Want to Start doing more with Windows Mobile? Then check out the latest devices on offer! I’ve recently got a couple of these new devices and thought would be good to give you my impressions. But before I do that I want to talk a little bit about the operating system that both these phones come with; Windows Mobile 6.1. There are 2 flavours that we offer for the different devices on the market. Windows Mobile Standard is a non-touch platform designed for one handed operation and Windows Mobile Professional is a touch screen interface which is enabled for more flexible input. Now the first thing you will notice about these 2 platforms is the main user interface is slightly different as shown below
On the left is a screen capture of Windows Mobile Standard, in the middle is the HTC Touch Pro with it’s default TouchFlo 3D interface and on the right is Windows Mobile Professional in it’s most basic theme. This can be customized quite extensively. More on the devices these screenshots came from in a moment. The interface on the left has what we call the Sliding Panel UI which rolls up all notifications in the one screen and allows you to slide up an down to get access to your information. It kind of reminds me of the Windows Vista Media Centre interface. The great thing is your media and photos are right on the home screen. Great for listening to music! On the right is the Today screen UI from a Windows Mobile Professional device. It doesn’t have the sliding panel but has the Today screen UI and touch screen for getting access to your information. As far as other differences in the different flavours; there aren’t that many. There are slight differences in the functionality within the included Office Mobile applications but they are small. Think of it this way. On a Windows Mobile Standard device you only get the ability to view documents whereas on a Professional device you get to make edits.
The other area of difference between these two platforms is the security model used by each. On the Windows Mobile Standard platform we use a two tiered security model. Drivers and pre-boot applications require privileged mode signing whereas on Windows Mobile Professional we implement One Tiered security. So applications must be signed with privileged M2M certificate to call privileged API’s.
So what’s new with Windows Mobile 6.1 regardless of device?
Mobile Messaging and Collaboration
So what about the 2 devices I have been using recently. Let’s get to that.
This device runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard and is a low cost Smartphone being offered to consumers and business on a $0 upfront on a $30 plan with Telstra. It’s a great offer for a phone that does a lot for the price! If you are an IT Pro that manages your phone fleet then this phone is one you should take a look at. I like this phone. It’s small and light and is packed with features:
Overall this is a great phone. It’s slim, fast and has great battery life. And it’s a fully featured phone at a low cost! It will also be a very easy phone for your users to get used because the sliding panel UI is so easy to use.
HTC Touch Pro
This device is a touch screen device running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and is the current device I’m using right now. And in a word this device is just awesome! It’s everything I want in a Windows Mobile Device. Here’s some highlights of what is has.
I’ve been using the device for a couple of days now and it rocks. It’s very fast and has everything I need in a device. The slide out keyboard is really useful for browsing the web and doing email while on the go. It comes with impressive specifications and a good number of applications to get you started plus it’s just the coolest phone I’ve ever had and believe me I’ve had a few over the years!
To find out more about these 2 phones and more go to http://www.startdoingmore.com.au There are some great demo’s up there plus information about the phones and where to buy them in Australia.
And to close here are some more links that might be helpful to you!
Windows Mobile Team Blog Windows Mobile Developer Blog Windows Mobile Oz Blog Windows Mobile TechCenter
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Why show pictures of a non standard UI for Windows Mobile 6.1. Professional. Touch-Flo is only available for HTC Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, and there are other available.
Nice roundup of 2 great devices. Which network did you use the HTC Touch Pro on?
Responses to a couple of comments:
Gareth - The reason I should the HTC device running Windows Mobile 6.1 is because it's one of only 2 pro devices. The other is an HTC device as well.
Both devices are on Telstra's Next G network.