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All posts tagged "windows mobile 6.5"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What's A Few Bucks Between Friends?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

Money is often a source of friction between spouses and friends. Clevlab has a friendly little app to avoid those small misunderstandings from turning into bigger ones. Friendly Budget allows you to track who paid what to whom, and what the share of the expense you and your friends and family have incurred - perfect for holidays when travelling with friends and family. There's a version for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile 6.5, though unfortunately I can't check either out due to geographic restrictions. It's a neat idea and certainly worth a quick look.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Flash" Update: Tilt2 Users Not Forgotten

Posted by Brad Wasson in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:30 AM

"AT&T Tilt2 owners are in for a surprise. A new ROM has surfaced over at Shipped-ROMs that appears to be a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for the Tilt2. On top of the ROM surfacing, over at XDA Developers, a new radio has also surfaced from AT&T (included in the ROM update)."

George Ponder at WMExperts is reporting that AT&T's Tilt2 may soon be getting an official Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM update. Meanwhile, he's gone ahead and flashed his Tilt2 with what he believes to be a test version. He likes the result, noting that the new interface elements are clean and effective. A new radio is also included. He suggests that you could try this out yourself, or wait for the official release which is likely to surface in the next few weeks. I'd say if you've been waiting to see this for some time, click the Read link and get flashing.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Get Windows Mobile 6.5 Devices From AT&T On The Cheap

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:30 AM

"That's what we think it sounds like over at AT&T right now as evidently they sent out an email to their "premier" fancy-pants customers noting that you can get some pretty solid Windows Mobile 6.5 devices for bargain rates"

Not too bad of a deal. Check out the WMExperts post for more details and the link to get the deals. I'd say right now isn't too bad of a time to decide to buy a WM 6.5 device, unless of course you don't want to be outdated in less than half a year!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Want to Develop a Windows Mobile 6.5 Game?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:30 PM

"Windows Mobile Game Development will tell you everything you need to know to write your own games, using the powerful Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and either C# or VB.NET. In Windows Mobile Game Development I give you everything you need to allow yourself to maximize your own creativity and bring both yourself and the world some fantastic mobile gaming opportunities. Just think about how a gaming device is always in your pocket, as a phone always is... it's too good an opportunity to miss, so I'll show you how to create the games you want to make."

Adam Dawes dropped us a line to tell us about his new book on Windows Mobile Game Development. It's out now, but covers WinMo 6.5, so it may not be as timely as some developers would want. Of course if you're into developing games for the excellent HD2 or similar premium hardware, then this may be the book for you.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seize the Day With the Samsung Intrepid from Sprint

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:30 AM

Product Category: PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Sprint
Price: $449.99 USD; $149.99 with a new or upgrade 2 year contract
Specifications: From the Samsung site


  • Great keyboard;
  • Design provides a good balance of features for business and pleasure;
  • Auto focus feature on camera.


  • Windows Mobile 6.5 provides limited touch friendly control;
  • Stylus is very hard to remove;
  • Slow auto focus.

Summary: Windows Mobile 6.5 has hit the marketplace in a big way and phones featuring it are widely available from all of the major US providers. Among its offerings, Sprint features the Samsung Intrepid, a Windows Mobile phone in the classic BlackBerry-style form factor. The Intrepid distinguishes itself in that it's based on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, which adds a touch screen featured on only a small handful of devices of this style currently available from US carriers and not offered on BlackBerrys. So let's see if the combination of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard puts the Intrepid at or near the top of the "must have" list. Read more...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Microsoft Releases Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:10 AM

"The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs provide documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools you can use with Visual Studio to build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5."

Developers, your Windows Mobile 6.5 SDKs (not to be confused with the DTK released last June) are now available. They include Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard and Professional images, and are available in seven locales. Happy developing!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Telstra Launches HTC HD2 on Next G Network

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 04:35 PM

In Oz and have a hankering for the almighty HTC HD2? It's now available on Telstra's Next G network in Australia at $150 AUD upfront on a monthly $20 AUD, $30 AUD, or $40 AUD plan, or $0 upfront on other plans. Alternatively, you can pick it up for $829 AUD outright. It's available online and from any Telstra Shop around the country.

Monday, January 4, 2010

WMExperts Reviews the HTC HD2

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:50 PM

"I had concerns that the HD2 was simply going to be too big. The initial pictures gave me the impression that it couldn't be comfortable to carry, hold or use. I'm glad that first impression was way off target. I found the HD2 very comfortable, and the large 4.3-inch screen a joy to use. The capacitive screen is nice, but had HTC chosen a resistive screen, I believe the HD2 would still be a solid performer. Call quality is very good and the Snapdragon processor moves things along nicely."

