Software that can improve the UI on your Windows Mobile device

Software that can improve the UI on your Windows Mobile device

Summary: We all know that the iPhone has an amazing user interface, but it is debatable on whether or not the iPhone meets the essential needs of the business and power user. Many folks in the enterprise have Windows Mobile touch screen devices that have advanced functionality that can do just about anything you want on the go. However, there are times (some may say all the time) when the interface is a bit clunky and requires you to dive too deep into the geeky details. Joel over at Geek.com put together an interesting feature article that looks at different software solutions that can help improve the user experience on your Windows Mobile touch screen device.

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Software that can improve the UI on your Windows Mobile deviceWe all know that the iPhone has an amazing user interface, but it is debatable on whether or not the iPhone meets the essential needs of the business and power user. Many folks in the enterprise have Windows Mobile touch screen devices that have advanced functionality that can do just about anything you want on the go. However, there are times (some may say all the time) when the interface is a bit clunky and requires you to dive too deep into the geeky details. Joel over at Geek.com put together an interesting feature article that looks at different software solutions that can help improve the user experience on your Windows Mobile touch screen device.

Joel looked at a number of solutions from VITO Technology offered in their Communication Suite. These applications include GoodWin, FunContact, SMS-Chat, ZoomBoard, and EyePhoto. They also have a new site focused on these tools called iWindowsMobile. There are a few more tools available from VITO Technology that Joel did not review that you may want to check out.

PointUI was another application that gives your Windows Mobile device a complete makeover. The last software application and one that I reviewed and loved is Spb Mobile Shell 2.0.

HTC has also taken it upon themselves to improve the UI on Windows Mobile devices with their TouchFLO improvements seen in devices like the HTC Touch Dual, which is actually coming to the U.S. very soon and will most likely be the next Windows Mobile device I pick up.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • AT&T excluded HTC TouchFLO from AT&T Tilt.

    This sucks, but replacing AT&T's ROM with HTC's ROM is all I can do to void AT&T's warranty! I don't need a warranty from AT&T! ]:)
    Grayson Peddie
  • Hard to improve perfection!

    ... But I aplaud the effort!





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    Ballmer1
  • Advanced functionality that can do just about anything?

    How about displaying the internet decently?

    I've had almost a dozen WM machines of one stripe or another.
    None of them could display the internet right.

    Each and every one was clunky beyond belief. To shut apps
    down, you needed to drill down through several menus. To
    load a new program required an advanced EE course in
    geekiness. MSFT is completely incapable of doing anything
    simple.

    The problem with WM is the same with most MSFT products:
    featuritis. The people who develop the devices shovel in loads
    of extraneous junk and seem to have an idiot's view of
    functionality. They seem congenitally incapable of deciding
    what apps to emphasize so they emphasizing everything and
    end up with a mishmash mess.

    The video about the MSFT music player is right. Why is MSFT
    management always so unforgivably stupid when it comes to
    the user experience? Why is it that every MSFT device is just so
    awfully mediocre?
    Jeremy W
    • huh?

      Huh?? I think you miss the point with WM. Phone's are not like computers and IMHO they should not be like computers. A change of perspective is required when using a "phone" with something like WM, Nokia's OS, etc. Mind you, on the iPhone you cannot have more than one application running at once.

      [/i]None of them could display the internet right.[/i]

      I agree the Pocket IE does not display an entire web page like a PC but we also have to balance that with when this software was made. Apple has released the iPhone which was made more recently, hence they had the foresight to include this on their phone and its good.

      You can easily perform "full screen/page" internet browsing using any one of the many 3rd internet browsers that can be installed on WM phones.

      [i]To shut apps down, you needed to drill down through several menus[/i]

      If you're running say Outlook, why would you want to completely shut it down? You're going to have to wait even longer to load it next time you get an email? Why not just minimise it.

      If you really want to shut it down, you tap the X in the top right of the screen and then tap the X beside the program you want to fully exit out of. Whats hard about that?

      [i]To load a new program required an advanced EE course in geekiness.[/i]

      You mean you find it really hard to connect your phone to your PC (via USB, Bluetooth or Wifi) and then run setup.exe on your PC??

      Wow I cannot understand how someone who has "I've had almost a dozen WM machines" cannot miss these EXTREMELY BASIC FUNCTIONS. Microsoft cannot make it any easier!!
      GTRoberts100
  • Had an HTC - not a bad PDA, shame it has to be a phone too...

    I had an HTC Touch (not the dual) and loved it for a while - as with most new gadgets. Eventually the flaws take the shine off: terrible sound quality, poor phone reception, UI often crashes when trying to answer a call (a neat feature), and best of all it's a little fragile - fell from my hip and shattered the screen. Now its dead.

    Was thinking about an iPhone but will likely wait till 2.0 to get proper Exchange sync...
    richardh_123
  • RE: Software that can improve the UI on your Windows Mobile device

    i recently bought a Samsung Epix and tested all the apps mentioned in your post. By far the best and might I add most stable app is the Mobile Shell. They've done a very good job - I have now purchased the full version.
    reverseswing