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Call recording can be very valuable for example when you haven’t been able to take notes of something that’s been said in a phone call, when you want to go back and check some kind of information or if you want to listen to a deleted voice mail again. Most smartphones don’t have any option for call recording for some reason, so this functionality has to be added by third-party applications.

I’ve been testing Vito AudioNotes on WM6 (Windows Mobile Standard, Smartphone, non-touchscreen) for a while, and I’m very pleased with this solution. With this program it’s possible to both make on demand recordings and to automatically record every phone call that’s made or received. It’s got a simple user interface and it’s very easy to use; the program window shows a list of all your recordings and clicking on them brings up a menu with a few choices like Play, Rename, Send, Delete etc.

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The right soft button brings up a settings menu with options for automatical call recording, MP3/WAV format and quality and recording destination (main memory or storage card). When you are recording you can set mic gain and level for voice activated recording, to get get rid of silent parts.

I’ve found that the MP3 medium quality setting gives a good quality/size ratio for me, at around 500 Kb per minute of recorded calls. It has also worked well when recording hour-long interviews. To be able to record phone calls automatically the program must be running in the background at all times, using around 1 Mb of RAM. It installs a shortcut in the Startup folder. I’ve had the application installed to the storage card and set to save the recordings to the storage card, which has worked well, so it doesn’t have to take up internal storage memory. The auto recording is really convenient as you don’t have to do anything at all to get all your calls recorded, it’s just set and forget. The name of the contact you are talking to is even included in the audio file.

Be aware that not every phone model is able to record phone calls, so be sure to use a trial version to see if it works on your device. The device I’ve used is a HTC Tornado. There are also a few other programs that may be worth checking out, like PMRecorder and Resco Audio Recorder. More about Vito AudioNotes can be found on Vito’s product page.

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Playing the Microsoft game Solitaire on Windows Mobile 6 Standard (included on all WM phones), I just found out that you don’t have to move each card from the lower (tableau) piles to the aces piles (the four foundations) by yourself. If you press up on the D-pad when there are cards that may be moved there, they’re automatically moved to the foundations piles. Quite a timesaver if you’re hooked on playing Solitaires, and haven’t already found this out…

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Skyfire is a web browser with PC-like browsing and Flash support for Windows Mobile. Web pages are processed on Skyfire’s servers before appearing in the phone, much like with the Opera browser. It works on WM 5 and 6, both Standard and Professional, and seems to be fast which makes it interesting.

Skyfire review at Brighthand
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Mobile-review has reviewed the Samsung i780 very thoroughly. There’s a wide variety of control options; touchscreen with stylus, touckscreen with finger, and a touchpad that can control a mouse pointer or work as a conventional navigation pad. It is an interesting idea, but the touchpad might take a while to get used.

The display is a good-looking 2.55″ 320×320. The unusual display dimensions cause some problems with application compatibility though. 128 Mb RAM, which should become a standard for WM devices. GPS is included but it only works with the Navigon application. The battery is ok but on the weak side, lasting 1,5-2 days in real life. I like the customization of the sofware interface and the Windows Media home screen mini player.

Things I don’t like are the proprietary headphone connector and the mediocre camera type (fixed-focus 2Mp, without flash). I’m hoping we’ll se more WM mobiles with useful cameras, auto-focus being the most important improvement. I’m often taking snaps of texts, using the phone as a mobile scanner, and that’s impossible without AF.

Samsung i780 review

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E-ten has released a new WM6 mobile, the X650. VGA screen, GPS, autofocus camera , FM tuner and an “affordable price” are some interesting details. It’s missing 3G and a keyboard though; on the other hand you can find that in their other models. One thing you won’t find is more than 64 MB of RAM.

“Specifications of the X650 include a Samsung SC3 processor at 500Mz, 256MB ROM, 2-megapixel auto-focus camera, FM Tuner, and FM Transmitter (subject to region). Dimensions of the handset are an ultra-compact 107 x 58 x 14.7mm with a weight of just 139g.

The Glofiish X650 is offered in two color choices, black and purple, and should be available worldwide in two to three weeks.”

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Inside Microsoft gives an interesting look at some features of WM7. I’ve really missed that clock on the top bar.