We told you earlier this month that the Samsung Propel Pro was coming to AT&T and that it was coming soon. Well, the new smartphone didn’t debut as early as some thought (the week of March 16th), but EngadgetMobile is now reporting that we can expect to see the Propel Pro in mid-April.
The Samsung Propel Pro SGH-i627 is a low-end Windows Mobile Standard smartphone (the Standard means non-touchscreen) with a downward-sliding QWERTY keyboard, 3G data connectivity, onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetoooth 2.0 + EDR, a microSDHC memory card slot and aGPS for turn-by-turn navigation.
When it goes on sale on April 14th, expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 with service agreements and rebates.
Learn more about the Samsung Propel Pro…
Last week we were told Dell had been shopping new smartphones around to the three major wireless carriers in the U.S., at least one device running Windows Mobile and at least one other running Android. We were also told Dell had been brutally rebuffed by each of those carriers who were, shall we say, less than thrilled with what they saw. The blogosphere consensus: no Dell smartphone for you — ever!
But, of course, this is a new week, with a new Dell smartphone rumor; now we are told to hold our collective horses, that the rumors regarding the death of the Dell smartphones at the hands of the carriers was wildly exaggerated, or simply untrue from the jump.
Digitimes is reporting that Dell will, in fact, be shipping its smartphones on time (whatever they are, and whenever “on time” may be) and that Dell CEO Michael Dell confirmed this himself while in Taiwan. Digitimes thinks a Windows Mobile version of the Dellphone is likely to come first, with an Android version to follow.
Two questions: 1) Which version of the Dellphone story is true and 2) do you care?
There was a time when we would have been thrilled to see Dell jump back into the handheld game, a game it played quite well until the decline of the standalone Pocket PC Windows Mobile PDAs. But in tech, things change very quickly, and today the idea of Dell releasing just another Windows Mobile device seems less and less like a great thing and more like a ham-handed attempt at entering a market Dell has repeatedly declined to enter over years of rumors that a Dell-branded smartphone was just around the corner.
If a Dellphone is coming, we hope the computer company has the sense to truly innovate and not just follow the crowd.
Rated as the MacWorld 2008 Best Radio App (for the iPhone), WunderRadio from Jeyo is now available for Windows Mobile 6.x, giving you access to over 36 thousand terrestrial radio stations on your Windows Mobile device.
With WunderRadio, you can use onboard GPS (if your smartphone has it) to locate local radio stations, search for stations, browse genres, browse by locations and even find radio stations around the world.
A full review of WunderRadio for Windows Mobile is coming soon, but for now, we recommend this program to anyone who just doesn’t feel ready to take on the day without music.
Add 8 gigabytes of storage to your Windows Mobile smartphone with the SanDisk 8GB microSDHC flash memory card for only $17 @ Amazon.com. That’s today’s SmartBuy, a new news feature we’re launching today at Pocket PC Central.
Most Windows Mobile 6.x devices are compatible with microSDHC flash memory cards, while older devices are generally not compatible. Check out this page for more information.
See the Flash Memory Card Deals page for more great savings on smartphone storage media.
There have been a few workarounds for the lack of native YouTube support in Windows Mobile for some time, but most require users to either purchase software or to configure free software in mind-bending ways.
But Google’s new YouTube Application for Windows Mobile makes viewing viral video a snap. Just install the free software and you’re good to go. The program takes up about 1.5MB of storage and can update itself when Google releases new versions.
As with all data-intensive applications, be sure that you have an unlimited data plan before you start watching YouTube videos; you can rack up a lot of data usage very quickly with any type of streaming media.
To get the Google YouTube app, visit http://m.youtube.com on your mobile device and select “Download the YouTube Application” option on the page.