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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Treo 700w -- The 240x240 Dilema

>>> Visit the 240x240 Software Site

Many Pocket PC phones nowadays have 240x240 resolution because Windows Mobile 5.0
doesn't support 320x320 resolution and the next square screen resolution supported is 480x480. However when it comes to prices of touch screens, the screens with 480x480 are too expensive, so Pocket PC phone manufacturers, who wanted to use square resolution in order to accommodate a QWERTY keyboard, were forced into 240x240. (continued...)

Examples of devices sporting the square screens are the HP iPaq HW6515, HW6715,
Palm Treo 700w, and Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX T830 Pocket PC phones. Look for some
others later in the year.

When regular Pocket PC applications and games are run, the square screens cut off the information below the 240 pixel mark. Sometimes, they do scroll but often that's not the case which means that about 25 percent of the display is missing.

The only real solution to this problem is to have software that is designed to accomodate the 240x240 resolution.

Developers have begun to rework existing games and applications to work on square screen devices but a convenient list of what's currently available is a little difficult to come by.

So, I decided to create an article to hopefully help a few folks out that will be buying these units this year.

The Treo 700w in particular promises to bring many new Pocket PC users into the fold. This article will hopefully guide many of them to what's available.

The list is by no means comprehensive and I'll be adding to it as the year progresses.


1) In order to make this post more readable,URL's have been shortened using the
Metamark URL shortner at: http://metamark.net/add
2) Descriptions and URL's are courtesy of PocketGear.com, a site I visit often.
3) Inclusion in this list is not an endorsment of the product by the author.

General Applications WM5 240x240 Ready

Apmemo http://xrl.us/ka5p
The simplest and fastest way to create memos and reminders on your Pocket PC

Calligrapher v8.2 http://xrl.us/kbat
Four input methods in one: Write Pad and Write Anywhere handwriting recognition
input panels, on-screen keyboard with auto-complete, and PenCommander.

Battery Pack Pro v2.1.3 http://xrl.us/ka5t
View battery life, storage cards, launch apps, keep your system optimized & adjust
brightness on your today page.

Egress (RSS Feeds) v2.4.2 http://xrl.us/ka5u
Egress is an advanced yet easy to use application which displays your favorite RSS/ATOM feeds directly on your PocketPC. Now supports Podcasting!

FlexWallet http://xrl.us/ka5w
FlexWallet enables you to securely store and carry any type of information on your
PocketPC, including bank accounts, credit cards, calling cards, passwords, PINs,
documents, ideas

iLauncher http://xrl.us/ka5y
A powerful tab based today screen plugin that allows you to create shortcuts to
your favorite Pocket PC programs on your Today screen, battery and memory meters
and much more.

IM+ for PocketPC http://xrl.us/ka55
With IM+, the most popular instant-messaging systems MSN, AOL, ICQ,Yahoo!,
Jabber and Google Talk are available on your Pocket PC.

Info2go http://xrl.us/kba3
Info2Go is an extremely powerful, location based active information system
for people on the go. Save time, money and frustration wile you travel by
having a single point of info.

Laridian Bible http://xrl.us/ka58
Powerful, award-winning Bible software with the complete text of the
popular New International Version (NIV) Bible.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide 2006 http://xrl.us/kba4
Instantly transform your handheld into the most up-to-date, comprehensive
and reliable movie guide around

Marsware Weather Panel http://xrl.us/ka6c
Display the current weather and forecast on your Today Screen.

Mobipocket Reader (Free) http://xrl.us/ka6e
eReader for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile Edition software allows
you to read your eBooks whenever you want and wherever you go.

MyPersonalDiet v1.14 http://xrl.us/ka6f
Manage your weight, fitness and health by defining, tracking and
monitoring your own diet and nutrients that matter to you.

NewsBreak http://xrl.us/ka6g
Get the latest headlines, weather, sports, business, and entertainment
news wirelessly on your Pocket PC.

Novii Remote Deluxe v3.3 http://xrl.us/ka6i
Operate your home theater, TV set, Cable/Sat box, DVD/CD, Audio, VCR, etc.

PDAnet http://xrl.us/ka6k
PdaNet turns your Windows Mobile Smartphone or PocketPC Phone into a
high speed Wireless Modem for your Laptop or PC.

