One feature that I've noticed in a lot of phones lately is the FM Radio. For me, its never been on my must-have list because I've been able to listen to the radio in the car, on my Zune and in the house. However, that changed for me somewhat last year when we moved to Texas from New York. One of my favorite radio guilty pleasures, the Wendy Williams show, isn't available on my local radio. In order to listen to it, I had to use my PC and visit the website. As a result, I haven't been able to dedicate time to listen to it at all for the past few months.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
People have officially lost their minds. The Blackberry Bold is due to be released on AT&T in July, but apparently that is way to long a wait. eBay bidding has been going on for all types of Bold-related items(domain names, etc) and now there's an auction for a unit that is now at $3440! And the fact that the seller has a reputation of 1(one) for an item he purchased over 2 years ago is not even phasing these bidders. Cra-zy!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I've given ceTwit a couple of runs in the past, but its never 'stuck' as my main Twitter client for my Ubiquio. However, the latest version (1.4) has totally changed all that. I'm officially in love.
Now, in all fairness, remember that the iPhone is on AT&T's Edge (for now) while the Instinct is operating on Sprint EVDO with broadband speeds. But its still pretty funny.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We've had this function for a long time on our TiVo, but now its come to our DirecTV DVR! From the web, you can now schedule shows to record when you are away from home. And from the mobile version, you can use your phone or PDA to sign into the service and search for shows to record. This is perfect if you happen to hear about a show while out and about and want to record it. Perfect!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I'm not sure if its a WM6 issue, or if there is something about my configuration that causes this issue but I cannot get the onscreen keyboard to not pop-up in data fields. Its a minor nuisance, but even when I start typing using my Ubi's keyboard, the onscreen one still shows up.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I debated for a few weeks on whether or not to write this, and finally decided that I simply had to. The problem with a service with Twitter is that in such short bursts, people sometimes make really dubious comments without taking the time to censor-or at least examine what they are saying. Someone who I considered to be a pretty well-rounded, respectable Twitter-er suddenly went on a rampage about Africans- granted, I'm not quite sure where the whole conversation started but I turned on my phone, fired up TinyTwitter and saw a litany of 'observations' made about African people in the US as well as in parts of Africa. In a nutshell, it was a highly generalized comment about self-hatred and how much Africans hate themselves, as evidenced by habits such as bleaching of the skin, perming of the hair, etc.
Okay, I don't even have the time or energy to do the kind of massive re-education needed to deal with such stereotypes. And I suppose that as a black South African woman married to a caucasian American man, I am a 'prime example' of what this individual was referring to. The reality is, I am not the African ambassador to the United States. I am one person who loves herself completely and totally and accept her entire heritage from the Edo Kingdom of Benin to the Zulu of South Africa. I choose to relax my hair because frankly, there is not enough time in the day for me to nurture an afro. I don't bleach my skin, but I do know that a number of women do in parts of Africa. I've asked why, and they feel they need to counteract the harsh darkening effects of the sun. Well, doesn't seem like the brightest idea to me, but hey, neither does smoking cigarettes and people still do that. I married a man that I happened to fall madly in love with. He proposed, and the color of his skin didn't seem like a compelling enough reason to say no.
My point is, chose a place to have a discussion that is appropriate. And sometimes, for some issues, Twitter with its brevity just isn't it. I am pretty disappointed in you, and I am really saddened that what seemed like the beginning of an interesting and enriching friendship came to a screeching halt in 140 characters.
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So, its been 3 days of running my Ubiquio in lite-mode, and I have to admit, I did re-define what barebones means to me. I decided that it would exclude any applications that are Today Screen Plugins, or that run in the background(exceptions are OctroTalk and TinyTwitter, but they have to be running to function, so technically doesn't count. Right?) I've slowly added a few more programs (Egress, CorePlayer, Skype and YahooGo) and have been extremely happy with its performance. I haven't had any lockups, haven't had to perform any resets and its still stayed very very fast. I will admit, it has been a bit tedious navigating into the settings to adjust the backlight as needed and remembering to turn the volume on and off, but thats a small price to pay. I am debating allowing myself to install one app that has a plugin to let me manually control all that right from the Today screen- I can deal with not having profiles switch automatically, but I just dont like the added work to get to each function.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Here's a neat idea! Now you can 'get your hands' on all kinds of phones without having to actually get your hands on them. TryPhone is a cool site that gives you a virtual interface of phones. Its a great way to try before you buy...plus, you can buy from the site, too.
Before the Treo 750 gets sent to its new home, I thought it would be nice to have some comparison shots of my main gadgets with it:
This is the Treo 750 with the UBiQUiO 503G, Archos 605 WiFi and Zune 8GB. Here are some width shots:
The Treo sure is chubby. I guess I lean more towards straight lines and symmetry over curves.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I've got a really bad habit- every time I get a new PDA or hard reset any of my devices I immediately install a handful of applications to alter certain elements on the device. PhoneAlarm, AEButtonPlus, Tweaks2K, Memmaid, SpbDiary are just a few of the staples on my devices for the past few years. But I've noticed that I run into a number of issues with every WM device I've had. Coincidence? Well, I'm about to find out. I did a hard reset of my Ubiquio and have only installed WM5NewMenu, QuickMenu and MobiPocket reader. I'm going to try to use just these applications for the rest of the week and see how my Ubi runs. So far I've noticed it seems much snappier and responsive!
