers the very best value with few if any compromises.’

The Dolce Gabbana version, which is picture here, costs an extra $50. What do you get for the extra dough? A gold finish and the D&G logo. I’ll stick with the standard version, thanks.

Cnet reviews the Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset and writes – ‘Arguably the best feature on the Motorola H700 is its PowerFlip foldable microphone. As with the HS850, folding the boom mic out turns on the headset, while folding it back in turns it off. This makes it incredibly easy to answer and end calls; you just flip it down to answer and flip it up to end.’

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T-Mobile Sidekick 3 review – PDAStreet

September 1st, 2006

PDAStreet reviews the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 and tells about their difficulty with the included headset – ‘Talk quality wasn’t good, however, when we used the included stereo headphones. Calls sounded fine to us, but the people we spoke to complained about an echo on the line. Results were almost as bad when using the speakerphone. Again, calls sounded good to us, but the people we spoke to complained that they had trouble hearing.’

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Motorola Q Update with Push Email

August 30th, 2006

motorola-q.jpg Motorola just released a big update for Verizon’s Motorola Q. The biggest reason for the change? Push email of course, Microsoft style. There are a few other improvements, including DUN and frames support for the web browser. If you have a Q, I suggest getting the update as soon as possible, to ensure you stay current. You can download the update from Motorola.

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Treo 750 Pictures

August 30th, 2006

MyPDACafe.com brings us some very high-res pictures of the upcoming Vodafone Treo “750” aka Lennon. The best part? One of the pictures shows the memory screen. The Treo 750 will have 65 MB storage memory, and 48 MB of program memory – a solid improvement from the Treo 700w. Link.

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6 Tips to increase battery life on your smartphone

August 30th, 2006

We all depend on our smartphones to perform so many functions each day. Battery life is precious – after all, what good is an amazing smartphone with a dead battery? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your smartphone’s battery –

  1. Turn the brightness down -Yes, the bright screen is wonderful. But this is the single most effective way to maximize the battery life of your smartphone.
  2. Turn off infrared beam receive -Not a huge gain here, but how many of you use your IR port on a regular basis?
  3. Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use
  4. Turn off Bluetooth
  5. Shut down background programs when not needed
  6. Set the “auto off” to 30 seconds

These are some of the things I do to help maximize battery life or my Treo 700p and Sprint PPC-6700. What tricks do you use?

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Logitech Mobile Express Bluetooth Headset

August 28th, 2006

Logitech Mobile Express Bluetooth Headset Specs

Logitech Mobile Express Bluetooth Headset Review

Pocket Now reviews the Logitech Mobile Express Bluetooth Headset and has this to say – ‘This is the kind of headset that you get for a non-techie or a child that is prone to lose and/or break it. Logitech set out to produce a good entry-level headset and I can say that they completely succeeded in this regard.’

The Logitech Mobile Express Bluetooth Headset looks like a solid entry – level product for Logitech – but it sounds like you should look elsewhere if you’re looking for a top of the line device.

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YPN Ads untargeted

August 28th, 2006

Since I re-launched this site on the WordPress platform, I decided to switch over from Google Adsense to Yahoo’s YPN, to see if earnings improved.

Since I made the switch, I’ve seen the most un-targeted ads I could imagine. It almost makes me want to ask – Is YPN even a contextual ad service? I put up a post about a particular smartphone, and YPN inevitably serves ads about bad credit and mortgages. Not even remotely close to the subject matter.
Has anyone else experienced this?

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Blackberry security exploit

August 28th, 2006

For years,almost every large corporation in America – including the American federal government, has relied on RIM’s Blackberry devices. Blackberry devices are world famous for their instant “push” email system, and also for their seemingly bullet-proof security. I applaud any company with such a stellar reputation for security, however there is no completely secure setup. Recently, a security consultant released code to the public that exploits a flaw in the Blackberry platform. He calls it, appropriately, “Blackberry Attack Toolkit”.

Blackberry Attack Toolkit makes the Blackberry act as a proxy server between one of the LAN servers, and and outside computer controlled by the hacker/attacker. Any security expert knows this is a very scary situation indeed.

Fortunately, there is already a company out with a solution. SMobile‘s software, VirusGuard for Blackberry costs just $29.99 and appears to prevent Blackberry Attack Toolkit from working. This company sits in a very good position right now to earn a significant amount of money from this exploit. Previously, the market for antivirus or malware on mobile devices is almost nil. Times are changing though. Are you protected? Link.

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i-mate SP JAS

August 27th, 2006

i-mate announces the SP JAS – their release based or the HTC Breeze smartphone design. The HTC Breeze is also known as the HTC MTeor – HTC’s retail version. It looks as though i-mate decided to leave the front – facing camera in place for video calls.

i-mate SP JAS Specs

As soon as the reviews start popping up, you can be sure you’ll find them here.

Specs via the unwired.

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The sequel to Palm OS

August 25th, 2006

We all know that Palm OS is sorely in need of an update. Palm has been under fire for lack of OS progress for years – justifiably so. Palmsource was present at LinuxWorld recently, and had some information on the status of the Access Linux Platform.

One of the biggest changes I see is resolution support. Currently, Palm OS devices are 320×320 resolution. The next generation of Palm OS looks to support 320×240 – a step down in resolution. I can only hope that this is a misprint, and the correct resolution will be 320×480 – an upgrade.

Current Palm OS applications should work seamlessly with the Palm OS emulator, which should come as a relief to Palm OS fans everywhere. The wealth of applications available is, after all, one of the saving graces of the Palm OS.

Will Palm OS 6 ( as it will probably be called ) be the next generation OS we’ve all been waiting for? I don’t know. They need to rethink the resolution issue, and quickly. They need to bring back the stability that Palm used to be known for – this will be key in beating Windows Mobile.
Via SmartphoneToday.

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ETEN M600+ Review

August 25th, 2006

etenm600plus.jpgETEN updated their M600, and renamed it the M600+ – not the most creative name I’ve seen. What does the ETEN M600+ hare to offer? Read on to find out.

ETEN M600+ Specs
Items in bold are upgrades from the M600

ETEN M600+ Reviews
Phone Arena reviews the ETEN M600+ and experienced bad sound quality – ‘The sound quality is awful! We’re not sure if the problem is with the model or our phone particularly, but the sound is just terrible. In a noisy environment almost nothing is heard, and even the loudspeaker’s volume is not high enough. The microphone quality is also pretty low and the other party will hardly hear what you’re saying.’

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HTC Tytn review at the Mobile Gadgeteer

August 24th, 2006

The Mobile Gadgeteer reviews the HTC Tytn and is almost convinced, but holds back due to pricing concerns – ‘I was seriously considering the TyTN as my next purchase, but I can’t afford the US$700+ at this time and without the certainty that the TyTN will work on T-Mobile’s 3G data network later this year or early in 2007 I didn’t want to sell my Nokia E61 to offset about half the cost. The only improvement I would like is a second shift key on the right side of the keyboard and the use of a standard 2.5 or 3.5mm headset jack.’

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Cingular 8525 to be first US Hermes device

August 24th, 2006

cingular-8525.jpgUnofficially, Cingular will be the first US carrier to offer their flavor of the HTC Hermes. This smartphone will be known as the Cingular 8525. The major upgrades include the badly needed faster CPU, a scroll wheel, UMTS/HSDPA, and a slightly redesigned keyboard.

The 8525 is slotted to replace the 8125 in Cingular’s lineup. While I don’t see many 8125 owners upgrading to the 8525, it sounds like a solid next step. Via the unwired.

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