HP iPAQ Glisten unboxing & hands-on

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Engadget posted their hands-on impressions of HP‘s newly launched Windows Mobile 6.5 business smartphone, the iPAQ Glisten.

The screen uses AMOLED technology, which really makes colors pop — it looks nice — but the Glisten clocks in at QVGA resolution, and it’s noticeable. Basically, WinMo 6.5 Professional was clearly never designed to operate on a tiny QVGA display, let alone a landscape-oriented one. This led us straight into minor usability issues throughout the device, from 6.5′s infamous “honeycomb” menu (which looks more ridiculous on this display than on any other we’ve seen) to the home screen, which doesn’t have the spit and polish at QVGA that it does at VGA or WVGA. The main menu here was designed to be flicked through with a finger, but try scrolling it on a finicky resistive display that’s just over an inch and a half tall. We dare you. Fortunately, you’ve got the d-pad — HP doesn’t intend you to navigate screens with touch — but the point is that this UI paradigm shouldn’t exist on this phone at all.

In brief, the Glisten looks and feels like a Motorola Q9 successor — which, when you think about it, is perfect timing since Moto’s looking to wind down the majority of its WinMo business. It’s not going to capture the public’s imagination, but as far as we can tell, it’s not designed to — it’s just a serviceable portrait QWERTY smartphone running an aging operating system that has become a refuge for business types unable or unwilling to invest the time and effort to migrate to another platform. For committed Q9 owners whose handsets have seen better days, that might be more than enough of a value proposition for AT&T to get another $180 out of you — and hey, you get a touchscreen and an upgraded WinMo build out of the deal.

Doesn’t look really exciting doesn’t it? Especially if you can get a BlackBerry for the same (or cheaper) price. Hopefully Microsoft is hard at work on WinMo7 because it isn’t looking goo for Redmond right now (the HD2 is basically the only Windows Mobile device that is susceptible to be a success right, but one device isn’t going to save WinMo..) especially with this kind of news.

Will HTC enable 720P video encoding & DivX decoding on the HTC HD2?

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As you may probably already know by now, nearly all of HTC 2010 smartphone line-up leaked yesterday. The most interesting part to me was the fact that the HTC Bravo (Passion / Dragon) has basically the same specs (it has a smaller screen and less RAM) as the HD2 but supports 720P video encoding, Dolby sound support and DivX decoding.
720P encoding is a feature natively supported by the SnapDragon chipset but will HTC enable it on Windows Mobile 6.5? We know that Qualcomm’s been working on this feature for Windows Mobile 7 (see here):
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Unfortunately based on HTC’s past history I wouldn’t be surprised if they only enable it in their upcoming WM7 devices (or the hypothetical WM7 update for the HD2). The same applies to the DivX decoding feature on the HTC Bravo. Everybody’s been waiting for this for many years and HTC will surely piss off a lot of HD2 owners if a lower speced SnapDragon device gets it.

HTC 2010 handsets line-up leaked: HTC Passion/Bravo,Tera, Legend, Photon..

Holly Molly! HTC’s 2010 handset line up just leaked over at XDA Devs a few minutes ago!
Let’s start with what everybody’s been waiting for the HTC Passion/Dragon:

HTC’s hero model of Q1-Q2 of 2010 , a real flagship with exceptional specs and characteristics, will be named as “HTC Bravo”. Rumors wanted this device with loads of different names (Passion/Dragon) and specs, but below you will see its original fotos allong with up-to-now specs. Bravo supposedly will follow the same good recepie as happened with Leo (HD2) and we can say, that if HTC had something in mind about an Android version of Leo, then Bravo is the one.

