Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

First Look Video – Palm PIXI

Now this reminds me how a Palm phone should have worked. Cheap, doable and……

Source – Mobility Today

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm | , , , | Leave a comment

Video Review – Palm Pre’s Email, Apps and OS

Can’t wait to see the all new Palm Pre? check out this 20 minutes of coverage on the soon to be released Palm Pre’s email, web and OS from phonedog.  Once again Noah from phonedog did a great review on the phone.

Source – phonedog

June 7, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm | , | Leave a comment

Palm Pre Release Set for First Week of June

[Updated: 20 May 2009] Well, it’s official.  6 June is the release date in US and the price tag on the Palm Pre, US$199.99 on a two-year contract with US carrier, after rebates.

[19 May 2009] New York Times on Sunday ran an article indicating that the Palm Pre will be released in US via Sprint on the first week of June.

In an earlier report, xchange mag reported that “The Boy Genius Report Monday night posted a claim that one if its reliable tipsters (as opposed to the unreliable ones!) has told them that Sprint and Palm will take out an ad in the Wall Street Journal May 19. In that ad, they will supposedly announce the release date for the Pre.”  So guess we’ll find out in the next 24 hours.

Source –New York Times, xchange mag

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Smartphone | , , | Leave a comment

Palm OS Emulator for Pre Video

Palm Pre Emulator: Palm OS Running Epocrates and Pandora

Palm Pre New Apps: Pandora, Fandango, Sprint TV, Nascar

The Palm OS emulator for Pre was unveiled last week and phonedog got some nice videos out, watch and enjoy.

Source – phonedog

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , | Leave a comment

Palm Pre Live Demo

Just finished watching the whole 26+ minutes long video on the demo of the Palm Pre out of MWC 2009. Initial thoughts on the Palm Pre is that to me, it’s like a combo of the iPhone with the touch interface happily swapped in with a BlueBerry type keyboard.

Couple things that I found to be very neat are –

  • the mac-alike gestures incorporated into the phone is just absolutely genius (swipe left to go back a page; swipe up to bring up the applications launcher page and to close apps if under the cards view)(4:30)
  • the clean interface under contacts and the synergy effect that hooks up the contact’s info including their social networking profiles such as FaceBook…etc (13:00)
  • the cards interface which resembles the Mac Expose, allowing users to access and switch between multiple applications and the best part of it is allowing users to open new web page as a new card; very clever indeed (10:15)
  • the ability to send weblinks (11:05) on the run
  • the synergies on the calendar function, being able to pull public calendars off Google and integrate them all into your own calendar (16:20) and the ability to filter out different profiles, public calendars
  • instant messaging capabilities within the email application, WOW, this totally blows BlackBerry away (19:25), but limited to Google Talk it seems, hope they can expand on this and add in MSN, Skype and Facebook chat as well
  • smart search which allows you to goolge, wiki basically anything on the fly (22:00)
  • and lastly, the Palm Pre CAN copy and paste (23:45)

Well, the Palm Pre looks really neat and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  My only worry is with the procesor speed, whether it can run smoothly with the multi applications (cards) running all at the same time. Guess we’ll wait and see.

Source – SlashGear, Palm Pre Community

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Faceoff Video – Palm Pre vs iPhone 3G vs Google Android G1

Check out this faceoff video between the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G and Google Android G1 from PhoneDog.  Looks like the Palm Pre do have certain niche factors to it.

Source – PhoneDog

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Google, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Palm, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review – Palm Treo 500v


Photo from the::unwired

[15 October 2007] Not the Palm Centro, although they look very much alike.  Review from the::unwired here. Mind you, this is just an entry-level phone, it lacks WiFi, quadband GSM, triband UMTS and HSDPA but nonetheless, a fun phone given the size.

[Update – 18 August 2008] The imported version of Palm Treo 500v is here finally.  It features Windows Mobile Standard Version 6 and supports 3G. It can be found on the ground level of the Sincere Podium for HK$1,950 (US$250).

August 18, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Review, Smartphone | , , | 2 Comments

Black Palm Centro Out in Hong Kong

Pic from ePrice Hong Kong

If you fancy the black color Centro instead of the white or red, you’re in luck now.  Synergy is now carrying the Black Palm Centro For HK$2,880 (with 1GB microSD).  You can find them on sale at Citicall and other IT shops around town.

