HTC HD Review

 Oct 2nd, 2009 

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htc_touch_hd_versus_iphone_3gThere’s been a week since I am the proud owner of a HTC HD mobile phone.

The first WOW

The HTC HD is one of the greatest phones I ever interacted with. It is impossible to keep your “WOW” when you first see it. It has an huge 3.8” resistive touch screen which is the second biggest screen for mobile phones (Toshiba TG01 has 4.1”) and compared to an iPhone the display is really impressive. Also has a good resolution: 800×480.

The second WOW

The HTC HD looks really good and even it weights 146g, seems a light (or at least compared with my previous Toshiba Portege G900 that had 200g). It’s hard to believe that is only 1.2 cm thick and because of this, the phone gets conformable in one’s hand and you don’t notice that it has 11.5 cm height and 6.2 width.

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Windows Mobile “Storage Card2” Problem

 Jul 11th, 2009 

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If you have an Windows Mobile phone or PDA you might have had this problem. Sometimes the “\Storage Card” folder gets renamed to “\Storage Card2”. What are the consequences of this? Each file reference to the “\Storage Card” will not work; this includes the shortcuts from the start menu to applications installed on the SD card.

The big problem is that if you don’t notice the folder rename and soft reset the device it will create an empty “\Storage Card” folder that will be used as the storage card. However the old “\Storage Card2” will still be there and you will not be able to delete the new “\Storage Card”. Also, applications from “\Storage Card2” will not be launched from shortcuts.

After many ROMs updates I am not able to fix completely this problem but I figured out how to fix it without hard resetting the device. The new “\Storage Card” folder cannot be deleted but… it can be renamed. So all you have to do is to rename “\Storage Card” to something else like “\Storage Card3” and reset the device. After this, “\Storage Card2” will become “\Storage Card” and you are free to delete “\Storage Card3”.

Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK is Available

 Jun 6th, 2009 

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wm65emulatorThe Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5.

A new set of APIs is being introduced that will enable application developers to take advantage of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch gesture framework. The gesture APIs allow an application to handle touch gesture input and provide a visually consistent experience with the rest of the device UI. Note that the gesture APIs are only available on the Windows Mobile Classic and Professional SKUs.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit comes with the following Emulator Images:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Square Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional QVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WQVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional VGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Square Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard QVGA Emulator

In order to install the SDK and integrate it with Visual Studio you must also install the Windows Mobile 6.0 SDK. Make sure you install this first. I had problems with the 6.5 SDK because I forgot to install 6.0 SDK. If you somehow install 6.5 without 6.0 you must uninstall the first one in order to reinstall it…

The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Kit can be downloaded from this link.

Windows Mobile 6.5 on Toshiba G900

 Jun 3rd, 2009 

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aboutBefore writing anything else I must warn all readers that changing the operating systems on your mobile will void the warranty. If the upgrade process fails the phone might be damaged and no service will fix that for free. Do it on your own risk and make sure the following list is satisfied:

  • Ask people about the ROM you want to install. Make sure it did not brake any phone.
  • The phone’s battery must be at least 50% charged (better 100%)
  • Make sure you have and UPS. Or a laptop with good battery because if you cancel the process after it started the results might be unexpected.
  • Make sure the USB cable is firmly connect and is not broken!

I cannot be made responsible for any damages caused directly or indirectly by this article.

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Toshiba Portege G900 Review

 Aug 9th, 2008 

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Some people want small/fancy looking phones, others want powerful phones, while others want both. I belong to the second category – I want a powerful phone and I don’t really care about the aspect. If you want a fancy looking or small phone, Toshiba G900 is not for you!

After almost two months of research I finally decided to buy a G900. I needed a new mobile phone but I also wanted some big screen in order to be able to navigate on the Internet without carrying the laptop with me. So what I was searching was:

  • Big screen
  • Wireless network card
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch screen
  • GSM support

Toshiba Portege G900 has all this and even more but with some costs.

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