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  1. brykins added a post in a topic What's new in Android 4.2?   

    Any more technical details on the Photo Sphere thing? iPhone5 has totally upped the game with the panoramic feature compared to anything I've seen on Android, so I hope that the Photo Sphere isn't limited to tiny resolution photos again.

    Wonder if they've fixed IMAP support in the (non Gmail) email application? Can't be THAT Hard to make it sync remote email deletions.
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  2. brykins added a post in a topic Around Windows Mobile 6 in 7 and a half minutes   


    Difficult to say.....mine is a pre-production model kindly given to me by Imate themselves. The form factor is, for me, great. I very rarely use my phone for voice but do a lot of texting and emailing when out and about. The keyboard is really nice and the joystick seems okay to me. The jog dial on the side....I never use it. It's big, but I like big things....and it does feel very solid and well built.

    Software....can't comment too much on as it's very flakey, but I am *sure* that that's because it's such an early version.....it still says WM5 on various screens, though it is very much WM6.

    As far as where to get them.....I work for one of the main distributors of Imate stuff and we have no firm date (yet - as far as I know) of when we'll be shifting them.
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  3. brykins added a post in a topic Windows Live Mobile now, er, live!   


    It seems to be able to sync contacts and email with Live Mail/Hotmail, but not Calendar, which is a shame. Of course - if they made any way of syncing everything (desktop, Hotmail/Live Mail and PDA/Phone) then MS wouldn't be selling Exchange any more ;-)
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  4. brykins added a post in a topic Around Windows Mobile 6 in 7 and a half minutes   


    Got one right here - Imate JAQ4 - was under strict NDA until yesterday. Love the live mobile - instant, push email. As soon as my Hotmail receives the email, it appears on the handheld! Might end up standardising on that email address now, just for that function.
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  5. brykins added a post in a topic FCC Approval: I-Mate K-Jar   


    Lovely looking though - why can't we have some decent looking PDA devices? They all look sooooo dated!
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  6. brykins added a post in a topic O2 XDA mini-S newbie   

    [1] The flashing LED.....don't think it can be turned off. I used to have a Tre600 and someone made a nice little freeware app where you could choose the off/solid/flash/long flash and either red/orange/green colour for almost anything - phone on, signal, messages, voicemail, etc. Don't THINK there's anything similar for WM.

    [2] Check that there's nothing blocking the signal. I work in the rear of my garage, converted into an office. There's foil ined plaster board on one wall, then insulation, then breeze block. I get a signal in the room next door, but nothing after that.....about 10m is my best working distance and that was with a laptop with a PCMCIA card with an external aerial. My experience is that WiFi isn't as great as is claimed.

    [3] Probably about right on the battery life - WiFi and BT will eat into the battery life and it might be worth trying to get used to having the screen one notch dimmer than you think you need.

    [4] Yes - MS left out the backup/restore but Sprite are working on the WM5 version of Sprite Backup. MS also left out the ability sync categories of contacts - bloody annoying. And they made sync'ing take longer. And harder to get working if you happen to have a firewall running. But then MS employees probably all use Palms.

    [5] BT - don't know as I never use it. Wired handsfree works just fine. All other BT stuff is pretty useless until everything starts to work at 100m.

    [6] Don't know about removing the last used....I never use the Start menu now as I have everything I need in tabs under PocketPlus.
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  7. brykins added a post in a topic Microsoft is not doing enuff!   

    Jumping in with my opinion.....I hate it when people trumpet new stuff without making mention of the fact that Smartphones and PDA's have been doing the same thing for ages.

    In the UK we have a TV show....The Gadget Show and although it's generally pretty good, but they rave on about things like the RokR music phone ..... "Now you can have your music and your phone on one device"....duh! I've been doing that now for a couple of years!

    They review portable Archos units and the like and say how remarkable it is to be able to watch movies on the go.....duh! Been doing that for ages now!

    One week they showed how to back up your contacts from your phone....all this malarky about using a sim-reader or Nokia software and NOT ONE MENTION of being able to sync diary and calendar with Outlook on Smartphones.

    MS and the like need to get these things out to the press/media more and then people will start to notice them.
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  8. brykins added a post in a topic Any other "Wizards"?   


