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Dvorak for Mobile Phones?

I am a fan of the Dvorak keyboard and alternate between it and Qwerty at home. I hope someone comes up with a cell phone that can give me the same capabilities in a mobile phone. With all the texting and typing we do these days, it would be good to avoid muscle stress from unnecessary keyboard strokes, which is what the Dvorak keyboard is designed to provide…less tired muscles. The QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow typists down because in the first typewriters, fast typing jammed the machines. Now the QWERTY layout is working against all of us.

I tried to find a Dvorak app for my G1 but did not succeed. I then went to the official T-Mobile forum and read a short thread in which I learned that so far a Dvorak keyboard is not available.

To change to Dvorak on your computer in a Windows operating system, follow these steps:
Start Menu
Control Panel
Classic View
Regional and Language Options
Details
Text Services and Input Languages
Add
Keyboard layout/IME
Select Dvorak
OK
Close Control Panel

If you are a true touch-typist, you will not need to buy a special Dvorak keyboard, or a Dvorak skin for your QWERTY keyboard. One frugal alternative, if you must look at the keys, is to pop off the plastic keys on a QWERTY and put them back on in the DVORAK layout.

Dvorak Keyboard

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phones | | Leave a comment

What’s a Cupcake?

I just had to laugh at the name for the latest update to the Google phone G1. Where do these names get thought up at? When I was out doing an internet search for the latest google phone accessories to keep my readers informed of any new cool gadgets, I kept bumping into information about the Cupcake upgrade, mainly being blogged about by European bloggers.

I saw a whole bunch of comments complaining about how the video recording really didn’t work, and then supposedly google employees added to the comment threads stating they were not finished with the code…

Well when it is finally done being beta tested it is going to be great to have that capability.

March 3, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phones | , , | Leave a comment

HTC + Android = Success

HTC, the Taiwanese mobile phone vendor, is bucking the current trend of falling profits and massive job losses so prevalent in the technology sector. Some speculate that is due to HTC’s decision to move into the Android market. HTC actually increased its workforce size.

Prior to developing the now hugely popular Google G1, the world’s first Android-powered handset, HTC had released a range of handsets which although technically impressive, ran a relatively clunky operating system in the form of Windows Mobile. Despite attempts to improve the user experience with the introduction of TouchFLO, their own user interface which ran on top of Windows Mobile, reviews were mixed and HTC just couldn’t seem to match Apple’s iPhone for overall appeal.

All of that changed with their decision to use the Android platform. The G1 handset was released in October 2008 as a T-Mobile exclusive with a sales forecast of 1 million units by December. By the end of the first month, pre-order sales in the US alone had reached 1.5 million. Several months on, and according T-Mobile UK, the G1 now accounts for 20% of all contract sales.

In the run-up to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, HTC was still the only manufacturer to have actually launched an Android phone with a network provider, and speculation was rife that many manufacturers were set to announce their own Android phones. For the most part MWC was a let down in this regard with the exception of HTC who announced their partnership with Vodafone to launch their second Android phone, the HTC Magic. Although similar to the G1, the Magic is a pure touchscreen phone as it’s lost the G1’s QWERTY keyboard for a much sleeker and lighter design. According to the specifications, battery life (a known issue with the G1) is also improved with a 1340 mAh battery versus the G1’s 1150 mAh. If the G1 is anything to go by, the HTC Magic is certain to be one of the top Android phones on the market.

2009 is definitely going to be the year of the Android phone as manufacturers like LG and Samsung have indicated that they will be releasing phones on the platform this year. There may even be some surprises in the form of phones from Dell and Acer but a lot of that is speculation at this stage. Whatever the case, HTC continues to be the company to watch as industry experts expect another 4 Android phones from them this year. While there may not be that much to choose from right now, in a few months we’ll have more for choice.

Speaking of choice, I am hoping for more of a choice when it comes to Google phone accessories, such as a Google phone plastic case and G1 phone pouches that actually are custom made for the Google phone. It seems as soon as a new mobile phone hits the market a slew of “one size fits all” generic mobile phone accessories will suddenly appear, but will be labeled as G1 accessories, for example. These same items are also marketed as iPhone accessories, you get the picture….. Perhaps HTC could expand into custom fit mobile phone cases that really fit the phone you have?

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phones | , | Leave a comment

Choosing the Best Cell Phone Deal

The modern cell phone has evolved into one of the most important parts of our daily life. Most businesses require their officers to have a cell phone. Even individuals need cell phones while going about their daily lives. Finding the most reasonable cell phone plan is one requirement in choosing cell phones intelligently. Because of the very large number of network services in this country, it may help to research and assess numerous offers before deciding on a cell phone plan.

Before you decide to buy a cell phone, you may want to decide first whether you want a prepaid cell phone service or a traditional cell phone plan. If you decide on a prepaid cell phone service, then no problem, no credit check, you just need to pay outright and immediately you have your phone. Some cell phone companies even offer a free cellular phone unit when you acquire a prepaid cell phone service from them. However, when you want a cell phone plan, you may need to choose from by-the-minute charging or by-the-second charging. Both charging process have positive and negative points. You need to assess your usage frequency and requirements before you decide on a cell phone plan.

You may also want to research the performance, such as ample towers to reach you wherever you are. There are different cell phone plans for family and national use. There are also cell phone plans for regional use. All of these have their own benefits although there are also unique disadvantages. For prepaid cell phone plans, there are cell phone units that may not have the capability for such a variety of connection.

Families and small businesses can make good use of “family plans.” In these plans there is free access for emergencies. In addition, it is cheaper to call the other cell phones included in one billing. There are also discounts for the airtime usage of family members using this cell phone plan. In national plans, free long-distance charges are often included. Another plus is the lack of roaming charges in most national cell phone plans. Regional cell phone plans may require you to pay long-distance charges but the airtime rates may be cheaper.

So assess your intended usage and choose accordingly. Also, check in with the carrier you do use on a regular basis to ask for any new specials or plans that might be available.

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phones | | Leave a comment

Mobile News Blog

Welcome to Mobile News Blog. This is our first post. We are going to be reviewing all kinds of mobile technology, especially cell phones, to help you stay on top of the news with these technological wonders. Right now our favorite smart phone is the Google G1 Phone, so you will be reading a lot about that here. One thing that is hard to keep track of is the Google Phone Accessories and Google Phone Applications that just keep coming and coming!

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phones | , , | Leave a comment