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|If you have not yet noticed, HTC is on a quest to make their smart phones look a little less "smart" and give them the flashy and stylish feel that the general population would rather carry in their pockets. HTC's latest device on T-Mobile's network, the T-Mobile Shadow seems to play the part of the not so geeky smart phone. The fit the mold of a sexy handset, HTC had to tak out a lot of the|
bulk, the Shadow measures only 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces and yet still included a slide-up keyboard. t-Mobile went the extra mile and added their own user interface to the phone to give is a more user-friendly appeal. traditional smartphone users may not like the extra touches since the changes do hinder the phones performance a bit. But for those who have always liked the idea of a smartphone, but never liked the looks, the T-Mobile Shadow may be exactly what you have been looking for all these years.
A recent review of the HTC 5800 by www.pdastreet.com, labeled the phone as the "Swiss Army Knife" of smartphones. The HTC 5800 featues a slide out qwerty keyboard, bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition.
The 5800 offers an array of hardware-based capabilities, including the already mentioned Bluetooth, that have by now become almost obligatory in smartphones. The video-capable digital camera has a resolution of 2.0 megapixels. It has no built-in flash, however, as many phone cameras now do. And although the documentation says it has a zoom function, this feature did not work on the unit I tested. (No matter, digital zooming is pointless anyway.)
Qwest is currently offering the 5800 under the name Qwest Fusion HTC 5800 for $200 – $200 off the regular price. Bell Canada is also offering the device and Verizon says they have plans for their own version of the HTC 5800 to be released some time in January of 2008.
With Qualcomm's recent announcement for a chip shortage, HTC has stepped up and assured their share holders that the chip shortage will not effect their revenue projections for the year. HTC said that Qualcomm chips, although is short supply, should be able to hold them over till the end of production of HTC handsets until the end of Q1.
Will the GooglePhone matter? Last week, Google officially unveiled its long-rumored mobile phone software. Dubbed "Android," the Linux-based software stack is being backed by more than 30 partners, including handset makers Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC, and service providers Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and NTT DoCoMo. But no Nokia. No AT&T or Verizon. No Apple or Palm. No Symbian, Microsoft or RIM.
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Less than 24hours after the announcement that HTC will be upgrading the ROM and RAM on all Touch phones, T-Mobile has listed the new devices on their site for their customers to buy. From prices ranging from FREE to just over $200, I don't see hwhy anyone would rather pick up an iPhone. Just my opinion.
Once again, the FCC has blown the cover right off a press release. According to the FCC, the HCT Iris will be released on Verizon's network, most likely before the end of the year. For those of you not too familiar with the HTC Iris, here's a bit of information on it.
The Iris uses a tablet shape, with a small keyboard below its 2.8-inch, QVGA display. It uses the same general design as another Verizon model, the Motorola Q9m, but offers features not in that smartphone, like Windows Mobile Professional and Wi-Fi.
It is based on a 400 MHz processor and has 128 MB RAM and 256 MB of ROM.
This HTC device is 4.0 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.55 inches thick (101mm x 59.6mm x 13.9mm). It weighs 4.0 ounces (112g).
In addition, the Iris has a microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 2.0-megapixel camera.
Seems like HTC finally realized the the Touch was lacking a bit in the memory department. They have decided to upgrade the HCT Touch from 128 and 64 MB ROM / RAM to what seems to be an industry norm of 256 and 128 MB. The upgraded devices are available now and will soon start replacing the original Touch devices are currrent inventories are depleted. Word on the street is that the white and red versions of the HTC Touch will only be available in Asia for a few months, but we all know that only means you'll have to maybe wait a week or so to get your hands on one, just as many did when the Touch was first released earlier this year.
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