HTC Diamond TouchFLO 3D Preview

 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvpYJsV0fk0&hl=en]  This is one of the most interesting UI for Windows Mobile that I came across lately. I found this YouTube video that goes over the entire new UI for the recently announced HTC Diamond.

Personally, I love the UI and the new device as well. It looks like I will be adding a new item to my wishlist this year.

I would recommend not paying a lot of attention to the guy demonstraiting the new UI. As a matter of fact, you might as well mute your speakers for the entire video as this guy does a horrible job presenting. HTC could’ve at least hired someone who is able to get closer to the croud and build a more exciting environment around this beautiful device.

Anyways, enjoy the video.

Ciao!

Windows Mobile 6.1

You should have heard by now that Microsoft officially announced the new updated version Windows Mobile 6.1, only for smartphones. Which means that all touch screen devices will still be running Windows Mobile 6 Professional.

I think there is a reason why touch screen devices still run the older version. I think Microsoft is planning on releasing a totally revamped Windows Mobile for touch based devices. Maybe something that can actually compete with the iPhone. Everyone knows that technology is moving towards touch based applications and gradually moving away from hardwares such as the mouse and keyboard when it comes to using everyday applications specially on mobile devices. So it would make sense if Microsoft is working on something powerfull in their labs.

As for the time being, Windows Mobile 6.1 looks great and comes with many new useful features. Windows Mobile is defintely going in the right direction, as it seems, and I will be looking forward for more news from the dev team.

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Windows Mobile: Silverlight & Flash Support

Now that Microsoft seems to have got its Windows Mobile team working again, it brings me pleasure to hear such great news as the added support for Silverlight and Adobe Flash. This definitely will enable developers to get a lot more creative in developing state of the art applications for Windows Mobile using Silverlight since the technology is cross-browser and cross-platform. And with Adobe Flash supported as well, bringing a more realistic desktop-like internet experience to a Windows Mobile device doesn’t sound far-fetched anymore.
 
But I think there is more up Microsoft’s sleeves behind this news than just for the sake of software development and better internet experience. I think it has to do with Windows Mobile’s successor. That’s right. Windows Mobile 7.
 
Now that everything is moving towards a touch based experience for mobile devices, the added support for Silverlight might be a clue of what to expect from the next version of Windows Mobile. And I don’t mean Windows Mobile 6.1 or 6.5, but instead an entirely overhauled operating system. After all, Silverlight is all about UI and Windows Mobile users all around the globe have been complaining and giving negative feedback on the OS’s not so user or finger friendly interface.
 
It will be interesting to see what the Windows Mobile team will be releasing in the upcoming months. You never know, maybe a new Windows Mobile version isn’t so far away as everyone seems to believe. But no matter how long it takes, I am sure it will be worth the wait.

Windows Mobile: HTC Touch

I am not trying to write a review of the phone here since it’s been done all over the net (just Google ‘HTC Touch review’ and see for yourself). Instead, I am just pointing out my likes and dislikes of the device.

First of all, I have to admit that I like the device’s form factor. Small and thin enough to fit in your pocket and at the same time the screen is big enough to view and take pictures as well as read the latest news using your preferred RSS reader (I use and recommend Viigo).

The HTC Touch rubberized body gives it a nice feel and gives it a lot more grip. I didn’t find it hard using the device for calling with one hand, although it did get a bit tricky when trying to type a message or a web address with the built in virtual keyboard using only your finger. That’s when the stylus comes handy.

It comes with a loud speaker which can be used as a speakerphone during a call as well as listening to music. The one major disadvantage is the memory. The phone seems to always complain about low program memory. I guess that’s why HTC had to make a second generation HTC Touch with improved application memory capacity.

Nevertheless, the phone is sleek and practical for daily use with a great battery life.

Besides, the phone comes with a nice good quality pouch to protect the screen and the body from any bumps and accidental drops (something the Apple people should have considered including with their precious and ever so popular iPhone).

 

iPhone vs HTC Touch: Incomparable

My boss and I decided to exchange cell phones for the long weekend. So I got the HTC Touch and he got the iPhone. I have previously owned a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device (HTC Advantage 7501) so I know my way around the operating system, the only addition is HTC’s TouchFLO. Honestly, it’s one of the many missing pieces that Windows Mobile desperately needs which is some way to make the interface intuitive and a lot more finger friendly. But once you get out of the TouchFLO experience, it’s back to good old Windows Mobile again. And even though Windows Mobile allows running multiple applications, the HTC Touch can’t seem to handle it because of its small memory.

The thing that is totally noticeable about the iPhone is the simplicity. All tasks are simple, straightforward, and without a single complexity. Even if you have never used a cell phone before there is no doubt that you will immediately get the hang of it. Honestly, a freakin’ monkey would certainly know his way around it in a jiffy. There is barely any advanced options. You can only use one application at a time. Everything is so strictly imprisoned by the Apple people and any change to the system files (which can only be accessed through SSH on a jail broken iPhone) would pretty much either crash the OS or permanently lock it for ever and ever.

In other words, it’s certainly not intended for power users such as myself.  Apple wants you to be a good boy and only use what you see on screen. Period.

But the truth has to be told. There is no phone that does those simple tasks as well as the iPhone. Windows Mobile cannot be compared (it’s way off the chart). Nokia’s Symbian OS is also generations behind. And, from the looks of it, Google’s Android still lacks the finger friendly and intuitive UI.

So if you’re someone who is only interested in a phone that sends & receives calls & messages, as well as a built in iPod, and an internet mobile device for surfing (not chatting…yet), then by all means get yourself a glossy shiny iPhone. Oh and don’t forget to get yourself a case for it since it doesn’t come with one. Oh and a small cloth to clean the screen after every use. Oh and a screen protector. Oh and a pair of gloves so you don’t get it smudged. Oh and…no I think that is pretty much it.

 

Selling My HTC Advantage X7501

The ebay advertisement for my HTC will go online starting Sunday 27th 2008.

To be honest, I am greatly disappointed with the experience I had generally with the HTC Advantage. Previously, I thought highly of the Windows Mobile operating system and I was anxious to get my hands on any device that runs the OS. Now that I had hands on experience with the OS, I can honestly tell you that I am planning not to touch any other Windows Mobile device until Microsoft totally revamps it.

The OS is slow (despite the fact that my HTC has a 629 Mhz processor), choppy, not user friendly, dull, the menu options and locations is not consistent in all its modules, the built in on-screen keyboard is not finger friendly, and the list keeps going on and on. I mean the OS has been around for ages now yet no attention was given to the interface.

As I said before in a previous post, I have a feeling that Microsoft is working on the successor of Windows Mobile 6. But even if that was true the release date could be years from now. Not sooner than 2009.

As for the time being, I will stick to my beloved Nokia E61.

Windows Mobile 2008

The year 2008 is an important year for Windows Mobile. We will certainly see either an update or a dramatic upgrade to the mobile OS. The changes will be noticeable. It might even be a complete makeover.

How do I know this? Well, I don’t.

If Windows Mobile expects to last another year, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile team have to be working on something spectacular behind the scenes, behind the news, behind the blogs, or even in complete secrecy, for god’s sake.

Or at least do it for my sake! I mean recently I bought a new Windows Mobile device and I was disapointed with the operating system’s interface. I expected a quick and snappy OS to go with my new device. But I was sadly and unfortunately disapointed. I even switched back to using my Nokia E61 for sometime to reduce the agony.

So one of my wishes and hopes for the year 2008 is a significant Windows Mobile update or upgrade.

There. I said it.