Acer Liquid reviewed

PhoneArena just posted their review of Acer’s Liquid Android device. As it was expected the most disappointing part of the device is the software. Acer didn’t really do anything to the native Android UI other than ad a multimedia player (nemoPlayer) and some rotating thumbnails on the side of the screen.

Similarly to Acer´s latest Windows phones, the Liquid A1 comes with capable hardware that, sadly, is not exactly backed up by elaborate interface personalization, but the difference to Windows Mobile is that Android tends to be more user-friendly barefooted.

What’s interesting though is that they were supposedly able to playback 720P video content on the device, something that the HTC HD2 with a SnapDragon clocked @ 1Ghz (compared to 768Mhz on the Liquid) has a hard time to do. Looks like Windows Mobile 6.X is the culprit here…

The only video format you can watch videos in, meaning without any issues, is MPEG4. We managed to play content with resolution of 1,280×720 pixels and the quality was pretty good.

Source: PhoneArena

The Xperia X10 hits the FCC for a second round

Following last weeks FCC approval of the Sony Ericsson X10 her comes a second Xperia X10 but this time with the WCDMA 850 / 1900 and Quad Edge bands. This means that the phone is compatible with AT&T, Bell, Telus and Rogers. Other than that it’s the usual FCC stuff. The good news though, is that SE seems to be pushing the X10 hard so it will hopefully be released on time (early 2010).
Don’t forget to grab the user manual here.

Source FCC via Engadget

HTC HD2 calendar HOTFIX released

One more HOTFIX for the HTC HD2 has been made available today, however there’s still no change log (the description doesn’t say much..) and the file seems to be un-available at this time.

Source HTC via XDA

Some more Samsung Bada UI screenshots, looks promising

Here are a couple of new screenshots of Samsung‘s new Bada mobile platform. They do look quite similar to those we saw last week. According to Eldar on Twitter at it does look really promising:

Trying touchwiz3 aka bada on s8200. Next flagship device. Like it. Screen is amazing, speed is great.

Source: SamsungHub

New Opera Mobile 9.7 build 35627 for the HTC HD2

If you don’t feel like flashing the latest T-Mobile 2.01 ROM you can still install the latest build of Opera Mobile 9.7 (35627) on your HTC HD2. So far it seems like the browser is a tiny bit faster when switching from portrait to landscape and a bit more responsive. Just grab the cab here. FYI the previous build number was 35577. You can also download the latest version of HTC Album here.

Via: XDA

HTC HD2 launches in India on TATA DOCOMO

The HTC HD2 just launched in India a few days ago on TACA DOCOMO, check out the full press release below:

New Delhi, December 17, 2009: HTC Corporation (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”) today launched the HTC HD2™, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, in India. With its industry leading, high-resolution 4.3-inch ‘capacitive touch’ display, the ultra-thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

The HD2 uses the first ‘capacitive touch’ display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier, with just a pinch of the user’s finger. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1 Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.

As part of its initiative to encourage Internet access through mobile devices, TATA DOCOMO has announced an exclusive offer with this launch. TATA DOCOMO customers who purchase an HTC HD2 phone will get an exclusive offer to browse the Internet and download 500MB of data per month free for a period of 6 months.

“HTC HD2 is the first Windows phone to embody the HTC Sense user interface, which makes the phone much more intuitive, engaging and a pleasure to use. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.5, the HD2 blends cutting-edge technology and stylish looks to deliver a smooth and superior experience to the customers”, said Mr Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

Announcing the launch of the HTC HD2 for TATA DOCOMO customers, Mr Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Chief Marketing Officer, TATA DOCOMO, said, “TATA DOCOMO is a young brand that recently rolled out GSM services across 15 Circles within a span of five months and has received an enthusiastic response. When we launched our GSM services, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services. Living up to that brand promise, we are launching the HTC HD2 phones for our customers. Infact we will be premiering the HTC HD2 exclusively at TATA DOCOMO Dive-In stores so that customers may have a first hand experience of the world’s biggest touch screen phone.”

“The HTC HD2 phones, together with TATA DOCOMO offerings, will appeal to a broad spectrum of retail and business customers who want an exceptional mobile experience with e-mail, messaging, social networking, mobile Internet, music and entertainment,” Mr Sandhu added.

The HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile® 6.5. Offering the best in e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, users have the ability to check and manage multiple e-mail accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables users to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

Pricing and Availability

The HTC HD2 will be available at a market operating price of Rs 39,990 in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and Rs 36,990 in the other parts of the country at all leading authorised HTC resellers across the country.

To avail the TATA DOCOMO offer, customers can SMS ‘WINDOWS’ to 54321 from their HTC HD2 Handset.

Source: HTC

One more Samsung OmniaPro B7610 review

Tracy & Matt just posted their review of Samsung’s Omnia Pro aka B7610. THhe OmniaPro is basically the Omnia II with a sliding keyboard,all other specs are nearly identical (the AMOLED screen is slightly smaller).

So is the Samsung OmniaPro B7610 a decent device? Hell yeah. I found very few things I didn’t like about it. Its a good all rounder with the added bonus of the slide out keyboard. Is it as good as the HTC Touch Pro2? I would say they are pretty much equal. The keyboard on the HTC TP2 is very slightly better but apart from that its a real close call. The camera on the Samsung is better than on the HTC so that may be a deciding factor. Keyboard aside I think deciding which to get may come down to the user interface. If you like TouchWiz and its other options then go for the Samsung. If you prefer TouchFlo 3D on the HTC then that’s the one to get.

You can read it all here

Source: Tracy & Matt

Resco Explorer 2010 Beta 2 released

The second beta release of the best file explorer on Windows Mobile, Resco Explorer 2010, has been released. This new version includes improved responsiveness after scrolling, Bluetooth, Upload and other bug fixes. You can download the EXE here.

Source: Resco

HTC Espresso Rosie / Sense UI screenshots

It’s still not know what exactly is the HTC Espresso (an HTC Hero with a sliding-keyboard? ) but it looks like the device’s ROM has already been dumped and ported to the Hero. Here are a few screenshots of the latest version of the Sense UI on Android.

Source: HTCPedia