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Most of the smart phones have touch sensitive screen. There are resistive and capacitive touch screens. So which one of them is better? I searched around the Internet and found some info…

Advantages of resistive touch screen

  • Lower cost.
  • Can operate with any pointing devices like stylus and nail.
  • Good for handwriting recognition system with a stylus.
  • More accurate than capacitive touch screen.

Disadvantages of resistive touch screen

  • Multi touch support not available yet. (Maybe there is…)

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I still remember that my first mobile phone was a monochrome and with very less pixels. However, the LCD technology really improves a lot. We have lot of variety of mobile phone display resolution right now. There are 128 x 128 pixels, 128 x 160 pixels, 176 x 208 pixels, 176 x 220 pixels, 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA), 240 x 400 pixels (WQVGA), 352 x 416 pixels, 320 x 480 pixels (HVGA), 480 x 640 pixels (VGA) and 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA). And most of them have the capability to surf Internet. The largest resolution the better when browsing Internet. You don’t need to zoom in and out every time.

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Finding a new mobile phone…

My Sony Ericsson K510i is not working properly. The joystick is not function well as it cannot go up and down most of the time. And getting another HP iPAQ rz1710 Pocket PC with it is little troublesome. You need to take 2 devices. So what should I do? Starting to find a new mobile phone to replace both of them.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is my first choose when thinking of new mobile phone. My colleague is using it and is only priced at RM1200. And I like the GPS function. I can install Garmin XT on it. I wish to combine most of the features that I need to use in one device. But I scare that this Symbian OS cannot sync Outlook calendar, contacts and notes well like Sony Ericsson K510i which have lot of issues. Therefore, I need a Windows Mobile (WinMo) OS. Or other OS like Android, Palm, Linux and OSX can support?

After searching around…. I discovered Samsung S8000 Jet. It has lot of features that I like… 16M colours AMOLED touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels. But too bad it is not powered by WinMo. How about the bigger brother ~ Samsung I8000 Omnia II? Samsung I8000 Omnia II looks great but not perfect. It does not have build in stylus and not 16M colours LCD. Looking further… Some reviews stated that it is lagged a bit. Hmm…

HTC Touch Diamond2 has almost the same features as Samsung I8000 Omnia II. I hate it does not have 3.5 mm audio jack. Hmm…

Mobile phone has really evolved a lot. There is lot of new stuffs for me to learn. Will keep on learning and wait for my dream mobile phone to come. Maybe HTC Leo / HD2 will be my next mobile phone? Who know…?

My IBM ThinkPad T42 has been with me for more than 4 years. I changed its main board, hard drive, CPU fan during these years. It is still okay for normal daily office use. But cannot use it to play 3D games at all. The display adaptor ~ ATI Radeon 7500 mobile edition cannot play most of the 3D games nowadays.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400

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I have an old Pocket PC which is using Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC – Professional. It uses 203 MHz Samsung S3C2410 processor. 25 MB user available memory is all that I have. Therefore, it is a little hard for me to play media files with this Pocket PC. However, The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) saves the day. It does not require high end hardware resources to play media files like DivX video files.

TCPMP is an open source application but discontinued. It is known as BetaPlayer previously. The latest version is CorePlayer Mobile and Pro v1.3 from CoreCodec Universe. But you need to purchase it. Not longer a free product.

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