Droolworthy 3: ‘Ultimate’ – a new range of stunning Windows Mobile devices from i-mate

 Though the most number of new devices announced at the 3GSM were running Windows Mobile, the whole range of phones – right from the Toshiba’s G900 to HTC Vox are all looking dull, boring and very predictable. They differ just in screensize and the application processor they are running. Suddenly Windows Mobile devices started looking less appealing. The Ultimate range

Not for long. Enter the old war horse, i-mate. The Dubai based company has become an OEM (in that they no longer procure their devices from ODMs like HTC or Techfaith) and started manufacturing devices to their own specifications and design. And the first range of mobile devices called ‘Ultimate’ look very appealing. These mobiles will be sporting the recently launched Windows Mobile 6 and comes in five different form factors.

I especially like the flip phone – the model which will be called the 8150. After carrying bulky Windows Mobile devices like the Krome Spy and O2 Mini S for long time, a flip form factor is a welcome change. While the above devices only exist on paper today, i-mate says that these will be launched in Q2 2007, which means they are only a couple of months away from seeing their light of the day. Welcome back i-mate to the Windows Mobile club. We almost wrote you off after you broke your ties with HTC!

More pictures at Engadget.


Droolworthy 2: The Nokia E90


It is that time of the year again! With a flurry of new mobile device announcements expected to come in the next few days from 3GSM congress happening at Barcelona, Spain, all your taste sensors have to work over time! One another device, probably ‘the star of 3GSM 2007’ is the Nokia E90. A new arrival in the venerable communicator series of Nokia, the E90 is a world class business phone with an impressive array of features. This one can truly be called a Nokia Multimedia Computer!

  • Quadband GSM
  • UMTS with HSDPA [European 2100]
  • GPS
  • 800×352 internal screen resolution [Yippeee! Now who needs a Nokia N800!]
  • 320×240 external screen resolution
  • Wi-Fi [b/g]
  • A remarkable keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • UPnP [Will do wonders with Vista]
  • 3.2 MP camera [one on front for Video calling]
  • Symbian OS

Boy, did Nokia miss a thing? The final price may even be cheaper than an exorbitantly priced, often compared and 6-months-to-go cellular phone!

Hands on from Engadget here.

A very detailed review from My Symbian here.

Droolworthy: Samsung Ultra Smart F700

Frankly speaking, I am not all that excited about iPhone. Lack of 3G and lack of an SDK for 3rd party developers really put me off. It will be a year before it reaches this country and by that time, there will be the likes of Nokia N95, Sony Ericsson W880i and a couple of Windows Mobile 6 based phones with 3G, GPS etc., waiting to greet the lesser capable iPhone. And mobile phones in India are not operator subsidized, which means the iPhone will be prized anywhere near a whopping $1000.

The Ultra Smart F700

On my current drool list is the recently unofficially unveiled Samsung F700. HSDPA, a big screen anda 5 megapixel camera means we have a winner already. Things unknown are the OS it is running and the base chipset platform (CPU is undoubtedly Samsung’s). Hope it is not running an obscure Samsung OS.

From the looks of it, I get a feeling that the UI is based on Adobe Flash (Similar to the recently unveiled LG Prada). All other unknowns will get cleared when Sammy officially unveils this beauty at 3GSM 2007, starting Monday.

More pictures at Engadget.

htcfans.com launched!


Here is my new ‘semi-professional’ blog: htcfans.com! Much of the Windows Mobile content that I am writing very irregularly at My Two Cents will now move to htcfans.com and will be featured regularly. The site will be regularly updated with Articles and news on Windows Mobile devices.

So come, register in the forums and join the fun!


Windows Mobile Tip 1: The Storage Card2 problem

One fine morning you wake up and find that your pocket IE is not working. Cursing Microsoft, you launch Newsbreak to check your latest news articles and get annoyed that this application too is not working. Worse, even your pocket Outlook has gone for a toss. You start blaming Bill Gates now.


Well, the problem really is because of all the tweaks that you made on the Windows Mobile OS. In order to free up the Program memory and storage, most geeky users edit the registry to store data in the Storage Card – the IE cache, rss cache, outlook mails, PIM data etc., You edit the registry and change storage locations to something like "Storage Card\IECache" and the like. Well, there is nothing wrong in it and it is a good idea indeed. Unfortunately, if there is some error in the Storage Card, your Pocket PC or Smartphone may not be able to locate this folder, and so it automatically creates a folder by name "Storage Card" in the memory! When your SD card is inserted back or restored, your phone or pda gives it the name Storage Card2, since there is a folder already by name Storage Card.


If this happens, all the shortcuts/launchers for applications that are installed in the Storage card will stop working, though you can still launch them by going to the respective folder in Storage Card2. You cannot delete "Storage card" folder because some applications may be using files from here. The solution? Rename the folder! Once you rename, immediately do a soft reset. Once the OS boots again, quickly locate this renamed folder and delete it. Now you can insert your SD/CF card back and you will see it being properly named as Storage Card. Peace.


PS: This is my first article in a series of tips and tricks that I am going to publish for Windows Mobile users.

The TyTN is here!



It is just two months since I started using the HTC Wizard (O2 Mini S) and an upgrade is already announced! The HTC TyTN is going to be one of the first Windows Mobile Smartphone that will be branded and sold as HTC itself. HTC earlier used to market the phones under their own brands called as QTEK and DOPOD (and possibly KROME too. The owners of KROME remain a mystery) along with plenty of other Operator brands like O2, Orange etc.

The TyTN has pretty impressive specs. Being a 3G phone with HSDPA, it sports a dual camera for video calling. It is one of the few phones which support 3G and EDGE on the same device. The most interesting aspect of the phone is a Blackberry-like jog dial which can be used for scrolling. The rolling jog-dial is touted to be one of the reasons why Blackberry is so popular among managers. The only other Windows Mobile based smartphone which possesses a jog-dial is the iconic Motorola Q. Another marked improvement of TyTN (I hate these Moto-ish names, BTW) over the Wizard is the 400 MHz processor. While the maker of the CPU is unknown, it is definitely an improvement over the 195 MHz TI OMAP processor on the Wizard. The TyTN carries a microSD slot as opposed to miniSD on the Wizard, which is bad news for many Wizard/Magician owners- they now have to shell out more money to buy a large microSD card. The phone sports other regulars like Bluetooth, WiFi and Windows Mobile 5 with direct push email.

So all the Wizard owners- give a big hand to the HTC TyTN and get ready to go bankrupt when it gets released by end of July.