/>
X

Image Gallery: Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints with lack of customization and stylus requirement

I had high hopes for Windows Mobile 6.5 to at least provide a better touch experience, but it only does so on a basic level. We now see no customization support in the Start menu or Today screen and an overall lack of consistency across the platform. Windows Mobile needs major work and I am not sure people are willing to wait until the end of 2010 for Windows Mobile 7.
349172.jpg
1 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

I had high hopes for Windows Mobile 6.5 to at least provide a better touch experience, but it only does so on a basic level. We now see no customization support in the Start menu or Today screen and an overall lack of consistency across the platform. Windows Mobile needs major work and I am not sure people are willing to wait until the end of 2010 for Windows Mobile 7.

349181.jpg
2 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

There are lots of new icons provided in the Start menu.

349182.jpg
3 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Settings look different at one level, but further down go back to the same as always.

349174.jpg
4 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

All you can do with the icons on the Start menu/page is move them to the top. You cannot add, remove, place them where you want, or organize by folders.

349175.jpg
5 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The updated Internet Explorer Mobile browser is pretty good and gives you access to full Internet pages.

349176.jpg
6 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The toolbar auto hides and gives you quick button access to the main functions.

349183.jpg
7 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

As you can see beauty isn't even skin deep in Windows Mobile 6.5.

349186.jpg
8 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Pull out that stylus, Windows Mobile is alive.

349187.jpg
9 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The more traditional 3 wide grid is provided on the Traveler 137.

349188.jpg
10 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Flicking up and down is required in WM 6.5.

349189.jpg
11 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Today screen brings the sliding panels from WM 6.1 Standard (non-touchscreen) devices to the touch screen.

349190.jpg
12 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The right soft key changes with the selected utility on the Today screen.

349191.jpg
13 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

You can select an image for the wallpaper too.

349194.jpg
14 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

I just can't believe that this media player comes out of the same company that made the Zune HD. This is embarrassing Microsoft.

349198.jpg
15 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Thumbnail 1

349199.jpg
16 of 16 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Thumbnail 2

Related Galleries

A weekend with Google's Chrome OS Flex
img-9792-2

Related Galleries

A weekend with Google's Chrome OS Flex

22 Photos
Cybersecurity flaws, customer experiences, smartphone losses, and more: ZDNet's research roundup
shutterstock-1024665187.jpg

Related Galleries

Cybersecurity flaws, customer experiences, smartphone losses, and more: ZDNet's research roundup

8 Photos
Inside a fake $20 '16TB external M.2 SSD'
Full of promises!

Related Galleries

Inside a fake $20 '16TB external M.2 SSD'

8 Photos
Hybrid working, touchscreen MacBook hopes, cybersecurity concerns, and more: ZDNet's tech research roundup
Asian woman working at a desk in front of a computer and calculator

Related Galleries

Hybrid working, touchscreen MacBook hopes, cybersecurity concerns, and more: ZDNet's tech research roundup

8 Photos
Developer trends, zero-day risks, 5G speeds, and more: Tech research roundup
Person seated at a booth in a cafe looks at their phone and laptop.

Related Galleries

Developer trends, zero-day risks, 5G speeds, and more: Tech research roundup

10 Photos
Drive Electric Day: A dizzying array of EVs in sunny Florida
ca3b4019-26c5-4ce0-a844-5aac39e2c34b.jpg

Related Galleries

Drive Electric Day: A dizzying array of EVs in sunny Florida

16 Photos
Incipio, Kate Spade, and Coach cases for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: hands-on
s22-ultra-incipio-coach-cases-2.jpg

Related Galleries

Incipio, Kate Spade, and Coach cases for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: hands-on

15 Photos