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The PocketPC Thread

JohnDoeJohnDoe Registered User
So I thought I'd make a thread for Pocket PCs (PDAs/Smartphones) and PocketPC software.

My favorites

Opera Mini (http://www.operamini.com/beta)
Awesome browser, and free. It uses a proxy to make pages smaller before sending them to your phone. IMO the current version is better than Opera Mobile (which costs money).

Resco File Explorer (http://www.resco.net/pocketpc/explorer/)
A replacement for the default file explorer, which is very basic. Lets you access networked drives properly so you can do things like stream video to your PDA from your other computers. Costs money, but its worth it.

ScummVM (http://www.scummvm.org/)
Lets you play all the Lucasarts adventure games from the comfort of your PDA! Its awesome, games work perfectly at full speed and high res on my O2 XDA Flame. Free, but you need to get the games yourself.

The Core Pocket Media Player (http://picard.exceed.hu/tcpmp/test/)
One of the best media players for Pocket PCs. Open source, and free. I can play the same files I play on my PC perfectly. Its no longer being worked on, but theres a paid for version called Coreplayer. Haven't tried it though, so I can't say how big of an improvement it is.

Mobipocket (http://www.mobipocket.com/)
For reading ebooks. Not that great, really, but I haven't found a good alternative yet.

All of these work on Windows Mobile, but there may be versions for other platforms. Post your own favorites.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I've only tried the demo, but if you have a full sized keyboard attachment for your PDA CEdit provides an amusing way to write code on the go. Costs dough to use permanently though... I've yet to justify it, because writing code on the PDA was neat but not terribly convenient. But it WAS neat. =)

    Also, if you search microsoft's website for "MicrosoftMoney_ppc06.exe", you can get a sort of "super light" version of Microsoft Money for the PocketPC for free. It's just a little micro program, but it's been somewhat useful.

    In truth, I bought an old used PocketPC thinking I'd use it a lot... and it's great in theory and great to play around with, but I haven't gotten to the point where I actually CARRY it with me anywhere. I tool around with it on occasion while I'm sitting at my desk waiting for something. It's unfortunate, because I really thought I'd find all these great uses for it... =(

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  • CmdPromptCmdPrompt Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    but I haven't gotten to the point where I actually CARRY it with me anywhere.
    The best way to get over this hump is to buy a smartphone so that you're guaranteed to carry it around with you anyway.

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  • mr_ekimmr_ekim Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    After a year of sorting through crap on Xda-developers and PPCGeeks with my Sprint Mogul, I think I've got a stabilized list of programs that are rather good and relatively bug free. These will work on Windows Mobile 5 and above.

    1. Windows Live Search Mobile (Free) - This self contained app has GPS navigation, local business search, traffic conditions, nearby gas prices, nearby movie times, and you can search using voice recognition. Google maps has a similar mobile app, but this is far, far more full featured. Probably one of the best programs for a 3G enabled smartphone.

    2. SU2U (Free) - This is a clone of the lock screen from the iPhone, with some additional features, including animated gif support and local weather. Uses about 1.5~2MB of ram, though.

    3. Youtubeplay (Free) - A direct way to watch Youtube videos from a menu driven interface with excellent quality and full search capabilities. The new version supports association to FLV files/links. The only problem is that it doesn't support other video sites.

    4. TCPMP /w flash plugin (Free) - This is what CorePlayer was before it became commercial. To watch videos sites other than Youtube such as Google Video and Veoh, you'll need this.

    5. PocketCM (Free) - A clone of the iPhone contact list with added SMS features.

    6. Tiny Twitter (Free) - Like tweeting about your bathroom activities but find the twitter homepage to be too slow on your mobile? This app pretty much does it all with a small memory footprint and almost all the twitter features (except adding new people to follow).

    7. My Mobiler (Free) - Probably the best and only remote terminal app for Windows Mobile. This pretty much puts up a remote terminal view (similar to VNC) of your PDA/Smartphone screen through USB and allows you to interact using a mouse and keyboard. Great for adding batches of new contacts or doing any complicated typing.

