Touch Dual, double the Touch or half as much?

December 6, 2007

The latest SPVsmartphone from Orange arrives

No longer an Orange SPV now an HTC dual, I’ve just received the device as an upgrade for free with a £10 a month tariff reduction and maintaining my father in law’s broadband…. all great but you know what’s best ?

1) you can get the touch today screen on the dual (the appalling orange one is displayed by default but you can change it easily)

2) the weather application includes Nottingham England and so many more locations by default ;) no more tweaking

 more soon



HTC Touch review Live

August 15, 2007

My Latest Guest Review is online on Tracy & Matt’s site


to see the full review go here

For the 10 second summary,  the Touch is great bit of kit, a fantastic form factor and looks really cool but a little on the underpowered side. if you’re easily frustrated by a little waiting steer clear, if you’re happy to compromise on speed for the cool factor fill your boots.

Biggest Plus: Biotouch or TouchFLO, fab for broad fingered people like myself. (battery life and size are worth an honourable mention)

Biggest Minus : resources, it could do with a bit more memory

Not Sure….:  TouchCube, great to look at but doesn’t actually do much.

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the HTC Shift is nearly here

August 14, 2007

HTC push the boundaries of the UMPC form factor

well it seems they’ve done it again, those innovative people over at HTC have come up with another market beater. this time it’s the HTC Shift.

I snagged the info via Tracy and Matt who seem to be the getting the skinny first on quite a few devices these days Matt snagged it from  Hugo Ortega over at Uber tablet got hold of one of the first ones in Australia. the video is pure techno porn, minus the money shot (just)

The device specs are pretty impressive a 40 Gig HDD with HSDPA built in, Biometrics, WiFi, GPS and all in a lovely package. the shift has   dual RAM and processors – why ? you ask because it supports….

Windows Mobile 6 professional  AND Windows Vista Business


Windows Mobile 6 professional  AND Windows Vista Business


Oh and for eye candy it supports Aero as well.

A while ago I mused on the blurring  of the line between the benefits of a full desktop OS and the rapid on off of Windows Mobile the inevitable power versus speed trade off that would inform your OS choice, well in one fell swoop HTC have blown this line to smithereens.  

Hugo describes the alternative environment as a kind of sideshow, which it isn’t, the Shift  has a full Windows Mobile 6  Professional environment, wrapped up in the HTC today skin, as seen on the Touch. With WM 6 pro of course you get Office Mobile, you get IE Mobile, you’ll get Windows Live and with exchange activesync you have near instant access to all your everyday applications, mail, calendar and contacts  in fact, all the benefits you have from a standard WM  device now with a 5 day battery life.

Switch to vista and you have a full blown operating system with all the regular applications you might need, yeah battery life drops to 3 hours but hell you’re running Vista.

The only oddity is the cellular,  apparently it’s data only, but I can’t see why using the SDK someone couldn’t write a fairly comprehensive phone application.

remember this is a UMPC but it’s a world beating UMPC, HTC innovation has done it again a unique solution to the greatest dilemma facing the mobile professional today….. Windows Mobile or Windows Vista ? ..forget it  get a Shift, I know I am and I’m going to get one as soon as humanly possible.

the only downside, I know hundreds of users that would benefit from this and I guarantee the product will be in constraint before  the day it hits the shelves.

well done HTC  very well done,  a peach of a product, a peach that’s going to have those apple fanboys green with envy !!!

it’s available for via Expansys on preorder for £740 +VAT sans contract.

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Native Windows Mobile Office 2007 support Here at last

August 3, 2007

spotted on ROM updates for the XDA Orbit and Trion

Jason has posted about O2 releasing two new updates for their XDA range both of which include Office 2007 support. I’d been hoping to see this soon and was a little puzzled that teh WM6 launch didn’t include this support from day 1 bearing in mind how close the WM6 ad EVO launches were.

interesting support is embedded in a ROM I hope this isn’t going to be the norm as it means starting all over again with customisation or splashing out on a backup app.

HTC TyTN official Windows Mobile 6 ROM released

August 2, 2007

the long awaited ROM for the TyTN arrives….. for the TyTN only

Good news: Yep HTC have released the ROM

bad News: you need to validate your HTC account with a TyTN IMEI – only fair as I pointed out before but it means all the OEM and operator branded owners will have to wait or get dirty.

But this should really set the cat amongst the pigeons !!! Orange will really need to think long and hard about developing the windows Mobile 6 ROM for the m3100 now.

It’s the first time an official manufacturer ROM has hit the market for an Orange badged product it should be minimal development to provide the upgrade and if they don’t they are really letting their customers down.

The Touch is out there as an Orange  WM6 Pro handset and they are imminently releasing an exclusive HTC device so they have little incentive commercially to spend time on the m3100 ROM but if they don’t they are going to upset a fair few customers.

in the meantime if you’re curious you could always wander off to P2P land, purely for investigative purposes of course.

Local weather on the HTC Touch

July 26, 2007

how to get a forecast a little closer to homexda developers hack hacked


I’ve been long term testing the  HTC touch ready for an imminent review and one of the interesting applications is a weather forecasting plugin that sits on your home screen and displays a localish weather forecast.

The weather plugin is great but for the UK the default list is pretty sparse,  I can only find Manchester, London or Edinburgh and living in Nottingham that’s useless.

XDA developers to the rescue, it’s through a registry hack (so usual caveats apply)  the suggestion is

just navigate to


And change the Location key to the name you want displaying  and LocationCode to the new city’s accuweather location code .

You’ll  find the codes here and all the Nottinghams here  

Nottingham in Nottinghamshire is EUR|UK|UK189|NOTTINGHAM however when i altered the code to this … it doesn’t work, you get an unable to download data error

there’s a long and complicated fix here with clever use of a generous soul’s server to interpret the data.

However with a little reg rummaging I discovered that in the registry both London and Manchester have nearly identical codes EUR|UK|UK001|cityname despite the fact that the accuweather codes are  EUR|UK|UK124|LONDON and EUR|UK|UK189|NOTTINGHAM.

So I changed my Touch code to EUR|UK|UK001|NOTTINGHAM and it seems to work I certainly get different weather from London Village and God’s own City. anyone else tried it?

Toshiba Portege G900 review

July 24, 2007

My latest guest review published

I’ve been testing Toshiba’s latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional courtesy of Tracy and matt and the review has just been posted over on their site.

For the 10 second summary the G900 is not a bad bit of kit, a bit on the big size but the benefit is you get a great screen again you’ll get a great deal more out of it as a Toshiba Notebook companion.

Biggest Plus: the Screen.

Biggest Minus : now the screen’s fixed it’s size, it’s big damn big.

Not Sure….: SIPserver and TIPtalk – a nice idea  but flawed by lack of flexibility

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