HTC HD Mini Review: A Really Lousy iPhone Nano

The HTC HD Mini is to the HD2 what the iPhone Nano would be to the original iPhone. It's well-built and charmingly small, but its OS is too dated to ever enjoy very much. » 4/13/10 10:00am 4/13/10 10:00am

Smartphone OS Beginner's Guide - UPDATED

Today Apple added some excellent features to its iPhone platform, so we were forced to update our smartphone beginner's guide chart. Here it is: » 4/08/10 7:40pm 4/08/10 7:40pm

Every Windows Mobile Phone Out Now Is Officially at the Evolutionary…

General Manager for Microsoft's Asia-Pacific Mobile Communications Business confirms it: There is no upgrading to Windows Phone 7, not even for the badass HD2. So! Every Windows Mobile phone out there's officially dead in the water. [APC Mag via Techmeme] » 3/01/10 9:23am 3/01/10 9:23am

What Windows Phone 7 Could Have Been

From what we've heard about the development process of Windows Phone 7, rumors about the OS predated its earliest seeds. How? The secret lies deep underground in Redmond, buried with a little project called Photon. » 2/25/10 3:09pm 2/25/10 3:09pm

Windows Mobile's Incredible Death Spiral

Before Windows Phone 7 was even an embryo of a concept, Windows Mobile was king: It powered nearly half of smartphones in use, a led the industry in features. Then, in 2007, things started to go wrong. Very, very wrong. » 2/16/10 5:02pm 2/16/10 5:02pm

All the Smartphone OSes: A Beginners' Guide

Windows Phone Series 7 is here, and it's like nothing we've seen from Microsoft—or anyone else—before. But how does it measure up? And where does every other smartphone OS stand? » 2/16/10 3:20pm 2/16/10 3:20pm

The Spectacular Maiming of Windows Mobile 6.5.x

With the announcement of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's made it clear that they're finally—and truly—getting back into the game. They also brutally kneecapped their existing phone software, effectively taking Microsoft out of mobile for the next six months. » 2/15/10 11:48am 2/15/10 11:48am

Toshiba's TG02 Smartphone Delivers WinMo 6.5 and 1Ghz…

The TG01 had it all on paper—an amazing screen, the first use of the super-fast Snapdragon processor, and a thin build not seen since before Nicole Richie started putting on the pounds. The TG02 will hopefully perform better. » 2/15/10 5:24am 2/15/10 5:24am

What's In Windows Mobile 6.5.3

The first and only time I saw Windows Mobile 6.5.3 in action, it was a grim scene. But according to Mary Jo Foley, the OS, which is now shipping on a single device, it's more than a questionable makeover. » 2/03/10 5:00pm 2/03/10 5:00pm

Windows Mobile 6.5.3: Where the Ugly Train Runs Out of Track

In my review, I lamented that Windows Mobile 6.5 didn't feel finished. Now that we can see what Windows Mobile 6.5.x was eventually destined for, well, maybe that was for the best. [PhoneScoop] » 1/11/10 5:21pm 1/11/10 5:21pm

Time-Traveling Windows Mobile Year 2016 Texts Are a Bug, Not a Feature

Sorry to burst your warp bubble, bucko, but that text message you received the other day from a cellphone user in the year 2016 was just some stupid bug. » 1/03/10 2:30pm 1/03/10 2:30pm

Microsoft: Maybe We Should've Paid More Attention to That iPhone…

That's Microsoft UK executive Phil Moore speaking about the iPhone and his company's initial assclown reaction thereof. Better late than never, Phil! The first step is admitting you have a problem. Now you just have to... uh... fix it. » 12/15/09 11:55am 12/15/09 11:55am

Video Shows HTC Touch.B Running Qualcomm's BrewMP, Makes Us Remember…

As expected, HTC's Touch.B device isn't running Android or even WinMo 6.5, with MobiFrance's video showing off Qualcomm's mysterious BrewMP platform. Not familiar with BrewMP? It's new to us too, with Qualcomm deliberately keeping it quiet since launch last year. » 12/03/09 7:47am 12/03/09 7:47am

HTC Touch.B Surfaces, Dismisses Rome Codename

Moonlighting under the Touch.B name, more details on HTC's Rome handset have been unearthed in France, including some dishy photos which show the two-tone phone properly for the first time. My, the family resemblance is strong. UPDATE » 12/02/09 6:31am 12/02/09 6:31am

LG Expo: It's Got a Pico Projector Bolted to the Back, Of Course

Sure, the LG Expo is the first 1GHz phone in the US, but what really matters is that it has an optional pico projector you can slap onto the back with an 8-foot projection distance. » 11/30/09 12:09pm 11/30/09 12:09pm

Swype vs QWERTY: FIGHT!!!!!

QWERTY is pretty much the king of smartphone text input. But there's a new challenger on the horizon. It's called Swype, it works with one-hand input and, yeah, it is pretty fast. » 11/24/09 9:53am 11/24/09 9:53am

HTC Touch HD2 Review: A Tragedy

Let's just get this out of the way: in terms of hardware, the Touch HD2 is the nicest phone in the world. It's ostentatiously huge and amazingly slim; it's business-savvy and utterly pornographic. But hardware like this deserves better. UPDATED » 11/09/09 3:30pm 11/09/09 3:30pm

Steve Ballmer: The Uncut Interview

Most of you may not have 16 minutes to spare on this, and probably don't care anyway, but I promised to post the full video, if only so you can understand the context of our five highlighted segments. » 10/26/09 3:30am 10/26/09 3:30am

Ballmer on the Smartphone Race: "It Doesn't Matter What the Critics Say"

In this segment of my exclusive interview series with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, I brought up the sore subject of Windows Mobile 6.5. After defending it, he cited another product that did well but suffers mounting criticism: Nokia smartphones. » 10/22/09 10:00am 10/22/09 10:00am