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Spotify for Windows Phone 6 released; Windows Phone 7 version incoming [Video]

Spotify for Windows Phone 6 released; Windows Phone 7 version incoming [Video]

Windows Mobile may not be the freshest of smartphone platforms, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of people still using handsets running the Microsoft OS.  Happily those people can now get Spotify on their devices, as the streaming audio company has just launched their new Spotify for Windows Mobile app.  Meanwhile, looking suitably ahead, they've also confirmed that Spotify for Windows Phone 7 will also be available.

Video demo after the cut

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Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Motorola's ES400S isn't exactly pretty - though we have to say it does have a certain rugged, purposeful charm - but it's tough and flexible, even with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 as the OS.  The "enterprise handheld device" (based on the regular ES400) is headed to Sprint at the end of October 2010, priced at a hefty $499.99 (with a new agreement) but capable of withstanding dust, four foot drops and bumps.

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Sony Ericsson Aspen Review

Sony Ericsson Aspen Review

Back when Sony Ericsson first announced the Aspen smartphone, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3, in early February 2010, we wondered whether the QWERTY-equipped handset would have enough room to make its mark before Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 by the end of the year. Now, five months later and even closer to the new platform's debut, the window of opportunity for the Aspen is even smaller. Can this combination touchscreen/keyboard candybar convince buyers with its green aspirations? Check out the full review after the cut.

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HTC HD mini Review

HTC HD mini Review

It sounds like a recipe for success: take the surprisingly popular HTC HD2, shrink it down some, and offer it as a more pocketable alternative. Yet out of the three devices HTC announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the HTC HD mini has prompted the least interest. The HD mini has to convince prospective buyers not only of its own merits but that it's worth buying into an ageing OS that's just months away from replacement. Can it deliver? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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HTC HD mini unboxing

HTC HD mini unboxing

It's the last of HTC's trio of devices from MWC 2010 and, dare we say it, it's perhaps the least anticipated.  Still, the HTC HD mini has the potential to make a fair few fans, with the capacitive touch technology of the wildly popular HD2 shrunk down into a far more pocket-friendly package.  Check out our video unboxing, some comparison shots with the HD2, and a few first-impressions after the cut.

Video unboxing after the cut

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The Daily Slash: April 2nd 2010

The Daily Slash: April 2nd 2010

It's the night before the iPad officially hits store shelves -- actually, we'll correct that. It's the night before the iPad immediately sells out, and doesn't see store shelves, and we imagine that many of you out there are probably reading this post from a line in front of an Apple Store. Patiently waiting for those doors to open bright and early, so you can run home and play with your new gadget. Or you're not. Either case, we're glad you could join us here for another edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, we've got some update goodness for Windows Mobile 6.5.3. There's a big announcement for TweetDeck, too. Some of the biggest games for the PlayStation 3 are getting a big update. If you're sick of your iPhone and are looking for something bigger, T-Mobile USA has a plan for you. And finally, it looks like the iPad developer story can be put to rest.

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KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

It's not just Sharp's new IS01 that's arriving in Japan sometime this year; carrier KDDI has also announced that it will be offering the Toshiba TG02 as the KDDI Toshiba IS02.  First launched at Mobile World Congress last month, the IS02 is a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.1-inch OLED touchscreen; unlike the GSM/UMTS versions demonstrated in Barcelona, however, the KDDI phone will have EVDO Rev.A.

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Verizon LG VS750 Windows Mobile Classic slider expected April 2010

Verizon LG VS750 Windows Mobile Classic slider expected April 2010

It's not just HTC pushing out Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphones despite Windows Phone 7 being due at the end of the year.  Details of a new LG handset, the LG VS750, have emerged, which will apparently launch on Verizon's network come mid-April 2010.  A touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, the VS750 will support global roaming with EVDO Rev.A for use in the US and quadband GSM with UMTS/HSPA for when owners are abroad.

Windows Mobile runs on a 3.2-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen and there's WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a 3.2-megapixel camera with VGA video recording.  Memory is 512MB flash and 256MB RAM, along with a microSD slot content with up to 16GB cards.

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Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Microsoft has caught some grief this past week over the latest stage of the copy & paste debacle, a meme that began when Apple omitted the functionality from the iPhone (and took two years to add it in) and was resurrected upon the admission that Windows Phone 7 series wouldn't ship with the ability to snip text from one app and paste it into another. In fact, copy & paste is just one example of Microsoft locking down their new smartphone experience, slicing a great deal of OEM and user customisation out in the process. They're not the only firm to do so, however; merely the latest to seemingly decide that users want delineated - perhaps even prescriptive - experiences rather than flexibility.

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