Related links – Review – Palm Centro, First Look – The New Palm Centro

Source – ePrice Hong Kong

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm | , | Leave a comment

Video Review – Palm Treo 800w

For those who are fed up with iPhone 3G (guarantee I have more to come); or the ones who are diehard “Palms” fans, this one for you.  A 22 minute review on the Palm Treo 800w, easily the next best choice besides the iPhone 3G, LOL.

Source – MobilitySite

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Review, Video, Windows+Mobile | , , | Leave a comment

Treo 800w Available Soon

A while back we reported that the Treo 800w will be available this July, Palm Treo 800W to be Released in July 2008, well it’s finally coming out in the US with Sprint on 13 July 2008 with a price tag of US$249.99. According to Engadget, spec wise, the Treo 800w is Windows Mobile 6.1 ready and will feature a 333 Mhz processor, 4.4.1 x 2.28 x 0.73-inch dimensions, 320 x 320 pixel screen, weight of 4.94 ounce and 2 mega-pixel camera.

This phone might be the cheap solution for those who prefers Windows Mobile and phone with a keypad to crunch in their text.  Will update on availability in Hong Kong when I hear something.

Pics from Engadget

Source – Engadget

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, PocketPC, Windows+Mobile | , , | Leave a comment

Palm Treo 800W to be Released in July 2008


Pic from Brighthand

Couple mobile/tech sites reported the leaked Sprint smartphone roadmap listing the Treo 800W for possible July release. Specification as reported coincided with the earlier released specs and they are –

  • Windows Mobile 6.0 OS (with possible upgrade to 6.1 when released)
  • 320×320 pixels resolution
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 256MB built-in memory
  • microSD support
  • full qwerty keypad
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, EV-DO Rev
  • A-GPS
  • mini USB
  • a possible quad-band GSM version and a tri-band 3G (HSDPA) version

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm | | Leave a comment

Review – Palm Centro


Photo from Gear Diary

[11 October] Judie Lipsett of Gear Diary have the review on the Palm Centro up. The first part of the review series looks at the Centro’s hardware side and for US$99, this phone sure looks sweet. Not sure when we can expect this one in Hong Kong but as usual, will keep you posted.

Display – 320×320 pixel Transflective color touchscreen,
supports 16-bit color (up to 65K colors)
Radio – Dual-band CDMA2000 EvDO backward compatible
with 1XRTT and IS95
Platform – Palm OS 5.4.9
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Version 1.2
Memory – 64MB available user storage
Camera – 1.3 megapixels with 2x digital zoom and
video capture
Battery – Removable 1150mAh, lithium-ion
3.5 hours talk time, up to 300 hours standby time
Expansion – microSD card (up to 4GB supported)
Connector – Multi-connector
Dimensions – 4.22″ (L) x 2.11″ (W) x 0.73″ (D); 4.2 oz
Colors – Ruby and Onyx
System Requirements – Windows® XP, Windows Vista™, Mac OS X v10.2-10.4

source: Gear Diary

[Updated: 15 October] Another great review on the Palm Centro from engadget, lots of pics on the OS and the form factor, link here.

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Review | , | 1 Comment

First Look – Palm Treo 500


Photo from WMExperts

[11 September] The Treo 500 will run on WM6, and will feature a 240×320 touch screen, 150MB memory on board, UMTS, Micro-SD expansion, a 2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth 2.0.  The M500 will be released in Europe on 12 September. [link]

[Updated: 13 September] via Mobilitysite

Treo 500v Features and Benefits

  • All-in-one smartphone with messaging, email and web
  • Full keyboard for fast and easy typing
  • Automatic delivery of Hotmail/MSN, Yahoo!, and Gmail, email as it arrives
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Internet Explorer Mobile full-featured browser
  • Access to Google Maps and eBay
  • Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment on the go
  • 3G/UMTS network
  • Planner with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and more
  • View Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files
  • Windows Media Player Mobile for music and videos
  • 2.0 megapixel camera captures video too
  • 150MB of memory, expandable with microSD expansion card
  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard software
  • Microsoft Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook email
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Device available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey

September 13, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Palm, Smartphone, Video | Leave a comment

R.I.P. – Palm Foleo



Photo from Gizmodo

This from Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan, “In the course of the past several months, it has become clear that the right path for Palm is to offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design and a single focus for our platform development efforts. To that end, and after careful deliberation, I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration.”

via Gizmodo

September 6, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Palm | Leave a comment