Sunday, June 26th 2011

Windows Phones are great devices and they run on a wonderfully unique platform that seems to simply make sense right out of the box. But of course nothing is perfect and no matter how great the operating system is it also comes with its own quirks.

Hardware wise, since I am using a Samsung Focus, my main disappointment is the touch buttons that I keep mistakenly hit whenever I try to rotate the device to landscape mode to view a video for instance or whenever I try to take a picture.

The other hardware issue I am facing is due to the locations of both the power button and the volume control buttons on either side of the device. They are located exactly opposite to one another which causes me to hit them both accidentally when I try to hit the power button to wake up the device. That usually confuses the device or me personally.

On the software side, I can’t complain much since it’s in its first stages of maturity, so there is still a long road ahead before I could state my criticism. Maybe I could start complaining after Mango is released, if there is anything to complain about.

In general, I do like (maybe even love) the user experience and the concept behind combining similar activities in hubs, it just makes sense instead of jumping from one app to another.

I am certain that Mango is gonna make things even better for Windows Phones, not to mention Nokia’s adoption for the platform over MeeGo.

What’s New With Microsoft Zune?

Ever since Microsoft shifted focus to Windows Phone 7 there has been nothing new in the Zune department. It’s like Microsoft completely switched all its resources and dedication to marketing and pushing the Windows Phone 7 platform, and I don’t blame them. Windows Phone 7 is the new kid in town when it comes to mobile operating systems and Microsoft needs to prove themselves to phone manufacturers and wireless carriers. But that doesn’t mean they should forget about Zune players completely.

There are still thousands (if not millions) of owners of the original Zune and Zune HD and I believe they would like to know “what’s next” when it comes to Zune. Microsoft seems to release an app in the Zune Marketplace not very often and it has to come from them and not from any third party developer which raises concerns on how will it continue to evolve and gain market share like that.

I believe Microsoft is trying to (and will) build an ecosystem that encompasses Zune players, Windows Phones and Windows 7. Doing so might take time and money to get there. All I am saying is that recently it feels like there is no one working in the Zune department and I am sure lots of people are interested in knowing where Zune sits in Microsoft’s roadmap.

Samsung Focus is Coming to Rogers

The first Windows Phone 7 is coming to Rogers in the form of a Samsung Focus smartphone. Think of it as the Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone but infused with Windows Phone 7’s goodness along with some minor hardware changes.

I like the fact that it has a 4″ touchscreen and 512MB of RAM with Samsung’s 1GHz processor. That’s a lot to drool for and hours spent day dreaming about.

That being said, I am up for a device upgrade on Rogers and the arrival of the Samsung Focus on Rogers is imminent. Should I upgrade to the first Windows Phone 7 to land in Canada or pick another Android smartphone? Of course both platforms have their pros and cons and I can’t hide the fact that Windows Phone 7 has more cons than pros compared to Android. But still, there is something attractive about Windows Phone 7 that acts as a serious gravitational pull towards it.

It’s going to be a hard decision.

Windows Phone 7 Push Notification

Has anyone heard Steve Ballmer talk about push notification for Windows Phone 7? We know it has a robust unobtrusive notification system but no one mentioned if it supports push notification like on the BlackBerry and Android. To me, that’s a definite deal breaker. I mean, Windows Phone 7 has all the bells and whistles you could think of (not including copy/paste and 3rd party multitasking) but all that wouldn’t matter if I have to setup my Windows Phone to check my email every 10 minutes. It’s almost 2011, get with the program Microsoft…or correct me if I am wrong.

Samsung i900 is Officially Announced

A few moments ago I decided to check out GSMArena.com and I noticed they posted official news and pictures of the much anticipated Samsung i900 “Omnia”. 

Apparently, the screen size isn’t 3.5″ as all previous posts have mentioned. Instead, the screen size actually is 3.2″. And that black square-shapped flat surface located at the bottom of the device is actually the previously seen optical mouse which seemed to dissappoint most people.

Another interesting piece of information that I didn’t know about is the device’s built in accelerometer. Which means the screen will automatically rotate if flipped to its side.

It also sounds like there will be two versions of this phone. One with 8 Gb of storage and another with 16 Gb. And it also supports miniSD cards which allows for further more storage if needed.

