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Finally, a (somewhat) fair comparison of Windows Mobile vs. Blackberry

Posted by Program Manager on June 8, 2006

Well, the research is Microsoft hosted and funded, so of course it is somewhat biased, but it is not a rediculous endorsement of Windows Mobile.What I'm really hoping for is that the Motorola Q (Link) will help bring Windows Mobile to the general mindset as a real competitor to Blackberry.

Personally, I've used three different smartphone platforms, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian (Nokia, Sony Ericsson), and my personal preference is the Windows Mobile platform. The reasons for me are fairly straightfoward: Multi-tasking, familiar Windows interface, easy synchronization with Microsoft Exchange, 0 incremental cost for my IT organization to support real time device mail push, and the ability to develop my own applications. Yes, I know I could develop for Symbian or Blackberry, but I am skilled and comfortable with the Microsoft dev platform, and it is virtually no effort to write for the WM platform.

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Dopod S300 / Qtek 8500 Mini-Review

Posted by Program Manager on June 8, 2006

This post has been moved to my new blog address: Link

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Wow, this is really cool – Stream Sirius to your phone

Posted by Program Manager on June 6, 2006

Listen to Sirius on your Windows Mobile phone. I’ve used this and it is very handy.

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New Cell Phone – Qtek 8500 / Dopod S300

Posted by Program Manager on June 6, 2006

I also have a personal hobby obsession with cell phones. From time to time, I'll post a quick piece about something cool I've found, or a new phone that I think more people should know about.

Well, I just got a new phone, the Qtek 8500 (Details). Let me just say, this phone is AWESOME! It is about the size of a RAZR (Details), but it runs Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone. This OS lets me get my email in real time, like a blackberry, keeps my calendar and contacts sync'd with my Outlook, and with a 1GB memory card makes a very convenient MP3 player. I'll be posting a mini-review a little later.

Here is a quick history of my phones, for a frame of reference:

  • I-Mate KJAM (Details)
  • I-Mate JASJAR (Details)
  • Motorola RAZR (Details)
  • I-Mate SP3 (Details)
  • I've had a bunch of other phones, but they are older at this point and not much fun to talk about

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