The other day I picked up two ETen M800 Glofiish cellphones with the idea of doing more while carrying less. The M800 has a nice slide-out keyboard, a build-in GPS receiver, a microSD slot that's SDHC compatible (so you can use bit 4GB+ storage cards) and a whole host of other cool stuff. And the advantage of a Windows Mobile smartphone over, say, the iPhone is that I can augment it with additional software without any jailbreaking hassles.
So, over the past few days I've been taking a look at different applications for the Windows Mobile platform and come across a few applications which have impressed me.
Internet Explorer on the Windows Mobile platform is ... how can I put this gently ... awful. I decided to give IE the shove and install Opera Mobile. Unlike the desktop version of Opera, this isn't free (after the 30 day trial it costs $24) but I just can't live with poorly rendered web pages. I also like the tabs available in Opera.
For me, Opera Mobile is a must!
Resco Explorer 2007
If I didn't use my M800 as a mobile file storage device I could probably do without Resco Explorer 2007, but I handle a lot of different files so I find this utility handy. Not only does Resco Explorer 2007 offer a really powerful file manager that can handle advanced tasks such as ZIP compression, encryption and network browsing. Also available is a powerful registry editor (which I've already used to change the user agent of the browser) and a handy "send to folder" add-in.
Once I've invested time into setting up my smartphone, the last thing I want to happen is for a crash to lose me my settings. This means that I need a good backup tool. The device came with a backup tool but this only seemed to handle documents and not system settings and so on. Enter Resco Backup. This utility makes backing up a snap. Not only that, but I can carry out both full and partial restores if (or when) problems strike. Also, the utility copies the unpacker to the location of your backup to make restoration of your device even easier. A nice touch!
Resco Keyboard Pro
One aspect of the Windows Mobile platform that I've disliked for many incarnations of the platform is the on-screen keyboard. I'm no fan of the iPod touch/iPhone keyboard either but at least it does offer some hope at thumb typing.
So, out of frustration I gave Resco Keyboard pro a try. At $19.95 it's a bit on the expensive side, but it has certainly boosted my productivity so I'm not too sore from the price. Oddly enough, I'm now using an iPhone-style keyboard on my Windows smartphone.
No coverage would be complete without a game! I'm not sure how I came to find Atomic Cannon, but once played this game is hard to put down!
The game is simple, but like most simple games, it's fiendishly addictive! Go on, download the demo for yourself (available for XP/Vista, Windows Mobile and Mac OS X)! It took me about two minutes to decide to buy the full version!