It would be great if a third version of this wonderful phone existed with a built in slide-out QWERTY keyboard to attract more business users and people who can’t live without a physical keyboard such as myself.

Nevertheless, I can’t wait to watch a video review of the phone sometime soon.

 

Samsung i900 – New Images

samsung-i900-s01New images for the Samsung i900 emerged on IntoMobile.com today morning. I have yet to see a more slick and stylish Windows Mobile device than the i900. Still no word on any release date but more than likely this beauty will be in stores by the end of June.

Click on the pictures below for a larger size.

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HTC Touch Diamond Available in Stores

htc-touch-diamond-front According to IntoMobile.com, the HTC Touch Diamond is now available in select online stores waiting for the fans to order. I still think it’s a pretty slick phone with a lot of high end features but I am not convinced that it’s worth at least $780. I mean, it doesn’t have a large screen (2.8″) and a very small battery capacity (900 mAh) that is suppose to power up all the built in features. You’ll be lucky to get two full days out of it. Nevertheless, it’s certainly a phone worth looking into and now you can get your hands on it.

Here is what IntoMobile.com says:

If you have the $780 to $900 admission fee handy, you too can play to your heart’s content in the land of Diamond that HTC built. The HTC Touch Diamond is a bit pricey, but for a high-end smartphone packed with features like a VGA touchscreen display, HSPA (both HSDPA and HSUPA), Opera browser, 3 megapixel camera, and eye-catching UI – powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, the price-point isn’t all that unheard-of.

Grab your own HTC Touch Diamond at one of the following online retailers:

 

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Samsung SGH-i900 – Some Concerns

Nothing is perfect. I have yet bought or used a phone that I couldn’t live without. And therefore the upcoming Samsung SGH-i900 won’t be any different. But so far, the phone’s design and specification is appealing to me a lot more than any phone currently available in the market. So hopefully my concerns below won’t see the light of day. 

My first concern is the battery capacity. In my opinion, a phone like this with all the high end features and large 3.5″ display should come with a replaceable battery holding at anything between 1200 and 1500 mAh of power.

My second concern is the large touchscreen. Some touchscreen phones these days aren’t as responsive as they should be. On some phones, users have to press a bit harder for the touch to register since there seems to be a space between the touch surface and the actual LCD beneath it. This is somewhat annoying to me and I hope it won’t be much of a concern for this particular phone.

I don’t care much about the weight of the phone. No matter how much heavy a phone can get, I am sure it will never be substantial.

Another concern is text input. I know that Windows Mobile comes with a built in virtual keyboard but it’s tiny, looks ugly, and you need a stylus to use it. I am thinking since this phone comes with a pretty large screen, Samsung should have included a special QWERTY keyboard that is user and finger friendly. It’s already unfortunate that there isn’t a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard built into the phone.

Finally, my last concern is the phone’s home screen. No one wants to see the default dull and boring Windows Mobile home screen. A special home screen plugin would be necessary for such a slick and shiny phone in order to seperate it from other Windows Mobile phones.

I really do have high expectations for this phone and I hope Samsung won’t put me down. Samsung is known for its high quality products therefore I hope this product isn’t an exception.

 

Samsung SGH-i900 – It’s Worth The Wait

Samsung SGH-i900 Today I came across this post on IntoMobile.com saying that Samsung is working on a new phone, Samsung SGH-i900. It could be the phone that I am destined to own. The phone has all those high-end features that I want plus a gorgeous large 3.5″ screen (an asset in my opinion).

I will certainly keep an eye on all news related to this phone. Here are the anticipated specifications so far (taken straight from this post on IntoMobile.com):

The Samsung SGH-i900 brings together the best of both worlds, and it does it in style. With a full-body, 3.5-inch (240×400) touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Samsung i900 gives Windows Mobile fans a chance to one-up iPhone owners. And, with a feature-set that includes HSDPA, WiFi, FM radio, 5 megapixel camera, TV-out, 16GB of onboard storage, microSDHC card slot, and Bluetooth 2.2 with A2DP – all packed into a 112×56×13mm package, the Samsung i900 easily outpaces the current iPhone’s meager offerings. And, there’s some sort of fingerprint-scanner/touch-sensitive navigation pad at the bottom of the display.