One of the major advantages of Windows Mobile as a technology platform is the large amount of choice it affords in terms of both software and hardware options. Microsoft has actively fostered a lively ecosystem of developers, system integrators, chip manufacturers, device manufacturers, mobile operators, and others to meet the specific goals of end-users.
The Samsung OMNIA (SGH-i900) is an extremely powerful touch screen-enabled device that has better specs, features, and functionality than the iPhone. Samsung launched the OMNIA in Singapore in June of 2008, and I was lucky enough to be on a business trip there and was able to pick one up from a local electronics retailer.
In the last issue, Smartphone & Pocket PC subscribers were mailed the premier issue of Smartphone magazine's iPhone Life. I explained in a cover letter: "For 11 years, we have published our magazine based on Microsoft's mobile Windows operating system. With great regret I inform you that we will publish a final issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine in November and then indefinitely suspend publishing it.
I remember the last minute rush associated with most of the issues we've published in the last 11 years. One minute, we're a page short; the next minute we're two pages over. We finally get things figured out and the phone rings. Advertising sales just closed a deal on a one-page display ad and we've got to cut something. It's always been this way—it always will be.
Are you in the market for a new Windows Mobile smartphone, accessory, or software app? Everything you need to know is conveniently available online. These sites include experts to answer your buying questions; reviews of hardware, software, and accessories; eBooks, movies, and other downloadable content, and much more.
A lot has happened in the fledgling eBook industry over the past few years with major players moving in and out if it. Unfortunately, eBooks did not take off the way many predicted, but they are now and forever firmly entrenched in our digital culture.â€©
Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine's Best Software Awards 2008 celebrates the efforts of independent developers whose software makes Windows Mobile devices more functional and fun!
Windows Mobile has an incredibly strong community of developers offering thousands of fantastic programs. Why don't more people use third-party apps? Unlike the iPhone's App Store, Windows Mobile software is found scattered across the Web and finding them can become an exercise in frustration, especially for the new user. In addition, users hesitate to spend extra money on a device that may have already cost them hundreds of dollars. Fortunately, there's a wide variety of third-party programs that don't cost you a cent.
The Android OS has been lurking in the shadows for some time, and even after the SDK was released, the project still seemed to be somewhat of a mystery. The lurking will end as soon as T-Mobile starts shipping its new G1 (probably by the time this gets to print).
The HP iPAQ 910 Business Messenger started shipping in July 2008 as an unlocked GSM phone rather than with a carrier in the U.S. In the past, AT&T has carried the iPAQ line, but there's no word that they'll pick this one up.
The Zinc II is the latest MWg device to be released in the U.S. market following the Atom Life earlier this year. With its flush face touch screen, black rubberized finish, and simple button layout, it is a pleasure to hold and use.â€©
The Treo 800w is Palm's first Windows Mobile 6.1 device and comes loaded with several features many users want on a modern mobile phone—GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a fast 3G data connection provided by EvDO rev A. It weighs in at just 5 ounces and fits comfortably in one's hand as well as a pocket or purse, and is optimized for one-handed use.â€©
The Treo Pro, Palm's second new device of 2008, is a breath of fresh air to those who have used previous versions of the Treo. Its sleeker measurements make it easier to carry, and its elegant black design looks great at the theater or your next important business meeting. â€©
Sony Ericsson's new XPERIA X1 is a Windows Mobile touch screen smartphone with a unique "Arc slider" keyboard, a customizable "Panels" interface, and a Wide VGA display. The latter measures 3 inches diagonally, so it's not the largest display on a Windows Mobile device.
The Touch Pro, like the Touch Diamond (see next article), is undoubtedly a game-changer in Windows Mobile land. Soon, VGA resolution (or higher) will be standard, most phones will utilize an accelerometer, and having some sort of Windows Mobile interface replacement will be expected. The Touch Pro is the business device that many have been waiting for.
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One of the major strengths of Microsoft's approach to the smartphone niche is to make the Windows Mobile OS and application suite available to a variety of device manufacturers. The result of this approach over the past 11 years has been the regular release of innovative and increasingly powerful handhelds, PDAs, and more recently, smartphones. â€©