smartphones

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Only Luddites Don't Have Smartphones

    The Unreasonable Stance: Only Luddites Don't Have Smartphones


    It’s Smartphones Now week here at CrunchGear, and as you can tell there’s a lot to know and a lot to gain from them. In fact, you could say with some conviction that anyone who is not using a smartphone at this point is either cheap, foolish, or a completely technophobic luddite. I kind of admire the stand you’re taking, guys, but it’s time to acknowledge that… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Palm OS Phones

    Smartphones Now: Palm OS Phones

    Palm, as a company, should need no introduction. The chameleon of a technology company has changed hands more times than a Hilton’s phone number, and is used just as often, too. The company essentially founded the concept of modern handheld computing back in 1996 with the Pilot 1000, and kept the platform evolving into what it is today, the secret behind the best-selling and popular… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Carriers Roundup

    Smartphones Now: Carriers Roundup

    Smartphones and not-so-smartphones are gaining popularity and the necessity of finding a decent plan is becoming more and more important. Not every carrier is really providing a good price point for first adopters or really, even slightly economically-minded smartphone users. What we’re looking at today is what the Big Four carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) have on offer. Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Get more done with these third-party applications

    Smartphones Now: Get more done with these third-party applications

    The whole idea of smartphones is that they should help to make your life easier. But sometimes it can be a daunting task to figure out which third-party applications are worth the time and money to install and use. These eight great apps are easy to install, easy to use, and should help you be more productive from day to day. Read More

  • Welcome to Smartphones Now 2007

    Welcome to Smartphones Now 2007

    It’s that time of year again… Smartphones Now time! Smartphones Now is our annual discussion of all things smartphones and will detail the ins and outs of a turbulent and exciting year, a year eclipsed by an 800-pound gorilla and witness to some spectacular flame outs. This is a year of transition, a time when Apple redefined the market and Microsoft played catch-up. New interfaces… Read More

  • Sprint will have the Samsung Ace come Q1 '08

    Sprint will have the Samsung Ace come Q1 '08

    Now here’s a dapper-looking smartphone. Looks about as thin as a triscuit, and it’s got a full QWERTY keyboard and a whole lot of other buttons as well. It’s not the most advanced of phones – it’s not 3G, it’s got no real browser, and there’s no touchscreen – but it is a sexy little basic smartphone despite running Windows Mobile 6. If you need… Read More

  • Virtual boarding pass to save time, paper

    Virtual boarding pass to save time, paper

    It’s about time someone came out with something like this. Oh wait, they already have it in Japan, where your entire life can be manipulated via your Hello Kitty “sumartufonu“. In the gadget world, however, anything that makes us more like Japan is a step forward. In any case, this pilot program allows you to skip the annoying paper ticket phase and go straight to the gate… Read More

  • Blackberry 9000's tender insides revealed

    Blackberry 9000's tender insides revealed

    Somebody over at Boy Genius Report has the hook-up. They’ve got the full specs for the new Blackberry 9000, although the one picture they have (also above) looks kind of shady. Anyhow, here’s the lowdown: 420×380 screen, 1GB of memory, a 624MHz Intel processor. It also has the 1-2-3 punch of GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G, none of which are to be found on my phone. Depressing? Hell yes. Read More

  • Verizon's VX6800: A meta-write-up

    Verizon's VX6800: A meta-write-up

    Another day, another hot Windows Mobile-based smartphone made by HTC. This is the sentence where we talk about the QWERTY keyboard. This is where we mention the touchscreen. This is where we talk about the 2-Megapixel camera, the Wi-Fi, and the EV-DO data connection. Now it’s a new paragraph, where we talk about how though the hardware’s neat, we bemoan using Widnows Mobile 6… Read More

  • Firefox for Mobiles gets official; still no official timeframe, though

    Firefox for Mobiles gets official; still no official timeframe, though

    Stuck with Windows Mobile? Opera Mini not cutting it for you? You’re in luck, friend, as development of Mozilla for mobile devices is now official. According to Arne Hess at the Unwired, there’s already a version ready for those nifty Nokia Internet tablets we keep writing about. I haven’t seen it in action, but I’m sure it’s sweet. They’re Linux-based, but… Read More

