November 2008 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for November 2008. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for November of 2008

Below are the 125 SmartPhone articles for November of 2008

Pharos Traveler 117

The Pharos Traveler 117 is a GPS device with 3.5G smartphone functionality. It features two cameras – a primary 2.0 megapixel and a secondary 0.3 megapixel for video conferencing. It[...]

AT&T Plans Femtocell Trial Later This Year

AT&T will be following Sprint and Verizon Wireless later this year in trying out femtocells, tiny cell phone basestations that provide improved coverage in homes and offices.

Exchange Synchronization Coming to Android

Aardvark Labs, a third-party application developer, is now working on software to allow smartphones based on Google's Android OS to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange.

Could RIM Take BlackBerry Open Source?

There is currently a movement toward open source mobile operating systems, and some are wondering if the BlackBerry OS will be part of it.

Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of October 2008

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the handhelds and smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

Sprint’s HTC Touch Pro Now Widely Available

Sprint introduced the HTC Touch Pro last week, but this high-end Windows Mobile smartphone had limited availability at launch. This has now changed.

Nokia N96 Appearing in U.S. Stores

The Nokia N96 is starting to appear on North American shores via Nokia's flagship stores and online.

Verizon Will Require $30 Data Plan with All Smartphones

Verizon Wireless is reportedly going to begin requiring its customers to sign up for a data plan when they buy a smartphone.

BlackBerry Bold Preliminary Review

The BlackBerry Bold is set to debut on Tuesday, and Brighthand's Ed Hardy brings us his first impressions of this hotly-anticipated smartphone.

BlackBerry Bold 9000

The Bold includes a number of firsts for a RIM smartphone. It is the first from this company to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed 3G networks around the world. It is[...]

Minor Update Released for Verizon’s Centro

The version of the Palm Centro offered by Verizon has received a small firmware (ROM) update.

Handmark Announces Glyph for iPhone/iPod Touch

Handmark has announced that the puzzle game Glyph is now available on the the Apple App Store.

LG and Microsoft Will Continue to Work Together

Microsoft and LG have signed an agreement that will keep the two companies collaborating on smartphones.

Redfly $200 Special Offer Extended to Mid-November

For the past month or so, the Celio Redfly has been available at half price. This offer was going to expire at the end of October, but has instead been[...]

BlackBerry Bold Now Available from AT&T

The long-awaited U.S. release date for the BlackBerry Bold has arrived at last. This smartphone is now available from AT&T. Updated

Apple Appoints New Head of iPhone/iPod Engineering

Apple has just named a former IBM vice president as the new head of its iPhone and iPod hardware engineering teams.

Verizon Considering Phone with Detachable Accessories

Verizon may offer a smartphone with a clip-on keyboard, game-pad, and speakers. It will apparently also have a 3-inch touchscreen and EV-DO.

Spb’s Travel/Itinerary Software Updated

Spb Traveler 2.0 has been released, adding several features and a new user interface to this travel/itinerary application.

HTC Touch Pro Expected to Debut on AT&T in Three Weeks

Exactly when the AT&T Fuze, this carrier's version of the HTC Touch Pro, is going to launch is unknown, but a new source gives an approximate date.

OtterBox Impact Case Now Available for BlackBerry Bold

Otter Products, has released a case from its Impact Series for the new BlackBerry Bold. This skin-style case combines durable silicone with impact absorbing features.

Verizon’s Acquisition of Alltel Passes Final Hurdle

The FCC has approved Verizon's proposed acquisition of Alltel, which will create the largest mobile phone provider in the United States.

Xperia X1 Still Headed to the U.S. Soon, Despite Component Shortage

Sony Ericsson says production problems it's having with the Xperia X1 won't delay its release of the in the U.S., which is scheduled to happen in the next few weeks.[...]

T-Mobile G1 Review

The T-Mobile G1 is the first smartphone with Android, Google's new operating system for mobile devices. Brighthand's Editor-in-Chief brings us a review.

Nokia’s Beta Labs Releases Nokia Friend View

Nokia's Friend View service allows users to share location and status information and then coordinate meet-ups and other communication.

Documents To Go Premium, PDF To Go Now Available for the Latest BlackBerries

A new version of Documents To Go provides advanced Microsoft Office file editing capabilities. PDF To Go introduces native PDF viewer for BlackBerry smartphones.

Sprint Now Offering Enhanced Centro, Discount on Original

A new version of the Palm Centro for Sprint with twice as much memory as the earlier one is now widely available. This carrier is also offering the original version[...]

