Currently, T-Mobile is telling support staff to not transfer customers to HTC regarding complaints about the 3G problems the Nexus One is having. It seems to be switching between HSDPA and UMTS whenever it feels like it. Hopefully there will be a fix rolled out soon and my hopes is that it is something T-Mobile can do server side to ease the pain. As with any phone pulling the battery for 10 – 30 seconds usually fixes the problem.
Lately I have been doing quite a bit of traveling. During these travels I have found these apps to be immensely helpful when I need to get things done. Each of these has saved me from a headache in one way or another. In these times our cell phones have become more than just a way to communicate by voice, they have become our home away from home…Keep reading More >
Awhile ago we established the Ask Mike page so people could write in and ask questions. After the forums were well established we changed it to the Submit News page. It is still used for both submitting news and asking questions. There are no dumb questions but of course feel free to search the forums or our wiki and you might find the answer you seek. Remember we all started off with no information at some time. Below are some recent questions that we’ve received that might help you or a friend.
Shadow WM 6.5
Isaac wrote in awhile ago to remind us that agoetz has been working on the WM 6.5 ROM for the Shadow and if you are willing to go and try it out. If you’re tired of the old WM 6.1 then you should try out a new ROM. You will have to go to our forums to find it but it’s there! Enjoy!
SD or SDHC?
Sandisk established the SDHC format so they could cram even more GB of storage space onto the already small memory cards. Most phones today use the microSDHC card. As you might have noticed, the packaging on many phones mights say 4GB or 8GB max. Here’s the deal. Nearly ANY phone that supports the SDHC format will support a memory card up to 32GB. All the Shadow phones support SDHC, as does any T-Mobile smartphone released in the last several years. My old Wing, Dash and even Wizard support the SDHC format. So feel free to buy that 8GB, 16GB (or 32GB when it comes out) microSDHC memory cards.
MyPhone for Windows Mobile
A lot of people have written in about Microsoft’s MyPhone service (which is FREE). Among it’s many features are automatic syncing and backing up of your phone’s content (protected site of course), Social Networking integration, FIND your LOST phone, and accessing your contacts, text messages and more all online! If you don’t have installed yet you can check it out at the MyPhone website.
According to the recently discovered Terms of Sale pdf for the Google Phone it will sell unlocked for $429. It will be available through a carrier as a subsidized phone as well. So far T-Mobile is the only one mentioned. Of course if you sign up through TMo with the subsidized phone (2 year plan) and then cancel your contract you will be liable to Google for the subsidized amount, otherwise known as a product recovery fee.
Our take on the Nexus One/Google Phone: The sleek design will be a selling point for many. Many like their phone to look nice. Later on they will discover the power it has. On the subject of power, a 1GHZ Snapdragon processor may have been extreme 10 years ago when Google was first getting started but in our eyes that’s an expected development.
However, with more power, brighter screens and higher data speeds comes shorter battery life. Batteries haven’t seen significant advancements being brought to the general public in a long time. My expectation is that it’s going to be 2010, I should have a device that will last me through a long day of much use by now.
One thing that would be great is a solar panel screen, or back plate, so we have some method of charging it should we fall into a time portal.
Thanks to NeoBatman for sending this one in. AndroidSpin reports via an anonymous source that Android 2.0 is ready for an Over The Air release to US T-Mobile Customers. Great news indeed! Whether all the Android phones will be able to take advantage of the full update remains to be seen. So what do we have to look forward to in Android 2.0?
- Multiple accounts, including Exchange accounts.
- Quick Contact provides faster access to communication options
- Exchange Support
- Combined Inbox
- Search for SMS/MMS
- Definable Auto Delete for oldest message in a conversation
- Built in flash support (for phones with a flash)
- Digital Zoom
- Scene Mode (panoramic?)
- White Balance
- Color Effect
- Macro Focus
- Improved, easier to use, Virtual Keyboard that auto learns and includes Contact names in typing suggestions
- New Browser interface with actionable browser URL bar
- Bookmarks with Webpage thumbnails
- Double tap zoom
- Agenda view in Calendar provides infinite scrolling
- Calendar events show attendee status and can invite new guests
- BLUETOOTH 2.1! (Object Push and Phone Book Access Profile
- And more!
So get excited and if you get an OTA let us know by hitting the Submit News button at the top!
Recently released, Evernote’s Android client is exactly what Evernote fans have been waiting for. With many of the same features that are available for other platforms (Windows Mobile Touch and Non Touch), Evernote delivers on what it does best, ubiquitous capture. If you don’t have an Evernote account you can create one for free. What’s it good for? If you find that you are having trouble keeping track of your life and need one place to consolidate all the information you gather then Evernote is for you. There is even a secret personal email address created for your account so you can email yourself notes or BC yourself important emails for future reference.
- Create text notes, snapshots, voice memos, and even attach files
- Search and find notes created on your Android phone or desktop computer
- Easily tag and organize your notes however you like
- Find additional functions by tapping the Menu button