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Moto Dext Makes Good First Impression

Had my first experience with Motorola's entry into the Android world today and I have to say first impressions are very good. The hardware is very solid and feels like it will stay that way. The keyboard is particularly good after the iffy quality of the Xperia X1.

Software wise I'm still on the fence with Android. It doesn't have the user friendliness of the iPhone of the familiarity of Windows Mobile but it is much more responsive than either. Definitely looks like something I could get the hang of...

Nokia N900 256MB Application Limit Fixed

Early reviews of the new Maemo 5 based Nokia N900 Internet Tablet/Smartphone hybrid have been critical of the artificial limit being placed on the application space. Despite looking to ship with 32GB of storage application space was limited to 256MB on the prototypes which have been doing the rounds. Given the avalanche of Maemo 4 software waiting to arrive on the new platform, as well as a QT compatibility layer this seemed a little restrictive.

The good news is that Nokia have said that shipping devices won't suffer this limit and users will be able to install applications in a 2GB partition.

Quite an exciting unit this and battling with the Palm Pre for the position of my next smartphone... Slick WebOS or customiseable Maemo? Now there's a decision...

F1: Button The Target Of Ridiculous Criticism

Martin Brundle, amongst others, is claiming that Jensen Button needs to put in a 'Champions' drive before the end of the season to be considered a worthy champion.

What utter nonsense.

Should Button clinch the title (which I'm sure will happen) he'll be a worthy champion by virtue of his season long performance. Lest we forget that season already includes six wins and points finishes at every race bar Spa, where he was eliminated as the innocent party in a first lap accident. Those six wins were part of an imperious start to the season where he left everyone, including his teammate, standing. If the later races have been unspectacular then the consistent racking up of points in the face of improving opposition has been solid and sensible.

With just five points required from the last two races its entirely possible that Jensen could cruise to the title even if his opponent deliver perfect scores. That will not detract from the result in any way. Do we percieve Rosberg or …

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5, Marketplace And MyPhone Launch

Today marks the start of a busy launch schedule over the month of October.

Microsoft's launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 hasn't really set the world alight though - Microsoft just doesn't have the sex appeal of Apple and Google.

There's a small selection of handsets available today and an even smaller selection of 6.1 handsets that will get an upgrade.

On the other hand MyPhone has come out of beta and looks the business - pretty much free it makes Apple's MobileMe look a bit amateur hour. The only chargeable parts of the service are the remote tools: locate and wipe. At a one of charge of arourd £4 it makes MobileMe's annual fee look positively outrageous.

Finally the Microsoft Marketplace has launched and looks like a good solid base to build an appstore. Installing applications is as straightforward a pass as its possible to be and there's a good variety of software even if there aren't a huge number of apps.

All in all this seems a good selection of upgr…