Moving to Symbian S60: Creating a Mobile Office with the Nokia N95

Antoine Wright takes a look at some applications can turn a Symbian S60 smartphone into a portable office.

iQcontacts Blurs the Line Between Address Book and Calendar

iQcontacts is a new smart dialer and calendar-integrated application for Palm OS devices.

HTC Touch HD

The design of the Touch HD will be centered on its 3.8-inch WVGA display, making it one of many devices that is clearly aimed to compete with the iPhone. It[...]

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Up 28%

Despite economic woes, people are snapping up smartphones at a record pace. During last quarter, Apple saw its shipments increase dramatically, but Nokia's were down.

HTC Touch HD Now Shipping in the U.S.

The Touch HD isn't going to be officially released in N. America, but it is now available through at least one grey-market retailer.

AT&T Launching the HTC Touch Pro Next Week?

Just days after an unconfirmed report said AT&T would release its version of the HTC Touch Pro near the end of this month, what appears to be an internal AT&T[...]

AT&T Commits to iPhone Tethering Plan

iPhone users can do a great deal with their smartphone, but one thing they can't is use it as a modem for their laptop. This may soon change, though.

Best Buy Taking Pre-Orders for BlackBerry Storm

Those who are eager to get their hands on the Storm -- which will be the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen -- can pre-order it now from Best Buy.

AT&T Taking a Wait and See Attitude Toward Android

The head of AT&T Mobility says that Google's Android has not yet developed to the point where his company is interested in releasing a smartphone based on it.

Sprint, Clearwire Get FCC Approval to Create WiMAX Company

Sprint Nextel and Clearwire now have government approval to create a new company that will eventually provide WiMAX service to millions of Americans.

T-Mobile G1 Update Squashes Huge Bug

Google and T-Mobile are current distributing a system update for the T-Mobile G1 to fix a major bug.

T-Mobile Prepping Digital Photo Frame with Its Own Phone Number

T-Mobile has unveiled the cameo, a digital picture frame that can receive photos sent to it via MMS or e-mail.

Check Your Messages Like James Bond

BIO.ID for Windows Mobile lets users receive text messages in an unusual way.

Samsung Behold

The Samsung Behold is a high-end featurephone with a 3-inch touchscreen, multimedia features, and full web browsing capabilities. It uses a tablet shape, and text is entered with an on-screen[...]

Microsoft CEO Confirms Windows Mobile 6.5

Steve Ballmer was speaking at a conference last week when he -- possibly accidentally -- made reference to an unannounced upcoming version of Windows Mobile. [...]

Tethering Coming to the T-Mobile G1

There's good news for the people who are holding off getting a T-Mobile G1 until this new smartphone can be used as a modem for their laptop: this feature is[...]

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Review

RIM has launched the first BlackBerry with a clamshell design. Shaun Mahal brings us a review of this new consumer-oriented smartphone, which includes Wi-Fi and a SureType keyboard.

A Smartphone Tops the U.S. List of Best Selling Handsets

For the first time ever, a smartphone has outsold every other handset in the U.S. consumer market.

No Firefox for You, Android!

The Mozilla Foundation is hard at work on a mobile version of the Firefox web browser. This will be available for several different smartphone operating systems, but one of them[...]

AT&T Fuze

The AT&T Fuze is a carrier-specific version of the HTC Touch Pro. It is a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with TouchFLO 3D, HTC’s alternate user interface that makes the device[...]

T-Mobile, Best Buy Offering Unlocked Nokia Smartphones with Subsidies

Nokia is combining with T-Mobile and Best Buy to offer some unlocked models with a contract, giving U.S. customers access to Nokia's Symbian S60 smartphones at a reduced cost.

A Look Ahead at Nokia’s Devices for the Rest of 2008

A document that has leaked out of Nokia gives a roadmap of the smartphones Nokia intends to unveil before the end of this year.

AT&T Fuze Hits the Market

AT&T's version of the HTC Touch Pro has just been released. This high-end, business-oriented device comes loaded with features, including a VGA touchscreen and a sliding keyboard.

HTC Fuze

The HTC Fuze is equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1, WiFi and bluetooth connectivity, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, a 3.2 megapixel still/video camera, and a sliding design with QWERTY keyboard.

Fix for Windows Mobile Email Bug Released

Microsoft has released a fix for a bug in the latest version of Windows Mobile that can prevent email from being sent.

