Archive for the ‘Windows Mobile’ Category

HP announces new VGA PocketPC (Updated)

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Update: Brighthand now has a very comprehensive iPAQ 210 Review which can be found HERE.

Hewlett Packard (HP) announces the iPaq 200 Series Handheld

HP iPaq 200Overview 

Over the last couple of years, all the new and exciting devices seemed to be phone based handhelds.  The “traditional” non-phone PDA seemed to be going the way of the dinosaur.   Even more scarce were devices with a “VGA” screen.  Two of the more popular and readily available VGA PocketPC’s were the HP hx4700 and Dell x51v.   Sadly, both devices were discontinued in 2007 leaving it nearly impossible to find a high-res VGA handheld.  Recently I’ve had a number of queries from individuals looking for a VGA handheld and until now I’ve not been able to give them a good answer.

What is VGA?

Most PocketPC’s have a 240 x 320 screen (Quarter VGA or QVGA).  VGA PocketPC’s have a 480 x 640 screen.  One might reasonably assume that 4 times the amount of information could be displayed on a VGA screen versus a QVGA screen.  However, that is not how VGA devices have been implemented in Windows Mobile.    There are a number of advantages though:

  1. Screen size – Most VGA devices have much larger screens than a typical PocketPC.   Like the older discontinued VGA PocketPC’s, the new iPaq 200 has a 4″ screen.
  2. Resolution – Out of the box, what you see displayed is not much different than a typical QVGA PocketPC.  However, since there is 4 times the number of pixels, the resolution makes the text and images MUCH chrisper.
  3. Information display – If the application supports changing the sizes of displayable fonts, which Pocket Genealogist does, then you CAN get more information on the screen.   (and the sharper resolution means smaller text is much more readable than on a QVGA display)  Click HERE and HERE to see screen images of Pocket Genealogist on a VGA screen.

More Information

According to the HP website, the iPaq 200 Series is not yet available.   When available, the MSRP will be 449.99 USD and along with VGA also includes:

  • Fast 624Mhz Processor
  • Wi-Fi (b/g)
  • Bluetooth
  • 128MB of RAM
  • 256MB of Flash ROM
  • Windows Mobile 6 “Classic”
  • Micro SD and Compact Flash expansion Slot
  • User changeable 2200 mAh battery

(see the HP website for a specific 200 series model to verify specifications, some discrepancies appear between the various sources of information)

For additional information and commentary about all 5 new HP devices, see Brighthand, Pocket PC Thoughts, and PocketNow.

Kevin Phillips

4 out of 5 ain’t bad

Friday, March 21st, 2008

XPERIA X1Sony Ericsson, one of the largest providers of advanced cellular phones in the World, sold 103 MILLION cell phones in 2007 and is the best-selling phone brand in the Nordic countries.  (Running on the Symbian operating system)   However, SE has announced that in the 2nd half of 2008, they will introduce a Windows Mobile device.    With this introduction, Microsoft will have Windows Mobile licensing deals with 4 of the 5 top phone manufacturers in the World!

The new device will be called the XPERIA X1 and will have a slide out QWERTY keyboard, a 480×800 screen, up to 400MB of memory, a 3.2 megapixel camera, “aGPS” support and other advanced features.   The Sony Ericsson press release for the XPERIA X1 can be found HERE.

This information has received a lot of attention with the various online news sources, links follow:

The Boy Genius Report – Sony Ericsson goes big with the XPERIA X1 and XPERIA White Paper Issued to Developers; New Details.

Brighthand – Sony Ericsson Unveils Its First Windows Mobile Smartphone and Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 First Thoughts Preview

Engadget – Sony Ericsson ties up with Microsoft for Windows Mobile devices and No wonder Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 is so good: HTC makes it and Hands-on with Sony Ericsson’s world beating XPERIA X1

Mobility Site – Sony Ericsson Unveils the XPERIA X1

Pocket PC Thoughts – It’s Official: Sony Ericsson and Windows Mobile Come Together and Three Reasons Why the Xperia Matters

WMExperts – Sony Ericsson Joins the Windows Mobile Camp! and Sony XPERIA X1 Runs WM 6.1

A Better Web Browser?

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

The Web Browser that comes with the Apple iPhone has gotten a lot of good press for it’s usability, something that can’t really be said for the version of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows Mobile.    However, there is a new free downloadable (beta) for a browser that sounds like a huge improvement for the Windows Mobile platform.

Information about the Skyfire web browser can be found at the following sites:

Brighthand calls it “far and away the best browser for Windows Mobile I’ve ever seen”… article can be found HERE.

Engadget calls it “game changing”, article can be found HERE.

Mobility Site calls it “promising” and has a video demo HERE.

Pocket PC Thoughts give their thoughts on the Skyfire HERE.

the::unwired says Skyfire “Delivers the PC Web experience on phones” and their article can be found HERE.

WMExperts says it “Beats the Pants Off the iPhone — No Foolin” and their article can be found HERE.

In order to sign up for the beta, you need a Windows Mobile 5 or 6 phone and have a U.S. phone number although if you are outside the U.S., you can still sign up and they will notify you when it’s available for your country.

Sign up HERE.

Windows Mobile 7?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The Inside Microsoft blog claims to have confidential inside information regarding Windows Mobile 7.    (Think iPhone)

You decide… a real “leak” or bogus?  (And is the “leak” intentional on Microsofts part?)

Click HERE for all the juicy details.

Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard in 100 pictures

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard

The Boy Genius Report recently received a Motorola Q9 for evaluation and found that it came with an unreleased version of Windows Mobile 6.1.  (The Q9 is a non-touchscreen smartphone so the article is obviously geared towards new features and changes for that version of Windows Mobile)

Click HERE to go to the article.