Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Feb 2007 04:52 UTC
Windows "I have a huge list of all of the tweaks that have been done to the operating system but I'll save that for next week. Also, if you're wondering, you can expect Windows Mobile 6 devices in the marketplace worldwide by second quarter 2007." More here (screenshots). Betas of WinMob6 also had integrated VoIP support via SIP in them, but it doesn't seem that this was announced along the other features.
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Wondercool
Member since:
2005-07-08

I am the owner of a Dell Axim x51v, probably the last 'true' PDA as I would expect anything newer will have a phone in it. Anyways, I can tell you as an OS, WM 2005 is a really bad one. Based on WM2005, I don't expect WN 2007 to be better.

Here is just a sample of problems:
1) The Axim is really slow powering up, but it has a 628 Mhz ARM processor! How slow you say? Well, if I want to add a contact, between pressing the power button and being able to enter something often exceeds 15 seconds.

2) Bad battery life, about 3 hours of video or 3 days of light use.

3) The OS is really bad at basic things, most annoying is that when you close a program it is not really closed. This means you often have to check what is still running and kill it manually (Start, Settings, System, Memory, Running Programs, zzzzzz)
You would expect many OS related stuff to be standard but it isn't, you have to buy it, like a decent Task manager, a decent Network explorer for wifi, a decent browser.

4) The good thing about WM is that it has multitasking, but the problem is that there is not really a common area on the screen that indicates status of programs in a consistent manner, and most apps have different interfaces even for standard stuff (Save, Edit, etc)

All in all, WM has to go much further to make it a good OS.

Related rant: It's such a pity that Palm never came up with something decent. I think it would be possible to extend the Palm interface to multitasking using some tab based interface with a common area to manipulate the tabs. I wish they would settle on either Kobalt or Linux type OS and bought Styletap for compatibility with old apps.

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malkia Member since:
2005-07-17

Wondercool,

It's slow because Microsoft decided to store important information (contacts, calendar, etc.) on the FLASH, not in the memory. This comes handy when you are losing battery power, and you don't want to lose all your stuff, but the downside is that it's a bit slower. I have O2 XDA EXEC (HTC Universal), but running on the USA T-Mobile, syncing to the work Outlook server, and I have about 400 contacts, and it's a bit slow, but bearable. Not sure for 4000-5000 contacts....

This is the thread explaining why Microsoft decided to do so:

http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2005/07/14/438991.aspx

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frozen5555 Member since:
2005-12-27

my HTC universal does not suck
1-in around less than 1 second and it is pxa270 520 MHZ.

2-around 5 hours of video.

3-that is a problem for geek people like you and me so we can install free light task manager like vbar. for regular user if the system need more ram it will kill some of the background tasks.

4-it will show last launched app in the start menu.

and in personal perspective. i do not prefer palm devices in general becuse it look outdated.

but it suck in 2 things for me you did not mention it can not sync with my ubuntu ;)
and i really hate the idea of having to go to the top of the screen every time i need to do any thing related to multitasking.

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