Anyone remember late 2004 / early 2005? What were you doing? We were reviewing the SPV M2000. Also known as the “HTC Blue Angel” it was pretty innovative for the time and featured a slide-down QWERTY keyboard and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Five years ago this was cutting edge, as was the OS.
Fast-forward to the present day and the mobile world has changed substantially. Windows Mobile has changed too and there’s been a number of updates since 2003 Second Edition. However, the most recent version – Windows Mobile 6.5 – has received a beating in the press and we didn’t feel that the changes went far enough. So, what would happen if we took a Windows Mobile OS from 2005 and put it next to one from 2009 / 2010? Strip back the friendly manufacturer-supplied interfaces (like TouchFLO 3D or the LG S-Class UI) and the reasons for the bad reviews soon become clear.
We’ve had a few emails and messages in the forum about Windows Mobile this past week. Micosoft have taken a significant hammering following the Marketplace issues, unkind 6.5 reviews and the Danger data loss. There’s still light at the end of the tunnel though, with the HTC HD2, a range of new WinMo handsets and Windows Mobile 7. We want your opinions in our poll. It’s a simple question and right now we’re not even going to think about Windows Mobile 7. Following the release of WinMo 6.5, are you planning to buy WinMo or jump ship? Click the comments link to take our poll!
Link – Windows Mobile 6.5 vs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition