The MyFaves application is great, from one location you can communicate effortlessly with your favorite five people without having to navigate through endless menus. In less than a minute you can send a picture to one person, a voice message to another and a video to the next. In honor of efficiency, we present an overview of MyFaves on the Shadow along with some tips and tricks to make life even easier.
If you have MyFaves, you should see the familiar five circles on your home screen. Selecting any of these will bring up an additional menu.
Awhile back Danny asked about Opera Mini 4. In this video we go over a quick install of the alternative browser Opera Mini 4 and a few features. If you just want to jump right into it, you can get Opera Mini 4 here, download the High Memory Version.
Note: Opera Mini 4 should work right out of the box with default T-Mobile settings. If it doesn’t you might want to review them with customer service.
If you go to Start > Accessories you will see an application called Internet Sharing. Up until today I hadn’t paid much attention to it as it seems that everywhere I go today there is an internet connection in one form or another. Well Murphy’s Law went into effect today. I am actually away from the office today at a location where there isn’t a shred of an internet connection when I get a text from Brandon saying the site is down.
“Oh No!” I said, “How will the Shadow fans unite? I must do something!”
I fired up my laptop only to discover no wifi anywhere. What was I to do? A Shadowy image floated in my mind, it said “…internet sharing…oooooo…”
Of course! I hadn’t used Internet Sharing yet and I hoped for a simple setup. I pulled out my USB cable and connected the Shadow to the laptop. Activesync connected, and I activated Internet Sharing. After a minute Windows XP fully recognized everything. I opened Internet Explorer and voila! The connection worked!
It was 100% plug and play. The only thing I had to do was enable it from the Shadow. I was able to download some files and compare changes to troubleshoot the problem. 5 minutes after I knew the site was down, it was back up. The mobile internet isn’t the fastest available but it’s enough to get the task done. Thank you Shadow!
We’d love to know if anyone else has attempted to use the Internet Sharing, and if so what is your experience?
Over at our sister site, pocketnow.com, Adam Z Lein has put together his take on the T-Mobile Shadow. He didn’t seem as impressed by the Neo Home screen as we are:
Most people are saying that the new “Neo” home screen interface makes the Windows Mobile operating system easier to use. I’m not sure I buy it. The Neo interface requires a lot of scrolling and spinning to access the things that are much easier to access on a traditional home screen. I will say however, that the “Neo” interface certainly is fun, good looking, and an impressive design.
But he really liked the keyboard:
…the keyboard is awesome for one handed usage. Seriously, there’s a much shorter learning curve for using this keyboard compared to the T9 Numeric keypads, Qwerty-bar type phones, and even full qwerty slider phones. Not only that, but this is the best one-thumb no-looking keyboard I’ve ever used.
If you’ve used other Smartphone devices, do you like the Shadow’s Home screen, or are you taken back by the required scrolling to access the various functions?
The excellent Shadow Home Screen, as many of you may know, is the result of a collaboration between T-Mobile and Microsoft. Over at the official Windows Mobile Team Blog, we get some insight into the background of the development of this new interface:
Normally when Windows Mobile creates a release, we release it out to OEMs who then do their own customizations. With this release, however, Microsoft worked with the OEM to create an experience that catered to what T-Mobile wanted. The OEM, HTC, had their talented industrial design team working on the hardware form-factor and wheel. Microsoft wrote the homescreen and worked out an interface for the myFaves information to bubble up for the user to see.
We worked with T-Mobile to finalize the user interaction as per their requirements. For example, in the animation you can see the myFaves flying in and out – that was a T-Mobile feature request in order to enable user privacy (so you avoid the awkward “Why is my boyfriend on your Fave 5?!” moment).
Included in this post about the origin of the Shadow Home Screen, there are a lot of other interesting details about the “Neo” interface (as it’s called internally at Microsoft), including comparisons with the default Home Screen and a dissection of each part of the interface. To read more, check out the Windows Mobile Team Blog.
T-Mobile worked with Microsoft on this new Windows Mobile homescreen interface dubbed ‘Neo’. The results are a friendlier more efficient interface and it is definitely worth checking out. Watch the video for more…
I have had a chance to use the T-Mobile Shadow for a few days now and I would like to report on my findings.
Overall it has a solid smooth feel when in hand. The Screen is slick and although you can get some fingerprints on it quickly they do not inhibit viewing the screen at all. The screen is vibrant and bright and works well with the device.
The sliding action is great. It is smooth and silent, almost like a well oiled folding blade. It doesn’t accidentally slide open either. There are settings to allow the opening/closing of the keyboard to answer/end a call. By default it is set to answer when opened and no effect when closed. More >