Absolutely amazing how many windows phones have come out in the last few 
months.  Just 12 months ago there were only 3 ... and now there's got'ta be 
dozens.  I love my PPC6700 so much I bought a 2nd one ... EVDO / RTT1X / IS95 
tri-mode, bluetooth, wifi, camera, added a couple GB on mini-SD, slide-out full 
keyboard, huge screen.  Got Microsoft VC++ enterprise ... it comes with windows 
mobile 5 development environment.  But I was disappointed at how stripped down 
the windows mobile version of MFC was.

If you can get one without the "neutered" OS you'll be happier.  The carriers 
have stripped key networking components of the OS to keep you from using your 
phone as a wifi access point for nearby laptops.  I've got the original fully 
capable OS and it's amazing what you can do.  If you see a pop-up that says "a 
newer version of OS is available, click here" ... DON'T!!!  It's a neutered 
version from your carrier (not from Microsoft) which removes specific dial-up 
networking components to limit your abilities.

You mention Linux as the preferred platform.  My old Moto buddies tell me Moto 
offered a Linux based phone platform for 2 whole years and NOBODY stepped up 
for developing applications ... so Moto abandonned it switching to Windows to 
launch the Q phone.  I think it casts doubt whether the market really wanted a 
Linux platform phone.  I mean, when you offer a supported Linux product and 
nobody gives a hoot ... what would you conclude?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Stroh 
  To: WISPA General List 
  Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 7:10 PM
  Subject: Re: [WISPA] SmartPhone Happiness...

  Apparently Nokia is now out with the N800, the successor to the 770.  
  I don't have techno-lust details yet - look for yourself at http:// 
  www.nseries.com/products/n800/#l=products,n800, but friends tell me  
  it fixes the weaknesses of the 770, and is the preferred "Linux  
  hacking" platform (cool open source stuff coming out for it) for  
  portable Internet-connected devices.

  One of the funnier... cooler... things I've seen of late is Bluetooth  
  GPS devices. One I saw REALLY impressed me - it was deep inside a  
  restaurant, but was still able to get a fix from the windows more  
  than 20' away.



  On Jan 22, 2007, at Jan 22  10:49 AM, Travis Johnson wrote:

  > Matt,
  > It's funny you posted this message today.... I just picked up a new  
  > "test" phone I am trying to replace my Treo 650. I grabbed an HP  
  > iPaq 6945 from Cingular for $189 (with two year contract) and have  
  > been playing with it on an off for the last couple of days.
  > The biggest advantage to this phone is the built-in GPS, along with  
  > WiFi and Bluetooth. There are some neat functions that are already  
  > built-in to the main OS... such as the camera showing GPS  
  > coordinates on the picture when you take it (if you enable that  
  > option). Also, many commercial map programs (TomTom 6, etc.) work  
  > on this phone with the GPS. With a simple car mount and car  
  > adapter, you have a full-fledged GPS device built into your phone.  
  > There are also programs that will connect to WiFi and update GPS  
  > coordinates to a website... so you could have real-time locations  
  > for your installers with no monthly fee. ;)
  > It's running Windows Mobile 5, which is better than any other  
  > Windows phone OS I have used, but still not as easy to navigate as  
  > the Palm OS. The biggest feature on the Treo 650 for me is the SMS  
  > messaging. It's easy to access (single button) and it keeps a chat  
  > dialog going with each person you have talked to. I send and  
  > receive over 100 messages per day, sometimes 200-300. It's quick,  
  > easy, and can be done with one hand. If there was just a simple  
  > program that would function the same, the iPaq could be a great  
  > phone for me.
  > I should also mention I purchased a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. This  
  > is a pretty cool device as well.... built in WiFi and Bluetooth,  
  > running Linux with a nice GUI. Nice wide, bright screen too. It  
  > just doesn't have a phone or GPS, just WiFi. Still pretty cool for  
  > that type of a device.
  > Travis
  > Microserv


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