Palm Fixes a Treo Pro Bluetooth Bug

Palm, Inc. has released a patch to fix a Bluetooth-related problem on the Treo Pro.

BlackBerry Storm Not Launching Quite as Soon as Expected

A document that has leaked out of Verizon indicates the the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen will have its U.S. debut a week later than expected, at a price many[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Official Debut in Two Weeks

The Xperia X1 -- the first Windows Mobile smartphone from Sony Ericsson -- will be officially released in the U.S. on "Black Friday".

New Version of Free Iris Web Browser Released

Torch Mobile has released the second beta of its Iris web browser for Windows Mobile.

Pharos Unveils Two Navigation-Oriented Smartphones

Pharos will soon release the Traveler 117 and Traveler 127, two Windows Mobile smartphones with a focus on personal navigation.

HTC MAX 4G: World’s First WiMAX Smartphone

The HTC MAX 4G, the worlds first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset, has just been announced. This is a Windows Mobile device with a WVGA touchscreen, GPS, and 4G service.

Nokia E63 Smartphone Introduced

Nokia has released the E63, a smartphone similar to this company's popular E71, but with a more accessible price point and tweaked physical design.

Verizon Reveals BlackBerry Storm Launch Date and Price

The time for rumors and leaks about the BlackBerry Storm is over; Verizon Wireless has just officially announced when this smartphone will be released and what it will cost.

HTC Touch Pro Coming to Verizon by Month’s End

Verizon Wireless may soon be the latest wireless carrier in the U.S. to introduce the HTC Touch Pro.

Opera Mini 4.2 Available in Beta Form

Opera Software has released a preview of Opera Mini 4.2, the next version of its web browser that runs on almost every mobile phone.

AT&T Wireless Releasing the Nokia 6650

AT&T is just about to introduce the Nokia 6550, a GPS- and 3G-equipped flip-smartphone running the Symbian S60 operating system.

New Images May Be Screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5

A pair of screenshots have been making the rounds online, claiming to show the user interface of the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5.

Samsung Eternity

AT&T is featuring the Samsung Eternity’s support for its Mobile TV and Mobile Music services. In addition, it has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, GPS, a 3.0 megapixel camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth,[...]

Samsung Saga

Samsung Saga is a Windows Mobile worldphone with a small keyboard, Wi-Fi, and EV-DO. It is both a CDMA phone with EV-DO Rev. A as well as a quad-band GSM[...]

Verizon Debuts Samsung Saga

Verizon Wireless has just launched the Samsung Saga, a Windows Mobile smartphone with a small keyboard, EV-DO, and support for CDMA and GSM networks, so it can be used around[...]

BlackBerry Storm: A Potential iPhone Killer in the Enterprise

Although Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) refuses to say so explicitly, the company has delivered to enterprises a viable alternative to the iPhone with the new BlackBerry Storm.

AT&T Fuze Review

The AT&T Fuze is the latest business-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone to come from this carrier. It offers an impressive list of features, including a built-in keyboard, VGA touchscreen, 3G, and[...]

Spb Keyboard 4.0 Aims to Make On-Screen Typing Easier

Spb Software has released Spb Keyboard 4.0, a new version of its application which looks to make inputing text via on-screen keyboards smarter and more efficient for Windows Mobile users.

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Only Coming to New Models

Microsoft has revealed that the next version of Internet Explorer Mobile will only be released on new models. There will be no official way for current users to get this[...]

iambic Introduces Agendus for Windows Mobile 3.0

Agendus for Windows Mobile 3.0 -- a major new version of iambic's personal information manager for Windows Mobile -- is now available.

A Look Ahead at Nokia’s Devices for Early 2009

A roadmap has surfaced that describes a number of unannounced smartphones Nokia expects to release next year.

mNotes Adds Lotus Notes Support to Symbian S60 Smartphones

mNotes brings Lotus Notes and Email to Symbian S60 smartphones.

Google Voice-Recognition Search Coming First to iPhone, not Android

Google is going to release an application that will let users enter search terms on a smartphone by just saying them aloud.

Touch-Oriented Asus P565 Boasts 800 MHz Processor

Asus has unveiled a business-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone that it claims is the fastest in the world. This device also sports a touch-driven user interface for its VGA display.

Documents To Go 11 for Palm OS Now Available

A new version of the leading Office suite for Palm OS adds support for tracking changes and other advanced formatting features.

