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Bloglines Mobile on the i-mate JASJAR

Here’s a shot of my most frequently visited web page on the JASJAR – Bloglines Mobile.

Fullscreen mode in Pocket IE eliminates the taskbar and address bar, and the menu bar at the bottom, really taking advantage of the 640×480 VGA resolution of the screen.

I find that width has more impact on the browsing experience than height. We expect to scroll vertically when we read – we’re used to it. But horizontal scrolling kills the surfing experience fast.

In landscape orientation, at the smallest “zoom” level (how text size is controlled in Pocket IE), web surfing is a pleasure on this device. You get 640 pixels of horizontal resolution, compared to 240 pixels on a non-VGA device in portrait orientation (or even skimpier 172 pixels on a Smartphone). Even the Treo 650 only provides 320 pixels of width.

VGA screen in landscape mode = Best. Windows Mobile Web Surfing. Evar. πŸ™‚

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Thickness with Cases: Dell X50V and i-mate JASJAR

Here’s a (blurry) shot of my Dell X50V in it’s awesome Innopocket magnesium case, compared to the stock leather pouch/case that came with the JASJAR.

The case adds a lot of thickness, and doesn’t have a belt-clip, or any way to access the device while inside the case. You have to pull it out and open it up every time you want to access it. Irritating.

Since the JASJAR is a clamshell-like device, and the sensitive bits (screen and keyboard) are protected when it’s closed, I stopped using the included case after 1 day. I just keep the JARJAR in my pocket, in closed mode, and so far, no worries about damage.

Still, I’d love to see a well-designed case or pouch for this device. I don’t think a full-time metal or leather case will work, because of the way the screen hinges and swivels. Perhaps a holster type that lets me carry the device on my belt, without adding too much bulk. And lets me feel vibrating alerts. And doesn’t add too much bulk. And give easy access, with a magnetic clasp. Not too much to ask, right? πŸ˜‰

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Dell Axim X50V and i-mate JASJAR


Dell Axim X50V and i-mate JASJAR
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

Some comparison shots between my Dell Axim X50V and my new i-mate JASJAR/HTC Universal. The screens are both VGA, though the Dell’s is slightly larger.

I’m still looking for a “true VGA” hack/application that works on Windows Mobile 5. Apparently, the existing VGA hacks are not compatible with WM5. For those that don’t know, on VGA Window Mobile devices, the OS doubles the pixels, to keep things from being too small. For those of us that don’t mind making things tiny in exchange for four times the screen real estate, working in full VGA mode is a nice option.

If you look at the full size version of this photo, you can see the difference. The X50V is running in hacked full VGA mode, while the JASJAR is in normal Windows Mobile VGA mode.

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TinyPodcast 2005-09-22

Here’s this week’s show. You can download the MP3 file directly (right-click, save as), or subscribe to the TinyPodcast RSS feed in your favorite podcast aggregator to get the show delivered automatically to your computer and MP3 player. This week’s show is about 20 MB, 40 minutes, as usual.

We went a week without a show, because I was down in L.A. at PDC05, geeking out with all the Microsoft folks, and acquiring a new toy. In this show, we catch up on some of the cool stuff that I saw at PDC, and spend the majority of the time talking about my new Windows Mobile device, the i-mate JASJAR/HTC Universal. I go deep into it’s features, what’s new with Windows Mobile 5, and some glitches I’ve had so far. If you’re interested in this device, make sure to listen to this podcast. I’ve had many people email me and even call me with questions about it, and I hope this review will answer lots of questions. Of course, you can still always email me or call me – I love to hear from people who listen to TinyPodcast, or read TinyScreenfuls!

You can send email to tinyscreenfuls@gmail.com or call our voice feedback line and leave us a message – 206-339-TINY. We know we’ve been bad about getting a show done regularly, and we’re going to try hard to fix that. Really. I promise. πŸ™‚

Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed!

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PDC05: Swag Aftermath


PDC Swag
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

Some of the PDC swag I brought back, which is currently scattered all over part of my desk at work.

Oh, and that’s Burnout Legends for the PSP, which I picked up while I was in L.A. I keep meaning to post about it, but I find myself playing it instead. It’s awesome – expect a review soon. Also, a review of the excellent aluminum PSP case from CoreCases that you see in the photo.

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