PhatNotes v4.6 http://xrl.us/ka6m
PhatNotes is an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows
Powered Pocket PCs, Desktop PCs and Palm OS powered mobile devices.

PhatPad v3.0 http://xrl.us/ka6n
Highest Rated Note-Taking Application for Windows Mobile Software
Includes Customizable Toolbar, Photo Backgrounds and More

Pocket Informant http://xrl.us/ka6t
Pocket Informant is a PIM replacement for the PocketPC platform.

PocketBreeze http://xrl.us/ka6x
A Today plug-in that replaces your built-in Calendar and Tasks on your
Today screen, offering a much more powerful solution.

Pocket Quicken http://xrl.us/ka68
Pocket Quicken places your financial activity at your fingertips making
it easy to keep your Quicken information complete, accurate and up-to-date
wherever you go.

Pocket Weather http://xrl.us/ka69
Get weather forecast to your Pocket PC. Including both a Today screen
plugin and the new WeatherConsole application!

Pocket Stocks Live http://xrl.us/ka7a
Track stocks or mutual funds traded on NASDAQ, NYSE, Amex etc. Enjoy latest
news headlines and market commentary in radio and TV!

Remote Display Control for Pocket PC (Free) http://xrl.us/ka7b

Repligo http://xrl.us/ka7d
RepliGo allows you to transfer, view, and print any PC-based document
on your Pocket PC.

Resco File Explorer http://xrl.us/ka7e
This advanced File Explorer can compress files with build-in ZIP,
encrypt files, view registry, view text and image files...

SmallMenu (Free) http://xrl.us/ka7f
SmallMenu is an integrated tool which combines cascading program
menus, a task manager and a battery monitor.

Spb Diary http://xrl.us/ka7g
Today plug-in for Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Messages.
Powerful replacement for the standard Today plug-ins for appointments and tasks.
Most of actions performed on the Today screen

Spb GPRS Monitor http://xrl.us/ka7j
A unique utility for measuring your GPRS connection and calculating
its traffic and costs.

Spb Pocket Plus http://xrl.us/ka7q
Task manager. Powerful Today plug-in with tabs. Close button that
really closes, etc.

Spb Weather http://xrl.us/ka7s
Spb Weather is a powerful weather Today plug-in. You can customize
weather views, skins and weather sources. You can save your Today
screen space running Spb Weather as a tab of Spb Pocket Plus 2.5+

SOTI Pocket Controller http://xrl.us/ka7v
Operate your Pocket PC or Smartphone from your desktop computer,
video recording,capture/print screens,skins,DOS,battery/memory usage

Sprite BackUp http://xrl.us/ka7w
Sprite Backup 5.0 for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC. The ulitmate
backup solution from the award winning Sprite Software Ltd

Space Reclaimer v2.5.4 http://xrl.us/kbbi
The only Microsoft Certified Pocket PC cleaner. Safe and robust.

SplashID v3.32 http://xrl.us/g8mf
Secure personal identification organizer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC

Sunnysoft Backup Manager v3.7 http://xrl.us/ka72
A highly sophisticated backup application for Pocket PC.

WebIS Mail2 http://xrl.us/ka79
Email application with superior interface and options including
GMail, SSL, POP3, IMAP support.

Games 240x240 WM5 Ready
Atomic Battle Dragons http://xrl.us/ka8a
Joust to save the kingdom in an epic battle riding dragons and slaying beasts.

Atomic Cannon v2.5 http://xrl.us/ka8d
Ultimate artillery duel with 85 weapons of mass destruction.

Battleship http://xrl.us/ka8g
The official version of the classic Battleship naval combat game.

Bejeweled http://xrl.us/ka8h
Incredibly popular and addictive online game by PopCap

Bejeweled 2 http://xrl.us/ka8i
The legend has returned...and is more wildly addictive than ever before

Checkers Pro http://xrl.us/ka8k
Revisit this classic and learn Flying Kings.

Chess Pro http://xrl.us/ka8m
Improve your skills using unlimited hint, undo and replay.

Chroma Games http://xrl.us/ka8o
A great triple pack of classic board games

Chuzzle http://xrl.us/kbbs
Chuzzles are googly-eyed little balls of fur that giggle,
squeak, and sneeze as you push them across the board.

