Now that phones are appearing with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 on board, it’s only right that we take a deeper look at some of the design tweaks. Our gallery shows some of the improvements. For a start the bottom of the screen has an added bar with some buttons you can press easily. This should, in theory, mean the end of the stylus for most people. There’s also the ability to move icons around in the programs listing. At the top of the screen there’s some added GUI elements but, is that it? Well, no. There’s a lot more happening under the hood.
Microsoft have worked on making Windows Mobile 6.5.3 easier to use. There’s capacitive touchscreen support and yes, multi-touch is now enabled. The touch controls are maintained throughout system and that horizontal scroll bar completely replaces the tabs. For legacy apps there’s a magnifier and the out-of-box setup experience has been streamlined.
The web browser (IE) has undergone work too – page load time, a big bugbear for us, has been decreased and memory management has been improved. Pan and flick gestures are smoother and zoom / rotation speed has been increased.
For screenshots from 6.5.3, check out our new gallery.
Links – Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Gallery – Sony Ericsson Aspen