If the rumor mill is correct then HP is planning two new smartphones based on the WebOS platform. This is no surprise since HP bought Palm not too long ago, and there have been several test models spotted in the wild. We just hope HP does a better job with WebOS than Palm did.
The two new phones have models P102UNA and P102EWW and if they stick to the usual Palm naming scheme then these are both GSM and CDMA versions (AT&T and Verizon). Word on the street is that they could ship in time for the upcoming holliday season.
First known as the HTC 7 Pro at its New York unveiling, the HTC Arrive is Sprint’s inaugural foray into the brave new world of Windows Phone 7. And the Arrive also represents two other minor “firsts”: it’s the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 phone in the United States, and it’s the first Windows Phone 7 model to ship with Microsoft’s cut-and-paste update.
As a result there’s a lot riding on the Arrive’s rounded shoulders, and for the most part it succeeds in carrying that weight. Like the HTC Surround, the Arrive is a thick chunk of handset, but that extra bulk makes possible a responsive keyboard and a screen that tilts for optimal typing and media consumption. While the data speeds are fine, we were a little disappointed that 4G WiMax isn’t an option.
While there’s a lot to like, the Arrive also has its drawbacks, some having to do with the handset’s construction and some stemming from the Windows Phone 7 OS. For the most part, though, it acquits itself well as a Sprint newcomer.
After RIM launched the BlackBerry Bold 9650 for both Sprint and Verizon earlier this year, regional carrier U.S. Cellular now has a turn at it as well. Like the other two, the U.S. Cellular version is an upgrade to the BlackBerry Tour, and features Wi-Fi, more onboard memory, and an optical trackpad. In this review, we will mostly focus on the features and performance that U.S. Cellular offers. For more information about the phone’s design and core functions, please read the full review of the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 for Sprint. The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is available from U.S. Cellular now for $159.95 after a two-year service agreement and a $70 mail-in rebate.