Hi everyone and welcome to our temporary domain. As I’m sure you’ve noticed HowardForums is currently located at the temporary domain www.howardforum.com (no “s”). In case you can access this on some of your computers and not others, it will take a few hours for the changes to propagate throughout the internet.
Unfortunately, our domain was stolen over the weekend and I’m currently working with my registrar, GoDaddy on getting it back. While I initially thought GoDaddy wouldn’t do anything till Monday, after a a few hours they got back to me. Since then, they have been working with me to get the domain back so kudos to them helping me on the weekend.
Our stolen domain was transferred away to http://www.austdomains.com.au/ so GoDaddy is waiting for them to respond. Hopefully things will go smoothly so we can get our domain back. So far it’s been 3 days and GoDaddy hasn’t gotten a response back Aust Domains. I hope Aust Domain gets back soon, there’s a lot at stake here!
In case you’re wondering our forum data is unrelated to the domain so it is safe.
How did this happen? My GoDaddy account is attached to a family member’s email. I did this so that our domains would be safe in case anyone ever tried to break into MY email. While the family member’s email is used for other things it doesn’t have anything else to do with the forum besides the domain. Last week, we were forced to log into this email at a hotel business center in order to print out something. Normally, I know better but we were in a bind. I suspect our thief was able to capture our email and password using a keylogger then.
The theif used the email to reset our GoDaddy account and then transferred the domain away. Before they did this they setup filters to automatically delete subsequent emails from GoDaddy. This would keep us from realizing our domain was about to be transferred away plus it would create the illusion that everything is okay.
Regardless, I apologize to all of you for our downtime and thank you for your support. I’ll let you all know more as the situation unfolds.
Maybe it is better that the Canadian launch of the iPhone 4 has been delayed. It looks like early adopters in the United States are having signal problems with their devices. Instead of me explaining the problem to you, take a look at the video below.
Here’s the Samsung Messenger. It’s a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone with a QWERTY keyboard, 320×320 display and a 3.2MP camera. It’s available on Bell for $0 on a voice an data plan or $50 on Rogers.
With Windows Phone 7 just around the corner it’s hard to get excited about WinMo 6.5 phones. That was my initial reaction when I got the Messenger (I took it out of the box and then forgot about it). Later I realized some people are used to WinMo 6.5 personal/Microsoft Smartphone and aren’t interested in moving to a new platform.
Like I mentioned the Messenger runs Windows Mobile 6.5. I’ll be honest I haven’t used many WinMo Personal (MS smartphone) devices lately. I do own a HTC Snap but to be honest it was so boring I don’t remember where I put it nor do I remember anything about it other then that the the keyboard was nice. The last MS Smartphone I used for a time was a Motorola Q9h which was running 6.0.
Smartphone has not aged well at all and while it has decent basic functionality it feels really dated. It’s like when my sister in law makes a big turkey. First we all enjoy it, then after 4 days of eating turkey left overs we’re sick of it. That’s how I feel about Smartphone.
While it’s powered by a 528Mhz processor (standard stuff), device speed feels adequate to slightly sluggish at times. I do wish it would scroll faster in Internet Explorer. One nice upgrade is that you get a 320×320 display instead of the usual 320×240 – so you can see 33% more. It’s still not enough but it is a welcome change.
Check out my unboxing and hands on video to see the Messenger:
The keyboard is very good. The keys stick out a lot and have a nice feel to them. I thought about the keyboard a lot about how the keys stick out compared to the keyboard on a Blackberry Bold 9700. At first I thought I liked the Samsung’s keys better but after typing on it for a while I realized the 9700′s fretted keys are better for fast typing because it’s harder to accidentally press neighboring keys. I wish there were a few more shortcut buttons as I’ve always found Smartphone’s menus to be a mess so being able to skip the menu is always a nice thing.
The home screen is customized with Samsung’s WizPro (sounds like something you’d find in a men’s bathroom) software. With Wizpro the home screen is split into different sections which you can scroll between sideways. There is a home section, communities, contacts, music, photo, shortcuts, settings Yahoo finance, Yahoo search and AccuWeather.
The home section shows information like the date/time, new text messages, missed calls, new emails and Windows Live messenger messages. Communities has a link to a Facebook application along with links to the Friendster, Myspace, PhotoBucket, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube websites. Contacts is actually more of a speed dial where you choose your favourite contacts. I find the contacts feature to be pointless since typing in someone’s name on the today screen is faster. Shortcut allows you can define your own shortcuts to any programs on the Messenger.
While I didn’t fall in love with WizPro it isn’t a bad feature -especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up your phone. That said I did find it slightly laggy at times plus it also makes the home screen a bit of a mess.
Like I mentioned you can start typing in a name or number from the home screen and the Messenger will automatically search your phonebook for matching results.