WMExperts recently gave the HD2 a spin, and liked what they saw. Unfortunately, for those of you in the US, it's not all that US-friendly at the moment, but hang on to your seats because a US-friendly version of this snappy Snapdragon-based device is expected to land sometime this quarter.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The AT&T LG eXpo Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 01:15 PM

This is a two-part unboxing and first impressions video of the AT&T LG eXpo. The LG eXpo is a Windows phone, running Windows Mobile 6.5, and runs on the AT&T GSM network. It's a quad-band GSM phone, and a tri-band 3G phone, supporting the 850/1900/2100 bands. It's the first smartphone to be sold in North America that features the Qualcomm "SnapDragon" processor, which runs at 1024 mhz. The LG eXpo has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 512 MB of ROM, 256 MB of RAM, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, and is 0.63 inches thick. Read more...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

T-Mobile Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrades In Early January?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:30 AM

"The good news is that this isn't the 400th article this month talking about a potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger. The better news is that this rumor has a stronger chance of coming true than a Sprint/T-Mobile merger. One of my trusty ninjas hit me up tonight with information claiming that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update will see the light of day for the TouchPro2 and Dash 3G beginning January 6th, 2010"

It's a rumor reported by TMoNews, to be sure, however hopefully it's somewhat accurate. I mean when else will T-Mo finally get around to popping out the 6.5 updates for these two phones anyway? (Actually, if past track record is any indication, January 6th 2011 is probably just as likely). Hopefully though within a month us loyal T-mo users will have an official 6.5 upgrade - you know, the OS that was released on October 6 -- for those devices released in early and mid summer!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Unofficial: Xperia X1 Not Getting WM6.5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

While I have to stress this is really heresay (a rep's opinion doesn't count as official), this isn't completely unexpected given the relative age of the X1. But then again, it demonstrates that manufacturers aren't terribly keen on supporting their own WM devices for very long, something we've had to live with through the last ten years. Which is a shame, since the X1 isn't that dated, and I suspect the hardware is more than up to the demands of WM6.5.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 Gets WM6.5 - Sort Of

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Asus Windows Phones" @ 10:00 PM

The M20 is a mid-level, half decent handset that really focuses on GPS navigation (as you'd expect). The good news is that like a few recent device releases, the M20 is getting an update to WM6.5. The really bad news is that Garmin-Asus seems to have forgotten two not so insignificant markets - North America and Western Europe - or at least, that's what's implied by the press release. That's just...strange, unless we're really talking about carrier-imposed delays again.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Engadget's HTC HD2 Eye Candy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Sure, you've seen this guy in action in earlier videos... but it's still nice to get a look at this monster up close. We're still blown away by the fact that this is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device -- the skinning job that HTC has done here is nothing short of a miracle."

HTC's Sense-equipped HD2 is one gorgeous Windows Mobile 6.5 device, and Engadget has the eye candy to back it up. Scoot over there and check it out. Anyone planning on picking one up?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vodafone Releases Windows Mobile 6.5 for the Touch Pro2

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 PM

If you're a Touch Pro2 user with Vodafone UK and are eager to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5, your moment has arrived. The update is free and yours to grab at the Vodafone UK site.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Windows 6.5 Family Portrait

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 01:00 PM

"Can you name them all? Don't worry, it's a lot to keep track of. Clockwise we have the HTC Tilt 2 (AT&T), Toshiba TG01 (not announced for US), HTC Imagio (Verizon), HTC Pure (AT&T), Samsung Intrepid (Sprint) and LG GM750 (not announced for US)."

Engadget has put together a quick video showing us the new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming from US carriers. Lots of pics in their gallery.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

WMExpert's Take on Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 07:00 AM

"We've had access to a Windows Phone running an official Windows Mobile 6.5 build for a few days and found it to be an impressive, stable, responsive operating system. Windows Mobile 6.5 is graphically enhanced with the new Today Screen, colorful icons (or widgets as the youngsters call them) and an overall improvement over Windows Mobile 6.1."

WMExperts has published their review of Windows Mobile 6.5, and they've done a good job of comparing the old and the new, side by side. The new 6.5 interface is certainly prettier, but looking at the above screenshot, you can't help but notice that there's less information presented. Sure, the lock screen will show you your next appointment, but one of the things I've always liked about the Today screen is the amount of information available at a glance. I suppose this evolution is inevitable, as anyone who's used HTC TouchFlo 3D has gotten used to having less information presented on the home screen.