    8. WMWifiRouter ($22.48) - Ever wanted to share your smartphone's 3G connection out to your notebook/iPod touch through its 802.11g? This program will do it. Me and 3 buddies drove down PCH sharing a single connection this way. Unfortunately, Nintendo DS and PSP's won't work as they don't support Ad-hoc connections like this.

    9. NewsBreak ($19.95) - A really nice RSS reader that supports direct scheduled download of podcasts.

    10. OctroTalk (Free, for now) - A IM client that supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and Google Talk. It routes all your conversations through Google Talk's servers, thus logging them within Google Mail for easy searching. Low bandwidth and battery friendly.

    11. HTC Home Customizer (Free) - Customization program that will download a modified version of the HTC Home frontend app. I've tried at least 5 other skins/shells/UI replacements (including Ultimate Launch and SPB Mobile Shell) and found myself always returning to this frontend. It's finger friendly, has a small/medium sized memory footprint, and has lots of features.

    12. Levenum's Battery Meter (Free) - A battery meter that always sits on top of your title bar. It has a very small footprint and does only what it's supposed to do without bloat.

    13. PPC PIM Backup (Free) - A small app that will backup/restore all of your contacts, phone history, SMS messages, tasks, calendar, and more. It doesn't even need to be installed, just copy it to your SD card and start your restore/backup there.

    14. MoBlue (Free) - This Bluetooth file transfer app is especially helpful if your phone doesn't have a standard OBEX transfer mode, such as my Sprint Mogul. Nice features and user friendly.

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  • AyulinAyulin Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I'm running Pointui Home (Free, but it looks like there's going to be a paid version in the future) on my HTC Touch; still in development, but looks promising.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    CmdPrompt wrote: »
    but I haven't gotten to the point where I actually CARRY it with me anywhere.
    The best way to get over this hump is to buy a smartphone so that you're guaranteed to carry it around with you anyway.

    Yeah, I made a bad choice in getting a WM treo because the store was out of 8525's, and the rediculously small screen size combined with the larger form-factor means that I'm still carying around my x51v instead because it's smaller but still is more functional

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    ORB It turns your computer into a Slingbox. The best part is it's free! Keep in mind that it might be blocked on your mobile network, so good luck getting support for it.

  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Ooh! Good thread! I just got a new phone running Windows Mobile 6 Pro and I need some good themes and software for it.

    Good free themes and software. ;)

  • JAEFJAEF Unstoppably Bald Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    My four favorite games
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    Pocket Sand. Zen.
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    Machines at War. A full blown RTS on your god damn phone.
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    Kevtris. Tetris with a junkload of options. On... wait for it...... your phone.
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    Bustem 2. Craziest breakout game I've ever played. On my... my... ph.... ph........ phhhhhhhhh...
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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Suggestions on some good themes?

    Also, I downloaded an SSH client but it's just an executable and doesn't actually install. This makes it a bitch to actually run the program as I have to browse for it every time I want to use it. Any ideas on how to get around this and/or a SSH client that installs?

    Thanks.

  • JohnDoeJohnDoe Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Why not make a shortcut to the executable and put it in the start menu?

  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Does anyone know of a remote desktop client that will preserve my desktop resolution (ie - making me scroll left-right, up-down to view my remote pc)?

  • yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Does anyone know of a single decent gamepad for pocket PCs? The only one I've found is a crappy little one with limited support and it was too small for anything more than a slim smartphone to fit within its cradle. So, do I have any options or am I hosed?

  • mr_ekimmr_ekim Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    SeñorAmor wrote: »
    Does anyone know of a remote desktop client that will preserve my desktop resolution (ie - making me scroll left-right, up-down to view my remote pc)?

    The only VNC client that I got to work in Windows Mobile is zoomVNC, which also does exactly as you describe. Unfortunately, it's $20, but so far I haven't seen any nag screen or reduced functionality with the unlicensed version.
    yalborap wrote: »
    Does anyone know of a single decent gamepad for pocket PCs? The only one I've found is a crappy little one with limited support and it was too small for anything more than a slim smartphone to fit within its cradle. So, do I have any options or am I hosed?

    I've only heard of the Freedom bluetooth gamepad, which seems to fit most models of PDA and smartphones. It doesn't seem to be in production anymore, but I've noticed some internet retailers still selling it.

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