Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Android OS..
Posted September 2nd, 2009 7 Comments
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Windows-Mobile-6.5Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile cell phone OS is set to be available in new smartphones starting October 6, 2009, a little over a month away. The new OS is supposed to have an easier UI, superior browsing capabilities, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and a way to back up all phone information called My Phone.

I’m not sure how Windows Mobile 6.5 or Windows Mobile 7 (for future reference) will do against the much hyped and very popular Android OS made by google. I think this is Microsofts last chance to impress their “fans” because the Android OS is a REALLY great and well organized operating system.

Like I said earlier I’ve been playing around with the HTC Hero for quite some time now, and I am still REALLY impressed over it’s usability curve compared to Windows Mobile 6.1. The HTC Magic was great, but the HTC Hero and the new, improved Android ROM is even better. But lets not get off track, lets get back to Windows Mobile 6.5.

Let’s look at the cell phone manufacturers in various parts of the world who will create phones using the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.  In North America, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Bell, and Telus will all carry phones using the 6.5 OS.  Manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, HP, HTC, and Toshiba will be creating such phones.  Expect similar carriers and manufactures for Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

A redesigned Internet Explorer hopes to make the browsing experience easier and more efficient.  Using Adobe Flash Lite, pages and other tasks will be rendered faster, which will definitely please users.  Microsoft Office Mobile has been revamped and allows users to open, read, and edit any Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file.  Be sure to take advantage of a new Microsoft Outlook Mobile to manage all your emails and sync between your PC and phone.  Of course, no smartphone is complete without strong social networking capabilities, such as Windows Live – a tool that combines many social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

Whether you are using Windows Mobile 6.5 with a physical keyboard, or it’s all touch – the OS is designed to work on any type hardware phone.  Also, users have the ability to change the homescreen with personal images and can fill it with the widgets used most often.

I don’t know about you all but I think Microsoft really need to step up their game if they want to hang on to their market share in the Pocket PC Business. Android (Google) and iPhone (Apple) are coming on strong and I wouldn’t be suprised if we’ll see more and more devices running Android in the near future. Windows Mobile 6.5 is pretty much the same as 6.1 with some new twists and twirls, but it doesn’t bring any major improvements to the table. Lets face it, in the market today, Windows Mobile isn’t what it once used to be. I remember when WM first stepped into the spotlight years ago. What a revolution. Today it’s just a pretty sad story that never seems to end. Time will show where MS will take their OS, but they HAVE to make changes quickly to stay in the game.

Below I’ve added a little demonstration of the new Windows Mobile 6.5.

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Just as a little side note – I know there will be a new Android rom release in the very near future. It will make the Hero blazing fast and probably make the rest of the WM competition bite the dust.

Comments and Opinions7 Comments
  • On September 3, 2009 at 11:04 am
    HTC Fan wrote:

    I used to be a Windows Mobile fan but like many others I’ve turned to googles android system.

    The magnificent navigation interface and the customization features made it easy for me to fall in love with the HTC Hero from day one! The Google/Android OS will continue to evolve, Microsoft/Windows Mobile will continue to dissolve!

  • On September 10, 2009 at 8:56 am
    Thorsten wrote:

    I agree with you HTC Fan, WM/MS is going to take a big hit if they don’t take the mobile market more serious.

  • On October 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Flick wrote:

    I know this is an old post, but as I have *just* ordered the HTC Hero (delivery next week) I thought I should hotfoot it here to let you know. Has the Hero now replaced the Diamond2 for you? :)

  • On October 19, 2009 at 12:19 am
    Thorsten wrote:

    Hey Flick, you definitely did the right thing :) I am about to throw my D2 out the window. WM is soooooo slow. It’s out of date and the Android or Maemo5 (Nokia N900) OS are far ahead in terms of usability and versatility.

    Out of all things, I’m actually considering the Nokia N900. Have you looked at the specifications? I need a phone with a qwerty keyboard for email and business purposes. Look at this -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47iqQssuSfM

    I’ve played around with the Hero for quite some time and it’s a great phone. If it wasn’t lacking the Qwerty keyboard I would’ve got it a long time ago. You’ll be very happy with the Hero, I promise you.

  • On October 19, 2009 at 12:45 am
    Flick wrote:

    You come up with the best things, Thorsten. I have to admit I didn’t even realise the N900 was coming out, but now that I’ve checked out the specs (and the promo video almost made me drool) I can definitely see where you’re coming from!

    It’s probably a little bit thicker than what I’m used to at almost 2cm due to the Qwerty keyboard (when the magic hand popped that out in the video…woah) but I think it looks like an excellent phone, and it really has changed my thoughts about not ever considering a Nokia phone.

    p/s: Am just hoping the Hero’s camera won’t leave me flailing around in about 6-12 month’s time.

  • On October 19, 2009 at 9:02 am
    Thorsten wrote:

    thanks Flick. I’m not the biggest Nokia fan either, but the N900 really caught my attention. I like the fact that it’s Linux based and that its desktop is 100% customizable, just like the HTC Hero. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Touch Pro2 live, but the N900 is about the same size, probably a little bit smaller.

    The camera of the Hero is great, you won’t be disappointed. I really like the brightness/sharpness of the pictures it shoots. The camera is probably the best HTC has put in any of their phones to date (equally good to the camera in the D2). Time will show when they launch their first 8MP camera, I’m guessing when the Hero2 hits the market.

  • On July 21, 2010 at 2:46 am
    Shizuko Winsky wrote:

    1 day old TP2 and possessing some adjustment shock. I will look thoroughly thru this web site, nonetheless it is so various from my q and my palm 800 which have been both largely the exact same. At this time the only issue I actually realize is how you can access net ( which is why I purchased it ) Producing calls recieving messages is more challenging, moving photos to TP@ so I can use it as a viewer looks not possible. I can move them but i want them to become very easily observed about the device. Studying curve I hope is all.

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