Here is the second part of Kristin Werning’s review of Resco Contact Manager. Those of you who missed the first part can find it here
RCM features a dialer skin that replaces the default dialer. It has large buttons and displays your last dialed calls, much like the default dialer. There is an SMS button next to the number buttons, which when pressed allows you to instantly compose an SMS to the highlighted phone number.
Threaded Text Resco Contact Manager v2 review, 2/2

You can also save numbers in your call history to your contacts. There is also an option to have RCM replace the standard caller ID with a custom full screen caller ID with slide-to-answer. This feature can be disabled in the settings menu, but if you want full screen caller ID, here you go.

RCM replaces the standard Outlook text messaging app with a much smoother, more intuitive interface. Anyone Windows Mobile user who texts a lot has most likely grown frustrated with Outlook at some point, so it’s really nice to have RCM ‘fix’ text messaging. Usage is much the same as Outlook, but faster, smarter, & easier on the eyes.
SMS Inbox Resco Contact Manager v2 review, 2/2

You can view messaging statistics, place calls, and export your messages in CSV or XML format. Very neat. I can think of at least 3 times in the past where I could have really used this function so it’s a wonderful feature to have. Texts can be displayed either individually or threaded.

This review looked at the 2nd edition of Resco Contact Manager, on a Touch Pro 2 running MightyRom. It takes approximately 3mb of memory. It will not run from a storage card, as far as I know. I attempted to install it to my card, but got a message urging me to install to main memory.

I’m sure I’m probably missing some things, but that should show you just how many features this program really has! It is easily the most powerful & complete contact manager available, in this reviewers opinion. One more neat feature- it’s skinnable. Though I was not able to find any skins online, there is a black one provided with the program, and I believe I read somewhere that there will eventually be a skin editor. I did not encounter any lockups or crashes while using this program, you can tell Resco spent a lot of time polishing it to perfection. The only minor glitch i did notice was that sometimes the bluetooth/wifi controls on the today plugin did not always work right. I had to manually go into the bluetooth settings to change my visibility one time, and another time my wifi remained on after I set it to off via the plugin.

I am a touch cookie to impress when it comes to Windows Mobile apps. I have high standards & very little tolerance for glitches or shoddy programs, and I am really impressed with this Resco Contact Manager. You do not have to be a businessman to find it useful either, it’s good for both business users and casual users who just want a more intuitive interface. I highly recommend it.

Resco Contact Manager(hereafter abbreviated to RCM) is a very robust, thorough program, so this will be a relatively thorough review. It has so many features it is almost overwhelming at first, but once you spend a little time playing around with it, you learn how it works rather quickly. Everything is pretty self-explanatory, and there are no confusing or hidden menus or useless options you will never use.

RCM replaces the default Windows Mobile contacts app, AKA Outlook. It replaces it with a visually pleasing, finger-friendly interface that scrolls like butter with a mere flick of the finger. When you open the contacts, you have buttons at the bottom of the screen for favorites, contacts, history, SMS, and keypad.
Contacts Resco Contact Manager v2 review, 1/2

Tap & hold on a contact and you get a nice little popup with options to Call the person, send them an SMS, send the contact via bluetooth, SMS, MMS vCard, or email, edit the contact, delete it, or link the contact to your Facebook account.
Tap & Hold Resco Contact Manager v2 review, 1/2

If you choose to link it to your Facebook account, it takes you to a login screen where you enter your email & password, and there is an option to remember your password which I found pretty neat.
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Unfortunately, I rarely use Facebook and have long since forgotten my password, so I was not able to test the performance of the facebook integration. I would prefer Myspace integration as well, hopefully that will be added in future releases .You can completely manage your contacts with this program- add & edit contacts, add/delete photos, even take new contact pistures on the fly & add them instantly. In a nutshell- LOTS of options!