Samsung Epix Review

The Samsung Epix is a mid-range Windows Mobile smartphone that debuted recently from AT&T. Brighthand's chief reviewer brings us his thoughts on this new device.

MailShadowG Brings Microsoft Exchange Synchronization to Android

Cemaphore has released MailShadowG, which allows users of Android-based smartphones such as the T-Mobile to synchronize their email, calendars, and contacts with a Microsoft Exchange server, albeit indirectly.

LG Incite

The LG Incite has the distinction of being the first smartphone from LG released by a major U.S. wireless carrier. It runs the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, and[...]

LG Prada II

The LG Prada II adds a sliding QWERTY keyboard to the original Prada’s design. It features a 5 megapixel camera, 3.0 inch touch screen, stereo Bluetooth, FM Radio, WiFi connectivity[...]

My Little Tank for iPhone/iPod Touch Released

Handmark has released Astraware's popular game, My Little Tank, for iPhone/iPod Touch devices

LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile Gains Support for BlackBerry Smartphones

Those responsible for solving the technical problems of a group of BlackBerry users can now offer remote support for these smartphones thanks to LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile.

AT&T Launches Windows Mobile Smartphone from LG

The LG Incite, which just debuted on AT&T, has the distinction of being the first smartphone from LG released by a major U.S. wireless carrier.

Two New Redfly Versions Unveiled: Lighter or More Multimedia Savvy

Celio Corp has just taken the wraps off two new versions of its Redfly Smartphone Terminal. One of these is lighter and less expensive, while the second adds multimedia[...]

HTC Touch Pro for Sprint Preliminary Review

Sprint recently introduced its version of the HTC Touch Pro, a business-oriented smartphone with a VGA touchscreen, sliding keyboard, and EV-DO. Adama Brown brings us his impressions of this device[...]

LG Scoop

The LG Scoop is a text and e-mail friendly smartphone with 1.3 megapixel camera. Features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, GPS ready, and 2″ display.

LG AX300

The LG AX300 is a clamshell-style phone with two displays. It features a .3 megapixel camera, 1.8″ primary display, Bluetooth technology and speakerphone.

Pharos Traveler 127

The Pharos Traveler 127 GPS smartphone features a 2.5″ touch screen display, two on-board cameras, 3.5G communications capability, Pharos’ proprietary Smart Navigator system, and 802.11b/g WiFi connectivity.

Verizon XV6900 Getting OS Update, EV-DO Rev A

Verizon's version of the HTC Touch will soon get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1. In addition, this update will enhance some features on this smartphone and even add a[...]

Celio Redfly C8N Review

Celio has unveiled a new version of its Redfly Smartphone Terminal that adds multimedia support. Ed Hardy brings us this review.

Barack Obama May Have to Give Up his BlackBerry

The U.S. President-Elect is a heavy user of email on his smartphone, but he might have to give it up when he takes office in January.

Palm Treo Pro Reportedly Heading to Sprint in January

There have been several unconfirmed reports in the past months that indicate Sprint is going to release a version of the Palm Treo Pro, and a new one has just[...]

Android On Its Way to Japan, S. Korea

NTT DoCoMo and KTF, two major wireless carriers in Asia, are reportedly working on a smartphone based on Google's Android OS. Updated

BlackBerry Storm 9530 Preliminary Review

Verizon is set to launch the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen tomorrow, and Brighthand's Shaun Mahal brings us a preliminary review of this highly-anticipated smartphone.

Google Sync for BlackBerry Gets Two-Way Address Book Synchronization

Support for two-way contacts synchronization has been added to the free Google Sync for BlackBerry application.

HTC Touch Pro, Touch Diamond Now Available from Alltel

The HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond have been joining the lineup of wireless carriers around the U.S. lately, and the latest of these is Alltel.

Nokia E71 May Finally Be On Its Way to AT&T

The unlocked version of the Nokia E71 has been on the market in the U.S. for months, but there's still may be a chance this model will be released through[...]

BlackBerry Storm 9530

The Storm is the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen. This is actually the centerpiece of the device, as it is also the first BlackBerry without a built-in keyboard. The 9530[...]

BlackBerry Storm Debuts in the U.S.

Verizon Wireless has just launched the BlackBerry Storm 9530. With its combination of business-friendly features and a large touchscreen, some are calling this the iPhone for the enterprise.

Nokia Adding Lotus Notes Support to Symbian S60

Nokia and IBM have announced that official support for Lotus Notes is coming to a number of Nokia's S60-based phones.

