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T-Mobile Shadow: Battery problem now a known issue!

Well, one of my recent acquisitions has been T-Mobile's Shadow by HTC. It's been out for a week and I picked one up the day it was released.

If you've been scouring the forums on the net about people's first reports of this device, one of the things that may draw your attention is a number of people mentioning mixed results when it comes to battery life.


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The Mobile Community LIVE 5/14, 5pm PDT @ ComputerOutlook.com

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Hey there - just a reminder to those who may have forgotten that tonight I'll be live on the radio @ Computer Outlook.com for the monthly series dedicated to the Mobile Community.

The Las Vegas radio station is KLAV 1230 AM. The Internet broadcast is located at www.computeroutlook.com and the listening image link is located throughout the web site on the upper left hand corner of the pages. The live show is Internet broadcasted through Windows Media Player.


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Bluetooth headset candidate #6: Plantronics Voyager 510

Plantronics Voyager 510
Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 6 hours
Stand-by - up to 100 hours
Charging time - 3 hours
Weight - approx. 0.5 ounces
Noise cancelling w/WindStop technology

MSRP: $79.99

Around here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the entry-level offering from Plantronics, the Voyager 510, seems to be a very popular choice amongst the mobile-inclined! There are a lot of managers and directors at my workplace who have made it their headset of choice. In addition, from speaking with a lot of the cell phone retailers in my area they can confirm its popularity. and who could blame them knowing the reputation of Plantronics. These facts piquing my curiousity, I decided to add this to the line up for my consideration. Will it pass my test?


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Bluetooth headset candidate #5: LG HBM-730

HBM-730
Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 7 hours
Stand-by - up to 170 hours
Charging time - 2 hours
Weight - 0.3 ounces
Echo cancellation/Noise suppression

MSRP: $79.99

LG's popular Chocolate phone and other candy-bar like stylings with the concealed keyboards are all the rage with teens and young adults alike. Much like established manufacturer Motorola, LG is now making headsets as attractive as their phones (have you seen the LG Prada Bluetooth headset?). The product in question for this quick review is the HBM-730 which comes in a pretty reasonable price in comparison to the competition.


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Bluetooth headset candidate #4: Logitech Mobile Traveller

Mobile Traveller

Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 7 hours
Stand-by - up to 300 hours
Charging time - up to 4 hours
Weight - 0.3 ounces
WindStop noise cancellation

MSRP: $79.99

Logitech's offering is a reasonably priced headset packed with a noise-cancelling capability not usually seen at this level. The Mobile Traveller is actually an improvement/evolution from their previous Mobile Freedom headset (which was reviewed by a fellow contributer of MobileGadgetNews.com Eric "GrYph0n" Jones). It has been reduced in size and boasts improved sound. I'm hoping this could be the one that'll past my convertible test!


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Mobile Community LIVE 4/9 @ ComputerOutlook.com

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Hey there - just a reminder to those who may have forgotten that tonight I'll be live on the radio @ Computer Outlook.com for the monthly series dedicated to the Mobile Community.

The Las Vegas radio station is KLAV 1230 AM. The Internet broadcast is located at www.computeroutlook.com and the listening image link is located throughout the web site on the upper left hand corner of the pages. The live show is Internet broadcasted through Windows Media Player.


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Bluetooth candidate #3: Motorola H700

H700 in silver

Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 6 hours
Stand-by - up to 200 hours
Charging time - less than 1 hour
Weight - 0.2 ounces
Echo and noise cancellation integrated

MSRP: $99.99

Motorola here builds upon the proven success of their earlier HS850 model. The build quality and functionality is similar except the H700 is about 1/3 smaller than its predecessor. Motorola touts the "iconic look and feel" in order to create the sense of style and worldliness that deserves the price point that it comes in at... but is it worth it?


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Bluetooth headset candidate #2: Motorola H500

H500

Specs:
Bluetooth version - 1.2
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 8 hours
Stand-by - up to 200 hours
Charging time - less than 1 hour
Weight - 0.55 ounces

MSRP: $69.99

Motorola is a well-known brand, releasing several stylish headsets to compliment their equally as stylish line of phones. The H500 prices itself into the midrange of the selection of available competng headsets out there.


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Bluetooth headset candidate #1: Jabra BT125

Jabra BT-125
Specs:
Bluetooth version - 2.0
Range - 33 ft.
Talk time - up tp 8 hours
Stand-by - up to 170 hours
Charging time - approx. 2 hrs.
Weight - less than 0.5 ounce

MSRP: $39.99

This headset has quite a lot going for it: 1. can be purchased at a very attractive pricepoint for those first venturing into their first Bluetooth investment; 2. extremely lightweight; 3. great battery life; 3. reduced delay due in part by the new 2.0 spec (which is rare to find at this value), 4. comes from a very reputable company with an established trackrecord known for their headsets.


