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HTC 8x Windows Phone 8 Review

HTC 8x

HTC 8x

I have just upgraded my HTC Radar Windows Phone 7.5 (reviewed here – to a nice new HTC 8x Windows Phone 8 and thought I would give it an initial review.

Upon unboxing HTC’s latest smartphone and toe in the Windows Phone 8 marketplace I was very impressed with the sleek design – I went for the Black version as it is all one colour and is more discreet than the brightly coloured versions.

Having used this phone for a few days now I have compiled the following list of my favourite features and enhancements; Continue Reading

Amazon Kindle Fire Running Windows 7 via Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

As a Proof of Concept, I wanted to deliver a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to a tablet based device, Kindle Fire was the ideal candidate.

I can only provide positive comments for the Kindle Fire, it does exactly what you would expect from an Amazon device. As long as you accept the limitations of the device; no Bluetooth, no GPS, no camera, no Android Marketplace, and accept that the device is incredible low priced you can only agree that this is an excellent example of what a tablet device should be. reviewed the Kindle Fire here.

I have used the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box product on an old server we had available.

The server is Windows 2008R2 with the Hyper-V Role installed.

As far as the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box product is concerned, it was perfect for my needs. I had a Windows 7 Professional (VDI-in-a-Box 5.0 does not support dynamic memory so no need for Enterprise) template deployed in half a day containing all the relevant software, Office, Photoshop, Anti-Virus etc. I also included the Microsoft App-V client in the image to enable the deployment of Virtual Apps.

I then configured the Kindle Fire, installed the Citrix Receiver, connected to the VDI-in-a-Box portal address and that was basically “Job Done”

Kindle Fire - Google

Kindle Fire - Google

Kindle Fire - Win7 Start Menu

Kindle Fire - Win7 Start Menu

Kindle Fire - Close Up

Kindle Fire - Close Up

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire

We have also tested the Citrix Receiver client on Mac OSX, Windows, Iphone and thin client, all with outstanding results.

I must admit this implementation is very exciting. The implications of a reasonably priced tablet device utilising a VDI can only make the case for BYOD stronger.

Also because of the cost involved this solution lends itself very easily to an educational environment.

Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on HTC Radar – Part 2

In November last year I posted a review of Windows Phone 7.5 on my new HTC Radar….Previous Blog Post

I have now been using it for a few months and have to say….


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Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on HTC Radar

I have been using (very happily!) an HTC Desire running Android 2.2 (Froyo) for a couple of years now.

I have been contemplating new phones for a few months and have finally taken the plunge and aquired an HTC Radar running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). Continue Reading

Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 Tablet PC Review

 I have just taken delivery of my new Asus Transformer – the name is cool btw!
Thought I would test out the keyboard docking module by writing a quick blog review of the Tablet.

First Impressions.

Upon opening the packaging you can’t help but notice how well made the tablet is.
The bronze finish is very nice.
As an Ipad owner also I could not fail to compare the 2 devices.
The Transformer is more shiny on the screen area and this does admittedly make it a bit harder to view and you do indeed find yourself angling the screen for the best position.

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