Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

by Todd Ogasawara

HTC Advantage Has A Battery That Rocks!
Sat, 24 Nov 2007 22:53:13
HTC Advantage and Thinkoutside Bluetooth Keyboard
I had to drop off my daughter for a hike with a school group this afternoon. The location was far enough from home that it didn’t make sense to drive all the way home and then back again. So, I headed to the nearest Starbucks, took out my HTC Advantage 9500, unfolded the Thinkoutside [...]
2008 Year of the UMPC for Everyone Except Microsoft?
Thu, 22 Nov 2007 22:12:27
In a strange ironic way, it looks like 2008 will be the year of the UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer) for everyone except Microsoft (who coined the term). One model of the Asustek Eee PC has been shipping for a couple of weeks now for a reasonable price ($399) and is getting pretty good reviews. [...]
Thumbs Up for ifrogz Customer Service
Wed, 21 Nov 2007 22:22:02
After watching Jeff MacArthur’s review of ifrogz cases on commandN #110, I decided to order a case. The case arrived pretty quickly. Unfortunately, ifrogz sent the wrong case. I sent email to try to get it corrected but became impatient even though I hadn’t even waited a full 24 hours yet. So, I called ifrogz’ [...]
Google Mail Ate My Battery Part II
Wed, 21 Nov 2007 21:52:05
Ran a quick test today. Checked the battery level on my T-Mobile Dash Smartphone (Standard Edition). Then, I manually triggered Windows Mobile Messaging (email client) to check the Gmail IMAP4 mail server. After the the glacially slow mail sync completed, I checked the battery level again. It had dropped 4%. This explains why my battery [...]
Back to Basics: Windows Mobile Battery Life
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 22:28:51
Battery life on any device is way too complicated for a brief discussion. But, this is a Back to Basics blog entry. So, I’ll just stick to simple and easy to apply battery life suggestions for Windows Mobile Smartphones (Standard Edition). First, head over to the Power Management applet to optimize backlight and display times that [...]
Google Mail Ate My Battery
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 22:19:21
My T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone has a pretty decent battery. Up until recently it would generally have a 50 to 60% charge after being on for 12 hours or so (I turn it off at nights). My phone usage (voice and data) is pretty consistent on a day to day basis. Recently, however, [...]
Amazon’s Kindle ebook Reader: Does it Hit or Miss the Mark?
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 18:15:48
The Amazon Kindle ebook looks like a great device for reading digital books. However, at $399 (US) it has a pretty high price point. My original opinion was that this relatively high price point would kill it as a product. Then, I started reading Kindle’s product description and read this: Whispernet utilizes Amazon’s optimized technology plus [...]
Back to Basics: Windows Mobile Smartphone Programs List
Sun, 18 Nov 2007 22:00:40
Windows Mobile Smartphone Programs List Views
The Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard Edition) and Pocket PC Phone Edition (Professional Edition) started out as two distinct platforms. However, starting with Windows Mobile 5, they started to try to bring the two platforms closer together. The most visible sign of this was taking away the Pocket PC’s bottom bar area that many applications used [...]