Opinion

The more things change, the more they stay the same

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It seems that the mobile device wars are really beginning to heat up and all of the players are beginning to make allies and take sides.


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New posts to forum closed for now

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This web site and forum contains over 10 years of useful content for Windows Mobile users. The site began in 1998 as handheldpcmag.com, became pocketpcmag.com, and now is smartphonemag.com. Microsoft in the meantime changed its lexicon from “Handheld PC” to “Palm-sized PC” to “Pocket PC” to “Smartphone” and now to “Windows Phone”. Microsoft referred to the underlying operating system as “Windows CE”, “Windows Mobile” and now just “Windows”.


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Thanks, Microsoft!

 enWin7 This is a bit off topic, so bear with me. I upgraded my Windows Vista laptop to Windows 7 a couple of weeks ago. This is an important machine to me. I do most of my blogging, and reviewing on it. It’s a dual-boot (using WUBI), which loads through the Windows boot manager, and I was worried about screwing up my boot sequence and losing my Ubuntu configuration along with hosing Vista.


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New MS Mobile Services and WinMo 6.5 Devices Coming Soon!!

 No doubt, WM has been a bit on the ropes (press-wise) since the amazingly successful appearance of Apple and Android-based phones. Microsoft, much like the proverbial sleeping giant, is stirring from it's slumber to respond. The initial response will come in the revamped form of several WinMo 6.5 phones available on Oct 6, 2009.


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Quick Web browser test & comparison: latest Iris and Opera Mobile versions

I’ve quickly tested the latest, current Iris and Opera Mobile versions, 1.1.9 and 9.7b1, respectively. (The former is available HERE, the latter HERE) I’ve done so on both VGA (the IPAQ 210 and the HTC Universal) and QVGA (the HTC Wizard) devices.

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Top Ten Reasons Microsoft Should Drop Windows Mobile

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Let's face it, Microsoft's mobile operating system has had a successful and long life. Even history's most powerful warships eventually have to be retired to make way for newer and more technologically advanced ones. Windows Mobile on the other hand is more like an aging hipster that's trying to look cool around an increasingly younger and smarter crowd. Perhaps it's time for it to realize its best days are behind it and start looking at polyester jumpsuits and moving into the nearest leisure world village.


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Major guide updates: Opera Mini text copy; modem & Internet sharing and Windows 7

I've just finished updating three major articles / bibles with the most recent changes, tips, tricks and app versions:

A review of Windows 7 & tips & never-before-published hacks - added extensive coverage of the current, RC1 version of Windows 7. It runs much better on the HP TC1100 Tablet PC than the first beta and is highly recommended.

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REVIEW: eSoft’s new games (Totem, Hot Pursuit, Earth Day)


eSoft Interactive (product list HERE) have released quite a few titles in the past, some of them (for example, Open TTD, Traffic Jam, Traffic Jam Extreme and Traffic Jam 2) being pretty famous. Let’s take a look at their three latest titles compatible with both Windows Mobile Pocket PC’s and touchscreen-less Smartphones.

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Should Windows rather than Windows Mobile run on phones?

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Mary Jo Foley has an interesting blog entitled: A single Windows platform for phones and PCs: Can it be done?  In it she discussed the possibility of putting Windows kernel (instead of Windows CE, which underlies Windows Mobile) on an ARM chip for a phone. It's just speculation, but a good read.


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SOTI Pocket Controller 6.02 released! Full phone controller Benchmark Roundup published

Unfortunately for Windows Mobile users, a lot of developers have switched to other platforms (most importantly, iPhone) recently. This is one of the reasons there haven’t been, for example, any decent game releases for Windows Mobile for quite a long time, except for Gameloft’s products only available via mobile phone operators. (Check out PocketGamer.org, the leading Windows Mobile gaming news site for more info.


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YouTube release their own YouTube client for Windows Mobile

There have been several YouTube players for Windows Mobile, two of them being, in my opinion, the best: the commercial, but highly recommended CorePlayer (which, with the recent, 1.3.0 upgrade, has fixed almost all the problems I’ve talked about in my dedicated all-in-one bible) and the free FlashVideoBundle.

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MWC: Web Browser News (BOLT, Opera, Fennec, Iris, Skyfire, Flash)

Just like last year (see my previous year's article HERE), I have REALLY a lot to report on Web browsing, the just-announced stuff and so on.

Opera


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MWC: Symbian report: Nokia N97, Samsung Omnia HD, Sony Idou etc.

Let’s take a look at how one of the competing operating systems, Symbian, fares. As you may recall, I use the Nokia N95 as my main phone because of the
• (comparatively) high-quality camera (no Windows Mobile or BlackBerry phones can match it, let alone the, in this respect, even worse iPhone 3G),
• call recording (no such thing on most WinMo phones and all BlackBerries/iPhone models),


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A review of Windows 7 & tips & never-before-published hacks


Why a Windows 7 article in a blog dedicated to mobile devices? you may ask. Because I also elaborate on strictly mobility-related questions as well - something you'll unlikely find in any other Windows 7 article. In addition, you'll find a lot of tips and hacks never before published - that is, this article is definitely worth getting as much exposure as possible.

I've been playing with the brand new Windows 7 beta (build 7000) since it's been made public. I've installed it on my three notebooks:


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eWEEK Builds The Perfect Smart Phone...

The folks at eWEEK often post short graphic articles and slideshows about a topic or new technology (sometimes they do a quick device review in this manner). Recently they posted a superb slide-show identifying features to be included in their idea of the perfect Smart Phone.


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The Multiplatform Podcasting / Podcatching Bible

Listening to or watching podcasts is great fun. If you think they are boring, meaningless or can’t entertain you during, say, a long fight, you’re wrong. For example, watching all the clips of X-Play, played back on my VGA HP iPAQ 214 (thanks to Smartphone & PPCMag / iPhone Life’s Hal Goldstein for the gift!) could entertain me for long-long hours.


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PREVIEW & CHART: The Multiplatform Podcasting / Podcatching Bible

It was a long time ago that Smartphone & Pocket PC Mag discussed Doppler on desktop. Neither are other articles (like Podcasts on a PDA...) up-to-date either, let alone covering all the current podcasting / podcatching solutions for all the three mobile operating systems I (currently – don’t forget I’ll also support iPhone when I get it!) support: that is, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian S60.

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What does Google Talk Portend for WM?

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My son likes to IM with me using Google Talk as his chat client of choice for some reason. I prefer Windows Live myself, but I accommodate him. At least I did until today. I hadn’t given it much thought, but I was going to be away from my desktop and thought I’d download Google Talk for my WM Pro device. That should be no big deal. I already have Gmail on it, and it’s pretty slick. To my ever-lasting horror, there was no Google Talk for WM. But, as unbelievable as it may seem, it is available for iPhones!


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