RCM features a today plugin that has all sorts of functions. It is actually my favorite feature of the whole program. It displays the time, your alarms, contacts(faves, SMS, call history, and Email), connectivity(Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular radio), sound profiles, and a lock button which initiates the default phone lock. It has a transparent background, which is nice if you use custom wallpapers on your today screen like I do.
Today plugin Resco Contact Manager v2 review, 1/2

When you switch to landscape the plugin reorients itself instantly, no lagging that I noticed. The sound profile option is really cool, you can completely control your sounds from the today screen. It even allows you to select your ringtone on the custom profile tab. My favorite thing about the today plugin- the buttons are customizable. Tap & hold and you get a popup menu that allows you to delete and add shortcuts. It allows you to add individual contacts, connectivity icons, the keylock button, applications, or documents. You can have up to five rows of stuff in this plugin. Very cool! I use HTC Home as a program launcher normally & this is able to completely replace it. Note- this plugin will not display if you are using TouchFlo 3D.

Tune in soon for Part 2!

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile has traditionally been an enterprise user’s darling – features like its domain integration made the product extremely easy to manage. However, not all is good: the IMAP client is not exactly useful. Can FlexMail stack up?

WebIS’s flagship product is centered across two views – one of the two is the folder list. It shows all ‘accounts’ on the handset:
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Clicking on a folder lets you look at the emails. A Outlook-style preview panel is available for easy viewing:
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When opening an email, the sender data is not shown immediately – you have to scroll up for the full scoop:
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FlexMail might not be too flexible when it comes to formatting outgoing email. However, it allows for a variety of quoting styles and can even manage and request (!!!) read receipts:
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Background downloading of emails is a non-issue. The program presents itself pretty chatty and makes extensive use of notifications:
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Power users will be delighted to hear about the multi-window capabilities of the program. They allow you to edit one email and look at another one ‘at the same time’.

Version 4.1 added threaded SMS support:
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While this is not bad on its own, it blocks access to the default SMS/MMS tool via the start menu:
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For future versions, webIS must definitely overhaul the contact management – if I enter an email address once, I want it cached…even if it isn’t in the address book. Furthermore, the program still crashes from time to time (approx 1 in 1000 emails, device restart required) – this is unavoidable for a HTML renderer, but should be minimized.

This review looked at version 4.10 of FlexMail on an XPERIA X1 running its stock version of Windows Mobile. Memory usage starts out at 5MB, and then depends on the number and size of emails downloaded. Running FlexMail from a memory card is possible, even though RAM installs tend to deliver more speed.

In the end, my delay at writing this review can and should be the best possible endorsement for the program. It has managed my email without one outage for the last year – if you own an IMAP server, throw the 10$ on the table NOW. You would be stupid not to…

If your Windows Mobile-phone is web-enabled, then this program is a must-have. Depending on your mobile-phone carrier and contract, browsing can be very expensive – all the more if you have no idea, how many data has been transferred.
An example: with my phone carrier, 1 MB costs 0,24€. Now if you’re a Youtube enthusiast and watch ~10 videos (one around 10 MB) in a week, you would have to pay 24€ only for internet!
Spb Wireless Monitor helps to keep your expenses low by counting the internet traffic and notifying when you reached a previous set limit. Let’s take a closer look:

 Spb Wireless Monitor   Review

After starting up the program, you will see this screen with the most important functions. Open up the first function and you will see statistics about the internet usage. The program differentiates between the different types of internet connections: USB, WiFi, the data plan of your mobile carrier or other connections available. After choosing the type of connection, Spb Wireless Monitor displays which program used how much web traffic over this particular connection. These statistics can be displayed as a detailed list or as a diagram – a very clear way to present them.

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In addition, you can limit the time range of the data which should be displayed, for example the program can display only the transferred data volume of the last month. This is very useful, if you’ve a one-month volume flat. If you’ve previously entered the rate, Spb Wireless Monitor even shows how much you had to pay for your web trip.
Another nice feature are the notifications. The user can create as many notifications as he wishes. Spb Wireless Monitor can notify the user, if a determined volume or a determined cost-limit was reached. An example for a possible notification:

Notify me, if the daily volume exceeds 20 MB over the connection 3G Internet

 Spb Wireless Monitor   Review

If this notification is active, the program displays a pop up message, if you used your mobile 3G internet connection and downloaded 20 MB of data, or watched some videos on Youtube which were 20 MB big in total, or if you just browsed web pages…

For those who like to have an overview over their expenses on the desktop computer, the export function might be a handy feature. The user can chose the connection, and the time range of the data which should be exported, then with a tap on the ‘Export’-button, the chosen data will be saved to a file. Supported output file formats are HTML and comma seperated values (CSV).