Uninstalled PhoneAlarm and now the LED is flashing for new emails on the Ubiquio. Hurray!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Well, its finally here. My new Ubiquio arrived yesterday and I gleefully found that I haven't lost any of my naïve love of this device. Yes, Mickliq may scoff and call me a sucker but I can't help myself. I love my Ubi. And to add to that love is a special gift that I received from a source- a rom upgrade! The ROM is 3.10 and that's a huge leap from 3.05 and solves a huge host of the issues that were in the previous one. The camera, scroll wheel are all hugely improved. I still can't get the LED to flash for incoming mail but I have to try and remove PhoneAlarm to see if that helps.
So, order has been restored for now. I am happy. And you can be sure that I am purchasing a SquareTrade warranty for this phone. Its like having a really hot girlfriend- I love it to bits, but I don't trust it as far as I can throw it.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Well folks, hate to be the bearer of solemn news but it seems that the document we got a sneak at a few months ago was right. The Sony Xperia is not due to be released until mid-September. Over on the Modaco forums, some are speculating that this delay will allow software manufacturers to adapt their products for the screen size (something which I've wondered about myself).
Friday, May 2, 2008
I just stumbled onto this amazing video (fast forward to the middle) which shows a really neat 3D mobile interface which shows how we should be interacting with our mobile devices already!
A few months ago I tried ceTwit and found it frankly to be buggy and not quite ready for primetime. Today I decided to try the latest version and I have been completely blown away by it. Even on the square screen of the Treo 750 the program works like a champ.
As you can see, ceTwit gives you access not only to your friends' timeline but also to the public timeline, replies and direct messages.
Using a tap and hold will allow you to reply to a tweet, open a link with skweezer (for a mobile- formatted page) or view in Quotably (a Twitter-related service) to view the trail of the conversation).
Each tweet is fitted into a fixed amount of space so you can click on the entry to view it in a full window.
ceTwit is the perfect example of a program taking its time to get it right. Every detail seems logically thought out and its a joy to use. This one's just landed a permanent spot on my device!
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Update after 3 days with my 8502:
Overall - great device. Form factor is
really amazing. Speed coming from a Blackjack and Treo is very good.
Keyboard - I have to hand it to i-mate. Their unqieu keyboard
implementation allows for a device that is as narrow as a Blackberry Pearl but
with a full QWERTY. I have no issues typing at the same speed as my Blackjack.
The only issue is the placement of the Caps, Fn, comma, period, etc...they are
all very different than what I am used to and therefore it slows me down. Over
time I will get used to it and it won't be an issue. On thing which is a bit
bothersome are the rounded edges...it makes typing a long message a bit
uncomfortable if you are holdign the device with two hands.
generally not an issue, especially for scrolling up and down. Where I find it a
bit harder to use than a D-pad is left/right scrolling. I was worried it would
protrude more than it does. By locking the device with the Power key there are
no issues with it in a pocket/jacket and it doesn't "catch" your clothing.
Softkeys - they are definitely oddly implemented. The Windows, OK and
Left/Right softkeys are not well implemented. I will get used to them, but they
could clearly fit a D-pad by changing the whole layout in that area
Profile Controller - nice free addition, a little buggy.
- I averaged 10hrs/day with full 3G/BT/Push email on all the time. I did a full
night charge last night for the first time and it feels like it will last longer
GPS - couldn't get it to work so far with Google Maps and Yahoo
Go! I tried COM4 and COM9. I'm no GPS expert and don't really need it.
Volume - no issues for me. The phone volume is fine even in a noisy
place (Starbucks). Not loud, but loud enough. With my Moto H12 BT headset, the
volume is VERY LOUD and absolutely no issue. The BT headset paired immediately.
BT with PC - paired with my laptop (SZ 650 running Vista) immediately
and able to Activesync, File Exchange. Haven't tried tethering but based on how
it paired I am sure it will work.
Camera - pictures are "ok". I find
opening the camera app VERY SLOW.
Bugs - profile controller sometimes
screws up the alerts (eg LED doesn't flash for new email all the time). The fact
that you get a flashing LED for mail/texts etc out of the box is nice vs. the
Device is generally very stable as long as you don't load too
much crap onto it (I don't ...just some homescreen plug ins
- incredible device, form factor, usability. Happy I didn't wait for the HP.
Also I love the portrait orientation for the Today screen, Inbox, emails, etc.
The only place you need landscape is web browing and you can easily rotate the
screen with an included homescreen plug in.