Samsung includes some extra programs:
Alarms (so you don’t have to go into settings to setup an alarm)
Anniversary (no idea why Samsung included this since there is already a built in Calendar which syncs with Exchange)
Smart Converter (a unit converter)
Smart Reader (business card scanner)
I tried Smart Reader and got mixed results. It works really well with simple business cards but doesn’t work so well with cards that have backgrounds. That said it tends to save time if you get a lot of business cards.
The camera has a resolution of 3.2 megapixel with no flash. You can start it up using the camera button on the right side. Image quality is not terrible but the autofocus takes a very long time to focus. There are a lot of camera functions available including burst mode and ISO settings. The camcorder records video at a resolution of 320×240 so it’s nothing special.
After you’ve taken a picture you can do basic stuff like email, MMS, or Bluetooth it. With the communities app you can also upload them to Picasa, Facebook, MySpace, PhotoBucket and Flickr.
The Messenger is a WinMo phone so you get the standard Exchange and Hotmail push email support plus IMAP and POP. There is support for threaded SMS.
Browsing is handled by Internet Explorer. While it’s better than nothing I found it to be slow at rendering pages plus it’s very slow at scrolling.
You get Mobile versions of Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Word which are useful for editing and viewing attachments.
Like I mentioned before the Messenger lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack so you’re stuck using micro USB headphones (or using a microUSB to 3.5mm adapter).
Battery life is not terrible, you should get about 1.5 days to 2 days of battery life so it’s best to charge it each night.
I found the Messenger sounded a bit fuzzy. Maximum earpiece volume is good.
I compared the Messenger’s RF performance with a Motorola Milestone. I found that the Milestone was noticably better in areas with weak signal. When I simultaneous placed calls and went somewhere with poor network coverage I found the messenger would blank audio where the Milestone still sounded fine.
In the end if you’re someone who really likes Microsoft Smartphone/Windows Mobile Personal, Maybe you have a HTC Maple/Snap, HTC S620, Motorola Q9h, Samsung Jack, etc and don’t really want to switch platforms give the Samsung Messenger a shot. The bigger screen alone makes it worth the upgrade. That said that that doesn’t describe you then you’re probably better of trying something else.
Although the Samsung Messenger is currently listed on the Rogers website the full QWERTY device is currently out of stock. The messenger should be arrive at your local Rogers retail location in the coming days.
The Samsung Messenger ensures you stay productive wherever you are. This Windows Mobile is perfect for the mobile professional looking to keep connected to emails, edit documents and manage your calendar. It comes loaded with a 3.2 MP camera, GPS and Wi-Fi and 3G speeds.
When the Samsung Messenger is available in retail location and online it will set you back:
$49.99-3 year term (select plans)
$299.99-2 year term
$349.99-1 year term
Follow the “more” link for two enlarged photos of the Samsung Messenger.
Get the Limited Edition RE*Generation Samsung Link and $10 will be donated to the movement to get young people off the streets and back on their feet. Get linked in from no matter where you are with the Samsung Link QWERTY Phone. Use the large, 4-line full QWERTY keyboard to fire away texts and instant messages at rocket speed. Stay on top of things and check up to 5 personal email accounts on the go with Virgin Mobile email and see if you’ve been poked with the one-touch Facebook® button. Plus you can snap pics with the 1.3 megapixel camera and connect wirelessly with stereo Bluetooth® 2.0.
The Samsung Link is currently priced at $130 on a 30 day term, $60 on prepaid, and $0 on a 2 year term. Buy and activate your Samsung Link before May 16th and receive a $30 activation credit, new accounts only.
The RE*Generation version of the Samsung Link is in-transit to a retail location near you. In the meantime you can buy online or through customer care (1-888-999-2321).
With a name like “Simple Flip” don’t expect much out of the LG 230. The CDMA sports a 0.3 MP camera (no I did not reverse the 0 and 3), 1.77 inch (128×160) main display, Bluetooth, and an Ez tip calculator. A short feature list means low device pricing:
2 year term: $0.00
30 day term: $59.99
Picture it with the LG 230 Simple Flip Camera Phone. Snap pics, connect wirelessly with Bluetooth®, and take control with the dedicated voice command key. Call and text away to your heart’s content on this ultra-handy flip phone.
Stop by your local Virgin kiosk to pick up your LG 230 “Simple Flip”.
Skyfire has released version 2.0 of their mobile browser exclusively for Android powered phones. Version 2.0 includes a host of new features such as: pinch to zoom (Android 2.0+), multi-tab browsing (up to 8 windows), Flash web videos (with adaptive streaming technology), and SkyBar.
Follow the “more” link to view the video demonstration of Skyfire 2.0.
Get Skyfire 2.0 for Android by going to http://get.skyfire.com on your mobile, or simply go to the Android Market and seach “Skyfire”.