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Jason Dunn
02-16-2009, 03:00 PM
<p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764201.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Say hello to Windows Mobile 6.5 - a handful of screen shots from the current alpha code that is. Windows Mobile 6.5 represents a significant departure from previous versions of Windows Mobile in terms of user interface, finger friendliness, and certainly in terms of browser functionality. The screen shot above is the new home screen - and you can see the Zune-like qualities it has. The home screen supports gestures, so you can swipe left or right to drill into certain options.</p><p>I'm not sure that home screen is optional, or whether third-party plug-ins will be allowed to modify it, because at first glance my thought is that I can't see my upcoming appointments, which I like having. Love it or hate it, for those that have complained that Windows Mobile has looked the same for years, you can't say that any longer! Check out all the screen shots after the break. <MORE /></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764174.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764181.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Above we have the new interface for the contacts application (left) and the email application (right). Smoother lines and a much nicer design round out the finger-friendliness of it all.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764279.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Above we have the new lock screen. It tells you quite a bit of useful information at first glance: the time, network connectivity, and your next appointment (among other things). Clicking and dragging the lock to the left or to the right will unlock the phone.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764289.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Microsoft goes further than any other phone on the market that I've seen when it comes to the lock screen: if you tap the lock icon, it brings up all the new items on the phone: voice mail, missed calls, text messages, and more. If there are items that you've missed - say a missed call - the icon will indicate it. Even better, if you sweep the icon left or right, it will unlock the phone and activate that application. In the case of voice messages, when you activate the toggle on that icon, it will dial your voice mail number. Nice!<PAGE /></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764307.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>This is the new PIN lock screen - nice and big finger-friendly buttons. I'm not sure what the icons at the bottom do - you wouldn't want someone to be able to access your contacts or email without putting in the PIN. Identification info perhaps?</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764327.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>This is the new programs list. The honeycomb design is optimized for finger-friendly usage. In testing they found the honeycomb design gave people the best surface area to successfully hit the program icons. Tapping on a top-level folder, such as Settings, will drill down to one level below.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764338.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>The icons can be moved to the top, or down, with a press and hold function. If you want an icon to be put in the middle, you have to move it to the top, then move it down - one spot at a time - until you get it to where you want it. Unfortunately drag and drop doesn't seem to be supported, which is kind of weak - the iPhone has made that a standard.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764387.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>There's Microsoft My Phone, the new phone data backup solution.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764222.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Here's the new Internet Explorer 6 in action. Finally, real browsing on a Windows Mobile device without any third-party software installed! Pretty sad it took this long though. Down in the lower-right corner is the icon that gives you a way to gauge your relative position on the page. Not shown is the fact that you can toggle ActiveX controls off and on. I'm not sure how useful that will be, because you'd have to have an ActiveX control created for an ARM CPU.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/ppct/auto/1234764257.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>The bar on the right zooms in and out on the page - no surprise there. What is a bit of a surprise is the search function is hard-coded in Windows Live Search and apparently can't be changed (we'll see if a registry hack fixes that). When you zoom in, the browser goes full screen to maximize usability.</p><p>So when will you see Windows Mobile 6.5 on devices? Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will be out in Q4 of this year, with some 6.0/6.1 phones being upgradable. The latest phones, like the ones being announced today at Mobile World Congress 2009, should be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5 - but whether or not the upgrade is offered is, as always, up to the phone carrier or hardware OEM, and we know how that goes. Bottom line, you can hope for - but shouldn't expect - an upgrade to your device.</p><p>So what do you think of what I've shown you of Windows Mobile 6.5 so far?</p>

02-16-2009, 05:25 PM
It's much improved but that puzzle menu thing is ugly and looks non functional. I think they should have skipped this and gone to ver7. Can't sit around for another year while the Palm Pre and updated iPhone come out this year.

02-16-2009, 05:46 PM
Changes to the front end UI will be welcome and I agree...where's my upcoming meeting list? More important to me...will they do something to make the entire interface more finger friendly? Anyone who has tried to poke and prod a new calendar appointment into a Windows Mobile device using only a finger will back me on this. It's darn hard and it doesn't have to be. And if they don't re-design to this level then how is 6.5 different than any other shell program I can buy today aside from the fact that it doesn't eat up my RAM?

02-16-2009, 06:27 PM
So I guess there's no chance this will get ported to my Dell X50v sans-phone features, huh? :D

02-16-2009, 07:20 PM
I sure hope they update the icons and I agree the honeycomb idea is visually unappealing. The whole visual design looks at least 10 years behind the competition (excluding the browser). I would gladly take the new PIE6 as a CAB upgrade to WM6.1. But I'll hold out for WM7 and hope MS can right the ship.

P.S. Why can't Microsoft keep a consistent naming scheme for their mobile OS? :confused:

Rocco Augusto
02-16-2009, 09:53 PM
I LOVE it but like everyone else I have to question the thought process that went behind adding that honeycomb layout to the Start menu. From what I can see it takes away from how many icons can be on the screen as well as being isolated design wise from the layout of the rest of the operating system. In a way, in its current form, it feels like an idea that some project manager thought would be really awesome and the development team didn't have the heart to tell them "no".

One thing I have learned in life is that pictures can be really deceiving so I will reserve judgment until someone is nice enough to let me play with it. I could see it working if the icons were interactive and the animation was slick and smooth.

I'm excited :)

02-17-2009, 02:53 PM
A couple things that struck me as odd: Look at the IE screenshots. They have these sweet modern-looking buttons on the bottom and zoom bar overlay on the right. Then what's at the top of the screen? The same ugly address bar straight out of the original Pocket PC OS (2000). Couldn't they have spruced that up just a little? It looks glaring to me in contrast to the other improvements.

As for the other screenshots I think the top and bottom bars look more dated (since they seem to be unchanged) now that the content between them has been updated. (I like how they look transparent on the home screen, but elsewhere they're solid and same as ever.)

I don't see much new in Contacts screenshots other than a gloss effect and curved tabs. Looks nicer for sure, but some new "wow" functionality would be nice too (no idea what that would be, just saying...).

02-19-2009, 12:55 AM
These changes are skin deep. Layering a shell on top of a bloated, slow OS is no way to do mobile. The videos I saw showed choppy animation and sluggish browsing.

This should have been WinMo 6, and it should have been delivered 2 years ago.

02-27-2009, 08:27 PM
What's the update policy on this OS? I just bought a new Ipaq 214 with 6.0 Classic, as I don't need the phone bit, but the rest of it, especially the internet browser, looks real interesting.