Leave the laptop behind and stay connected and productive wherever you roam with the HTC Mogul PPC-6800 Smartphone, the newest Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition device from Sprint. The successor to the popular Sprint PPC-6700, the HTC Mogul has a surprise waiting up its sleeve: just slide the top of the phone sideways to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. And the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system enables you to view and edit Word and Excel documents as well as provides instant message capabilities via Windows Live Messenger. (See more details about Windows Mobile 6 below.) The included Outlook Mobile software offers up-to-date e-mail, calendar and contact information.
The slim, pocket-sized HTC P4550 TYTN II smartphone is bursting at the seams with a full-menu of wireless capabilities to keep you connected wherever you roam on this globe–quad-band GSM for global roaming, Wi-Fi, EDGE, and speedy data connectivity via a tri-mode 3G UMTS network. Practical and versatile, the phone's face slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard while the screen tilts for optimal viewing of email, spreadsheets, and web videos. It also adds the power of the Windows Mobile 6 operating system (Professional Edition), which provides push email for immediate send and receive as well as editing of Microsoft Office documents. (See more details about Windows Mobile 6 below.)
The T-Mobile slides open sideways to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, and the screen reorients itself depending on how you hold the phone.
Key features at a glance:
Slide-out screen exposing full QWERTY keypad
Soft-touch exterior with deep blue color
Wi-Fi and EDGE-enabled high-speed Internet access
Full HTML Web browsing
Support for Microsoft Office Mobile enables document viewing and editing
Windows Live for Windows Mobile including Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Live Search, and Windows Live Spaces
Direct Push e-mail available with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and later; Windows Live Hotmail also supports push mail
Voice dialing, voice commands and voice recorder
2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
Video capture and playback music and video player
Micro SD memory card slot
With Lenovo's new Menlow, Aigo's Menlow, Gigabyte's M700 and Digifriend's WiBro, it seems everyone is getting into the MID (Moorestown-based devices) game this year. Not wanting to be left out of all the fund, HTC has just announced that they are planning on releasing an Intel-powered MID before the end of 2008. This HTC's extensive experience with pocket pc handsets and their new HTC Shift crossover device which runs on WM6 and Windows Vista, we should see some interesting MID devices from them.
The MID platform was announced late in 2007 by Intel, but first adopters have been able to get their hands on limited models already this year. Intel is expecting the MID market to skyrocket in 2009 as mode manufacturers start pumping the out and also because the price point will be lower than current UMPC's. Intel has been clear that there is a big difference between a MID and a UMPC. Listed below are a few of the main distinctions between the devices.
- Business-class or media device for enterprise or entertainment users
- Runs a full OS like Vista or Windows XP
- Optimized for office-use applications like Excel, Word, etc.
- Consumer-class media and lifestyle device
- Runs a lightweight OS with quick startup like Linux
- Optimized for media playback and web surfing and RSS
CeBIT is well under way and it seems like news of new HTC phones is starting to surface. T-Mobile has just unveiled the MDA compact IV, which is built by HTC. No official press release yet, but the MDA compact IV's specs are rumored to include full VGA resolution, quadband EDGE, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, and WiFi, and possibly even GSP since the MDA Compact III did. We're hoping that the MDA compact IV will be running on Windows Mobile 6.1.
Since the device is being announced by T-Mobile Germany, the MDA compact IV will propably not make it the the U.S., but I would think it would make a good brother to T-Mobile's Shadow especially since they are thinking of expanging their Windows Mobile line of phones.
ASUS has just reveaded the ASUS ZXI Lamborghini running their new WinMo6.1 UI. It seems as though HTC no longer is the only developer to offer a 3D Cude interface for Windows Mobile devices. The ASUS ZXI Lamborghini takes the 3D cube concept to a whole new level with advanced interface transitions, 3D animation, and a whole new interface for Windows Mobile 6.1.
Along with the 3D cube interface, ASUS has given the ASUS ZXI Lamborghini a complete interface redesign thank in part to the new WM6.1 operating system. The media player even bosts a “CoverFlow” style interface for browsing through music albums. ASUS is calling their new interface the ASUS Multi-Home UI. Check out the video.
It seems as though not everyone these days is as keen as we are with HTC's TouchFlo interface or the iPhone. Larry Magid over at mercurynews.com has just written up and article on how devices with touch interfaces are great for daily tasks, but not quite as good when it comde to making phone calls.
Larry Magid did a quick comparison with the iPhone, HTC Touch and the LG Voyager and gave them good marks on dail tasks, but it seems he would rather trade them in for your standard flip or candy bar phone when it comes to actually dialing numbers and making calls. I do have to agree that there is no replacement for tactile feedback on your fingers when dialing numbers on your mobile phone, but lets be honest here. When was the last time you actually dialed a new number on your phone, besides adding a new number to your contact list?
With HTC's touch screen phones there are numerous ways to access your contact in or two taps on the the screen. Or you would always use the "send" button to pull up the dialer and then hold down a numebr for speed dial like a regualar phone. granted to do this you will have to glance at your screen for a half a second to see where the numers are.
Though I don't agree with everything Larry wrote, his article is a good indication on why a lot of people holf back on buying touch devices like the phones TC make or even the iPhone.