    Not sure....but I think I like that one better than the Vario/Mini S. But it's still a bit dated looking - we have great looking devices around now like the Magician, the Universal, the SP5(m), etc - but the Wizard (to me) looks a bit cheap and unrefined.
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  9. brykins added a topic in Wizard - Wizard.MoDaCo.com   

    Any other "Wizards"?
    Anyone know if there are any plans to make any other versions of the Wizard? One that's not so ugly and dated looking? The magician ended up with a couple of looks and different bodies, so just wondered if there was any chance of a "thicker" Magician style Wizard?
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  10. brykins added a post in a topic Replacing the Magician - Is it worth it?   

    I went from an MDA Compact to an MDA Compact II and I am now happy with the speed. It IS slower to start up applications, due to them being in ROM and not RAM, but when started, they seem to run about the same speed as the Compact, maybe 10% slower. Certainly not enough to bother me now.

    WM5 does have it's advantages - not many, but some. Not sure about the persistant storage as I have never yet got anywhere near low enough on the battery to risk losing anything. However, one handed operation is a lot better - being able to open up messaging, check for emails, mark as read, etc, all with one hand.

    The T-Mobile web'n'walk tariffs are great at the moment and you'll get a free MDAcII on the lowest one (100minutes) for £13 per month for twelve months, £28 per month for six months, but including 40MB of data each month. You'll only get that as a new customer though, so maybe port out to a PAYG and then take out a new deal, then port back in if you want to keep your number.

    The Atom....I've read about lots of problems with it - lack of memory being one of them. I don't know the details, but I don't think I'd go for one. The Prophet will be coming soon, but who knows what it'll cost....the MDAcII is a bit of a bargain I think, on the cheapo tariff.
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  11. brykins added a post in a topic Two phones - one can't see others changes   


    Yes - but I forgot to follow up my post (I did on the Papyrus forum, but not here!). I ended up re-installing AS on the desktop and that seems to have sorted it - yet another bit of flakyness from AS!
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  12. brykins added a post in a topic M500 - being used as a phone!   


    Boils down to this: the C600 is a PHONE with PDA functions added. M500 is a PDA with PHONE functions added. If you're going to use it more as a phone (and texting) then the C600 may be better suited to you. If you're going to use it more as a PDA then M500 will be better.

    Not all software will work on both machines - anything that needs a touchscreen isn't going to be useable, even if it installs, on the C600. Prime examples - the M500 is a much better PDA with Pocket Informant, but this won't work on the C600. The C600 is a much better PDA with Papyrus installed, but although this will work on Windows Mobile 5 devices, the M500 is WM2003SE so it won't work. On WM5 devices it doesn't make any use of the touch screen.

    So - they are very different animals and each is suited to a different use. Me - I have the MDAcII (much the same as the M500) for work use, as I use more PDA functions then, and the XDA SP (C500) for personal use as that more phone and texting.
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  13. brykins added a post in a topic New Contract questions   


    I've never tried it, but apparently the easiest way is to buy a Virgin sim and get your pAC code from T-Mobile to transfer the number to the Virgin one. Then when you get a new contract you just get a PAC code from Virgin to transfer the number to the new contract.

    Have you looked into getting the Vario on Web'n'Walk on upgrade? Haggle enough and you may get the same deal as new customers.....
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  14. brykins added a post in a topic So which Pocket PC Phone should I keep?   


    Now we'll ALL feel guilty when you regret the decision next month....if you're like me, you're always regretting decisions, but that's just because I don't like change and getting used to new things and ways of doing things.
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  15. brykins added a topic in Smartphone General Discussion   

    Two phones - one can't see others changes
    I have an MDAcII (WM5) and an O2 XDA SP (WM2003SE) and I run AS4.1

    If I make a new diary entry in Outlook - both phones see it on sync and it get's added.

    If I make a new diary entry in WM5 - Outlook and WM2003SE sees it and adds it.

    If I make a new diary entry in WM2003SE - Outlook sees it but it never gets added into the WM5 phone.

    Anyone heard of this? Any likely cause? I am using Pocket Informant on the WM5 device and Papyrus on the WM2003SE device.....
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