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The last option in the main menu calls up the configuration dialog of the Spb Wireless Monitor today screen plugin. By default, data of all available connections are shown on the today screen. In this configuration dialog, the different connections can be hidden or shown.

Conclusion

If you use your phone for mobile surfing, you should use this program – only then you have a clean and precise overview over your expenses and which program caused them.

Opera Mobile 9.7 is considered a magic box by many: features like 3D-accelerated scrolling, a powerful proxy in the backend and a variety of other options should theoretically give all other devices a run for their money. But can it really stack up?

Installing the program takes a few minutes – in case you already had Opera on your box, you will then find a total of two icons:
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The new browser has a different start-up animation:
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And furthermore has a different theme:
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A zoom slider is finally available for comfortable zooming: the dreaded grey checkerboard now pops up a lot less:
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Unfortunately, the rendering engine still has some eekers which were not present in 9.5 – the image below shows our sister site TamsPalm:
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Surprisingly, Opera Mobile 9.5 gets it done without any eekers:
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The status bar at the bottom is now a lot wider, which wastes screen real estate:
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Closing tabs can no longer be done via a button at the top – it now requires two clicks:
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Opera Mobile 9.7 furthermore does away with the highly annoying XML errors (ridiculed here) – which means that web sites like The Daily WTF can now be accessed easily…

In the end, the browser feels a lot faster than its predecessor…but can not stack up fully due to its horrible handling and rendering engine eekers. If Opera manages to get the rendering back in line, this could well be their next bestseller…

P.S. Stay tuned – SunSpider benchmark test reports follow shortly…

Windows Mobile phones have evolved out of the PocketPC/Windows CE platform – a platform notable for its contact management power and multimedia handhelds. Phone support was an afterthought added in 2002…and even though the UI has improved a lot since then, it still lacks at least some of the polish inherent in other platforms. Resco’s Contact Manager wants to fix this – but can it stack up?

RCM consists of multiple modules which are integrated into a folder of the programs folder:
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The program furthermore attaches itself to the ‘start call’ key of your handset. While the screen may look a bit overwhelming at first glance, it is extremely useful – you can enter both numbers and contacts easily (in a T9esque fashion):
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BTW: the little SMS icon allows you to SMS a contact directly…

RCM displays detailed statistics for each contact – you can easily find out whom you called when and how long you talked:
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Resco Contact Manager furthermore acts as a threaded SMS viewer:
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The real strength of RCM is its ability to handle contacts with associated photos. Once a photo is associated with a contact, the product displays it whenever the contact is referenced:
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Unfortunately, the folks at Resco’s could not resist the urge to create a today plugin. It uses an obscene amount of space and IMHO offers little value, as it can not be configured:
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This review looked at version 1.10 of Resco Contact Manager on a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. RCM needs 1917KB of memory and can be installed onto an external memory card.

In the end, Resco Contact Manager can likely save you quite a few clicks. If the boys at Resco’s would add a graphical contact chooser like the one found in UltimatePhone for Palm OS and add a few small tweaks(like displaying the currently active network), RCM would be a total must have. As it stands now, the price of 25$ is too steep…but keeping an eye on it is a great idea…

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While RSS is almost universally loathed by blog operators (RSS readers dont display sponsor ads,…), users can save a lot of time with them when it comes to reading multiple blogs at once. This has always been an application for handhelds (anyone remember Plucker?) – but lets see which of the RSS readers for Windows Mobile is best?

Our first contender is SPB’s Insight. The product displays a settings wizard while being installed, and contains a today plug-in:
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Channels can be added to Insight easily. SPB has chosen to store the list of feeds online: while this requires you to download a catalog every time you wish to use the built-in list, it also makes sure that all channels advertised actually exist:
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Once your channels are in the list, updating them is easy:
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Feeds can even be displayed while being updated – SPB apparently dislikes waiting as much as I do:
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The rendering quality of the product is good (read: Pocket IE). To cut a long story short: all my test feeds rendered well, embedded images were displayed.
4a RSS readers for Windows Mobile, part 1: SPB Insight

This review looked at version of SPB Insight on an XPERIA X1. The product needs 2276KB of memory and can be installed onto an external memory card.

