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At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as well. The Venue Pro has the same 4.1" AMOLED display (800 x 480 resolution), 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and no extra microSD card slot -- an unfortunate staple of numerous WP7 devices. However, the Venue Pro is 2mm thicker than the Venue, thanks to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. There's a virtual keyboard for those who'd rather not use the physical buttons, but having a keyboard could be a major selling point for those who may be interested... Read more...
Not too long ago, we took a look at Dell's Venue smartphone. A slate-styled phone with Android 2.2 along with the company's own Stage UI. But it's arguable that the Venue is the quiet brother compared to the boisterous Venue Pro. Those who closely follow the smartphone space will likely remember Dell's early ambitions, and while the Aero never posed much of a threat to any other Android phone, the Venue Pro -- once known as the Lightning -- always seemed like a formidable competitor.  At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as... Read more...
Of the six smart phones on the market that run Microsoft's latest phone OS, Windows Phone 7, HTC designed and manufactures three of them. It's latest, and most expensive, is Sprint's first-and currently only-WP7 option, the HTC Arrive and it arrived at Sprint just last month. Meanwhile, prices on WP7 phones from AT&T and T-Mobile have recently been drastically reduced. (You don't have to pay more than $100 for the other HTC phones or the Dell Venue Pro, and can pick up a Samsung Focus or LG Quantum for as little as $49). Yet, Sprint still wants $199 for the HTC Arrive and that's with a two-year... Read more...
We never really assumed that this wasn't a done-deal, but now it's truly a done-deal. There's no turning back for Nokia, who has just revealed a "definitive agreement" with Microsoft to utilize their Windows Phone 7 operation system on smartphones. The deal is likely being announced to give consumers and analysts alike a bit of heads-up when it comes to progress. Many have wondered exactly how long it would take Nokia to effectively integrate WP7 into their wares, and it looks like the partnership is humming along ahead of schedule. There's reportedly been "significant progress" on incorporation,... Read more...
Ouch! Bad news from Nokia this week, with the company's smartphone share falling to 26% in the latest report. That's a shocking fall. Not too many years ago, Nokia's share overall was pushing 50%, and now, their overall share has slipped to beneath 30%. We had all ideas that things would be tough for Nokia in the short-term after their switch to Windows Phone 7, but this is just brutal. That said, Nokia's Q1 earnings showed better-than-expected profits, but again, when your marketshare slips below 30% for the first time in a decade, that doesn't bode well for the future... Or does it? Nokia has... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 devices haven't hit the sales targets Microsoft hoped for when it launched the OS late last year. The users that have purchased WP7 smartphones, meanwhile, don't seem all that happy at the rate MS has rolled out new features thus far. Microsoft recently published a video interview with Joe Belfiore, the general manager of WP7, but has had to sharply change its tack after consumer response to the light-hearted fluff interview was vitriolic. WP7 owners are upset over the fact that the much-desired 'copy-and-paste' or NoDo update, which was supposedly released several weeks ago for... Read more...
T-Mobile received one of their first Windows Phone 7 phones with the HD7, and now a similar phone is coming to AT&T. AT&T has been a bit slow to adopt phones with WP7 and Android, but things are changing quickly now that Verizon Wireless has the iPhone as well. The company today announced that the HD7S smartphone would be coming to AT&T, bringing yet another major WP7 option to the carrier. It's a pretty big phone, offering a 4.3" LCD display, integration with Xbox Live/Zune, Dolby Mobile/SRS Wow audio, a 1GHz processor, 720p video camera, and a preloaded version of the U-verse Mobile... Read more...
Fancy a Windows Phone 7 device? Unless you're jonesing for a new smartphone right this minute, you may want to hang tight for a few. Nokia's chief executive, Stephen Elop, made some comments recently that suggest WP7 devices are going to come down in price, and soon. In negotiating a deal with Microsoft to carry WP7 smartphones, Elop said a key topic was whether or not Nokia could reach "a very low price point," and those talks apparently went well. "We have become convinced that we can do that very quickly," Elop is quoted as saying by Reuters. Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker by... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface has been an interesting technology platform ever since the company launched it back in 2007. The original Surface was built around a 30" LCD, ran at a resolution of 1024x768, could respond to up to 52 touches simultaneously, and was based on a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2GB of DDR2-1066. Despite these impressive statistics, the unit's high price ($12,500 and niche market status limited its practical deployment. Now, that may be about to change. At CES last weekend, Microsoft unveiled an impressively updated Surface Surface 2.0 is built around Samsung's SUR 40" LCD... Read more...
Tablets and mobile devices are central to Microsoft's plans for CES 2011. In addition to its demo of an early Windows 8 build running on ARM CPUs, the software giant will be demonstrating a number of tablets running Windows 7. If this sounds familiar it's because Microsoft did much the same thing last year—but very little came of the company's push a year ago. Analysts expect the slate/tablet market to explode over the next few years and Redmond wants a piece of the action. It's less than-clear, however, if the tablet version of Windows 7 is capable of standing up to the competition. Spend... Read more...
Well, at least Microsoft has spoken. They haven't said an awful lot that we didn't already expect, but it's something. Despite the fact that Windows Phone 7 went on sale to consumers weeks ago, Microsoft has yet to come forward with any near-term sales figures. Contrary to that, they were quick to point out 2.5 million Kinect sales in just 25 days, so there's definitely a double standard of sorts going on. Analysts were wondering what the holdup was, and just before Christmas, Microsoft has come forward to silence some of that talk. Achim Berg, Microsoft’s vice president of business and marketing... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 devices support additional storage via MicroSD but making use of that capability has become problematic. Users who attempt to re-use MicroSD cards they purchased for older phones are in for a nasty surprise. Insert a legacy MicroSD into a Samsung Focus, and the device may crash, slow considerably, or suffer data corruption. Worse, there's no going back—an incompatible SD card that's been plugged into a non-compatible handset can no longer be used the original reader. According to Microsoft, SD cards should only be inserted by the carrier and only certain specific SD cards... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 just launched in America this month, and already the app store is growing in impressive fashion. All of the regular apps are already onboard, but now a few "killer apps" are beginning to take shape. U-verse and Microsoft have retained a close relationship over the years, with Xbox integration already being a reality. But now, Windows Phone 7 users will have U-verse integration as well, with U-verse TV subscribers able to download and watch TV shows on their phone for free during a mobile holiday trial. AT&T U-verse Mobile for WP7 should come pre-loaded on any future devices... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 devices began to hit retail stores in America this week, and we suspect that the flood of applications will follow shortly. Just as the Apple App Store and Android Market blossomed shortly after phones began to fall into the hands of end-users, the Windows Phone 7 app store should also begin to grow in due time. But there's one flagship app that you won't have to wait for: Loopt. This is a hugely popular social networking/location-based app on other mobile platforms, and now the company is announcing that the Loopt app will also be available for Windows Phone 7. Even better, this... Read more...
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