i-Mate have announced that they will be closing down their Momento Live online photo sharing service on February 25th, meaning users of their WiFi-enabled Momento photo frames will no longer be able to send and receive images automatically. In an email sent to all subscribers, i-Mate warned users that they will need to backup any images stored on Momento Live, as once the service terminates they will be deleted.
i-mate has announced their i-mate Go interface today. Intended for the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, this interface makes it so WinMo is more easily accessible on touch-screen devices. In fact, it's rather iPhone-like, at least in terms of its large buttons.
The Go interface makes it easy to access your most frequently used applications with just a simple tap. You can even customize the icons to appear as you wish and select the applications you would like represented on the main screen.
You can download the i-mate Go interface now for free and it is compatible with the smartphone maker's Ultimate 9502, Ultimate 8502, Ultimate 8150, Ultimate 6150 and the JAMA 101 models. Touchscreen navigation on Windows Mobile is rather difficult, so the i-mate Go is really just another in a long line of interfaces from various phone makers meant to make navigating WinMo a little bit easier.
The i-Mate 6150 really is the ultimate in smartphone devices. It runs Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro and has a 520MHz Intel Bulverde CPU inside. It even has an FM radio, and a video out for projectors and other displays for presentations and such.
For connectivity it has a quad-band GSM chip for voice. For data there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, infrared and best of all, HSDPA. There is also a 2.8 inch VGA touch-screen. Hit the jump for a YouTube video of what I assume is an i-Mate representative explaining and showing off the device at some tradeshow in Dubai.
Back in January, when salivating slightly over ASUS' ScreenDUO SideShow display, I interrupted my oral perspiration to wonder this:
"Wouldn’t it be easier to have a constantly updated cellphone relying on the processing power of your laptop together with the convenience of something most people carry round all the time?"
Well it looks like the good people at i-mate have been listening, or at the very least that we're thinking on the same wavelength (I'll expect my consultancy fee cheque to be in the post, guys), because their Ultimate line of WM6 smartphones (which thankfully won't just come in the JayLenoChinphone guise but as a range of different handsets) will come with software that not only enables just that, SideShow functionality using the cellphone as wireless display, but also remote Windows Media Centre control and media-previewing.
And so, smarting from the craptastic design efforts of ASUS, we turn our beady 3GSM-eye to i-mate. Now I'll confess early on that I'm in two minds about i-mate's showing this year - their main design theme seems to be "gaudy", including one phone they're calling 'Ultimate' but I'll forever think of as the i-mate JayLenoChinphone, but there's a thread of sober sexiness in the shape of the JAQ 4. Keep reading for photos, then make up your own mind...
The new colourful SPL range, above, smacks a little of Motorola-style brand-broadening desperation. Full specs are here (let's just say they've not changed much other than the colour), but highlights remain the 12mm profile, 2-megapixel camera and quad-band GSM.
12 September, 2006 Los Angeles, USA -- i-mate' , the specialist in Microsoft Windows Mobile powered devices and software applications, today announced it has launched two new devices for distribution in the U.S., Latin America and Canada. The announcement was made at CTIA Wireless IT 2006, a leading wireless industry tradeshow being held in Los Angeles Sept. 12-14.
The i-mate JAQ has everything the busy manager needs to do business on the move in a no-frills heavy-duty device. The i-mate' JAQ is a quad-band device that operates on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard, 128 MB ROM/64MB RAM, 64k 2.8” color LCD screen, MiniSD memory card expansion, integrated antenna, Bluetooth® compatibility.
The i-mate SPL is a great-looking device that will attract buyers that want a stylish device plus the benefits of the Windows Mobile® platform. For business or pleasure, it’s got what it takes for users who want the functionality and features of an affordable Windows Mobile powered device. The i-mate' SPL is a GSM/GPRS tri-band device featuring 128MB ROM/64MB RAM, 65k 2.2” color LCD screen, MiniSD memory card expansion, integrated antenna and Bluetooth® compatibility.
i-mate is courting Invertec, at least that’s the world on the Internet. I’m not sure if the grass is “greener” on the other side of the fence, since the new i-mate JAQ doesn’t feature WiFi. I can understand leaving out the camera, for various reasons such as security – but come on folks WiFi is an absolute must have feature! Also, the reviewer reports of a cheap plastic feel to the body.
Network: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM, GPRS and EDGE
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
processor: TI OMAP850 200Mhz
Memory: 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
Display: 2.8 inch 320x240 (QVGA) TFT LCD 64K colors
If you’ve got your eye on the Motorola Q but not on the Verizon Network, you can either wait for it to be available on Sprint or dump your current carrier. There’s a third option; wait for i-Mate to release the JAQ. i-Mate rebrands their smartphones from HTC, so it’s highly possible that the JAQ is a distant cousin of the Excalibur. Both devices share the same TI OPMAP850 200MHz processor, but the JAQ has a 2.8-inch screen compared to the 2.4-inch for the Excalibur. The over all layout design and button placement is also a little bit different. The keys are vertically elongated and a horizontally layout for the call row; while the touch/jogstrip for scrolling is missing all together. I think the jogstrip was relocated to the right hand side.
Given a choice between the Excalibur and JAQ, I pick the JAQ. It looks more professional and has a larger screen and battery. i-Mate JAQ and HTC Excalibur specs after the jump.