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From various news reports from the lucky people that were able to get passes to the 2008 CES Show in Vegas, we've been able to put together some information about the HTC Shift. It sounds like HTC wants to change the positioning of the shift away from a UMPC, since technicaly it is a mini laptop. Other impressions going around is that the Shifts sliding and tilt mechanism is extremely sturdy and the keyboard is not that much smaller than what you would typically find on a smaller Sony Vaio.
HTC is still not giving us an exact release date on the Shift, but they say we can expect it in Q1 of 2008. Price is yet to be determined.
It seems like there's quite a bit of news coming out of CES of Vegas, but not much for HTC and their mobile partners. The only bit of news we were able to dig up is that Verizon has launched the HTC S720 as the Verizon SMT5800. Not sure what they had to add more letters and number to the S720, but other than that, it seems Verizon has not done any extensive tweaking to the HTC device. The SMT5800 features both a numeric keypad and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, stereo Bluetooth support, 2.4″ QVGA screen, EV-DO as well as a microSD card slot.
The Verizon SMT5800 is available now on Verizon's website for $299.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement and will also launch in their retail locations on January 21. Unfortunately, the device is still running Windows Mobile 6 (now that we're seen a sneak peak on WM7, WM6 just seems so old).
CES is in full swing this week in Vegas, but not all big news seems to make it there some times. It seems like new details on the new windows Mobile Operating System have surfaced, along with some great pictures of how Windows Mobile 7 will be changing its platform.
Some of the highlights from Windows Mobile 7 include
- Surface – Windows Mobile’s multitouch similar to the iPhone
- Device controlls through rotation and shaking
- Camera based gesture recognition
Microsoft has not officially mentioned anything in regards to Windows Mobile 7, except that they are working on it. If there rumors and images turn out to be true, Microsoft is deffinitely going to have a great upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.
More images after the link.
It was bound to happen again. After a few weeks of silence, another cell phone carrier has broken down and added the HTC Touch to their cell phone mix. Alltel has just announced they will be offering the CDMA version of the HTC Touch on their network. Rumor on the street is that Alltel will release their HTC touch as early as January 10.
Alltel is already offering the HTC touch for pre-order on their site. The Touch is going for $499 without a contract, or if you're willing to sing on for a new contract, they will give it to you for $199 after all their rebates.
After a day or so of using PointUI, it only seems fair to give the public a first assessment of the software. PointUI is by far one of the easiest and intuitive new user interface programs for Windows Mobile. At first glance, it does resemble the iPhone’s interface, but once you give into things you come to realize that it’s just as simple as the iPhone, but with it’s own unique feel and experience. Let’s keep in mind that the iPhone does not hold the market for clean and easy UI’s.
When PointUI first loads up, it walks you through an introduction sequence. The intro does everything on its own and highlights the features in PointUI. Like the iPhone, it does have some main icons on the bottom of the home page, but the one thing that really makes PointUI unique is the ribbons in the middle of the home page with different widgets that can slide from side to side. The current widgets display tasks, appointments, calendar, clock, and the weather. The developers have stated on their forum that they are working to make more widgets.
For now, PointUI is the new and cool application for the year, but unless new features are added, it will soon fade away. Most people like to customize their unser interface to their taste. PointUI currently does not let you customize it or an anything to it. I’m sure once we get through a few releases of the software, things will only get better.
It seems like 2007 has been a year of great progress and setbacks for Windows Mobile devices. At the start of the year, Windows Mobile devices were in a solid second place in the smartphone market in the U.S. unfortunately things changed a little when Apple launched the iPhone half way through the year. With only about six months under their belt, Apple has pushed their way into second place with the iPhone.
A lot of people will debate that the iPhone is not a real smartphone since it lacks somekey features, Microsoft has come to realize that their products need to have something new is order to stay competative. We all know that competition will only bring some great innovation to the Windows Mobile platform. Lets hope we can see some of this innovation in 2008 and gain back some market share.
For months, T-Mobile UK has watch silently as Orange UK sold the new HTC touch Dual. T-Mobile has chosed to change the name of the HTC Touch Dual to the HTC touch Plus. T-Mobile UK also opted for the 12 keys keypad-type version over the 20 key Suretype layout which a few other European cell carriers have chosen to use. Other than those changes, the T-Mobile HTC Touch Plus will have a standard feature layout on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
I'd expect to see t-Mobile UK to have a release date for the HTC Touch Plus in late January sicne they are already featureing the device on their website.