  • RIM working the mobile touchscreen OS for Blackberry

    RIM working the mobile touchscreen OS for Blackberry

    Research In Motion has been reported as working on a next-generation OS for Blackberry’s mythical 9000 series. They’ve got a pretty fat list of improvements going on for the 9000s, in addition to the usual updates for the standard feature list. For example, they’re abandoning the half-and-half form factor and going with a single big touchscreen to compete directly with the… Read More

  • New version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile

    New version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile

    Good news. Google maps is now available as a standalone, non-java program for Windows Mobile devices. No more midlet business. It’s faster and easier to use than Live Search, in my opinion (although with fewer bells and whistles like movie times, etc.) and features real-time traffic, favorites, GPS locating, map or satellite imagery, contact lookup, and more. It takes up a little under… Read More

  • PDAs of our past, it's been real

    PDAs of our past, it's been real

    Remember PDAs? Those nifty little handheld tablets that let you track appointments and set to-do lists? Yah, we do too, and they seem like an artifact from yesterrday. With the rise of the smartphone, the PDA has become redundant, all of the features you’d want in a PDA are included in the generic smartphone, as well as instant email and Web browsing. The third quarter of this year saw… Read More

  • Glofiish X800 now shipping to channel partners

    Glofiish X800 now shipping to channel partners

    The adorably misspelled Glofiish X800 is making its way around the world as we speak. This is the same phone that caused our very own Peter Ha to say the following; “The spec sheet is quite impressive…” It’s true. He’s right. The device works with 3.5G HSDPA networks, does GPS, and features a 2.8-inch VGA (640×480) display. Remember when you were a kid and… Read More

  • AT&T Motorola Q 9h: Like the Motorola Q only with a 9h

    AT&T Motorola Q 9h: Like the Motorola Q only with a 9h


    AT&T users can now enjoy the majesty of the updated Moto Q in the privacy their bathrooms or cars. The Q 9h, dubbed the “world” edition, is a quad-band 3G phone with a styling in the same vein as the Q 9m. Moto is improving over all and I’d say that this and a few HTC models is one of the better WinMo6 phones out there. Here are a few candid shots and wait for a full… Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow review

    T-Mobile Shadow review

    T-Mobile knows how to work with OEMs. Witness their popular Dash and Sidekick. They create branded experiences, completely change UIs and operating systems, and generally do a good job of making casual messaging easy. So here we have the T-Mobile Shadow, a rebadged HTC Juno with Blackberry Pearl-like predictive keyboard and a unique UI that smooths out Windows Mobile’s rough edges enough… Read More

  • Microsoft's sub-$100 Windows Mobile smartphones

    Microsoft's sub-$100 Windows Mobile smartphones

    So far, one of the things that most smartphones have had in common has been that they’re relatively expensive when they first launch. Microsoft’s trying to buck that trend by releasing some new Windows Mobile-powered smartphones at under $100. Currently, AT&T is selling the 3125 for $49 after $50 rebate and Microsoft has announced that "another phone will go on sale for… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless serves up blitz of smartphones

    Verizon Wireless serves up blitz of smartphones

    Heads up! It’s smartphone day at Verizon Wireless, where the carrier has today launched not one, not two, but four new smartphones today. Read More

  • Firefox on your phone: Moz set to enter mobile browser market

    Firefox on your phone: Moz set to enter mobile browser market

    When it comes to Web browsers, I swear by exactly two: Firefox by Mozilla, and Opera Mini by Opera, the former for my laptop, and the later for my mobiles. All of them. But now I may have to reconsider Opera Mini, on the news that Mozilla is working on a mobile version of Firefox. It’s welcome news, as more browsers means more competition, which then means better browsing experiences… Read More

  • AT&T Tilt is apparently all-business

    AT&T Tilt is apparently all-business

    Today is the day AT&T launches the much-hyped Tilt. The smartphone is better than most Windows Mobile devices simply because it has everything built-in that one could possible want (short of a headhone jack – what!?). While it’s a little sluggish at times, it’s a multi-tasking, event-juggling performer in the slow-and-steady sense. It’s supposed to launch today, but… Read More