Crazy Daisy http://xrl.us/ka8q
Spin the flowers to match the colored petals and watch them pop!

Cribbage Pro http://xrl.us/ka8s
Race to the finish with this classic.

Concrete Software’s Aces Texas Hold ‘Em v1.3.1.1 http://xrl.us/ka8t
Play the original, award winning Texas Holdem poker game.

Cubis (Free on Treo 700w CD) http://xrl.us/ka8v
Cubis - the next generation puzzle game

Euchre Pro http://xrl.us/ka8w
Master your game using detailed history and statistics.

Five Hundred Pro http://xrl.us/ka8y
Improve your skills using unlimited hint, undo and replay.

Gin Pro http://xrl.us/ka82
Discard and Knock your way to win.

Hearts Pro http://xrl.us/ka83
Embrace the Queen and shoot the moon.

Jackpot Casino http://xrl.us/ka87
3D casino with blackjack, roulette and two slot machines.

Jigsaw http://xrl.us/ka9c
Powerful jigsaw puzzle for 240x240 Windows Mobile devices.

Meteor http://xrl.us/ka9j
Beautiful space breakout for 240x240 Windows Mobile devices.
A must for Arkanoid fans.

Motocross 3-D Mini Sports Bike http://xrl.us/ka9n
Full screen motocycle racing!Support Windows Mobile 5.0
and Square Screen.

My Little Tank http://xrl.us/ka9p
Hours of fun and Minature Tank Mayhem.

Spades Pro http://xrl.us/kbad
Improve your skills using unlimited hint, undo and replay

Sudoku http://xrl.us/kbaf
A version of the puzzle craze that's become a worldwide phenomenon.

Super Slyder http://xrl.us/kbah
Guide your spherical hero through a wealth of brain-teasing mazes
filled with obstacles, friends and foes

Super Wild Wild Words http://xrl.us/kbai
Ready to rustle up some words?

Text Twist http://xrl.us/kbak
Text Twist! is a great word game created by GameHouse

Tire Tossin http://xrl.us/kbby
Fun game set in the backwoods

Zuma http://xrl.us/kbar
Control the stone frog idol of the ancient Zuma in this action puzzler

Additionally, I have created a website in association with PocketGear.com
that has links to dozens more applications compatible with 240x240
displays. http://240x240.com

Updated: 03/13/2006

X-Play Studio http://xrl.us/kb8p
Now you can play MP3 and DivX files directly from
your desktop PC and watch them wirelessly on your
Pocket PC. Even TV with a tuner card.

Myst PPC http://xrl.us/kcgi
The classic Myst for the Pocket PC with the original
rich graphics, sounds and music.

HiCalc http://xrl.us/kcah
Ultimate Calculator combines all of the features of
other calculators in one.

Tube 2 Engine (Free) http://xrl.us/kcd9
Animated subway & metro maps with quickest route finder.
Click Here for List of Available Cities: http://xrl.us/kceg
(Scroll down the page)
** Maps are sold seperately

WorldMate 2006 Professional 4.1 http://xrl.us/kdog
WorldMate provides you with essential information for your
business travel - from world clocks and weather forecasts
to comprehensive flight and travel information.

Lexisgoo English Dictionary http://xrl.us/kdn6
The first speaking english dictionary with 182,000
entries, 4100 idioms, Thesaurus, Grammar Handbook and
Study Assistant

PocketStreamer Pro for Treo 700w http://xrl.us/kcau
LIVE streaming TV, radio, music, news and weather.

CrazySoft PaintBall http://xrl.us/kcav
Palm OS best seller on your PPC

Updated: 03/15/2006

MySportTraining 3.95 http://xrl.us/kdrq
Track your workouts, view your performance, improve
your fitness. Full-featured, powerful yet simple.

Mobitools For PocketPC v3.3 http://xrl.us/ked3
Mobitools is a small application which helps you to
perform quickly Turn Off, Screen Off, Soft reset,
Task manager, Screen capture and Smart Launcher.

XCPUScalar 2005 (NEW) 2.93 http://xrl.us/ke9f
Speed your XScale Pocket PC upto 728Mhz, save
battery life. Supports Display Off for MP3's,
Auto Scale, CPU Meter.