Representative of the Performance (and not by chance ) category based on HTC’s categorization it has fantastic style and design, eqquiped with the sucessive killer Snapdragon QSD 8250 1GHz CPU (as in Leo), HD 720p Video caprure, 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED screen, 256RAM (guess it will be increased to 512Mb accoridng to my latest inside nfo) with 16GB MicroSD card in-box, and 1400mAh battery capacity and HTC Sence of course, is certainly what eveybody would like to own, considering that will b loaded with the latest Android OS possible at that time. HTC’s “killer phone” as they call it, will definately face on its way and will have to compete, Rachael X10i SE and time is left to tell what the results will bring to light And as HTC’s latest moto is about their new 2010 portfolio, i will inheritate and say, “I want it NOW” Arriving April 2010.

Nearly the same specs as the HTC HD2 but with an smaller AMOLED) screen and 720P encoding (looks like HTC is shafting HD2 owners by only enabeling it on the Bravo/Passion…)

Then we have 3 other android devices, the the HTC Salsa:

“Salsa” is a Blackkberry styled, Android, handset, with just 8.6mm thickness, absolutely stylish, slimmest QWERTY keypad, distinctive “Edge” design and great for social networking as it fully supports all well known Social Networking sites, Facebook, Twitter etc, while also supports IM capabilities and browsing firends photo albums via Flickr pre-installed app.Arriving June 2010.

The HTC Tide:

With “Tide”, user can njoy best of leading touch experience and a keypad. Like with Salsa, is great for social networking as it fully supports all well known Social Networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Plurk etc, while also supports IM capabilities and browsing firends photo albums via Flickr pre-installed app. Loaded with Android OS. Arriving April 2010.

The HTC Buzz:

“Buzz” at first look, seems like it will be the ansestor of HTC Tattoo, as it offers the capabillity of covers change, for those who love changing their phones, by having multiple full different coloured covers. It’s and Android based has a huge 3.2″ sceen, 5MP Cam with Autofocus and Flash, awesome design and it’s designed for applications and applications sharing.Arriving May 2010.

The HTC Legend:

“Legend” is the ansestor of the most succsful Android device, along with “Magic”, the “HTC Hero”. Offers absolutely stylish look, covered with a metallic frame as you will see, slim with just 11.4mm, loaded with HTC Sense and a central bottom clickable Optical Mouse for easy navigation like with Magic and Hero and of course Android OS. Arriving March 2010.

Now it’s time for some Windows Mobile devices. Only 3 are planned to be launched in the first half of 2010 (compared to 5 Android devices).

The HTC Photon:

When i first took a closer look to “Photon” (without looking to its specs) i was shocked by its design and immediately thought that comparing to “Bravo” that will be HTC flagship device of 2010, as its almost the same with Leo with slight differences. Its a WM 6.5 device, 3.2″ HVGA screen, 256RAM, 5MP campera and eqquipped with Snapdragon MSM7227 600Hz CPU. As with “Bravo” it is expected to arrive on April 2010.

The HTC Trophy:

A month later, on May 2010, another WM 6.5 device, coded named as “Trophy”, will offer the opportunity of a touch phone with QWERT keypad, 3.0″ VGA screen, 5MP Camera, huge battery capacity, 1400mAh and nice design.

And finally the HTC Tera:

Last representative of the Productivity HTC category, we meet, the coded named device, “Tera”. It looks so alike to HTC Touch Pro2, thats it hard to find any differences. Slided-up full QWERTY keypad, loaded with WM 6.5 OS, 3.2MP Cam, 256RAM and 1300mAh, its a device which i don’t know if it has to show up something new, but will certainly b a medium consuming device.

It’s intersting to see that all three WinMo device are kinda low-end compared to the HTC HD2 (especially the screen resolutions) and don’t even meet the WM7 chassis 1 specs because of their lowres screen! Also, it seems like the HD2 will still be the highest speced device in HTC’s line up even compared to the HTC Bravo/Passion (if you excluded the fact that the Bravo’s screen is AMOLED). Now let’s see if HTC will finnaly enable 720P video encoding on the HD2 or shaft their users like they usually do…

Source: XDA-Devs