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.
Since the inception of Android, mobile development has seen a tremendous surge. Among the plethora of tip calculators and noise makers there are many great apps available that ease our daily lives. Despite the soon-to-be-fixed limitations of Android, developers have managed to roll out actually useful applications. However, there a few missing. This isn’t aimed squarely at Android but every platform. It seems that application developed is furious to a point and turns to wheels spinning in the mud. There is a point, on every platform, that applications just don’t pass.
TV/Movies on Demand – Amazon Unbox has the infrastructure to make it happen. Hulu has a proven delivery method as well. The G1 can access RTSP streams. So why don’t we have a solution to something consumers have been asking for since the first video file played on a mobile device? For some reason it seems developers are waiting for Flash to show up like the quarterback to a football game. What if that never happened? Perhaps developers can start developing solutions that don’t depend on flash. With all the interested parties on the scene it might be beneficial to all if some of them started joining forces.
Notes Synchronized – 3banana is new to the scene with an easy to use note app that syncs with the cloud for browser access. Evernote has been doing this for awhile but lacks an Android app. Both the Standard and Professional Windows Mobile versions of Evernote work great but why haven’t they been ported to Android yet? I bring this up simply because Evernote is highly useful and 3Banana already has an Android app. Join forces?
Office Docs – How long have we been typing letters, working on spreadsheets and boring our coworkers with slideshows? Google has Docs but as of this writing there is no viable solution for document creation on Android. There are developers working on solutions but at the very least we should have had this from the get go. Am I being too harsh? Possibly. If the Android Market didn’t exist, Android would just be another phone interface with very limited functionality. Office docs should also be synchronized with an option to use different online services including Google Docs, Thinkfree, Zoho, Microsoft and a folder or two on your computer (or friends’) with support for all the platforms. There are several open source formats so quit with the proprietary formats already.
Video Recording – Seriously, how do you get a phone to market these days without video recording through the sweet 3MP camera? Is there some sort of conspiracy with the camcorder companies? Do they think the market consists solely of people that WANT to carry several devices around at all times to accomplish what one is capable of? We want convergence and convenience!
Stereo Bluetooth – Yes, we know “it’s coming.” It should have been here already. You give us an Amazon MP3 app to free us from the bonds of sync cables but tether us with tangled wired headphones.
Security and Accessibility – This is in general for every phone, not just Android based devices. I don’t want to carry keys or credit cards around anymore. I want my phone to start my car, unlock doors and to make purchases. Implement a PGP type system over bluetooth with a pin, please. A tall order indeed but this is 2009, we don’t have our freaking jet-packs, vacuum tube travel or flying cars but can we at least have this?
Conclusion – There are times in war when you must seek allies and join forces in order to mount a successful attack. Everyone wants their piece of the pie and that is the main reason most developers don’t join forces, they all see this massive slab of cheesecake and want it all for themselves. The way I see it, there will be NO pie for anyone if the solutions aren’t realized. However there will be pie for anyone who isn’t afraid to reach out to other developers and say “let’s do this.”
For those of you that have made the switch from Shadow to G1, are you missing the Shadow? The G1 is a great device, but there is no denying that its capabilities are limited in some areas if you compare it to the Shadow. What prompted this question was an interesting thread that tonyoung08 started in our G1 General forum, to which there have been several replies with lists of things that the Shadow can do and the G1 cannot. Here are some excerpts from ShadowFan2008’s list… More >
There are many G1 reviews out there, but just one that I can think of that covers the G1 experience from the perspective of a Windows Mobile power user. It’s written by Adam Lein from pocketnow.com, our sister site, and includes a lot of great pictures and screenshots. Essentially, he contends that from his perspective, the G1 is fraught with limitations. On page 3 he racks up a huge list of things the G1 can’t do: no word completion when typing, no file manager, no Exhange sync, no sync with anything except Google, no video recording, and so on.
I think many would agree with his claims. That said, the G1 has so far been well received from anyone not fitting into the category of “Windows Mobile” power user – the prospect of an open source operating system with a plethora of great applications that we’re already seeing (and that Mike has been writing about) – is exciting.
That said, there are some among the AllShadow community that are WinMo power users – those that modify ROMs and create theme and registry hacks. And to be honest, those fitting into that category may be disappointed by the G1. But you already knew that. For the average “Shadow Enthusiast” (new term!) that comes to this site, you’ll probably find the G1 to be a really fantastic device with many capabilities that your Shadow doesn’t have.
So – G1 converts, tell us, are you happy you made the switch to the G1, or are you at all disappointed by its limitations in comparison to Windows Mobile?
If you’re getting a G1, then you’re faced with the decision of color: black, brown, or white. We’re curious – which are you most likely to go with?
This site has grown a ton. The community is vibrant, the content we post is useful and interesting (according to what we are told), and we’re even getting T-Mobile sales reps to recommend the site to people that buy a Shadow in stores (amazing, we know!).
That said, we want to be even better. This will be pretty open ended. How can we make this site better? Should we cover more phones? Do more videos? Add more forums? Change the design? Throw in some contests? Switch to iPhone? Just kidding on that last one! Or, is everything peachy keen with you? Be creative, and tell us in the comments!
P.S. We have a wiki coming very, very soon…so you won’t have to suggest that =D.
Here at AllShadow.com we are always working on ways to bring you a better resource and enhance the AllShadow Community. We have some projects underway that will do just that. Part of this effort requires some more time on our part so the Ask Mike page has been changed to Tell Mike. The community has grown large enough and the information to be found in our posts and in the forums is in-depth and expansive enough to answer most questions. What the page is for now is to tell the rest of the community about something interesting you found related to the T-Mobile Shadow or Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone.
When submitting, be sure to include some descriptive information about what you found (including the name of the app if it is an app), a link to the original page about it (not a 3rd party site), and a direct download link. Note: The page still sends an email so don’t expect anything to show up on the main page.
As with any questions be sure to use the Search feature on the main website and to check the forums first, as most questions have an answer in there. If you are unable to find an answer to your question after searching, post a question in the forums, there are many knowledgeable people that cruise through the forums and you are more likely to get an answer quicker. Thank you!