Touch smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard

August 12, 2008

Having just ordered the HTC S710, I discovered that the HTC Touch Pro has been launched for c. £500.  I’d be really interested to hear from anyone who has used one. 

HTC Touch Pro Description

The HTC Touch Pro™ brings together elegant touch screen response with the direct precision of keyboard entry… leaving out nothing to deliver a powerhouse communication tool in a beautiful, compact design.

The 2.8-inch VGA touch screen provides four times the resolution of most smart devices, making email, documents and web pages sharper and easier to work with than ever before.

HTC’s rich, touch-responsive interface, TouchFLO™ 3D, provides a stunningly intuitive way to zip through common tasks like messaging, calendar checks or making calls. Delve a little deeper to find that playing media files, searching for contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to your touch.

The web browser puts the full Internet in the palm of your hand. Websites look just like they do on a PC, and TouchFLO™ 3D makes it easy to pan around and zoom in on exactly the information you’re looking for. If you need a wide screen, simply tilt the Touch Pro sideways and the page switches to landscape view.

Slide out the 5-row QWERTY keyboard to make light work of typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office® documents… perfect for when your day takes a serious turn.

High speed connectivity will keep you in touch with colleagues and contacts wherever you are. Integrated GPS can be used with maps software for a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation experience.

Built-in Wi-Fi and TV-out functionality* mean you can hook up to the local wireless hot spot to surf, then deliver the perfect PowerPoint® presentation without a laptop in sight.

A beautiful angle on business, the HTC Touch Pro introduces effortless presence to enterprise-standard communications.


HTC S710 – a smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard

August 12, 2008

I recently read a review of the HTC S710 smartphone and was so impressed with the features that I have just ordered it via BT.  If you, like me, already have BT Total Broadband (with an old white Hub) you can upgrade to the newer (black) version and have BT Total Broadband Anywhere for just an extra £5 per month.

I decided to pay a one-off payment of £29.99 to upgrade the handset to the HTC S710.

As anyone reading this blog will know, I have been looking for a smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard for ages and ages and ages … for an extra £5 per month, I decided to bite the bullet and buy this one … I’m sure it won’t be perfect … but I think it will do the job I want.


Key features:-

– spring-loaded QWERTY keyboard

– Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard

– WiFi

– Internet Explorer Mobile

– Windows Live Messenger

– Outlook Contacts easily transferrable to the handset

– View / Edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files


I’ll post my own review once I’ve had chance to make full use of the HTC S710 and would love to hear from anyone who already owns one.


Read the full review here

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

February 29, 2008
I am still searching for that “perfect” PDA or Smartphone and am now considering the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 which I was introduced to by Jason Nash at Microsoft’s London offices at the CRM User Group meeting.  Thank you Jason!  It’s due for release “second half of 2008” and I can’t wait to try it.
From Times Online
February 15, 2008

Mobile World Conference – Barcelona – Feb 2008

“Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
Perhaps the real wowser of the week was Sony Ericsson’s new Xperia X1.   This is one covetable device. Housed in an elegant, arc-shaped sliding phone is an interface that really brings the web to the fore. The massive three-inch screen divides into nine panels – some will probably call them widgets – which are arranged at the owner’s discretion. They can either be simple applications, like a calculator, or full web pages – e-mail, YouTube, Google and so on. Unlike many phone menus with icons, however, the Xperia’s panels aren’t just pictures; they’re the full page – in miniature, and they glisten before you, updating in real time. Navigation is via a optical joystick at the side – a bit like a mini mouse pad, with your finger as the mouse – or full touschscreen, like the iPhone. (Though whether it has all the iPhone’s screen wizardry is unclear – we couldn’t play with it.) The partnership with Microsoft – Sony Ericsson’s first – also brings with it the benefit of Windows Mobile, which should make it attractive to the professional market too. Other specs: 3.2-megapixel camera,7.2 megabit per second HSDPA, and ARM’s latest series 11 processor, meaning it will be, well, ultraswift.

Out: second half of the year “

The Internet, Anywhere … Is PocketSurfer2 the answer?

October 11, 2007

Do you need Internet access and a QWERTY keyboard and a decent sized screen?

I have been looking for a PDA or Smartphone for what seems like ages but nothing really ticked all the boxes for me.  I currently make do with a powerful laptop and a nifty, small, Smartphone but I am still in the market for something which will enable me to access the internet which is small enough to easily carry around AND which is big enough to easily type emails.


Have I found the answer in the PocketSurfer2?

In the UK it is currently available via Amazon and will be available from John Lewis from the end of October 2007.  I contacted Datawind for further information who replied:

PocketSurfer2 is a dedicated Internet browser that enables the web surfing experience is seen just as it is at home or work, in its original format, with the original layout and full graphics in seconds.  There is no mobile phone functionality.  The device uses the Orange network. PocketSurfer2’s larger screen delivers an experience similar to that of the desktop through a full VGA-width, 640-pixel, color screen, compared to 320 pixels on most PDA’s and 120 pixels on most wireless phones. A full backlit “QWERTY” thumb keyboard allows for fast data entry, while lithium rechargeable battery keeps the device powered through active usage for up to 5 hours (5 days standby). You can enjoy the internet for surfing any website (BBC, Yahoo, Google, MSN), GPS (location based service) , News, Stocks, Online banking/ Trading, Remote PC access, Maps, IM (Chatting) and do much more which conventional hand held Web Access devices like Blackberry and Treo’s have failed to deliver.

PocketSurfer2 is priced at £179.99 in UK. This incredibly low price includes 20 hours per month usage extended over 1year. Should you need more hours on this unit there is a unlimited usage per month and that would cost £5.99per month. At this price and the access to Mobile Internet anywhere anytime, you are looking at applications which one can never get on any PDA at this price even in near future. Once outside the UK roaming charges do apply. This can be done by calling Customer Services who will be happy to activate you device for roaming. Currently the charge for roaming is £14.99/hours chargeable in one minute increments.”


There is a review in PC Advisor (November 2007 edition) but they were only able to review a pre-release version.  Has anyone used one yet?  If so, I would love to hear from you …