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I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it – Good for you Matt Miller!

Posted by jngold24 on October 31, 2008

Matt Miller, a well known mobile device enthusiast is a fan of many mobile platforms but based on his latest article, he likes Windows Mobile! Good for you Matt Miller. I know Matt has been an avid fan of the Nokia S60 platform as well as an Apple iPhone owner. When someone with Matt’s experience says he likes something, it bears some weight. Matt’s article is well written and discusses the power and capability of Windows Mobile balanced with Microsoft’s inability to centralize marketing because of the sheer variety of of WM devices on the market.

Take a read, and see why Matt is not ashamed to say he likes Windows Mobile and why I share the same sentiment!

Why I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it

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HTC Weather Servers Down….Here I am thinking it’s my Diamond!

Posted by jngold24 on October 26, 2008

Yesterday I was having difficulty retrieving weather information on my new Touch Diamond. Each time the Diamond would attempt to retrieve the weather, it would come back with an error message that the information could not be retrieved. It was strange since all other forms of internet communications worked fine such as email, browsers, etc. Getting a bit frustrated, I did what any rational Windows Mobile owner does, the dreaded hard reset! Must to my dismay, even after the hard reset the weather information was still problematic. So what’s a distraught HTC owner to do? Go to XDA to find out that the HTC weather servers were down.

It seems everything is back to normal now. However, it is a bit strange that I needed to go to a technical site to even know that there was an issue that was not localized to my device. For an average consumer, they would never have know to go to a site like XDA to find out about the downed servers. There’s got to be a better way of letting the consumer what’s going on in situations like this.

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Google Soft Keyboard….Engadget Mobile is Paying attention

Posted by jngold24 on October 25, 2008

My little rant about the lack of software keyboard in the Google Android OS apparently was brought to light (the topic, not my rant) by Engadget Mobile. According to Engadget, “a rough roadmap posted on the new Android source repository has soft keyboard support penciled in for the the first three months of next year.” Gee, Google, when designing a new mobile OS that works on multiple hardware form factors, don’t you think that a soft keyboard would be pretty important to those devices that actually DIDN’T HAVE A KEYBOARD?!? I can imagine a lot of G1 slider mechanisms, getting a workout each time a text message, email, note, contact, or URL is entered.

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Hey Google…”Where’s the SIP?”

Posted by jngold24 on October 20, 2008

I have read more than my share of reviews for the G1, TMobile’s Google Android phone. In all the reviews, I have yet to see any type of software input keyboard. Given that the G1 has a slide-out keyboard, you may ask why in the world would you need a software keyboard like the Apple iPhone or CooTek’s Touchpal Pro for Windows Mobile? Well, I for one think having to slide out a keyboard for a quick text message, a URL entry in a browser, or just a quick note can be quite the pain-in-the-neck. Even WM Pro devices with keyboards have the ability to use either software or hardware keyboards. Hmmmm….will software keyboards be the domain of 3rd party developers or did Google just plain think that people would want to slide a keyboard out each time? Strange since Google did say that Android would exist on all form factors including keyboard-less slabs.

Did I miss something? Or perhaps the software keyboard is invisible?

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