After months of rumors, blurry pictures of prototype cases (or someone’s old loafer) it appears that Apple is going to introduce a new iPhone model and I see little reason for all this excitement. Okay, give me a few minutes before you grab your torches and pitchforks. The iPhone is a fine smartphone. It has… Read More
The last several years have seen an explosion of mobile phones, more and more of which are able to access features and apps via wireless broadband. Most of the attention has been on the big players with their "smartphones," such as Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and the many Google Android-based devices from various hardware makers. … Read More
Being born in the 1970s, I grew up in a world where landline telephones were a central part of every person's life. Every teenage girl had a princess phone, and every family kitchen had a wall-mounted phone with a ridiculously long cord. Talking on the phone hands-free meant tilting one's head sideways and using one's… Read More
A multitude of messaging mobile phones were launched in 2009, and the trend appears to be continuing in 2010. The recently-release Pantech Link offered through AT&T is one such device (see Press Release here). It is a new handset with nice hardware for a great price. Let's dig in. In the interest of full disclosure… Read More
Microsoft recently announced the launch of two devices from their new "Kin" line (aptly titled Kin One and Kin Two) with a hearty emphasis on social networking/sharing. Both phones are touch-screen/slider models and contain cameras (Kin One - 5 megapixel / Kin Two - 8 megapixel). Microsoft also touts the Kin as the first in-phone… Read More
Jitterbug has announced the new Jitterbug J by Samsung in Red. People who buy this phone will receive official American Heart Association Heart Healthy Tips text messages on the Jitterbug that they can implement in their own lives and share with loved ones. This phone also has a LiveNurse feature, which offers unlimited, 24-hour access… Read More
(Photo courtesy of ProClip website) We all know that we shouldn't use our cell phones while driving, yet most of us still do. To try and not be "that driver" who is fumbling to pick up the phone that fell on the floor, using my knees to steer on the highway or holding the phone… Read More
I've been a big fan of Palm Treo smartphones for quite awhile. Since I purchased my very first smartphone (Treo 650), I've been using one as my main phone on and off for over three years now. During most of that time, I've been a Palm OS user, but I have also used Windows Mobile Treos during that period too. We've all watched the slow evolution of Treo hardware and even slower evolution of software - at least on the Palm OS side, throughout the past several years. That's why I tend to be an on again, off again Treo user. I get bored with either the hardware or the software and get the itch to try something new for awhile. I really liked the Treo 800w and was looking forward to an unlocked GSM version of that model. But instead of doing that, Palm decided to release the Palm Treo Pro. Let's check it out...
Here's a first - a mobile phone with a built in Bluetooth headset. LG's Decoy for Verizon is a cool little slider phone that has a headset dock on the backside of the phone. Now you'll have no excuse for hands-free talking while driving.
I've been an AT&T customer for several years now. The main reason being that I can easily switch SIM cards between the various mobile phones that I have the opportunity to review. This convenience has been great, but if I am honest, call quality and audio clarity on the AT&T network really isn't the best... at least not in my area. Also, AT&T has not rolled out 3G here in little old Columbus, Indiana. Funny thing is that Verizon's 3G (EVDO) network is already here. So, I'm going to try some Verizon phones and see if I might like to switch carriers. LG's Chocolate 3 is my first Verizon feature phone to test. Let's take a look.
The Palm Treo 800w smartphone is Sprint's latest Treo with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It's been designed for business users and operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, with support for EvDO Rev. A data speeds. It's also the first Treo with built in WiFi.
The Sony Ericsson Z520a is a rather simple phone by today's standards. It doesn't have a media player, it doesn't have a good camera, and it doesn't even come with any games. What it does come with is a fairly easy to use interface, a nice compact size and good battery life. About the only frill you do get is Bluetooth, which is really standard equipment on all but the absolute cheapest phones nowadays. More about all this later.
Most people that read this site probably know that I'm a big fan of Palm OS and have been using a Treo for what seems like forever. A couple years ago I went through a whole nightmare ordeal buying a SprintPCS Treo 650 that was hacked to run on the Verizon network. Then I moved to Cingular / AT&T, got GSM Treo 650 and later a Treo 680. As for the new Centro, I haven't purchased one yet and am not sure that I will. Why? Well, I seem to have found my way back into the Windows Mobile camp by way of the Pantech Duo smartphone from AT&T.
Every time I decide to buy a new mobile phone, I get excited that it might become my new favorite. I'm really anxious for a new favorite. A phone that has all the features of my current favorite (Treo 680), but with enough new features that takes me to my gadgeteer happy place. If the Treo works for me, why do I want to chuck it for something new? Because I get bored easily and am never satisfied. :o) Will the Nokia E61i transport me to mobile phone nirvana? Let's see...
Fans of Palm smartphones and PDAs continue to wait as days, weeks, months and years drift by without a major update to their favorite mobile operating system. It's not far from the truth when I say that the Palm operating system hasn't changed all THAT much since it's introduction back in the late 1990's. It still has the same look and feel, which is both comforting and let's face it, kinda boring. While the OS side of Palm remains the same, they have offered hardware updates on a semi-regular basis. The latest one in the stores is the Palm Centro. This is a CDMA EvDO smartphone running on the Sprint network. How does Palm's most affordable (when purchased with a 2yr contract) smartphone stack up? Let's find out...