The Party Line — Phone Buzz of the Day


Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts:

iphone-3giMovie supports 960 x 540 format (CNET) — Did you just do a double-take and say “Why is Kevin posting about iMovie in a phone post?” Two reasons and they both have to do with Apple’s iPhone 3GS. Apple now supports a new 960 x 540 video format called iFrame. Although there are two camcorders that support it, I wonder if the iPhone 3GS will too. Reason 1: the Samsung CPU that powers the iPhone is capable of 720p recording — which surpasses the iFrame resolution. Reason 2: the iPhone 3GS has a 3-megapixel camera sensor. Doing a little math shows that 960 x 540 is roughly a half-megapixel resolution — 518,400 pixels, to be exact. Maybe the iPhone will get a boost from VGA video recording to iFrame out of all this?

First official WinMo 6.5 ROM upgrade appears (PocketNow) — You’ll need an HTC TouchPro 2 for this one and you’ll have to be willing to give up your carrier-specific tweaks and apps. But if you can accept those constraints, HTC has a worldwide edition upgrade of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS waiting for the download.

smartstartStart your vehicle remotely with an iPhone (Geek) — This idea originally appealed to me because one of my old cars had a remote starter. It was great in the cold weather — I’d just tap the button on the keyfob and VRROOOOM. Viper’s SmartStart does the exact same thing, but it uses an iPhone. I won’t be jumping on this one though. The software — and required hardware for your car — is more than the actual iPhone at $499. I’ll just put the car in the garage. I have to protect that fancy new license plate anyway.



Chris Fabri


You’re killing your enviro cred if you admit to using a remote starter. Bad for the earth, bad for your engine. It sounds like you don’t have that particular car, so that’s good. But don’t do it again! :)

Kevin C. Tofel

My bad, Chris. For what it’s worth, I replaced that vehicle in August of 2005 with our trusty Toyota Highlander Hybrid. No remote starter. ;)


My understanding was the TP2 would roll out with 6.5 once it went official. I’m guessing that may be why I have been yet to get my hands on one at either a Sprint or Verizon store to play with. Strangely, the TMO TP2 doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack – something I cannot do without.

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