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HTC 7510 – Solid State Computer & Phone & GPS !

HTC7510Further to the post on the arrival of solid state computers in particular the HTC 7501 I see that HTC have got 2 new models…

The top of the range HTC 7510 now runs Windows Mobile 6, has a 16Gb flash drive for storage – more than enough for charts, tracks and waypoints – and as a mobile phone it will support :

o HSDPA/WCDMA: 2100 MHz for Europe
o 850/1900 MHz for USA,
o with up to 384 kbps upload and 1.8 Mbps download speeds
o GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz (The device will operate on any frequencies available from the cellular network.)Click here for a full specification

Using the internal GPS and you could have a very capable chartplotter / phone / email / camera / web browser that can work with your current phone provider or WiFi when you are in the marina or in a cafe using a WiFi hotspot. Of course you would also need chartplotter software that works under Windows Mobile 6 such as the Pathaway software from Muskoka. more on that here…

For pictures of this tiny unit see Endgadget


Symbian based smartphones and EAP-TTLS PAP

A number of people have written asking about errors connecting their brand new Nokia smartphones to their University WLAN.

If your University uses Eduroam then it will use a type of EAP (Extended access protocol) called EAP-TTLS PAP. other types of EAP are EAP-PEAP and EAP-MSCHAPv2 .

This is a problem with Symbian S60 phones including Nokia – they dont support the EAP-TTLS PAP protocol.

Another reason that I decided to get a Windows Mobile 6 Pro phone.

There is even a petition to try and force Nokia to support this protocol..


Connecting a Smartphone (WM6) to Vista

Test Rig:
Laptop: Acer 5022WLMi + Windows Vista Ultimate
Phone: Samsung i780 + Windows Mobile6 Pro


Start with checking that your Bluetooth connection is the latest version.

This is critical if you are running Windows Vista on your laptop, but not as important if you are running Windows XP. If you are running Windows XP then click here for advice on how to deal with XP as opposed to Vista.

The Acer laptop I use does not have built in Bluetooth, and I am running Windows Vista, so the first step was to buy a Bluetooth dongle. The one I selected was the Anycom USB200, which I bought on Amazon.
This dongle has:
o USB 2.0
o Data transmission up to 3Mb/s
o Class 2 (20 m / 66 feet range)
o Vista approved drivers

Follow the instructions and install the drivers and then the dongle.
o DO NOT believe any prompts from VISTA to “connect your hardware”
o FINISH the drivers install first – then REBOOT the laptop – then ATTACH the dongle.

This is critical if your are using Vista – if you are using XP the install will work normally…
– remember software first – then reboot – then attach the dongle

In the Bluetooth settings on the Samsung i780, you will see a dialogue box with 4 tabs (Devices-Mode-COM ports-FTP) – all phones/PDA’s with Bluetooth will have similar options – somewhere! – even if they are running Symbian rather than Windows Mobile6.
– Set Bluetooth ON
– make the device VISIBLE to others
FTP – Tick all the following boxes
o Bluetooth authentication
o File transfer authentication
o Able to write
o Shared folder = \My Documents

Now select Internet Sharing and you will see two drop down boxes:
o PC Connection – Set this to “Bluetooth PAN”
o Internet connection – Set this to the internet connection from your mobile supplier. So for example, this setting is set to “Orange Internet” on my phone.

Now select “Connect” and you should be given a confirmation that the process has succeeded..

“Device setup finished. On the PC connect Bluetooth PAN”

So this is showing that you “connect” the phone to a PAN (personal area network) first before connecting the laptop to the phone….

Assuming your Bluetooth dongle is installed and setup correctly on your laptop, you should see the Bluetooth icon in your task bar.

Right click on the icon and select “Join a Personal Area Network”

You should see a box that displays your phone as an icon and also confirmation that it is acting as…
o Network Access Point
o Bluetooth NAP Service

….Click on Connect

You should now see the network icon in you task bar jump into life …
– hover over the icon and it should display the name of the network (PAN) it is connected to and show that access is “local and internet”

Launch your browser or email client – you should be able to access the internet at about 1Mb/s

… in the London area this may even exceed 2Mb/sec – that’s higher than some people get on their wired broadband after contention with everyone else sharing the line!…but for our purposes I am assuming you are in a less well served marina or along the coast somewhere.

While you are browsing the phone can still receive calls and SMS text messages and will operate as normal. I have found that certain operations disrupt internet sharing such as having an alarm set in my diary which goes off – this seems to stop the phone doing anything until the alarm is cleared.

If you are going to browse the internet for a while – say 15 mins or more I would advise plugging the phone power charger in to keep the batteries topped up – Bluetooth is very draining on the phone’s battery.


Which phone for your boat?

If you havn’t bought a phone yet then I highly recommend that you buy a phone using Windows Mobile6 Professional – sorry for those that have already got a phone with a previous version

My minimum spec list for a good smart phone is:

1. Bluetooth
2. 3G
3. WM6 Professional (version 6 or later )
4. WiFi
5. GPS
6. Touchscreen (for experimenting with maps and GPS!)

For a list of phones that have this spec click here. (0ver 50 models in the UK at the present time…)

Strictly speaking :

  • Windows Mobile for Pocket PC is now Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • Windows Mobile for Pocket PC Phone Edition is now Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • Windows Mobile for Smartphone is now Windows Mobile Standard

So my test rig phone – the Samsung i780 – is a “Pocket PC” rather than a smartphone, according to Microsoft …


HTC 7501 Better than a laptop on board ?

HTC 7501HTC have started to ship the HTC Advantage X7501.I think you could easily use this small but very capable device as a substitute for a laptop on board. It has USB ports for interfacing to a NMEA/Seatalk multiplexer and has enough hard disc to store maps and enough power to run charting software….

This is a PDA + GPS + Camera + a multi-region Phone that :-

  • Runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
  • 8 Gb hard disc
  • 624 MHz CPU
  • mini SD storage card
  • 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash
  • Built-in GPS
  • 5-inch VGA display
  • HSDPA/UMTS (2100 MHz for Europe, 850/1900 MHz for USA)
  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE for all regions
  • WiFi b/g
  • Bluetooth.
  • Has Direct Push Technology
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • TV Out feature to output contents to an external display such as a Projector or TV when doing presentations or sharing photos
  • You can also print out documents by connecting to a Bluetooth or network printer

…this is the shape of real portability and low power consumption, it can even be a backup GPS …