Using a Windows Mobile phone as a GPS tracker

October 26, 2010 · Posted in Tech, Transport · 3 Comments 

As mentioned earlier, I recently upgraded from a Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond to an Android-powered HTC Desire. Aside from the dated OS/UI on the Diamond, it’s still a really capable gadget so I use it as a spare phone for the car. Given its new permanent home and the fact it has internal GPS, it seemed to me that it lends itself well to becoming a tracking device that could report its location in the event that the car is stolen. Here’s how I set about doing that.
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HTC Desire v iPhone

June 15, 2010 · Posted in Money, Tech · 2 Comments 
HTC Desire

HTC Desire

A couple of months ago I got a new phone; I chose the HTC Desire. As I’m known to be somewhat obsessed with phones and their features, people often ask me for advice about their next purchase. “Why that phone instead of the iPhone?” (or words to that effect). It still seems that the only smartphone most people want is the ‘Jesus phone’, but I’ve always found myself wondering why. In the early days competition wasn’t great – you were looking at a WinMo or Blackberry – but even then the iPhone was always style-over-substance. Remember when iPhones had a 2MP camera that could only manage stills not video? Around about that time I got an HTC Diamond (3.2MP) and was shooting video and copy-and-pasting text like an Apple fanboy could only dream about.
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