In the end, SPB Insight is a good reader with a lethal flaw: it does not allow you to bookmark articles for later processing. If you can live with this omission, take the trial of this program for a spin. If not, stay tuned for the next program!

Every Windows Mobile smartphone has Pocket Internet Explorer with basic browsing capabilities. This is not enough for many users, so they buy Opera Mobile. Additionaly, there is Opera Mini, NetFront and some others. But this year, several developers started writing an own browser for Windows Mobile. While Wake3 and Torch Mobile use the WebKit engine, the SkyFire developers decided to take Gecko, the Firefox engine, which is well-known to use a lot of memory and thus only plays an important role on desktop computers or the new UMPCs / MIDs.

Torch Mobile – Iris Browser

Iris Browser is like a small Safari, which also has the WebKit engine. At the moment, it is only a public beta. I tried version 1.0.9 some months ago, which was not very stable. However, it could handle all pages I opened and was not too slow. There is no Flash support, but it is compatible to plugin files which use the Netscape API and the homepage of the developer mentions a Flash plugin.

This morning, the updating service installed version 1.0.13. It didn’t crash, but on one big site, the phone didn’t react for about one minute. After that, it worked again. But I have to mention that the phone’s memory was almost full, so this may have caused the problem.

My opinion: Interesting browser with nice features (Tabbed Browsing, graphical effects, zooming), but not stable enough yet. If there is a plugin which can show Flash animations (or other plugins), the developer should write a manual how to install them. So, if you want a good browser, give it a try, perhaps it runs better on your phone.

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Skyfire

Skyfire’s technology can be compared to Opera Mini. It also uses a proxy server which does the job of the rendering engine. It shows the “image” which has been rendered on a Windows XP server with Firefox 2.0. This way makes the use of the Gecko engine possible, which – in my opinion – renders some sites a bit clearer than WebKit. One negative aspect of this technology is that you cannot access intranet sites, another one is, that many people are worried about their data protection. But on the other side, you will probably find no site you the browser has problems with. Flash 9, QuickTime and Java belong to supported contents.

Unfortunately, Skyfire is still a beta version in a closed testing program and, according to their homepage, only availible for users with a smartphone in the US.

The user agent string is

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1, en-US; rv: 1.8.1.16) Gecko/2007112718 Firefox/2.0.0.16

My opinion: The basic features of the recent version work correctly and stable on my phone. I can also access YouTube and watch videos (with sound). This browser might be one of the best Windows Mobile browsers should be released to the public – if you are interested, you should sign up for the next beta program.

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The beta process of Opera Mobile 9.5 can adequatly be described as a confusing failure. Worried users, delays, leaks, bugs: it was all here. However, the first public beta dropped a few days ago – what does it really change?

While starting up, the program displays a simplicistic yet cool splash screen. People familiar with Apple’s devices will immediately see whose design Opera (foolishly) attempts to copy.
0a Opera Mobile 9.5   whats new

The program wastes loads of screen real estate when displaying the toolbar:
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The toolbars are sometimes hidden automatically:
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When entering an URL, suggestions are offered in a Firefox-like fashion. Opera Mobile traditionally had excellent URL prediction – the latest version offers more information, but can display less URL’s at any given time:
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Zooming in onto a web site is extremely difficult – each click increases the font size by less than half a millimetre:
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Alternatively, some sort of magic tapping gesture can be used for zooming in. I personally wasn’t too happy about it:
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Of course, tabbed browsing is available:
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This review looked at a beta version of Opera Mobile 9.5 on a hp ipaq rx4240. The program needs 8689KB of memory and can be run from an external memory card. Stability- and speed-wise, the program performed well in my short test and can be downloaded here.

In the end, Opera Mobile 9.5 radically changes the program’s UI…but not neccessarily to the better. The iPod touch’s UI is made possible via a special combination of user expectations, hardware and software, and performs ideally only where thise assumptions exist. Emulating it on other platforms IMHO makes little sense…I’d prefer the old (S60) UI to be honest as it is a lot less annoying.

The first part of Sebastian Sell’s review looked at the Opera Mobile browser in general. Part 2 focuses on tabbed browsing and resource consumption – read on to find out how much memory you will need for comfortable tabbed browsing!

tabbed browsing
Tabbed browsing is one of the main reasons, why you will prefer Opera Mobile. It’s possible to have several pages opened at the same time, to toggle between them just tap onto the title of the tab you want to open.
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Also, I thought the resource consumption with more tabs opened would be interesting. Read the details in “Opera resource consumption”.