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Bluetooth Headsets

One of the most considered add-ons to your Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone (or any wireless phone for that matter) is a Bluetooth Headset. There are a multitude of reasons to justify the purchasing of one. A few of them are:

- If you have a Pocket PC Phone, you certainly aren't too inclined to to hold a bulky phone (AKA: brick) up to your ear.
- Regardless of platform, you need to use a hands-free device to drive safely or multi-task.
- Sometimes your device of choice just doesn't quite cut it in terms of voice quality, so you hope that you can get a better experience through a headset.

Living in California, using a hands-free device while driving is now law. I'm not a big fan of having to use the phone while driving, but as of late, I have had the need to converse on my commutes to and from work quite a bit and not to use a headset was not a viable option for me as well as for the sake for highway safety.


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Are you in the SF Bay Area looking for a user group?

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Hey to all you users out in my neck of the woods (the San Francisco Bay Area)! I'm about to start ramping up our usergroup meetings this year and now is as good a time as any to get involved! I'm looking for a Co-Chair to help me manage our upcoming group.


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My inital take on the iPhone: Possible Sidekick killer, not WM...yet

I want to preface that fellow expert, Werner Ruotsalainen, put up a great starting post on his blog today, 1/10/07, you might want to check out...

iPhone

After getting things to settle down in my mind about the iPhone, I have this take on it:

The success of this device is inevitable...for the consumer market.

I can't see this really doing well to cross into enterprise because of what Michael Gartenberg has already said about the iPhone:

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It's not extensible by third parties, only Apple. The means at the moment no RSS readers, no Slingplayers"; and "There is no support for Microsoft Office attachments."

What really gets me is that Steve Jobs said (and as it says on Apple's site) is that the iPhone is running OS X, yet it's abilities are limited - that is both good and bad. Gartenberg has already said the bad. The good is that Apple's limiting the focus of the device's capabilities so that they can do it well. This has worked for the iPod and what it has evolved into. This has also worked for the evolution of RIM's Blackberry and for Danger's Sidekick. RIM has an enterprise audience that it caters to and Danger has the consumer audience. Therefore, I really believe the iPhone is the Sidekick killer (I believe Sidekick may still have it beat via text-entry and controls though). Everything they've mentioned meets and surpasses everything the Sidekick does. Can you see Paris and Snoop with iPhones now!


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WM 5.0: PPC Edition, Smartphone Edition...Smartphone Pro Edition?

One of the questions I am asked more often is, "What is the difference between a (Windows Mobile) Smartphone and a (Windows Mobile) Pocket PC Phone Edition?"

The simple answer is that the Smartphone version is a phone first and a PDA second. If you are one who handles business or everyday tasks that is more voice-centric than data, don't have the need to manipulate or create data with a touchscreen then this is the platform you'll want to steer yourself towards. Typically the Smartphone has smaller screens and controls designed for easy one-handed access to all your data just as you with by using standard phone functions.

Pocket PC Phones are PDAs first and phones second - ideal for those who'd rather communicate heavily via data services, and working with the fully functional Office Mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Traditional Pocket PC Phone Editions:

If you want more functionality out of your device there are many 3rd party software offerings designed to extend the functionality of your device for each platform. Keep in mind though, that one copy of an application doesn't mean it would work for both - in other words, if you buy an application for a Pocket PC running Windows Mobile 5.0, it doesn't mean that it will also run on a Smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0. You will need to contact the vendor of that program if there is a version compatible for the other platform available for purchase.

Which now comes to mind: What category do the Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash (aka: HTC Excalibur), and the Samsung BlackJack fall under?


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Trick (Part 3) - HTC Wizard Extreme Makeover!

Alright, you've waited long enough and here's my device with a completely new look!

Wizardbuttons

Wizardback

- pretty slick!

Now mind you, obviously the designs you've seen in this series and on Dr.


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My next trick (Part 2); HTC Wizard - Extreme Makeover!

Okay, so the customizing bug bit me, and my most often used device (HTC Wizard, AKA: T-Mobile MDA/i-mate K-JAM) needed a good look too, seeing that it has survived some pretty decent drops, , some of the plastic on the sides were showing some wear...so I sent it to Dr. Kei and I let him have at it!


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Okay, and now for my next trick (Part 1): A pimped out HTC Universal!

Okay so this last Monday, 11/13 on Computer Outlook I, along with fellow MS-MVP and Board of Expert member Chris De Herrera were discussing with John Iasiuolo and Rob Winchell the latest accessories you may want to outfit your mobile device with.


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Do you participate in a User Group?

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Participating in a User Group may be one of the most rewarding if not more fun things you can do with your treasured must-have device. One can learn so much about their device through online forums all over the net, but it is another thing to be able to learn about these technologies in person with a live human being!

Last night, I held my November meeting, and we went over the newest devices that had been released since our September meeting.


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I'm here!

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Hello to all of you who know me from my usergroup: Mobile Computing SIG of Northern California), Mobile Gadget News , Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show's "The Mobile Community Series" , as well as the many other enthusiast sites and newsgroups where you may have seen me post under the moniker "reydiodj."

My name is Rey Flores and I am curre


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