I was reading through some of the comments posted to the WMExperts article, and it got me wondering how many bugs and limitations have been addressed in Windows Mobile 6.5. Has the multi-computer sync story gotten any better? Has there been any improvements to Windows Mobile Device Center? I suspect the answer is "No" in most cases - I think Microsoft is so focused on cloud sync (read: Exchange Server) that they've forgotten that some people still want to connect the phone to their computer.

Friday, October 9, 2009

AT&T's HTC Tilt 2 In Pictures

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:50 PM

One can never have too much eye-candy, so feast your eyes on what Engadget has snapped of the AT&T HTC Tilt 2, which looks and feels just like the Touch Pro2. Except, unlike some other Touch Pro2 variants currently on the market, this one's rockin' Windows Mobile 6.5 out of the box. Want one? You only have mere days to wait.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Matt Miller Takes Windows Mobile 6.5 for a Spin

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 05:00 PM

"I think the intent of the Windows Mobile 6.5 release was to provide a more finger friendly user interface on touch screen devices, while non-touchscreen devices remain pretty much the same. I believe there were some backend updates and improvements, but there were not readily apparent. There are four main areas where end users will see changes and these are in the Start menu, lock screen, Today screen, and menus. Let's check out each area in more detail."

My friend the hyper-productive Matt Miller - seriously, how DOES he do it? - has his take on Windows Mobile 6.5. And it's about the same as most of the other reviews we've seen today...there's a general feeling of "Really? This is it?". Apple and Google have shown that significant updates can be made to an operating system on a regular basis, and they've raised the bar of expectation. With 6.5, Microsoft has done the limbo right under that bar...without needing to lean back.

Engadget's Take on Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 03:02 PM

"It's widely acknowledged by users, media, and even Steve Ballmer himself that Windows Mobile is in dire need of a ground-up revamp, and it's happening -- but not quite yet. That's Windows Mobile 7 you're looking for, and realistically, it's not going to be in your pocket for at least another year. That leaves Microsoft in a bit of a pickle: how do you facelift version 6.1 -- which is already a facelift of 6, which in turn was a facelift of 5 -- just enough to eke another year or two of life out of it? Is it even possible? Let's have a look."

Engadget has put together their review of Windows Mobile 6.5, and it's more balanced than the previously linked-to reviews from Gizmodo and Crunchgrear. By "more balanced" I mean it's not just a bunch of trash-talking - author Chris Ziegler does a good job highlighting the pros and cons of what 6.5 brings to the table. There's no escaping the fact thought that as an OS update that is more than 18 months in the making, 6.5 doesn't exactly blow the user away with great new features. Kind of makes you wonder what the Windows Mobile team has been doing all this time, doesn't it? Video after the break. Read more...

Gizmodo and Crunchgear Dump on Windows Mobile 6.5

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"I really didn't want to beat up on WinMo here, because at this point it just feels tired. But man, come on Microsoft, you're giving me no choice. Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't just a letdown-it barely seems done...It's a superficial update, and not a very thorough one. It's an interim product, and a vain attempt to hold onto the thinning ranks people who still choose Windows Mobile despite not being somehow tethered to it until the tardy Windows Mobile 7 comes out, whenever that may be. And it won't work." -Gizmodo Article

"Take a Buick Lasabre. No, no, not a cool one from the late 1950s. Take one from the early 90's, like the ones they use on cop shows. Now, strap a spoiler on it. The Lasabre is Windows Mobile. The Spoiler is all of the stuff 6.5 brings." - Crunchgear Article

I'd love to refute, or at least offer a different opinion, on what Gizmodo and Crunchgear have to say about Windows Mobile 6.5, but I can't. Why is that, you might ask? Because I haven't used Windows Mobile 6.5 on a device, in person. It's not within my ethical framework to use the leaked 6.5 XDA Developer ROM images, so I've spent the past 8+ months trying everything I can think of to get my hands on a Windows Mobile 6.5 beta device through legitimate means. As a 12-year Windows Mobile MVP, as a member of Mobius, as press, as a contract technology writer for Microsoft, etc. Each and every time, I've failed to get my hands on the operating system I'm supposed to be an "expert" on. I've learned more about Windows Mobile 6.5 from YouTube videos created by people using pirated software than from any of the supposed "insider" connections I have. You can imagine how completely ridiculous that makes me feel.

I'm not going to point fingers here, but suffice it to say that it's never been so hard to be an Windows Mobile enthusiast as it is right now. The people who care about connecting with enthusiasts like myself are gone, replaced by people who only look at Alexa rankings and cater to the "big blogs". And that's why you're not seeing any original Windows Mobile 6.5 content on this site: because no one would give me access to what I needed to create it. Is that a harsh reality check or what?

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