Now we are listening to Jason Langridge who is talking about some new Windows Mobile applications and devices.
The Samsung SGH-i620 is a device I've seen before when it was being tested by Vodafone New Zealand but I wasn't allowed to talk about it. So here it is now:
It is a very small slider device, running Windows Mobile 6 Standar (Smartphone, no touch screen). It is HSDPA-enabled and really a good looking device.
I don't have information on when Vodafone New Zealand will be selling these, but I understand they are available in Europe now.
The Samsung SGH-i620 is using the same "carrousel" user interface you find in the Palm Treo 500v, which will be a standard for all Vodafone handhelds soon.
Also, Jason pointed out that the highly expected Office Mobile 6.1 is now available. It is a free upgrade for users that already have Office Mobile on their devices, and it will be available for purchase from Handango sometime soon if you don't this in your device.
The official brand launch was yesterday, in Auckland with the presence of David Lee, Assistant Vice President of HTC Asia, Telecom people (of course) and an audience of journalists and other guests.
During his speech Mr Lee said "This union between HTC, the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart handheld devices and Telecom New Zealand marks the beginning of a very exciting time for the mobile phone industry in New Zealand!".
This is interesting because two out of the three new Okta Mobile devices (Okta Boss, Okta Touch) are Windows Mobile handsets manufactured by HTC. The third (Okta Agent) is actually a Pantech device.
Telecom New Zealand have been working with HTC directly, including the last release under the Telecom brand, the Titan Windows Mobile.
The HTC Touch is surprisingly thin compared to other Windows Mobile devices, and looks good too. It sports a new user interface on top of the standard Windows Mobile UI we are used to.
It's only the first version, and it looks promising. You can access some of the functions through finger gestures, and small features were added such as scrolling lists and web pages with your finger.
Still it's not 100% integrated to the OS and applications, and the menus can not be customised. But it's a great start.
When asked if this user interface was a direct response to Apple iPhone's own, David Lee pointed out that TouchFlo (the official name for this technology) is the result of two years of research - and the iPhone and the Touch are in different market segments (even though you can manage your media with the Touch).
Everyone present at the launch was give an Okta Touch. I am using this now and will soon post a review on Geekzone.
It just happens that someone dropped a URL to me, and it shows another two Windows Mobile devices being announced, in addition to the already available Okta Agent Windows Mobile Smartphone I reviewed before.
The page is here and shows this picture with a new Windows Mobile Smarphone called Okta Boss and a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Called Okta Touch:
I am told Vodafone is introducing this device tonight to their partners, with retail availability sometime in November.
The Treo 500v is the first Palm device running Windows Mobile 6 Standard, previously known as "Windows Mobile for Smartphone". This means you won't find a touch screen on this device, but it does have a nice keyboard, and thank goodness a LCD bigger (240 x 320 pixels landscape) and better than the previous square LCD (240 x 240 pixels) used on the Treo Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices.
It will come with 256 MB with 150 MB available for user, support for Bluetooth 2.0 EDR (including A2DP stereo) and 3G (2100 MHz). No HSDPA but I agree the market segment this device will appeal to may not notice much difference.
The device features integration with Vodafone live!, the first Windows Mobile device that actually allows this. The price will be right for the market segment it's aiming for, those not so early adopter who want a phone that is a bit smarter than feature phones, or the not so high end requirements of a small business - it still connected to Exchange Server and supports Microsoft Direct Push.
Its "carrousel" user interface is an overlay over the standard Windows Mobile homescreen. It allows you to scroll left - right to find groups of related applications, and up and down to select a specific program. It's really easy to use and quite pretty.
When I first saw the Treo 500v I really thought this could be the first Windows Mobile Smartphone that would make me sway from the Pocket PC land.
Something interesting: this device is manufactured by ASUS, not HTC.
I asked about the not yet released Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Treo 750v and Olivier tells me it's still pending some bug fixes found when tested on the local network.
But is just me, or their new logo is strikingly similar to SonyEricsson's own logo? Check for yourself in the picture (SonyEricsson on the left, i-mate on the right side).
You can also access a RSS feed with your own activities and private messages, and a second RSS feed with your friend's actions. Those are private feeds so only you know what your friends are doing around the site.
Now we have a Geekzone Friends for Windows Mobile, thanks to Kev Daly who developed this small Pocket PC client for us.
The program runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 (requires .Net Compact Framework 2.0) or Windows Mobile 6 (.Net Compact Framework is already part of the OS).
With this program on your Pocket PC you will be able to follow your Geekzone Friends around the site, reading messages they leave for you and checking what discussions they are replying to. And as we add new features, these will be automatically listed too.
If you want to create something similar for other platforms (Symbian, Palm OS), or a widget (Mac OS, Yahoo!, Google) then contact me so we can discuss how to access the platform.
If you are a Geekzone user, start making friends. Read all about this feature in our Geekzone Friends FAQ.
Though the review is coming up later, I have to say the HTC Titan is a refresh from the square screen on the Plam Treo 700wx, and the much larger keyboard is not something to complain about. Oh, and built-in Wi-Fi!
A full review will be coming up next on Geekzone. For the time being, why don't you go and enter the draw for your chance to win the Palm Treo 700wx I have here?
Visit the Halo 3 Ringtone and Wallpaper page to register and download the content.
The features are really incredible: VGA screen, 1 GB flash memory for storage, 128 MB RAM for program execution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 806 MHz processor. Add to this a GSM module so it can connect mobile data and on top of that, it's a rugged device!
Now I am having some fun configuring it to synchronise with an Exchange Server 2007 test account provided by AnywhereExchange, so I can demonstrate all the new messaging and security features.
I got it from GeoSystems, TDS Resellers here in Wellington and region.