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Last week I attended the first edition of the Windows Phone Get Together Event in Utrecht, The Netherlands that was hosted by the local Dutch Windows Phone Team and initiated by two dutch MVP’s Mark Briggeman and Jaap van Ekris. The event is covered in the article “Windows Phone Get Together Event – Microsoft engaging with end-users !” and consists of interesting information about Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and Windows Phone 7. While this has been a truly unique event in many ways, I would like to focus on the announced Windows Phone Forum application that aggregates information from the Dutch Windows Phone Forums, the Blog of the Dutch Windows Phone team and its Read more

In Part 1 of our review of the Verizon Samsung Omnia II we looked at the device quickly, including what came in the box with the device. Now in part 2 we will be looking more in the different user interfaces (UI) that the Verizon Samsung Omnia II has. Samsung has their own Samsung TouchWiz UI and a Cube UI. We also will show SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 and the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 user interface on it. The video below is about 10 minutes long but we will give you a view of many options these different User interface’s will have. As of today the Samsung Omnia II is available at Verizon for Read more

A couple of days ago we announced that Verizon would officially release the Samsung Omnia II. This Samsung Omnia II is a Windows Phone running on Windows Mobile 6.5.  Besides that this is a touch screen phone it still comes with a stylus integrated and not like a hanging pencil on the side like the original Omnia. The screen has a ultra-brilliant touch screen WVGA AMOLED display. Swype keyboard input (we’ll get back to that) and some other extras from the Verizon Vcast applications. The Samsung Omnia II will be available on December 2, 2009 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract. EDIT: December 2, 2009 ; Read more

The big suprise of today is the announcement of the new HP iPAQ Glisten. The HP iPAQ Glisten will be available through AT&T in the coming weeks for $229.99 with a 2 year contract with a smartphone data plan. The HP iPAQ Glisten will be only available through the AT&T business, corporate channels or the consumer AT&T ,HP and third party websites. Meaning you can’t see it in a store before you buy it. The HP iPAQ Glisten looks pretty similar to the Motorola Q9-series. However it will have a touch enabled AMOLED screen.  I think this is the first Windows Phone device with Windows Mobile 6.5 with a full Read more

Verizon will be launching the Samsung Omnia II on December 2nd. The Samsung Omnia has been very successful worldwide due to great specifications it had. With a large on-board memory,5 megapixel camera and the almost finger friendly UI the Samsung Omnia was a leader in the Windows Phone line up at that time. Since then Microsoft has come out with Windows Mobile 6.5 which allows the operating system to be more finger friendly compared to the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. This now allows the standard Windows Phone applications and menu structure to be used in a finger friendly operation besides just the manufactures User Interfaces. The Samsung Omnia II will be $199.99 Read more

The HTC Snap is one of the few Windows Mobile Standard devices that received an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5. In this article I would like to have a look at the Windows Mobile 6.5 improvements for Windows Mobile Standard devices and compare these with the findings of the HTC Touch2 review, with Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional pre-loaded on the device. 1.  Homescreen The left screenshot above shows the todayscreen of the HTC Snap running on Windows Mobile 6.5, while the right screenshot is taken from the HTC Snap review a while ago, at that time powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. As you can see the changes are marginal, with the only difference is the Read more

Early september 2009 the HTC Touch2 was announced by HTC as their first device with Windows Mobile 6.5 pre-loaded, together with the additional services Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft MyPhone. During the local Windows Phones launch event on October 6th in Amsterdam, Netherlands the HTC Benelux was present as one of the strong partners of Microsoft Windows Mobile in addition to Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson. In addition of the local announcement of the HTC HD2 by Mark Moons, HTC Benelux provided MobilityMinded with a HTC Touch2 to experience Windows Mobile 6.5 in combination with TouchFLO 3D. In the following article an in depth review of the HTC Touch2 is conducted, while Read more

The great news today, October 6th, is the official announcement of Windows Phones and Windows Mobile 6.5. HTC is one of the leading partners of Microsoft and was present at the local Windows Mobile 6.5 launch event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Paul Willen has covered the local announcement of the HTC HD2 in the article: “HTC HD2 locally announced by Mark Moons (HTC Benelux)” In addition to this announcement there was other news as well. While on the Mobile World Congress 2009 it was already announced that HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2 would receive a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade. The announcement from back then is confirmed today, with Read more

Today at the local Windows Phone launch event in Amsterdam, HTC announced a new device called the HTC HD2 (of which the codename is HTC Leo) in addition to the introductions from Windows Mobile 6.5 and Microsoft MyPhone. Luckily HTC didn’t just announce it, but also had a few HTC HD2 demo units in Amsterdam so we could play a few minutes with this powerhouse. HTC HD2 hardware The HTC HD2 is a phone with the largest screen available. A whopping 4,3″ screen with WVGA resolution. Based on my first hand experiences I can only say:  This screen is LARGE! Furthermore the HTC HD2 will be the first Windows Phone with a capacitive Read more