HTC HD2 Review Part 3

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SoloPalmari just posted Part 3 (Part1/2) of their HTC HD2 p/review (unsing non-final harware and beta ROM). This time they took a look at the web browsing experience, multimedia features and battery performance. Here’s what they say about the Opera Mobile 9.7 browser (google translation):

Much more advanced and efficient instead Opera Mobile (here in version 9.7).With an excellent performance of ‘HTC HD2 browser gains in fluency and speed, the rendering of data and dowload as in the so-called “pan” (move the window in the far and wide with his fingers). In addition, the browser is immediately aligned to the unique features of the display ‘s HD2, becoming compliant with the multitouch feature: with a pinch, and with his movement not, you can zoom and enlarge the view at will (depending on who still can practice but not with the same efficiency and versatility, even through the double tap on the touchscreen).
On balance, the coupling between HTC HD2 and Opera Mobile offers Internet experience rewarding and productive, far exceeding that of any Windows Mobile smartphone tested in laboratories SoloPalmari to date, and almost equal to the best competitors. Almost, we said, because the application of Opera Software and the same operating system from Redmond have some way to go before we can really compete with the Web surfing devices offered by Android, by some Symbian, iPhone 3GS and application to Maemo 5.

HD2 landscape keyboard in Opera

Read the rest of the p/review here

Second Windows Phone TV ad is out, still looks lame

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Microsoft’s advertising has always sucked (everything other that the Halo franchise) and it looks like there’s no hope in sight. The second Windows Phone ad is now up on YouTube and well….see for yourself..:

The first a is here

HTC Touch2 hardware tour video

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There’s been a flood of HTC HD2 news latetly so here’s some low-end action. PDA.pl did a short hardware tour video of the HTC Touch2, the entry-level Windows Mobile 6.5 device.

Source: Vimeo

Frist pictures of the Acer Liquid Android smartphone


Here are the first hands-on pictures of Acer‘s newly announced Liquid which runs Android 1.6. As I expected the device is just a Acer neoThouch / F1 with a capacitive screen and Android instead of Windows Mobile 6.5. Though it isn’t surprising given the reports of Acer shifting to Android.

Source: Electricpig

Motorola BLUR UI video walkthrough

Mobile-Review just uploaded a walkthrough video of Motorola’s BLUR UI found on the CLIQ / DEXT Android phone.

Looks nice, but not THAT nice IMO.

Source: YouTube

Motorola Tao / Sholes pictured in the wild


BGR got their dirty hands on two blurry pictures of the upcoming Verizon android phone the Motorola Tao (also known as the Sholes or Droid). The device is expected to be announced before the end of the month.

Source: BGR

Acer Liquid Android phone announced, SnapDragon and WVGA on board!

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Wow, this came out of nowhere! Acer just announced the first SnapDragon powered Android smartphone with a WVGA capacitive touchscreen! The phone also runs Donut (Android 1.6). Here’s the full PR:

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The Future has arrived with Acer Liquid
Acer introduces its new smartphone “Liquid” series: the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor based and world’s first Android™ 1.6 high definition smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software innovation and an ultra-fluid user interface to create an all-new mobile experience. It is the ideal solution for users demanding the best from their devices, and in particular outstanding multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming. It also brings smartphone product design forward with its unique and modern style.

Finally something different
Acer Liquid is the first Wide-VGA smartphone in the market benefiting from the latest release of the Android™ 1.6 Operating System (aka Donut) and the first Android™ smartphone in the market equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor.

This platform brings to market unique benefits for the end users and paves the way for a new wave of innovations from the developer community:

- With its High Definition capacitive touch screen (Wide VGA), Acer Liquid offers today an unparalleled experience when watching pictures or videos. But it also holds a promise for the future: the promise of an abundance of new applications on Android™ Smart Handhelds – games, professional applications and web applets that will enrich the end user experience. Now developers can be assured that their investment will build upon a standard resolution for the years to come;
?Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, Acer Liquid provides instant access to web pages, smooth streaming of videos or music , and instant response from popular mail, maps and search applications. The high-speed processing capability and high-speed internet access (HSPA) of Snapdragon™ brings to life the Android™ experience: no idle-time, almost instant uploads of web pages and downloads of rich multimedia contents. The developer community can now take full advantage of these capabilities to bring to market innovative applications that demand raw computing power and superior handling of 3D graphics.

Unique software enhancements
Acer Liquid also bolsters a set of unique features developed by Acer and its partners:

- Improved power management to help achieve longer battery autonomy for intense users;
- A new user interface with easy access to entertainment and web bookmarks;
- An optimized camera with geo-tagging, ISO, self-timer options and accelerated auto-focus performance;
- Exclusive Spinlets™ application providing free streaming of worldwide music and video, that can be shared with friends and family through web-posting or e-mail;
- Smart integration of Facebook™, Twitter™, Youtube™, Picasa™ and Flickr™ in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates.
A refreshing alternative to square shapes
With ellipse curves, a choice of red, white and black colors, and a slim body shape, Liquid will please style-seeking consumers. Designed for ergonomy, Liquid fits well in the hand, and displays a smooth finish. The fluidity of its curves gives the Acer Liquid its unique character and unconventional style.

More info to come

Source: Acer

BlackBerry Storm 2 announcement this week ?

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The New York Times is featuring a article today about RIM’s future strategy. Several topics are disccused, among them is the release of the new BlackBerry Storm 2 touchscreen device:

This week, Verizon and R.I.M. are trying again with a Storm do-over, the Storm 2. Among its many improvements, the new phone gives the user the sensation of pushing a physical button when pressing a number on the glass touch screen.

Word is that the announceement can come as soon as today. So stay tuned for more.

Source: NY Times

HTC HD2 hitting T-Mobile US in Q1 2010?

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Here’s some tasty news for the morning, according to TmoNews who managed to get their hands some T-Mobile promotional slide the HTC HD2 is headed to the carrier in Q1 2010 and should have some E-Reader content(!?). Nothing else is know so take this piece of news with a pinch of salt.

Source: TmoNews via WMexperts

Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile 6.5 update available

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Hot on the heels of HTC, Toshiba just released the Windows Mobile 6.5 update with the SnapDragon powered TG01. The new ROM feautures a homescreen semector (Orange/Windows Mobile/Toshiba) among other new features, like MyPhone and the Marketplace.

Remember to back up your files before flashing the phone.
You can grab the file here

Source: Toshiba