T-Mobile Raises Prices for Wireless Data

T-Mobile USA has increased the price it charges smartphone customers for an unlimited wireless data plan.

Samsung Omnia for Verizon Now Basically Confirmed

Thanks to a slip-up from Samsung, there's virtually no room for doubt that Verizon will soon release a version of the Omnia, a touchscreen-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone.

iPhone 2.2 Update Adds Google Street View, Walking Directions, and More

The newly-released iPhone 2.2 update brings a number of enhancements, many of which are related to Google Maps.

Palm Laying Off Employees, Focusing on Fewer Projects

Palm, Inc. is laying an undisclosed number of employees off, both in the U.S. and in other countries, as it tries to reinvent its products in tough economic times.

T-Mobile Now Offering Digital Photo Frame with with Cellular-Wireless Access

T-Mobile is now offering the cameo, a digital picture frame that can receive photos via MMS or email.

Adobe Flash Player Coming To a Broad Array of Mobile Devices

Adobe said this week it is working with ARM to bring Flash Player 10 to smartphones running some of the best-known mobile operating systems, as well as other mobile products.[...]

T-Mobile G1 Now Comes with a 3.5 mm Headphone Adapter

The T-Mobile G1 doesn't include a standard 3.5 mm port, and this carrier has just begun including an adapter that lets the owners of this device plug in standard headphones.

Nokia Releases New Beta of Mobile Web Server

Nokia's Mobile Web Server has been updated to version 1.5, and features easier access rights management, intelligent network handling, and improved RSS feeds.

BlackBerry Bold 9000 Review

The BlackBerry Bold is the latest generation in RIM's very successful line of business-oriented smartphones. Ed Hardy Brings us a review of this device, which breaks new ground for this[...]

HTC Touch Pro Debuts on Verizon

Verizon Wireless has joined the ranks of carriers offering the HTC Touch Pro, a business-oriented smartphone with a wide range of high-end features.

Samsung Gravity

The Samsung Gravity is primed for text and e-mail with full a QWERTY keyboard. Also features 1.3 megapixel resolution camera, music player, and Bluetooth connectivity.

MWg Zinc II Available for $300

The Zinc II offers a sliding keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS. This unlocked smartphone debuted over the summer at $750, but can now be found for much less.

Verizon Commits to Samsung Omnia

The Samsung Omnia, a touchscreen-oriented Windows Mobile device, will be the next smartphone released by Verizon Wireless.

Opera Mini 4.2 Now Available

Opera Mini 4.2, which appeared in beta form a few weeks ago, has had its official release. This web browser runs on a number of mobile platforms.

Get 50% Off BlackBerry Apps in the Brighthand Store

The Brighthand Store is now offering 48 of the best-selling BlackBerry applications for 50% off.

T-Mobile G1 Now Available in White

T-Mobile USA is now offering the G1 in a new color: white. Previously, this smartphone was available only in black and bronze.

TiVo Users Can Now Schedule Recordings with their Phones

A new website created for mobile devices gives TiVo subscribers the power to schedule recordings directly to their TiVo box.

Elevation Partners ”Very Pleased” with Palm’s Progress

The private equity firm that owns 25% of Palm, Inc. has categorically denied a recent rumor that it wants out of this investment.

Kingston Multi-Kit with 8 GB microSDHC Card Review

Kingston has released a group of accessories to help people take full advantage of the memory card slot in their smartphone. Adama Brown has tested this Multi-Kit, and brings us[...]

Daylight Savings Solar Cell Charger Review

Daylight Savings, Inc. offers an accessory that combines a 1200 mAh battery and a solar charger for just $20. Antoine Wright brings us a review.

New Garnet VM Beta Released

Access has released an updated beta of its emulator that allows Nokia Internet Tablets to run Palm OS applications.

Moving to Symbian S60: Useful Utilities

Antoine Wright takes a look at some utilities for Symbian S60 smartphones that make them faster and easier to use.

GPS-Action Lets Symbian S60 Devices Perform Differently Based on Location

GPS-Action is a location-based application that uses GPS and cell-ID to perform custom actions for Symbian S60-based devices.

Automatically Activate Wi-Fi with WifiLocations

WifiLocations is an application that enables the automatic starting of the Wi-Fi radio in Windows Mobile devices based on cell-ID positioning.

Nokia N96 Review

The Nokia N96 is currently Nokia's multimedia flagship model, and offers a range of high-end features, including TV-Out. Antoine Wright brings us a review of this consumer-oriented smartphone.