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
I know we promised our own "hands on" review of Skyfire, but like most of you we still have not gotten our invitation text message or e-mail from them. In order to hold us all over for a bit longer, we were able to find a skyfire hands on review which takes us through the twists and turns of the browser and shows what skyfire really has to offer.
The good people at pocketnet.com had some good things to say about the browser, but also did mention some shortcomings that Skyfire has as well. I’ve created a quick list to give you an idea of what we are missing (at least those of us who do not yet have Skyfire)
- renders full web pages
- plays flash animation and videos
- full page zooming capabilities
- text alignment for better mobile viewing
- frustrating installation process
- start menu and minimize buttons are hidden
- all notification icons are hidden (e-mail, sms, calendar, battery)
- over rides system screen timer and power button
- mobile optimized sites display as they would through a desktop browser
It seems the major issues they have with Skyfire are not really browser related, but how Skyfire interacts with the mobile device. Since Skyfire is still in beta testing, there are probably a lot of tweaks they are planning on rolling out before it is released to the general public. I hope this information helps hold you over till we get a chance to write our own personal review or until you get Skyfire for yourself. For the full review of Skyfire please click here.
A lot of HTC owners can now enjoy what others have been enjoying since the launch of the HTC Touch. Many early adopteds of the latest HTC devices have been left in the dark with their weather screen on HTC’s Home widget. the problem was that the weather application would not pull data over WAP or Proxy connections (I’ve been suffering this curse since last July since I’m on T-Mobiles T-Zones plan).
Fortunately, the good peple over at XDA-Developers.com has come up with a fix in the form of a small cab insall and a quick registry edit. Keep in mind, it’s always risky when you play around in your devices registry files, but I just tried this out a few minutes ago and can say I’m one happy customer.
It seems as though Microsoft is starting to catch on and realizing that people want an all-in-one device. Reportedly, Microsoft is pondering the idea of integrating some of the Zune features into Windows Mobile (the operating system which powers a whole lot of smart phones) and allow the devices to work together. Mel Sampat, program manager for Microsoft wrote ""I’m certainly not hinting or speculating about a converged device. I’m wondering if there are any opportunities for us to improve the experience for people who use both devices. For example, viewing your Zune Social network in Internet Explorer Mobile, converting a Zune playlist into .WMA ringtones, [or] converting Zune’s artwork to Windows Mobile themes."
Personally I don’t see why Microsoft wants to be in the media player business when they already have a comanding lead over Apple in the smart phone arena. The Zune is thought to already be running on a version of Windows CE so it would not be hard at all to simply replace Windows Media player with the Zune’s software. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right hardware to make a good media player, but if Microsoft Launched a third version of windows mobile (they could call it WMM for Windows Mobile Media) they would be able to control things a bit more and give the public what they really want.
Zune on Windows Mobile devices!
You can read the Microsoft blog here
There have been reports that Skyfire has released a beta version of their browser to the public. PDAstreet.com corfirms that a limited number of people who ahve signed up for the Skyfire borswer beta testing have recevied e-mails wiht download infomration forthe software.
Skyfire is set to revolutionize the mobile web browser for Windows Mobile and other mobile operating systems, bringing the full desktop browsing experience to you mobile phone. Skyfire has promised full flash integration into their software which mean you will be able to watch streaming video through youtube.com, hulu.com or any other flash based video site you love.
We are still waiting on our invite to Skyfire beta, but as soon as we get an update, we will let you know.
Opera plans to show off its next generation mobile web browser at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. While Opera Mobile 9.5 won’t be available commercially until this spring, the company has released a video previewing some of the browser’s more exciting features.
Opera also has a tendency to release public betas of its mobile software several months in advance of a commercial release. So there’s a good chance you’ll be able to use Opera Mobile 9.5 beta for free for a while before buying it.
In a nutshell, Opera Mobile 9.5 appears to have many of the features that have made Opera Mini popular. But unlike the Java-based Opera Mini, Opera Mobile is designed to run on Windows Mobile and Symbian phones. Opera Mobile 9.5 allows users to view full screen versions of web pages, or to zoom in for more detail. You also get tabbed browsing, fast page rendering, and convenient bookmark, transfer, and history managers.
The browser will also include a mobile version of Opera’s widget engine which allows you to access some web content like Flickr images without opening a web browser. It also packs Flash Lite 3 integration for accessing Flash-heavy web pages like MySpace or YouTube.
HTC has been hard at work to deliver a much better TouchFLO user interface for thei new devices. Late last night, we got our first sneak preview of Manila which is though to be HTC's second rendition of their touchFLO technology. From the screen shots above you can see that the interface does a little better job of making the windows mobile interface a little more "Touch" friendly.
Since we have not used this interface yet, we'll hold out on any judgement. Anyone here have any first hand experiences they would like to share?