Opera settings
The settings of Opera Mobile can be found under Menu –> Tools –> Settings. In the first tap “General” it is possible to change the home page which should load up every time the browser is started. The “Identify as” option can be set to “Desktop computer” or “Handheld device”. To see the difference, try to visit “www.pdassi.de” in “Handheld device” mode first, then in “Desktop computer” mode. In the first case, the version which is optimized for mobile devices will be displayed, in the second you get the default, for desktop computer optimized page.

Opera comes with a build-in pop-up blocker, which can be either enabled or disabled in the settings. To clear the browsing history, cookies or cache, just navigate to the “History”-tab in the settings and hit the desired button. The cache size can be set here too, by default, it’s 8000 KB. The security protocols (SSL2, SSL3, TLS1) can be disabled in the “Security”-tab, they are by default enabled (recommended).

In the misc. settings tab, JavaScript, Plug-Ins, animations and cookies can be disabled. If Opera should be your default browser for opening web pages, just check the “Set Opera as default browser” checkbox if it isn’t already. Grab and scroll can either be enabled here or on any page, through the context menu (long tap onto the web site).

Opera resource consumption
I measured the RAM consumption with DinarSofts MemMaid:

program memory consumption in kb notes
Pocket Internet Explorer 321.76 kb one page opened (default PIE start page)
Opera Mobile 8.65 135.90 kb one page opened (default Opera start page)
Opera Mobile 8.65 2×287.85 kb = 575.70 kb two tabs opened (default Opera start page and Google)
program time to load www.pocketland.de internet connection type
Pocket Internet Explorer 15.33 sec. ActiveSync
Opera Mobile 8.65 12.42 sec. ActiveSync
Pocket Internet Explorer 09.57 sec. Wireless LAN, signal quality: best
Opera Mobile 8.65 10.50 sec. Wireless LAN, signal quality: best

note: this test was done with DSL 2000 KBit/s and the following settings: PIE: One Column, Text Size = Medium, High Resolution *not* enabled; Opera: Desktop Mode, High Resolution enabled, Zoom = 90%

Startup time Opera: 15.87 sec.
Startup time PIE: 04.75 sec.

Security
Opera supports the security protocols SSL 2, SSL 3 and TLS 1. I had no problems with any web site which requires SSL like Google Mail, or Avant Go. Unfortunately, the Opera Password Manager “WAND” is not included in the mobile version of Opera. Maybe they will add this feature in upcoming versions.

pros and cons
+ good CSS support
+ Flash Player compatible
+ “grab and scroll” feature
+ tabbed browsing
+ PIE Favorite Importer
+ full screen mode
- sometimes slow page rendering

Opera Browser for Pocket PC

Many of you might use the Opera Browser on the desktop PC. This review will show some features of the version 8.65 for Windows Mobile Devices.

Test system:
Dell Axim x51v

  • 624 MHz Intel XScale PXA 270 processor
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 256 MB ROM
  • Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • VGA Screen

page layouts
The Opera browser for Pocket PC can display web pages in two different modes: desktop mode and fit to screen mode.
 Opera Mobile review   Part 1: Looking at the browser

In desktop mode, the web browser doesn’t change anything at the web site and the layout should be the same as on a desktop computer. Anyway, there are many pages which can’t be displayed, because the mobile browser’s CSS support isn’t by far as advanced as on a desktop.
The second display mode is called “Fit to screen”, and I would recommend this one for most of the sites. The browser resizes every site to fit to the screen of a Pocket PC, so that you only have to scroll up and down, but not left and right.

In every of these modes, it’s possible to zoom in and out in a range from 25% to 200 % zoom, as well as disable image loading for a lower traffic consumption. There is a full screen mode too, which hides the upper windows bar and the menu bar to have more room to display the webpage. The display can be rotated right out of the browser, just tap “Menu” –> “Display” –> “Landscape” to toggle between landscape and portrait mode. I have no idea if this works only for the WM5/WM6 version or for the WM 2003 version too. If you are owner of a WM2003 device, please try it out and post the result as a comment! ;-)

browser compatibility
For this, I visited http://aadmm.de and tried several things. According to this page, Opera handles CSS 1, 2.1 without problems (the basic things), but I wasn’t sure at CSS 3. Opera had trouble with JavaScript on a site, which could be handled without problems in PIE. Anyway, except the flash player, opera can not handle any other plug-ins like QuickTime, RealPlayer or Java (as far as I know). The flash player plug-in can be downloaded at the Adobe Homepage. After installing it, make sure “Enable Plug-Ins” under “Menu” –> “Tools” –> “Settings” –> “Misc.” is checked and restart the browser to enable the Flash Player. Opera Browser can even handle YouTube if you install it and set “Identify as” to “Desktop computer” – but don’t expect too much, it runs very slow and by far not every video is loading:
 Opera Mobile review   Part 1: Looking at the browser

MyVideo doesn’t work at all. Compared to the Pocket Internet Explorer, Opera can display many sites correctly where the PIE failed, especially if CSS is used. Some pages, like Google Mail (the desktop PC HTML version) look ugly and become unusable because of text overlapping and other things (in both Opera and PIE).
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Downloads are handled different than in the PIE. When a download is started, the Opera download manager will open up where you can get an overview over the current downloads. You have the possibility to stop, resume or delete them. The download manager can be find under “Menu” –> “Tools” –> “Show Downloads”
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An other interesting feature is the Favorite importer, which can be accessed under “Menu” –> “Tools” –> “Manage Bookmarks” –> “Menu” –> “Import IE Favorites”

Please tune in soon for Part 2 of the review – it will look at resource consumption, tabbed browsing and a variety of other fun topics!

wm5torage Use your Windows Mobile 5 & 6 PDA as a free card readerWM5torage is a free application for PDAs and smartphone with Windows Mobile / MS Smartphone 5.0 and 6.0. Using this application, your PDA acts as a USB mass storage device and you computer will detect it as an external drive (like USB sticks, card readers, MP3 player and so on).

You just have to connect your device to a computer (via USB connection), start WM5torage and activate it. Then your computer should detect a USB mass storage device and will mount it as an own drive. While WM5torage is connected to the computer, your memory card / flash memory is unavailible on the PDA because it needs to be unmounted.

There are different additional options, for example whether your computer may write or only read on it. Also, LED and vibration can show read / write activity. Multiple cards are supported, but only  one can be choosen at a time. You can even mount your Flash memory and data memory, but this can be problematic: When these memories are mounted at PC (= unmounted on PDA), your PDA may crash.

The application worked fine on my MDA III running Windows Mobile 6. I could mount my data memory and memory card; mounting my flash memory crashed the device. While mounting my memory card worked fine (4,1 MBs are transfered in ~ 8 seconds), mounting the data memory was very slow and almost crashed my computer.

Use the code CHEAPRECORDER to get 20% off Resco Audio recorder at the TamsShop

Handhelds have had audio recording capabilities for quite some time. However, they all were limited to recording audio in formats that either required loads of storage space or were impossible to use on the desktop. Resco’s Audio recorder can record MP3 and OGG files…can it stack up?

The program has very clean interface. The list shows all the files on the machine, the buttons are used for starting the recording process. The bar on the left side of the button serves as a ‘volume indicator’, showing the volume of the incoming audio signal:
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The format of the output data can be chosen easily in the menu(5 presets):
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If more control is needed, the presets can also be customized(format and audio encoding). The images below show a few of the possible formats:
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Resco Audio recorder can record to both internal memory and an external memory card. The program can also turn the PocketPC’s screen off while recording:
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Most audio recorders fail when a variety of speakers must be recorded, as their voices are differently loud. Resco audio Recorder contains a “Gain control” mode that guarantees more-less constant volume under such circumstances…altough it can slightly increase noise:
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This review looked at version 4.0.0 of Resco Audio recorder on a hp ipaq rx4240. The program was very stable in the reviewing period and showed no weird behavior whatsoever even when run from a memory card.

Overall, if you record voice with your PocketPC, get this program by all means. The direct MP3 export alone is such a time saver that the 20$ are well invested. Resco Audio Recorder’s additional features make this an almost-perfect voice recorder that you definitely don’t want to miss!

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